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Our high-kicking cover star this month was photographed by Hollywood fine art photographer Tyler Shields, often considered the bad boy of the business for his sometimes controversial imagery. However, we find out there’s much more to Tyler than his public persona, and he reveals why he’s felt the need to knock over some conventions, plus the fact that he only ever sleeps for around two hours a night! We’re also starting a new ‘Anatomy of a Shoot’ series with Paul Wilkinson, where he reveals the full story behind one of his memorable sittings, while our popular new ‘Time to Turn Pro’ series this month is focusing on a day in the life of a commercial photographer. Professional photographers are telling us about the value of vlogging and the kit that helps them to get involved, while our main test this month is the brand-new Panasonic S5, being touted as a full-frame version of the phenomenally successful Lumix GH5. Another all-action issue, so grab a copy and make sure you’re up to speed!
Life After Death
A frightening childhood accident meant Tyler Shields effectively died for a short period, an experience that was subsequently to motivate him to succeed in his chosen field of fine art photography and to not care what other people might say about his imagery. It allowed him to adopt a challenging approach that others might have shied away from and it built his reputation as one of the most successful fine-art photographers of his generation.
Anatomy Of a Shoot
Portrait maestro Paul Wilkinson kicks off his new series, where he talks through the nuts and bolts of one of his notable shoots, explaining not just the technical aspect of such things as the lighting employed but also talking through the full behind-the-scenes story of the day, how he set his subject at ease and how he finally coaxed some of his best-ever imagery out of the occasion.
The Bigger Picture
Our Moving to Motion feature this month focuses on the role of the monitor, both recording and non-recording varieties, and explains why this can be one of the most useful accessories you could ever wish to have on a video shoot. Our resident CVP expert Jake Ratcliffe talks us through what’s on the market and explains what different types of monitor can bring to the video party.
Time to Vlog
Once upon a time blogging was all the rage and the ideal way to attract customers to your website but now it’s the video form, vlogging, that’s blazing a trail. We catch up with a selection of professional practitioners who, between them, have thousands of followers and have brought in extra business by sharing their stories with the online community, and we show how it’s possible to get involved and the gear you might need to acquire.
Think Of Turning To Pro?
If so then you need to be reading our major new series, which sets out to guide you through the minefield that can stand between you and your ambition of becoming a fully functioning self-employed photographer! This month we take a look at the advice you can get before taking the plunge, while commercial specialist Stuart Price talks through what his average day might be like and recalls how he pressed his father into service as a model to set up an award-winning image!
Keep Track of Your Work
In this digital age it’s so easy to lose control of your files and for the work to either be stolen or to be used without a full credit. The answer is to add metadata to make sure that essential information is always embedded, and Affinity Photo makes this process an absolute doddle. Matty Graham talks through the process and you can follow his step-by-step guide to the process on the accompanying video, which can be found here.
Staging The Wedding
The problem with a real life wedding is that you’re there to do a job and to focus entirely on getting the best result for your client, but if you can either stage a wedding or sign up to attend one that’s being staged by a team of experts, you can focus entirely on producing a set of pictures that will light up your portfolio. Lisa Devlin interviews wedding stylist Valentina Ring to find out exactly what’s involved.
Get Set To Launch
This might not seem like the best time to consider launching a fresh service, but for those who are brave enough it can allow you to develop extra pandemic-proof revenue streams. Melissa Love explains the things you should be doing before going to market with your new idea and how you can take some of the risk out of the process by doing your homework.
The latest offering from Panasonic is the Lumix S5, a full frame model that’s offering much of the spec of the highly-rated S1H and the MFT GH5 and which is equally adept at turning out high-end video content as well as excellent still images that are good enough for a professional client. With a sub-£2000 price tag, is this the best hybrid model on the market today?
Bright And Beautiful
Fujifilm’s astonishing new f/1.0 50mm offers stunning bokeh and looks destined to be an essential partner to professional portrait photographers looking for a sumptuous end result. We got hold of a pre-production sample to take a closer look and to see if the performance looks likely to live up to the promise.
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