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Photography Week

No. 355

The world's best-selling digital photography magazine, Photography Week is the ultimate resource for anyone who wants to improve their photography. Every issue we bring you inspirational images, creative ideas, must-try photo projects and in-depth video reviews, plus no-nonsense practical advice on how to get the best from your camera, so you can capture and edit images you can be proud of. Designed specifically for mobile devices, each issue features reader galleries, how-to articles and step-by-step videos that will help you become a better photographer. It's your one-stop shop for all things photographic.

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United Kingdom
Langue:
English
Éditeur:
Future Publishing Ltd
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join the club…

Welcome to the world’s No.1 weekly digital photography magazine. If you’re already a reader, thanks for your continued support and involvement; if you’re new to Photography Week, you’ve come to the right place! In addition to expert advice, brilliant tips and step-by-step tutorials, every issue features interactive galleries of the best new photos, how-to videos on essential shooting and editing techniques, and in-depth reviews of the latest camera kit. But that’s not the whole story. Photography Week is more than a magazine – it’s a community of like-minded people who are passionate about photography. To get involved, just follow any of the links below and share your shots and comments – your photo might even appear on our cover! JOIN THE PHOTOGRAPHY WEEK COMMUNITY AND START SHARING! FACEBOOK http://tiny.cc/7s2zgy TWITTER http://tiny.cc/xt2zgy FLICKR http://tiny.cc/nv2zgy We’re more than just a magazine…

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canon is crowdfunding a tiny ‘go anywhere’ camera

Crowdfunding platforms have become a popular way for startups and small companies to raise seed money for projects, but the news that Canon is using crowdfunding website Indiegogo for a new concept camera will probably surprise many. The IVY REC is somewhat different to Canon’s usual releases, however, which likely explains why Canon has opted to take a less conventional approach. While it is technically a camera, the IVY REC looks like, and is roughly the same size as, a USB flash drive, and is designed to be clipped onto a belt loop or bag strap. Described as “the ultimate go-anywhere camera”, the IVY REC packs a 13MP 1/3-inch CMOS sensor, and can shoot both still images and Full HD videos to 60fps. Its casing is waterproof down to a depth of…

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unlock the secrets of subtle lighting

Whether you’re completely new to portrait photography or have some experience, deciding how to light your subject to create the desired mood can be a challenge. Over the following pages we’ll take a look at the accessories and techniques that can help you enhance your portraits while maintaining that subtle feel, using natural light, strobes or a combination of both. Portraiture can be demanding at the best of times. Not only do we need to manage our lighting, but we also have to build and maintain a connection with our clients. It can be easy to stick to a pattern of simply using a setup that works, and fall into a routine as it becomes easier to stick to what you know. By playing it safe, however, you may be preventing yourself…

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work with hair lights rim lights

To give your portraits more dimension, consider using rim lights (kickers) or hair lights. The main aim when using rim lights is usually to create separation between a subject and a background, or to add shape, form or dimension. This can be achieved by using the sun, a reflector, an artificial strobe or a combination of the three. A hair light is as it sounds, a light dedicated to illuminating the hair so that an accurate portrait can be taken – as hair so often frames our face. As an example, you may wish to photograph a subject with dark hair against a black backdrop. By adding a hair light to the back of your subject’s head, you’ll highlight the back of the hair so that there’s separation between the hair…

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blend lights

Now that we have a basic understanding of what each type of additional light is used for, the trick is to learn how to blend multiple light sources together. This is about balance, and ensuring that the light you wish to be dominant remains as your key light; your other additions are there purely to enhance your shot. For me, each light has to have a purpose. I like to build up my lights one by one to ensure that each is doing what I need it to, and that the balance is right. I’ve made the mistake in the past of setting everything up at the same time, only to discover later that my hair light could have done with being half a stop darker or brighter. I believe the secret…

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edit for subtle results

To ensure that you don’t undo all of your hard work when trying to balance multiple light sources, it’s important not to process your images too heavily. The last thing you want to do is drag the highlights or shadows up to the maximum when they were exposed on low power to create a subtle effect. Providing you shoot raw files, Camera Raw will enable you to make adjustments, but I use this sparingly. I believe it’s worth getting as much right as possible in camera, and that raw editors are there to perfect your images, not to save them. My feelings about editing are the same as about adding another light source. Does it need it? Does it enhance the image? I like to edit skin to remove non-permanent blemishes or…

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