Digital Photographer

Digital Photographer No. 217

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.

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“creating an image that succeeds requires the presence and harmony of certain key elements”

Welcome to the latest issue of Digital Photographer magazine. If you’re a keen photographer, I’m sure you will have had the experience of visiting an attractive location – somewhere pretty with green fields and a lovely blue sky. A companion will, sooner or later, ask why you’re not taking photos. Surely this scene is worth a shot or two? But as a photographer, you know how scenes that look good to the eye won’t necessarily translate successfully into a photo. Composition is everything in photography (well, almost), and creating an image that succeeds requires the presence and harmony of certain key elements. In this issue, we’ve put together a guide to composition that explores those key elements, referring to several different genres of photography along the way – not only landscapes.…

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our contributors

PETER FENECH Peter is Digital Photographer magazine’s staff writer and a general photography expert! In this issue, he’s covered composition, a crucial skill that all photographers simply must master. You can find his feature on p36 of the magazine. He’s also written some advice for websites on p78. Website: LEE FROST In this issue, all-round photography guru Lee Frost is back to show you more ways to improve your photography. This time, he’s chosen to cover the art of working with aperture. He’s looked at ten ways to get the best from this essential aspect of photography, which you can find on p50 of the magazine. Website: BROOKE SHADEN Our creative project is intended to show you how to produce striking pictures, revealing the shooting and editing steps that can lead to incredible pieces. Brooke…

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the gallery

Andrew Davison Image title: Seaham Storm Wave What camera, lens and settings did you use to capture this stunning shot? Canon EOS 5D Mk II, Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary, 313mm, 1/320sec, f6.3, ISO 640. How did you decide on the composition? The setting sun lighting up the top of the wave and the lighthouse was important for the visual impact of the image. It provides more depth to the wave, and the colour draws the eye to the focal point of the image. What do you like most about the image? I really like how the lighthouse, which is also catching a few rays from the setting sun, provides scale for the crashing wave. Although unmanned, can you imagine how it must feel to be in the lighthouse during a storm like this? Did you…

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the best of streets by night

In our most recent competition in association with Photocrowd we challenged you to submit your best images of streets by night, and after assessing over 1,300 submissions, the winners have been chosen. Both crowd-voted and expert winners will receive a license to Affinity Photo professional editing software. Congratulations to all of the winners – the standard was exceptional. 1 ST PLACE WINNER Lights – camera – action Photographer: Maggie Railton Our comment: So much works here that one almost assumes it must have been set up, but it doesn’t appear this was the case. The different figures enacting different emotions, with the isolated man in the middle gazing off, all contribute to a compelling capture. 2 ND PLACE Canary Wharf Illuminations Photographer: Simon Hadleigh-Sparks Our comment: A simply fabulous, atmospheric and evocative capture that really fulfils the brief…

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story behind the still

Photographer’s name: Reed Miller Photographer’s websites:,, Image location: Yellowstone National Park Type of commission: Personal work Shot details: Canon EOS 1DX Mk II, 840mm, 1/800sec, f5.6, ISO 100 About the shot: On many occasions, looking beyond the obvious subject is a recipe almost guaranteed to produce unique images. A top photographic skill is being able to recognise the components of a great image even before placing an eye to the viewfinder. Here Reed Miller describes his experience of finding potential shots in a busy, changeable nature scene. “In winter the only road open in Yellowstone National Park is the road from the north to the northeast entrance (a small section of the north end of Yellowstone National Park). It can be a winter wonderland, with very few people willing to brave the cold, snowy…

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sony a7r iv unveiled

While we might have expected Sony to increase the resolution of the A7R IV above the 42.2MP of the A7R III and II, a hike of 44 per cent to 61MP is quite a feat. And just in case that’s not enough pixels, the Pixel Shift Multi-Shooting mode has been revamped to enable 240MP image creation. As before, the sensor is a back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS device, and it’s paired with Sony’s latest-generation BIONZ X image processor. Impressively, despite the leap in resolution, this enables the same sensitivity range as the A7R Mark III – ISO 100-32,000 as standard, with expansion settings taking it to ISO 50-102,400. Meanwhile with movies, the range is ISO 100-32,000. Further good news is that the maximum continuous shooting rate is still 10fps (7fps with continuous focussing…