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Canon EOS digital cameras have revolutionized photography for amateurs and professionals in many ways. Early digital cameras with LCD screens to review images meant that everyone could learn from mistakes during the shoot, and adapt their working process. As time has gone on, advances in technology have made Canon camera (opens in new tab)s so good you have to wonder if hard-learned camera skills are no longer needed.

Being old enough to remember the importance of getting the correct exposure for slide films, the flexibility and accuracy of the metering systems have taken the need to be precise away. I think this is an acceptable change – I still want to be in charge of my pictures, but I no longer feel constrained by exposure.

Using Manual exposure mode (opens in new tab), I select the shutter speed and aperture appropriate to my creative intent and let the camera determine the ISO. In effect, I am using the technology to aid my photography, rather than simply limiting me to shutter or aperture decisions.

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Autofocus (AF) is one of the elements that initially drew me to my first EOS camera, the EOS 650 way back in 1987. For most subjects, AF is simply better able to give me the sharp results I want. Now I just have to be sure that I understand what it identifies as subjects and, sometimes, be ready to override the automation. However, even that is getting less and less. 

With all these innovations making photography more automatic, it feels like there is a point where you can take ultimate control of the most essential elements of picture-taking, composition, and lighting. Whether you hold the camera in your hands or place it on a tripod, you are choosing what is in the frame and where it’s placed. 

Being free to pay more attention to the content, knowing that technology will get it in focus, and correctly exposed is a good thing. Fold-out LCDs on some EOS let the camera be placed at the optimum position for the subject, we’re not bound by the need to look through the viewfinder to check our shot.

The EOS cameras of today make us better photographers by giving us the opportunity to fully consider the subject and its position within the frame. Ensure you understand how and when the tech works, but make use of it to allow you to create your best images. It’s like the camera is a partner to help you shoot better photos.

Timing is key to composition for fast moving subjects, and EOS camera’s automation helps us achieve the results we want much quicker (Image credit: Brian Worley)

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Indian Railways Shares ‘Magical’ Play of Light in Photos Captured From Running Train

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Travellers, especially those who enjoy and appreciate the beauty of nature, frequently find train journeys in India through the country’s diverse terrains and picturesque sceneries to be mesmerising experiences. The Ministry of Railways has also joined in, sharing a few images from a train journey captured by the Twitter handle ‘The Train Story,’ which has left Twitter users speechless. The stunning images were taken from a moving train.

The Train Story’s bio describes the profile as “A Picturesque Biography. An Initiative for the Indian Railways Network.” People were drawn to the images which looked straight from a sci-fi movie. The ministry tweeted, “Magical play of light caught through the running train. PC: The Train Story ” The photos show how the light was caught through a running high-speed train.

Since being shared three days ago, the tweet has received over 900 likes and more than 470 retweets. Several users went on to respond to the amazing pictures in the comments sections.

One user wrote, “Truly beautiful, long exposure light trails are always a delight. The 3rd pic is sublime, composition is brilliant.”

Another user commented, “Looks like we travelling space with the help of hyper drive technology. It’s amazing feeling to see my nation CHANGING adopting good habits.”

The Train Story shared a similar image as a part of their initiative.

The description for the image read, “Chapter: The Train Chaser. Standing at the door, as the train departs slowly from the station, hearing the sunset’s Islamic call to prayer from far, waving to the children standing at the track one side. I once again begin my journey and this time to experience the night on the railway tracks. As the train speeds up through the city area, a different view strike my eyes and that’s the flashing of lights, just like any sci-fi movie scene. At the door, I witness the magical play of light through the moving train.”

People who are interested in photography can also try their hand at capturing some incredible moments from their journey.

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Best cameras for astrophotography: Black Friday deals 2022

Here we’ve rounded up the best cameras for astrophotography that we think will help you capture your best astro images. What’s more, many of them are, or will soon be discounted as part of the Black Friday Deals. Keep an eye on our live Black Friday Deals blog for all of the updates.

The bonus of having one of the best cameras for astrophotography is that they are typically versatile cameras that perform exceptionally for daytime shooting too. This negates the need to spend on additional equipment, something we all want to avoid with the ongoing rise in the cost of living.

Remember, it’s not all about the camera. Lenses are just as (if not more) important. That’s why we’ve laid out the best lenses for astrophotography too. We’ve also put together a guide for the best camera accessories for astrophotography and the best light pollution filters for astrophotography, especially important if you’re shooting in an area prone to skyglow.

DSLRs and mirrorless cameras have long been known for their night sky shooting prowess. Low image noise, high ISO capabilities, and flexibility for regular daytime shooting make them ideal devices for many users. However, there are also astro-specific cameras that traditional photographers often overlook. These specialized devices mount to telescopes for incredibly clear astrophotographs that can easily surpass DSLR or mirrorless cameras, although they are unsuitable for conventional photography.

Astrophotographers will need to pay close attention to the performance of each system’s noise handling, as this is a common problem for low-light and night-time photographers. Check how well the camera blocks infrared light, as this is the only way to view cosmic objects. Removing the IR filter can be done by a specialist post-purchase. Dimensions and weight are also essential factors for portability and durability, chances are you’ll be traveling to find a suitable dark sky.

