Digital SLR Photography

Digital SLR Photography October 2020

Digital SLR Photography addresses the needs of today's photographer in a lively, informative and stylish format. For photographers of all abilities using digital SLRs or mirrorless cameras, it will inform and entertain you through a unique blend of technique articles, stunning images, inspirational interviews and authoritative reviews. A team of leading photographers cover topics such as landscapes, portraits and close-up photography, providing a focused and comprehensive read guaranteed to help you get the most out of your photography.

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WELCOME TO THE OCTOBER 2020 issue of Digital SLR Photography. It’s been a long, hot summer and while the world is still under the cloud of Covid-19, we continue to gain a little more normality with every passing month. From a photographer’s point of view, it means we’re able to head out and indulge in our passion more than we have been able to for quite a while. And there’s no better time than now to do it – along with the sunshine and warmer temperatures there’s plenty of colour to give images extra impact. Starting on page 60, pro photographer Ross Hoddinott shares his favourite 15 tips to help you make the most of colour over the coming weeks in Photo Expert. With the rules on social distancing relaxed,…

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Tower Bridge by Hanaa Turkistani 500px.com/hanaaturkistani “You cannot visit the City of London to enjoy its ancient buildings, heritage and culture without getting a photo of this iconic landmark on the River Thames. I used a Nikon D810 and a wide-angle lens at a low viewpoint with an ND8 filter to reduce the exposure by three stops to give smooth water.” Nikon D810 with 14-24mm f/2.8 lens. Exposure: 13 seconds at f/20 (ISO 50). Mont Saint-Michel by Hanaa Turkistani 500px.com/hanaaturkistani “I always like to choose a unique angle to take my photos from and this spot is located on a platform just before you go on the Mont Saint Michel, in Normandy, France. The lead-in lines are in a great position to direct the eye towards the island and you can see the beautiful nature of…

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affinity photo professional photo editing software

Every photographer featured in Portfolio receives a download of professional photo editing app Affinity Photo on their choice of Mac, Windows or iOS. Affinity Photo was Apple’s ‘App of the Year 2015 & 2017 ’, named ‘Best Imaging Software 2016’ by TIPA, and has received thousands of five-star reviews from professional photographers, editors, artists and retouchers. It’s available priced £48.99 for desktop and £19.99 for iPad, with no subscription. For more information on Affinity Photo, visit: affinity.serif.com/photo…

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break the rules

CAMERA: SONY ALPHA 7R IV / LENS: SONY FE 16-35MM F/2.8 GM NEVER, EVER SHOOT landscapes in the midday sun, is a mantra you’ll often hear and likely follow yourself already, and for good reason; in the middle of the day the light is harsh, shadows can be problematic and the weather conditions at any other times of day are generally much more conducive to achieving great results. You should always try to shoot landscapes around sunrise and sunset, but what can you do if you’re on location in the middle of the day, such as en route to another location, and you’re unlikely to return? If there’s little chance that you’ll be returning anytime soon, it’s better to take a shot while you can so you have a frame or two,…

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building the shot

1) NO FILTERS: Without a filter being used, the image looks really washed out and there’s virtually no sky detail visible. The light is most harsh in this situation. 2) POLARISING FILTER: Using a polarising filter has helped to reduce the harsh appearance of the light, and some of the blue of the sky has been pulled back. 3) POLARISER & ND GRAD: With a polariser and an ND grad, the exposure of the sky and foreground is most balanced, as well as there being more detail in the sky than the previous two shots.…

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grab a gobo to go

CAMERA: NIKON D750 / LENS: NIKON 50MM F/1.4G WE ALL KNOW photography is the play between light and shadow so why not let gobos become your new favourite toy. Gobos, standing for 'go-between objects', are stencils that attach to lighting fixtures to project an image or a pattern on a subject or background. You mostly find them used with studioflash or theatre lighting but, for portraits, it's almost as easy to use natural light. Adding a gobo to manipulate the shadows can result in some intriguing and creative portraits. Window frames, venetian blinds or even patterns cut into black card work when placed between direct sunlight and a subject. Look around your house and you’ll find plenty of opportunities for interesting patterns from cheese graters to lace, plate drying racks to straw…