Digital Photographer No. 247

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

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winter is different. it is the sparseness of scenes that lend them their character

Winter is a wonderful time for outdoor photography. While the appearance of snow and ice can transform the landscape, later sunrises and early sunsets mean golden hour shooting opportunities occur at a more reasonable time of day. From p22, learn how to make the most of winter light in your scenes, plus how to capture atmosphere, tones and exposure accurately to bring out the true character of the season. Following the winter theme, turn to our interview with wildlife photographer and explorer David Gibbon (p72) and discover his frosty, yet heart-warming images of the arctic fox. If you have a penchant for portraits, head instead to p14, where the expert content begins. Celebrity portraitist Rory Lewis is in his studio showing us some simple but powerful lighting setups, while on p34, five…

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our contributors

PETER FENECH Technique Editor Peter has been braving the cold to bring you an expert feature on photographing winter landscapes. From p22, explore the best ways to use winter light throughout the day and capture some stunning seasonal scenes. Elsewhere, on p106, Peter trials two new lenses from Tamron and Canon. Website: BENEDICT BRAIN The former editor of our sister title, Digital Camera, Benedict knows a thing or two about taking pictures. He regularly shares the results of his camera experiments in our pro column and this month, the theme is macro – two macro bugs, to be precise. Turn to p114 to discover Benedict’s latest abstract artwork. Website: DAVID GIBBON David is the latest pro photographer to share his work in our interview slot. Ahead of an exciting Arctic expedition, David shares his love…

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gifts & giveaways

Free e-book to download Outdoor landscape and nature photos Whether it’s cloudless skies or unpredictable animals; unexpected weather or tricky light conditions, this book is full of guides and projects to help you tackle every subject, from enhancing your landscape shots to improving your wildlife photos. Master the essential kit and become an outdoor pro. To claim your free e-book, head to You’ll need to enter your details, and then we can email you a link to directly view and/or download your free e-books. Enter our Photocrowd contests online to win Affinity prizes Every month we team up with Photocrowd – the world’s leading photography competition platform – to give you the chance to win a licence to Affinity Photo editing software (worth £49 for Mac or Windows), plus your images printed in Digital Photographer. Affinity…

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dji mavic 3 arrives

DJI has announced the new Mavic 3, a replacement for its iconic flagship folding drone. The model features a high-quality Hasselblad Micro Four Thirds CMOS camera, partnered with a hybrid telephoto zoom on a single gimbal, that can record at up to 5.1K video. It boasts omnidirectional collision sensors with up to 200m sensitivity, updated subject tracking and up to 46 minutes’ flight time. Two versions of the drone will be offered: the standard Mavic 3 and the Mavic 3 Cine. The latter will offer Apple ProRes 422 HQ encoding and an onboard 1 TB SSD to provide the high-speed storage for that video (encoded at up to 3772Mbps). Meanwhile, the ‘standard’ model is clearly setting the Mavic 3 as a premium drone – marking a step above the appealing DJI…

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samyang produces smallest sony 50mm f1.4

For Sony FE mount, the Samyang AF 50mm F1.4 FE II is a rejuvenated version of a lens that first arrived back in 2016. The USP this time around is that it’s the smallest and lightest large-aperture 50mm standard prime available for Sony FE cameras. It weighs 420g and measures 88.9mm in length. For context, Sony’s own Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA measures 108mm in length, but weighs almost double the amount at 778g. The Samyang AF 50mm F1.4 FE II could be a good choice for those who like their mirrorless setups to be lightweight and nifty. It features an advanced optical design, constructed from 11 elements in eight groups, with several specialist elements to ensure that users get the most out of their high-res full-frame Sony sensors. The autofocus…

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london west end theatre stars pose for rankin

A new show by the celebrated photographer and film-maker Rankin opened in November at Fujifilm’s The House of Photography. Performance by Rankin is a free exhibition that celebrates the return of live theatre and musicals to London’s West End after the industry was laid low by Covid-19 lockdowns for nearly 18 months. Rankin joined forces with the Mayor of London’s #LetsDoLondon campaign and the Society of London Theatre (SoLT), as part of its #BackOnStage campaign. The aim of the project was to celebrate the talent and resilience of the front and back stage crew of London’s theatres, described as “the cultural heart of the city.” Over five full days of shooting, the photographer invited 150 individuals from nearly 60 of London’s top shows and venues to sit for him in a pop-up studio at…