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NPhoto - - Welcome To Issue 55 Of... - Paul Gro­gan, Ed­i­tor paul.gro­gan@fu­turenet.com

One of the big­gest chal­lenges we all face as pho­tog­ra­phers is find­ing a fresh per­spec­tive on fa­mil­iar sub­jects. Sure, you can nail the banker right off the bat, but what then? Pack up and go home? Or strive for some­thing bet­ter?

When I was start­ing out, the best piece of ad­vice I was given was to ask my­self the ‘What would…?’ ques­tion: what would my friend Steve do in this sit­u­a­tion…? What, come to that, would Joe McNally do? Pick some­one whose work you like. Heck, just pick some­one who’s a bet­ter pho­tog­ra­pher. As long as they make you think, you’ll be half way there.

With this in mind, for this is­sue’s fea­ture (p28) we asked what sea­soned shooter James Pater­son would do, and he told us. You might not be a fan of all his ideas, and that’s fine. The point is to get you think­ing more cre­atively.

But of course, all that cre­ativ­ity counts for nought if we don’t share our shots, so our step-by-step guide to print­ing (p62) will tell you all you need to know to get prints that pop. Plus, we re­veal which flash of­fers the best pop for your pound in this is­sue’s Big Test (p118); how to make the most of your flash­gun in Gear Skills (p52); and just what a flash­gun is ca­pa­ble of in the hands of a light­ing mas­ter (p138). Happy shoot­ing!

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