Photography News Issue 32

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Editor’s letter Creative kit

A few years ago, many photographers sold their creative filter sets when they realised that similar effects could be emulated in Photoshop – and without juggling pieces of glass and resin out there in the landscape. To be honest, it wouldn’t have been the greatest shock if at the time names like Cokin and Lee Filters had dipped out of the camera filter market. But the thing is, software has not killed off the market for filters. In fact, it is a sector that seems in rude health. Two reasons I can think of explain this. One, some filter effects simply can’t be emulated in software so if you want that effect, you still have no option other than to apply the filter at the taking stage. The glare reducing, sky enhancing, reflection killing polariser is one such filter. Of course, the other filter that can’t be emulated in software is the extreme neutral density or long exposure filter – probably the best known is the Lee Big Stopper but they’re also available fromB+W, Cokin and Hoya. The secondreason is simply that using filters makes taking pictures feel like a craft again. Recognising that a filter is needed, picking the right one, positioning it correctly in the case of grads and then thinking about metering and the exposure to get the best result are all stages that make the capture experience all the more enjoyable,involvingand,ultimately,rewarding. Personally, I have always used filters. And as I have been doing a lot more landscape shooting (specifically piers) recently my pack of Lee filters has been a constant companion. My selection of grads, extreme NDs and the polariser has seen quite a lot of action and that extra thinking time when using them has benefittedmy compositions I am sure. In case you missed them, there are reviews of new Lee and Cokin filters in this issue.

Myphotographyover the past fewweeks has centred on DSLRs that most of us don’t need, but they are hugely significant, representing the pinnacles of technical achievement. Every four years, coinciding with the Olympics, Canon and Nikon introduce new flagships so this year we have seen the EOS- 1D XMark II and the D5. Both cost £5199 body only, which means they are beyond the pockets of most people, but that doesn’t mean no one wants to read about them. On the contrary, there is great interest in them. I guess it’s akin tome reading about the very latest carbon-fibre road bike with go-extra-fast wheels that’s 10g lighter than the one I currently use and costs the earth. I’d never buy one, but I like to see what’s going on in the hope that some features will cascade down to products at my price level. Perhaps a relevant example here is the Nikon D5 and the D500, which share the same AF systems despite the huge gulf in price. I loved reviewing (who wouldn’t?) these two incredible DSLRs and their performance was something to behold, especially in the AF department.One thing that it didreaffirmis just how massively superior DSLRs are compared with CSCs when it comes to autofocusing. Now before you Olympus, Fujifilm and Sony users get all uppity and start to organise a lynch mob, that’s easily proved. CSC autofocus is undoubtedly improving with every firmware update and camera but it’s not DSLR like yet and why should it be? It’s newer technology so it’s playing catch up. Anyway, until next month, cheers for now.

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