Secure the focus ring so it can’t drift.

Secure the focus ring so it can’t drift.

There are some situations where you focus manually, but don't take the shot straight away. Such situations tend to come about because your subject moves quickly and you won't have time to focus and still get the shot.Wildlife and nature shots are classic examples...

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Travel and street safety tips

Travel and street safety tips

On most occasions there aren't any problems with looking smart and using a bespoke camera bag. However, when travelling in different cultures, and especially if the local daily income is less than you'd pay for a coffee, it makes sense not to be flaunting...

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Improvised graduated neutral density filter

A graduated neutral density filter (GND) is a piece of glass that is darker at one end than at the other, as the 'graduated' bit in its name suggests. Its main use is to balance out the brightness of a scene when part is well-lit and another part is less well...

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Black background in daylight

Black background in daylight

There are occasions when a dark or even jet-black background would look good, but you are in a well-lit location. Perhaps you want to shoot a portrait but the background is distracting, or you want to make the subject standout from the background in a dramatic way?...

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Can’t focus in the dark? Use a laser pointer.

Can’t focus in the dark? Use a laser pointer.

Focusing well in low-light conditions can be a pain. Autofocus relies on the camera finding areas with good contrast, but when it's dull, overcast or actual darkness, these areas don't exist. The lens will hunt to and fro,never finding a proper focus....

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Flash is too bright and harsh? Use toilet paper!

Flash is too bright and harsh? Use toilet paper!

There can be times when, even with your flash set to its lowest power setting, the result is still a little too harsh or bright. Typically the image shows burnt-out areas or hard shadows, neither of which are very flattering for portrait work, and may not be desirable...

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