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Digital Photographer No. 229

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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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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
capturing elusive subjects and scenes is a thrilling element of wildlife photography

Nature has been an essential respite for many photographers during these past months of isolation. If you take photos of wildlife as a full-time pro, a hobbyist, or simply enjoy seeing beautiful shots of the world, our main wildlife feature on p30 this issue is sure to inspire you. Top pro photographers have joined together in a global “New Big 5” initiative, a project that celebrates shooting animals with a camera rather than a gun. Capturing elusive subjects and scenes is a thrilling element of wildlife photography, and we’ve asked ten of these pros to share their best locations, subjects, and their ultimate “Big 5” wildlife. Once you’ve enjoyed the feature, head to www.newbig5.com to vote for your Big 5 choices! Next up, we turn to wedding photography. Now is the perfect…

2 min.
our contributors

PETER FENECH Peter is Digital Photographer’s expert writer and photographer across a myriad of subjects. This issue he transforms his knowledge into more top content for you, including advice for maintaining photo printers (p70), and a shooting tutorial on landscape-focusing techniques (p66). Website: digitalcameraworld.com TOM CALTON Modern portrait and wedding pro Tom is back with another Digital Photographer feature. From p44, Tom shows you how to capture the full magic of a wedding day from start to finish. Discover his tips on checking gear, preparing shotlists, staying calm and achieving beautiful results – all to keep those happy couples smiling. Website: tomcaltonweddings.co.uk MIKE WILL Mike is a busy pro photographer, Sony Imaging ambassador, athlete, and the founder of the social photo community @uk.shooters. He also found time for an interview slot this month, and chats to us…

3 min.
the gallery

Benny Bulke Image title: Antwerp square @bennybulke What camera, lens and settings did you use to capture this stunning shot? Nikon D750, 16-35mm, 1/200sec, f/6.3, ISO 800. How did you decide on the composition for this shot? I was waiting for a buddy of mine, as we were shooting this area. I felt I was done with the location, but to keep busy I was playing around trying some angles. I saw this angle and waited it out until a person walked right where I wanted him/her to walk, immediately realising that this could be a decent shot. What do you like most about the image? The light is my favourite part – somewhat between harsh and soft light, it was perfect for the scene. Did you do much post-processing? After converting it in Lightroom, I tidied up the broken…

2 min.
story behind the still

Photographer’s name: Gareth Morgans Website: garethmorgans.com Image location: Studio in Bermondsey Type of commission: Personal Shot details: Phase One XF IQ3 100MP Digi back with 120mm Blue Ring Macro Schneider lens About the shot: While the phrase ‘out of this world’ is used to the point of cliché, especially in the context of food critiques, this image is truly unique. Gareth Morgans is an expert when it comes to food photography, and this shot is so effective because it uses the food itself for a novel purpose. No longer is the dish a literal study, but rather each aspect becomes an artistic tool, producing a scene built from scratch. “The idea behind the shot was that I have always loved macro photography and I specialise in food, so I always come across interesting textural ingredients,” says…

1 min.
win! prizes from affinity

Our next competition, Magnificent Macro, is a chance to capture fascinating shots of the tiny creatures that inhabit our planet. We want to see shots that shine a light on the otherworldly nature of macro photography, capturing the hidden beauty in the smallest details. Enter at photocrowd.com/digitalphotographer for a chance to win a licence to Affinity Photo professional editing software (£48.99 for Mac or Windows). Affinity Photo is a huge toolset engineered for modern photography professionals. Whether you’re editing and retouching images or creating full-blown multi-layered compositions, it has all the power and performance you’ll ever need. Speed, power and accuracy are at the heart of Affinity Photo’s workflow, with non-destructive editing, RAW processing and end-to-end colour management as standard. Edits work in real time, so there’s no waiting to see…

1 min.
the best of garden wildlife

For our latest competition in association with Photocrowd, we challenged you to submit your best shots of garden wildlife. After working through all the brilliant entries, the winners have been selected. Both crowd-voted and expert winners will win a licence to Affinity Photo professional editing software. Congratulations to all of the winners – as usual the standard of submitted images was very high, and it was a joy to look through and pick our favourites. 1 ST PLACE WINNER Curious Little Guy Photographer: Alex Pansier Our comment: This is a wonderful shot! While simple from a compositional standpoint, it is this minimalist framing that makes the scene all the more endearing. The off-centre subject placement and muted colour palette are easy on the eye, and in conjunction with the gorgeous bokeh, they give the…