Practical Photography: Lite

Practical Photography: Lite April 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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SIMPLICITY IS SO OFTEN the key to success. As the late, great Jane Bown proved so emphatically, all you really need is a camera, lens and a certain amount of modest assuredness. (If you’ve never seen Jane’s iconic work, put this magazine down now and get Googling). It’s this pared-down approach that inspired this issue’s big feature – Richard Collins’ guide to studio-style portraits, without the studio-style trappings. Richard worked for the likes of Dazed & Confused and i-D during the heady ’90s and knows how to make a little go a long way. Every image in his 16-page masterclass, starting on page 36, was made using a single light source, from small windows to a cheap £25 ringflash. So keep it simple, get stuck in and don’t forget to…

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your free gifts

The budget travel adventure special! The PP team flew to Norway to put together the essential video guide to planning a trip and shooting amazing images – and if this doesn’t inspire you to head out on your own photographic trip of a lifetime, nothing will! Here’s what’s coming up: • Hands-on info on planning a budget travel photography trip, from sourcing tickets, hire cars and accommodation at the best price to how and where to wild camp for a real ‘back to nature’ adventure experience. • Essential gear to pack, from telephoto, wide-angle and creative lenses to drones – and cameras suited to low light conditions. • Explore a wide range of landscapes, from mountain vistas to scenic fjords, plus low light cityscapes and epic waterfalls. Contact us if you have any problems with…

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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 Panasonic GH5S and Leica CL. 25 wedding presets Add a variety of modern one-click effects to your wedding photos, from stylish black & white and colour to split tones and creative borders. Photoshop tutorials Enhance your wedding RAWs, discover three quick and easy edits for pro results, and show your natural world images in the best possible light. DOWNLOAD THE DISC CONTENT AT…

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beyond the lens

Over stormy seas BY KEVIN MORGANS / HABITAT • This image was taken during a camping trip at the stunning Hermaness National Nature Reserve in the Shetland Islands. The plan was to photograph the gannets soaring over the stormy oceans below, but dense fog for the first eight days of the trip made the images impossible to achieve. Thankfully, during the last two days the fog cleared and strong winds arrived, making it finally possible to take the photographs that I’d had in mind all along. Canon 1D X | 200mm | 1/8000sec | f/5.6 | ISO 800 Kevin Morgan is a wildlife photographer passionate about conservation. His images have been awarded in a variety of prestigious competitions. Open wide BY MARK THOMAS / ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR / HIGHLY COMMENDED • The Farne Islands are renowned for…

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the knowledge

CAMERA Lumix evolution Panasonic has announced the latest evolution of the GH5, the GH5S. This updated version has taken the videocentric focus of the GH5, and gone one step further. It’s now aimed almost entirely at videographers, with the inclusion of a 10.2MP High Sensitivity MOS Micro Four Thirds sensor. Though this may sound very 2012, it results in larger photosites and has been designed with dual native ISO, which results in better low light capture – an improvement on the original GH5. This change allows it to reach a maximum ISO 52,000, though we’ll have to get our hands on it to see how this looks in the real world. Another area of note is the ability to record UHD video at 60fps in Cinema 4K – 4096x2160 pixels (larger than the…

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rumour mill

Samyang Nikon-fit AF lens Samyang first announced it would create AF lenses for Nikon and Canon in 2016, and after hearing it’s delivering a Canon AF lens (see page 18) we can’t help but think a Nikon alternative is just round the corner. With a 14mm f/2.8, 35mm f/1.4 and 50mm f.1.4 all sporting pin-sharp optics and causing waves, it would be great to see them appear on the prestigious system. Fujifilm X-T3 Word has it that Fujifilm is set to announce the latest X Series revamp. We’re expecting to see a new X-Trans sensor, with a higher resolution of at least 26MP. It may include image stabilisation (though this may be introduced in the brand-new X-H1 camera), a continuous shooting speed of 20fps and a blackout-free EVF. It will also feature…