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  • RAISING YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY TO THE NEXT LEVEL SPRING 2013 3.99

    PLUS HOW TO CHOOSE A TRIPOD OGUIDE TO CONTINUOUS LIGHTING

    FILL-IN FLASHTECHNIQUESBeat shadows on bright sunny days

    PRO PRINTING ADVICE Produce high-qualityprints at home

    IN-CAMERA EFFECTSGet creative without using software

    SENSORSEXPLAINEDThe science behind taking better photos

    TECHNIQUESO Secrets for sharper images

    O Learn to blend exposures

    O Shoot in low light

    O Capture infrared scenes

    O Understand focus stacking

    O Use enlarger lenses

    on your camera

    PERFECTLANDSCAPES

    Skills, techniques and advice for creating stunning outdoor images

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    INSIDE THIS ISSUE

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  • ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHY SKILLS 3

    Amateur Photographeris a trademark of IPC Media Ltd

    2013 IPC Media Ltd ISSN No. 0002-6840

    Advanced Photography Skills is a Focus Network title,

    published by IPC Inspire, part of IPC Media Ltd, Blue Fin

    Building, 110 Southwark Street, London SE1 0SU

    EDITOR: Richard Sibley

    ART EDITOR: Simon Warren

    PRODUCTION EDITOR: Oliver Cotton

    ILLUSTRATIONS: Mark Jacobs

    CONTRIBUTORS: Damien Demolder,

    Mat Gallagher, Andrew Sydenham,

    Tim Coleman, Professor Robert Newman

    PUBLISHING DIRECTOR: Alex Robb

    SENIOR MARKETING MANAGER:

    Estelle Hicks-Bennett

    ONLINE MANAGER: Karen Sheard

    ADVERTISING: Julia Spencer, Simon Gerard

    THE TEAM

    INTRODUCTION

    WELCOMEBeing in the right place at the right time is

    vital when taking landscape images. The

    time of day, the photographers position

    in relation to the sun, and the weather

    all make the difference between a good

    landscape image and a stunning one. While you may

    get lucky and stumble upon a magni cent scene that is

    beautifully lit, with a little planning and preperation you

    can increase your chances of capturing a great image

    before you have even stepped outside your front door.

    In this issue of Amateur Photographer magazines

    Advanced Photography Skills, we tell you everything you

    need to know to take great landscapes photographs, from

    preparing for a days shooting to getting home and editing

    your images. We even look at how to capture other-

    worldly landscapes by shooting in infrared.

    Of course, this issue is crammed full of other useful

    information to help you take better images, and to

    understand how your camera and equipment works. From

    printing to ll-in ash, we want to take you beyond the

    basics and give you the skills and advice you need to raise

    your photography to the next level. Richard Sibley, Editor

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  • 4 ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHY SKILLS

    CONTENTS

    7 TOP TIPS FOR SHARPER IMAGES Simple techniques for pin-sharp pictures

    12 ADVANCED LANDSCAPES Preparation, planning and dramatic compositions

    24 RETOUCHERS GUIDE Create smooth, noise-free skies

    26 CUSTOM WHITE BALANCE Render hues and tones with accuracy

    32 MACRO WITH A COMPACT Ditch the DSLR

    38 FOCUS STACKING Maintain sharpness in your macro images

    42 COMPLETE GUIDE TO SHOOTING INFRARED IMAGES Our comprehensive guide

    48 CONVERT A DSLR FOR INFRARED A step-by-step guide

    53 NO SOFTWARE REQUIRED In-camera effects

    60 BUILD A LCD LOUPE Solve your visibility issues in bright light

    62 RETOUCHERS GUIDE Blending multiple exposures

    64 CAPTURING WATER DROPLETS AND SPLASHES Try your hand at a classic technical challenge

    66 ENLARGER LENSES Macro images without the expense

    70 FILL-IN FLASH FOR PORTRAITS Use ash outside

    73 CONTINUOUS LIGHTING An alternative to ash

    76 LOW LIGHT Capture detail for stunning results

    78 SENSOR DESIGN Processes, principles and problems

    82 TRIPODS All you need to know about this essential kit

    86 PROFESSIONAL PRINTING Gallery-quality prints at home

    91 FUTURE-PROOFING Safeguard your archive

    94 CAMERA CARE Keep your kit in tip-top condition

    CONTENTS

    91 FUTURE-PROOFING

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  • ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHY SKILLS 5

    12 ADVANCED LANDSCAPES

    Find out how to capture your best-ever landscape photos

    7 TOP TIPS FOR SHARPER IMAGES

    64 CAPTURING WATER DROPLETS AND SPLASHES

    86 PROFESSIONAL PRINTING

    53 NO SOFTWARE REQUIRED

    94 CAMERA CARE

    32 MACRO WITH A COMPACT

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    FOUNDATION IN DIGITAL IMAGING TECHNIQUES Size and crop a digital

    image

    Adjust tones, correct colours and convert your

    images to monochrome

    Use the selection tools to adjust certain areas

    of your images

    Remove dust and scratches from precious

    photos

    Banish redeye forever Sharpen your images Create an archive to

    safeguard valuable

    pictures

    Viewpoint and composition

    How to use your cameras program modes

    All about lenses Sharpening your image Formatting, sizing

    and printing

    ISO, ash, exposure and white balance setting

    Basic image editing

    Working with tones: Levels and Curves

    Contrast control Using white balance Black & white

    techniques, toning

    and staining

    Working with colour Retouching and

    sharpening

    Sizing, printing and storing

    Winning composition Making landscapes

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    Expert metering techniques

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  • It doesnt take much effort to produce the sharpest possible images, nor is the most expensive equipment required in fact, its all a matter of application. Here are our 18 top tips for pin-sharp pictures

    IF THERE is one thing all photographers appreciate, it is extremely sharp pictures. Whether it is a macro, landscape or architectural image, the sharper it is the more ne details will be revealed.

    Capturing pin-sharp images is neither dif cult nor reliant on the use of lenses and cameras costing thousands of pounds. In fact, it largely comes down to the choices you make when setting up your camera prior to taking the shot. There is no one secret trick, but by using a combination of the following 18 tips you can be sure your images will be as sharp as possible.

    1 FIXED-FOCAL-LENGTH LENSIT IS well known that xed-focal-length lenses generally produce sharper results than zoom optics. However, buying a range of such lenses is costly, so instead use image library software, such as the Organizer in Adobe Photoshop Elements, Lightroom, Adobe Bridge or Apple Aperture, to nd out which focal lengths you use most.

    Using the search lters, nd all images taken

    using a particular zoom lens and then search by focal length. I found that out of 5,062 images I took with an 18-200mm superzoom lens, 2,450 were taken between 18mm and 24mm a xed 18mm or 20mm lens would therefore be ideal and certainly a lot sharper than the optic I used.

    Fixed-focal-length lenses do not have to be expensive. Both Canon and Nikon offer 50mm f/1.8

    optics at less than 200, and older, used AF versions can be found for around 100. And dont forget that old manual-

    focus lenses are also available for many camera systems. If your

    photography isnt reliant on fast focusing speeds,

    these can be extremely sharp and good value for money. One of the sharpest lenses I own is a 55mm f/3.5 Micro Nikkor lens from 1963,

    which cost me just 45.