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A simple guide to shooting sport and action

A simple guide to shooting sport and action

  • 23 May 2017
  • sports, action

Sport can be a challenging subject but once you start shooting it you’ll realise that it’s seriously addictive. Here’s how to get started.

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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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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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Essential editing techniques for winter photography

Essential editing techniques for winter photography

  • 19 Jan 2017
  • editing techniques

With the low-light on offer during winter, every level of photographer has to compensate for their shots with either manual exposure, a tripod or, most importantly, with post-picture editing.

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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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An Introduction to Motorised Gimbals

An Introduction to Motorised Gimbals

  • 16 Dec 2016
  • Motorised Gimbals

An electronic or motorised gimbal enables you to get super-smooth video footage – even when you’re on the move

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Using Polarising Filters

Using Polarising Filters

  • 5 Dec 2016
  • UV Filters, Lens Filters, Polarised filters

Polarising filters are as useful with digital cameras as they are with film photography — and while they are easy to use, it’s not just a case of screwing one onto the end of your lens and hoping for the best.

 

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Using fast shutter speeds with flash

Using fast shutter speeds with flash

  • 22 Nov 2016
  • Flash Photography tips, quick shutter speeds, freezing action

Elinchrom’s Hi-Sync (HS) lighting system allows you to use flash at fast shutter speeds, making it perfect for shooting with wide apertures and darkening bright backgrounds.

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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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Bokeh Perfection

Bokeh Perfection

  • 4 Nov 2016
  • bokeh, blur, focus

Most photographers pay attention to the focus point of their images, but the out of focus areas can be just as important in creative photography.

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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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The fundamental rules of photography

The fundamental rules of photography

  • 5 Oct 2016
  • exposure, shutter speed, iso, aperture

Whether you’re making the step up from a smartphone, or simply want to get to grips with your camera, then one of the fundamental rules of photography is to master the exposure triangle.

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The basics of black and white photography

The basics of black and white photography

  • 4 Oct 2016
  • monochrome, black and white, b & w

There are black and white photographic opportunities everywhere all year round: read on to find out how to get started

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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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Instant Print - Why are we still hooked?

Instant Print - Why are we still hooked?

  • 22 Sep 2016
  • Essentials, Instant Cameras

Instant prints still have a place in our hearts and in photography.

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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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Manual Mode & The Exposure Triangle

Manual Mode & The Exposure Triangle

  • 23 May 2016
  • Manual, Exposure

An explanation of the exposure triangle in order to master manual mode photography. Get out of auto settings and take better shots.....

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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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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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