Chasing the Light Online Photography Magazine, Issue 63
Photography spanning the globe to inspire and inform
Welcome to April 2017’s Chasing the Light Online Photography Magazine for our f11 Members.
New beginnings are always exciting, aren’t they? And this is one for me as the new editor of Chasing the Light, The Online Photography Magazine. I’ve loved David’s imagery for many years, so it’s a privilege to be working with him and the other photographers that contribute regularly to the magazine.
And what an issue to start with! We have more stunning photography from David and Wendy’s recent trip to Argentina, with plenty of revealing behind-the-scenes tales that show exactly how these amazing scenes were captured. David also takes a humorous look back on his love-hate relationship with the many cars, trucks and vans he’s used to travel the world. It made me somewhat thankful that I commute to work by bicycle!
Regular contributor Ross Hoddinott discusses how to use white balance more creatively in your landscape photography, while our columnist Bas Meelker falls in love with one of Canon’s less popular telephoto lenses.
Our guest feature this month is written by travel photographer Toby Adamson who shares his experiences shooting street portraiture. In part one of his guide he looks at some techniques for shooting in the midday sun – invaluable advice for anyone looking to take a big trip this year.
While those shooting closer to home will appreciate Ben Pipe’s travel guide, in which he doesn’t actually travel anywhere. Instead he walks us through some of his favourite photographs of his home city, London. They are inspirational images, and prove that you don’t always have to journey to the heart of the countryside to find a great landscape.
Our usual mix of video blogs, post-production advice and opinion is also featured. I do hope you enjoy the issue as much as I’ve enjoyed editing it.
See you next month.
Chasing the Light Online Photography Magazine Editor
To all our f11 Members, we hope you’re continuing to enjoy our magazine. If you’d like any of your images to be featured in our Member’s Gallery column please send an email to [email protected] with your low-res jpegs and the story from behind the lens for each.
David and Wendy continue their road trip through the stunning landscapes of Argentina, and discover that when you don't succeed at first, it pays to try again.
Sometimes the journey can be part of the adventure, says David Noton as he recalls some of his stranger automotive experiences.
Finally, over a month after our return from Argentina, I've finished editing the images I shot. As always it's been a serious job of work that has necessitated long hours in the digital darkroom. The satisfaction of seeing the finished image, especially as a print, makes it all worthwhile though, and I do enjoy the challenge of extracting the best from a shoot in Lightroom and Photoshop.
This month to accompany the 'How it's Done; Saving Time in the Digital Darkroom' Feature I edit a London shoot. In Part One I use metadata and develop on import presets to save time on post-production, and talk through how I select the best in a methodical way using grid, loupe and survey views in the Library Module.
In Part Two I continue working through the edit, whittling my selections down until I identify the handful of images to process from a shoot comprising over 400 RAWs.
If you are anything but a complete beginner photographer, I suspect you already have a decent grasp of white balance and what it's meant to do. Every digital camera has a white-balance function. Put simply, this is designed to the neutralise colour casts produced by different types of lighting. In practical terms, white balance is replicating the job our eyes do naturally - compensating for the different colour 'temperatures' of light so that photos look like they were shot in daylight.
It's summertime, and I am on my way to the Austrian Alps for two weeks of hiking, photography and getting away from it all. For travelling photographers, all journeys start at home with difficult decisions about gear. I knew I'd be travelling light, because Janneke and I would have to conquer some steep trails during our hikes, and the last thing I wanted was to be exhausted at the finish. Choices had to be made.
While I usually report to you from foreign climes, this month my editor and I felt it would be worth writing about my home city of London. I moved to 'the big smoke' eight years ago, a few years after finishing art college and going freelance. It was a personal choice, but there were also career reasons.
Inevitably when traveling, I frequently arrive on location at the worst time of day. Midday sun will often be blazing down and causing me all sorts of problems with lighting. If you find yourself with this problem, then don't despair - there are ways to overcome it.
We are thrilled to commemorate the sixth year of our Chasing the Light Online Photography Magazine by announcing the Winners of David Noton's Your Vision 2017 Photographic Competition.