Digital SLR Photography

May 2014 Issue
Issue 90

The May 2014 issue is packed with 140 pages of technique, expert advice & inspiration to help you master your digital SLR.
This month’s Get The Pictures include photographing brilliant bluebells in bloom, capturing abstract crashing waves at the coast, spotting and shooting minimalist potential all around you, making fine-art out of flowers and how the pros create the illusion of levitation!
We’ve included an exclusive and comprehensive essential guide to landscape photography – with the weather improving and the days getting longer you’ve more chances to get out there and capture fantastic images of the land around you.
This issue’s Creative Eye challenge is ‘sweets’, with three pro attempts along with a host of your entries – find out who had this challenging topic licked!
In Budget Photo we investigate the low cost Borwin filters – a kit comprising of a UV, soft focus, grad and circular polariser costs just £20! But are they any good?
This month’s Cutting Edges feature the excellent work of Elena Shumilova and her ethereal childhood images and Brandon Cawood’s inspirational Not All Wear Capes series.
In Test Centre we’ve got an exclusive first test of the new Nikon D4S by leading sports photographer Richard Pelham as well as the tiny Pentax Q7 as we put it through its paces. We’ve also tested the ultimate telephoto macro lenses – which one is worth your hard earned?
Finally, we’re giving away a Samsung Galaxy NX camera kit! Pick up the magazine to find out how to win! more...

April 2014 Issue
Issue 89

The April 2014 issue is packed with 140 pages of technique, expert advice & inspiration to help you master your digital SLR.
This month’s Get The Pictures include photographing colourful floral macro images, how to make the most of a misty morning, how the pros add hair movement to their portraits, spotting and shooting fine art details at the coast and shooting dynamic in-car light trails on your every day commute!
Our Expert Guide to Portraits continues with a twist – this issue we concentrate on the best advice to how you interact with and pose your subject, with three professionals offering their tips and tricks.
This issue’s Creative Eye challenge is ‘Light bulb’, with three pro attempts along with a host of your entries, while in Budget Photo we investigate lens mount adaptors and the results to be had from using non-standard fitment glass. Find out which adaptors and lenses to buy without breaking the bank!
This month’s Cutting Edge is travel themed – we visit Iceland with Lee Frost and Yosemite with Adam Burton and showcase some breathtaking images along the way.
In Test Centre we’ve got hold of the camera that everyone’s talking about – the new Fujifilm X-T1 – to find out what all the fuss is about. Also, the new Tamron 150-600mm super zoom is put through our stringent testing methods – we think that this lens will be a huge hit! Our monthly comparison lens test looks at budget 70-300mm telezooms – are they much different to the premium models? We’ve got some surprising results to share!
Finally, we’re giving away a Nikon D5300, two lenses and a day with landscape professional Ross Hoddinott Photography learning the tricks of the trade – aren’t we good to you? more...

March 2014 Issue
Issue 88

The March 2014 issue is packed with 148 pages of technique, expert advice & inspiration to help you master your digital SLR.
This month’s Get The Pictures includes our guide to winter landscapes, capturing simply stunning portraits using a reflector, creating a portrait made up of possessions, adding big, bold bokeh and how to shoot a vertorama. The Expert Guide to Portraits continues with yet more creative flash techniques for you to try with three leading pros sharing their most often used techniques. We’ve shifted into gear with this month’s Creative Eye with the topic ‘car’ – with three great pro attempts along with a host of your entries, too! This issue’s Creative Eye challenge is ‘Toys’, with three pro attempts along with a host of your entries, while Budget Photo explores using fluorescent strip lights in portrait photography, and reveals some stunning results. In Cutting Edge we showcase the beautiful Ethiopian portraits of Diego Arroyo and speak to photography legend Terry O’Neill about the glory days of the silver screen. Finally, in Test Centre we put the Samsung Galaxy NX through its paces and the Nikon Df is put under scrutiny – retro wonder or all show and no go? Our comprehensive lens test looks at 70-300mm telezooms, with surprising results. more...

