Most of you won’t need to read the articles in this section. But if you’re completely new to the subject and find it all a bit confusing, then these short and simple primers will help make sense of the rest of it.
APS-C vs full frame • Megapixel madness • How big will your photo print? • Making sense of sensors • Understanding histograms • How to choose a lens • Tips for using tripods • JPG versus RAW • Pixel density • Fast lens, slow lens • Understanding colour temperature • Understanding resolution • How much camera gear do you need?
Taking photos of sunsets • Lighting up the foreground in a sunset shot • Macro photography 1 • Macro photography 2 • A simple trick for improving wildlife photos • Bird photography 1 • Bird photography 2 • Using a telephoto lens to blur the background • Isolating your subject from its background • How I take my photos of frogs • Wildlife photography • Using software to ‘fix’ your photos • Taking action photos of dogs
Preventing blown-out highlights • Don’t forget the background • Dinner plates in photography • Specialise if you want to get really good • Don’t settle for the most obvious angle • Don’t have a heavy dew? Then fake it • Working with extreme backlighting • Do your camera settings at home • Focus on the eyes • The best way to go wide • Taking photos of young birds • The advantage of working in slow motion • A trick for getting great colour into macro • Aiming for super-small depth of field in macro shots • A trick for reducing camera shake in weak light • Looking through ugly barriers • A tip for macro photography in awful light • Yep, this shot really was taken in moonlight • A handy trick for taking pics of flying birds • The difference the quality of the light makes • Taking advantage of very bright light • How much editing is enough? • The secret to getting great colour • Another way of taking pictures of flowers • The best time to fix mistakes • A tip for making panoramas • Sometimes, blurry is good. • Working with big macro subjects • Using a telephoto lens to shoot macro