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We flew a reader to Spain for a one-on-one masterclass on architectural photography with a top pro. This is the story of his amazing trip

PAUL is a 56-year-old landscape and travel photographer, with a specialisation in architectural photography. He travels regularly to shoot great European cities, and so was just the man to show Kyle the ropes of city break photography in Valencia’s architectural masterpiece, the City of Arts and Sciences. See more of Paul’s work at www.paulforgham.co.uk.

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Launched in 2007, PhotoPlus was the first-ever monthly magazine dedicated to Canon DSLR owners. And 99 issues later this EOS-only mixture of tutorials, tests and photo inspirations is still going strong. But for reaching our special 100th issue we are going to make PhotoPlus bigger, better, and with even more great pictures and Canon-centric advice than ever.

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Create a classic lighting setup for close-up portraits with your home studio lights with tips from James Paterson

ffectively a home studio flash kit is one of the best ways to take your portraits to the next level. You can light subjects from any direction, fix attachments to change the quality and spread of the light, and use a low ISO to ensure the highest image quality. But studio flash can be a difficult beast to master, not least because the burst of light is almost instantaneous and impossible to judge by eye. There are three main areas of control when it comes to

using studio flash heads. First, we have control over the quality and spread of the light through use of attachments like umbrellas and softboxes fixed in front of the bulb. Secondly, we can put the head wherever we choose – up high, down low, in front of or behind our subject – with each position changing the look of our image. Thirdly, we can use the power settings on the flash to control the output, which becomes important when we start balancing the light from two or more heads. By controlling these factors, you can sculpt the light so it’s exactly how

you want it to, every time. Over the next few pages we’ll show you how to set up your home studio lighting kit for stunning portraits. The position of your lights has a huge effect on the way the face looks. We’re using ‘Butterfly’ lighting, with the softboxes positioned just above the head to create a butterfly-like shadow under the nose. Whether you want to learn classic techniques for lighting a face, see how softboxes and brollies work, or discover simple Photoshop retouching skills you’ll find the answers in our lighting guide…

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VIDEO GUIDES A fast 24-70mm standard zoom lens is a must for wedding portraits, especially when you’re shooting indoors in low light conditions

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Whereas an umbrella spreads the light to cover a wide area, softboxes don’t give as large a spread of light, giving more control over the illuminated area, and create more attractive catchlights in the eyes.

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Both softboxes and umbrellas diffuse the harsh flash light, but there are differences between the two. An umbrella spreads the light to cover a wide area.

Softboxes don’t give as large a spread of light, giving more control over the illuminated area, and create more attractive catchlights in the eyes in close-ups. For this reason, softboxes are often preferred for portraiture.

BRIAN SAYS… The 24-70mm f/2.8 is a wedding staple, being bright, fast and with a focal length capable of both group shots and solo portraits. If you’re looking for one lens to cover the whole day it’s a great choice. I would also consider the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L, which offers stabilisation for shooting in low light or during the reception, and is almost 200g lighter, with an extra 50mm of focal length. As the lighting is bound to change as you move from outdoors to in during the day, it’s worth opting for

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Learn how to get creative with your Canon Speedlite flashgun What is off-camera flash?

Off-camera flash – also referred to as strobism – is simply the ability to remove a flashgun from a fixed attachment on the camera body, and fire it from a position away from the camera.

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BRIAN SAYS… Fast glass is often big and heavy, but it doesn’t have to be that way. One way of keeping the weight off is to go for a prime lens rather than a zoom. As such, the Canon EF 200mm f/2.8 is one of the lightest and physically shortest lens in the group, at 765g and 136mm. By stark contrast, the Canon EF 200mm f/2, which is still a prime lens but a stop faster, is over three times heavier at 2.52kg. It also has a much greater diameter at 128mm compared with 83mm. Why such a big difference in weight then?

By freeing the flashgun from the camera, you open up a lot of creative possibilities. To explain all of them would require a lot of pages in this issue – but in a nutshell, off-camera flash allows you to modify, through direction and distance, the way the light affects your subject. Using flash light to supplement or boost ambient light when you’re out on location can help you take more effective photos. It is particularly popular for portraiture, allowing you to direct light more.