Despite the common misconception, expensive doesn’t necessarily mean best (for your purpose). Some cameras cost far less but give superior astro image quality than even the most expensive models. There does always tend to be a trade-off. That might be shooting flexibility or lens mount versatility. Of course, you won’t be able to capture the stars without a sturdy tripod, so check out our guide to the best tripods for astrophotography to prepare yourself with the best possible setup. 

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A workhorse and detail-oriented powerhouse, this 45.4MP DSLR is possibly one of the best cameras for astro full stop


Type: DSLR

Sensor: 45.4MP, Full-frame 35mm

Lens mount: F-mount

ISO range: 64-25600 (102400 expandable)

Viewfinder size/resolution: Optical, 0.75x mag

Video capability: 4K UHD 30FPS

Weight: 915g

Size: 146 x 124 x 78.5 mm

Memory card type: 1x SD/SDHC/SDXC and UHS-II, 1x XQD/CF Express

Reasons to buy


Huge stills resolution for extra detail 


Native compatibility with F-mount lens range 


Reliable and durable weather sealing 

Reasons to avoid

Bigger and bulkier than mirrorless 

Low ISO range 

Optical viewfinder 

The Nikon D850 DSLR was released almost five years ago but still keeps up with the young kids on the block, in many photography disciplines, including astro. The 45.7-megapixel image sensor on the D850 produces ultra-detailed stills photos while keeping image noise to a minimum. It even can shoot 4K UHD 30 frames per second video for those who want to make movies of the stars.

Partly due to when it was made, It is considerably heavier, bigger and bulkier than astro-specific cameras or its mirrorless competition. Still, thanks to its rugged construction and excellent weather sealing, it will last for many years, no matter what environment you choose to shoot in.

Like all DSLRs, it has an optical viewfinder, making it a little more challenging to compose and focus for night sky imaging, but the rear tilting touchscreen remedies this problem. It has two card slots for SD and XQD/CF Express cards to ensure it can record all that incredible detail at speed and for added peace of mind.

As seen on the flagship Nikon D5 (opens in new tab), the D850 utilizes full button illumination, making it simple to operate in the dark without needing a headlamp that may damage your night vision. This was one of the features we enjoyed most during our Nikon D850 review alongside its expandable ISO sensitivity range of 102400 — it practically sees in the dark. Although a very high ISO will drastically reduce image quality, it can useful just to help you compose your shot if nothing else.

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Stylish but capable, body mounted controls make for easy operation in the dark


Type: Mirrorless

Sensor: 26.1 megapixel APS-C

Lens mount: X-mount

ISO range: 160-12800 (80-51200 expanded)

Viewfinder size/resolution: 0.5-inch, 3.69 million dots

Video capability: 4K

Weight: 607g

Size: 135 x 93 x 64 mm

Memory card type: UHS-I / UHS-II / Video Speed Class V90 *1

Reasons to buy


Multi-swivel screen


Wide ISO sensitivity range 


Versatile for other photography types 

Reasons to avoid

Only 26MP 


No battery charger, it needs plugging in 

The X-T4 is Fujifilm’s flagship mirrorless camera and the most powerful X-series. It is an excellent option for astrophotography enthusiasts, as we discussed in our Fujifulm X-T4 review. The vari-angle screen makes composing shots much more comfortable than without, given the camera will be pointing at the sky. 

The classic look of the camera makes it stylish, but the body-mounted dial controls make it easier to use in the dark if you can remember which dial does what. The 26.1MP APS-C sensor creates excellent image quality, and there are plenty of lenses available to fit this model to enhance them further.

The Fuji X-T4 uses the NP-W235 battery with a CIPA rating of around 500 shots per charge in an everyday performance mode. When we carried out our full review, we found this can be much higher when shooting in the daytime. However, when shooting the night sky, the long exposures needed sap the battery more, so expect slightly fewer. 

This camera is a versatile option for photographers who regularly dabble in other styles of photography. It has a generous 6.5 stops of in-body image stabilization, excellent low-light performance, and a high-speed processing engine. That makes it ideal for action or sports photography. It is also a top choice when it comes to timelapse photography. Check out our best cameras for timelapse videos for alternative options for this style of capture.

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A low light beast, this camera set a precedent as one of the best astro mirrorless cameras


Type: Mirrorless

Sensor: 24.2MP, Full-frame 35mm

Lens mount: E-mount

ISO range: 50-51200 (204800 for stills)

Viewfinder size/resolution: 0.5-inch, 2.35 million dots

Video capability: 4K UHD 30fps

Weight: 650g

Size: 126.9mm x 95.6mm x 73.7mm

Memory card type: 1x SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I/II compliant) 1x Multi slot for Memory

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Reasons to buy


Incredible low light video performance


Good battery life


93% AF point coverage 

Reasons to avoid

Certainly a more expensive option

Low stills resolution compared to competition

New version now available

The Sony A7 III is a favorite among astrophotographers that like to shoot mirrorless and is one of the brightest stars of the astro camera world (pardon the pun). Though its electronic viewfinder isn’t as detailed as others we’ve listed, it still provides a beneficial exposure-ramped view to aid with composing astrophotographs. Low light autofocus detection, while not as sophisticated as some in this list, still performs well by working in -3 EV. In our Sony A7 III review, we were particularly impressed with the high dynamic range which allows you to recover amazing detail from the shadows.

