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Expert advice

Tips and techniques on a range of photography skills, and advice from experts on specific photography techniques.

  • How to take better pet photographs

    How to take better pet photographs

    April 21, 2021

    To take great cat and dog photos you need more than just a cute pet: from studio portraits to natural outdoor and exciting action shots, six pet photographers share their secrets

  • Family photography ideas to try today

    Family photography ideas to try today

    April 14, 2021

    Whatever is going on with the pandemic, we can still take great images of the family. Four top portrait photographers share some tips and insights you can use today

  • High ISO photography – what you need to know

    High ISO photography – what you need to know

    April 8, 2021

    High ISO photography has become easier than ever before, as camera technology marches on, but there are still some things you need to know - Angela Nicholson is your guide

  • How to set up your camera

    How to set up your camera

    March 23, 2021

    Regardless of system or subject matter, how to set up your camera for your shooting style is crucial. We find out how the professionals do it

  • Get better nature shots this spring

    Get better nature shots this spring

    March 18, 2021

    With only a day left to enter the Natural World round of our APOY contest here are more great tips for better shots of flowers, birds, mammals and invertebrates

  • Get great shots in any weather

    Get great shots in any weather

    March 15, 2021

    Don’t let the damp, cold and windy conditions put you off enjoying the great outdoors, despite the quirks of the UK climate. We speak to four pros who use the weather to their advantage and capture unique scenes

  • 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

  • How to start a camera collection

    How to start a camera collection

    February 3, 2021

    Discover the basics of starting a camera collection, with practical advice and buying tips - it's a great project for the lockdown as you can often shop online. Vintage camera expert John Wade is your guide

  • Raw vs JPEG: which is best for you?

    Raw vs JPEG: which is best for you?

    February 2, 2021

    JPEGs offer the ultimate in convenience while raw files have more data, but there’s a bit more to file format choice than that. Angela Nicholson explains the key points

  • 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

  • How to market yourself as a photographer

    How to market yourself as a photographer

    January 26, 2021

    However good your skills as a photographer, or good your camera equipment, you will have far less impact if you have a low profile. Jon Devo shares some personal experiences and expert tips to help you promote yourself

  • 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

  • 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.