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Sony’S HX350 Ha S upgr aded v ideo, bu t not mucH el Se tHat’S new Sony adds a new budget bridge camera to its range – but it looks awfully familiar

ony has taken the wraps off

remains the same at 20.4MP. The tilting

rather dated 720p HD movie option;

its latest bridge camera, the

rear screen, with a 3.0-inch display that

4K would have been nice, but that was

HX350 – but you’ll need to pay

sports a 921,000-dot resolution, and the

perhaps a feature too far for the price

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small built-in electronic viewfinder are

point Sony is aiming the HX350 at.

any noticeable differences compared to

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the current HX300.

The body design is pretty much

Otherwise, that’s about it. In fact, the top-line spec looks identical to the

identical too – in fact it’s exactly the

Sony HX400V. Available only in Europe

optical zoom running from 24mm to

same, so as far as we can tell. The only

for now, the HX350 will go on sale in

1200mm, with Optical SteadyShot anti-

noticeable change is the upgrade to

January priced at €450 – UK pricing to

shake technology, while the resolution

1080p Full HD video from the HX300’s

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1 Auto exposure BrAcketing (AeB) Working out the correct exposure for a shot can be tricky, especially in high-contrast scenes. the auto exposure Bracketing (aeB) function, available on all the latest Canon DSLR models, enables you to capture three shots at three different exposures, so that you can choose the best exposure later, or combine images.

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For fast access to all the key shooting settings, from white balance to burst mode, press the Q button on the back panel of your DSLR to display them on the rear LCD. It’s a great timesaver if you need to alter settings fast!

4 Don’t keep switching on AnD off You’re wasting your time, and your camera’s power-management features, if you continually turn your EOS camera off and on again. Your DSLR will power down automatically if it hasn’t been used for a while.

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Auto ISO isn’t just for novices: it’s ideal for travel photography, when you’re shooting in a range of different conditions. and on a bright day it’ll automatically choose a low ISO setting, so there’s no need to worry about losing image quality.

5 hAlf pressing the shutter Your DSLR goes to work when you halfpress the shutter release, fixing the exposure and the focus, but only takes the picture when you press it the whole way: this enables you to re-frame your shot without changing the settings.

6 eyepiece Dioptre Does the viewfinder information look blurred? adjust the tiny dioptre dial next to the viewfinder eyepiece to fine-tune the focus to suit your eyesight.


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DiD you know? Get autofocus and lens settings right so shots are perfectly focused…

7 ef AnD ef-s lenses Canon’s ef-S lenses will only fit Canon cameras with a crop-factor aPS-C sensor. ef lenses will fit both Canon aPS-C and full-frame D-SLR bodies, so you can still use your glass if you upgrade.

8 Ai serVo aI Servo is the best af setting to use when shooting moving subjects such as sports and wildlife: the autofocus system will track subjects you focus on.

11 DisABle is for fAst Af When using fast shutter speeds (i.e., above 1/1000 sec), switch IS off to speed up the autofocus system; your shutter speed will ensure shots are sharp.

9 5D Mk iii Af points the 5D Mk III has 61 af points. If you frequently use one of the outer ones, set ‘Manual af pt. selec. pattern’ to ‘Stops at af area edges’ in the af menu.

10 lens is options Some high-end lenses have hybrid stabilisation systems that will correct for lens angle shifts as well as camera shake when you’re shooting macro images.

12 focus liMiter switch If your lens has a focus Limiter switch you can set it to a particular range if you know roughly how far away your subject is, to speed up the af and stop it from ‘hunting’ for focus unecessarily.


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Viewing, focusing AnD getting the Most froM liVe View… 13 liVe View for precise focusing, make use of Live View mode. It might not be as responsive as using the viewfinder, but the big advantage is that you can zoom in to check sharpness in a bright screen, and fine-tune accordingly.

14 nD preView If you’re using a strong ND filter, use Live View rather than the viewfinder, so you can see what you’re doing.

15 touchscreen Does your LCD look a little dull or too bright? You can adjust the setting in the tools menu.

16 lock iMAges In Playback mode you can lock images to prevent them being deleted using the Protect Images option.

17 Auto rotAte the auto Rotate menu option controls which way round upright pictures are displayed on your LCD screen and computer.

18 spirit leVel Some Canon models have a spirit level feature to help you get level horizons in landscape shots. If your camera doesn’t have this, use the af points in Live View to line up the horizon.