What do I need to be able to do it?

To start in off-camera flash, you need a camera, a separate flashgun, and a way of triggering the flashgun remotely. Some

cameras have built-in wireless capabilities – but in most cases, either a cable or, even better, a separate flash trigger and receiver are used to communicate with and fire your flash light. There are many different types of flash triggers available – from cheap and

What are the settings I need?

The precise camera settings vary from situation to situation. The only real way to start to understand how it works is to experiment, and look at the difference as you adjust power settings, angle of flash and distance from your subject. You can start with simple still-life set-ups, before moving onto portraits and other more challenging subjects later.

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I’ve just taken the two shots as a very basic example of what off-camera flash can do. The left-hand shot is a perfectly exposed image of the subject, but with the flash attached to the camera’s

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hotshoe. This means that the angle of light is head-on to the fossil. While the flash has illuminated the subject, the result is a flat and boring photo. Simply by removing the flashgun, positioning it at an acute angle to the subject and firing it via a wireless trigger, the result is a much more pleasing shot.

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How do I use the Dual Pixel CMOS AF that’s on my 70D? Mike Wallis, Easingwold, UK

Brian says… In normal shooting modes, DSLRs rely on a dedicated phase-detection autofocus module, onto which light is reflected from the main reflex mirror. However, when you use Live View or video capture modes, the reflex mirror is flipped up and the autofocus module becomes redundant. Autofocus is then taken care of by the image sensor itself. Conventionally, a contrast-detection system is used, the focus setting being automatically adjusted until the greatest contrast is obtained. It’s certainly accurate but tends to be much slower than a.

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Pelican weekend...

Drew Buckley spent a memorable weekend in Greece taking pictures of over 101 Dalmatians – and other local bird life! can’t think of a nicer setting in which to photograph these amazing birds! I was lucky enough to be a guide for the fabulous NaturesLens tour company on this trip. The location, Lake Kerkini. The target species, Dalmatian Pelicans; and what a bird they are! Truly stunning bill colours and curly feathers all over their heads. Mirror-ike reflections on the lake greeted us daily and with views backed by high snowy peaks, Lake Kerkini is stunning

place to be and a real paradise for birds. It’s situated in the north of the country about 20km from the GreekBulgarian border. Lake Kerkini offers some of the most accessible, and best opportunities for both birding and bird photography in Europe. The lake and the surrounding wetlands are nestled between the Kerkini Mountains to the north and the Marvovouni Mountains to the south. It hosts more than three hundred sorts of birds, including the Pelicans, Cormorants, Herons and

Flamingos. Our trip consisted of many outings onto the lake in a small open fishing boat. The lake is extremely shallow; down to a few feet in some places so it was important to keep an even weight across the boat to stop it grounding out. It was very cold over the weekend with freezing fog covering the lake in the mornings. Wearing pretty much every piece of clothing I owned, it was eye watering sometimes, especially with the wind-chill. However, it did make for some pretty spectacular and atmospheric www.digitalcameraworld.com

conditions. Distant hills layered in mist and subject backgrounds blending into infinity, so can’t moan. We discovered the Pelicans early on, they follow the Pygmy Cormorants around when they’re fishing and pretty much take the food straight from their mouths when they find it. This in turn signals to other distant Pelicans to join the ‘mob’ gang. The benefit of shooting from a boat was the ability to be like a makeshift hide (though they weren’t really put off by much) and also to get down low and shoot eye level to the birds. Swapping between bodies

and lenses to get varied images, it’s always important in my view to shoot the wider picture sometimes. In the afternoons we headed to the to the other side of the lake where the Pelicans gather for a shoreline feed. This is not only a great opportunity to get super up close portraits, but also as more birds came in you could really get some good action and in flight images. On another trip, we headed out on the boat again and the birds followed us allowing to get different angles of them in flight and portrait shots, with changeable backgrounds to vary the shots up.

