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Camera skills

Tips and techniques on developing great camera skills, including how to carry out the basic photography techniques, advanced camera skills, and a range of other great advice about improving your photography skills.

  • How to take better flower photographs

    How to take better flower photographs

    May 24, 2021

    To create beautiful, painterly, flower portraits and still-life studies, you need to be a bit of a control freak, as the multi-talented Polina Plotnikova reveals

  • Our best-ever black & white tips

    Our best-ever black & white tips

    February 23, 2021

    There is still time to enter the black & white round in our major APOY contest, so we share nine simple tips, tricks and ideas to improve your monochrome photography

  • Long exposure problems fixed

    Long exposure problems fixed

    January 31, 2021

    Having trouble getting your long exposures right? We explain how to avoid common pitfalls in a variety of situations, including landscapes and star trails

  • Large-format magic

    Large-format magic

    January 28, 2021

    With dripping wet plates and trays of black coffee, Patrick Van den Branden strives to make magical portraits through old and new photographic processes, as Damien Demolder discovers

  • Low light photography tips

    Low light photography tips

    January 21, 2021

    Three top photographers reveal the techniques they use to get great shots in low light - including performance photography, when it can start up again

  • New photo projects to try during lockdown

    New photo projects to try during lockdown

    January 15, 2021

    Staying in during the lockdown doesn’t mean the creativity has to stop. Here are eight photo projects you can shoot from the comfort of your own home…

  • How to focus manually – top 20 tips

    How to focus manually – top 20 tips

    December 28, 2020

    Whether you have a manual focus-only lens or want to improve your manual focussing skills generally, we can help. Learn how to focus manually with these 20 essential tips from a wide-range of photographers.

  • How to get started with vlogging

    How to get started with vlogging

    December 15, 2020

    Vlogging can be fun as well as big business. We reveal what kit you need and how to get started, whether you want to become a YouTube star or just find an online outlet for your creativity

  • Night photography with distinction

    Night photography with distinction

    October 28, 2020

    Peter Benson, who recently got a distinction for his night photography shots from the RPS, shares some of the secrets of stunning urban images after dark

  • Get great shots with vintage lenses

    Get great shots with vintage lenses

    October 26, 2020

    Who needs to buy a brand new lens anyway? Often, picking up a vintage lens can add a whole new look to your photography - six photographers tell us how