Even when ramped up to a massive ISO 51200, this camera handles image noise well and produces excellent image results. For those not too worried about movie shooting (though it can capture 4K UHD at 30FPS), ISO can jump higher, expanding to an insane 204800 for stills photography. 

Shooting for hours at night can drain the battery quickly, especially when you consider it has to run power both to the rear screen and the EVF. However, this camera is CIPA-rated well above average for a mirrorless of this type and can shoot 710 still shots via the rear LCD monitor. It is a touch more expensive than others in its class, but if you’re after a natural low light performer that is also versatile enough to excel in other photography styles, the A7 III might be the one for you.

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Small but important improvements over its predecessor


Type: Mirrorless

Sensor: BSI-CMOS 24.5MP

Lens mount: Z-mount

ISO range: 100-51200 (expanded 50-204800)

Video: 4K 60p

Weight without lens: 1.5lbs/675g

Memory card slots: 1x CFexpress/XQD, 1x UHS-II SD

Reasons to buy


Great for low-light shooting


Excellent weather sealing

Reasons to avoid

Not worth upgrading from the Z6

Lots of competition at a similar or lower price

Following the aforementioned Nikon Z6, it makes sense to talk about its successor, the Nikon Z6 II. As we discussed in our hands-on Nikon Z6 II review, there aren’t enough upgrades to warrant upgrading from one model to the other, and it’s not worth the extra cost if you’re only going to be shooting astro with it. 

That said, suppose you’re upgrading from a beginner model, capturing video, and shooting other photography styles alongside astro. In that case, the Z6 II is worth considering if you can spare the extra dollars, as it is a little more refined.

Take note of everything the Z6 has, but add a second memory card slot for extra storage and peace of mind, a faster burst rate and autofocus, quicker image processing, and 60FPS at 4K video shooting. 

Another inclusion astrophotographers will love is the better range of shutter speeds, allowing more control over those long exposure shots. The shutter speed limit is now 900 seconds (15 minutes).

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Realistic but exceptionally clear images of the night sky, and a better option for astro than the Z7


Type: Mirrorless

Sensor: 24.5MP, Full-frame 35mm

Lens mount: Z-mount

ISO range: 100-51200 (204800 expandable)

Viewfinder size/resolution: : 0.5-inch, 3.69 million dots

Video capability: 4K UHD 30fps

Weight: 705g

Size: 134 x 100.5 x 69.5 mm

Memory card type: 1x SD/SDHC/SDXC and UHS-II, 1x XQD/CF Express

Reasons to buy


Low image noise 


Superb electronic viewfinder 


Great low light Autofocus 

Reasons to avoid

Stills resolution not the highest 

Limited lens range 

Superseded by Z6 II 

Though superseded a while back by the superior Nikon Z6 II, the Z6 (one-half of the first two mirrorless cameras Nikon ever produced), is still one heck of a camera and excels in low light. For our money, we think the Z6 is better for astrophotographers than its big brother, the Z7, due to the lower resolution. A lower resolution on the same full-frame image sensor means less image noise detracting from the final shot. Whats more, the Z6 is also much cheaper than the Z7.

The Electronic Viewfinder has excellent detail, with a million more dots than the aforementioned Sony A7 III, and gives a realistic, clear image. Though the Z-mount lens range is expanding, but it’s still not as established as other models in this guide. Saying this, with an FTZ adapter, you can use any of Nikon’s F-mount lenses from the past several decades, so this isn’t a problem.

Our Nikon Z6 review found that shooting even up as high as ISO 12,800 adds very little noise or softness to the image, making it perfect for low-light situations like astro and night-time photography. This is especially true if you’re trying to pick out unlit objects or scenery to give the night sky some context. The image quality only degrades a little on the maximum and expanded settings.

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A pleasure to compose your shot even in the darkest skies as well as a nifty timelapse function


Type: DSLR

Sensor: 26.2MP, Full-frame 35mm

Lens mount: EF-mount

ISO range: 100-40000 (102400 expandable)

Viewfinder size/resolution: Optical, 0.71x mag

Video capability: 1920 x 1080, 60fps

Weight: 765g

Size: 144.0 x 110.5 x 74.8 mm

Memory card type: SD, SDHC or SDXC (UHS-I) card

Reasons to buy


4K timelapse feature 


Handy vari-angle touchscreen display 


A lot of camera for the money 

Reasons to avoid

No 4K video recording 

Only one SD memory card slot 

Low dynamic range a shame 

The Canon EOS 6D Mk 2 is an affordable DSLR for those wanting to dip their toes into astrophotography without breaking the bank. It does lack some modern features, but this is a brilliant full-frame option for its price point.

Its handy vari-angle touchscreen display makes it simple to compose the scene even if the camera is pointing skyward. For astro-shooters that like a moving image, the EOS 6D Mk 2 can shoot 4K time-lapses (in timelapse mode), making it perfect for detailed videos of the night sky, especially when paired with a slider or a star tracker. We found in our Canon EOS 6D Mk 2 review that it’s best to avoid this model if you’re planning on shooting fast action in low light, but that’s not a problem for astrophotography.

While it only captures regular video footage at full-HD 1080p, it records this at 60FPS for smooth results. Its dynamic range also leaves something to be desired, but if combined with plenty of calibration frames, this shouldn’t make much difference after image processing.

