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  • E-M5 Mark II

    40M High Res Shot:

    Amazing high-resolution shots

    thanks to ultra-precise VCM.

    A world rst**: new 40M High Res Shot from OLYMPUS generates

    super-high-quality images, rich in detail. A special component of this

    highly advanced technology is the moving 5-axis VCM IS mechanism. It

    slightly shifts the sensor left and right, by precise half-pixel increments, to

    sequentially capture eight images. These are then combined in camera to

    create a single shot of an amazing 40 megapixels or 63.7 megapixels in

    the RAW le. 40M High Res Shot on the E-M5 Mark II achieves astonishing

    resolution comparable with much more bulky high-end D-SLRs.

    *According CIPA Standard: +5EV Steps as of February 2015

    **Among D-SLR and compact system cameras.

    Advanced Electronic View nder:

    Rivals even D-SLR cameras.

    For gaining creative control over the scene or subject to be captured,

    all OM-D models feature an advanced Electronic View nder (EVF) that

    makes bulky pentaprisms found on D-SLR cameras redundant. Easy

    to see, bright and clear, large, super-fast with high resolution and short

    lag time everything a photographer needs from an EVF and more. On

    the OM-D E-M5 Mark II, the EVF is in fact 1.3x larger than the average

    D-SLR EVF display.

    Dustproof, splashproof, freezeproof:

    Made for virtually any weather and

    any location.

    Other camera brands may claim to be ready for all-terrain shooting OM-D

    cameras truly are. Thanks to the practically impenetrable magnesium alloy

    body with up to 60 gasket rings for maximum protection, the high-end OM-D

    cameras are ideal for photography in damp habitats or sandy situations. The

    OM-D E-M1 and the new OM-D E-M5 Mark II go a step further, enabling

    operation in sub-zero temperatures right down to 10C. This extreme-

    condition compatibility makes these cameras ideal for any number of photo

    assignments around the world, at any time of the year, ensuring worry-free

    capture of spectacular moments.

  • DIGITAL PHOTO 3

    13 ISSUES & 129.99 OF GREAT KIT! A YEAR OF DP, PLUS A BACKPACK, TRIPOD & FLASH BRACKET SEE P24

    WELCOME

    Three ways well help you get better pictures this month

    Using your camera creatively is a big part of

    the Digital Photo experience, and this months

    Fresh Ideas reveals the easy way to shoot the

    perfect ground-level shot on p38.

    Symmetrical shots with converging lines have

    the power to draw your viewer into the scene.

    Find out how to process and polish a RAW le

    to make your shots truly satisfying on p70.

    If you dont want to sacri ce creativity but

    need a lighter, more compact camera, our

    group test of miniature CSCs will arm you

    with the best option. It starts on p116.

    FROM THE EDITOR

    The best gear buying advice

    Top Photoshop techniques

    Inspirational shooting ideas 321

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    AS A PHOTOGRAPHER, I worry less and less

    about getting a shot absolutely right in-camera.

    The old photographic values about capturing

    subjects and scenes as perfectly as possible havent

    disappeared, but theyve certainly been subdued a little.

    The reason behind this is down to one, magni cent

    innovation: RAW. Its the ultimate safety net for

    photographers. Because you can use its power to adjust

    exposure, restore detail, enhance colour, inject contrast

    and even recompose a shot, it means you can respond

    faster and shoot pictures more freely than ever before.

    The ability of RAW to rescue shots that arent quite

    there is something we celebrate in this issue. In a series of

    inspirational tutorials starting on p63, we reveal how you

    can bring back pictures from the brink, and transform

    them into beautiful images.

    If you havent yet discovered how RAW can make you a

    better photographer, youll nd it an amazing journey, and

    if youre already a convert, you can wise up with some

    in-depth tips and techniques. Either way, youll nd the

    ideas in this issue will improve your images and give you

    pictures to be proud of!

    Another highlight of this issue is an unbelievable off er. To

    accompany a years subscription to the mag, we have a

    Manfrotto backpack and tripod, plus a Lastolite Strobo

    ash bracket. Together theyre worth a whopping 129.99!

    The details are on p24, but get your order in quick!

    Jon Adams Editor

    jon.adams@bauermedia.co.uk

  • 18 GET THE SHOTGreat photographers reveal how they got

    their pics and how you can do it too.

    38 FRESH IDEAS Get clever with your tripod to rustle up

    ultra-low-angle shots of familiar scenes.

    40 CREATIVE CAMERA Shoot a spooky self-portrait re ection by

    tapping in to a spectrophobic fear.