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Serious photographers want to buy the best lenses at the best prices. That’s why we are revamping our tests to make them even tougher! We have a new lab set up that will put zooms and primes through their paces to give you hard scientific facts. And we don’t just test Canon lenses – we test Canon-fit lenses from Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Zeiss, Samyang, and others too!

BUYER’S GUIDE CAMERAS CANON EOS 70D

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AN ideal starter camera, it keeps things simple yet covers all the basics. A handy companion app is available for free download, serving as an interactive shooting guide. However, the low-res LCD screen lacks touch or vari-angle facilities.

CANON EOS 100D (REBEL SL1) IT’S smaller than any other Canon D-SLR but a step up in sophistication from the 1200D, with a newer generation image processor, high-res touchscreen and ‘hybrid CMOS AF’ for effective continuous autofocus during movie capture.

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CANON EOS 700D (REBEL T5I) WITH a faster continuous drive rate than the 100D and the bonus of a vari-angle touchscreen, the 700D is more versatile for shooting from extreme angles or around corners. It’s a lovely lightweight camera but is now outclassed by the newer 750D.

CANON EOS 750D (REBEL T6I)

CANON EOS 760D (REBEL T6S) BUILDING on the smart features and impressive specifications of the 750D, the 760D adds a secondary info LCD on the top panel. This improves handling and makes it feel more like an ‘enthusiast’ camera rather than an entry-level model.

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24.2Mp, APS-C (6000x4000) Pentamirror, 0.82x, 95% 100-12,800 (25,600 expanded) 9-point (all cross-type) 3.0-inch touchscreen vari-angle 5fps (8 Raw/940 JPEG) SD/HC/XC

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HERE’S the new king of action-packed APS-C format cameras. It has 65-point AF with advanced tracking, 10fps continuous drive, dual DIGIC 6 processors and GPS, all wrapped up in a tough, weather-sealed magnesium alloy shell.

CANON EOS 6D AMAZINGLY good value for a full-frame body, the 6D combines a respectable 20.2Mp image resolution with super-high sensitivities of up to ISO 102,400. Image quality is excellent and there’s built-in Wi-Fi and GPS, but the 6D has a fairly basic autofocus system.

CANON EOS 5D MK III REMARKABLY compact and lightweight for a fully professional and weather-sealed full-frame body, the 5D Mk III boasts the same top-notch AF system as the 1D X and delivers stunning image quality even under very low lighting. The big, bright viewfinder is brilliant.

CANON EOS 5DS (5DS R) TAKING D-SLR image resolution to new heights, the stunning new 5DS combines a 50.6Mp image sensor with dual DIGIC 6 processors. The 5DS R adds a ‘low-pass cancellation filter’ to maximise the potential for extreme sharpness. Max ISO and drive rate are slower than 5D Mk III.

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CANON’S flagship full-frame professional camera boasts ultra-fast continuous shooting and the availability of super-high ISO, along with sublime handling. Build quality is rock-solid, image resolution is relatively modest, especially compared with the 5DS and 5DS R.

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IT’S a quick-shooter 8fps camera with dual processors and a tough magnesium alloy build. However, while it had standout specifications when launched back in 2009, it has now been eclipsed by the new 7D Mk II and, to a lesser extent, the 70D.

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HEADLINE attractions include a new 24.2Mp high-res image sensor and DIGIC 6 processor, plus 19-point autofocus. It beats the older 700D in all these respects, while also adding Wi-Fi and NFC for easy sharing and printing.

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A breakthrough D-SLR, the 70D delivers fast and smooth autofocus in Live View and movie modes, thanks to its revolutionary ‘Dual Pixel CMOS AF’ image sensor, backed up by DIGIC 5+ processing. The 7fps continuous drive rate is quick and it has built-in Wi-Fi.

