Practical Photography: Lite

Practical Photography: Lite February 2018

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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TIME IS INFINITE AND yet we never seem to have enough of it. Thankfully, all you need to indulge in this month’s issue are 60 minutes and a whole lot of creativity. Why? Because this is the time-conscious issue (that, and we know you’ll be busy visiting family and eating leftover turkey at this time of year). From kitchen utensils and torches, to that old flatbed scanner mothballed in the loft, there’s a lot of mileage in familiar household items – it’s just a question of looking a little differently. It’s also time to dig out your old toys, as we’ve included a light dusting of Star Wars magic to coincide with The Last Jedi taking over our lives (well, mine anyway). Turn to page 38 and find your perfect…

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your free gifts

The table-top project special! The Practical Photography team head indoors to bring you a variety of brilliant fine art and presentation ideas that will keep you inspired and motivated through the winter months... • Dan uses a premium compact and a drill to get inside an acoustic guitar and find a very different viewpoint of a very familiar object. • Louise shows off a trio of ingenious presentation ideas, from DIY canvasses to Polaroid-inspired photo scratchcards. • Kirk cooks up a tasty food still life setup in his kitchen using a flashgun, diffuser and a sprinkling of creative flair. Contact us if you have any problems with your free gifts Practical Photography, Bauer Media, Media House, Lynch Wood, Peterborough, PE2 6EA…

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plus more free photo gifts

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 Sony α 7R III and Panasonic G9. Toning presets & skies Get 25 one-click Lightroom effects, from moody mono to punchy colour and even artistic borders, plus 13 dramatic skies for improving your overexposed scenics. Photoshop video lessons Retouch RAW portraits in Lightroom, replace an overexposed sky, and turn your people pictures into colourful silhouettes in Photoshop or Elements. DOWNLOAD THE DISC CONTENT AT…

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beyond the lens

Russian sunrise by Daniel Kordan • To take this photo I woke up long before sunrise in a mountain hut at the foot of Taganay National Park, in Russia’s Ural Mountains. I hiked up the mountain in -30°C, reaching the top an hour before sunrise, and then the show began. The clouds turned pink and red, and danced around the sky, so I quickly took advantage of the amazing light. Nikon D810 | 19mm | 1/13sec | f/16 | ISO 160 Daniel Kordan is an award-winning landscape photographer who has featured in National Geographic and includes Apple and RedBull among his key clients. Shipwreck by Eric Volto • My wife and I like to snorkel down to the wreck of the Pecorella, which is at the exit of a gulf near the town of…

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the knowledge

CAMERA New G9 ideal for epic landscapes Micro Four Thirds expert Panasonic has announced the latest addition to its flagship range, the Lumix G9. Aimed at enthusiast-level photographers, it’s on a par with the excellent GH5, however it has a keener focus on stills rather than video. Offering a 20.3MP Live MOS sensor and 6K photo modes, such as Focus Stacking, Post Focus and burst modes, the G9 has a very impressive spec sheet. A class-leading 20fps burst speed and speedy focus of 0.04sec make the camera perfect for anyone interested in wildlife photography. It also boasts the inclusion of 5-axis in-body Dual I.S. 2 image stabilisation, which promises a massive 6.5 stops of compensation. But the standout feature on the G9 has to be the new High Resolution mode, which shifts the…

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drone registration act to curb dangerous flying

DRONES The government is expected to create a bill in 2018 designed to tighten the regulations regarding civilian drone usage. It is anticipated that the Department for Transport will head up this new incentive, which will see police officers demanding drone users cease and desist operation should they infringe on the new laws. One expected inclusion in the bill is mandatory drone registration. This is already compulsory in America for any craft weighing over 250g and, should a similar weight limit be imposed here, it will certainly affect most of DJI’s current line-up. The policy director of the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) has already acknowledged the economic and workplace benefits, and supports the safe development of drone usage in the UK. He also confirmed that he’s in favour of increasing operator training and…