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Digital SLR Photography April 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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Monthly
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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
welcome

WELCOME TO THE APRIL 2018 issue of Digital SLR Photography. When I first started getting serious about photography and was looking to expand my modest camera outfit, the photo magazines at that time (this was in the days long before the internet!) all recommended investing in a set of filters to improve creativity. Back then, Cokin had just come on the scene with its myriad of special-effects filters being all the rage in the press. I invested in tobacco and purple grads, keyhole-shaped masks and a small assortment of special effects filters. I think I used them once. Skip forward to now and the hottest filter for the last few years has been the extreme ND, which allows you to shoot long exposures in daylight and capture amazing results. Its…

5 min.
portfolio

My Early Morning… by Lilia Alvarado liliaalvaradophotography.com “It’s no secret that I adore sunrise. Most people aren’t awake, leaving me free to take advantage of the light without interruption or distraction. Ideally, I’m generally looking to shoot in an open space under clear skies or scattered clouds.” Canon EOS 5D Mk III with EF 200mm f/2L USM lens. Exposure: 1/250sec at f/2 (ISO 500). Goodbye Summer… by Lilia Alvarado “Picking fruit and vegetables is one of my family's favourite outdoor activities to do during the summer and fall. It’s an excellent opportunity for children to learn where our food comes from while having some good old-fashioned fun. And, of course, it presents great opportunities for portraits, too!” Canon EOS 5D Mk IV with EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM lens. Exposure: 1/600sec at f/1.6 (ISO 250). Breathe In…

5 min.
ten tiny toes

Newborns are terrifying subjects. their tiny, fragile bodies and complete dependency on others make most people nervous to handle them, let alone pose for photographs. Professional newborn photographers spend a lot of time training to know how to move and manipulate newborns safely for posing; you need to know how and where to support them as well as pose into photogenic shapes – every detail counts for the perfect picture. Does their face look relaxed but not squashed, are their hands open, is their bottom and head raised high enough to create a pleasing curve or legs wrapped up neatly in a fetal position? all these thoughts, and more, go into perfecting newborn photographs – before you’ve even factored in that your mini-model may have a different agenda to yours,…

5 min.
the perfect storm

IF YOU COULD control the weather, what would be your perfect conditions for landscape photography? Do you pine for endless golden sunsets? Or maybe a blanket of white to transform and simplify scenes? Maybe you like the challenge of blue skies, sunshine and puffy white clouds (although admittedly, during winter, that does sound appealing). For me, dramatic, and changeable weather often produces the most memorable images, and here’s why you should be shooting for storms too. Let’s first clarify what I mean by changeable weather. This is the time when conditions change quickly between the polar opposites, for example: the transition between sunshine to shower; showers to sunshine; or a heavy storm rolling in quickly. It can produce some stunning moments, such as dark, foreboding clouds, rainbows and incredible colours. If…

4 min.
less is more

Somewhere along the line you’ve probably had it drilled into you that landscape images must have foreground interest, a middle distance and a background. while this can create images with lots of depth and a sense of scale, it’s not the only way to record the world around you. For a start, not all landscapes suit this approach, and some benefit from being simplified and decluttered, and that’s exactly what we’re going to explore here. taking a minimalist approach to landscapes involves cutting out the clutter, and focusing on shapes, lines, angles and negative space – what you leave out of your image is as important as what you include. the latter is an important factor – negative space gives the subjects in your landscapes room to breathe, and goes…

4 min.
painting flowers

While there may be a few snowdrop sightings, resilient buds and flourishes of colour, the chills of early spring can make it still too uncomfortable – and subjects too few – to spend much time refining floral still-lifes outdoors, so we’ve one to try indoors instead. Next to daffodils, tulips sing spring-time. as soon as i see them in the shops come February in all their colourful variants, i know easter is just around the corner and this cold spell is on its way out. While natural light is usually the preferred method for lighting cut flowers, there are other available light sources that can produce even softer, painterly effects. Desk lamps, smartphones and small leD torches, for instance, are useful for controlling the placement of light during a long exposure.…