A single SD card slot might have nervous shooters biting their nails during longer sessions, but with 102400 expandable ISO and 26.2MP stills capture, you can relax knowing results will be clear and crisp every time.

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A dedicated color astro camera producing stunning high resolution stills with an enormous frame rate


Type: Color CMOS astronomy camera

Sensor: 20.1MP, 1-inch

Lens mount: Scope mounted

ISO range: N/A

Video capability: 5496 x 3672, 19 FPS

Weight: 140g

Size: 62mm diameter

Memory card type: N/A

Reasons to buy


Electronic shutter minimises camera movement 


19FPS perfect for solar/lunar photography 


USB 3.0 output 

Reasons to avoid

Scope mounted only 

Requires dedicated software to run 

Images at 12 bit depth maximum 

This is a compact full-color camera with its own onboard cooling system to minimize noise whilst shooting long exposures. It is one of the best-dedicated astrophotography cameras out there, the ZWO Optical ASI183MC Pro is the color version of the ZWO Optical ASI183. 

In our ZWO Optical ASI183MC Pro review, we found it to represent a great choice for astrophotographers looking for a dedicated astro-imaging camera. You won’t need to bring a stack of RGB filters when heading out to shoot. It’s also much smaller and lighter than other astro cams. Still, at 1.6e read noise, it’s a serious camera.

It’s one of the more efficient camera models for astrophotography and provides a whopping 84% Quantum Efficiency peak. For an astro camera, it also has a high pixel count, at approximately 20.48MP.

It shoots an all-out frame rate of 19FPS at full resolution, which makes the ZWO Optical ASI183MC ideal for solar or lunar imaging. However, if users drop the resolution down, there’s the potential to shoot hundreds of frames a second if wanted! One downside, as with all dedicated astro cams, is that you’ll need to plug it into a computer with dedicated software to run it. A fast USB3.0 port means a healthy data transfer for the higher frame rate captures. 

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This camera’s design and build is very specifically geared towards clean astro shooting, as complemented by its zero amp glow


Type: Color CMOS astronomy camera

Sensor: 9MP, 1-inch

Lens mount: Scope mounted

ISO range: N/A

Viewfinder size/resolution: N/A

Video capability: 3008 x 3008, 20FPS

Weight: 800g

Size: 78mm

Memory card type: N/A

Reasons to buy


Zero amp glow 


80% quantum efficiency 


High 20FPS frame rate 

Reasons to avoid

No mono version 

Square CMOS sensor unusual for some 

The ZWO Optical ASI 533 Pro’s most attractive feature is likely that it has zero amp glow. Although you can remove this in editing software, this additional processing time can stack up and reduce productivity, especially when considering that you could opt for an astro camera like this and avoid it altogether. By removing the need for extra processing, you’re also keeping a cleaner, more efficient resulting image.

This camera only comes in a color version, so monochromatic enthusiasts should leave their RGB filters at home. It has a good 80% Quantum Efficiency and a quick 20FPS frame rate for those needing to shoot fast. As with almost all dedicated astro cameras, the ZWO Optical ASI 533 Pro needs an external power supply to work. A 9MP square sensor might seem a little unusual to some photographers, but it has 1.0e read noise and a 14-bit ADC for good dynamic range. 

In our ZWO Optical ASI 533 Pro review, we concluded that it is a great choice for those looking for a simple-to-use, dedicated astro-imaging camera at an affordable price.

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While it’s an older model, it’s still a solid and reasonably priced choice for astrophotographers


Type: Full-fram mirrorless

Sensor: 30 megapixels

Lens mount: RF (EF and EF-S with adapter)

ISO range: 100-40000

Viewfinder size/resolution: 0.5-inch OLED EVF

Video capability: 4K and 10-bit

Weight: 580g

Size: 135.8 x 98.3 x 84.4mm

Memory card type:

Reasons to buy


30MP sensor


Good value for money


Excellent autofocus

Reasons to avoid

Button layout could be better

Not as rugged as it’s rivals

Though four years old, Canon’s first-ever full-frame mirrorless RF system camera still holds its own against the more recent releases.

As we discussed in our Canon EOS R review, it’s neither the sleekest nor best-built body, so you’d have to be a little gentler with it than you would some of the hardier models — like the Nikon Z6 — and the layout of the buttons could be more intuitive. None of these would be reasons not to buy this model, but they could take some getting used to.

Body and build quality aside, the performance of the Canon EOS R is above average when shooting in low light. It performs especially when using long exposures, which is perfect for traditional astro shooting, including long exposures and time-lapse shooting (don’t forget your tripod). It also processes the shots very quickly with little noticeable buffer lag.

The screen is large and clear, with impressive touch functionality. Like a smartphone, you can drag and set the focus with your finger. The vari-angle touch screen also makes taking low-angle shots much more comfortable.

How we test the best cameras for astrophotography

To guarantee you’re getting honest, up-to-date recommendations on the best cameras to buy here at we make sure to put every camera through a rigorous review to fully test each product. Each camera is reviewed based on many aspects, from its construction and design, to how well it functions as an optical instrument and its performance in the field.

