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Photo Review

March - May 2021
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Inspiring photography, practical tips and useful information for photographers at all levels. Easy to follow advice on everything from buying the right camera gear through to shooting, editing, printing and organising your photos. The Inspiration section features high quality images and insight into how the best photographers create their photos.

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4 Issues

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3 min.
joy in context

By the time you read this, we’ll be well on our way into the 20th year of the 21st century. 2020 seemed to reach a crescendo of awfulness in the first week of January. The pandemic which had been spreading relentlessly all year, was then approaching the grim milestones of 100 million cases and more than two million deaths. And, from the very heart of the most powerful country in the world, came extraordinary scenes of insurrection. Flashing up on mobile phone screens across the planet, the images and video were captured and shared in real time by the perpetrators themselves. Just two weeks later, the new American president was inaugurated. On the first day of the Biden era the USA re-joined the Paris climate accord, dozens of egregious decisions by…

5 min.
unpeople power

Leanne Cole’s art photos of central Melbourne took a prophetic turn in early 2020 when the Victorian government imposed its first COVID-19 lockdown. For deeply personal reasons, she had been using long exposures, filters and digital manipulation to create cityscapes entirely devoid of people. Suddenly such scenes were there in reality, all day, everywhere. If only she’d been able to leave the house to shoot them. ‘I realised a few years ago that I’m a bit ADHD [attention deficit hyperactivity disorder]. My brain never sits still and I feel like I’m never in control of anything,’ she says. ‘The one thing I do have control of is my photography, and about six years ago I started going out very early in the morning to photograph empty city landscapes because they were…

10 min.
at our feet

They are less than one millimetre long and can be found everywhere from the freezing high slopes of Mount Everest to the stifling darkness of a cave nearly two kilometres below the earth’s surface. Their fossilised ancestors have been discovered in 410 million year old rock. And, for the last eight of those 410 million years, they have had a very special place in the heart of macro photographer, mesofauna portraitist and UK native Andy Murray. ‘Springtails (Collembola) are diverse, complex, often intensely colourful, incredibly endearing and very tiny soil animals,’ Andy writes on his website “A Chaos of Delight”. ‘They aid with nutrient cycling in the soil, helping to form soil microstructure as well as being a ready supply of food for many predators.’ ‘It's hard not to anthropomorphise Collembola, especially…

9 min.
image stabilisation update

Image stabilisation (IS) has quietly revolutionised picture-taking since it first appeared in the mid 1990s and has become a hot feature in the imaging arena, with different manufacturers offering different stabilisation systems. Essentially, there are two components in an imaging system where stabilisation can be applied: in the camera body or in the lens. Initially, Canon and Nikon started out with stabilised lenses, while Sony, Olympus and Pentax worked on sensor-shift technology. But with the passage of time most have seen the advantage of combining both systems, even though they work differently and involve different components. Today, all leading camera manufacturers include IS in their cameras and lenses, using labels like VR, OS, OIS, VC, SR and variations on those themes. When the first stabilised products were developed, the degree of stabilisation…

4 min.
hard work leads to insta success

“It was a “now or never” kind of mentality that pushed me to make the best decision of my life.” Peter Yan discovered his photographic talents when he took a trip to the USA in 2011. He’d taken along his first DSLR and as he travelled he posted some of his pictures on Facebook. The positive feedback he received was, he said, ‘very refreshing and exciting to me.’ At that point in his life, Peter was happily building a successful career at Apple and while he enjoyed picture-taking, it was not his primary focus. ‘I didn't take photography seriously,’ he explained, ‘until late 2014 when I bought the then-new Olympus OM-D E-M10 as a Christmas present for myself.’ Saying that he didn’t know much about cameras and photography at the time, he explained…

7 min.
wide-angle lenses

According to Wikipedia, a lens is considered wide-angle when it covers an angle of view between 64 and 84 degrees. Anything wider than that is considered ultra-wide-angle, with fisheye lenses being a special sector of the ultra-wide category. Popular wide-angle lenses for cameras with 36 x 24mm sensors have focal lengths of 35mm, 28mm and 24mm; ultra-wide-angle lenses include the 21mm, 20mm, 18mm, 15mm, and 14mm focal lengths. For digital cameras, many of which have smaller sensors than the 35mm film on which these definitions are based, wide-angle lenses have focal lengths shorter than the short side of the sensor. This equates to about 15mm for an APS-C sensor or 13mm for Micro Four Thirds. Usage Photographers normally use wide-angle lenses when they want maximum depth of focus in the scene and need…