WELCOME TO THE APRIL 2017 issue of Digital SLR Photography. An hour ago it was pouring with rain; now the clouds have parted and sunlight’s illuminating the landscape. A day like today is typical for spring, which is why it’s such a popular season for outdoor photographers willing to gamble with the unpredictable weather. With flowers bursting from the ground, blossom and leaves appearing on trees and baby animals aplenty, there is certainly no shortage of photographic potential. Our inspirational guide, starting on page 79, offers a dozen ways to capture great images of spring, so be sure to take full advantage of the world as it bursts into life. If photographing wildlife is a passion of yours, be sure to read our big interview with Ben Hall ( page 88), one of the UK’S leading pros in this field. If portraits are more your thing, the second part of our Beginner’s Guide to Studioflash offers several lighting techniques that will improve your photography. Elsewhere in the issue, we’ve tutorials and expert advice on various other topics, ranging from building and using your own ringlight to shooting windowlit flower images or spending a photo day in the city. We hope you’ll enjoy trying them all out and improving your photo skills. All the best!