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How to Shoot Motorsports | Panning and Tracking

How to Shoot Motorsports | Panning and Tracking

  • 20 May 2017
  • technique, panning and tracking, motorsports photography

One of the fundamental techniques in motorsports photography is panning and tracking. In this short video Clifton Cameras' photographer and video production man Ben Wright explains how to capture motion blurr while keeping car and driver in focus.

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How to shoot into the sun

How to shoot into the sun

  • 9 May 2017
  • technique

Contrary to popular belief - photographing the sun, as well as taking pictures with the sun as a compositional feature, is actually safer than you think.

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Taking Better Sunrise and Sunset Photos

Taking Better Sunrise and Sunset Photos

  • 24 Mar 2017
  • guide, technique, sunrise, sunset, golden hour

Often referred to as the ‘golden hour’, the period following a sunrise or before a sunset is a magical time for photography, where the daylight becomes a redder, softer hue that casts incredible patterns across the sky. 

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How to use spot metering

How to use spot metering

  • 7 Mar 2017
  • spot metering, technique, multi-segment, multi-zone, metering

When used correctly and at the right time, spot metering can help you get perfect exposures, but get it wrong and things can go badly awry. We explain what you need to know.

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Painting with Light

Painting with Light

  • 31 Jan 2017
  • technique, painting with light, long exposure

Winter’s long nights make it the perfect season for painting with light – and digital cameras make it easy enough that anyone can try out this fun technique.

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White Balance Explained

White Balance Explained

  • 27 Jan 2017
  • technique, white balance

Your camera’s auto white balance setting has its uses, but there comes a time when you need to move on. We explain all you need to know about this colourful camera setting.

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Neutral Density Filter Explained

Neutral Density Filter Explained

  • 24 Jan 2017
  • ND filter, technique, long exposure

 Neutral density filters are incredibly useful accessories that can transform landscape and seascape images in a way that can’t be replicated in Photoshop. We explain all you need to know about these camera bag essentials.

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5 tips for photographing frost and snow

5 tips for photographing frost and snow

  • 6 Jan 2017
  • technique, winter photography, frost, snow, landscape, outdoors

Oh the weather outside is frightful… As cold and unwelcoming as winter weather can be, it can also be very photogenic so we’ve put together five tips to help you get the best from it.

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Mastering the Flash

Mastering the Flash

  • 15 Nov 2016
  • flash photography, technique, flashguns, fill-in flash, exposure compensation, diffuser

The flash is a tool that can be manipulated and mastered to create a huge range of different outcomes, let us show you how. 

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Perfect Winter Sunsets

Perfect Winter Sunsets

  • 9 Nov 2016
  • winter, photography, technique, sunsets, landscape

Sunset may come early in the winter time, but it can also be spectacular and well worth photographing if you know how to make the best of all that colour in the sky.

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Autumn Landscapes: 5 tips for shooting autumn colour

Autumn Landscapes: 5 tips for shooting autumn colour

  • 28 Oct 2016
  • autumn, leaves, technique, landscape photography, landscape, fall

Look no further if you’re wondering how to make the most of the fabulous colour on show during autumn: our five tips will put you on the right path.

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Illustrated Guide to Composition

Illustrated Guide to Composition

  • 24 Oct 2016
  • technique, composition, rule of thirds

Once you’ve mastered your camera’s exposure settings and started taking better photographs, you might think you’ve learned everything there is to know about photography. This couldn’t be further from the truth, as one of the most important aspects of any good photo is the composition.

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Halloween photography: cast our spell on your photography for truly spooky images

Halloween photography: cast our spell on your photography for truly spooky images

  • 21 Oct 2016
  • halloween, technique

For the fearless, Halloween produces some great photographic opportunities – but make sure you carry a wooden stake and a few cloves of garlic to keep the vampires at bay…

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What to look for in a tripod

What to look for in a tripod

  • 7 Oct 2016
  • tripods, gear, kit, technique, essentials

There are lots of tripods available, but some are better than others at keeping your camera still – and a few have extra tricks up their sleeves. Here are a few tips to help you find one that suit your needs.

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Oh I do like to be beside the seaside!

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside!

  • 26 Sep 2016
  • Technique, Essentials

In the UK you’re rarely more than a couple of hours drive from the coast and it’s a constant source of inspiration for photographers – so let’s take a look at how to make the most of it.

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Finding Focus with Night Photography

Finding Focus with Night Photography

  • 6 Sep 2016
  • Technique, Night Photography

When you’re shooting at night, the low level of light limits the performance of your camera. This tends to result in blur, which makes photos anything from inferior to unusable...

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Introduction to Macro Photography

Introduction to Macro Photography

  • 2 Sep 2016
  • Technique, Macro

Some zoom lenses have the word ‘Macro’ in their name, but invariably they aren’t true macro lenses, they just allow you to focus a bit closer than usual for that type of lens... 

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Street Photography

Street Photography

  • 11 Aug 2016
  • Street, Technique, Photography

Street photography is one of the easiest genres to get into – all you basically need is a working camera – but it’s also one of the hardest to be good at. There’s a world of difference between the great street photographers and the majority of the work being served up online, yet this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give it a go yourself....

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Photographing Dogs and Cats

Photographing Dogs and Cats

  • 28 Jul 2016
  • Technique, Portrait

We all love a good pet photo, but taking them is not so easy. Here are a few tips to increase the odds in your favour

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Shooting better family portraits

Shooting better family portraits

  • 3 Jun 2016
  • Technique

Family photos are things to be treasured and should be timeless. Discover how to take better family portraits with the latest Clifton Cameras guide...

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4K Video for Still Photography

4K Video for Still Photography

  • 1 Jun 2016
  • Technique, 4K

Use 4K video capture to your advantage to shoot stills that wouldn’t otherwise be possible.....

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Essential Guide on how to use manual focus

Essential Guide on how to use manual focus

  • 4 May 2016
  • Manual, Technique

Sometimes autofocus just isn’t up to scratch. Learn how to free yourself of AF and take better shots with our guide to using manual focus....

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How to....Edit Images

How to....Edit Images

  • 28 Apr 2016
  • Image Editing, Technique

Do your photos justice and edit them to make them the best they can be......

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Essential guide to low light photography

Essential guide to low light photography

  • 26 Apr 2016
  • Technique

Getting good results from low light photography can be difficult. Read the Clifton Cameras guide to mastering shooting in different light conditions....

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How to shoot...Spring flowers

How to shoot...Spring flowers

  • 11 Apr 2016
  • Technique, Macro, Landscape

With the grey of winter making way for the new growth of spring and along with it a burst of colour across the landscape, it’s easy to see why these months are favourites amongst photographers.....

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