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Photography Week No. 447

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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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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 instax mini 40 looks set to be an instant hit

Instant cameras often tread a fine line between being fun and a little child-like, but the new Fujifilm Instax Mini 40 has arrived bearing stylish looks reminiscent of X-series Fujifilm cameras like the X-S10. The Instax Mini 40 is effectively a Instax Mini 11 – one of our favourite instant cameras – only in new, grown-up clothes. You get a retractable 35mm lens, making it relatively compact for an instant camera, and features like Auto Exposure for a fuss-free point-and-shoot experience. As its name suggests, the Mini 40 is compatible with Fuji’s credit card-sized Instax Mini film. Given the Mini 40’s genes, this makes it another promising, affordable camera for those looking to dip their toes into instant photography. Like the Mini 11, the Mini 40 has two main shooting modes: auto and…

8 min.
the art of the selfie

Portraiture can be rather inaccessible at times. Plenty of genres can be solitary pursuits – just you and the camera – but portraits require a human subject, and if you don’t know any willing sitters, hiring a model or sourcing street portraits can be daunting, particularly if you’re not yet a confident photographer. And even if portraits are your thing, social distancing rules have made photographing anybody but your immediate family or flatmates largely impossible. All of the above is precisely why we caught up with photographer and Instagrammer Louise Carey, who’s spent the past year of lockdown shooting self-portraits. This is a technique that anyone can easily try out at home, or at any location, without specialist kit – all you need is a little imagination. As Louise puts it: “Self-portraits…

1 min.
technique assessment

LIVE VIEW Louise says… Using Live View on a tilting screen makes my life so much easier. When I’m shooting close-up portraits I can see exactly how my image will look, while I’m in it. Even when I’m further away I can usually make out enough to ensure that I’m positioned exactly where I want to be. FACE AF Louise says… Auto-Area AF Face/Eye Detection tracks your face and eyes, so you can maintain focus while cycling through poses. If you don’t have this feature, focus where you intend to put yourself; a larger depth of field will increase the area of focus, giving you more room to manoeuvre while staying sharp. INTERVAL SHOOTING Louise says… I use Interval Timer Shooting so that I can set the camera to take 50 images at two-second intervals.…

1 min.
expert insight strike a pose

Louise says… Once I’ve found a suitable location and framed my shot I’ll position myself in the frame and spend a minute or two thinking about poses that may work. I’ll then set off the interval timer, and change pose every time the camera takes a shot. Posing is harder than it looks, especially if you’re cycling through 20 or so poses. If you find yourself wondering where to put your hands, hold a prop. It’s also worth thinking about how you can shape your body to lead the eye or complement the framing. If you’re nervous about showing your face, turning away from the camera slightly can add an air of mystery.…

1 min.
how to colour grade

1 COLOUR BALANCE Louise says… I start my colour grading by adding a Colour Balance adjustment layer. With Preserve Luminosity checked and the Tone dropdown menu set to Midtones, I warmed up Super Shot #1 by pushing the yellows and reds. If I want a cooler-looking image I’ll push the sliders towards blue and cyan. 2 SELECTIVE COLOUR Louise says… The next adjustment layer I’ll add is Selective Colour. I tend to focus on the Blacks. Here I dropped the Cyan slider and increased the Yellow slider to produce a warm, orangy-brown hue. I like to exaggerate the colours to start with, and then fine-tune an effect by reducing the adjustment layer’s opacity. 3 LEVEL IT OUT Louise says… For a shot like this I’ll finish by using a Levels adjustment layer to lift the…