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certainly notice when you are carrying a tripod, and although relatively heavy, I almost always bring mine along for my macro photography. When shooting with natural light, shutter speeds in macro can get very long indeed as the limited depth of field at high magnification means narrow apertures are often required. In such cases, a sturdy tripod setup is essential. Frequently working with subjects close to the ground, I often use a Gitzo carbon fiber Systematic series tripod that has no centre column, allowing me to get

down low. I use a large ballhead made by Really Right Stuff (model BH-55 LR) that is rock solid whilst making it quick and easy to adjust the camera’s position. It’s such a shame when a potentially breathtaking photograph is ruined by a flimsy, wobbly tripod setup, so don’t take shortcuts here if you can avoid them. Equipment has a habit of breaking at the worst possible moment, so I always bring along a small roll of electrical tape, some zip ties, a penknife and a set of Allen keys for those emergency field repairs.

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Alex Hyde www.alexhyde.co.uk I work as a freelance natural history photographer based in the Peak District and also run photography workshops and tours. Whether in the rainforests of Borneo or my backgarden, I am usually in search of insects, spiders and other creatures. When composing a scene through my macro lens, I am always struck with a sense of discovery. Many of my pictures involve moving subjects smaller than a grain of rice, requiring specialised macro equipment and a fair measure of patience!

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DUE to light loss at high magnifications, things can get pretty dark when using my MP-E 65mm macro lens. I find clipping this little LED light to my setup helps me get the light I need for accurate focusing. This LED isn’t being used to light the finished photograph as I normally use flash when working with the MP-E 65mm, but simply to allow me to see to compose and focus. It is sold as light to clip onto a music stand or a book.

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compensation in Av mode College lecturer whose using evaluative metering, th me through the decades. as always. My fishy lady Ladies de-shelling seafood, Mui Né, ords... bend the knees. looks up again as I press Bình Thuan Province, Vietnam. ust for skiing but more the back button focus button, Canon EOS 1Dx Camera: photography ever since; then the shutter release. It’s an often open up a whole 11-24mm f/4L lens & 85mm f/1.2L II Lenses: all over in a second and my ographic opportunities. lady is peering down again at knees now as I squat on the options. I go back to using her clams; time to investigate other ing sea food. She will spend all where another two ladies the 11-24mm lens and move over to nts are screaming already after on the beach has long been are busy peeling prawns. The sand the but enough, Long shells; it crunches 30? n submerged under generations of discardedthe setting sun is by he brand new 11-24mm f/4L underfoot but the texture of it sidelight close, I’m means which ob here lady, admiring her somewhat beautiful. I hover over my chosen y, subject. So close our knees are would catch on in Paris or colourful fashion sense. I doubt it s if I’m invisible. Now I have been away from such catwalks. Milan, but then again we’re a world I’m hovering directly orld where photographers are the zoom at its widest 11mm length With lady my here but wnright hostility, over her, and yet again it’s as if I’m my invisible. I’m using this lens to their y from her incorporate the graphic shapes of over my conical hats, the beach and the fishing of the 1Dx boats into my frame, setting the scene n’t it? I’m of Mui Né as best I can. The hats not can so I only feature as strong compositional or travel elements, they also serve as icons 1.2L II. I do locating the picture squarely and um aperture surely in Vietnam. I crouch even closer, almost remembering another nugget of advice ound bokeh is from the same lecturer; if a picture’s y. This is not not working you’re not close enough. erture; The sun dips below the horizon, all t I’ve evolved too quickly as ever in the tropics, and es a good hit its game over. Wendy and I climb on Pro travel & landscape photographer AF point for our mopeds and ride back along the AF mode to coast road to our hotel in the hills travel and AWARD winning landscape eye, overlooking the beach. I cast one last photographer with over 28 years’ ping low now over the sea of conical hats glance his During experience as a professional. contrast under which the ladies are still to photographic career David has travelled e, even so I’ll squatting over their piles of the just about every corner of the Globe. In n on this one crustaceans. Vietnam; it’s all about of 2012 Canon announced the inclusion etail on her hats. Tonight; Vietnamese yellow It’s David into its Ambassador Program by mation in the mango seafood curry. I love it here. designating him an Official Canon Explorer. ne a test shot to my fourth time in Vietnam, but I doubt alled in +2/3

