SX280 HS £290

The PowerShot SX280 HS is ideal for travel and is Wi-fi-enabled — and connecting to Wi-fi is straightforward but very slow. While not perfect, the Wi-fi is great to use. You can quickly connect the camera to any Wi-fi network, create an ad-hoc Wi-fi network from within the camera, connect the camera to your smartphone and back up images to a PC. Battery usage is heavy with Wi-fi and GPS running so consider a spare battery.


F900EXR £259

The F900EXR includes a host of networking options. The wireless features allow you to

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Wild at Heart


As a boy in Milan, Pasti dreamed of someday becoming a florist or a writer; he grew up to be a gardener and an author, not only of several gardening books, but also of a translation of Proust’s letters to his mother, and an outstandingly original novel, The Age of Flowers, a maximalist fantasia about a young man’s botanical obsession.

The novel is an homage to Pasti’s private garden, itself a maximalist fantasia: 5,300 species of plants, flowers, and trees — plus whatever snakes, rats, birds, lizards, and frogs choose to

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Wide Star

Tokina fills out the focal length of a popular favorite.

Tokina has recently shown remarkable success in controlling distortion at ultra wide focal lengths, while keeping prices low. This new 12-28mm f/4 AT-X Pro DX wide-angle zoom for Canon and Nikon APS-C bodies ($599, street) continues that fine trend.

The successor to Tokina’s hard — to-keep-in-stock 12-24mm f/4 PRO DX II of 2003, the newcomer boosts the focal-length range— our Nikon-mount test lens is the full-frame equivalent of an 18-42mm; for Canon it would be about 19-45mm. It also has a new autofocus motor and sensor, plus two spheric elements

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Wide-angles and portraits

While a telephoto is the lens of choice for portraits, you shouldn’t dismiss wide-angles. Understand how they work, and you can use them to capture striking portraits.

THE THOUGHT OF sticking an ultra wide-angle zoom on a camera for shooting portraits will be an alien concept to many. However, it’s a technique that is popular with millions of DSLR photographers the world over, in particular with lifestyle, fashion and wedding photographers. The main reason being to make the most of the key characteristics of this type of lens, including lens distortion, extreme depth-of-field, warped perspective and converging verticals.

Although it’s

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Why was Pluto downgraded to a dwarf planet?

Matt Francis

Many people will remember the controversy generated back in 2006 when the reclassification of Pluto took place. Pluto’s place as a planet at this point had been questioned since the Seventies. Other objects had been found in the Solar System of a comparable size and these objects weren’t classified as planets.

In August 2006, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) met and redefined exactly what ‘planet’ meant. It was decided that Pluto did not fit within that definition and so it was added to the new classification of dwarf planet. To qualify as a planet an object must orbit

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Why telephotos rule for portraits

If you’re keen on shooting portraits, then for the very best results you need to invest in lenses with pulling power.

WHILE THERE ARE countless focal lengths on offer to digital SLR photographers, ask any specialising in portraiture the type of lens they prefer and the answer is almost always, without exception, either a prime like a 50mm or 85mm, or a telezoom like the 70-200mm f/2.8. The reason for this is simple — these types of lenses have characteristics that are perfect for shooting stunning portraits.

One of the main reasons for using lenses with a telephoto coverage is

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Why Professional photo (Why Profoto…)

Wow, I have always loved the best gear, so Profoto was a no trainer. I have tried all the others but nothing is as robust and pretty as Profoto. Oh yes looks are important too. I like to buy the best because I want to know my lights will work when they have to, if I have a 5 minute window with a busy famous person I want to concentrate on my images not my gear.

I expect things to work always and that’s what Profoto gives me… reliability. I started with Profoto over 15 years ago, I bought two

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Why is it essential to colour calibrate?

Discover why calibrating your computer monitor is necessary to achieve top results from your photos.

It’s not uncommon to find that your photo prints lack a little vibrancy when comparing them to the edited image on your computer screen. Some colours may even appear incorrect, with reds seemingly more magenta and greens looking a little yellow. This is often the result of your computer monitor not having been calibrated.

Colour calibration is important if you want perfect print results, as it will ensure the colour hues that you see on screen match those that are produced by the printer.


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Nikon 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6G

By Andy Teasdale

I work as an international Mountain Guide and am a very keen photographer Lugging a ton of kit around the mountains doesn’t work (or me; my gear needs to be as light as possible l carry a full frame DSLR. because it produces fantastic results — but everything else needs to be light.

When I’m working, mountaineering and ski touring I take the Nikon 28-200 t/3.5-5-6G lens. It is plastic small and unstylishly silver, but it works brilliantly if I need it to perform faster I increase the ISO, saving the need for VR

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Why havent humans visited any other planets?

Sarah Andrews

Technically, we haven’t had any manned missions to any planets yet. The outer planets, with their high pressures and gaseous compositions that lack a solid surface are unlikely to be entered by humans. Meanwhile the inner planets are, in general, too hostile for us to land on due to their proximity to the Sun – Mercury and Venus are too hot and the pressure on Venus much too high. Only Mars seems to be really within reach and, as a result, this planet has been chosen as something of a happy medium.

Information gathered by previous and current

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