Photography Week

Photography Week No. 380

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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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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vnyl cam is a subscription service for polaroid fans

Love shooting instant film? Always wanted an uber-exclusive Polaroid camera? Worried about not taking photos because you always forget to buy fresh packs of film? Then the new VNYL Cam service might be for you. The officially licensed offering from VNYL – Very Nice You’ll Love – comes with an exclusive neon-colored Polaroid 600 camera and three packs of film, along with monthly deliveries of two packs of film. The VNYL Cam service costs $349 (about £270) for six months, or $549 (about £420) for a year. That works out as 13 or 25 packs of film (each containing eight instant photos); since Polaroid 600 cameras start at around $130/£120, and a pack of Polaroid 600 film costs $18.99/£17.99, that’s not a bad deal if you shoot 16 Polaroids a month. It…

3 Min.
shoot the city

Thanks to a combination of advanced building materials and imaginative architects, the modern built-up environment is every bit as beautiful as the hills, valleys and woodland that we associate with a traditional landscape. The basics for photographing both are also very similar. The natural light is the same, and should be treated so. The rules of composition work just as well here as they do in any given beauty spot or national park; and even better, we don’t need to splash out on any additional equipment. Having worked in a construction related industry for over 25 years, it’s hardly surprising that I was drawn to shooting in the city. With over 80 per cent of the UK population living in or near a town or city, it’s also unsurprising that urban photography…

3 Min.
what’s in the bag?

The more you know about what you are going to shoot and in what style, the better. Preparation is paramount to any successful shoot in the city. While I’m not questioning your ability to carry a 30-kilogram rucksack with two DSLR bodies, six lenses and all the peripherals, the city is a busy place, and you are going to get in a lot of people’s way. I generally decide beforehand if I’m going to be shooting the wider view or a more intimate scene. If you intend to shoot a building, landmark or street in its entirety, a wide-angle lens would be best. However, if you have set yourself the challenge to look for intimate intricacies or a specific architectural feature, then a telephoto lens would be a better choice. For…

2 Min.
don’t forget the basics

It’s important not to forget the basics just because you’ve moved away from a rural landscape to an urban setting. The camera is fundamentally a tool for capturing light, and a basic understanding of the functions of aperture, shutter speed and ISO enables the photographer to have total control of the image they’re about to capture. If the subject you’re shooting is a wide city skyline in daylight and you want pin‑sharp detail throughout, I would suggest that you shoot with a fast shutter speed, a medium aperture (let’s say something around f/8), and as low an ISO as possible. If you’re shooting in lower light, it’s impossible for the shutter speed to stay high without you either opening the aperture – and reducing depth of field – or making a compromise…

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the high life

To gather a varied portfolio of landscape images it’s essential to shoot at different times of day, in different seasons and weathers, and – critically – from different heights. The same can be said for cityscapes. It may take a little more planning than usual, but to gain that different perspective the mountaintops are simply replaced by rooftops, which could be a bar or viewing platform. Although they’re privately owned, some permit photography to a certain extent. You can usually find an attraction’s photography permission policy online prior to visiting. Most will say ‘no tripods’, but others are more tolerant, and one or two buildings I’ve visited are happy for you to shoot to your heart’s content. Shooting through glass is also an option where a rooftop vantage point might not be…