(Soft)box of tricks

How a cardboard box can be turned into a useful light modifier for the grand sum of 60p I was in my garage the other day and realised something; it’s full of empty cardboard boxes. It’s a shocking confession I know, but what with eBay...

Throwing some shapes

Black card, tape and Velcro are all you need to add extra creativity to out-of-focus highlights. If there’s one thing that Fujifilm XF lenses are well known for it’s bokeh. Some folks mistake this term as referring to purely out-of-focus highlights, but in reality it...

How to capture an atmospheric Autumn

By Chris Upton Halloween, the time of ghosts, ghouls and bewitching conditions to create wonderful atmospheric autumnal images! After a few summer months of long, warm days, harsh light and of course some rain (I am in the UK!) we are longing for...

5 Tips for Sharper Images

You set up your shot, with its lighting and composition just as you want. But when you see your image, you find it is ruined by blur or debris. The lack of clarity in your picture may be caused by many things, such as...

5 Tips for Travelling Safely With Your X Series Camera

As a photographer, your travel adventures would not be complete without your X Series camera along for the trip. Whether you use the photos for work or for personal use, you want to retain the best sights from your expeditions. But be savvy. Travel with your camera...

Tips for Handheld Macro Photography

By Nicole S. YoungMacro photography is an fascinating way to get a close-up look at everyday items. Photographers will oftentimes use a tripod to create their photos, but in some cases it is necessary, and also more convenient, to hand-hold the camera to create these...

Crafty little number

One of the reasons I turned to photography is because I was completely hopeless at any other form of art. My paintings look like they’ve been done by a three year-old and even my stickmen are proportionally challenged. My wife, on the other hand,...

Fun in the sun

Is there anything better than a family day out at the seaside? For kids it’s an opportunity to run, jump, swim, dig and generally mess about. For adults, it’s an opportunity to sit around, chat, eat, drink and watch kids do all of the aforementioned....

How a frying pan can help with your picture taking

After my last blog encouraged you to make a tripod using a piece of string, I’m going to go a little more surreal this time by explaining how an old frying pan can be used to get dramatic low angle images. The standard route to...