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NPhoto - - News - Paul Gro­gan, Edi­tor paul.gro­gan@fu­turenet.com

My favourite quote of this is­sue? It has to be from this month’s in­ter­view with in­spi­ra­tional na­ture pro Paul Har­court Davies. He talks with great elo­quence about his amaz­ing ca­reer, but the line that re­ally did it for me was his an­swer to the ques­tion ‘has dig­i­tal changed your macro work?’ “The mag­i­cal fac­tor is im­me­di­acy,” he says. “I can now see what I’ve done straight away, and act to cor­rect it if needed.”

I can think of no bet­ter way to ar­tic­u­late just why dig­i­tal photography is so ex­cit­ing, and so re­ward­ing. Am­a­teur or pro, we all make mis­takes: it took Paul ten years – ten years! – to mas­ter his tech­nique for cap­tur­ing re­flec­tions in in­sects’ eyes, and I’m sure there were a few false starts along the way.

This brings me neatly to this is­sue’s fea­ture, which ex­plores the most com­mon mis­takes we all make, and of­fers prac­ti­cal ad­vice on how to stop mak­ing them – fast. But that’s not to say you should elim­i­nate mis­takes en­tirely; if you’re not mak­ing any, you’re prob­a­bly not try­ing hard enough to take your photography to the next level – the risk be­ing, of course, that all of your pic­tures are pass­able, but pre­dictable.

So, the next time you get out your cam­era, do your­self a favour and try some­thing new, or dif­fer­ent. If you’re lucky, you might even make a mis­take...

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