Digital Photographer

Digital Photographer No. 223

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.
“when words become unclear, i shall focus with photographs”

Setting the tone is often easier with a quote, and who better to begin our Black & White issue than Ansel Adams – master of the monochrome landscape. In our main feature on p28, we’re using clear words and explaining how you can create impactful scenes in the absence of colour. Learn to really think in B&W, rather than just shooting a landscape and converting it to greyscale in Photoshop when you get home. Many of us are already thinking ahead to our summer holidays, but our travel feature will show you how to take stunning shots at any time. From p42, Jeremy Flint explains how to plan your trips, pack and prep the right kit, and then turn tourist shots into more captivating results at exotic destinations. Shooting familiar locations also…

2 min.
our contributors

PETER FENECH As Digital Photographer’s staff writer, Peter is an expert on both creative techniques and working as a pro photographer in this industry. Peter has put together a black & white landscapes feature (p28), a shooting tutorial for handheld long exposures (p84), plus a guide to protecting images from theft (p70). Website: digitalcameraworld.com TOM CALTON Modern portrait and wedding pro Tom is a regular on Digital Photographer. He’s back this issue on p78 with a creative project on fairy light portraits. By combining a shallow depth of field with a twinkling backdrop, Tom will show you how to achieve a dreamlike portrait from the comfort of your own home. Website: tomcaltonweddings.co.uk COLBY BROWN This month we talk to and quiz Colby, a travel and humanitarian photographer. Colby’s foundation, The Giving Lens, blends photo education with support…

2 min.
the gallery

Sandra Upe-Våge Image title: Girls dance What camera, lens and settings did you use to capture this stunning shot? Canon EOS 60D, 18-270mm, 1/200sec, f/5.6, ISO 2000. How did you decide on the composition? Every five years, the Latvian Song and Dance Festival is held – it is one of the world’s largest amateur choral and dance events and is an important event in Latvian culture. It’s included in UNESCO’s Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity List. Last year I applied for a photographer card, which gave me permission to photograph almost all the events at the festival. It was a magical experience and very different from when I worked in the orchestra and played in this event – a completely different role! What do you like most about the image? I am really…

1 min.
win! prizes from affinity

The urban environment offers photographic opportunities in the most unlikely of places. We want to see shots that capture the mood of these forgotten areas of the urban jungle and present hidden and unexpected views in a unique way. Enter at photocrowd.com/digitalphotographerurbanexploration for a chance to win a licence to Affinity Photo professional editing software (£48.99 for Mac and £19.99 for Windows). Affinity Photo is a huge toolset engineered for modern photography professionals. Whether you’re editing and retouching images or creating full-blown multi-layered compositions, it has all the power and performance you’ll ever need. Speed, power and accuracy are at the heart of Affinity Photo’s workflow, with non-destructive editing, RAW processing and end-to-end colour management as standard. Edits work in real time, so there’s no waiting to see results. Expert and Crowd…

1 min.
the best of winter vistas

For our latest competition in association with Photocrowd, we challenged you to submit your best images of wintry vistas, and after sifting through over 2,000 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 incredibly high, and picking out the stand-out shots was a tough task. 1ST PLACE WINNER Winterforest Photographer: Dirk Vonten Our comment: The atmosphere in this woodland study is superb. The receding contrast and clarity as the eye moves into the frame offers tremendous depth and the sense that this forest stretches on forever. The colour provides a wintry feel without being over-saturated. The brightness gradient from top to bottom is also very satisfying. 2ND…

2 min.
story behind the still

Photographer’s name: Philip Platzer Photographer’s website: philip-platzer.com Image location: Fromberg, Austria Type of commission: Assignment Shot details: Nikon D4S, Nikkor 16mm Fisheye, 1/2000 sec, f/6.3, ISO 320 About the shot: There are certain images where it’s impossible to decode the shooting process behind them, regardless of how long they are studied. How did the photographer manage to achieve the exposure? How on Earth (or in this case, in the air) did they find a way of shooting the frame from that perspective? Philip Platzer’s award-winning shot of an aerial athlete performing a hair-raising swing between two hot air balloons is a great example. “Together with the Red Bull Skydive Team I did this crazy project called ‘Megaswing’ back in 2016,” explains Philip. “[straight away] I already knew this was a tricky one: two hot air balloons,…