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Digital Photographer No. 231

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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.
chasing good light is a constant element of photography… the kit we use to do it will evolve

One of the first things we learn when we start taking pictures is how the available light affects our scenes and subjects. It is a true cliché that photography is all about light, but it’s easy to forget the fundamentals of exposure when our workflow becomes more complex. Our guide on shooting for the light explains how to capture glorious golden hour hues, look for image potential in all weathers, and expose your shots effectively. Discover practical tips and techniques for improving your landscapes from p32. While chasing good light is a constant element of photography, the kit we use to do it will evolve throughout our journey, and in more recent years, pro mirrorless cameras have been driving innovation in the market. If you’ve been thinking about making the switch from…

2 min.
our contributors

PETER FENECH Peter is Digital Photographer’s resident expert, and this issue he’s exploring the best techniques to get the most out of different lighting conditions for landscape shots on p32. Elsewhere, he takes us through creating a vertorama (p60), how to get more from autofocus (p66), and cost-saving printer tricks (p70). Website: digitalcameraworld.com KEENAN LAM Keenan has made a name for himself doing many things: commercial photography, travel videography. But this issue we’re focusing on his role as a content creator, and on p76 he shares his advice on how to first break into the industry, approach clients, plus the core skills you’ll need to be a successful content creator. Website: keenanlam.com JADE KESHIA GORDON Jade is an inspiring self-taught fashion and beauty photographer who has forged a successful career. This issue, we discussed with her how…

2 min.
the gallery

Alina Shevelina Image title: Catching rays www.500px.com/alina___s What camera gear did you use to capture this shot? Canon EOS 5D Mark II, EF 40mm f/2.8 STM lens at 40mm, f/5, 1/1600sec What would you say you like most about this image? I like that the rays of the setting sun shine through the fog and create a mystery around the tree. I wanted to emphasise this. Starting from the left corner, the road leads the viewer’s eyes to the tree. The sun is the vanishing point of the composition, so it is in the centre. The cloud lines, on the right, balance the path on the left. Hopefully this way the composition seems clean. Did you do much post-processing? When I shot this I was trying to maintain highlights in the sky, so overall the image is underexposed.…

2 min.
story behind the still

Photographer’s name: Stuart Dunn Website: stuartdunnphotography.com Image location: Democratic Republic of the Congo Type of commission: Personal Shot details: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 85mm Zeiss Planar, 1/1000sec, f/1.6, ISO 640 About the shot: I shot this image for myself while on assignment for the BBC. The shot was taken in Virunga National Park, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. For several weeks we had been hiking up and down a volcano in the region to photograph and film mountain gorillas, and the rangers had been like my shadow during the entire time. One day we arrived back at camp when a heavy mist descended upon us, creating a very eerie atmosphere. The rangers squatted down and began looking around. I gained eye contact with one of the rangers and took the shot. DRC can…

1 min.
win! prizes from affinity

Everyone loves an autumnal landscape scene, but for this round we want you to create images that go beyond the obvious. Capture details up close, people enjoying autumn colour and animals preparing for winter. Surprise us! Submit your entries at 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 and Crowd winners will be…

1 min.
the best of magnificent macro

For our latest competition in association with Photocrowd, we challenged you to submit your best shots of the macro world. After working through all the excellent entries, the winners have been selected. Both crowd-voted and expert winners will win a licence to Affinity Photo professional editing software. A huge well done to all of the winners – as usual the standard of submitted images was really high. 1 ST PLACE WINNER Colour Splashes Photographer: Henrik Spranz Our comment: So often macro images are captured in a formulaic manner, but this image is beautifully composed and makes use of a gorgeous colour palette. The subject placement is ideal to be framed by the surrounding flowers, while the bokeh forms a great backdrop. Well done! 2 ND PLACE Charlie’s Angels Photographer: Madison Our comment: What a fun image! We’re not quite…