With the Christmas season in full swing, towns are awash with festive colours and textures. But it can be tricky knowing how to set up your camera to shoot bright subjects in low light. In our latest photography cheat sheet we've provided a very timely tips card explaining how to photograph Christmas lights and ensure a good exposure.
How to read a histogram: what you can learn from your camera's exposure graph
[How to read a histogram : photography cheat sheet] Your digital camera’s histogram serves as a guide to help you better underststand your exposure. To this end, it aims to illustrate the range of tones in a scene. On the left of your histogram you’ll find the extreme of dark shadows, while on the far right you will find your bright highlights.
Metering mode cheat sheet: how they work and when to use them
The Metering Mode button on your camera is symbolised by an eye-shaped icon within a rectangle. Within your metering mode function you will have either three or four metering modes: spot metering, partial metering, centre-weighted metering and evaluative metering. As you will see in our latest photography cheat sheet below, each metering option measures the brightness of a scene in different ways, depending on what subject you are shooting.
Blurring people is an excellent way to convey movement in your photographs, but it's not always so easily done. In our latest photography cheat sheet we've provided a handy tip card listing some of the best camera settings to use to blur people as they walk or ride past you.