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Why Bother With Raw?
Raw files may contain the maximum amount of data that you can get from your camera’s sensor, but you have to process them and save them in a universal format like JPEG before you can share them. As well as taking extra time, processing raw files on a
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Hähnel Modus 360RT
● £159.99 ● Two retractable light modifiers are built in, a small white bounce card and a wide-angle diffuser panel that covers 14mm equivalent. Along with the flash unit, the battery and a neat little Micro USB charger, you get a prote
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Tesni is a professional wildlife photographer based on the outskirts of the Peak District. The majority of her work focuses on British wildlife, but she also photographs projects across the world and has aspirations to promote conservation and educat
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Kodak Instamatic Reflex
Using old or neglected cameras can throw up many challenges, but as long as I can get an image or two out of one, I'm not too fussy about whether everything is in full working order. The name Instamatic usually conjures up images of the cheap, basic,
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Jeremy has been producing images for advertising, editorial and design clients for more than 25 years, and is also a highly experienced workshop leader. He has recently started collaborating with Zeiss as one of its brand ambassadors.See www.jeremywa
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Alfred Stieglitz
Alfred Stieglitz’s career spanned the worlds of photography, art and publishing to leave a lasting legacy that’s arguably unsurpassed in the history of US visual arts. He was born on New Year’s Day 1864 in Hoboken, New Jersey, to German Jewish immigr
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News Round-up
You have until end September to submit images of listed buildings or archaeological sites to the UK leg of the Wiki Loves Monuments contest. The first prize winner receives £250, and selected images from the global contest will appear on Wikipedia un
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When Worlds Collide
Since 2001, Nick Brandt has documented the plight of animals in East Africa through his striking photography. His latest project, This Empty World, has marked a radical departure… not in subject matter but because, for the first time in his career, h
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Full-frame Lumix S1H Is Video Powerhouse
PANASONIC has announced the Lumix S1H, a 24.2MP full-frame mirrorless camera packed with high-end video features. The new camera offers 5.9K video recording at 30p in the 16:9 aspect ratio, along with the ability to record 3:2 6K footage at 24p, 10-b
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Bump To Baby
With the rise of Instagram and mass photo sharing by celebrities and influencers alike, the popularity of once-niche portrait genres such as maternity and newborn photography is rapidly becoming one of the must-haves for many mothers-to-be. An increa
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Susan’s Maternity Lighting Set-ups
This is one of my favourite lighting set-ups. It's simple, elegant and very flattering. I pointed the Anova PRO 2 (fitted with softbox) just past the model to the back of her, rather than directly at her. That way the light is bending around her, whi
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Sony Alpha 6600
The handgrip has been deepened to accommodate the NP-FZ100 battery that’s also used by Sony’s latest full-frame models. But it’s still not very tall. The A6600 has discarded the built-in flash that’s found in other A6000-series models, relying purel
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Susan’s Top Tips
Provide a selection of materials – chiffon, silk and netting – to create skirts, dresses, drapes and wraps. Use a wind machine to produce movement and shape the materials. All that my clients need to bring with them is black, nude and white underwear
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Introducing Baby
ONCE baby arrives, Susan offers newborn shoots at a client’s home or in her studio, where she has full control over the lighting and backgrounds. Ideally the shoot will take place in the first three weeks after birth, as babies still curl up in the f
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Two G-series APS-C lenses
SONY has also introduced two premium lenses for its APS-C mirrorless cameras. The E 16-55mm F2.8 G is its new flagship standard zoom, promising high corner-to-corner resolution thanks to its 17-element, 12-group design that includes two advanced asph
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Here at AP, we are always keen to support and promote the many and varied photographic events that take place outside London. Although the capital is the natural home to many galleries and shows, we know that it's not always easy for all our readers
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Join the Club
When was the club founded? We were founded in the 1970s by a group of village photographers and enthusiasts in the small village of Holme in Cumbria. One founder member, John Wright, is our Honorary President. In those days the talk was mostly about
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Viewpoint Angela Nicholson
Every time I photograph sport, action or music I thank my lucky stars that I live in the age of sophisticated autofocus (AF) systems. With a good camera, the AF system gets my subject in focus almost instantaneously, and can even track it around the
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Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II
Have you ever been in a situation where you'd like to take your camera with you, only to leave it behind because you're worried it's neither small nor portable enough? There are plenty of times when it can be useful to own a pocket-sized camera – one
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Second-hand Kit
What great features on the range, quality, affordability and continuing potential of all sorts of photographic equipment (AP 8 August). With every change of kit I've ever made (from Nikon to Canon to my current Sony collection) I have sold my earlier
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Focal Points
The G5 X Mark II provides three metering modes: evaluative, spot and centre-weighted average metering. The quickest way of accessing these is from the Quick Menu where it’s found between the AF modes and Image Quality settings. The camera has five c
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Lab Results
Our cameras and lenses are tested using the industry-standard Image Engineering IQ-Analyser software. Visit for more details Pocket compacts with 1-inch sensors are known for producing impressive detail for their size, and t
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John Wade's article in AP 17 August featured the Voigtländer Bessamatic which brought back fond memories of my dad, who was a very proud owner of one with the prime lens. He generously lent it to me for a six-month trip to Norway in my twenties, but
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