February 2014 Issue
Issue 87

The February 2014 issue is packed with 148 pages of technique, expert advice & inspiration to help you master your digital SLR.
This month’s Get The Pictures include capturing stunning beach reflections, photographing abstract colourful oil on water, how to blend exposures to record dramatic skies, creating optical illusions using puddles and light painting with your smartphone or tablet! Our Expert Guide to Portraits continues with yet more creative flash techniques for you to try with three leading pros sharing their most often used techniques. We’ve shifted into gear with this month’s Creative Eye with the topic ‘car’ – with three great pro attempts along with a host of your entries, too! This month’s Budget Photo takes a look at smoke machines and how they can be used to inject atmosphere into your images and we offer 15 great ideas to kick-start your photography in 2014! In Cutting Edge we visit the American west with travel pro Jon Hicks and Lee Frost shares his experiences shooting modern architecture in Valencia, Spain. Understand Your Camera covers your camera’s special functions and why you should be delving into your menu system and using them today. Finally, in Test Centre we’ve fallen head over heels for the Nikon D5300, and we put the Samyang 14mm wide-angle lens and Adobe Lightroom 5 through their paces. more...

January 2014 Issue
Issue 86

The January 2014 issue is packed with 164 pages of technique, expert advice & inspiration to help you master your digital SLR.
Our Expert Guide to Portraits continues with some creative flash techniques for you to try – three leading pros share their favourite flash techniques. This month’s Get The Pictures include Ross Hoddinott's guide to shooting dynamic waterfall images, high-speed powder portraits with portrait pro Paul Ward, Helen Dixon combines light painting with stunning Milky Way photography, we’ve got a fun indoor technique for shooting backlit leaves and we demonstrate a technique that shows you that camera shake isn’t always a bad thing!
With the long nights we’re having we thought it only fitting that this month’s Creative Eye topic was ‘torch’ – with three great pro attempts along with a host of reader entries! Budget Photo takes a look some make-do flash gels to add a splash of colour to your images and we round up the defining images of 2013 in our Year in Pictures. There's more – we take a look behind the scenes of The Bear & The Hare – this year’s biggest Christmas advert, and we unveil the lengths gone to by Nikon fine-art ambassador Kirsty Mitchell to achieve her fantastic Wonderland series. We also cover understanding the basics of shutter speed and our DSLR buyer's guide continues with the best value over-£650 cameras! Finally, this issue’s comprehensive lens test seeks out the sharpest 35mm prime lens on the market! more...

December 2013 Issue
Issue 85

The December 2013 issue is packed with 164 pages of technique, expert advice & inspiration to help you master your digital SLR. Our Expert Guide to Portraits continues as professional portrait photographers Paul Ward and Brett Harkness show you the basics of using flash. Ross Hoddinott shows you how to create long exposure photographs without an ND filter, Catherine MacBride demonstrates how to create fantastic abstract and colourful images using a Slinky, we show you how to shoot a golden hour portrait (even when it's not golden hour!), and we've a neat photo-alphabet challenge to test your eye for spotting shapes and lines. As the heavens start to open on a more regular basis, we thought it only fitting that this month's Creative Eye should be 'umbrella', with three great pro attempts along with a host of reader entries! Budget Photo takes a look at a three-head studio flash kit with accessories for £160! There's more – we speak to Red Bull Illume winner and snowboard photographer Lorenz Holder and aviation professional Phil Makanna about his latest GHOSTS project. We also cover understanding the basics of depth-of-field and we start the first part of our DSLR buyer's guide – find out which sub-£650 camera is best for you! Finally, we've got 85+ great Christmas gift ideas for photographers.
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November 2013 Issue
Issue 84

The November 2013 issue is packed with 164 pages of technique, expert advice & inspiration to help you improve your photo skills, including an Autumn Gems treat, containing some great advice on capturing this wonderfully picturesque time of year. Our Expert Guide to Portraits continues, providing inspiration for shooting portraits in rural locations. We also show you how to shoot long exposure seascapes, spooky Halloween portraits, making the most of Guy Fawkes Night, light painting with sparklers and creating a kaleidoscopic image. This month's Creative Eye topic is 'flowers', with three great pro attempts along with a host of reader entries! Budget Photo takes a look at a Tamron telezoom with surprising results for a bargain price! There's more – we speak to conceptual fine art photographer Brooke Shaden about her new book and wildlife photographer David Lloyd. We also cover getting the absolute best image quality out of your camera and the new Canon EOS 70D gets put to the test! We're also on a mission to find out which premium 70-200mm f/2.8 is the best as our comprehensive lens test series continues. more...

