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Inbox
The erudite Dr Dennis Low (Inbox, 11 January) makes his revealing observations with more than a touch of unfortunate acidity when he focuses on the recent Viewpoint articles by Nigel Atherton and Geoff Harris. While there's no doubt that he's entitle
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Can A Book Make China Look?
Photography has the power to inform, influence and change the way people think and behave. Although by its nature photography is a very singular pursuit, sometimes a group of like-minded photographers combine their efforts for a common purpose on a p
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Make Your Prints Charming
All too often, your printed photos can bear little resemblance to the digital image you see on screen. The prime culprit is your computer monitor, which is likely to need calibration. Even screens that have dedicated sRGB and Adobe RGB modes can lack
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Whispering Walls
I have listened to the bugle call of the Last Post ceremony in Ypres, heard birdsong echoing around the gigantic Thiepval Memorial to the Missing and seen massed ranks of headstones that literally stretch to the horizon. But the sight of graffiti lef
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Behind The Print
I spent my first few years behind the lens shooting traditional landscape images and was lucky enough to gain recognition in several national photographic competitions. Having found it difficult to always find time to escape to the hills, I diversifi
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Top Tips For Retouching
Not just once in a while, every month. This can prevent any nasty surprises when receiving prints from the laboratory or even when producing your own. Process against a white screen backdrop, not the default black or grey. This will help avoid an ove
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A Week In Photography
Nobody can say the UK weather isn’t eventful, and while this can make planning a day out challenging, it’s often good news for photographers. Rain, mist, snow and storms offer a plethora of photographic opportunities. Our cover feature shares some gr
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Lab Results
Our cameras and lenses are tested using the industry-standard Image Engineering IQ-Analyser software. Visit www.image-engineering.de for more details The SL2 incorporates one of the best sensors around, and at low ISOs its raw files include stacks o
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News Round-up
Photographer Jack Lowe has reached a five-year milestone in his project to travel around the UK and Ireland, shooting all 238 RNLI lifeboat stations and crews using the wet collodion process. Since January 2015, he’s visited 147 stations, driven over
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Leica SL2
Leica was the second company after Sony to make a full-frame mirrorless camera, in the shape of the 24MP SL (Typ 601) in 2015. But a lot has changed since then: Sony has released a couple of increasingly refined generations of its Alpha 7R series, an
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Leica M10 Monochrom
In a nod to Leica’s 35mm film M cameras, the battery and SD card are accessed by removing the baseplate. A mechanical release can be screwed into the shutter button, but there are no electronic connectors, such as USB or HDMI ports. The M10 Monochro
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What The Owners Think
As a professional landscape photographer, my equipment has to earn its keep, which is why I still use the Sony A7R for all my professional work. I've been committed to mirrorless cameras since 2008 when I purchased the Panasonic G1. However, I upgrad
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Verdict
IT'S ALWAYS difficult to assess Leica cameras, as the firm operates to different rules than the big Japanese manufacturers. It's not trying to be a mainstream player, but instead attract a niche, high-end audience. What, then, to make of the SL2? If
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Also Out Now
Dewi Lewis, £30, 132 pages, hardback www. dewilewis.com ISBN: 978-1-911306-48-1 PHOTOGRAPHY and the British seaside go together like… well, ice cream and chocolate flakes. There's something about the sea that draws us to it. Paddy Summerfield has be
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Sony Alpha 7R
Six years have passed since Sony entered the full-frame mirrorless market. The original Alpha 7R, which was unveiled at the same time as the Sony A7 in October 2013, was very different to other cameras at the time. Not only did Sony demonstrate that
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Coincidences: New York by Chance
I've often thought that street photograph is simultaneously the easiest and most difficult photographic genre in the world. Anybody who's got access to a street can partake in it, but the skill, patience and dedication to capture something special or
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Vanguard Veo Range 36M
An all-over cover is included to protect your kit from downpours, and stows away in the full-width rear zipped pocket. A slim strap on the back can be slipped over the handle of a roller case for easy transportation. Two flat pockets on the front can
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It’s Good To Share
RAB IS a continental truck driver who delivers goods for oil industries around Europe. He says, ‘I always have my camera close at hand ready for any amazing views I see on my travels.' Although in this case he took this atmospheric shot of hot air ba
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Braun Paxina 29
After the Second World War, various German firms resumed camera manufacturing to cater for a growing market. The1950s was the decade that started to see the growth in popularity of 35mm cameras over medium-format models, and Carl Braun Camerawerk of
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Great Shots Whatever The Weather
‘A lot of iconic images have been taken in the most awful weather… you’ve got to embrace in order it to get the shot other people would never get.’ Wise words indeed from Melvin Nicholson, a successful landscape photographer and course leader who sho
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Final Analysis
It is very seldom that the two disciplines of a strong story and beautiful composition come together, but when they do the sheer power and beauty of an image can provide almost overwhelming emotion. Witness my all time favourite photograph, Dorothea
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In Defence: Views On Learning A Craft
In response to Dr Low's criticism of Nigel Atherton's and Geoff Harris's recent Viewpoint columns (Inbox, 11 January) it is worth noting that their views are in line with those of other opinion-formers in the photography world. One observed recently
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Viewpoint Peter Dench
Is it just me or does the world seem a little more toxic? There are more ways to connect and share than ever before but with increased access to good news, there's also an intravenous highway of bad. I'm not depressed but I feel a little less happy,
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Viewpoint Amy Davies
As someone who spent years with a fairly intense hatred of the period between about October and February, it feels strange to be writing this – but as a photographer, I love winter. There seems to be a school of thought pervading photography that the
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Verdict
Rather than rushing into mirrorless, Nikon has stuck by its strategy of releasing a pair of full-frame cameras and building up its range of full-frame Z-mount lenses before turning its focus towards APS-C. By preserving the look, styling and excellen
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It’s Good To Share
Nikon D600, 105mm, 1/250sec at f/9, ISO 160 ‘I SPECIFICALLY went out to take photos of St Edward's church, the churchyard, and Brough Park, Leek, while it was still very foggy, but with the sun starting to break through. This is Church Lane and I jus
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Gloves For Photographers
Some gloves offer a handy pocket to store a hand warmer, SD card or lens cloth. Gloves with a high dexterity allow you to work precisely and accurately with excellent control. Always measure your hands in accordance with the company’s size chart befo
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Preserving Your Legacy
Every family has its history, and every history has its photographs: old colour prints, vintage black & white prints, negatives from both, slides or transparencies. If that sounds like you and your family, isn’t it time you dragged those photographic
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Benro Slim Tall Tripod Kit
Two bubble levels are included to help align your camera, one on the quick release clamp and the other on the central ‘spider’. The removable ball-head uses an Arca-Swiss type release clamp, and comes with a 3cm-wide blue aluminium camera plate. A sm
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