19 exposure siMulAtion If the Live View image isn’t getting brighter or darker as you adjust exposure settings, enable exposure Simulation in the Live View funtion settings menu.

20 touchscreen control Some newer Canon DSLRs, such as the EOS 100D, 650D and 700D, have a touchscreen LCD. these are great for instantly accessing and changing camera settings, as well as for quickly reviewing images. and zooming in to check detail.

21 c MoDe Custom Mode, available on high-end EOS cameras, enables you to configure the camera to your liking, then store the settings under ‘C’ on the Mode dial; used well it can help you to speed up reaction times. to register a Custom Mode, choose your preferred exposure mode and set up the camera accordingly, then head to the Setup menu and choose Camera user Settings.

22 Af-on Button Pro photographers swear by it; others hardly notice it’s there. The AF-On button can be configured to activate autofocus instead of using the shutter release, via the Custom function menus. Most pros prefer this setup, as it separates af and metering activation.

23 MAke A MoVie all modern Canon cameras are capable of shooting HD movies, with many having a Full HD Movie setting.


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24 shAke-free shots with the self-tiMer If you’re taking long-exposure night shots, or close-ups with the camera on a tripod, you need to avoid jogging it when you press the shutter release. the solution’s easy – just use the camera self-timer. there are 2-sec and 10-sec options in the Drive mode options.

25 iMAge reView Does your Canon DSLR display your images too briefly before they disappear? Go to the Settings menu, and change the Image Review setting.

26 exposure coMpensAtion a quick way to adjust the amount of exposure compensation you want to apply is to press the Av+/- button, then rotate the Main dial left or right.


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27 plAy A sliDeshow Why scroll through your images one at a time manually, when the camera can do it for you? Look for the Slide show option in the main menu.

30 exposure stops By default, exposure values can be adjusted in increments of 1/3 of a stop; you can change this to 1/2-stop in the Custom functions (C.fn) menu.

28 reset settings to reset your camera, open the main menu and choose Clear settings. You have the option to clear all the settings, or just custom ones you’ve set.

31 Dof preView the depth of field preview button enables you to see which areas of an image will be in focus, and which will be blurred, as you look through the viewfinder.

29 set the DAte! Your DSLR embeds the time and date in each image, and you (or cataloguing software) might need this information one day, so be sure to set it correctly.

32 eMBeD copyright If you take pictures for a living, you’ll want to embed copyright information. Do this by accessing the Copyright Information setting.


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33 intelligent Auto If you’re new to DSLRs the amount of controls and options can seem overwhelming. Select Scene Intelligent auto mode and the camera will choose the optimum shooting settings.

34 creAtiVe filters If you want to give your pictures an alternative look, try one of the Creative filter effects, such Black & White and Soft focus (600D and later).

35 BulB MoDe this variable shutter speed mode is designed for when you want exposures of more than 30 seconds, for very long

exposures like star trail images. You need to keep the shutter release pressed, so use a remote with locking switch.

36 creAtiVe Auto for those who are put off by semi-auto modes such as av, but still want more control, some EOS cameras have a Creative auto mode that enables you to adjust key settings.

37 Built-in flAsh trigger You can control external flash units via the built-in flash on your DSLR. Go to the ‘Built-in flash func. setting’ menu under flash Control to activate this.

38 Aperture priority Want to control depth of field? then use av mode: you set the aperture, and your camera sets the appropriate shutter speed for a standard exposure.

39 flAsh off MoDe If you often use auto mode, but are in a location where flash photography is prohibited, turn the exposure mode dial to the Flash Off setting.

40 picture styles You can download extra Picture Styles at web.canon.jp/imaging/picturestyle.


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42 highlight wArning If you enable the Highlight Warning feature when you’re reviewing your images, any areas that are overexposed, such as bright skies, will flash, enabling you to adjust the exposure settings and re-shoot.

41 Auto lighting optiMizer If there’s a big difference in contrast between the highlights and shadows in a scene, enable the Auto Lighting Optimizer setting. this will increase the dynamic range of the final image by bringing out more shadow detail. there are three settings: Low, Standard and Strong.

43 flAsh Diffuser the light from the pop-up flash is quite harsh; a simple diffuser made from greaseproof paper will soften it, eleminating glaring highlights and shadows that are too dark.

