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“Depth of field is one of the most vital methods we can use to express our creativity” Creativity itself isn’t finite, but the tools and techniques that we have available to us arguably are. There are only so many ways in which we can shape or control the light, and only so many ways in which we can capture a familiar subject in an intriguing or compelling way. As photographers, depth of field is, without a doubt, one of the most vital methods that we can use to express our creativity. It’s one of the key ways in which you can make your images look truly professional. Starting on p34 of this issue, you’ll find our guide to creative depth of field, looking at the numerous ways in which this optical concept can be explored and exploited. Talking of professional techniques, on p48 of the magazine portrait specialist Holly Wren has taken a look at how to use flash discreetly, employing it so

that, to the untrained eye, it’s virtually impossible to detect the use of artificial light. Additionally, Lee Frost has explored how to work with patterns in the environment for truly creative, abstract results. You’ll find his feature on p62, while over on p78 he’s found time to tackle the world of infrared photography in this issue’s creative project. As always in the magazine, we’ve got a broad selection of in-depth shooting tutorials, fascinating interviews with leading professionals, product reviews and industry news to keep you abreast of the latest developments, and to help inform your future kit purchases. We would still love to see your own images of course, so please upload them to our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DigitalPhotographerUK. Matt Bennett, Editor matthew.bennett@futurenet.com

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Contents 34 C  apture creative depth of field

20 Story Behind the Still

Find out how to use DOF techniques for creative, engaging landscapes, portraits and video with this in-depth guide

Chris See Casas discusses her fascinating water droplets image

48 Discover discreet flash

In Focus

Holly Wren delivers her expert advice on how to hide the presence of flash when shooting portraits

The latest product announcements and industry developments

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Ashraful Arefin takes beautiful miniature photography, and in this issue’s interview he discusses his inspirations, favourite kit and the key to successful imagery

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Print & Share 76 C  hoose the perfect paper size How to select the best dimensions

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