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PhotoPlus : The Canon Magazine

PhotoPlus : The Canon Magazine May 2021

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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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

2 min
2 subject separation with wide apertures

Diffuse backgrounds When it comes to wildlife photography, the background should hold just as much importance as the subject. It should be unobtrusive, but at the same time contrast with or complement the subject. A wide aperture will help to eliminate distractions, but also pay attention to light and tone. Often, areas of shadow can be used to create a dark, inky background which will help to build a sense of impact. Search for colours that compliment the subject, and don’t forget to move position to try alternative angles. Include a foreground By including a foreground, you are creating the perception of depth. As with the background, it should not distract from the subject, so select a wide aperture to throw it out of focus. You may need to shoot from a low-angle,…

2 min
3 balancing composition

Rule of thirds A recognized and reliable compositional rule is the rule of thirds. Simply imagine two horizontal and two vertical lines splitting the frame into nine equal parts, where the lines connect are known as ‘power points’ – and your AF points can be moved so you can focus on your subject at one of these points to create a better-balanced composition. You may also be able to use other elements in the frame to run along the lines, further increasing the sense of visual harmony. Negative space The use of negative space should be an important consideration when it comes to composing your shots. Negative space is the area of the frame which is not taken up by the subject. A large area of negative space can add a feeling of…

1 min

dan.mold@futurenet.com AS RESTRICTIONS ease in the UK we’re excited to get out and about with our Canon cameras, so we have two brilliant outdoor projects for you to try. On page 50 we show how to shoot and stitch together perfect panoramas, while on page 52 you’ll learn the trick behind time slice images showing off the passage of time. If bad weather hinders your plans, or you’d rather stay indoors, we’ve got you covered too! On page 46 James shows you a novel way to shoot flowers with UV lights for truly fascinating results. If you’d rather brush up on your editing skills we have no less than four tutorials; Replicate long exposure effects in Elements, master the basics of Lightroom Classic CC Raw converter, enhance landscapes with Curves adjustments…

2 min
perfect panoramas the easy way!

When you witness a beautiful sprawling vista your first instinct might be to reach for a wide-angle lens to try and squeeze it all into a single frame. And while such focal lengths can produce stunning results, in the wrong situation they can also leave you feeling terribly under whelmed, not to mention the barrel distortion these ultra-wide optics typically exhibit. Super-wide lenses suffer from barrel distortion, which can make the edges of the frame feel like they’re ballooning outwards like a barrel, hence the name. This isn’t usually a problem when capturing immensely wide scenes, such as mountains, but if your scene has less impact or fails to prominently protrude from the horizon line, a wide focal length could leave you wanting more. Thankfully, by shooting a panorama you can have…

1 min
step by step achieving a wider perspective

01 FOCAL LENGTH You’ll want to avoid the barrel distortion found in wide-angle lenses, as this makes it very difficult to line-up and merge your images correctly. Short telephoto lenses are ideal, we shot 85mm on our Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM zoom lens. 02 LEVEL HEADED A stable tripod is crucial, so we hung our kitbag off the centre column as a counterweight. It also helps to have the legs perfectly aligned, so your framing remains level. Use the built-in level on your camera to get the horizon perfect. 03 CAMERA SETTINGS Focus and the lock it off with manual focus, so your camera doesn’t change it between shots. Use Manual mode to keep your exposure consistent and select an aperture between f/8 and f/11 for a large depth of field with…

2 min
step by step enhance your images

01 IMPORT YOUR PHOTOS When you open Lightroom Classic CC, you’ll be brought into the Library to select which imported image you’d like to edit. Once you’ve chosen your picture, go to the Develop panel in the top right. We’ll be using the Basic panel on the right. 02 ADJUST THE EXPOSURE The Exposure slider is a global adjustment that controls how light or dark your image will be. Move the slider to the right to make the image brighter, or move it to the left to make it darker. We underexposed this image a little to preserve our highlight details. 03 BRING DOWN THE HIGHLIGHTS While the Exposure slider affects the entire image, the Highlights slider will only adjust the bright parts of the photo. If you have overexposed areas in your image, drag…