Each camera is carefully tested by either our expert staff or knowledgeable freelance contributors who know their subject areas in depth. This ensures fair reviewing is backed by personal, hands-on experience with each camera and is judged based on its price point, class and destined use. For example, comparing a 60MP full-frame mirrorless camera to a sleek little crop-sensor DSLR wouldn’t be appropriate, though each camera might be the best performing product in its own class.

We look at how easy each camera is to operate, whether it contains the latest up-to-date imaging technology, whether the cameras can shoot high-quality stills photos and high-resolution video and also make suggestions if a particular camera would benefit from any additional kit to give you the best viewing experience possible.

With complete editorial independence, are here to ensure you get the best buying advice on cameras, whether you should purchase an instrument or not, making our buying guides and reviews reliable and transparent.

Best cameras for astrophotography: What to look for

It can be difficult to know what to look for in the best cameras for astrophotography, but there are some crucial factors to consider to help you decide. Budget is significant, with new users who want to dabble perhaps setting aside a little less than more seasoned photographers that will only settle for the very best images. However, image clarity is critical, and you’ll find that larger sensors with fewer pixels can capture astro shots with minimal image noise. By negating the effects of image noise, we’re able to process imagery more efficiently with better-detailed results.

While not particularly useful for astrophotography, autofocus may still be helpful for those who want to combine night-time shooting with near-twilight landscapes that show the brightest stars, planets, and satellites hanging above a beautiful foreground. A low EV rating on the autofocus ability is crucial for sharp shots in the dark. 

Fiddling around with one of the best headlamps can be helpful, but for those with inferior headlamps a dim-lit red light to set up your shot can be frustrating, so consider whether you need backlit illuminated buttons to help guide camera setup in the dark. 

Specialist astrophotography cameras have a predisposition to warm up during long exposure shots. Suppose you’re interested in getting an astro camera that has built-in cooling to keep the performance of the image capture high, it will likely be larger and heavier, and a little noisier as the fans whir while operating.

Photographers must consider lens choice when choosing a camera for astrophotography. While most major manufacturers have excellent ranges of top-quality glass, not all camera models can accept the full range of lenses due to differences in mount types. Ideally, fast lenses with wide apertures and excellent optical sharpness and clarity are what to look for when shooting astrophotography. Pair this with a camera body that handles high ISO and image noise well and you should be ready to go.

10 pro tips for perfect portraits: take beautiful family photos

Taking great family photos can be a fulfilling and wholesome way of making some extra cash from your camera, and many portrait photographers turn it into full-time vocation. However, being a family photographer isn’t without its challenges: children, toddlers and babies are often unpredicatable and can be difficult to get them at their best.

From toddler chaos and looking everywhere but the camera to full-blown tantrums, child portraiture can be extremely challenging to get right. That’s why this month we teamed up a reader of PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine (opens in new tab), Jonathon Crook, for a masterclass in family portraiture with full-time family pro photographer Taylor Brady. 

Taylor has been working as photographer for over a decade. She began by doing a Level 3 course in Photography before going on to do a foundation degree. She explored lots of different aspects of photography but portraiture was always the main interest. After completing her degree, Taylor set herself up as a freelance photographer working from a studio at home for newborn and family photo shoots, but she also outdoor shoots and on occasions weddings. See more of her lovely portraits on her Instagram (opens in new tab).

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1. Fast 35mm prime lens

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Taylor uses a Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM lens, which has an equivalent focal length of 56mm on her APS-C EOS 7D Mk II. This is an ideal focal length for mid-length portraits and has a wide maximum aperture of f/2, making it easy to blur backgrounds. It also has Image Stabilization to reduce camera-shake when hand-holding the camera and shooting using natural light.

2. Shoot in manual

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The portraits in the morning session were all going to be lit by the large window light in Taylor’s living room – this would give the images a soft, gentle feel, especially as the lighting was very overcast on the day. Thanks to the total cloud coverage, the lighting was really consistent, so Taylor set her camera, as well as Jonathan’s, to Manual mode and entered in settings of 1/160 sec, an aperture of f/2.8 and an ISO of 800 to lock them off.

3. Shoot Raw

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Taylor suggested Jonathan set his Canon EOS 760D to shoot Raw files, as these capture much more detail than the compressed JPEG files which are also processed in-camera. This detail is hugely beneficial, especially if the exposure is a little over- or undercooked and can help you restore blown out highlights or lift dark shadows with the push of a slider in software.

4. Use Face detection for easy focus

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Face detection is getting increasingly better with each generation of Canon’s cameras. It can be a very handy AF when shooting little children or animals, which both have unpredictable movements. The algorithm finds the face and continually focuses on it until you take the shot.

5. Canon EOS 7D Mark II body

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The 7D Mark II camera body is amazing for working in tough lighting scenes. Taylor often works with natural lighting rather than artificial flash. The high ISO performance is good and holds up well, and the Raw images provide loads of extra highlight and shadow detail. Taylor says she’d love to upgrade to a full-frame Canon in the future, but the 7D Mark II has served her so well that she’s not in a rush to go out and get one.

6. Get closer with a macro lens

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Macro lenses are great optics for portraits because not only do they allow you to get much closer than normal lenses, so you can focus on the finer details like an eye, or baby’s tiny hands, for example, they usually have wide apertures like f/2.8 making it easy for you to blur the backgrounds of your portraits.

