Professional Photo 189 Print
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!
Fighting for the Dark Side
Astro photographer Josh Dury considers the night sky to be an open window to the universe and he’s fighting the threat of light pollution to ensure the view isn’t lost to future generations. Take a look at his stunning selection of nightscapes and hear more about the threat to our remaining dark skies.
Stand Up For the Planet
The state of the planet we inhabit is in the spotlight right now and professional photographers can look to reduce their own carbon footprint and potentially benefit their businesses at the same time. We speak to a selection of those who are proud to share their green credentials and who are proving that it doesn’t need to cost a fortune to introduce more environmentally friendly working practices.
The message is clear that everyone needs to do their bit to slow down climate change, and companies like Nikon are taking a lead by focusing on their own green credentials. Take a closer look at what they’ve been doing here and also look at some of the entries from the Nikon-sponsored Environmental Photographer of the Year competition.
Saved for a Second Chance
Through its innovative approach second-hand specialist MPB has made it easy to trade up unwanted photographic kit, saving on waste and helping pro businesses to become more sustainable. We speak to MPB founder and CEO Matt Barker to find out more and you can read the full story here.
Looking Out on Life
For some the lockdown restrictions of the past year-and-a-half have meant unwanted enforced time away from the camera, but celebrated fine art photographer Julia Fullerton-Batten used the experience as a source of inspiration, and the result is a highly successful Kickstarter-funded book.
When Danger Calls
Our pro in the field Matty Graham recalls the time when he was fearless in the Faroes, having to make a decision to either trek up a snowy mountain during a blizzard or to play the safety game and have to break it to a trusted client that they weren’t going to get the images they were expecting.
Creating the Decisive moment
Paul Wilkinson recalls a magical shoot with a lovely family, and the pivotal shot that emerged looks like an expertly captured moment but was actually pre-visualised and then carefully worked on in post-production to bring out its full potential.
Rounding up his mini-series on the art pf photographing cars, Richard takes a look at different methods of capturing action shots, ranging from safety-conscious ways of undertaking car-to-car shoots through to ingenious car rigs that enable you to capture carefully-controlled motion.
Tested: DxO’s Latest launches
The eagerly awaited updates to DxO’s PhotoLab 5 and FilmPack 6 have just been unveiled and our software expert Amy-Leigh Atkins is taking a detailed look at the extra and updated features that are now included. Click through here to read her full review.
Add Power to Portraits
If you’re in the business of selling portraits it doesn’t hurt to present some alternatives to clients, and using Affinity Photo’s blending mode feature ramps up impact and atmosphere. Matty Graham walks through the steps you need to make it happen and you can follow his real time video tutorial here.
Box of Tricks
It might not be the highest profile of accessories out there, but the humble matte box can have a crucial role to play for creatives in terms of controlling the light hitting the lens and making filter use far quicker and simpler.
Solid and super Smooth
If it’s rock-solid footage combined with silky smooth panning you’re after then a Manfrotto tripod and Nitrotech 612 fluid head combo certainly fits the bill. Seasoned filmmaker Rick Bronks takes the set-up on a shoot and talks through the formidable features that are on offer. Access his tutorial and video by clicking through here.
The Return of Medium Format
Medium format cameras were in vogue at the start of Lisa’s wedding photography career but suffered in popularity as first DSLRs and then mirrorless models became the preferred tools to use. Now, however, things have gone full circle and Lisa is loving working with her Hasselblads.
Show Us Your Skills
The latest challenge in our hugely popular Pro Academy series, being run on conjunction with the Nikon School, is Pet Photography and we’re wanting to see your very best pictures of our animal friends. Those judged to have reached the necessary standard will be awarded an e-certificate, and to help you on your way we’ve got tips from top canine photographer and trainer Yulia Titovets and Nikon School technical wizard Neil Freeman.
Trading Up – Full Frame systems
Full frame models are an aspiration for many professionals who are looking to achieve top quality results, and trading up to a well specified used model is now highly affordable. We take a look at the options available from MPB and find out what you can trade in to fund the deal.
Spotlight on Location Lighting
If you’re a professional working on location it’s reassuring to have a set of lights with you that are designed from the ground up to do the job. We’ve rounded up a selection of the latest launches in the market and we’ve got a full review of the exciting Rosco DMG DASH Quad Kit: head through here to take a look.
Tested – the Atomos Ninja V+
The Atomos Ninja V monitor is already a highly regarded piece of kit for creatives, but the newly upgraded ‘+’ version takes things a step further and adds 8K capability to the mix. Take a look at what experienced photographer and filmmaker Jim Marks has to say about the new product in his user report here.
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