45 info/Disp. Button to display image information in Playback mode press INFO or DISP. Press once to bring up the info for a shot, twice to display the regular histogram and three times to see the RGB histograms.

44 DuAl MeMory cArDs Why do some Canon DSLRs have two memory card slots? It’s not just in case your first memory card fills up! You can use the second slot to store back-up images, to separate raw files and JPeGs, or for videos.

46 VAri-Angle LCD sCreens Some Canon cameras, such as the EOS 650D and 60D, offer a Vari-angle LCD screen. this is handy for composing your shots using Live View mode if you need to shoot from an awkward position.


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47 Mirror lock-up even if you use a tripod and Self-timer mode, the action of the mirror being raised can cause camera shake. use the Mirror Lock-up feature to prevent this.

49 high isos High-ISO shots generally have larger file sizes, so at high ISOs the maximum burst rate and number of shots you can fit on a memory card will decrease.

48 hDr BrAcketing to create an HDR image you can use the auto-exposure Bracketing feature, but set wider bracketing increments than usual; +/-2Ev should do it.

50 white BAlAnce even if you shoot raw, set the correct white balance and set Picture Style to Neutral, as these settings affect the preview image you see on the LCD.

51 optiMuM QuAlity Canon lenses deliver the best optical performance, with sharpness from the centre of the frame to the edges, at middle apertures values such as f/11.

52 Built-in hDr Some newer EOS cameras, including the 650D and 5D Mk III, have a built-in HDR mode that enables you to capture shots with an extra-wide dynamic range.


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53 M-fn Button New to the 5D line, you can assign the Multi function button to a setting that you access often.

54 wi-fi Access You can use Canon’s EOS Remote smartphone app to control the 6D over Wi-fi. Select Camera access Point mode to connect your phone and camera.

55 full-frAMe upgrADe? Planning to upgrade to full-frame camera at some point? If so you’re best off buying ef lenses, as ef-S lenses can’t be used with full-frame bodies.

56 hyBriD sensor The hybrid CMOS sensor on the newest EOS cameras offers improved autofocus performance in Live View and Movie mode.

57 process in cAMerA EOS cameras from the 60D upwards enable you to process raw files incamera. Go to the Raw image processing option in the Playback menu.

58 nosing ArounD If you have a DSLR with a touchscreen and activate the Q menu, the viewfinder sensor won’t switch off the LCD as you

bring the camera up to your eye, so you can accidentally change settings with your nose! Switch off the LCD by pressing INFO.

59 gps powersAVing the 6D’s GPS system can drain the battery, so switch its logging frequency to five minutes if you don’t need a minuteby-minute record of a shoot.

60 Better sounD Some Canon DSLRs offer continuous focusing for movies, but the noise of the focusing motor can be picked up by the on-board microphones. use an external mic for quality sound.


61 liVe View zooM in Press the zoom button to zoom in and fine-tune focus manually in Live View mode. this works best with the camera mounted on a tripod.

63 DiAl M for MAnuAl to really take control of your exposures you’ll need to shoot in Manual mode (M on the Mode dial). In Manual mode you can lock both the aperture and shutter speed to get the exposure you want, not what your camera thinks you want. It’s essential for low-light landscapes, and when using flash.

62 flAsh intensity Most Canon DSLRs have a built-in pop-up flash – the pro 5D and 1D series cameras don’t. On some models you can adjust the strength using the exposure compensation option under ‘Built-in flash func setting’ in the flash Control menu.

65 speeDlite flAsh settings

64 use A cAnon speeDlite Canon’s Speedlite flashguns are much more powerful and versatile than your pop-up flash. Whether you’re shooting in low light, or want to fill in shadows on a sunny day, you’ll have more control over the direction of your flash, with options to bounce and diffuse the light.

flashguns typically have two main modes: fully manual and automatic e-ttL (evaluative through the Lens). In e-ttL mode the camera and flashgun will do the work for you, by firing a pre-flash to measure the light. In manual mode you can set the power level.

66 centrAl Af point is Best for moving subjects or backlit subjects (when there’s little contrast) , use the centre af point, as it’s the most sensitive.


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DiD you know? Explore the menus to customise key settings on your DSLR…

67 griD DisplAy In Live View mode you can select either a 3x3 gird or a 6x4 grid to help you compose your images – handy for landscapes and architectural shots.