October 2013 Issue
Issue 83

The October 2013 issue is packed with 164 pages of technique, expert advice & inspiration to help you improve your photo skills, including part five of our Expert Guide to Portraits. We also show you how to shoot heather-filled landscapes, capture the natural behaviour of deers, shoot miniature bubble planets, capture pets in action and create a paper-based still life with style. This month's Creative Eye topic is 'shadows', with three great pro attempts along with a host of reader entries! Budget Photo unveils some amazing software that we've discovered that helps you create stunning black & white images, and it costs just £20! There's more – we speak to portrait photographer Paul Mobley about his Celebrities series and travel documentary photographer Mitchell Kanashkevich about his journey to remote Ethiopia. Understand Your Camera covers White Balance and the new Pentax K-50 gets put to the test, with surprising results! This month's thorough lens test covers ultra-wide angles for APS-C sensors only – which ones are worth your money and which are best avoided? more...

September 2013 Issue
Issue 82

The September 2013 issue is packed with 164 pages of technique, expert advice & inspiration to help you improve your photo skills, including part four of our Expert Guide to Portraits. We also show you how to capture movement in landscapes, create colourful polarised still-lifes using a tablet computer, take fisheye fun portraits, photograph poppy fields,and shoot and process ethereal butterfly images. This month's Budget Photo is a budget introduction to infrared photography. There's more – we speak to moody landscape photographer Mikko Lagerstedt and reveal Nikon's behind the scenes technology at Wimbledon 2013. Understand Your Camera covers ISO and we tell you everything you need to know about shooting sports and action in Getting Started. Our pro Canon EOS 5D Mk III long-term field test comes to its conclusion and this month's lens test covers ultra wide-angle lenses. more...

August 2013 Issue
Issue 81

The August 2013 issue is packed with 164 pages of technique, expert advice & inspiration to help you improve your photo skills, including part three of our Expert Guide to Portraits. We also show you how to shoot solitary lush trees, collate stunning photo collages courtesy of collage expert Adrian Brannan, capture mid-air fun portraits, photograph backlit leaves,and add texture to artistic still lives. This month's Budget Photo is also a must-see – a full set of ND filters and grads for under £15! There's more – we speak to fine-art photographer Olivier Valsecchi about his Time of War series and explore nature with the Meet Your Neighbours project. Understand Your Camera covers autofocus and we tell you everything you need to know about using colour to your advantage in Getting Started – this guide will change how you use colour in your images, guaranteed! The new miniature Canon EOS 100D gets put to the test and this month's lens test covers the popular nifty-fifty – it's the lens that everyone should own, but which is the best? more...

July 2013 Issue
Issue 80

The July 2013 issue is packed with 164 pages of technique, expert advice & inspiration to help you improve your photo skills, including part two of our Expert Guide to Portraits featuring leading UK lifestyle photographer Brett Harkness! We also show you how to shoot coastal foreground interest, beautiful fields of gold rapeseed, capture fizzy fruity close-ups, photograph garden birds, and a gravity-defying creative take on portraiture. This month's Budget Photo looks at close-up accessories and we speak to widely-acclaimed landscape photographer Marc Adamus and retoucher Cristian Girotto. Understand Your Camera covers the basics of exposure modes and we tell you everything you need to know about Getting Started in photographing Wildlife. The new Canon EOS 700D gets put to the test and our definitive lens test series continues with macro lenses – how will eight of the best stand up to close scrutiny? more...

