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Practical Photography: Lite October 2019

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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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1 min.

IF YOU PAY ATTENTION TO THE biogs that accompany many of our gallery showcases and interviews, you’ll have noted how many togs we describe as ‘award-winning’. To quote velvet-voiced singer Errol Brown, everyone’s a winner, baby! There are so many photography competitions these days, it’s hard to keep up – landscapes, wildlife, portraits, astro, food... every subject is catered for. But where to start and how to maximise your chances of success? This is the question we ask (and answer) in Shoot for success, our fascinating five-step guide to entering competitions on page 32. We can’t guarantee you instant fame and fortune, but we can promise you a more measured and robust approach to your photography. After all, this amazing hobby of ours should be fun, yes, but it should…

2 min.
beyond the lens

Plume moth by Vasily Menshov I found this plume moth outside my house in Moscow last autumn. It looked pretty shabby, but I knew that winter was coming and soon there would be no insects at all. When I looked at it through a microscope lens, I was surprised by its beauty. I put my camera on the StackShot automated macro rail and produced a 100-shot focus stack with a 0.05mm shift. Canon 600D | 100mm | 1/125sec | f/2.8 | ISO 100 Vasily Menshov is an insect macro photographer based in Moscow, Russia. He’s captured a wide variety of these tiny creatures. 500px.com/vamenshov The crossing by Peter Stewart Back in late 2014, Hong Kong was embroiled in a period of democracy protests across the city. Scenes took an ugly turn. I grabbed my camera and…

4 min.
the knowledge

CAMERA PRICE £3500 IMAGE RESOLUTION 61MP VIDEO 4K Sony tops the MP league Architect of innovation, Sony has just announced the latest high-resolution CSC to join its line-up. The α 7R IV, which replaces the popular third model, boasts a medium-format rivalling 61MP full-frame BSI sensor – the largest megapixel count on a 35mm CSC to date. Despite such a monstrous resolution, Sony has managed to retain the 10fps continuous shooting speed of its predecessor, as well as the ISO range of 100-32,000 and 5-axis in-body image stabilisation. In line with the company’s forward-thinking tech focus, it has beefed up several factors. Chiefly, the AF system has been given a solid step up. The hybrid AF system ably leapfrogs the α 7R III’s 399 points, offering a mammoth 567 points of on-sensor phase detect AF. The…

1 min.
rumour mill

Nikon APS-C mirrorless According to supposed leaked patents, Nikon is set to create an APS-C version of its Z range of CSCs. While nothing is officially known, other than the omission of a viewfinder, we would expect a 24.2MP sensor and in-body image stabilisation to be standard. We’d love to see a 180° tilting touchscreen and serious video specs, however, making it highly sought-after for videographers. nikon.co.uk Canon’s new 70MP EOS R The internet’s alive with the rumour that Canon is set to usurp Sony’s megapixel lead with a 70MP EOS R. It’s also believed to add features that have been absent from the line-up thus far, including dual card slots, in-body image stabilisation and physical autofocus controls, to name a few. We would suggest this release is also set to herald the…

12 min.
10 clicks

SEASCAPES #1 Seek out new vistas PHOTOGRAPHY CAN TAKE you to some strange places, especially if you have an interest in unusual subjects. Georgina Caine (instagram. com/georginacaine) braved the open seas for this stunning shot, which was well worth the effort. “After exploring abandoned and derelict buildings and realising just how interesting and addictive it was to take images of them, I started researching more places. I came across the Maunsell Forts that were built in the Thames estuary during World War II, and now stand decommissioned and abandoned. They looked so surreal and I decided I needed to see the imposing structures with my own eyes. So a boat trip was booked! “The weather that day was grey but I hoped the impact of the forts would show through, despite the weather. I…

3 min.
verity milligan

RECENTLY I HAD SOME OF MY IMAGES GO viral for the first time. I’ve been using social media for many years now, and although my photos garner a respectful amount of attention, this particular set of images eclipsed that quite spectacularly. That’s the weird thing about social media; it’s often unpredictable and I didn’t really have a grasp on how popular these images were going to be. The shots in question were of a local poppy field in Worcestershire, the location of which I was provided with by another Midlands photographer, Simon Lea, who had visited a few times previously and had some cracking images to show for it. “THE FIELD HAD BEEN EFFECTIVELY TRASHED BY PEOPLE WADING THROUGH THE MIDDLE” On the morning of my visit, there was mist in the…