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Digital Photographer

Digital Photographer No. 240

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

7 min
the dawn thing

While many landscape photographers turn pro later in life, Harry Wheeler-Brand, alternatively known by his business moniker Harrybehindthelens is one of those rare people who not only knew what they wanted to do from an early age, but also had the drive to make it happen. At just 19, Harry is a pro landscape photographer, workshop leader, and has just published his first photo book – a location guide to East Anglia’s coast. Never a “big person for school”, Harry had an entrepreneurial spirit, and was encouraged and influenced by his family to pursue photography. “I grew up around my parents who respectively had their own businesses, and my dad helped me a lot when I first set up my business years ago. The reason I got started was because my mum…

5 min
fujifilm x-e4

Price: £799/$849 body only The X-E4 is Fujifilm’s most compact interchangeable lens camera with the 26.1MP X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor and X-Processor 4 processing engine. As the latest in the X-E series of mirrorless cameras, it has a rectangular rangefinder-like design rather than the mini DSLR-styling of the X-T series. As well as increasing the resolution by 1.8MP, switching from the 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III sensor in the X-E3 to the fourth generation sensor in the X-E4 means that there’s an upgrade to a backside-illuminated design, which helps to boost the image quality. Nevertheless, the X-E4’s sensitivity range is very similar to the X-E3’s; the native values are ISO 160-12,800, and they can be expanded to ISO 80-51,200. The X-E3’s range is ISO 200-12,800, expandable to ISO 100-51,200. The X-E4 can also shoot at…

2 min
all the gear, some idea?

The notion that photography newcomers need to earn expensive camera gear is a load of poppycock. ‘All the gear and no idea’. It’s a phrase that’s brandished about in almost every hobby. But is it really that silly for beginners to invest in the best equipment? I wholeheartedly believe that you can take an award-winning photo on any camera, and I do think that limitations can bolster creativity. However, if I was just starting out and somebody handed me a Hasselblad 907X 50C I certainly wouldn’t turn it down! I recently fulfilled a childhood dream of owning a Gibson guitar, but as I opened the case for the first time I felt a nagging sense of regret. How could a living room guitarist appreciate a pro-quality instrument such as this? I…

2 min
our contributors

PETER FENECH As our in-house technique editor, Peter has expert insights for every aspect of the photo industry. On p34, discover his practical guide to artistic macro shots. He also shares techniques for Renaissance still lifes (p50), blossoming scenes (p56), supermarket printing advice (p64) and two new lens reviews (p110). Website: www.digitalcameraworld.com MOHIT KHETRAPAL Every issue, we look more closely at a dynamic image in our Story Behind the Still section. Mohit is sharing his shooting and editing techniques with us this month. He tells us how he captured the true atmosphere of a holy festival, Ganga Aarti, which happens in Varanasi, India. Discover Mohit’s story on p12. Instagram: @mohit__khetrapal MIKE MEZEUL II Landscape pro, adventurer, Nikon geek and all-round nice guy Mike has been spending the last few years shooting in the world’s most extreme environments.…

2 min
story behind the still

Photographer’s name: Mohit Khetrapal Website: m.facebook.com/mohitkhetrapalsphotography, IG: @mohit__khetrapal Image location: Varanasi, India Type of commission: Personal Shot details: Canon EOS 80D, 85mm, 1/320sec,f/1.4 ISO 640 About the shot: Some subjects transcend the basics of photography – while light, colour and detail all play a part, the true essence of the shot is the ‘atmosphere’. This can be tricky to define and is only captured when the photographer understands the key aspects of what makes the scene special. Holy festivals and ceremonies are great examples of this, as Mohit Khetrapal explains. “This picture is from the very famous Ganga Aarti, which happens in Varanasi, India. The priests are worshipping the holy river Ganges and seeing the spiritual environment and energy around me made me want to take this picture. I wanted to capture the essence of the…

1 min
harry’s 5 tips for a photo guide

Call upon your own specialist knowledge Volumes of information that you have personally encountered on location will help with giving advice for others to follow. Make the book rugged Printing is extremely important. The book has to be built for the outdoors and has to be worth the price tag you give it. Streamline the design Find a design house, use a freelancer for the artwork… or do it yourself like me! Know your papers Photo books should be suited to your imagery, the print setup and paper choice (glossy, matte or uncoated) can make a massive difference to the final result. Love the experience My biggest career pleasure so far was seeing four years of hard work come together. Be forward-thinking and make sure you have a distributor, outlets, or a selling channel…