June 2013 Issue
Issue 79

The June 2013 issue is bigger than ever! Packed with 172 pages of technique, expert advice & inspiration to help you improve your photo skills. This month sees the arrival of several new features, including part one of our Expert Guide to Portraits featuring the work of leading UK lifestyle photographer Brett Harkness. We've also got a new series called Understand Your Camera, and a guide to Getting Started in Macro. Sports Photographer of the Year Adrian Dennis and fashion professional Miss Aniela sit down for a chat with us and Budget Photo reveals some surprisingly good bargain-price reflectors! more...

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May 2013 Issue

Issue 78

The May 2013 issue is packed with 156 pages of technique, expert advice & inspiration to help you improve your photo skills, including a special treat feature making the most of shooting Spring - now it has finally arrived! We also show you how to shoot candid portraits, capture fine-art long-exposure architecture, photograph pets and their owners together, how to master the dark art of freelensing and shooting stunning bluebells. This month's Budget Photo is our best ever – a wireless flash system that won't break the bank and we speak to pro motorsport photographer Dom Romney and travel photographer Jon Hicks about his recent trip to Burma. The results are also in for our long-term pro D800 test - how did this popular DSLR stand up against the test of time? more...

April 2013 Issue

Issue 77

The April 2013 issue is packed with 156 pages of technique, expert advice & inspiration to help you improve your photo skills, including part two of our complete guide to Raw, explaining why you should be using Raw, the benefits of ETTR and how to manually blend multiple exposures from a single Raw file. We also show you how to spice up your portraits using flash gels, photographing early spring blooms and a clever still-life using refraction. This month's How to Master…..covers shooting dusk & dawn and we speak to pro Adam Lawrence about his outstanding portfolio and Michael Benson about his stunning new astro-photography book Planetfall. Plus – our technique of the month gives you inspirational ideas for photographing birds. On test is the new Nikon D5200 and a budget timer remote with surprising results! more...

March 2013 Issue

Issue 76

The March 2013 issue is packed with 156 pages of technique, expert advice & inspiration to help you improve your photo skills, including the complete guide to Raw and why shooting in Raw can transform your photography. We also show you how to make the most of precipitation with a simple rainy-day portrait, photographing misty landscapes, an icy abstract still-life and how to shoot a studio-esque child portrait with a home reflector that you'd probably not thought of! We also speak to Sacha Goldberger about his Mamika series and animal-portrait photographer Tim Flach about his new book, plus – our technique of the month gives you inspirational ideas for photographing pets. On test is the new Canon EOS 6D, Capture One Pro 7, Gitzo's latest monopod and Lexar's 25-in-1 card reader. more...

February 2013 Issue

Issue 75

The February 2013 issue is packed with 147 pages of technique, expert advice & inspiration to help you improve your photo skills, including the complete guide to photographing food and beverage and the best techniques for making the most of winter. We also show you how to create an in-camera shadow swap, capturing the fun of the fair, an indoor explosion of colour and how to shoot a stunning sunset silhouette. We also speak toadventure photographer Tom Bol and travel photographer Jon Hicks, plus – celebrity portrait photographer Michael Grecco reveals his top lighting techniques and secrets. more...

January 2013 Issue

Issue 74

The January 2013 issue is packed with 164 pages of technique, expert advice & inspiration to help you improve your photo skills, including mastering shooting after dark with features on night photography and painting with light. We also show you how to make the most of glorious winter coastal sunsets, creating abstract still life images from paper, capturing both day and night in a single image and how to shoot a simple but stunning low key portrait using natural light. Creative Eye poses the challenge of Christmas decorations to three photographers and we speak to Tim Tadder and Lara Jade in this month's Cutting Edge. We also find out if the Lensbaby Spark and Pentax K-5 II are worth your hard-earned in Budget Photo and Camera Test. more...

