Amateur Photographer

Amateur Photographer
Curious cameras

John Wade takes you into the wonderful world of unusual, quirky and unique cameras, some of which you will find irresistible to add to your collection

Wild camping

Give your landscape images an unfair advantage by camping at photogenic locations. James Abbott shares practical tips for staying in the great outdoors

Manual masterclass

Modern cameras are very clever but sometimes manual exposure, focusing and flash is still the best option. James Abbott gives a manual masterclass

making the most of mirrorless

Mirrorless cameras have a few tricks up their sleeves that DSLR users might not know about. Angela Nicholson explains how to access their full potential

Cyanotype process

Keen to get more creative? Angela Chalmers reveals how working with the historic cyanotype process can generate really eye-catching images

Image sharpening

Confused about sharpening controls in Lightroom and Photoshop? James Paterson explains how to get the most out of them and avoid the pitfalls

Paterson family portraits

Discuss what it is your subjects want and start with tried-and-tested poses before advancing to more ambitious ideas. James Paterson gives his tips on shooting family portraits

bird photography

With long daylight hours and the breeding season in full swing, summer is a great time to hone your bird photography skills, says Oscar Dewhurst

macro flowers

Macro photography proves that small is beautiful, and is a wonderful way to reveal the intricacies of flowers. Sue Bishops gives her tips

Panasonic G9 field test

When packing for a trip to a remote subantarctic island, Dan Milner needed a camera capable of withstanding anything the climate might throw at it. Would the Panasonic G9 be…

home printing

The type and number of inks, and what you lay them on, can have a massive effect on photo-printing quality. Matthew Richards shows you how to make your images look…

Photography rules shoot at midday

Rules help us take better pictures, but blind devotion can result in clichéd pictures. James Paterson suggests a few ways to break free