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Professional Photo Issue 195

There’s a characterful portrait gracing the cover of the latest issue of Professional Photo, provided by Italian American photographer Michael Chinnici, whose love affair with Cuba forms the basis of this month’s Project feature. Michael explains how he’s not just inspired by this remarkable place, but he’s also creating a record of its culture as modernisation sweeps across the island bringing fundamental changes in its wake. Tapping into the theme of glorious decay that’s still the hallmark of much of Cuba’s infrastructure, French photographer Umbertha Richeux shares her atmospheric portfolio with us, which consists of a revealing series of self-portraits, all set against a rich tableau of sumptuous yet slowly decaying abandoned buildings, sourced across Europe. Elsewhere in this issue we’re finding out how master portrait photographer Paul Wilkinson managed to remove the crowds from a busy scene in the centre of the tourist hot spot of Oxford, while Chris Ord is continuing his unmissable lighting masterclass series by demonstrating what can be achieved through the use of natural light supplemented by a single light and softbox: we guarantee you won’t believe what he’s managed to extract from the unpromising setting of a multi-storey car park! We’re showing you how to sharpen up your act in our latest Affinity Photo workshop, checking out how image stabilisation technology is changing the way you can work as a filmmaker in our CVP Move Towards Motion series and Lisa Devlin is telling us why she felt obliged to re-start her Thrive Convention after having to cancel the event at the height of the pandemic. Plus we’ve got not one but two major camera reviews for you this month, the eagerly awaited return of the Olympus OM-1 and the video-focused new Panasonic GH6. So much to read and catch up on, so make sure you don’t miss out!

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Professional Photo Issue 194

The latest issue of Professional Photo has a decidedly fine art feel, with a gorgeous Old Master-influenced portrait by Barbara MacFerrin gracing the cover. Inside we’re featuring a full interview with the photographer who is creating such a buzz at the moment, and we’re discovering the story behind her distinctive style and hearing how it’s helping her to build an international reputation. We’re also catching up with renowned car photographer Tim Wallace, who has recently completed a project that presented him with a very different set of challenges. Tasked with documenting the work of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, Tim had to undergo specialist training to enable him to be part of the team. The result is a set of incisive portraits that show what life on the front line is really like for a rarely-photographed emergency service. Meanwhile we’re welcoming on board our new regular columnist Chris Ord, who will be talking through essential lighting technique for the professional, while brand new Hasselblad Heroine Lisa Devlin is sharing her thoughts on what life is like for females working in the profession. Our big review in this issue is the mighty new Nikon flagship Z 9, and our reviewer, seasoned Nikon user Kingsley Singleton, has been using it in earnest on a number of pro jobs and is giving his insight on how it’s performed. We’re also looking at the exciting new AEOS II LED light from Rotolight, and are finding out how LED technology is rapidly changing the lighting landscape. As always, we’re offering a rich mix of topics and well-informed stories, and you’re warmly invited to come on in and take a look around!

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Professional Photo Issue 193

The bumper new issue of Professional Photo is the biggest we’ve produced to date as an independent publisher and it’s positively heaving with unmissable content! For our Portfolio slot we’ve caught up with the legend that is Albert Watson, and the great photographer is bringing us up to date on how his New York studio has survived the pandemic and he’s sharing, for the very first, time, some of the images from his latest project, with one of them featured on our cover. We’re also marking International Women’s Day by talking to a selection of the professionals who are members of the SheClicks Facebook group, and we’re hearing first-hand what the challenges can be for females working in what is still a very male-dominated environment. Our special 18-page ‘All About Audio’ section features techniques and tips aimed at those looking to master audio skills, along with an overview of some of the best kit that’s available right now, and we’ve also got the involvement of top audio specialists such as Zoom, RØDE, Sennheiser, Saramonic and JOBY. The latest professional body to be showcased is the BIPP, and we’re finding out all there is to know about one of the oldest and most respected associations in the business, while we’re also offering an unmissable chance to win a one-to-one mentoring and portfolio review with the great wedding specialist Sanjay Jogia. Meanwhile our major review this month is the mighty Canon ROS R3, while we’re also comparing medium range zooms from Sigma and Tamron. It’s a lot to squeeze in, and you’re more than welcome to come on in and take a look!

