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Digital Camera World September 2018

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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Future Publishing Ltd
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welcome

In a world where more and more pictures are taken on smarter and smarter mobile phones, there is one last bastion of creative control available to the serious photographer. The ability to change lenses is one of the key reasons we use our DSLRs or mirrorless CSCs. These cameras are part of a system that allows you to customise your optic to the subject you want to shoot, the distance you can shoot from, and the visual effect that you want to achieve. All too often, we use our zooms or switch our lenses simply to save ourselves having to move our feet. But it is the creative possibilities provided that most intrigue me… You can find out 10 of my favourite lens tricks in our cover story on page 40.…

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this month’s contributors

Antony Spencer Landscape photographer He’s travelled the world and headed into tornadoes – now Antony shares his experiences, his shooting tips and some of his finest photos. See page 134 Benedict Brain Creative photographer As well as his regular Art of Seeing column (page 37), Ben shows you how you can capture the true flavour of a travel destination in your shots. See page 24 Ross Hoddinott Nature photographer Ross has made a specialism out of shooting insects, so there’s noone better to explain how you can get close-up with butterflies and damselflies. See page 8 Jo Bradford Smartphone photographer Jo has embraced the smartphone for her photography, and her series explains how you can do the same. This issue she looks at image-editing apps. See page 32 Andrew James Our man with all the answers Andrew’s photography career sees him take on all…

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master macro

Your pro tutor Ross Hoddinott Ross Hoddinott is a multi-award-winning wildlife and landscape photographer, best-known for his close-up photography. He lives near Bude in North Cornwall. Check out his work at www.rosshoddinot.co.uk It may be obvious, but insects are much easier to shoot when they are perfectly still – and this means shooting them at the right time of day. “I rely on natural refrigeration for most of my shots of butterflies and damselflies,” says Ross Hoddinott, “so I photograph them right at the end of the day or just after dawn, when it is cooler and they are resting.” Our plan, therefore, is to do two different shoots – one in the evening, and the next at first light the following morning – in two locations close to Ross’s home. We start early…

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composition considerations

Background “Choosing the right background is really important. You don’t get any choice over where insects land – and the vegetation can be chaotic. You need an even tone for the subject to stand out, without bright areas or dark stems, which will be obvious even if they are out of focus.” Parallel positioning “A small aperture will still not get all of the subject sharp – and it will make the background less blurred and will mean the shutter speed is slower. You need to get as much of the subject into the plane of focus – this means carefully positioning the camera so it is parallel with as much of the insect as possible.”…

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inside a pro’s gadget bag

1 Nikkor 200mm f/4D Micro “This is my go-to lens when shooting insects with my Nikon D850. It is an old lens, but it is incredibly sharp. I also carry a Nikon 105mm f/2.8G macro, which has the advantage of VR image stabilisation – this makes it easier to use handheld, but you need to get that much closer to the subject, and it is harder to blur the background.” 2 Manfrotto Lumimuse “I didn’t use to be a fan of artificial lighting, but portable LEDs have changed my perspective. I use my pair of Lumimuse lights more than I do my reflector nowadays. I use them handheld or on a mini tripod.” 3 Westcott scissors “An essential tool of the trade – always with me to do a bit of ‘gardening’, eliminating distracting bits of grass in…

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key skills for sharp insect shots

1 “I use Aperture Priority mode, with an aperture between f/5.6 and f/11.” 2 “I use Matrix metering, with exposure compensation as necessary.” 3 “For shady dawn images, I have my ISO set to 3,200 – but typically use a higher ISO than people expect. With my handheld shots in the middle of the day, I use ISO 800.” 4 “For the damselfly, I used a shutter speed of 1/200 sec, as even with The Plamp and the tripod, there is still some movement in the plant the insect is resting on. For handheld shots I would typically use a shutter speed of around 1/1,000 sec.” 5 “I use a Manfrotto 405 geared tripod head-on to fine-tune composition.” 6 “I focus manually, and use Live View. I use the Focus Peaking facility to highlight which…

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