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Digital SLR Photography February 2018

Digital SLR Photography addresses the needs of today's photographer in a lively, informative and stylish format. For photographers of all abilities using digital SLRs or mirrorless cameras, it will inform and entertain you through a unique blend of technique articles, stunning images, inspirational interviews and authoritative reviews. A team of leading photographers cover topics such as landscapes, portraits and close-up photography, providing a focused and comprehensive read guaranteed to help you get the most out of your photography.

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Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Raspberry Pi
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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
welcome

WELCOME TO THE FEBRUARY 2018 issue of Digital SLR Photography. Following the various excesses that come with celebrating the festive season and arrival of the New Year, it can be hard to find the effort to head out into the cold to take pictures. I don’t mind admitting that on cold January mornings, I’ve often looked out at the bleak conditions and decided to put my outdoor photography efforts on hold for another day. However, in the last couple of years I’ve made more of an effort to head out and take pictures, with the majority of my time put towards capturing buildings of interest in my local area. It’s a major departure from my usual photographic interests and one I’ve enjoyed immensely. If you’ve never tried architecture, this time…

6 min.
portfolio

Rush Sunrise by Michal Wlodarczyk 500px.com/michalnaas “Rush is a little harbour town on the east coast of Ireland. I visited this place six or seven times within a few months, waiting for the right conditions – a high tide during a beautiful sunrise. To get a nice smooth water surface I used a Hoya ProND 64 filter. Finally, this image was blended manually from three exposures in Photoshop using the luminosity masks.” Canon EOS 6D with Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens. Exposure: Five seconds at f/16 (ISO 100). Lough Tay Sunset by Michal Wlodarczyk 500px.com/michalnaas “This lake is often called Guinness Lake as its shape, colour of the water and the man-made beach make it look like a glass of the famous Irish beer. I used a 0.9ND grad filter but the dynamic range…

4 min.
change your perspective

In today’s world where we’re over-saturated with visual stimulation, how do we make our images stand out from the crowd, especially when it comes to popular locations and over-photographed spots? there are of course several ways to set yourself apart – making sure you’re present during the best light, paying close attention to details and achieving a pleasing composition are all factors that help take an image from good to great. But sometimes it’s even simpler than this, and all you need to do is introduce a change of perspective. we’re used to seeing the world from head-height. whether you’re vertically challenged or a towering giant, that equates to roughly the same perspective on our surroundings, give or take a foot or two, so it’s natural that when setting up…

3 min.
low-key portraits

MAKING A PHOTOGRAPH doesn’t have to be labour or equipment intensive; often a person, natural light and a camera is all it takes for beautiful portraits. Studio lighting comes with a mountain of modifiers, each with their own lighting effect and fully controllable by you, making it ideal for creative, but often complex, results. Being a constant light source, natural light may seem less versatile but shouldn’t limit your creativity or control over your images. You may not be able to dial the power down on the sun, but you can still control its effects by the position of your subject, using diffusers and reflectors. When inside you may think one window is the same as every othr, but it’s not and you can do a lot to manipulate the light.…

4 min.
life in the fast iane

The short days and dark evenings of winter can leave you fumbling for photo ideas. It’s dark when you leave in the morning, you’re at work all day and then it’s dark again when you get home. When it comes to the pursuit of light, chance would be a fine thing! Fear not – there’s plenty of techniques and ideas you can try after dark too, and one of my favourites is traffic trails. Now, this often involves standing in the cold by a roadside or overpass and, in the weather we’ve had recently, nobody’s got time for that. so instead, here’s a cool technique you can try, in the dark and from the warmth of your own car. Crank up the heaters, pop on the heated seats and grab…

3 min.
rim lighting

When it comes to product photography, you’d be amazed at the amount of lights, modifiers, reflectors and flags that are in place to make a seemingly simple shot look superb. You could put the product in a lightbox and blast it with light from all directions for a seamless, soulless white shot, but where is the craftsmanship in that? creating accent highlights that caress the curves of a subject or define its shape is what makes lighting an art, and a good place to start is with rim lighting. the technique works well with a black background, creating a highlight that outlines and separates the subject from the backdrop, but it can also work nicely to add definition to white-on-white set-ups.if you want to create a rim-lit product shot, you’d…