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Professional Photo Issue 192

A new book from wildlife specialist Tim Flach is always a special treat and we’ve got an eye-catching cover image from the great photographer plus an insightful interview and a further selection of wonderful avian imagery to feast your eyes on inside. Meanwhile travel photographer and adventurer Jordan Banks is letting us in on the story of how he achieved one of his greatest shots, a portrait of an excited participant taken on the banks of the Ganges during the Maha Kumbh Mela Festival in India, which can attract gatherings of up to 50 million people. Paul Wilkinson is another pro giving us an insight into his working methods, as he talks through how a shoot to celebrate a graduation turned into an atmospheric film-noir-style portrait of the grandmother enjoying a cigarette break, while our Moving to Motion series continues with look at the potential benefits of filming using specialist cinema lenses. The spotlight falls on The Societies this month as we continue our look at the professional associations you can join and what each of them has to offer, while we’re also reviewing the remarkable Ronin 4D, the gimbal that doubles as a high-quality cinema camera. As always it’s an eclectic mix of stories that are guaranteed to keep you engrossed from cover to cover, so come and take a look!

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Professional Photo Issue 191

There’s a dramatic portrait of a firefighter gracing the cover of our first issue of the New Year, and inside you’ll find a full interview with photographer Josh Edelson, who has spent the past ten years chasing the Californian forest fires, which sadly appear to be increasing in intensity year by year. We’re also taking a look at a new book by rising fashion photography superstar Nadine Ijewere, there’s an in-depth analysis of the new rules relating to the commercial flying of drones by photographers by one of the country’s leading experts, we’re running the rule over the best hybrid camera launches of the past twelve months and we’re carrying an in-depth profile of the Master Photographers Association as part of our new series on professional bodies. Add to this our latest Pro Academy Challenge, a run through of the benefits of crowdfunding, a full review of the latest Sony Alpha 7 IV and a group test of gimbals from Ronin and Zhiyun and you’ve got the recipe for another action-packed issue. You’re most warmly invited to jump in and take a look around!

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Professional Photo Issue 190

Our striking cover image is from Rankin, and we’ve got an exclusive interview with the celebrated photographer this month where he’s talking about his latest show Performance, which is marking the joyful return to business for London’s theatreland. Our regular features include master portrait photographer Paul Wilkinson giving the lowdown on a session with deputy chief medical officer to the government Jonathan Van-Tam, which included his subject having to break off to take a briefing with the Prime Minister, while we’re also hearing about how Peter Dench wrote a moving goodbye note to his young daughter in case he didn’t return from an assignment and Lisa Devlin is waxing lyrical about a new software that could dramatically editing time for wedding photographers. Filters are also to the fore this month as we examine the varieties that should be on every pro’s essential list, while we’re running the rule over Fujifilm’s remarkably affordable new medium format model, the GFX 50S II and also the neat and nifty new portable flash unit that’s currently making waves, namely the Elinchrom One. So much to talk about, as well as a mouth-watering opportunity to win a Zoom F2-BT Field Recorder complete with one-to-one training, so grab a copy, dive in, and enjoy the read!

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Professional Photo Issue 189

As the COP26 Climate Conference takes centre stage there’s an appropriate environmental feel to the latest issue of Professional Photo, with a glorious nightscape shot by astro photographer Josh Dury gracing our cover. It’s a scene that reveals the glorious expanse of the universe that can be seen in a dark sky but, as Josh reveals, there’s a battle on to prevent the creeping threat of light pollution. Our special section is also looking at the things professional photographers can do to make their businesses greener, a process that doesn’t just benefit the planet but which can help you to attract like-minded customers. Meanwhile Julia Fullerton-Batten is showing us her memorable London lockdown project, now a sumptuous book thanks to a spectacularly successful Kickstarter campaign, while Peter Dench is recalling some of the near-disasters that he’s encountered throughout his career. Matty Graham discloses how far he would go to get the shot while Paul Wilkinson is sharing his delightful portrait of a young boy and explaining how much of the power of the shot was added in post-production. We’ve got Richard Bradbury completing his mini-series on car photography with an overview of how to achieve action shots, while Lisa Devlin has been working with a Hasselblad at recent weddings and is rapidly falling in love with medium format. On the technical front we’re showcasing some of the latest location lighting to hit the market and we’re reviewing the powerful new Atomos Ninja V+ monitor and also taking a look at cost-efficient ways to trade up to a full frame system. It’s another bumper issue, so come and take a look and enjoy the read!

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Professional Photo Issue 188