7. A ‘nifty fifty’ prime lens

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One of Taylor’s go-to lenses is Canon’s EF 50mm f/1.8 II as it has good image quality, being a prime, and a super fast f/1.8 maximum aperture, so it can flood the image sensor with light and create beautifully defocused backgrounds. These are often called ‘nifty fifty’ lenses, because they’re so affordable, with the new Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens retailing for just £99 brand-new.

8. Sculpt light with a reflector

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A reflector offers a huge bang for its buck as they’re inexpensive but make a big difference to your lighting. Whether you’re using the available natural light or flash, you can position a reflector carefully to fill in shadows and make the lighting look much more even. We used a 5-in-1 reflector which has Gold, Silver, White and Black sides as well as a diffuser when no skins were attached to the reflector frame. As you can see here the white side lifts shadows nicely while the gold side helps give them a warmer quality.

9. Keep them distracted

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While it’s easy enough to ask the parents to look towards your camera, it’s not as simple with babies. Holding a colourful toy in one hand and waving it around, or having somebody else do this, usually works pretty well at getting the babies looking towards your camera, so you can take that perfect family photo.

10. Bring a brolly

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Taylor has a boot full of handy props for her shoots and when it began to rain lightly she reached for this colourful rainbow brolly. This helped keep our family dry while we waited for the rain to pass and provided some fun photo opportunities too. We asked Sophie to twirl the umbrella, we then used a slow shutter speed to blur the colours for a vibrant backdrop.

I’ve discovered how to have a luxury holiday without the guilt

One minute you’re at Inverlochy Castle, guzzling fizz beneath crystal chandeliers and eating dishes devised by Michel Roux Jr on furniture gifted by the former king of Norway. The next, you’re e-biking into a soggy smirr, trying to work out where Ben Nevis has gone. Yes, this was a trip of contrasts, but – surprisingly – no compromises.

Five-star travel can come with a high price tag, for both you and the environment, so for some time I’d wondered whether I could have a luxurious holiday without totally blowing my carbon budget. Scotland seemed an obvious choice if I was going to put my plan into action: in 2021, VisitScotland became the world’s first national tourist board to sign up to the Tourism Declares climate initiative, and the country is gunning for net-zero by 2045. 

Furthermore, my tailor-made, carefully thought-out small-group trip, organised by Wilderness Scotland, would combine castle stays and gourmet dinners as well as activities designed to connect with nature; it would also have an accurate carbon score, worked out via the company’s robust labelling scheme, with the impact offset via carbon mitigation projects.

My mission began aboard the Caledonian Sleeper. I didn’t sleep much, but didn’t care, happily cocooned in my cabin, snug and eco-smug as half of Britain slipped by outside. We rolled into Perth and, soon after, into Murrayshall Hotel. This baronial stone pile, dating to 1664, emerged beyond towering trees and golf tees in the mist-hung November dawn. 

EYES TO THE SKY: Look up, citizens of the universe, we live in the Milky Way Galaxy

In Search of the Core, Mostardas, State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Astro-photographer’s statement: “The night is really a beautiful moment to enjoy all the beauties of the sky. Here the plan was to reflect as many sights as possible in the water and the mirror – with the curious human being searching them in the small square in his hands. We as humans should learn (relearn, in fact) to admire this scene in order to preserve it. Our challenge is to minimize the impact of light pollution while we grow as a civilization.” Egon Filter, Published with Permission.

Egon Filter’s celebrated photograph was NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) on September 13, 2021. Titled “Night Sky Reflected,” the image is accompanied by the following caption: “What’s that in the mirror? In the featured image of the dark southern sky, the three brightest galaxies of the night are all relatively easy to identify. Starting from the left, these are the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC), the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), and part of the central band of our Milky Way Galaxy. All three are also seen reflected in a shallow pool of water. But what is seen in the mirror being positioned by the playful astrophotographer? Dust clouds near the center of our Milky Way—and the planet Jupiter. The composite was carefully planned and composed from images captured from the same camera in the same location and during the same night in mid-2019 in Mostardas, south Brazil. The picture won first place in the Connecting to the Dark division of the International Dark-Sky Association’s Capture the Dark contest for 2021.”

Planet Earth is located in the Milky Way Galaxy. Our sun, the center of the solar system, is one star among hundreds of billions of stars that form the Milky Way. This giant conglomeration of suns, with 100 billion planets, cosmic dust, and gases, is our home galaxy. Within range of telescopes, the enormity of the Milky Way spins among more than 100 billion galaxies in the universe.

Full sky view of our Milky Way Galaxy photographed on September 4, 2022, 10:40 p.m., Washington, Maine. Orientation: southwest, upper right, Sagittarius; northeast, lower left, Perseus, Cassiopeia; center, the Summer Triangle. Lower right brightness is distant light pollution from Augusta, Maine. Red lines are airplanes trails. Photo by Mario Motta, M.D. Published with Permission.

On clear nights, away from artificial lights, look for the Milky Way arcing over the sky. Observe tonight, November 26, at about 6 to 6:30 p.m., to find a young crescent moon close to the southwest horizon at the edge of the Milky Way. Follow the arc to the northeast horizon, where red planet Mars, -1.77 magnitude, rises in the east-northeast. Enjoy the waxing crescents as they increase in size and set later every evening.

