WELCOME TO THE AUGUST 2016 issue of Digital SLR Photography. It’s a typical English summer’s day as I write this. Yes, that’s right, it’s raining outside. But thankfully the poor weather will be passing by soon to be replaced by warmer and drier conditions that suit photography outside. This month’s main technique guide deals with shooting outdoors, but rather than landscapes, wildlife or nature, we’re looking at capturing portraits in daylight. Using ambient light without any artificial light sources like flashguns or portable studioflash is challenging, yet highly rewarding. You’re relying on a light source you can’t fully control, so the best you can do is manipulate what’s available to you using rudimentary but effective lighting aids. In our Beginner’s Guide ( page 68), we’ve provide everything you need to know on how to use daylight in its many forms to capture stunning portraits. It’s just one of the many articles that aims to raise your enthusiasm for taking pictures as well as improve the quality of your results. So whether you’re shooting wild flowers ( page 52), architecture ( page 38), HDR landscapes ( page 46) or classic British beach scenes ( page 32), we’ve expert advice for you. Enjoy a great month’s photography. All the best!