There’s a real fine art feel about our latest issue, with a striking clown self-portrait from Guy Bellingham, produced using the vintage Tin Type process, making our cover spot. It all ties in with a meaty fine art special section, where Guy talks more about the appeal of working with a wet process and a lens that’s nearly as old as the medium of photography itself. We’re also taking a look at fine art papers, with a chance to sign up for two free sheets of the very latest Canson Infinity media, we’re exploring the emerging market for NFT digital files, looking at how to add a fine art feel to your commercial work and we’re finding out how to make fine art a strong and profitable side-line to your chosen specialisation. Also in this issue we’ve got the results of our outstandingly successful Professional Photographer of the Year Competition with a full round-up of winners, and it’s the culmination of the biggest challenge this magazine has ever thrown out there, which attracted hundreds of entries from all over the world. For those that love cars of all kinds we’ve got part one of a detailed look at automotive photography from self-confessed petrol head Richard Bradbury, while our Move Towards Motion feature this month asks the experts at CVP why they consider the camcorder still has much to offer those who are looking to add filmmaking to their mix. Paul Wilkinson is talking about how sometimes it’s the shots you never even planned that can stand out from a session while Amy-Leigh Atkins is taking a look at the freshly launched Exposure 7 software, which promises to deliver a stack of great features. Last but by no means least, working pro David Nash is taking the delightfully vintage-looking Nikon Z fc out on a job and he’s reporting back on what it has to offer. Another great mix of stories to enjoy, so come on in and take a look around!

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Professional Photo Issue 187

A great animated portrait from top professional Spiros Politis graces the front cover of the latest issue of Professional Photo and it ties in to a classic Portfolio from this great photographer, where he explains the attraction of working with people and why his natural curiosity encouraged him into this genre. Meanwhile our featured Project this month focuses on Peter Dazeley’s breath-taking voyage behind the scenes at a selection of London’s top theatres, revealing a side the public would never see, while Peter Dench is name dropping with abandon, as he recalls some of the many celebrities he’s worked with over the years. Our regular look at the world of filmmaking in conjunction with CVP is focusing on the new breed of powerful and portable LED lights which are perfect for those working on location, while Paul Wilkinson has his work cut out trying to make a low-tech mobile coffee machine look like a speedy racing car, but he’s succeeded admirably and he shows us how! On the business front Rosie Parsons is talking through her new system of prepping clients for their shoots by sending them through bespoke videos that cover all the bases, while Gillian Devine is extolling the benefits of offering a premium upmarket service that commands higher prices and delivers way less stress. On the technical front our main review this month features the quirky but loveable Sigma fp L, while we’re also looking at the Nikon MB-N11 battery pack from Nikon and the remarkable Sony Xperia Pro Smartphone, which can double as a monitor for your video camera! Another value-packed line-up, so come on in and take a look around!

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Professional Photo Issue 186

Take a voyage of discovery in the latest issue of Professional Photo as we dip into the archives at Iconic Images to reveal a selection of extraordinary previously unseen vintage pictures and contact sheets from celebrated shoots of the past. It’s all come about following the launch of the new Iconic Licencing website and the digitisation of thousands of contact sheets and transparencies from the 1960s and beyond. Take a look at what we’ve found and go and explore yourself! And you’ll do a double take, as we stick with the vintage theme to tell the tale of how one photographer set up a shoot with a model who was the doppelganger of Audrey Hepburn. Our Project this month features the eye-catching work of Jonk, who specialises in capturing the gentle decay of derelict buildings, while Paul Wilkinson is sharing the story of how he occasionally works his passage as a photographer on cruise ships, which gave him the opportunity to set up a shoot with one of the ship’s entertainers on the glorious island of Rhodes. Meanwhile Pro Academy is moving onto its second challenge with a shout out for your best best portrait shots, while we’re revealing our latest spot prize winner and giving you one final chance to get your entries in for our mega £8000 Professional Photographer of the Year competition, which closes at the end of August. Our main test this month is the mighty new Sony professional flagship the Alpha 1, while we’re also rounding up the opportunities presented by the burgeoning used kit market, and are talking to a selection of the top second-hand specialists to reveal the best and most economical way to stay ahead of the game by trading up. In other words we’re packed full to bursting as always, so dive in and take a look!

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Professional Photo Issue 185

You might do a double-take when you see the cover of the latest issue of Professional Photo. Yes, that really is the iconic image of Brigitte Bardot, shot by Terry O’Neill, but we bet this will be the first time you’ve seen it in colour and we report inside on how it was meticulously worked on to create a image that has a very different feel. Elsewhere, we’re catching up with cycling specialist Alex Broadway who is telling us how sport made him fall back in love with photography, we’re hearing how Yellow Cab driver Joseph Rodriguez learned his photojournalist trade back in 70s New York through photographing the passengers on his back seat and a line-up of top pros tell us how they developed their personal ‘look,’ with the help of a little post-production preset magic. Our brand-new Pro Academy feature, in conjunction with the Nikon School, will give you the opportunity to challenge yourself across a range of genres and to earn a certificate as proof of your efforts, we’re explaining why live streaming is fast becoming a revenue-earner for professional photographers and Gillian Devine tells us why helping local businesses to develop their brand can be big and hugely enjoyable business. Also don’t miss our reviews of the exciting new Panasonic GH5 II and the brand-new hybrid SW271C monitor from BenQ, that is equally at home whether it’s stills or motion you’re working on. As you can tell, it’s another jam-packed issue, so dive in and take a look around!

