Digital Photographer

Digital Photographer No. 219

Launched in 2002, Digital Photographer is the ultimate monthly photography magazine, delivering indispensable, practical and hands-on shooting advice. Aimed at digital enthusiasts and professional photographers, Digital Photographer features the latest high-end kit reviews, expert interviews, practical shooting advice and image-editing tutorials to help you become a better photographer. We also showcase a selection of images from DP readers every month – the ideal launch pad for your career. Please note: Digital versions of the magazines do not include the covermount items or supplements that you would find on printed editions.

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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
getting sharp images is one of the key ways to ensure a truly eye-catching scene

In almost every genre of photography, getting sharp images is one of the key ways to ensure a truly eye-catching scene. Achieving tack sharpness generally involves doing lots of small things well, until all those tiny techniques make a noticeable difference – something you’ll find out in this month’s main feature. From lens stabilisation to shutter speeds, turn to page 30 to read our top tips. On page 44, expert editorial photographer Ewen Bell has created a total guide to exposure, while our final feature on page 58 explains how to capture portrait images with plenty of character. In many parts of the world, the days are starting to get shorter and colder, but don’t let that stop you heading out with your camera. We’ve got three new tutorials – freelensing, HDR…

2 min.
our contributors

PETER FENECH As Digital Photographer’s staff writer, Peter is an expert on many different imaging subjects. On p30, he looks at ways to shoot your sharpest shots, from lens stabilisation modes to camera settings. Discover Peter’s fun tutorial for capturing pets at home on p80, plus a guide to using social media for business on p75. Website: digitalcameraworld.com LEE FROST Lee Frost doesn’t just shoot stunning landscape and travel shots – he also writes about how to take them. Arguably anyone can snap a face, but it takes real skill and technique to capture the essence of your subject, as Lee will show on p58. He’s put together a feature explaining how to capture portraits with more character. Website: leefrost.co.uk YORK HOVEST Regular readers will know that we interview a practising pro photographer each month. This issue,…

3 min.
the gallery

Roy Poots Image title: Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia What camera gear did you use to capture this stunning shot? A Canon EOS 5D II with a Samyang 14mm f/2.8, f/8, 15sec, and ISO 50. How did you decide on the composition? The Petronas Towers are an important subject in this frame. I moved my frame a bit so they were not in the middle. Because I was at 14mm, there is a lot of extra space for buildings at both sides. There was one thing bothering me, but I couldn’t get it right. I really wanted to keep the building behind the Petronas Towers exactly behind them, but I couldn’t move because this shot was taken from my hotel room window. What do you like most about the image? I have a special feeling for skylines, and…

1 min.
the best of black & white macro

For our latest competition in association with Photocrowd we asked you to submit your best images of the world in macro, and after looking through over 1,500 photos, the winners have been selected. Both crowd-voted and expert winners will win a licence to Affinity Photo professional editing software. Congratulations to all of the winners – as usual the standard of submitted images was high and selecting the stand-out shots was incredibly difficult. 1 ST PLACE WINNER Phantom of Lizard Photographer: Leka Huie Our comment: The standard of entries in this competition was exceptionally high, with many worthy contenders. This image stood out for its deep contrast and graphic qualities. The subject is clear yet rendered in an almost abstract way. The lighting is superb and exposure is masterfully controlled. 2 ND PLACE Networking Photographer: David Jacks Our comment: Macro…

2 min.
story behind the still

Photographer’s name: Tim Daniels Website: lapseoftheshutter.com Image location: Stockholm, Sweden Type of commission: Personal work Shot details: Canon EOS 6D, 17-40mm, 2 secs at f/11, ISO 100 About the shot: Even when photographing something big or expansive, it is important to consider small-scale influences on the success of an image. When shooting architecture, for example, micro-adjustments to the camera position can radically alter the perspective. For this shot, photographer Tim Daniels had to precisely position his equipment to make the most of this large, colourful space as a subject. “Stations on Stockholm’s metro have been transformed into works of art. I’d seen some of these online, and when in Stockholm I went late at night to have the whole platform to myself. This was my favourite station, with escalators extending through a ceiling of rock painted…

2 min.
two new cameras from sony

Sony has announced two new APS-C format cameras for its Alpha series, the A6100 and the A6600. Although they have the same 24.2MP Exmor CMOS sensor with a front-end LSI and the latest BIONZ X processing engine, the A6100 is aimed at novices while the A6600 is for more experienced photographers and videographers. This sensor and image processor combination enables a standard sensitivity range of ISO 100-32000. On the A6600 this can be expanded to ISO 50-102400 while the A6100 has an expanded range of ISO 100-51,200. The cameras can shoot at up to 11fps with continuous autofocussing, or 8fps in silent shooting mode. The two cameras also offer an autofocus (AF) system with a claimed acquisition speed of 0.02sec. This has 425 phase detection points that cover 84% of the sensor,…