Practical Photography: Lite

Practical Photography: Lite May 2019

Every issue of Practical Photography is packed with expert advice and tips that will help YOU improve your photography. Each issue contains: - Inspirational and award-winning photographs - The best ‘Technique Guides’ in the industry - FREE feedback on your images - Jargon-free, 100% independent reviews Whatever brand you use (Canon EOS, Nikon, Sony, Samsung, Panasonic Lumix and so on), our easy-to-follow technique guides will help you get the most from your digital SLR, interchangeable lens camera (CSC), or compact. Note: This 'Lite' digital version of Practical Photography does not contain any interactivity.

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THERE’S SOMETHING about spring that makes me fall in love with photography all over again. Maybe it’s the gradual emergence of colour in the landscape or the scatter of blossom that lines my walk to work, but no other time of year inspires me in quite the same way. It’s this seasonal excitement that persuaded us to tackle this issue’s main subject. Colour is an easy thing to take for granted, but once you delve deeper its power and influence becomes immediately obvious – it can evoke emotion, direct the eye and inform how we see and compose our images. There are so many issue highlights, but Richard Collins’ colour masterclass on page 34 is a must-read and will hopefully inspire you in the same way that spring has inspired…

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rediscover the building blocks...

The PP team swap their fancy DSLRs and CSCs for disposable film cameras in the ultimate test of their creative skills. Kirk pounds the streets with a Lomography Simple Use colour negative camera in search of Cartier-Bresson-esque decisive moments. Dan takes inspiration from iconic artist David Hockney to create a series of ‘joiners’ using a Fujifilm Quicksnap Flash camera. Richard indulges his love of classic black & white with an Ilford HP5 Plus 400 camera while looking for shapes and contrasts. Plus! Louise explains the basics of colour theory and shows how hues and tones can inform how you ‘see’ the world around you.…

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plus more free photo gifts

Skylum Aurora HDR 2018 Download the full version of Skylum’s award-winning HDR software and create images loaded with detail and dynamic range. Turn to page 118 for instructions. Camera Buying Guide Unsure about which camera is best for your needs? Our ebook includes reviews, spec and prices for every camera available right now. The latest additions include the luxury Leica Q2. Photoshop video lessons Bend pixels with the Liquify Tool, retouch portraits like a pro with the Brush Tool, and create an artistic flat lay using an old film camera.…

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beyond the lens

Winter surf by Jonas Forsberg I shot this on a cold January day off the west coast of Norway. I went out with pro surfer Blake Sands to get some photos. It was an area we both knew well, but winter changes so rapidly in Norway that you can sometimes see four seasons in one session. I always prefer to swim when shooting surfers, as I think you get a more interesting view of the subject. Sony α6000 | 19mm | 1/1000sec | f/6.3 | ISO 800 Jonas Forsberg, also known as Jonas Fjordlapse, is a landscape and surfing photographer based in western Norway. fjordlapsephotography.com Old Vegas glitz by Sara Melotti This was one of my first editorial shoots as a fashion photographer. I shot it in a motel on the Las Vegas Strip on a hot…

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the knowledge

AWARDS Sony rewards best photos SONY’S WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS HAVE long been a highlight of the photographic calendar. Often boasting divisive winners that spark debate and controversy, it’s one of the largest and most prestigious competitions today. While the overall winners are announced at a later date, the judges have already sifted through the record-breaking number of entries from 195 different countries and territories to award ten Open category winners, each judged on a single image submission. Among the wide range of genres and concepts on show, there were a few shots which really caught our eye. Pan Jianhua took the Culture category top spot with the shot ‘Shadow Puppetry’, depicting traditional Chinese theatre craft. Contrasting old with new, Czech photographer Martin Stranka claimed the Creative category with his surreal spaceman image, ‘Dreamers…

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rumour mill

Nikon Z 1 Nikon’s Z 6 and Z 7 are both relatively high-end cameras. However, in the wake of the Canon RP, the company is said to be releasing a more budget-friendly offering into the full-frame mirrorless market. Said to be named the Z 1, we would expect to see a 24MP sensor and single SD card slot. We would also expect a smaller, lighter body, though believe it may omit IBIS. nikon.co.uk Canon pro EOS R Canon’s latest EOS R is said to finally give the company a pro-footing in the mirrorless full-frame market. Rumours state that the Japanese market leaders will include a number of sizable updates, including a brand-new high-resolution 70MP sensor, as well as finally introducing in-body image stabilisation and a joystick to the system. Furthermore, the body is…