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Professional Photo Issue 184

Check out the latest issue of Professional Photo, which is once again brimming with great features, superb imagery and incisive input from our expert pro team. Our cover has been provided by master photographer Damian McGillicuddy, who will be judging the fashion and beauty category of Professional Photographer of the Year. Damian is sharing thoughts about how to get the best out of your model and providing some clues about what he’ll be looking out for at the judging stage, so tune in for some useful insights! Meanwhile, if you love landscape then you’re going to relish our Portfolio this month, which features stunning monochrome work from Indonesian-based photographer Hengki Koentjoro, while our Project feature traces the fascinating story of how portrait photographer Jenny Lewis sourced 100 people ranging from birth through to 100 to picture for her new ‘Portrait of a Community’ book. In Anatomy of a Picture Paul Wilkinson is recalling a commission that involved photographing a group of actors in such a way that they could be moved around within the composition for ultimate flexibility and Richard Bradbury is problem solving by talking through ways to achieve a professional level of sharpness in your images. On the software front we’re checking out presets, showing how Affinity Photo can deliver selective colour and testing out Zoner’s exciting new Photo Studio X package, while our big reviews this month focus on the pro-grade new Pentax K-3 Mark III and the hugely innovative Asus dual screen ZenBook Pro Duo 15, which is designed to zip through your post-production. There’s lots going on, so come take a look!

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Professional Photo Issue 183

Professional Photo has had a facelift, so check out our new look, enjoy our extra pages and feast on our fresh features as we reflect on the photographic business getting back into full swing. We’re talking to wedding photographers who are revealing how they’ve survived lockdown and are preparing to come back stronger, we’ve got an interview with Tim Dunk, who’s made such a success of virtual shoots over the past twelve months that he’s not contemplating going back, we’re marking the re-opening of The Fujifilm House of Photography and we’re looking at ways you can prepare your business to be better and stronger than ever before as the world starts to take its first steps back towards normality. We’re also talking to conservation photographer Daniel Beltra who is raising awareness of issues facing the planet while also producing some gorgeous eye-catching work, we’re sharing Anthony Lycett’s project that’s giving some of the most stylish and outlandish dressers out there the chance to show off their style and we’re also revealing our first Professional Photographer of the Year spot prize. We’re also running a full review of the magnificent new medium format Fujifilm GFX100S this month, so read our verdict on a camera that offers extraordinary quality for the cost of a 35mm-style mirrorless model. Jump in and take a look around: you won’t be disappointed!

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Professional Photo Issue 182

We are celebrating the fact that weddings have the go-ahead to start up again with a gorgeous cover from columnist Lisa Devlin and some thoughts from her about how you need to be looking carefully at your post-Covid pricing and the alignment of your business in the rapidly evolving wedding photography market. Meanwhile Spanish duo Anna and Daniel are showing us their portfolio of cunning architectural images that are not quite what they seem, Gemma Brunton is telling us about her project to photograph the resilience of children throughout the pandemic, we’re cheering on Team GB in the World Photography Cup and Paul Wilkinson is down the gym, talking about environmental portraits of the owner and trainers that he’s set up there. Software specialist Amy Leigh Atkins is casting her eye over DAM products, CVP expert Jake Ratcliffe is explaining why storage is such a crucial part of filmmaking, automotive photographer Simon Clay gives us the lowdown on his typical working week and we’ve got a full review of the Canon EOS C70, the replacement for the much-loved C100. It’s another action-packed issue so dive in and take a look!

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Professional Photo Issue 181

If you love iconic photography then you’ll appreciate the vintage image by master documentary photographer Larry Fink that features on our latest cover. A classic from his classic Social Graces series, Larry’s work is currently the subject of a huge retrospective in Cologne and we’ve got an exclusive interview with the great man, as well as a selection of some of his greatest work. This issue also sees the launch of our spectacular ‘Professional Photographer of the Year’ competition, the biggest event of its kind that we’ve ever run in the magazine, with over £8000 worth of prizes up for grabs. Top prize is a mouth-watering professional camera, the Panasonic S1R, so tune in and find out how you can put yourself in the running for this, with ten categories also there to be won. Meanwhile hard-working pro Richard Bradbury is explaining why you need to calibrate your cameras if you want to ensure you’re getting the very best results out of them, while software specialist Amy Leigh Atkins is kicking off a new series by providing an overview of the top professional editing packages currently on the market. Cameras tested out this month are the keenly priced and generously specified Fujifilm X-S10 and the Mark III version of Canon’s celebrated C300 cinema camera, so it’s another issue crammed with content that you can’t afford to miss out on!

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