Welcome to issue 61
Have you ever been asked to shoot a wedding for a friend or family member, purely on the basis that you own a ‘proper’ camera, and therefore must know everything there is to know about photography? If so, how did you react? With unbridled enthusiasm, or with a mounting sense of trepidation bordering on panic? If you’re anything like me, the latter will be nearer the mark, which is where this issue’s fantastic feature comes in: it takes you through the big day shot by shot, setting by setting. It won’t take away the nerves completely, but it will give you the confidence to capture the key moments.
And if you think shooting a wedding is scary, check out this issue’s On Assignment, which peeks behind the scenes of an advertising shoot with world cycling champion Lizzie Armitstead. With just 20 minutes to shoot the still images for an entire ad campaign, portrait specialist Paul Cooper had to work almost as fast as Lizzie cycles.
And speaking of speed, with the Rio Olympics just around the corner, we also speak to one of the world’s leading sports photographers about why he rates the Olympic Games above every other sporting event – photographically speaking at least. Happy shooting, and enjoy the issue!
Paul Grogan, Editor firstname.lastname@example.org