Issue 14 - March 2013
Welcome to the March edition of our Chasing the Light eZine
Excitingly, this month we have the launch of our new series Seeing the Light, which should make essential reading for all photographers. David kick-starts his exploration of light by contemplating exactly what it is, as he stands surveying the stunning night sky in Utah, USA. He also provides his regular essential Compositional Tutorial; this time considering the tool that is unique to photographers – selective focus – and the creative opportunities it provides.
For Behind the Lens, we join David for the second leg of his amazing trip to Myanmar (Burma) as he travels on to Mandalay, exploring the various photo opportunities on the way. And for Stepping Back, David relives his trip to Tasmania – the sights, the weather, and his travels with two maple leaf chairs (apparently, it’s a family thing…). We’ve got another of our popular Video Tutorials and the Member’s Gallery, with constructive comments from David on a member’s work. Also this month we have Sutherland Highlander; David's latest video blog from the far north west of Scotland.
From other contributors we have an in-depth review of compact camera systems in our Field Trial, penned by the photo triumvirate of David, Jonathan Gooding and Jonty Wilde. And for this month’s Guest Feature we dive into the world of shooting portraits of celebrities, joining renowned Telegraph photographer Clara Molden as she explains how she got started, the pleasures and pitfalls of her chosen area of photography, and her equipment choice.
Amongst other stuff, next month David continues his seminal Light and Compositional Tutorial series, and takes us Behind the Lens at Lake Inle in Burma. We have a review on the Nikon D800 by Nikon regular Ross Hoddinott, and we join Jonty Wilde as he embarks an eye-opening tour of his work shooting for various aid agencies across the globe.
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Horse portraiture isn't something I'm planning on specializing in. I'd been sent to Iceland to photograph in tandem with a writer a story on the Snaefellsness Peninsula, a name that really rolls off the tongue.
It seems Compact System Cameras are all the rage; new releases seem to come along every month from manufacturers such as Sony, Fuji and Panasonic, not to mention the likes of Nikon and Canon. So what is a CSC? That's a good question.
My old friend Orion is just becoming discernible in the winter sky to the south east. Soon the flaming red super-giant Betelgeuse will make an appearance. Apparently its fate is sealed; the clock is ticking down to its cataclysmic cosmic collision with a strange wall of interstellar dust in just 5,000 years.
The Fundamentals of Post Production
In our steadily burgeoning DNP Picture Library there are two subjects of which we are not short: monks, and ladies selling vegetables.
December 2006: I'm lying in my sleeping bag, listening to the sound of rain on the tent. It looks likes it's going to be another grey day. At 5 am I poked my head out to scan the dark sky, just to confirm what I already knew: low cloud and clag.
Early on in my career I learnt I wasn't the first photographer to have thought of my camera as a passport. David Bailey, Steve McCurry and Nina Berman are a few of the notable names who have been quoted on the subject, and it is this concept which first got me hooked on portrait photography, and which has kept me addicted ever since.
In this Blog, David visits the Scottish Highlands
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