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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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Were All Photographers. Are We All Photographers?

Once Google Glass takes off, people may utter, “Glass, take a picture,” more often than talk to each other. It is already happening, come to think of it. Pictures are serving the role of conversations… I went to this cafe. I am at a party I am stupid. Instead of narrating such stories with a touch of drama, we Instagram our lives straight into everyone’s timeline. Photography was always a language. But earlier, it was used to make a statement. Now there are statements, with a lot of chatter and small talk in between. So considering the millions of stray

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Visioneers Gallery

Expanding The Audience

United Photo Industries’ massive public exhibitions bring modern photography to accessible public spaces

In an era when the resolution of smartphone cameras has reached an astonishing 41 megapixels, and photo filter apps can render even the most mundane moment into a Technicolor feast for the eyes, digital photography may seem to be reaching a saturation point. Surprisingly, however, as digital imagery pervades all aspects of our lives, the reverence for photography in the art world has risen to new levels as proven in the sale of a fine-art photograph by Andreas Gursky auctioned for $4.5 million at

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VIEWFINDER

News photography can require patience, perseverance and luck. Keeping a fresh perspective as the story develops is key, says John Dooley. As a photojournalist he has faced dramatic situations that require a keen eye and creative interpretation.

As I watch wildfires ravage Southern California, I think back to my time spent covering similar fires in that part of the world, including the notorious Station Fire in 2009 (the tenth largest fire in modern California history, which destroyed 160,557 acres).

Capturing the scale and drama of these fires for the purpose of news photography requires patience, perseverance and luck. Just getting

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Mark Harriso

First commissioned by seminal 1980s magazine Blitz, our f2 Profile this issue, commercial and editorial freelance Mark Harrison shoots celebrities for clients including The Times Magazine and The Observer.

While a student at Farnham he was advised by Nick Knight to develop a distinctive style, «But these days», he tells f2, «rather than worrying about my style being unique, I’m more interested in producing natural photographs, and trying to get a performance out of the subject. For me, a successful photograph is about showing emotion and the connection between the subject and myself.»

This shift is reflected in his subjects,

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ITS A TOUGH OLD WORLD. OR IS IT?

KEVIN MULLINS speaks to 25 photographers to get a feel for the current state of the industry-are your peers thinking of packing it in. or are they laughing all the way to the bank?

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about ‘the state of the industry’. Mostly fuelled by conversations I’ve had on Twitter and social media in general, stemming from these articles. There seems to be a real concern with some professionals within the industry about its future, whereas others are very positive about it. So this month I spoke to around 25 full-time professional photographers and actually got

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Flash

Many photographers underestimate the qualities of flash and never explore its true potential

MOST photographers only ever use flash to get a decent exposure in challenging conditions. These same photographers see flash as a last resort and rarely take the time to learn how to use it correctly. But by exploring how to modify and control a flash, you can take your photography to another level.

Light from a flash can be modified easily using household items, to give you maximum control. With paper, a simple flash bounce or snoot can be made, and a cigarette paper over a pop-up

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ENSURE YOU INSURE

Weaving yourself a safety net of insurance is one of the smartest things a photographer can do, especially if using the Photoguard Pro insurance.

Imagine you’ve just turned up for your shoot at a prestigious wedding, or even your first job, and you realise you haven’t charged your camera or forgotten to insert an SD card. Your professional reputation could be at stake, as could the job. Not having professional insurance can have the same devastating effect on a photographer, so it’s time to make sure you have all the right cover.

COMPREHENSIVE COVER

Accidents can befall even the most

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An Event Photographers Workaround

I have always enjoyed photographing events. Recently though, I have been forced to cover certain functions where the movement of photographers is restricted. Due to this, I am forced to shoot along with other photographers from the same enclosure. How do I avoid my pictures from looking the same?

If you are restricted to the same vantage point, getting innovative with angles can be a little difficult, but it is not impossible. Use focal length wisely… most event photographers stick to the tried and tested tight frames. Get a safe shot, but then experiment with a wide photo that includes

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3. of the best…vests for photographers

Cargo pockets must have been invented with photographers in mind. In fact, most photographer’s vests — or gilets, body warmers — are simply a collection of cargo pockets held together with fabric panels.

Of course, there’s more to a gilet than pockets: fabric choice, front closures and design all make a difference. But the placement, closure and quantity of pockets are usually key.

What you need depends on how much gear you will carry on your person. If you’re planning to pocket lenses, camera bodies and attachments, look for a gilet with a reinforced neck to help carry the weight.

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