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PhotoPlus : The Canon Magazine

PhotoPlus : The Canon Magazine April 2021

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Introducing the all-new PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine, the biggest and best Canon DSLR photography magazine. We're now bigger and better than ever, with 148 pages packed with more Canon EOS DSLR techniques, test and tips than ever. You'll find new Canon pro photographer interviews, more in-depth Canon DSLR and kit tests, a comprehensive Canon DSLR and lens buyers' guide, Canon School technical advice, photo stories and more

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Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
Frequency:
Monthly
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13 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
welcome

Whatever the weather, during the latest lockdown, I’ve tried to get out most days for a short adventure, exploring the countryside in my local area with a camera in my backpack. I search for things that catch my eye and are worthy of a photo; an expansive scene, a close-up of leaves, brightly-lit buildings, or birds perched atop bushes. Whether you’re staying safe indoors, or able to go for walks, we have more inspirational ways to beat lockdown – with some great photo projects to follow and new camera skills to learn. This issue, Canon pro photographer Damian Waters shows you have to capture inspirational landscape photos, on a 12-hour photo shoot from first to last light, see page 26. Our Apprentice spends a night with ace astro photographer Chris Grimmer,…

1 min.
meet the team…

Peter Travers Editor • 5D Mark IV peter.travers@futurenet.com “It takes a lot of skill and experience to capture striking landscapes. This issue our Canon pro Damian shows you how to take ace scenic shots over 12 hours.” PAGE 26 Dan Mold Technique editor • 1D X Mk III dan.mold@futurenet.com “This month I conveyed the passage of time like a time-lapse movie – all merged into a single image. Learn how it’s done to lift your landscape photography too.” PAGE 48 James Paterson Technique writer • 5D Mark IV james.paterson@futurenet.com “Flowers are already quite striking, however I’m going to make them even more visually impressive with some colourful light painting in my garden!” PAGE 44 Matthew Richards Technical writer • 6D Mk II photoplus@futurenet.com “Going wide while still being able to travel light is crucial for a lot of photographers, so we’ve put eight wide-angle zooms…

1 min.
this issue’s contributors…

Chris Grimmer Canon pro photographer Chris teaches our keen Apprentice Mandie how to shoot for the stars. PAGE 8 Rebecca Redmond Rebecca was able to pull some strings to get a press pass to shoot Royal de Luxe giant puppets. PAGE 62 Mandie Lee Our plucky Apprentice Mandie heads out at night to learn how to capture some ace astro photos PAGE 8 Molly Darlington Sports pro shooter Molly chats about her passion for football photography and her career so far. PAGE 64 Damian Waters Damian shoots from 7am to 7pm to show you to improve your landscape photos from sunrise to sunset. PAGE 26 Kav Dadfar Dive into the kit bag of pro documentary photographer Kav and see what helps him capture ace shots. PAGE 72 David Clapp David tackles the bridges of NYC to take impressive images, but that’s easier said…

1 min.
shoot for the stars

APPRENTICE NAME: MANDIE LEE CAMERA: CANON EOS 1300D BASED IN Essex, Mandie has been into photographing landscapes and wildlife for the past eight years. She invested in a Canon EOS 1300D DSLR with kit lens as well as a 50mm f/1.8 about two years ago, but would like to know what settings she could use to take better landscapes. Mandie also wants to know what other bits of equipment she could purchase to make life easier and her pictures better too. CANON PRO NAME: CHRIS GRIMMER CAMERA: CANON EOS 70D & 7D IN 2015 Chris was shortlisted for the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year and was shortlisted twice for the UK Astrophotographer of the Year! It’s safe to say Chris knows a thing or two about capturing great shots of starry skies, and he uses a…

3 min.
technique assessment

MANUAL MODE CHRIS SET up Mandie’s camera into Manual mode, shown as the M on the mode dial. This let her take total control of the exposure input – shutter speed, aperture and ISO values – when taking her photos. Chris opened the aperture as wide as possible, which was f/2.8 on his wide-angle lens, but f/3.5 on Mandie’s kit lens at 18mm. As Chris’s Samyang 14mm lens is fully manual (see page 12) he did this on the lens itself rather than the camera body, turning it to its f/2.8 setting. He also set the shutter speed to 15 secs – long enough for a good exposure of the night sky, but not too long so the stars look like streaky trails. Finally, he set the ISO on both cameras…

4 min.
chris’s top 10 tips for shooting stars

1 Check the weather Use an app or website to check the weather in the area you’re planning to shoot in, and make sure it’s going to be a clear, cloud-free night. 2 Use a dark sky map There are ‘dark sky’ spots all over the UK with low levels of light pollution, so check these out and plan your shoot here for the clearest astro images. 3 Shoot during a new moon In this phase the moon reflects little to no sunlight – ideal for astro shots, as it will reduce light pollution and make the stars more visible. 4 Stock up on spare batteries Cold weather at night is sure to drain your camera batteries quicker than normal, so be sure to charge your batteries and take plenty of spares. 5 Wrap up warm Wearing warm clothes,…