Photography Week

Photography Week

No. 422

The world's best-selling digital photography magazine, Photography Week is the ultimate resource for anyone who wants to improve their photography. Every issue we bring you inspirational images, creative ideas, must-try photo projects and in-depth video reviews, plus no-nonsense practical advice on how to get the best from your camera, so you can capture and edit images you can be proud of. Designed specifically for mobile devices, each issue features reader galleries, how-to articles and step-by-step videos that will help you become a better photographer. It's your one-stop shop for all things photographic.

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1 min.
join the club…

Welcome to the world’s No.1 weekly digital photography magazine. If you’re already a reader, thanks for your continued support and involvement; if you’re new to Photography Week, you’ve come to the right place! In addition to expert advice, brilliant tips and step-by-step tutorials, every issue features interactive galleries of the best new photos, how-to videos on essential shooting and editing techniques, and in-depth reviews of the latest camera kit. But that’s not the whole story. Photography Week is more than a magazine – it’s a community of like-minded people who are passionate about photography. To get involved, just follow any of the links below and share your shots and comments – your photo might even appear on our cover! JOIN THE PHOTOGRAPHY WEEK COMMUNITY AND START SHARING! FACEBOOK http://bit.ly/39py9lg TWITTER http://bit.ly/2vGadLP FLICKR http://bit.ly/2VIgsJO We’re more than…

4 min.
new z 6ii and z 7ii join nikon’s mirrorless line

Nikon has announced the Z 6II and Z 7II, updates to its top-end Z-series mirrorless cameras, with more powerful processing, twin memory card slots, and enhanced autofocus and continuous shooting capabilities. While they seem like they’ve been around for ever, the Nikon Z 6 and Z 7 were launched just two years ago. The accelerating rate of change in the full-frame mirrorless camera market, however, means their arrival now seems like a lifetime ago. These are evolutions of the original cameras, though, rather than brand-new models. Nikon really did get things right with the original Z 6 and Z 7, so the new versions build on the qualities of those cameras, rather than trying to reinvent the wheel. From the outside, the Z 6II and Z 7II look almost indistinguishable from their predecessors.…

1 min.
flash on location

Studio-based photographers are experienced in the use of lighting, whether that’s flash, strobes or continuous light sources. The studio can be seen as the home of controlled artificial lighting, as the indoor setting usually means this will be the main light source. When you’re shooting on location, the use of flash isn’t essential, but rather a great way to create dynamic images. Whether this is through the use of fill light to lift the shadows and balance the presence of natural and artificial illumination, or rim light to outline the subject, or even a strong backlight to create faux effects, location lighting would be uncontrollable without flash. A key skill that you need to master when shooting any subject on location is balancing the light ratio between natural and artificial light. While…

2 min.
plan your shoot

By its very nature, location-based photography is going to impose time, space and weight restrictions on your shoot. Lugging many kilograms of equipment to remote outdoor spots, or taking up 30 square metres of floor space with a mobile studio in an interior setting, is rarely a practical solution, and also increases both the cost, and the amount of time needed to set up the kit. The more gear you take, the more complex the setup becomes, and the greater the requirement for assistants and lighting technicians. Unless you have experience of directing large-scale shoots, and unless the economics of the assignment work in your favour, this can often introduce unnecessary stress that actually reduces your adaptability and preparedness to make the most of the location. One of the cornerstones of…

2 min.
core equipment

RADIO TRIGGERS Ensure reliable flash-firing in any environment While infrared (IR) triggers are usually effective in controlled lighting environments such as a studio, line-of-sight flash-triggering methods are less reliable in outdoor locations, where ambient light and physical barriers such as trees, walls and high ground can interfere with the optical signal. Radio triggers are therefore the best choice for location shooting, as they have the longest range and can operate without direct line of sight. STROBE OR FLASHGUN? Choose the type of light source based on subject and space Strobes are ideal when you need power – if you’re lighting a large space, for example. There are generally a bigger range of accessories for studio lights too, so you have greater flexibility of lighting styles. Flashguns are far more portable, however, and you can pack…

1 min.
the subtle approach

In many circumstances we want the light from our flash to interact with ambient conditions in a way that doesn’t reveal our lighting setup. More often than not, we’ll only use flash to take control of the lighting structure in a scene, enabling us to create a direction that fits our composition and subject. On a fashion shoot in the middle of the day, for example, we might want to make use of the harsh top-down light for the background, but need to soften, shape and spread the subject light. Similarly, in a sunset landscape environmental portrait, we would need to add a fill light, especially if the subject is backlit, but we would then need to match the colour of the flash to that of the background. If we simply…