Wel­come to is­sue 67

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

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!

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