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Digital Photographer

Digital Photographer No. 221

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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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
there’s never been a better time to pick up your camera and photograph wild animals

Wildlife is a source of great fascination and inspiration to so many of us, either as image-makers or simply as human beings living on this planet. Capturing animals on camera helps us to understand their behaviour, promote conservation or simply showcase the beauty and diversity of nature. This issue is a wildlife special, and our main feature on p30 brings together 50 tips from five top pros, who cover the fieldcraft of capturing wild animals and the practical camera techniques behind creating more powerful shots. For more image inspiration, turn to p10 to see a roundup of the 2019 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition winners. Elsewhere in the issue, Dave Fieldhouse has put together a guide to shooting urban landscapes – because there’s plenty of beauty to be found in cities…

2 min.
our contributors

PETER FENECH As Digital Photographer’s seasoned staff writer, Peter is an expert on many different subjects, both practical and career-driven. This issue, he’s been shooting with polarising filters in the woods to bring you a reflection-enhancing tutorial. Peter has also covered the common pitfalls of using social media on p78. Website: digitalcameraworld.com DAVE FIELDHOUSE Dave may be a landscape lover, but on p44 he explains why he’s just as happy shooting in urban environments as he is in the countryside. From getting permission to working with the weather, Dave has put together a guide for capturing satisfying scenes of the cities and towns most of us call home. Website: davefieldhousephotography.com GUADALUPE LAIZ Our interviewee, Guadalupe, is driven by the belief that art and beauty can transform how people think about conservation and nature. On p24, she shares…

8 min.
the gallery

Humming Surprise by Thomas Easterbrook, UK Winner 2019, 10 Years and Under On holiday with his family in France, Thomas was eating supper in the garden on a warm summer’s evening when he heard the humming. The sound was coming from the fast-beating wings of a hummingbird hawk-moth, hovering in front of an autumn sage, siphoning up nectar with its long proboscis. Its wings are reputed to beat faster than the hummingbirds that pollinate plants in Mexico and Texas. With the moth moving quickly from flower to flower it was a challenge to frame a picture. But Thomas managed it, while capturing the stillness of the moth’s head against the blur of its wings. Face of Deception by Ripan Biswas, India Winner 2019, Animal Portraits Ripan was photographing a red weaver ant colony in…

1 min.
the best of pet portraits

In our most recent competition in association with Photocrowd we challenged you to submit your best pet portraits, and after looking through over 3,000 photos, the winners have been chosen. 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 a tough task. 1 ST PLACE WINNER Eddie the cat Photographer: Adele Tayles Our comment: This was a challenging brief because it is difficult to capture something unique and eye-catching. The lighting is expertly shaped to reveal only part of the subject in a dramatic style. The dark edges of the frame and strong colour of the eye draws attention to the centre of the shot.…

2 min.
story behind the still

Photographer’s name: Stephan Amm Website: stephan-amm.de Image location: Franconia, Germany Type of commission: Competition entry Shot details: Nikon D810, 28mm, 0.3secs at f/16, ISO 64 About the shot: Frozen water, with its manifold shapes and appearances, has never failed to intrigue and challenge photographer Stephan Amm. Like many nature shooters, Stephan prefers to shoot mostly in the vicinity of his home town. By looking for ways to enhance the landscape that surrounds him, he has learnt to value ice as an ingredient capable of enriching many subjects. “I am interested in classical painting, and it often fascinates me when a seemingly random combination of different natural materials leads to a picture with a certain something,” he explains. “Just as you can elicit secrets from a painting with the help of art history, you can dive deep…

2 min.
canon eos-1d x iii unleashed

Canon has officially unveiled the EOS-1D X Mk III, the company’s new flagship pro-level camera. Boasting a redesigned AF sensor with 28 times the resolution of the previous unit, along with a new DIGIC processor and AF deep-learning algorithm, the newest member of the EOS family brings the EOS 1D line up to date. The 1D range has long been a favourite among pro sports, wildlife and low-light photographers, and Canon aims to maintain this for the next generation. Referred to as “the ultimate camera for sports and wildlife” that ushers in “a new era of AF speed and accuracy” the EOS-1D X Mk III’s headline feature is undoubtedly its autofocus performance. The new AF sensor features an estimated 10 million pixels of resolution, which when combined with the updated deep-learning…