68 silent shooting Some Canon cameras have a Silent mode, which enables you to take shots discretely. It’s ideal for documentary, travel and even wedding photography!

71 My Menu fed up of hunting through the menus to find a function you use often? Create your own custom menu of frequently used settings under the ‘My Menu’ tab.

69 Auto power If your Canon shuts down too quickly in standby mode, change the auto power off time. On most models you can set it to up to 15 minutes, or disable it.

70 Jpegs for Bursts Raw images are great for ultimate quality, but your camera can save more JPeGs than raws in burst mode – on a 7D it’s 130 JPeGs against 25 raw files.

72 reMoVe Vignetting all lenses produce a degree of vignetting, and if you’re using supported Canon lenses you can correct it in-camera by enabling the Peripheral illumination option.


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73 shoot rAw! Shoot raw to capture the maximum possible highlight and shadow detail, particularly for high-contrast scenes.

74 rAw+Jpeg You can shoot both raw files and JPeGs if you want to be able to use shots straight from the camera, while retaining the option to process images where needed.

75 sMAll rAw The EOS 50D introduced reducedresolution Raw files. If you don’t need big images these can save space on your memory card and your computer.

76 rAw cAnon files all Canon Raw files (.CR2) can be opened in the latest version of Canon’s DPP editing software – it’s free to update.

77 MAke sure to sAVe shots Set the ‘Shoot W/O Card’ option to Off. It’s fine for demonstrating a camera in the shop, but a liability elsewhere as it lets you take shots without a memory card.

78 srgB Vs rgB You can set your Canon to shoot in the sRGB colour space, which is used

by most digital devices, or adobe RGB, which is better for commercial publishing.

79 fAster cArDs When choosing memory cards, don’t just go for capacity. You need ‘Class 6’ or faster SD cards to shoot full HD video, or for long periods on burst mode.

80 forMAt or Delete? formatting memory cards in-camera wipes the whole card, while deleting only removes photos from the folder being used by the camera.


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81 eos picture styles 83 tV – shutter priority

Picture Styles change the way an image is processed – you need to be shooting in one of the Creative Zone modes (P, tv, av, M or a-DeP) to use them. You can also adjust the sharpness, contrast, colour tone and saturation settings for your chosen a style.

Need to control shutter speed? use tv, or shutter priority, mode! In this semiauto mode you set the shutter speed, and your DSLR sets the aperture for a standard exposure. Set a fast shutter speed for freezing movement, and a slow shutter speed to blur movement, for example in clouds or water.

82 top light If your camera has a top LCD, this can be illuminated independently of the back screen using the light bulb button at the top-left of the screen.

85 interpreting the histogram

84 BlAck & white filters Black and white film photographers would use coloured filters to change the tonal balance in their pictures, and you can do the same with your DSLR. Select the Monochrome Picture Style, then press Info and choose a filter effect, for example Red to darken a blue sky.

the histogram display in Playback mode gives you a quick guide as to whether you need to retake a shot. Watch out for the graph being cut off abruptly at either end, which means that detail has been ‘clipped’, and not captured, in the shadows and/or highlights.

86 print orDer You can mark your favourite images on a memory card in-camera for later printing, and even specify the number of prints you want. You’ll need to use a DPOF-compatible (Digital Print Order format) printer, or a print service that supports DPOF, in order to make use of this handy feature.


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DiD you know? Make the most of free software, and get some handy accessories…

89 firMwAre upgrADes Periodically, Canon issues firmware updates to fix bugs or add features to cameras – check the Canon website’s Support and Downloads section.

90 cAnon Dpp Digital Photo Professional is a raw processor that comes free with EOS cameras. use it to save raw shots as JPeGs, and to edit your images.

87 lens hooDs Lens hoods reduce flare if you’re shooting into the light, but they’re just as useful for keeping the rain off. Watch for shadows though when shooting macro subjects.

91 More free softwAre! as well as DPP, you also get Canon’s Zoom Browser (PC)/ Image Browser (Mac) software, to help you import, organise and share your images.

92 get A grip! Battery grips make it easier to grip your camera. they also hold an extra battery, and have a second shutter button for portrait-format shooting.

88 DrAineD power? the covers for recent Canon batteries have a built-in charge indicator. Put it on so the battery-shaped window is blue if a battery is full, or black if it’s drained.


