Wel­come to is­sue 70

NPhoto - - From The Editor -

At first glance, it might not seem like this is­sue’s main fea­ture (on tak­ing your land­scapes to the next level) and this is­sue’s in­ter­view (with bat­tle-hard­ened pho­to­jour­nal­ist Ami Vi­tale) have that much in com­mon. But they are linked by a def­i­nite theme: namely, that great pho­tog­ra­phy takes time. When Ami gets to a new lo­ca­tion, she doesn’t even take her cam­era out of her bag for the first day or two; in­stead, she takes time – that word again – to meet with lo­cal lead­ers, to talk with them and gain their trust. In a sim­i­lar vein, land­scape ace Jeremy Walker dis­cusses tak­ing one of his favourite images in our main fea­ture (see page 24). He went back to the same lo­ca­tion twice a year for 30 years – 30 years! – un­til he got the shot he wanted.

Ob­vi­ously time is pre­cious, and when we’re jug­gling work and fam­ily com­mit­ments we don’t al­ways have days to spare for our pho­tog­ra­phy, but even a few min­utes can make the dif­fer­ence, as travel ace Michael Free­man makes clear with his lat­est Cre­ative Path, on lay­er­ing an im­age (page 78).

So the next time you bring your hard-earned Nikon D-SLR to your eye to rat­tle off the sort of shot you could take with a half-de­cent phone cam­era, take a minute – just one minute – to ask your­self the ques­tion “what could I do to make this pic­ture bet­ter?” And once you’ve taken the shot, ask it again. Do that, and you’ll be half­way there.

Paul Gro­gan, Edi­tor paul.gro­gan@fu­turenet.com

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