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War in Europe.

Regrettably, with an the diplomatic efforts exhausted, NATO finally took military action against Yugoslavia (see Fragile Peace in Kosovo, April, p4) on Wednesday, March 24. US Special Envoy Richard Holbrooke made a last-ditch attempt to secure peace when he met with Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic in Belgrade on March 22, but an agreement could not be reached and two days later the NATO air raids commenced.

NATO has amassed a huge armada of aircraft in Italy. Many of them were initially grouped there as part of Operation Deliberate Forge in support of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1199 (passed on

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THE CONJURING

Director Neill Blomkamp’s latest (and bigger-budgeted) action thriller after sci-fi sleeper hit District 9. In the year 2159, the polarization of classes is made distinct by Elysium, a space station where the wealthy frolic in paradise, capable of ridding themselves of illnesses like cancer—all while sipping futuristic margaritas. Max (Damon) takes on a mission to overthrow the powers that be, risking his life to give poor people a shot at luxury.

Never mind that washed-up comedian Dane Cook voices one of the central characters, we’re speaking of talking planes here! A spinoff of Disney’s Cars, this animated comedy has winged

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Surfs Up

Although we’re not in Hawaii that’s no excuse to not search out some pretty sweet surfing spots and challenge your photography skills, here’s our advice to get you started

If there’s a life bucket list for the adventurous and the action fuelled individuals then surfing the coast is without a doubt in the top five.

Setting Up for the Surf

So you’ve hit the sand, gear in hand, ready to plunge into the big blue to capture those spectacular waves and the surfers graciously gliding on them, so a camera with a decent frame rate is a must to catch

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Supercarrier

OVER A DECADE ago Osprey Publishing released a volume called Supercarriers in its hugely popular ‘Colour Series’ range. This humble tome went on to sell well over 25,000 copies, plus spurn two further works with the word ‘Supercarrier’ in their respective titles. The moderately priced all-colour books produced by the publisher proved so successful throughout the 1980s that a number of other competitors also adopted this format, and by the early 1990s saturation point had been reached. Today, only Motorbooks of Osceola, Wisconsin, continues to release titles in this format under the less than original banner of ‘Enthusiast Color Series’.

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Sport and action.

Whether it’s the thrills and spills of motor sport, your kids racing around the park on their bike or the dog jumping for sticks, action photography is both challenging and exciting. It’s also one of the trickiest photographic disciplines that will test you and your equipment to the limit, but if you stick with it and master the basic skills required, great images will result. timing is the key to success. Often opportunities only last for a fraction of a second before the moment is lost, but in that time you have to make numerous decisions-about focusing, exposure and composition,

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SPORT ACTION

WHETHER IT’STHE THRILLS AND SPILLS OF MOTORSPORT, YOUR KIDS RACING AROUND THE PARK ON THEIR BIKE OR THE DOG JUMPING FOR STICKS, ACTION PHOTOGRAPHY IS BOTH CHALLENGING AND EXCITING. IT’S ALSO ONE OF THE TRICKIEST PHOTOGRAPHIC DISCIPLINES THAT WILL TEST YOU AND YOUR EQUIPMENT TO THE LIMIT, BUT IF YOU STICK WITH IT AND MASTER THE BASIC SKILLS REQUIRED GREAT IMAGES WILL RESULT. TIMING IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS. OFTEN OPPORTUNITIES ONLY LAST FOR A FRACTION OF A SECOND BEFORE THE MOMENT IS LOST, BUT IN THAT TIME YOU HAVE TO MAKE NUMEROUS DECISIONS- ABOUT FOCUSING, EXPOSURE AND COMPOSITION, AS

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Speed up your editing workflow.

We unveil tips and tricks for speeding up common photo editing tasks over multiple platforms.

What is an Action?

An Action is an automated series of edits applied to an image. When you add photo effects in Elements, you are essentially running an Action. There is a dedicated panel found in Window>Actions.

Use built-in options.

This is the Actions panel, where you will find some built-in Actions. These are categorised by what they do: some have practical applications and some have more fun effects. Click on the folders to see them.

Run an Action.

To see what an Action does,

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Recreational activities

SHOOTING ACTION ALL AROUND YOU IS THE BEST PLACE TO START — HONE YOUR SKILLS CLOSE TO HOME FIRST…

THERE’S A POPULAR misconception that you need to attend major sporting events and venues to bag decent action shots, but nothing could be further from the truth -there’s action going on all around us all the time, and as well as being far more accessible than most sports, it’s also often photographically more interesting.

If you have kids then you also have instant action subjects on permanent tap — and with the summer holidays here, lots of opportunities to get out

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Practise action photo skills with these simple projects

Action photography often involves trying to capture a fleeting and sometimes once-in-a-lifetime moment, so it’s a good idea to practise your skills beforehand. Getting to know your camera and how to access its important functions will shorten your set-up time and speed up the shooting process so that you can capture unexpected moments with ease. There are plenty of ways to put your skills to the test at home using everyday objects, or by enlisting friends and family to help. Use these projects to master shutter speeds and focusing, and in the process prepare yourself for the fast-paced world of

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Megafortress Megapack

Digital Integration/Action Sixteen, CD ROM, £144.99

ANOTHER IN THE growing library of CD ROMs from sims publishers — this time from Action Sixteen. Again this format has provided an opportunity to repackage an old favourite, in this case the Megafortress bomber simulation. I particularly like this one because, apart from anything else, you have to play a number of roles within the one simulation. A total of five different crew members have jobs critical to the successful mission and they all need to be played out by you.

I’m going to take you through the second program on the CD

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