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Digital Camera World August 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

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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£6.50(Incl. tax)
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13 Issues


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With summer well and truly here, this is the perfect time to hone your photography skills and brush up on your camera craft. So, we’ve put together some golden rules to ensure you have a fruitful photographic summer (page 40). You may have also noticed that we’ve had a bit of a makeover: I hope you love the new look as much as I do. Our new Practical Photoshop section (page 65) will help you get the best out of your digital files and perfect your photos. And as usual we have loads of cool gifts, including all-new tips cards to collect, presets, photo borders and 70 minutes of video – with loads more to come… This month will be my last at the helm of Digital Camera. Don’t panic! I won’t…

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this month’s contributors

Steve McCurry Legendary photographer One of the world’s best-known photographers, Steve talks about his life – and shares a preview of his new video training course. See page 138 Jeremy Walker Landscape photographer Jeremy reminisces of an earlier life shooting bus shelters, as we join him for a day’s masterclass on how to use Big Stopper filters and ND grads. See page 8 Guy Edwardes Wildlife photographer Guy has been photographing gannets for over 20 years, and has thousands of stunning images of them. But this year he tried a new approach. See page 59 Jo Bradford Smartphone photographer Jo gives practical advice on how to get better pictures with your smartphone – just one of the projects in our new Photo Active section. See page 14 Andrew James Our man with all the answers Got something that you want to ask about photography,…

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master filters

As we drive along the twisting Exmoor road that leads down to Porlock Weir, Jeremy Walker explains why he has chosen this spot for our one-day shoot. “I have been to Porlock Weir about three times before, and there are a couple of spots here that I still want to recce,” he explains. “This location is not as well-known as the Jurassic Coast, which I shoot a lot, but that is best photographed at a different time of year. Most of the cliffs and beaches are south-facing, so are in shade at sunset.” “The small harbour here is picturesque, and the pebble beach has some beautiful wooden groynes that suit Big Stopper long exposures. With the beach facing north-west, it is lit the whole day at this time of year. It is…

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inside a pro’s camera bag

1 Nikon D850 “This is my main camera nowadays, but I also carry a Nikon D810 as a backup. Each body has a Kirk L-bracket on it – for fast attachment to my Arca Swiss tripod head, and allowing me to quickly change from landscape to portrait formats. I carry four spare batteries with me, so tend to leave the charger at home.” 2 Lee filters “I have 11 filters with me today… including eight neutral-density grads. I have 0.6, 0.9 and 1.2 medium grads; I don’t use soft grads for landscapes, but have one for cityscapes. I also have 0.6, 0.75, 0.9 and 1.2 hard grads. I use the 0.6 grad the most, so I carry a spare: it is easier to swap than clean if it gets covered in salt spray.…

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getting all set for a big stopper

Lens Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 Filter Super Stopper & 0.9 Hard ND Grad Exposure 4 minutes at f/11; ISO 100 1 “Set up the shot as if it was a normal exposure. Use a grad if necessary. Set exposure in Manual, and set the focusing.” 2 “Take a test shot to double-check exposure and focusing.” 3 “Turn autofocus off, if you are using an AF lens.” 4 “Turn optical image stabilisation off on the lens, if it has it.” 5 “Insert the Big Stopper (or other ND) in the filter slot nearest the lens.” 6 “Cover up the eyepiece of your DSLR (not necessary if using a CSC).” 7 “Set the shutter speed to the Bulb (or B) setting.” 8 “Calculate the increased exposure necessary with the ND filter you are using. I do the sums in my head using my…

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choosing a filter

Big Stopper Increases exposure by 10 stops “This is my first choice for long exposures – ideal for creating milky water and blurring skies”. Super Stopper Increases exposure by 15 stops “I use this when it is a very bright sunny day – such as today – so I can still get exposures that are minutes long”. Little Stopper Increases exposure by six stops “I use this for fast-moving water – for waterfalls, or when there are waves crashing right in front of you – so that the water is not too milky”.…