Look near the center of Mario Motta’s photograph for a triangle marked by three outstanding stars that compose The Summer Triangle: Deneb, Vega and Altair straddle the Milky Way. Look by 9 o’clock this week to see the full pattern before its lowest star, Altair sets at about 9:30 p.m.

Milky Way over a Berkshire lake, facing south, August 6, 2021, 8:32 p.m. Photo by Stella Cadente. Published with Permission.

If the Milky Way does not appear in your sky, light pollution is blocking your view. The moon and the Summer Triangle are visible through the haze created by excessive, poorly designed outdoor lighting. In North America, 99 percent of the population lives under a light-polluted sky. To learn how to protect the night sky from light pollution, to keep the Milky Way in your sky, and to bring back the Milky Way where it is blocked from view, go to the International Dark Sky Association (IDA).

Photographer Karl Roberts Creates Surreal Self-Portraits That Amaze You

A talented UK Photographer and Artist Karl Roberts creates surreal self-portraits that amaze you. These images are visual stories that provide an insight into Karl’s life, created between 2017-2022. Each image has been created to tell a story, to allow him to speak without talking.

Scroll down and inspire yourself. Please check Karl’s Instagram account for more amazing work.

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Twin crises: Experts say nature and climate cannot be siloed

PARIS: Experts and activists were hoping UN climate talks would end last week with a prominent mention of biodiversity in the final text. They walked away disappointed.

Some say delegates at the COP27 summit missed a key opportunity to acknowledge the connection between the twin climate and nature crises, which many believe have been treated separately for too long.

Failing to address both could mean not only further decimating Earth’s life support systems, but also missing the key climate target of limiting warming to under 1.5 degrees Celsius, they warn.

“We’re doomed if we don’t solve climate, and we’re doomed if we don’t solve biodiversity,” Basile van Havre, co-chair of the UN biodiversity negotiations, told AFP.

At the COP15 UN biodiversity talks next month, dozens of countries will meet to hammer out a new framework to protect animals and plants from destruction by humans.

The meeting comes as scientists warn that climate change and biodiversity damage could cause the world’s sixth mass extinction event.

Such destruction of nature also risks worsening climate change.

The oceans have absorbed most of the excess heat created by humanity’s greenhouse gas emissions and, along with forests, are important carbon sinks.

“(Nature) is up to a third of the climate solution. And it is a proven technology,” Brian O’Donnell, director of Campaign for Nature, told AFP.

He said oceans in particular are unsung “superheroes”, which have absorbed carbon and heat, at the cost of acidification and coral-killing heatwaves.

As the world warms, species and ecosystems can also play a crucial role in building resilience. Mangroves, for example, can protect against coastal erosion caused by rising seas linked to a warming planet.


Perhaps the most attention on the natural world at COP27 came during a visit by Brazil’s president-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who will take office in January.

He has vowed to halt the rampant deforestation of the Amazon seen under incumbent Jair Bolsonaro and announced during the climate talks plans to create a ministry for indigenous people, custodians of the rainforest.

The crucial “30 by 30” biodiversity target also got a boost when a bloc of West African nations vowed to adhere to the goal of protecting 30 per cent of the natural world by 2030.

Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM lens now reduced to under $2000 this Black Friday

Save $400 on the Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM lens which takes it down below $2000 this Black Friday.

We’re pleased to share this deal with you because the Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM sits in our best lenses for astrophotography buying guide and it received a near-perfect 4.5/5 stars in our Canon RF 15-35mm review. But why do we think so highly of this lens?

It’s part of Canon’s L-series range, which is known for its outstanding optical clarity. Super sharp from edge to edge and with a constant maximum aperture of f/2.8 this ultra-wide zoom has a very astro-friendly 15-35mm focal length making it perfect for wide-field astrophotography. 

The fast aperture of f/2.8 allows the lens to drink in the light from the cosmos and maximizes light input onto any compatible Canon RF mirrorless camera body. This saves pushing the ISO sensitivity too high, which in return results in astrophotographs with less high ISO image noise — ideal for clean, clear images.

While astrophotographers typically use one of the best tripods to photograph from, this lens has five stops of Image Stabilization (IS) to help steady the view, should you want to photograph in low-light handheld. That makes it usable for more than just astro and in fact, makes an ideal lens for weddings or group portraits indoors where light levels are normally limited.

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Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM: was $2399, now $1999 at B&H  Save $400 on this ultra-wide zoom Canon RF-mount lens, perfect for any of Canon’s mirrorless RF-mount camera bodies. Suited to astrophotography, it also makes a great lens for any low-light shooting situation. Sharp everywhere and solidly built, this lens should keep up with you wherever you shoot.

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The Nano USM feature built into the lens works with Canon’s Dual-Pixel CMOS AF to produce the best autofocusing speed and ability that Canon has to offer (superior to Canon’s less expensive STM system seen in more affordable lens models).

Better yet, the Canon 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM has an integrated control ring that can be preset to control myriad camera settings, from aperture to ISO and more. Optically, the lens benefits from low dispersion and aspherical glass elements to keep images clear of chromatic aberration (no color fringing on those stars) and distortion-free.

Weather-resistant it’s not fully waterproof, but that shouldn’t matter too much for the astrophotographers who tend to shoot when it’s clear and dry, anyway. It is also coated with Air-Sphere Coating (ASC) to reduce flare and ghosting when shooting directly into the sun or when subjects are backlit.

