Hugely popular fashion and beauty photographer Lara Jade is our cover star this month and there’s six pages of Lara’s latest images inside, while we’re also catching up with Martin Bailey, who tells us about his move to Japan and what it’s like to work as a professional in that country. Meanwhile Kent-based pro Jason Dodd tells us why it’s so important to develop links with local businesses while Tommy Reynolds explains how personal projects have kept his creativity alive. On the gear front we’ve got a comprehensive review of the latest Sony a7R Mark IV plus news about a wealth of launches from Nikon, Phase One, Sony, Olympus and Fujifilm alongside all of our usual business and technique features. It’s a big read so make sure you don’t miss it!
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Exclusive Lara Jade
We’ve caught up with high flying fashion and beauty photographer Lara Jade for an exclusive interview where she talks about her career to date, her transatlantic lifestyle and her willingness to share the secrets of her success, all accompanied by six pages of her latest images. If you’ve always dreamed of becoming a fashion pro yourself find out how you could start to climb that ladder to stardom using Lara’s advice to help you on your way.
Six Steps to a full diary
No one appreciates a hard sell for future bookings on a wedding day, but there are subtle ways you can impress on guests that you’re the one they should book for their own big day. Donal explains the things you can do to impress not just your client but also their friends and family, while wedding photography superstar Yervant talks about the city walks he undertakes with the bridal party that end up being super chilled out fun.
Make it Personal
If you want to stay fresh and inspired as a photographer and, for good measure, create material that could land you the jobs you really want to take on then personal projects are a must. Tommy Reynolds explains how he injected the enthusiasm back into his business, attracted sponsorship from manufacturers such as Olympus and Panasonic and gave himself fresh material to show to potential clients all by focusing in on the projects that meant the most to him.
On dull winter days when there are thick clouds overhead the ambient light can be flat, boring and unflattering. Find out how top portrait professional Paul Wilkinson copes with such a situation while out on location and why he considers winter shoots to be amongst the most rewarding of all. As always he accompanies his lighting masterclass with high quality images and lighting diagrams that make his set ups clear and easy to follow.
Even in this modern age there’s something extra special about monochrome and Affinity Photo makes it easy to achieve stunning black and white shots from your colour originals. Matty Graham’s latest workshop shows how it’s possible to turn a colour original into a monochrome classic in just a few easy steps and you can catch his video tutorial here.
First Look: Nikon Z50
We’ve had the chance to get hands on with Nikon’s latest lightweight mirrorless model, the Z50. While ostensibly aimed at the high-end hobbyist the latest camera in the Z-series proved perfectly up to the requirements of professional travel photographer and blogger Alex Stead, who took a pre-production model on a challenging photo shoot to the Dolomites. Watch Alex’s video here to find out what he thought about this super compact new arrival.
On test: the Sony a7R IV
The latest eagerly-awaited launch from Sony introduces a sensor that boasts a massive 61 megapixels and a host of high-end pro-spec features. Gordon Laing put the camera through its paces during a trip to New York and reports back on the new camera’s stills and video capability and advises on how much resolution you can really expect to get out of a model that’s currently the highest-resolution full frame mirrorless model out there.
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