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Digital Camera World

April 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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Future Publishing Ltd
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welcome

In photography, there are various ways to achieve the desired final image, and it’s a medium where experimentation is never time wasted. You may have favoured methods or processes that work very well – but wouldn’t it be great to skill up with some hard-learned expertise from leading professionals that will take your photography to the next level? That’s our theme for this issue. We’ve curated a range of tips and tricks from experts in their fields, so whether you shoot nature, nighttime, wildlife, landscapes or portraits – or just want to get creative – turn to p40 for 50 ways to shoot better pictures.Also this month, away from regulars like Photo Active, Camera College and Practical Photoshop, we meet full-frame mirrorless for the masses in the enticing form of…

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this month’s contributors

Lindsay AdlerFashion photographerTurn to page 136 if you’re fanciful about a career in fashion. The pro talks about her inspirations, collaborations and why helping others to shoot is so rewarding.John AlexanderPhotographerAlthough John shoots a myriad of genres – weddings and travel included – he spent a day sharing his best tips for pet portraits and action shots. See page 8.Edward HefferPortrait photographerThree years ago, Edward took part in Digital Camera’s Shootout, but now he’s back as a semipro. On page 30, he revisits the original challenge with new skills.Benedict BrainCreative photographerBen mulls over a (self-confessed) pretentious new photo on page 37. Taken from his new series, it’s a metaphor for the mysterious world of myths, gods and legends.Andrew JamesOur man with all the answersAndrew’s photography career sees him take on…

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paw-fect portraits!

John favours natural light when photographing his four-legged friends.Your pro tutorJohn AlexanderJohn is a pro photographer and videographer based near Oxford. He shoots a myriad of genres, including weddings, pets and travel, as well as commissions for commercial clients.www.jeaphotography.co.ukMost of us love taking and seeing photos of pets, even if we don’t have any ourselves. Thanks to the rise of smartphones and social media sharing, dog photography has come on in leaps and bounds (excuse the pun) in recent years. Even if you’re not making a living from snapping other people’s furry companions, it’s satisfying to understand how you can improve your own photos of family and friends’ pets.John Alexander is just the person to guide others on shooting better pet portraits. He holds regular workshops in his home village…

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paws for thought

Introduce the camera“With my pet photo workshops, I teach people how to capture shots using my own dogs – who are (fairly) well trained and easy to manoeuvre around! Some dogs don’t like the clicking and they don’t like the big lens, so in this case I’ll arrive before shooting and just meet and greet the animal. I might also hold the camera near their face while passing over treats.”Start from further back“I take a similar approach to shooting pets with a large lens as I do with my travel or environmental portraits. For example, I’ll often start off with a 50mm lens, then get in closer when subjects become accustomed to me being there. It’s the same sort of thing with dogs. It’s important to judge their personality and…

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what’s in a pro photo bag?

1 Nikon D850John started shooting with this full-frame DSLR several months ago, and loves it so far. The high-resolution sensor allows him to crop into images if he needs to. “4K recording is great for my video work, and the ISO buttons make me happy,” he says.2 Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 lensThe zoom range on this lens is ideal for dogs. John isn’t keen on UV filters, though: “If you’ve got a very nice lens, I don’t think it makes sense to put a cheap bit of glass on the front of it.”3 Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G AF-S lensJohn favours shooting portraits with this fast and light 85mm lens. The focal length is a classic for portraiture, allowing for tight head and shoulder shots (both people and pets) with plenty of detail.4…

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john’s top 10 tips for cracking canine captures

1 “Some pets can be nervous of a camera shutter and a big lens. Gain the animal’s trust by starting with a smaller lens first, and fire test shots as you provide treats to get them used to the noise.”2 “A 70-200mm lens is great for close-up portraits without having to get close to the dog. When the animal is comfortable, though, try a wide-angle such as a 16-35mm to provide visual immediacy.”3 “Always make sure your focus point is over the dog’s eyes. You can check where the focus point is when shooting in Live View or with the viewfinder, as well as when you review images on the screen.”4 “Don’t start shooting as soon as you arrive at your location. In my workshops and tuition, I always encourage people…

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