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Digital Photographer No. 215

Launched in 2002, Digital Photographer is the ultimate monthly photography magazine, delivering indispensable, practical and hands-on shooting advice. Aimed at digital enthusiasts and professional photographers, Digital Photographer features the latest high-end kit reviews, expert interviews, practical shooting advice and image-editing tutorials to help you become a better photographer. We also showcase a selection of images from DP readers every month – the ideal launch pad for your career. Please note: Digital versions of the magazines do not include the covermount items or supplements that you would find on printed editions.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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13 Issues


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“we’re often looking for ways to manipulate the appearance of water”

Welcome to the latest issue of Digital Photographer magazine. If there’s a particular something in the natural world that fascinates photographers, it’s arguably water. Whether we’re finding ways to freeze its movement down to fractions of a second or allowing it to blur into velvety indistinctness with a long exposure, we’re often looking to manipulate its appearance somehow. In the feature that starts on p34 of the magazine, we’ve explored ways to work with water, from dramatic seascapes through to waterfalls and reflections. Also this issue, wildlife expert David Southard of Wild Arena has revealed some of the approaches he takes to working with wildlife at Knowsley Safari Park, and how he goes about overcoming many of the common challenges associated with photographing wildlife in a ‘non-wild’ setting. You’ll find it on…

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our contributors

PETER FENECH Peter is Digital Photographer magazine’s staff writer, and in this issue he’s explored one of the most commonly snapped subjects among photographers – water. Head over to p34 of the magazine to begin reading his major feature. He’s also looked at the essential features of websites for photographers on p76. Website: digitalcameraworld.com ANGELA NICHOLSON In this issue, our regular camera gear expert Angela Nicholson takes a look at the Olympus OM-D E-M1X, a new Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera. Turn to p102 of the magazine to discover her findings. She’s also reviewed the Ricoh GR III on p106, as well as a batch of accessories on p110. Website: angelanicholson.com TOM CALTON Once again, Tom Calton has taken time out from his busy professional schedule to write two pieces for Digital Photographer. Firstly he has a…

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digital photographer

Editorial Editor Matt Bennett matthew.bennett@futurenet.com 01202 586286 Senior Designer Neo Phoenix Production Editor James Price Staff Writer Peter Fenech Senior Art Editor Rebecca Shaw Content Director Chris George Photographer Bath Photo Studio Contributors Andrew Barrett, Phil Buckle, Tom Calton, Mark Cornick, Angela Nicholson, Matthew Richards, Simon Skellon, David Southard, Alex Wrigley, Pawel Zygmunt Advertising Media packs are available on request Commercial Director Clare Dove clare.dove@futurenet.com Advertising Manager Michael Pyatt michael.pyatt@futurenet.com +44 (0)1225 687538 Account Manager Matt Bailey matt.bailey@futurenet.com +44 (0)1225 687511 Circulation Head of Newstrade Tim Mathers Production Head of Production Mark Constance Production Project Manager Clare Scott Advertising Production Manager Joanne Crosby Digital Editions Controller Jason Hudson Production Manager Vivienne Calvert Management General Manager Matthew Pierce Group Content Director Paul Newman Head of Art & Design Rodney Dive Chief Content Officer Aaron Asadi Printed by Wyndeham Bicester, Granville Way, Bicester, OX26 4QZ…

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the gallery

Hassan Sultan Image title: Always look above What camera, lens and settings did you use to capture this stunning shot? Olympus E-M5 Mark II, 7-14mm, 1/60sec, f/2.8, ISO 800. How did you decide on the composition? The image was taken at the Grand Parque e Palácio de Monserrate. The image you see adorned the ceiling of the palace. There was only one way to take the photo, which was to lie down directly beneath, to capture the breadth and depth of the beautiful ceiling. As you can imagine it was particularly troublesome with other visitors about, and naturally there were quite a few odd looks. But it looks like it paid off! What do you like most about the image? The symmetry, colours and detail. Did you do much post-processing? Not at all. I simply made the picture lighter…

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the best of shallow depth of field

In our most recent competition in association with Photocrowd we challenged you to submit your best images with a shallow depth of field, and after sifting through over 2,800 impressive photos, the winners have been selected. Both crowd-voted and expert winners will receive a license to Affinity Photo professional editing software. Congratulations to all of the winners – as usual the standard was incredibly high. 1 ST PLACE WINNER Squirrel eating nut Photographer: Jani Zalaznik Our comment: Beautiful colours and a gorgeous sense of depth combine brilliantly to create a truly evocative image that absolutely any wildlife or nature photographer would be truly delighted with. Stunning stuff. 3 RD PLACE Makeup Photographer: Patrick Hochner Our comment: Completely different to the top two images but no less effective. Once again, depth of field has been used brilliantly to produce…

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story behind the still

Photographer’s name: Kannan K R Website: 500px.com/mrkayphotography Image location: Kerala, India Type of commission: Personal work Shot details: Nikon D7000, 35mm, 1/250, f1.8, ISO 2000 f4L IS USM. Shot at 105mm, f4.5, 1/500sec, ISO 200 About the shot: Part of being a photographer is understanding how to capture the atmosphere of a scene and knowing when your presence is disruptive to your subject matter. While the latter is a recognised aspect of genres such as wildlife photography, the same applies to street, travel and documentary photography. For this image, Kannan had to balance his ambitions as a creator and his respect for his subjects. “This is Theyyam (also referred to as Human Gods), a ritual that happens over a course of six months across the northern side of Kerala,” he explains. “There are approximately 400 types…