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What do the Numbers and Letters on Lenses Mean?

What do the Numbers and Letters on Lenses Mean?

There are lots of numbers and letters on lenses, but what do they mean? It’s actually not that difficult to understand, so allow me to break it down for you. This was another requested post from Barbara who’s on my video training course. When you’re on the course, you can

When to Use Different Shutter Speeds

When to Use Different Shutter Speeds

I’ve covered shutter speed in great detail before, but recently this question popped up: ‘When would you typically use all the different shutter speeds?’ It dawned on me, that it wouldn’t hurt to provide a list of when you would typically use different shutter speeds, so here it is. Thanks to

Where to Focus When Taking a Photo

Where to Focus When Taking a Photo

Most beginner photographers don’t know where to focus when taking a photo, and worse still, they don’t seem to know why it’s a problem either. You may think that because you’re shooting a landscape photo, and your horizon is miles away, it’s best to focus to infinity. Wrong. Let me

10 Embarrassing Mistakes I Made as an Intermediate Photographer

10 Embarrassing Mistakes I Made as an Intermediate Photographer

These are common mistakes for photographers, and I’m a big believer in learning from other people’s mistakes, rather than your own. That’s what this post is all about. You may remember last year I wrote an article called 10 Embarrassing Mistakes I Made As An Beginner Photographer, which was all about

How to Reduce Digital Noise in Photography

How to Reduce Digital Noise in Photography

What is Noise and Where does it come from? Lets cover this, just so that we’re all on the same page and can get it out of the way. In digital photography, noise/grain is made up of lots of small dots that are created when you boost the ISO in

Why Are My Photos Too Dark?

Why Are My Photos Too Dark?

This is a common question that I’m often asked, and one that I’ve asked myself in the past. The problem can range from a simple lacking of knowledge about exposure, to being unfamiliar with metering modes, or how to calibrate your camera and monitor. Here is a list of problems and how you can fix them; learn from my mistakes, not your own!

Understanding F-Stops and Stops in Photography Exposure

Understanding F/Stops & Stops in Photography Exposure

When we’re talking about exposure in photography, a stop is a measurement of an exposure, depending on either the shutter speed, the ISO, or the aperture. To be specific, if you were to increase the exposure by one stop, you would be doubling the exposure.

How to Hold a Camera and Take Sharper Photos

How to Hold a Camera and Take Sharper Photos

This is a post that most people would just brush over, not even thinking about the importance, so I congratulate you on reaching this far. I can almost guarantee that you’re currently making one of the mistakes listed below if you’re new to photography, so this post should hopefully help to kick a few bad habits.

A Beginner's Guide to Photography

A Beginner’s Guide To Photography

I’ve been writing on this site for a while now, and I’ve put together a lot of good content, but the trouble is that a lot of it can be hard to find, especially if you don’t know what you’re looking for. This post will walk you though everything that a beginner in photography should learn, and in the order that they’re supposed to learn it. Welcome to my 100th post.

5 Steps To Understanding The Crop Factor

5 Steps To Understanding The Crop Factor

A friend of mine was asking me advice on which lens she should buy the other day and my standard reply was ‘get a 50mm 1.8, unless you’re shooting on Nikon, in which you should get a 35mm as the angle will work better on your crop sensor’, to which she replied, ‘what’s a crop sensor?’ The lack of knowledge about the type of camera surprised me, but looking back, I remember when I didn’t know either. So this post is about setting it straight and helping you to make the right choice when it comes to buying a lens.