There Are No Quick Fixes In Photography The Craft Must Be Learnt The Same As Any Other

N the Spanish Pyrenees, there is a ham-curer who makes superb air-dried hams that are hand-rubbed with salt and saltpetre, and cured for a minimum of 15 months. The curers use only carefully selected meat, so the hams taste absolutely superb and no two are exactly alike. They're always delicious. The only question is, exactly what kind of delicious, which is never quite predictable Musing upon this unpredictability set me to thinking about unpredictability in photography specifically, about...

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Nikon D40,55-200mm, 1 500sec at f 5.6 America was also the location for this 'homeless person' picture - Manhattan, New York, to be precise - and it's very different from John's image. Whereas John showed someone living in rags, this person doesn't actually look as though he is homeless at all, and it is possibly a bit more shocking for that reason. It makes us take extra notice. At first I thought that Cath should have used a wider aperture to reduce the depth of field, but on considering the...

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Your work printed in Amateur Photographer 'I wanted to create an impressionistic view of the flower's shape and colour,' explains Steve. 'Using manual focus, I slightly defocused the lens. The effect was achieved entirely in-camera.' Canon EOS 5D, 100mm macro, extension tubes, l 30sec at f 3.5, IS0100, tripod, cable release, two daylight balanced bulbs Focus is just another variable we have at our disposal, but we always concentrate on getting things sharp. Here, Steve reminds us of the power...

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Billingham has unveiled a new photography vest, billed as comfortable and lightweight. Available in five sizes, priced 185, the Billingham PhotoVest is designed to give photographers easy a ccess to key parts of thei r kit. For details call UK distributor JP Distribution on 01782 753 304 orvisitwww.billingham.co.uk. A bishop landed in hot water aftertaking photographsof his children whilethey were posing forportraitson the roof of hishouse. Police apprehended Jonathan Blake from Welling, Kent,...

Liz O Balen Shoots The World With A Sigma Lens

Catching a look of concentration in the determined expression of a woman in Brooklyn, New York. Prior to the opening match, a woman mentally prepares herself for a beach volleyball tournament. This expression of determination was captured with a Sigma large aperture telephoto zoom lens with close-up capability, the perfect lens for full-sized digital SLR cameras and those with APS-C size image sensors. SLD Special Low Dispersion and ELD Extraordinary Low Dispersion glass help correct...