Be sure to check out’s Black Friday deals page, or our guide to the Best lenses for astrophotography, or pair it with one of the Best cameras for photos and videos or Best cameras for astrophotography.

Best Photography Games That You Can Play Today

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Best Photography Games That You Can Play Today

Getting behind the lens of a camera can be an incredibly creative experience. It’s no wonder that video games would try to replicate that experience. These are the best photography games you can play right now.

In one form or another, each game incorporates photography within its gameplay. The list is presented in no particular order and is of the author’s opinion. 

Photography Helps Develop the Story in Toem

© Photo Credit: Something We Made
Photo Credit: Something We Made

The primary gameplay of Toem involves using your camera to solve various puzzles to help other characters. It takes place in a 2.5D cartoon world where the player ascends a mountain to witness a rare event known as “Toem.”

As they complete side quests from other characters, they’ll earn stamps to progress up the mountain. Interacting with the environment is sometimes the key to getting the exact photo you need to complete side quests.

The game features hand-drawn graphics and an overall aesthetic similar to the indie game Chicory.

New Pokémon Snap Is the Follow-up to a Beloved Photography Game

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Photo Credit: Nintendo

Pokémon Snap is one of the most beloved games on the Nintendo 64. It shook up the traditional Pokémon game format and replaced battling with photography. Pokémon were no longer vicious creatures of war but rather cute subjects of a professor. The gameplay involved on-rail movement and photographing Pokémon across different levels. The photos you took were then graded based on their compositions.

New Pokémon Snap is the follow-up and features similar gameplay. As the assistant to Pokémon Professor Mirror, you must photograph the various Pokémon of the Lental Region to help him uncover the mysteries of “luminescent” Pokémon. There are over 200 Pokémon to photograph in New Pokémon Snap, and each has its own personality.

Fulfill Requests as a Freelance Photographer in Umurangi Generation

© Photo Credit: Origame Digital
Photo Credit: Origame Digital

A freelance photographer is essentially a profession that accepts side quests for a living. Umurangi Generation capitalizes on that concept as a freelancer simulator. The game takes place in fictional a New Zealand, where the island country is in the midst of a war with an alien race. The different objects and environmental locations you shoot will help add additional context to an otherwise bizarre narrative.

While accepting side quests will help advance the story, the player can free-roam and photograph the world as they please. As they progress in the game, they’ll unlock different camera and lens attachments that will expand how they approach their photography.

The Good Life Is a Photography Game About a Murder Mystery

© Photo Credit: White Owls Inc.
Photo Credit: White Owls Inc.

New York journalist Naomi Howard has been sent to a small village in England to investigate a myth that its villagers can transform into cats and dogs. Things eventually turn into a murder mystery. Photographing different landmarks and objects across the village will help advance Naomi’s investigation into the many secrets of the village.

In the game’s story’s background, the player can freely roam around the village to satisfy different villagers’ requests to make money and pay off Naomi’s debts. There are also light farm and life simulator elements, such as growing a garden or participating in social life with the villagers.

Beasts of Maravilla Takes Place in a Mystical Jungle

© Photo Credit: Banana Bird Studios
Photo Credit: Banana Bird Studios

Beasts of Maravilla falls into the subgenre of wildlife photography games. As wildlife photographer Marina Montez, you’re tasked with photographing your island’s eccentric creatures to show humanity to keep believing in magic. You’ll do this with Marina’s grandfather’s camera and journal documenting the island’s elusive and mystical wildlife.

In this 3D platformer, you’ll traverse the island’s varied terrains to photograph colorful wildlife. Similar to Pokémon Snap, each animal has their own unique behavior that can result in hundreds of different shots. The game’s developers worked with experts at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles to learn about animal behaviors and applied that to Beast of Maravilla’s animal design. They intended to create a video game that involved non-violent interactions with animals.

Photographs Is a Heartfelt Game About Remembering the Past

© Photo Credit: EightyEightGames
Photo Credit: EightyEightGames

Photographs is a rare photography game that’s not about taking pictures. Rather, you’ll complete mini-games on polaroid backgrounds to piece together a series of photos that tell the game’s story. You’ll move from one character’s story to another, and the happenings in each story are often associated with the mini-games you’ll be required to play in that part of the game.

It features pixel art graphics that pair well with a fairly relaxing and laid-back presentation. It can be completed in a few hours and is one of the few photography video games available on mobile platforms.

Pupperazi Is a Unique Photography Game About Social Media

© Photo Credit: Sundae Month
Photo Credit: Sundae Month

Pupperazi is a game about receiving feedback on your photography portfolio. Players take on the role of a humanoid camera that takes pictures on an island inhabited by canines. The main idea of Pupperazi is to go out and take photos of dogs to post on the social media site dogNET. Those posts then receive feedback in the form of comments and followers. Progressing in the story is tied to the number of followers you have.

The island’s residents will have various photography requests for you to complete. The recommendations you meet can help dictate how you take your social media career. The dogs in Pupperazi come in all shapes and sizes. And yes, you can pet them.

Wrapping Up

What did you think of our list? Feel free to sound off in the comments, and let us know if we missed any of the best photography games.


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