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Digital Camera World December 2018

Digital Camera is the definitive guide to digital SLR photography and will show you how to improve any digital photo. It’s packed with practical photography advice and Photoshop tutorials to help you become a better digital photographer. With buying advice to help you choose the DSLR, compact system camera, lens, tripod, printer, or camera bag that’s right for you, it covers all DSLRs including Canon EOS/Rebel and Nikon systems. The perfect title for both amateur and pro photographers

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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
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13 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

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welcome

Having become firmly invested in the Apple ecosystem over the years, I recently upgraded to an iPhone Xs Max – tempted by its impressive camera offering – and I certainly haven’t been disappointed. Portrait mode with the Depth effect looks fantastic on the phone’s large OLED screen, and not far behind it when viewed on a computer. After taking some pictures of my children, they asked me if I still needed my ‘real’ camera. Of course, I replied. Camera phones just get better and better (see our Mini Test, page 142) and some of their benefits – the convenience, the connectivity and the pace of technological advances – are giving the camera industry plenty to think about right now.But it all comes down to flexibility and control, so for me…

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this month’s contributors

Don McCullinPhotojournalistDon McCullin’s newly-released book The Landscape showcases images taken throughout his six-decade career. He talks to Martin Parr about life and photography…Martin ParrDocumentary photographerHead of the Martin Parr Foundation and a name known around the world, this month Martin meets Don McCullin. Read the conversation on page 148.Catherine O’DonnellLifestyle photographerThis month our masterclass takes place with Catherine and two charming little ones. Turn to page 8 to find out how we capture their magic moments on location.Benedict BrainCreative photographerOur regular columnist has been carrying on up the Panama Canal (with his camera, of course). On page 37, Ben takes a different approach to his location.Andrew JamesOur man with all the answersAndrew’s photography career sees him take on all sorts of challenges, and his in-depth knowledge means he can solve…

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essence of childhood

Catherine loves to photograph families and children in natural light.Never work with animals or children might be a famous maxim, but some photographers find joy in capturing the everyday moments of family life. Our creative pro Catherine O’Donnell has always loved taking pictures (as well as painting and drawing), but she became obsessed with photography after she had her first baby five years ago. “I had an SLR, but I’d pretty much always kept it on auto,” she says. “I set about the long task of teaching myself how to use it (as well as going on many a workshop)”.Catherine cuts a long story short to tell us that her passion grew, and a friend of a friend asked her to photograph their wedding. “Although petrified, I agreed; then another…

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location, location

Get permissionWrest Park is owned by English Heritage, but Catherine has exclusive, authorised access to capture images within its beautiful grounds. “Find out what additional costs may be involved and factor these in,” she says. “I pay an agreed location fee, which covers my clients’ entrance and permission to shoot in the grounds. This is something I pass on to my clients if they choose to have their session there. Different venues will have different rules, so find out in advance.”Look for variety“The beauty of shooting somewhere like Wrest Park is that it has so many options, so every shoot can feel quite different depending on the season, and where we choose to explore.” ■…

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catherine’s tools of the trade

1 Canon 5D Mark IIICatherine has played around with mirrorless cameras, but still loves her DSLR above all. The full-frame sensor and weather-proofing of the Mark III make it a good candidate for outdoor shooting.2 Canon 50mm f/1.2LCatherine mainly uses this L-series lens for portraits. “I enjoy shooting with my prime the most (although my legs will ache more at the end of the day). When the light, background and subject all fall into place, this lens can achieve beautiful bokeh.”3 Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L“Sometimes the flexibility of reach that my 24-70mm gives me is just what I need.” Catherine can use this zoom lens to fill the frame with subjects quickly (and without moving herself). This pro-grade lens performs well in low-light situations, too, because it has a wide maximum…

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ideas for capturing expressive portraits

1 “Put your little subjects at ease. Introduce yourself, and make a point not to pick up your camera straight away.”2 “Build a rapport with your subjects (even if they’re your own children).”3 “Let them tell you a joke: kids often find their own jokes to be the most hilarious ones.”4 “Children don’t always need to be smiling to make for an interesting portrait. Look out for beautiful quiet moments, and capture those too.”5 “For beautiful smiles, I find asking kids ‘not to smile’ is a trick that can often bring about a burst of laughter.”6 “Read the mood and personality of the children you’re photographing. If they are naturally shy, don’t be overly loud or you’ll end up frightening them.”7 “Be observant and capture subjects au naturel. The great…

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