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Digital SLR Photography December 2017

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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2 min.

WELCOME TO THE DECEMBER 2017 issue of Digital SLR Photography. As we head towards the end of the year, not only are temperatures falling, but days are becoming shorter and nights longer. While some photographers see this as an indication that it’s time to slow down on photo forays, the more dedicated among us will appreciate the fresh opportunities that are presented. Now is the time, before the truly bitter conditions of winter arrive, to head out into the night and try out a range of photo techniques that will give results unlike anything you could capture during the day. This month’s Beginner’s Guide (page 68) covers a wide variety of creative techniques to try at night, including capturing moonlit landscapes and images of the night sky. With the festive…

1 min.
contributing this month:

Daniel Lezano With over 30 years’ experience as an enthusiast SLR photographer and 20 years on photo magazines, editor Lezano is as passionate as ever about photography, in particular portraits. Caroline Schmidt An experienced journalist and photographer, Caroline brings her talent for photography and creating inspiring content to every issue. carolineannphotography.co.uk Jordan Butters With a finger on the pulse of all things photography, Jordan’s our social media master, features guru and a talented pro photographer. jordanbutters.co.uk Ross Hoddinott OUTDOOR He’s not only an award-winning nature photographer, a leading expert in landscape and wildlife photography, he’s a top tutor, too. rosshoddinott.co.uk Lee Frost LANDSCAPES A long-standing regular contributor, Lee is a fountain of knowledge when it comes to shooting landscapes and delivering expert tutorials. leefrost.co.uk Ben Hall WILDLIFE A renowned wildlife photographer, author and tutor, Ben applies his expert knowledge to help…

5 min.

Heaven by Daniel Kay www.500px.com/danielkay “At Mam Tor there are two main compositional aids: the famous gate or a long wooden fence alongside a stone path, acting as a leading line. I chose the fence as it catches first light nicely, whereas the gate gets silhouetted as the sun rises directly behind it.” Nikon D810 with NIKKOR AF-S 16-35mm f/4G VR lens. Exposure: 1/125sec at f/11 (ISO 100). Road To Abyss by Daniel Kay “Capturing the full dynamic range of high-contrast scenes like this can be challenging. I choose not to use ND grad filters and instead bracketed exposures. I then used luminosity masks in Photoshop to manually blend the bracketed images together.” Nikon D810 with NIKKOR AF-S 16-35mm f/4G VR lens. Exposure: 0.4 seconds at f/8 (ISO 80). Autumn Finale by Daniel Kay “I had just come…

9 min.
out of the blue

The annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards has become synonymous with the very best wildlife photography from all around the world. founded in 1965 by BBC Wildlife Magazine, it joined forces in 1984 with the natural history Museum, london, which now develops and produces the awards in full. The Wildlife Photographer of the Year’s prominent links with this incredible establishment, which also hosts the annual exhibition, plays a big part in showcasing these astounding images and the very real ecological issues that some of them address to an audience that might otherwise not have paid them much mind. The awards’ popularity is never in question either, with an amazing 50,000 entries from amateur and professional photographers alike, across a staggering 92 countries, flooding in for the latest competition. This year’s…

5 min.
all the small things

THEY SAY THAT it’s the small things in life that count, and that’s certainly the case when it comes to the recently-announced winners for the 2017 Nikon Small World Photomicrography competition. In celebration of Nikon Instruments’ 100th anniversary, this year’s awards garnered all manner of incredible imagery on a microscopic scale – from jaw-dropping close-ups of human skin cells to a jumping spider’s eyeballs up close, along with the alien-like head of a tapeworm at a staggering 200x magnification! The winner was chosen as Dr. Bram van den Broek of The Netherlands Cancer Institute, for his photo of a skin cell expressing an excessive amount of keratin, giving a glimpse into the hidden world that exists beyond our own perception. We’re not au fait with the science behind most of the winning…

4 min.
diy barn doors for flashguns

CAMERA: NIKON D750/LENS: NIKON AF-S 50MM/1.8G When it comes to portraits, light is everything. the exact same subject in the exact same setting can be used to create all manner of different looks and images just by changing how they’re lit. You could flood them with soft light from all angles for a clean, shadow-free portrait; add gels to your flash to inject bursts of colour; or cast them into darkness and side-light them for mood and drama. it’s the latter that we’re going to explore here, and it calls for a method that controls the light precisely. Barn doors are commonly found on film and television sets, but they’re also popular with fashion and studio photographers too. they usually consist of four flaps, positioned at the front of a light source,…