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Digital Camera World

Digital Camera World

July 2020

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

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1 min.
welcome

There’s a school of thought that says if you want to shoot images worthy of a professional, then you should be shooting in Manual mode. That’s not necessarily true, of course: you’ll find many a pro who uses a semi-automatic mode. But shooting in Manual does offer you a better understanding of how to properly manipulate camera settings to get the images you want – and that’s what we’re looking at in our cover feature (p62). As we went to press, more lockdown restrictions were about to be eased, but we will continue to focus on photography you can enjoy at home or under current restrictions – head to Photo Active (p10), Stay at Home (p37) and our editing tutorials section (p50). Also this month, we round up the best…

1 min.
this month’s contributors

Clare Shapcott Fine-art photographer The award-winning photographer specialises in family and wedding portraiture – and more. Clare shares some creative ways to use digital backdrops, from page 10. Adam Cooper Image custodian and curator When not working in the movie industry, Adam’s other role is custodian and curator of the Michael Cooper archive of images shot in the 1960s and early 1970s. Tanya Nagar Street photographer We speak to the author of Life in 50mm and The New Street Photographer’s Manifesto about her latest collaboration, the Covid Street fundraising project. Matt Holland Landscape photographer Somerset native Matt has worked in a wide range of photographic genres but we’re calling on his landscape skills in this month’s Photo Active. Turn to page 14. Claire Gillo Creative photographer Photographer and writer Claire is constantly coming up with new ideas and approaches, and shares two of her…

1 min.
think big with small objects

Creating and using digital backdrops is a very rewarding creative project you can try from home. It is great as it requires very little setting up. Your imagination is the only limit when it comes to digital backdrops, as you really can create anything with the power of Photoshop. For Clare, this has given her a chance to be creative with her children while everyone has been on lockdown at home. The images represent how the children imagine themselves and their surroundings while they play ‘pretend’ at home. The most important part of creating composite images is consistency. You do not need the most amazing kit, but it is important to use the same settings and keep the same perspective and lighting. This will keep your images as believable as possible. Clare…

2 min.
setting sail

1 Gather your props Clare says: “This is where your imagination can come into play. The boat I used for this image was an ornament from my home. I actually used a standard blanket for my backdrop, which you can clamp to anything sturdy – or even use a curtain, which I have done in the past. “I put the boat on a tall stool, as I wanted to be able to take a few different perspectives. I added a sheet of blue knitted fabric to use as the ‘sea’.” 2 Set up your camera “I used my Canon EOS 5D Mk III and Canon’s 50mm f/1.8 lens, which is a good-value lens and great for home projects like this; but any lens will do the trick. “I generally shoot at ISO 50 in my…

3 min.
create a sense of stillness

With the need for tripods, filters and some understanding of your camera’s Manual mode, long exposures can seem confusing. There’s a lot to get to grips with, and understanding the basics is only a small part of the journey, with composition and location making up the remainder of the challenge. If you are new to long exposures, keeping things simple is best. Think minimalist! Heading to a river or lake is advised: by comparison, long exposures on coastlines are far more challenging as you must contend with tide times, sand, pebbles and mud, which can complicate the experience. Here are some helpful tips to get you on your way… 1 Keep it clean By slowing down your shutter speed, you will be able to smooth out water or cloud movement. This will amplify…

2 min.
contagious plant photography

Hairy dogs can capture all sorts of undergrowth in their fur. While Bruce Malcolm was taking some ‘sticky beak’ (bidens pilosa) burrs off his dog one day, with the TV news playing in the background, he made a visual connection with the idea of a virus, and a new photo project was born. “The TV was showing images of the coronavirus, so I thought I’d try to emulate them with the burr,” he says. “As the virus has no colour, what we see is an artistic interpretation, so I decided to emulate the TV station’s dramatic approach and used deep-red cellophane paper over the flash units.” Although the results are certainly eye-catching, the photo shoot turned out not to last as long as Bruce had expected. “I was going to refine the…