Stuff's Guide to Photography

How to take great snaps on any camera, from your phone to a full-fat DSLR.

While we spend a great deal of time figuring out which is the best camera you can buy, the best cameraphone ever made and the only compact you'll ever needwe 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 Stuff's expert snappers. No long technical explanations, just different ways to try taking photos, with any camera.

We'll be expanding this guide every day over the next week, so keep checking back for more useful tips.

Part 1: it's all about background

In a nutshell, bokeh means blurred background. One of the first things you should learn in photography is that you don't want all of your picture in focus - pick out the details you want the picture to be about and blur the rest, and your picture will have purpose. Here's how.

part 2: learn to zoom

A zoom lens doesn't just magnify things, it changes the way they look. Spend 10 minutes mucking about with the zoom on your compact camera, and you'll find your photos take a big leap forward. Here's the guide.