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conditions. Distant hills layered in mist and subject backgrounds blending into infinity, so can’t moan. We discovered the Pelicans early on, they follow the Pygmy Cormorants around when they’re fishing and pretty much take the food straight from their mouths when they find it. This in turn signals to other distant Pelicans to join the ‘mob’ gang. The benefit of shooting from a boat was the ability to be like a makeshift hide (though they weren’t really put off by much) and also PRO low and shoot SHOOT WITH to getAdown eye level to the birds. Swapping between bodies

and lenses to get varied images, it’s always important in my view to shoot the wider picture sometimes. In the afternoons we headed to the to the other side of the lake where the Pelicans gather for a shoreline feed. This is not only a great opportunity to get super up close portraits, but also as more birds came in you could really get some good action and in flight images. On another trip, we headed out on the boat again and the birds followed us allowing to get different angles of them in flight and portrait shots, with changeable backgrounds to vary the shots up.

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but it doesn’t BRIAN SAYS… Fast glass is often big and heavy, weight off is to go have to be that way. One way of keeping the the Canon EF for a prime lens rather than a zoom. As such, shortest lens 200mm f/2.8 is one of the lightest and physically the Canon in the group, at 765g and 136mm. By stark contrast, a stop faster, is EF 200mm f/2, which is still a prime lens but a much greater over three times heavier at 2.52kg. It also has Why such a big diameter at 128mm compared with 83mm. difference in weight then?

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hotshoe. This means that the angle of light is head-on to the fossil. While the flash has illuminated the subject, the result is a flat and boring photo. Simply by removing the flashgun, positioning it at an acute angle to the subject and firing it via a wireless trigger, the result is a much more pleasing shot.

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stronger graphics from more extreme lenses. Taking a couple of hundred mainstream images from a variety of sources and arranging them from super wide angle to super telephoto, the result looks like a bell graph with standard focal

On the other side of the ‘standard’ divide, telephoto also has shades of meaning, from mild (between around 70mm and 100mm) to long (between 200mm and 400mm).

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Filter screen By default DPP 4 displays thumbnails of all of the files in a selected folder, whether they are Raw, JPEG or movie format files. You can filter the contents of a folder to display files that meet a specific criteria. For example, you can choose to only display Raw files that have been rated with 5 stars, or those displaying a particular check mark. Click the Filter fly-out icon to access the Thumbnail display filter settings window. .

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Sort To help you find files more easily you can change the way that thumbnails are displayed in DPP 4. You could choose to display the newest files at the top by choosing Shooting Date/Time and setting the secondary drop down menu to Descending. In our example we’ve decided to display the highest rated images at the top, descending to lower rated or unrated images at the bottom. You can sort your files by a wide range of criteria. 03

Size To get a better look at the contents of an image, try increasing its thumbnail size by dragging this slider to the right. Views In this grab we’re viewing our selected folder’s thumbnails in the grid view. To take a closer look at a particular image click here to a multi-layout view 05

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WHILE wide-angle optics pull things apart graphically, telephotos push them together, giving a flattening effect that reduces rather than exaggerates differences in the size of things. That works for portraits (noses and chins no bigger than they should be) and for the compressing effect that appears to enlarge the background, as illustrated above. The longer the lens, the more pronounced the effect – and remember to factor in the ‘crop factor’ of the sensor

GOOD FOR Environment portraits, you can get close to someone but still show surroundings

GOOD FOR Street photography, documentary work, still-life, low-light pictures – everything!

NOT SO GOOD FOR Tight portraits. Shooting close up will lead to a distorted ‘egg-head’ effect

GOOD FOR Situations where you can’t physically get close to a subject, such as wildlife and sports

NOT SO GOOD FOR Pictures that ‘shout’ – the ‘standard’ view creates images that look natural

NOT SO GOOD FOR Close-up shots; telephotos are unable to focus on subjects at close distances

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CREATE A COLLECTION

Go to the Collections pane and click the Add collection icon. Label your collection for easy identification. Drag thumbnails to the collection to add them to it. Click on the collection label to display its contents.

