Hi {name},

Welcome to Lenscraft in Focus for May 2024.

I’m not sure what it’s like in other countries, but in the UK, life as a landscape photographer is becoming increasingly difficult. The problem is the weather. Most of the time, it seems to be raining here. That’s one of the reasons why I’ve decided to change my approach and begin doing more wet-weather photography like the photo below.

Lenscraft in Focus May 2024 newsletter

This was taken while walking up Lingmore Fell in the Lake District. The tarn you can see at the bottom is Blea Tarn, and the weather was wet and extremely windy. I used a Fuji XT5 camera for this shot together with the Fuji 10-24 lens at 11mm. It’s a handheld exposure of 1/80 second at f/8.0 and ISO125. I also used a 4-stop Soft ND Graduated filter on the sky.

If you would like to see more shots from the day and learn about my new thinking, I’ve published an article, which you will find a link to later in this newsletter.

I hope you enjoy it, along with other articles and information, this month.

Robin

Free Book Links

Several photographers have recently been trying to resubscribe to Lenscraft to obtain my free book.

6 Steps to Shooting Brilliant Landscape Photography book cover

The website is set up to block resubscriptions because it can create a lot of problems. If you have lost the free book or didn’t receive it for some reason, here are the links to download it.

Please don’t share this. If you know someone who might like a copy, why not suggest they subscribe to Lenscraft?

I hope you enjoy the book.

Missing Newsletter Images

Some Lenscraft readers noticed the missing image problem resurfaced last month. Rather than displaying newsletter images, there was an empty space. This happened because I was advised that the image bug was fixed. As I can’t reproduce the problem to check it, and it affects less than one in a thousand readers, I decided to roll out the change.

It didn’t work!

This month, I’ve gone back to my rather elaborate and lengthy workaround process. If you still can’t see the images, please try the following before reporting the problem:

  1. Open the email on a different device, like a phone or tablet. If you can then see the images, it’s likely that a setting in your email software is blocking them.
  2. There’s a link in the newsletter footer to view it online in your browser. If the images show correctly, it also suggests that a setting in your email software is blocking them.

If neither of these options works, please contact me with details of your computer OS (Windows or Mac and which version) and the email software you have tried. I may not be able to fix it, but the information will help me trace the possible problem.

New Lenscraft Content

Here are the new and updated tutorials you will find on Lenscraft this month.

Try Wet Weather Photography for Dramatic Light
In this article, I hope to encourage you to try wet weather photography, particularly landscape photography. That’s because wet weather conditions can lead to some of the most dramatic and…
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Colour Managed Workflow Foundations for Digital Photography
On March 26, 2024, I delivered a presentation explaining the foundations of a photographic colour managed workflow. This was the first of two webinars for Datacolor and DxO. The intention…
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RAW vs JPEG – Which Should I Use?
RAW vs. JPEG. Which is best, and which should I use? This question has seen a long-running debate among photographers since the digital camera first entered the consumer arena. In…
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Where to Focus When Taking a Photograph
A question often asked is, “Where should I focus when taking a photograph?”. It appears this causes a lot of confusion, possibly because it's intrinsically linked with depth of field.…
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New YouTube Videos

In addition to publishing tutorials on Lenscraft, I’ve released the following YouTube videos.

Useful and Interesting Features in DxO PhotoLab

DxO PhotoLab has a great set of features, and in this video, I look at some useful ones that aren’t often discussed. Hopefully, you will find something new that you don’t already know about.

https://youtu.be/HZyE_i_i6iY

How To Emphasise Detail in Landscape Photos

In this video, I will explain how to use the Nik Collection to produce a three-dimensional feeling of depth in a landscape photo. It’s easy to do using only two sliders in Nik Sharpener Pro.

https://youtu.be/6gtaX2gQwmA

From Around the Internet

Here are some of the interesting things I’ve found online this month.

International Photographer of The Year Free Book

You are probably already aware of the International Photographer of the Year award. Like many of these competitions, a book featuring the awarded photography is published each year. What I like about this competition’s book is that you can view it for free online and download it as a PDF.

https://www.internationallandscapephotographer.com/index.php/previous-years/2023-awards-book

Don’t forget to look at the books from previous years as well.

BWPA 2024 Winners

Keeping with the theme of photography competitions, here’s the link to the British Wildlife Photography Awards. This is another collection of amazing and skilful photography.

https://www.bwpawards.org/2024-winners

Free Magazine

I’ve previously mentioned the Cameracraft magazine as one I used to enjoy and subscribe to. You may like to know that the March/April edition is now available to read for free online using the following link.

https://cameracraft.online/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/CCNo2-2024-app.pdf

There’s a great piece on the architectural photography of Helen Trust, along with some excellent images. It’s well worth reading.

Photographers You May Not Know – Reuben Wu

Reuben Wu Instagram Photography

I realise not everyone will like Reuben’s work. In fact, some of his images don’t appeal to me either. Despite this, I still recognise the skill that’s gone into creating the photography. Be sure to scroll a long way down his Instagram feed; seeing his style develop is interesting.

I also find it interesting to try to figure out how he creates his lighting effects. I like to think about how I could adapt this to my own photography.

https://www.instagram.com/reuben/

Books & Course News

Latest book and course news.

The Dark Image System – Still Coming Soon

Unfortunately, I’ve not been able to finish the Dark Image System Course and eBook due to continuing events that are out of my control. I have made some good progress. The draft of the book is in the final review stage, and the course videos are 50% of the way through recording and editing.

I won’t make further promises about the release date, but I'll let you know as soon as it’s ready.

How To Select It in Affinity Photo

A few months ago, I mentioned that I had started work on a book explaining how to use the Selection Tools in Affinity Photo. Although unforeseen events have limited my video production, I have been able to continue writing this book. I’m now nearing completion of the first draft.

I won’t make any promises about the release date, but I hope to have it ready in a couple of months' time.

Until next month, enjoy your photography.

Robin Whalley

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