December 2012 Issue

Issue 73

The December 2012 issue is packed with 164 pages of technique, expert advice & inspiration to help you improve your photo skills, including mastering composition, how to shoot creative dewy cobwebs, a new twist on bringing your old photos back to life, and how to best capture woodland streams and water. This month's Complete Picture makes a splash with everything you need to know about high-speed photography and we talk to Peter Neill and Randy Scott Slavin about their recent projects. more...

November 2012 Issue

Issue 72

The November issue is packed with 164 pages of technique, expert advice & inspiration to help you improve your photo skills, including having fun with shadows in your images, how to master autumn photography, the dos and don'ts of photographing fireworks, spooky black light and Halloween portraits and fun double exposures. We also show you complete guide to shooting black & white landscapes. more...

October 2012 Issue

Issue 71

The October issue is packed with 164 pages of technique, expert advice & inspiration to help you improve your photo skills, including the complete guide to shooting cars, using wide apertures for shallow depth-of-field, easy natural-light pet portraits, how to shoot a timelapse and capturing fantastic images of garden birds. We also show you everything you need to start mastering movement in your images. more...

September 2012 Issue

Issue 70

The September issue is packed with 164 pages of technique, expert advice & inspiration to help you improve your photo skills, including the complete guide to shooting panoramics, recovering detail from your Raw files, easy high-key portraits in your own home, how to spot and shoot abstracts, blooming marvelous flowery landscapes and everything you need to know about macro photography. more...

August 2012 Issue

Issue 69

The August issue is packed with 164 pages of technique, expert advice & inspiration to help you improve your photo skills, including the complete guide to travel and holiday photography, getting the most from your Raw files, the Brenizer Method explained, how to shoot a mouth-watering fruit splash image and how mastering aperture can improve your photography. more...

July 2012 Issue

Issue 68

The July issue is bigger and better! Packed with 164 pages of technique, expert advice & inspiration to help you improve your photo skills, including the definitive guide to infrared, inspirational forced perspective photography, how to shoot baby portraits and mastering landscape photography. more...

June 2012 Issue

Issue 67

67 june 12 The June issue is packed with 148 pages of technique, expert advice & inspiration to help you improve your photo skills, including how to capture stunning rainbows, how to take great wildlife photos, shooting big sky landscapes and a beginner's guide to HD video. more...

May 2012 issue

Issue 66

The May issue is packed with 148 pages of technique, expert advice & inspiration to help you improve your photo skills, including how to foreground interest and maintaining sharpness throughout, how to take great portraits of kids and their hobbies and how to shoot flora. more...

April 2012 issue

Issue 65

April 2012 issue The April issue is packed with 148 pages of technique, expert advice & inspiration to help you improve your photo skills, including how to make make the most of lighting for stunning landscapes, perfect panning and how to shoot zoom bursts. more...

March 2012 issue

Issue 64

The March issue is packed with 148 pages of technique, expert advice & inspiration to help you improve your photo skills, including how to create hyper-real portraits and HDR landscapes, shoot stunning studio silhouettes and produce a digital watermark to protect your images more...

February 2012 issue

Issue 63

The February issue is packed with 148 pages of technique, expert advice & inspiration to help you improve your photo skills, including how to shoot winter scenes and beautiful images of nudes more...

January 2012 issue

Issue 62

The January issue is packed with 164 pages of technique, expert advice & inspiration, plus a buying guides to cameras under £1,000. more...

December 2011 issue

Issue 61

The December issue is packed with 172 pages of technique, expert advice & inspiration, plus buying guides to cameras and Christmas photo gifts. more...

November 2011 issue

Issue 60: With free Holidays & Courses 2012 Guide

The November issue and its free Holidays & Courses Guide offers you over 200 pages of technique, expert advice & inspiration. more...

October 2011 issue

Issue 59: With free Lenses Guide

The October issue and its free Lenses Guide offers you 192 pages of technique, expert advice & inspiration. more...

September 2011 issue

Issue 58

The September issue is packed with more technique advice than ever, including a new series – Photo Expert! more...

August 2011 issue

Issue 57

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July 2011 Issue

Issue 56

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June 2011 Issue

Issue 55

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