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Bookmark This pane is where you can store your favourite folders, so you don’t have to wade through dozens of folders or sub-folders in the Folder pane. 07

08 Check mark and ratings You can use these icons to add check marks or ratings to the currently selected thumbnail. You can then sort the files according to your ratings.

WHERE TO GET DPP 4 DPP 4 is available as a free download from http://bit.ly/get_dpp. To see if your Canon is compatible with DPP 4, check its Software and Drivers page. If you’re a Mac user and running OS X Yosemite, use the filter to download the older OS X 10.9 compatible Canon software to avoid a problem running EOS Utility 3.

Organize and check your files

RATE A FILE

Telephoto lenses offer a narrow angle of view – typically from 28.5° to 2.5° – so they only ‘see’ a small part of the scene

Here you can create new collection folders based on any theme and then access specific files with ease. This helps you gather photos together as you might do in an analogue photo album, making it much easier to find specific or favourite images.

Follow these housekeeping tips to find favourite files faster

You can add a rating or check mark to a selected thumbnail by clicking the icons at the base of the workspace. Alternatively tap any of the number keys between 1-5 to adding a star rating more quickly.

A 50mm lens on an FX full-frame D-SLR has an angle of view of 46°, but on a DX camera, a 35mm lens gives the same view

that displays thumbnails along the bottom, with a larger version of the selected image at the top.

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connected Canon’s memory card. We’ll look at this partner app in more detail on page xx. On this spread we’ll show you how to use DPP 4 to access and import images that are already stored on your computer. Your photographs may be stored chronologically in various folders in your Pictures directory. This can make it a time-consuming task to locate a specific image. DPP 4 enables you to separate the wheat from the chaff by using labelling tools such as check marks

WHETHER you feel that your normal way of seeing is a bit wider, like a 35mm lens, or rather more concentrated, like 60mm, that narrow range around 50mm is what most of us think of as basically similar to our vision. It’s unobtrusive. You could even call it middle-of-the-road, perhaps haracterless, and that would for many photographers be very much the point, in that the lens optics simply don’t get in the way of the subject. CartierBresson, who hated talking much about

labels and filters

01 Folder This pane enables you to browse to existing folders of photos on your computer. Click on a folder to display the thumbnails of its contents in Digital Photo Professional 4’s workspace. You can drag one folder into another to re-arrange them. Folders of imported photos tend to be stored chronologically, but there’s lots that you can do to find files faster. 02

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WITH AN angle of view wider than about 60 degrees, and as much as 99 degrees before we reach the strange world of super-wides, shorter focal lengths can squeeze a lot into the frame. Nikon’s 20mm, 24mm, 28mm and 35mm lenses are classics, although these lengths are now embedded in a number of zooms. Using them on a wide open vista with everything distant misses the point of wide-angle style; getting in close to a scene is often more interesting.

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TELEPHOTO LENSES FLATTENED, CROPPED, COOLER AND DISTANT

The shorter the focal length of a lens, the wider the view – from CANON SOFTWARE62° (35mm TUTORIAL equivalent ) RAW POWER to 99° (20mm equivalent)

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‘STANDARD’ LENSES AROUND ABOUT 50MM, SO CLOSE TO THE WAY WE SEE

Beyond 400mm is the realm of the super-telephoto, culminating in the Nikon AF-S 800mm f/5.6 (longer still if you add a TC800-1.25E teleconverter).

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George has been writing image-editing tutorials for over 10 years and is an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop CC. He uses a Canon 650D and 70D, and also writes for the Canon Professional Network.

WIDE-ANGLE LENSES GRAPHICALLY STRETCHED YET DRAWING IN THE VIEWER

QUICK CHECK

By clicking the Quick Check icon at the top of the workspace you can enlarge a thumbnail, and get easier access to all the rating and check mark assigning icons. You can also see which AF point was used.

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