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Digital Camera World February 2019

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
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English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
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13 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

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welcome

As I’m writing this, the first cold snap of the winter has arrived. So what better time to don some warm clothes, pick up your camera and make the most of the transformative effect of snow, ice and frost? That’s our main theme for this issue, with 11 pages of tips on how to shoot winter wonderlands, plus a masterclass in the Canadian Rockies with Mike Mezeul. You can also find out everything you need to know about ISO, enjoy the Abstract & Creative category winners in our prestigious Photographer of the Year competition, and get inspired by 10 new projects in Photo Active. Equipment reviews this month include a flashgun group test – and don’t miss the incredible images by Jimmy Nelson, who discusses his new book Homage to Humanity…

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this month’s contributors

Jimmy Nelson Documentary photographer Jimmy is on a mission to document indigenous tribes and show what they can teach the modern world. Explore his amazing work on page 134. Daniel Fleischhacker Landscape photographer Daniel shot the stunning opening image to our winter landscapes feature this issue. On page 52, he also shares his tips and steps for post-processing winter shots. Mike Mezeul II Outdoor photographer This month we joined one of Mike’s amazing photography workshops in Banff, Canada. Find out how we get on (like a house on fire, as it turns out) on page 8. Benedict Brain Creative photographer Our regular columnist has returned home to the city of Bath. As always, he strives to capture iconic places but avoid postcard views. See his shot on page 39. Andrew James Our man with all the answers Andrew’s photography career sees him take on…

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climb every mountain

The adventurous Mike Mezeul had promised me several things when I joined him on an extended masterclass (or rather, tagged along on one of his popular photography workshops). We’d learn how to take stunning landscape images, shoot at night, edit, and survive the cold. What I’d need – warm clothing and thermos aside – was the will to face the elements and create great photos. On our first day of shooting, we meet before sunrise (6.45am) and head out to Vermillion Lake, which was completely frozen solid. Mike chose this spot because of the frozen bubbles that rise up and create patterns in the ice, which would make an amazing element for foreground interest if the light was dynamic. “Generally, it’s safe to walk on ice when it’s a thickness of…

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think it all through

Before plonking the tripod down just anywhere, Mike thinks very carefully about how to capture the scene in front of him, and what viewpoint to take… Composition “Really think about what it is you want to accomplish. Make it your mission to find foreground elements that are going to help your image. This could be a tree branch, for example, or leading lines in the ice. When you’re in snow, try to look at where you want to walk, too: once you step on it, snow is no longer pristine, and this will alter your image.” Focus Mike uses Live View to compose – and as his Nikon D850 has a tilting touchscreen, he can easily zoom in on areas when he wants to check the focus. “In terms of aperture and sharpness, remember…

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mike’s gift of the gear

1 Nikon cameras Mike’s main body is the fullframe D850 DSLR, but he is also playing with the new Nikon Z7. This mirrorless camera has the same 45.7MP pixel count as the D850, but is lighter and smaller. 2 Nikon lenses Mike carries optics for a wide range of scenes, including the Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 lens, 24-70mm f/2.8, 70-200mm f/2.8, 200-500mm f/5.6 and 85mm f/1.4. 3 Lume Cubes These nifty little LED lights provide illumination in both stills and video work, as well as Mike’s posts on Instagram. He enjoys putting them in the snow, or having them shine through the ice to bring in a particularly unique aspect. 4 NiSi filters To enhance landscapes incamera, Mike uses polarisers and neutral-density filters. His slot-in NiSi filters can be taken out very quickly to adapt to changing light. 5…

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mike’s top 10 tips for winter landscapes

1 “It’s so important to get to locations early, so that you have time to scout out the different options and decide which elements you really want to focus on.” 2 “If you’re travelling by plane for a shoot, do your best to carry valuable gear onto the plane with you. Pack as much into your camera bag as possible, at least, until you arrive at your destination.” 3 “Don’t automatically set your camera up in landscape orientation. I often shoot vertical frames, but this approach will suit some scenes more than others.” 4 “Take time with your photography. Approach image-making almost like yoga: breathe, think and connect with the natural place you find yourself in.” 5 “Treat every location with respect. Even if distracting objects like tree branches are in the frame, you…

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