Amateur Photographer

Amateur Photographer
High ISO

Dimly lit interiors where you can’t use flash or failing light outdoors can be a challenge. Steve Davey has high-ISO and gear solutions

handheld sharpness

Tripods ensure sharp shots but can slow you down and make spontaneous shots harder. James Abbott shows how to keep everything sharp handheld

Hobbies on perch

Hobbies are agile and extremely quick birds of prey. Photographing them is tricky and takes practice, but the results are very rewarding, as Oscar Dewhurst reveals

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