    44 ESSENTIAL SKILLS Improve your shooting knowledge with our

    guide to using exposure modes.

    50 INSIDE THE IMAGE Expert insight on how fantastic night-time

    HDR shots of cities are captured.

    52 INSTANT EXPERT Your at-a-glance guide to the types of ash

    modifying accessories on the market.

    18 44

    2610 TOP TIPS FOR FUNKY FLORALS!Capture the essence of spring

    with our in-depth guide to

    brilliant ower photography.

    COVER STORY

    4 DIGITAL PHOTO

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    SPRING SAVE CASH ON MEMORY CARDS &HARD DRIVES

    SEE PAGE 90

    8 PLANET PHOTO Get inspired by our gallery of beautiful pics

    taken by the worlds best photographers.

    54 THE BIG INTERVIEW:DANI DIAMOND The pro photographer reveals how his

    approach for shooting natural-light portraits

    has been shaped by 2.5 million views!

    94 YOUR PICTURES Constructive critique from our resident

    experts and ideas for image improvements.

    106 IT WORKS FOR ME! Readers share their pics and stories after

    being inspired by Digital Photo projects.

    146 DIGITAL DOCTOR Our resident Photoshop expert adds context

    and drama to a shot of a vintage aeroplane.

    Inspiration

    Camera techniques

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  • 64 GETTING TO GRIPS WITH & ELEMENTS How RAW will bene t every pic you take.

    66 DETAIL IN THE DARK Rescue underexposed shots in Photoshop or

    Elements using the power of RAW.

    70 GET PERFECT PICS Correct lens defects and ne-tune your

    framing in Photoshop or Lightroom.

    74 GREAT RAW FEATURES Our top six RAW tricks & how to use them.

    76 BALANCE EXPOSURES Get bright skies and dark land in harmony.

    80 TURN THAT NOISE DOWN!Reduce the grain in low light shots.

    82 TAKE CONTROL OF COLOURBring back vibrancy to a colourful scene.

    86 ADD LIGHTING EFFECTSUse Lightrooms RAW features to create

    atmosphere & drama in a travel shot.

    91 PIXELS AT DAWNTwo experts duel over the look of a pet portrait.

    DIGITAL PHOTO 5

    70 Pull symmetrical shots into shape!

    86 Apply depth & drama in Lightroom

    66 Restore detail to dark scenes

    CORRECT LENS DISTORTION

    RESCUE UNDEREXPOSED SHOTS

    ADD CREATIVE LIGHTING EFFECTS

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    116

    RAW to the

    RESCUE

    114 GEAR FOCUS Photoshop hits 25, Nikon launches D7200

    plus other news from the digital world.

    116 MINIATURE CSCs Four tiny compact system cameras go up

    against each other in our big group test.

    126 NIKON D5500 Nikons latest D-SLR off ers a 24Mp sensor

    and a 5fps frame rate, plus

    Wi-Fi and a touchscreen.

    130 LYTRO ILLUM This fascinating camera

    allows focus can be

    decided onpost-

    capture. Weassess its

    performance.

    132 GADGETS & GIZMOS Polaroids Cube

    actioncam, Hhnels

    Unipal Extra charger

    andthe Walkstool

    Comfort 55 XL go under

    the DP teams scrutiny.

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    Photoshop projects

    Regulars

    Gear focus

    24 SUBSCRIBE TODAY! 13 issues of the UKs favourite photo mag

    delivered direct to your door, plus a Manfrotto

    backpack, a Pixi tripod, and a Lastolite ash

    bracket worth a whopping 129.99!

    100 PHOTO ANSWERS What to look for when upgrading your

    computer, how to add a digital signature, how

    to diagnose AF problems, and much more!

    111 NEXT MONTH A brief look at the inspiring techniques and

    reviews coming your way in the May issue.

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  • 6 DIGITAL PHOTO

    Pop the PhotoSkills CD in your PC

    or Mac and get set for a brilliantly

    absorbing learning experience.

    There are nine in-depth video

    lessons on the disc, all brought to

    you by the same photographers

    who make the magazine. Each

    video is specially created to help

    you master core imaging skills.

    Because you get to watch our

    experts talk you through the

    whole process, its a bit like

    receiving one-to-one tuition,

    only youre in charge of when it

    happens! Plus you can watch the

    videos as many times as you like,

    and really master the techniques

    on show.

    On this months action-packed

    disc, we help you master the

    important subject of RAW in

    Photoshop, Elements and

    Lightroom.