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Digital Photographer No. 230

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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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13 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
as modern photographers, we’re less confined than ever to being masters of one genre

As modern photographers, we’re less confined than ever to being masters of one genre. Great news then – as we’ve got a myriad of photo content for you to get stuck into this issue. Our practical techniques section starts with a macro masterclass on p32. Discover how to take better close-up shots, avoid blur, and work with plants and insects for stunning images. For super-sharp results, there’s a focus-stacking tutorial from Geraint Radford on p46 – a bonus project to help you capture and edit images without a tripod. Next up is a pro guide to cityscape photography, with Serge Ramelli and Anton Alymov as your mentors. From p52, learn how to shoot incredible urban landscapes by honing your lens choices, mastering composition and lighting, and then polishing off shots with our…

2 min.
our contributors

PETER FENECH Peter is Digital Photographer’s expert across a myriad of photo genres. This issue, he’s been focusing on all things small and wonderful with a macro masterclass (p32), a shooting tutorial on landscape-focusing techniques (p72), a self-portrait project (p66), and a guide to running online communities (p74). Website: digitalcameraworld.com ONYI MOSS Onyi has become synonymous with creating romantic and luxurious self-portraits in the sphere of lifestyle, travel and fashion. She’s our interviewee this month – both in words and images – and because she knows the importance of sharing knowledge, she’s also giving away her presets to DP readers (p8). Turn to p22 to read the full Q&A. Website: mossonyi.com SERGE RAMELLI Serge is one of the world’s most prolific Photoshop teachers and fine-art photographers. He’s teamed up with Anton Alymov in our pro guide to…

2 min.
the gallery

I typically avoid structures in my images, but Reine is a location that seems as if it was made for the camera Reed Miller Image title: The Lofotens in Cloud What camera, lens and settings did you use to capture this stunning shot? Canon EOS 5DS R, 12mm, 1/160sec, f/8, ISO 200. How did you decide on the composition for this shot? I can’t imagine a more picturesque location, and it was one of the reasons that I wanted to travel to the Lofotens in Norway. I spent hours trying to get the image I wanted. What do you like most about the image? The scenery is breathtaking, but I found Norway to be highly unique in that its buildings lend to the scene instead of detracting from the image. Did you do much post-processing? This is a three-image bracketed…

1 min.
story behind the still

Photographer’s name: Petr Polách Website: polachpetr.cz/en Image location: Yucatán, Mexico Type of commission: Personal Shot details: Sony ILCE-7RM2, FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS, 1/80sec, f/9, ISO 3200 About the shot: Underwater photography is in many ways the definition of a niche genre. It is amazing how much of an adjustment is required when shooting in this unfamiliar medium. A special set of skills are required to work effectively in aquatic environments – both practical and technical. For this shot, Petr Polách needed to call on all his photographic expertise. “This image was taken while diving in the cave system in Yucatán, Mexico, specifically in the flooded cave Dream Gate’s downstream section,” explains Petr. “Flooded caves are characterised by an unfavourable situation for a photographer – absolute darkness. The solution is to use external underwater flashes. For…

1 min.
win! prizes from affinity

Our next competition, Environmental Portraits, is open from 21 August to 14 September. For this round we want to see more than just a face. We’re looking for images with context and a story to tell, with people in engaging settings. Submit your entries at https://www.photocrowd.com/ digitalphotographer/ for a chance to win a licence to Affinity Photo professional editing software (£49 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 results. Expert…

1 min.
the best of summer landscapes

For our latest competition in association with Photocrowd, we challenged you to submit your best shots of summer landscapes. 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 incredibly high, and it was a joy to look through them all. 1 ST PLACE WINNER Val Di Funes Photographer: Andrew Robertson Our comment: This image has stunning sharpness from the foreground to the distant mountains and is dripping with a late summer Alpine feel. The gorgeous light highlights the texture and colour of the landscape, while the contrast has been expertly managed, providing a harsh summer atmosphere, while maintaining tonal detail. Very…