Photography for beginners.

If you’re shooting on your phone or trying out a DSLR, we’ll help you develop your style with confidence.

Learn the basics.

Whether you’re a total beginner or a passionate hobbyist, get the lowdown on photography basics. Discover how to use a camera, the different types of photography, and explore the most effective techniques. 

Adopt the language.

Take a peek at this cheat sheet and you’ll be able to hold your own in any photography chat.

Know the rules of composition.

Learn how to frame your subject or scene and capture your creative vision, perfectly.

Get tips for taking better photos.

Follow a few simple guides and see how it transforms and elevates your creations.

"The more you know about a camera, the more you can take advantage of it and you can change things on the fly."


Understand the exposure triangle.

Three camera settings form the exposure triangle: shutter speed, aperture and ISO. When you get them working together, you’re on track for a top-quality photo. 

Shutter speed

Adjust shutter speed to get crisp images of fast-moving objects or capture stunning blur effects.


Use your camera’s aperture settings to give images a realistic sense of depth.


Control the light your camera lets in to brighten or darken an image.

Follow in their footsteps.

Catch a glimpse into how these talented photographers work, learn from their creative processes and try out their techniques for yourself.


Capture your subject’s character with expert guidance from photographer Rosie Matheson.


Discover how Ludwig Favre and Tobi Shinobi craft their own distinctive styles.

Basic photography equipment and settings.

Getting to know the photography basics is the best way to get started. One of those first steps should be to understand your camera, all the main settings and key photography terms.

Get the right camera.

Most modern smartphones have high-quality cameras, but a DSLR camera is a great option for photography beginners, as it can be adapted with detachable lenses to create different effects. DSLRs also boast bigger sensors to create more detailed images.

Pick the right lens.

Whether shooting expansive landscapes or zooming in on the details, the right lens can help to get unique effects.

Experiment with focal length.

Having more lenses offering various focal lengths means more options and chances to experiment with your chosen shot. Once you master the use of different lenses and focal lengths, you’ll be able to make the most of both your landscape and up-close portrait shots. You’ll also understand how to capture the details of a scene and really make it pop. 

Start shooting.

Now you’ve got the foundations of photography down, let’s get you practising and perfecting the craft. Check out these beginner-friendly guides and get going. Better yet, you can achieve all these looks on your smartphone.

Rule of thirds

Use the rule of thirds to get the right proportions and angles in your images.


Embrace the shapes in your environment and make them shine in your shots.

Leading lines.

Lead the eye through your image by perfectly positioning lines within the frame. 

Learn photography techniques.

Learn from professional photographers schooled in various techniques and styles. Read on to explore top tips and advice to become a master of shots.

Shallow depth of field.

Master the art of focus with our tips on one of the best-known photography techniques.

Bokeh effect.

Blur backgrounds beautifully with this simple but mesmerising photography effect.

Golden hour.

Master the exposure triangle, starting with the soft light of the golden hour.

"It’s not all about the equipment, it’s how you use it. Learn how to use what you have. Even if you just have an iPhone, you can still get creative with that."


Edit like a pro.

Capturing all the detail you saw in the moment can be super tricky. Luckily, you can achieve a lot with some tactical edits. Follow these step-by-step tutorials and discover the art of quick-win editing.

Brighten images

When you’re not 100% happy with your photo’s lighting, simply adjust it to match your vision.

Enhance your photos

If you feel you’ve lost some texture in your image, use powerful editing tools to bring it back.

Blur an image

Experiment with different points of focus by introducing impactful blur effects.

Apply a double exposure effect

Experiment with double exposure using digital software to make your work stand out.

Create multiple focal points

Stack several photos together so more than one element sits in perfect focus.

Remove chromatic aberration

It can be a nuisance, but there are ways to use chromatic aberration creatively.

"My time as a photographer is spent 60% shooting, 40% editing, so invest in some good editing software."


Want to explore even more tutorials? Browse all our how-to guides below.

Be inspired.

You can take your photography journey in so many directions. Browse popular themes, experiment with different subjects and scenes and work out what you’re most passionate about photographing.


Get the lighting right and master exposure techniques to create flattering images of subjects.

Still Life

Whether you compose your scenes or simply snap what you see, you can achieve many moods with still life photography.


Immerse yourself in the wild and wait. See the beauty of our world and take it all in with your camera.


Focus on static scenes such as landscapes and experiment with framing, lighting and perspective.


Combine two loves in one - express your passion for food with photos we’re all going to want to eat.


Go in for a close up and find a fresh way to capture the smaller things in life, in all their glorious detail.


Produce perfectly styled, professional headshots and you could commercialise on your photography talents.


Get product photography right by learning how to style products, set up lighting and combine different exposures.


Learn how wedding photography experts capture all the love, joy and tender moments of the big day with these tips.

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