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Digital Photographer

Digital Photographer No. 220

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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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
“imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. but without it we go nowhere”

The above words – borrowed from the American scientist Carl Sagan and his 1980 book Cosmos – seem like a fitting way to introduce our astrophotography/nighttime photo feature this issue. Of course, there are fundamental technical skills to learn in order to capture the night sky, the moon and celestial events, which Jamie Carter will share from p30, but you also need a sense of wonder and imagination to take tips and turn them into truly stunning images. Next up, we move from the dark into the light, with Holly Wren’s in-depth guide to studio flash setups. If you’re like me and do anything you can to avoid shooting in a studio, I fully recommend Holly’s clear approach to explaining how light style, intensity and placement can all come together to…

2 min.
our contributors

PETER FENECH As Digital Photographer’s staff writer, Peter is an expert on many genres. In his coastal feature on p58, he looks at ways to shoot and edit captivating landscapes by the sea. On p84, Peter has put together a tutorial on shooting a panoramic using a shift lens, plus a guide to making your photo website mobile-friendly on p74. Website: digitalcameraworld.com HOLLY WREN Studio lighting can seem like a daunting skill to learn, but fortunately portrait photographer Holly Wren has found time to create a brilliant introduction to studio lighting techniques. Head to p44 for a guide to light type, intensity, placement and modifiers, and discover four popular lighting styles to try in your own work. Website: hollywren.com CRAIG BILL Our star cover shot this issue comes from the extremely talented Craig Bill. Taken at Shiprock…

2 min.
the gallery

Rafal Lapszanski Image title: Be in the Moment What camera gear did you use to capture this? Nikon D610, NIKKOR 50mm 1.8G, 1/500sec,f/1.8, ISO 200. How did you decide on the composition? I had a vision of a portrait showing a freckled, red-haired and intriguing girl. During the preparation for a photoshoot in the golden hour I spotted an opportunity to capture this scene and didn’t hesitate for a second! What do you like most about the image? I love how it illustrates that beauty is all about the imperfections. Did you do much post-processing? I did some minimal colour and contrast adjustments, plus some dodging and burning. See more of Rafal’s portraits on the next spread. Upload your images to our Facebook page now for yourchance to get them printed in the magazine.Go to facebook.com/DigitalPhotographerUK. Phil Watson Image title: Barbican I wanted to…

1 min.
the best of autumn scenes

In our most recent competition in association with Photocrowd we challenged you to submit your best images of autumnal scenes, and after assessing almost 3,000 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 selecting the stand-out shots was really tough. 1 ST PLACE WINNER Santa Maddalena Photographer: Krzysztof Browko Our comment: Autumn is a favourite season as the colours transform any scene. One of the biggest mistakes many photographers make is that they get carried away with capturing this colour and forget to find a strong subject. This image perfectly balances autumnal hues with wonderful light and great composition. 2 ND PLACE Fly Agaric Photographer: Mike…

2 min.
story behind the still

Photographer’s name: Joseph Greco Website: josephgreco.weebly.com Image location: Sausalito, California Type of commission: Personal Shot details: Nikon D80, 18-55mm, 8 secs, f/20, ISO 100 About the shot: One of the biggest challenges for photographers shooting travel, cityscape or landscape images is capturing something unique. Achieving a composition that conveys the best aspects of a familiar subject but inspires the imagination is no easy task. This was a challenge for Joseph Greco while shooting the famous Golden Gate Bridge. “As a San Francisco native I’ve always had a fondness for the bridge, and I’ve been photographing it with fog as a personal project. Being one of the most photographed subjects in the world, it’s a challenge to try and produce something new.” In these situations, knowing a location intimately can help you recognise how to capture the elements…

2 min.
nikon z 50 arrives

Ever since Nikon announced the full-frame (FX) format Z 6 and Z 7, we’ve been expecting an APS-C (DX) format camera to join them. Now the wait is over, as Nikon has announced the 20.9MP Z 50. Unlike Canon, Nikon has given the new camera the same lens mount as its full-frame mirrorless cameras. This means that it can use any of the Nikon S-Line (Z-mount) lenses. The new mirroless camera’s sensor has phase detection pixels embedded in it for use by the Hybrid AF system. This is a first for a Nikon DX (APS-C) format camera, and the 209 AF points cover approximately 90% of the vertical and horizontal space on the sensor. The Z 50 also features Subject Tracking and Eye AF modes. Nikon has paired the Z 50’s sensor…