Phase detection vs contrast detection: which autofocus is better?

person holding filter with focus on road

One of the things you’ll quickly want to understand when shopping for a new camera is the type of autofocus system you want to have. There are two main types of autofocus (AF): contrast detection and phase detection autofocus.

Is one better than the other? As is often the case, the answer depends on the type […]

What Are Megapixels & Do They Matter?

A large billboard in the desert advertising a hotel.

When you’re shopping for a new camera, one thing you’re likely to consider when comparing cameras is the number of megapixels the camera has.

It’s natural to assume that the higher the pixel count, the better the camera. But do megapixels really matter? It turns out they only matter if you plan to do certain things […]

What Is Macro Photography & How Can I Master It?

a close up of the purpose pollen on a flower

While it’s become far more accessible thanks to improvements in digital camera tech, macro photography still requires a particular skill set and special equipment if you want to capture the finest detail of the tiniest subjects. 

Yet mastering the art is hugely rewarding, helping you create captivating snapshots of the microscopic world around us – and […]

The Essential Equipment You Need for Live Video Streaming

Camera and microphone set up for live video streaming

2020 will go down as the year businesses went online in a big way. And one of the biggest trends has been a move to live streaming.

In reality, all you need to live stream a video is a device with a camera (such as a mobile phone or a laptop), a streaming channel (such as […]

How to Photograph Christmas Trees

A father holding up his daughter to put the star on the Christmas tree

With their magical lights, Christmas trees are made to be photographed at night. You want those strings of lights to feature as the centrepiece in your photos. 

But then you have the trouble of finding the correct settings to help you expose the tree without overexposing the lights or underexposing the surroundings. 

Below, we’ve got your sorted […]

A DSLR Guide to Photographing Christmas Lights

bokeh in christmas photo

Christmas lights create wonderfully evocative scenes for photography, whether they are the main subject or the background for festive portrait photography.

But they’re not easy to shoot, especially in low light situations. Having a DSLR helps you capture the essence of Christmas lights, but there are still certain settings that will help you perfect the shot.

The […]

How to Shoot Festive Christmas Portrait Photography

Man cutting roast at Christmas family dinner

Christmas is a fantastic time to put some of your photography skills to the test. You have interesting decorations to serve as props, great settings, and all the family together. 

But photographing your Christmas shots aren’t always easy, especially if you’re shooting in those situations that create a truly festive atmosphere, such as at the local […]

Get Creative with Your Family Christmas Card Ideas

A parent with their child next to the Christmas tree.

We wouldn’t be surprised if your phone was filled with cute photos of your family members. But how often do you actually take the time to get everyone together for a family portrait and then keep the results in a hard copy?
Christmas is an opportunity to get a little fun with your family snaps. Here, […]

How to Photograph Lightning During the Day & Night

Wooden hut on open ground with lightning beyond.

There’s something incredibly evocative about lightning photography. And the act of taking pictures of lightning can be thrilling. 

But the real joy hits once you’ve grasped the settings and know exactly how to photograph lightning. Then you can enjoy the storm and reap the benefits of your knowledge when you review the stunning photos afterwards. 

Whether you’re […]

How to Use a Lavalier Microphone in 4 Easy Steps

A lavalier microphone, also called a lav mic or a lapel mic, is a small and discrete external microphone that can be clipped onto a subject’s clothing. 

It’s best used when you need to gather dialogue from one or several specific subjects without getting interference from cross-talking or distracting background chatter. 

In videography, lav mics help capture […]