Digital Photographer No. 244

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.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

2 min
the ‘rules’ of composition can often be limiting and unimaginative

Along with light and arguably emotion, composition is the cornerstone of any strong image. While there are plenty of ‘rules’ designed to help photographers frame a shot, these can often be limiting and unimaginative. This issue, we’ve asked a landscape pro to come up with five ways to improve composition. From p36, hone your skills by creating balance, and harnessing lines and shapes to capture better outdoor scenes. Using filters is another way to make images more dynamic, but as advances in editing software have made it easier than ever to blend your exposures in the digital darkroom, you might well ask: why bother using a physical filter to do the same thing? Find out the answer in our pro guide to filters on p22, explore the array of products on the…

2 min
our contributors

PETER FENECH Our technique editor Peter shares more practical advice this month. Learn to use filters like a professional and manage exposure from p22. You’ll also find his dynamic angles for street photography (p56), tips for visiting The Photography Show (p64) and reviews of the latest lenses from Fujifilm and Nikon (p108). Website: VERITY MILLIGAN Regular readers of DP will be familiar with Verity’s thoughtful words and work in our pro column slot. This month, we meet up in-person to follow Verity around Birmingham, UK for a one-on-one workshop. What kit and techniques does a pro use to capture artistic images in a city? Turn to the feature from p14 to find out. Website: HELEN TRUST Among other pro accolades, Helen is an ambassador for the filter brand Formatt Hitech. She uses these to great…

3 min

Free guide to download The Photography Show 2021 preview After a tumultuous 18 months, we’re excited to welcome back The Photography Show on 18-21 September this year, and you can find out everything that it has to offer with the show preview. Expect a packed four days of all things photography and video. For the first time in months, you’ll be able to test the kit you have been dreaming of trying out, buy the gear you’ve wanted (at unbeatable prices) and get face-to-face professional advice. To get your free show guide, visit: Bonus 12-page photo guide How to work with people like a pro In this month’s free eBook, professional portrait and lifestyle photographer Holly Wren delivers her top advice on the skills you need to master successful portraits. Whether you’re photographing models or inexperienced…

2 min
story behind the still

Photographer’s name: Kurit Afshen Website: @kuritos Image location: Indonesia Type of commission: Commercial Shot details: Canon EOS 7D, 100mm f/2.8, 125-250sec, f/8-10, ISO 100-2,501/320sec, f/11, ISO 100 About the shot: “This image of the snail and its reflection was taken on the terrace of my house. Photographing everyday creatures means you are fortunate to work from the comfort of your home!” says Indonesian macro photographer Kurit Afshen. Kurit is one of a handful of artists selected by Shutterstock for their ‘All The Best Artists’ campaign, which highlights diverse talent across its global contributor community. “I was so excited to take this photo and capture the utter uniqueness of this snail – its transparent shell was beautiful and really added depth to the image. I really wanted to represent the loneliness of the snail in this shot;…

7 min
seeing the city

Verity Milligan Verity is a pro landscape and commercial photographer based in Birmingham, UK. She currently shoots with Canon kit and is an ambassador for Zeiss lenses and LEE Filters. Verity also leads workshops with Light and Land. @veritymilligan To say it is hot when I meet Verity for our shoot in the city of Birmingham, UK is an understatement. You’ll often hear pro photographers say that the middle of a sunny day is a difficult time in which to shoot – it can lead to unwanted contrast, blown-out highlights and saturation – but on the flip side of that, real creativity can come out of a lighting challenge. As a regular contributor to DP, Verity’s pro columns are often focused on subverting the usual ‘rules’ of photography and capturing something that’s enjoyable and…

1 min
shooting with aperture priority

Adjusting the aperture of your lens is one of the key ways to influence how an image turns out. Verity prefers shooting in Aperture Priority exposure mode, where she will predetermine the desired aperture and let the camera control the shutter speed. “Most of the time, I’ll control the settings through Exposure Compensation anyway. A lot of people love to shoot Manual, which is fine, but for me, it’s a bit unnecessary for stuff like this. It takes your mind out of the composition and into the technical. I just fell into this way of exposing really early.”…