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AnD finAlly… Here are a few general tips for getting more from your DSLR…

93 focus options One Shot autofocus mode locks the focus once, even if you select Continuous Shooting; the focus won’t shift unless you take your finger off the shutter button.

94 fAster Af When you use Live View on some cameras, for faster focusing you can switch to Quick mode; it is noisier though, as the mirror has to flip down (so you’ll briefly lose the Live View image).

95 htp If Highlight Tone Priority is switched on the Auto Lighting Optimizer is disabled. You may lose detail in shadows, but you’ll retain more in the highlights.

96 focAl plAne MArk the small circle with a line through it on the top-front panel of your camera is the focal Plane Indicator. the front of the sensor lies along this line, and it enables you to measure the distance to a subject precisely for macro work.

97 set Button By default, the Set button on your camera has no function during shooting; you can assign a function to it via the Operation custom function menu.

98 zooMing in If you want to zoom in and out while

recording a movie, you’ll need a lens with a fixed aperture. If you use a lens that has a variable aperture, the exposure will change as you zoom.

99 Af point selection to change the active focus point on cameras that don’t have a dedicated ‘nipple’, press the af point selection button, then use the Main dial.

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dan hIghton “this shot was taken on a recent trip to New York, and shows one of this famous bridge’s towering stone archways.” http://tiny.cc/qkbwhy

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shabdRo nga “this was taken in Joshua tree national Park on the last new moon of the milky Way season for the northern Hemisphere in 2016. there’s one led panel on a tall stand to the left, just out of frame; i was behind the shorter rock in front and blasted my headlamp once. i used a 25-second exposure to bring the foreground light levels almost even with the sky.” http://tiny.cc/eubwhy

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Rafa Velazquez “this picture was taken in the dunes of Bolonia in Cadiz, spain right after sunset. i took some test shots, then framed the picture, selected burst mode and handed the camera to my wife to take the picture as i jumped. i had to make about 10 jumps before we got the shot – i ended up exhausted!” http://tiny.cc/2ybwhy


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FRom bowie and bolt to tRump: 2016 in pictuRes Reuters’ 100 images of the year are a blast from the recent past s it just us, or has 2016 been a particularly busy year in terms of dramatic news, and equally dramatic images? Maybe every year that’s drawing to a close feels that way, as events are fresh in our minds, but 2016 does seem to have been a particularly turbulent 12 months. The news was dominated by the US election, the refugee crisis, the Syrian civil war and, in the UK, Brexit. In sport

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we enjoyed the Beijing Olympics and the Euro 2016 soccer tournament, while it felt like we lost an unusually high number of celebrities, from Bowie and Prince to Muhammad Ali and Leonard Cohen. All these events and more were captured by the photographers of the Reuters news agency, and its picture editors have compiled their selection of the year’s best pictures. Click the link to see all the images, and reflect on 2016.

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Shoot by moonl ight Forget flash – Claire Gillo shows you how to shoot a landscape lit by the moon In the heart of winter, when the daylight hours are short and the nights long, make the hrs most of the dark conditions by shooting a moonlit landscape. By using a long exposure time you can capture a scene that you’re unable to see with your naked eye. For this project we don’t want to actually photograph the moon, but instead have the landscape lit by it. This means we need to make sure we’re on location at the right time, when the moon is at its brightest. The best way to ensure this is to check the lunar calendar. search online and you’ll be able to find out when the moon is full (or almost full) and also what time it rises, sets and when it’s going to be in the right position. The Photographer’s ephemeris (www.photoephemeris.com)

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is an excellent desktop and mobile app for checking this information. on the evening of our shoot we knew the moon would be lighting our subject, this craggy cliff, at around 8pm. The moon wasn’t quite full but was still bright enough to take pictures by. If you’re unlucky enough to have a cloudy sky on the night you were planning to take pictures, you’ll need to rearrange your shoot as this technique won’t work if there’s masses of cloud

cover. as with taking pictures by day, you also need to find a landmark that will be of interest in the frame. We selected the iconic Nash Point, near cardiff in Wales, for ours. The warm tones of the rock set against the cool night sky works really well. For this project we recommend you shoot in raw, as you’ll have more flexibility at the editing stage to enhance the scene. If you’re not going to shoot in raw you need to be much more accurate with your exposure times, and we’d also recommend you set the white balance to a cool setting to enhance the moonlit effect.


