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Photography Week No. 444

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The world's best-selling digital photography magazine, Photography Week is the ultimate resource for anyone who wants to improve their photography. Every issue we bring you inspirational images, creative ideas, must-try photo projects and in-depth video reviews, plus no-nonsense practical advice on how to get the best from your camera, so you can capture and edit images you can be proud of. Designed specifically for mobile devices, each issue features reader galleries, how-to articles and step-by-step videos that will help you become a better photographer. It's your one-stop shop for all things photographic.

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Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
Frequency:
Weekly
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in this issue

1 min.
join the club…

Welcome to the world’s No.1 weekly digital photography magazine. If you’re already a reader, thanks for your continued support and involvement; if you’re new to Photography Week, you’ve come to the right place! In addition to expert advice, brilliant tips and step-by-step tutorials, every issue features interactive galleries of the best new photos, how-to videos on essential shooting and editing techniques, and in-depth reviews of the latest camera kit. But that’s not the whole story. Photography Week is more than a magazine – it’s a community of like-minded people who are passionate about photography. To get involved, just follow any of the links below and share your shots and comments – your photo might even appear on our cover! JOIN THE PHOTOGRAPHY WEEK COMMUNITY AND START SHARING! FACEBOOK http://bit.ly/39py9lg TWITTER http://bit.ly/2vGadLP FLICKR http://bit.ly/2VIgsJO We’re more than just a magazine…

2 min.
new 50mm f1.2 gm is sony’s fastest e-mount lens yet

Sony has launched its fastest ever lens for Alpha cameras: a 50mm F1.2 GM (or ‘G Master’) lens that’s aimed at professional street, portrait, and video shooters. This isn’t the first 50mm lens in Sony’s full-frame E-mount lineup – there are no fewer than four others – but it’s the first to bear the G Master branding, and the first lens in the entire Sony range to offer a maximum aperture of f/1.2. The FE 50mm F1.2 G Master includes three XA (extreme aspherical) elements in its design, which are made using ultra-high-precision manufacturing processes and are a G Master trademark. A maximum aperture of f/1.2 will obviously tempt bokeh fans, and Sony claims its new lens is designed for high resolution right across the frame, even wide open. The bokeh benefits from…

1 min.
vital skills for shutter speed

Shutter speed is all too easy to take for granted. Along with your camera’s ISO sensitivity setting and the aperture you set, it’s one of the three variables that you need to balance in order to produce successful exposures. However, it’s far more than just a functional technicality. The shutter speed that you choose to use is one of the primary creative tools you have at your disposal and is, arguably, even more decisive from this point of view than the aperture. The effects that you can produce by varying your shutter speed are very difficult, if not impossible, to reproduce in Photoshop and, in some genres of photography, shutter speed is often absolutely pivotal. Because it’s easy to get into the habit of setting your shutter speed without giving it too…

2 min.
freeze the action

A fast shutter speed generally refers to a speed that’s around 1/250 sec or faster, but any shutter speed that’s faster than the safe hand-holding speed for the focal length you’re using could be considered fast. Of course, the chief practical benefit of using a faster shutter speed is that camera shake is negated, but a fast shutter speed also enables you to freeze any movement that’s taking place in the subject you’re shooting, which is particularly useful when shooting sports, action or wildlife. The temptation might well be to simply set the fastest shutter speed that’s available to you whenever you’re photographing fast-moving subjects, which might be as fast as 1/16,000 sec, but this is very often not necessary. At faster shutter speeds you’ll typically need to use wider apertures…

1 min.
fast focusing

1 USE CONTINUOUS FOCUSING Set the AF mode to Continuous mode (AI Servo). This will tell your camera to adjust the focus when it notices any changes in the scene, so long as the shutter button is kept half-depressed. 2 ACTIVATE IMAGE STABILISATION If your lens has a built-in image stabilisation function, activate this using the switch on the lens barrel. The lens will then counteract any shaking that occurs as you’re tracking a subject. 3 SELECT AUTO AF POINTS In the AF Point Selection menu, activate the Auto Selection option. This will give the camera control over which AF point(s) are active, and will allow the camera to track the subject.…

1 min.
how your camera’s shutter works

Sitting directly in front of a camera’s sensor is a thin curtain – the shutter. Every time you fully depress the shutter button to take a photo, the shutter will rapidly move out of the way of the sensor, exposing it to the light entering through the lens and capturing an image, before closing again. The amount of time the shutter is left open for is determined by the chosen shutter speed, which is listed in seconds or fractions of a second. Most cameras have a maximum shutter speed of around 1/4000 sec, while some high-end models can shoot much faster, at speeds of 1/8,000 sec and even higher. Although they’re built to last, after many thousands of actuations a shutter may start to wear or even fail, and will…