While we spend a great deal of time figuring out which is the best camera you can buy, the best cameraphone ever made or the only compact you'll ever need, we don't spend a whole lot of time telling you how to use them.
So, in this collection of straightforward mini-guides, we're collecting the best photography tips from our expert snappers. No long technical explanations, just different ways to try taking photos with any camera.
We'll be expanding this guide over the coming weeks, so keep checking back for more useful tips.
Part 1: it's all about background
part 3: go prime
One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to buy a nice expensive DSLR or compact system camera and then only use it with the simple 'kit' lens that came with it. The first, best upgrade you can make is to attach a prime lens - here's why, and which one to buy.
part 4: pan for gold
Panorama mode might be something you've used once or twice, but it's actually a startlingly powerful creative tool that can create amazing effects - read this guide to find out how to best use this feature.
part 5: family album
Part 6: write with light
Part 7: go monochrome
Part 8: Capture the action
Part 9: Snap the stars
Part 10: Make your photos extra tasty
Part 11: Stand out in the dark
Low light photography can be tricky enough with a DSLR, let alone a comparatively diddy smartphone sensor - but you can use the gloom to your advantage with our guide to the best apps and techniques for night-time smartphone snapping.