Dereliction photography, often called urban exploration or simply Urbex, is the art of finding, exploring and shooting abandoned buildings. It's a great genre to try out if you have an adventurous streak and enjoy documentary or architectural photography. Despite the fact that most disused buildings are now a shadow of their former glory and partly reclaimed by nature, they can be extremely photogenic places, producing unique and eye-catching results. The UK has quite a large Urbex community, and there are several websites where users can share advice, images and potential locations.
If you're off on holiday this summer, why not give underwater photography a go? In a similar way to drones, the falling cost of camera technology has for the first time made this genre accessible to virtually everyone. So whether you want to take some shots of the kids splashing around in the pool, or explore a tropical coral reef teeming with colourful fish, you can do it without breaking the bank. Of course, you will need at least some specialist kit, but you'd be amazed at how cheaply you can get started. The least expensive option is to invest in a waterproof case for your smartphone.
In 2005, journalists overheard the then French president, Jacques Chirac, describing Britain's food as the worst in the world (apart from Finland!). He's not alone -- the UK has long held a culinary reputation of exceptionally unimaginative cuisine. But almost out of nowhere we've become a nation obsessed with good tucker, and have developed one of the most vibrant food cultures anywhere on the planet.
Self-portraiture is one of the world’s most accessible photographic genres. All you need is a camera and a tripod, and as you’re both the photographer and the subject you can take shots absolutely anywhere. But self-portraits are far from easy to get right, not least because you can’t be behind the camera when you fire the shutter, or in the frame as you compose the shot. This means you need a clear vision of the image you want to achieve before you start.
Go back a few years, and drones, or UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), were not only hugely expensive but impossibly difficult to use, putting them well out of reach of most consumers. But the decreasing price and increasing sophistication of the technology needed to get a camera airborne has made this genre much more accessible, with some advanced 4K quadcopter kits now available for around the price of a decent lens.
Vienna-based wildlife and nature photographer Henrik Spranz specialises in macro photography with more than a touch of magic realism. It’s not by accident that his world takes us on a flight of fancy into a different, more ethereal place, and gives him a creative break from the day job
There’s something magical about Henrik Spranz’s photography.
Poor sound can ruin an otherwise excellent video, so attach an external microphone to your DSLR and keep things on the level
If you've ever watched Spielberg's 1975 blockbuster Jaws you'll know that the greatest shark presence in the movie is not the 25ft fibre glass fish surfacing from the water, but the film score by John Williams. Watch the movie with your hands over your ears and it's hard to forgive the cartoon-like teeth,
Colin Butler took this photograph around midday, with the sun poking through the clouds to create a dramatic contrast between the light on the castle and the dark clouds behind. Although the ‘before’ image looks rather overexposed, this is rarely a bad thing if you are shooting raw, and you can be confident the increased exposure will not result in any of the highlight detail becoming clipped. In fact, such overexposed raw images will contain a greater amount of tone detail for you to edit with at the raw processing stage. In this example,