Practical Photography: Lite

Practical Photography: Lite August 2017

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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HOW WELL DO YOU know your camera? Modern DSLRs, CSCs and premium compacts are smarter than Stephen Hawking (well, almost) and yet so many of us rarely venture beyond the first few pages of our camera’s menu. This means that we’re potentially overlooking dozens of creative features that could seriously improve our photography. With this in mind, we asked Tim Berry to delve deep into his menu and uncover the 10 best hidden features on your camera. Starting on page 32, we’ll show you why, when and how to use them and help you unlock loads of new techniques. Also in this issue, we’re celebrating our 50th Learn Photography Now show with a very special landscape road trip – turn to page 6 to find out more. WATCH FREE VIDEOS! Visit our…

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learn from the best

Louise Carey Having just scooped Bauer’s prestigious ‘Rising Star’ award, PP’s features writer turns her attention to the human body for this issue’s skills guide. Turn to p58 Sam Mellish His love of street photography and reportage has seen Sam tackle three different projects that all share the same central theme – people. See p106 Kingsley Singleton The former Digital Photo deputy editor returns with a brace of Photoshop ideas to help you create fine art landscapes with a unique twist. Starts on p72…

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your free cd

1 Conquer bad weather Make the most of adverse conditions on your next landscape photography trip. 2 Add mist to portraits Use smoke pellets to enhance light and add atmosphere for the ultimate in filmic style. 3 Create a pro time-lapse Give your time-lapse videos a pro feel with two new specialist gadgets. 4 Master composition Learn to use foreground interest and lead-in lines to give your landscapes depth. 4 Go mono for mood See the world in black & white in-camera, and focus on tone and contrast. Contact us if you have issues with your disc If the CD is damaged or contains the wrong content, please return the disc to: Practical Photography, Bauer Media, Media House, Lynch Wood, Peterborough, Cambs, PE2 6EA. Alternatively, you can email us at Plus More free gifts on your CD Camera Buying Guide Unsure about which…

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beyond the lens

Reynisfjara beach by Lizzy Gadd • I shot this image at the top of the cliffs above Reynisfjara beach in southern Iceland, as part of an ongoing personal self-portrait series. I wanted to capture something depicting the insane feeling of freedom I felt standing up there. I normally use a tripod to set up for these self-portraits, but with the wind so strong I ended up using a good friend to step in as a tripod for me. I set my focal length to 16mm because I wanted to capture as much of the beautiful scene as possible. Sony α7R II | 16mm | 1/125sec | f/4 | ISO 500 Adventure and landscape photographer Lizzy Gadd hails from Vancouver, Canada, and is globally renowned for her stunning self-portraits. Ysios Bodega by Jonathan Laval • In 2014…

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the knowledge

EDITING APP Affinity arrives on iPad As avid readers will know, Serif’s Affinity editing software has picked up two of our Highly Rated awards in as many months. In an astounding move, it is now available for the iPad, making it the first fully-featured mobile editing tool. The new app has been designed with touch functionality in mind, and many of the popular tools found in the desktop version have been re-imagined to work perfectly with your fingertips. It’s also been programmed to take advantage of hardware acceleration, allowing it to pull off some seriously resource-heavy tasks with ease. As well as the ability to handle unlimited Layers, you also have access to a vast array of Adjustment Layers, effects and the live features that Affinity does so well. It also works…

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rumour mill

Sony 135mm f/1.8 We have heard whispers of a new Sony fast-aperture full-frame portrait lens. Rivalling the exceptional Canon 135mm f/2L, this new lens will have a wide aperture of f/1.8 and is expected to be one of the sharpest lenses in the tech giant’s range. Although this is a very specialist focal length, we’re sure it will find a home with anybody who concentrates on taking people shots. Nikon DF MkII With all the talk about the Nikon D820 or D760, we think it’s likely that a DF MkII could be on the cards. We expect the classically-styled full-frame to include the same 24.3MP sensor as the D750 (a step up from the current 16.2MP), a maximum ISO of 51,200, the Expeed 4 processor (rather than the current model’s Expeed 3),…