Welcome to issue 67
There are a lot of things in this issue that have got me excited: the awe-inspiring images from the USA Landscape Photographer of the Year competition on page 8; turning my kids into Jedi Knights on page 42 (the Force is strong with those ones); the skill required to capture a young Icelandic gull on the wing on page 60; and the inspirational talent of our two featured readers on pages 64 and 66. Oh, and of course the infectious enthusiasm of the irrepressible Joe McNally on page 130.
But perhaps the feature that has excited me most, and that I think will be of most benefit to any of us striving to improve our own photography, is the first instalment of Michael Freeman’s superb new series exploring his tried and tested paths to more creative photography. Using real-world examples, he takes us step-by-step through the myriad, split-second decisions that go into composing a successful image. If we were all able to apply just a fraction of Michael’s insightful advice to our own photography, it would improve overnight.
And speaking of improving your photography overnight, don’t miss your chance to download your free copy of DxO OpticsPro 9, which is as brilliant as it is easy to use. In the meantime, Happy Holidays, and here’s to a creative 2017!