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It’s important to be fully prepared for a night shoot before you head out. Decide on a suitable location and go to www.photoephemeris.com to work out what time the moon will be in the best place to light your subject. You’ll also want to pack a torch and wrap up warm.

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Frame up the scene using the rule of thirds to create a more pleasing composition. use a wide-angle lens, and get down low to include foreground interest. Mount your camera on a tripod, making sure all the clips and levers are secure – any movement during the long exposure will ruin the shot.

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as autofocus struggles in the dark, switch your lens to Manual, and twist the focus ring so the infinity symbol (which looks like a sideways number 8) is all the way around. Now knock the focus ring back a couple of millimetres. This will ensure that your scene is focused from front to back.

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although the moonlight will provide you with some illumination, you will need to bring additional lighting to help you see. a head torch is a handy piece of kit that leaves your hands free to control your camera. You can pick one up from any camping or DIY store for around £20/$30.


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Put your camera into Manual mode and set the shutter speed to ‘Bulb’. This enables you to open and close the shutter manually. set the aperture to f/8 and the Iso to between 200 and 800; the lower the Iso, the less sensitive your sensor will be to light, and the longer the exposure time you’ll need.

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use a remote shutter release to take the shot. although you don’t need to be completely accurate with your timings, you need to have a rough idea of how long you’re opening the shutter for. For the first attempt, try an exposure time of a minute and see what you get.

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Zoom in to check the image is sharp, and bring up the histogram to evaluate the exposure detail. The histogram should peak in the middle, although it will appear heavy on the left-hand side as you’re shooting at night. If you need more light, increase the exposure time.

quick tip!

If your exposures aren’t too long you can reduce noise by enabling Long-exposure Noise reduction. This doubles the time it takes to capture an shot, as the camera captures a second, ‘dark’ frame, but it can make a big difference to the quality of the final image.


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Save t ime wi th cuStom r aw preSe tS Create and apply image-processing presets in Adobe Camera Raw and Adobe Bridge ou’ll probably spend lots of time correcting common problems in Camera raw over and over again. Underexposed photos will need to be brightened up and have their colour saturation boosted, while overexposed images will need their clipped highlight detail restored. If you use the same camera settings to capture a batch of images on location

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lesson. As well as typical photo-fixing presets, you can store a range of creative ones, enabling you to quickly experiment by applying special effects to your raw files, for example. Once you’ve created a collection of photo-fixing presets in Camera Raw, you can apply them to single shots or groups of images in Bridge, without needing to open Camera Raw.

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New to the Hero5 is linear field of View mode. this eliminates lens barrel distortion, albeit at a cost of slightly reducing the 14mm-equivalent lens’ field of view.

You get curved and flat self-adhesive mounts in the box, as well as this bracket to attach the GoPro to a mount. it has a safety stop to prevent the bracket slipping out of a faulty mount.

Build & handling a sleeker design does away with the waterproof housing, yet the camera is still protected to a depth of 10m. all control buttons are designed flush to the body, and have been simplified to follow the one-touch approach first adopted on the hero4 session. The new button style works seamlessly with the touchscreen LCd, making the adjustment of settings through the camera as easy as using the app. Voice activation is another boost to usability: just shout “GoPro Start Recording” to start and “GoPro Stop Recording” to stop. It works perfectly, although you may get some odd looks.

exceptional, and despite GoPro claiming improvements in quality in the hero5 you’d be hard pressed to see any difference – footage looks equally impressive in good light. The GoPro Hero5 Black is compact, rugged and ready to go. It’s quite simply the best 4K action camera on the market right now. alastair Jennings

t’s no secret that GoPro has been struggling recently. Jobs are being cut, and its attempt to break into the drone market has been marred by the recall of the Karma quadcopter. as the company faltered, the copycats moved in, with action cameras that have been as good as, if not better than, the trail-blazing hero4. GoPro needed to do something big in response – and that thing has arrived in the form of the GoPro Hero5 Black. The new action cam isn’t just a refinement of the hero4; it’s a revolution in the action camera market. specs-wise it appears much the same as the hero4, but what it lacks in upgraded video specifications, it more than makes up for elsewhere. new features such as voice activation, manual exposure control and a two-inch touchscreen make this GoPro’s most usable camera yet.

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