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Photography Week No. 342

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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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://tiny.cc/7s2zgy TWITTER http://tiny.cc/xt2zgy FLICKR http://tiny.cc/nv2zgy We’re more than just a magazine…

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samyang unveils 85mm f/1.4 lens for sony e-mount

Samyang has announced that its sixth autofocus prime lens for the Sony E-mount, the AF 85mm f/1.4 FE, is now available to pre-order. With its wide maximum aperture of f/1.4, the 85mm telephoto should hold particular appeal for portrait and wedding photographers looking to capture bokeh-blurred backgrounds created by the very limited depth of field that can be achieved. As is usual, the lens will sold under the Rokinon brand in North America. The optical design of the Samyang AF 85mm f/1.4 FE comprises 11 elements in eight groups; four of these elements are HR (high-resolution) glass, while one uses ED (extra-low dispersion) glass. The lens has nine diaphragm blades, and weather sealing to protect it from the elements. The lens measures 99 x 88mm and weighs in at 568g, and takes…

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fine-art flowers

Flowers are a perennial (excuse the pun) photography subject, and in this feature we’re going to run through the very best ways to capture them with a fine-art approach. This genre stems (again, no pun intended) from the traditions of painting, and still-life artists have been focusing their efforts on capturing the essence of beautiful flowers for centuries. Works by the famous Dutch masters still inspire floristry arrangements today, as well as the pro photographers that capture them. But how can you glean inspiration from these pieces? Over the next few pages we’ll give you a few suggestions for choosing subjects, lighting kit and lenses, plus we’ll explore the best techniques and camera settings for achieving creative and striking results. Whether you’re inspired by the trademark deep, dark backgrounds that emphasised the…

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key skills

If you want to take beautiful photographs, you need to get to know your flowers, advises pro commercial photographer Emma Davies (emmadaviesphotography.com). “Spend time with them, grow them yourself if you can, and learn to arrange them,” she says. “The best way to start is to use a flower that you really love,” agrees fellow photographer Annemarie Farley (annemariefarleyphotography.co.uk), who grows her flowers in pots so that she can move them around for the best light and background. “That way you are showing the viewer what you find interesting about that flower. I also recommend getting a clamp such as a Wimberley Plamp to hold the flower, so you can move it about with ease.” Backgrounds are often overlooked, but they can be every bit as important as the foreground subject. “I…

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consider flower types

With around 400,000 different flowering plants in the world, there’s no right or wrong subject. For indoor arrangements, however, seek out local, seasonal flowers, as these will have more personality, shape and movement than their imported counterparts. For example, you can find a local UK grower on www.flowersfromthefarm.co.uk/members-map. When choosing a subject to grow or buy, or a specimen on location, consider its ‘personality’ carefully. Is it fairly flat or textured? Bright or subtly coloured? Slim and elegant or rambling? If you’re lost for a starting point, use flower guides or chat with a local florist.…

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lighting techniques

As you won’t always be photographing flowers in their natural habitat outside (or in sufficient daylight), it’s often necessary to add in your own lighting, be it with LEDs, flash or strobes. In some situations, you’ll have to capture flowers where you find them. This is fine if you’re in a well-lit location, but what about in dim greenhouses and flower nurseries? Popping a small LED or ring flash onto your camera is an unobtrusive way to add low-intensity light, as Annemarie Farley explains. “The beauty of a ring light is that it doesn’t create harsh shadows, and is great if you’re very close to a subject that just needs a little extra light inside the centre of the flower head,” she says. Working in a studio setting lets you control exactly…