Practical Photography: Lite

Practical Photography: Lite March 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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CREATIVE THINKING inspires ideas. Ideas inspire change. So said Barbara Januszkiewicz, an American artist and activist whose gloriously vibrant canvases typify her free spirit and singular vision. Creativity doesn’t always come easy, but it’s worth working for – for all its occasional spontaneity and brilliance, it needs constant feeding, nurturing and investment. With this in mind, we’ve taken a leaf out of Barbara’s book this month with a veritable smorgasbord of ideas designed to get your photographic year off to the best possible start. From seasonal projects (p20) and table-top challenges (p60) to learning from the masters (p34) and a brand-new reader showcase (p54), this issue is your one-stop ideas generator. Go get creative!…

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because staying indoors can be fun!

The Practical Photography team get set up at home to take on a winter-friendly table-top photo challenge... Louise gets creative with her jewellery collection using nothing but a camera, budget macro lens and simple props. Dan uses festive wrapping paper and a glass of water to play with refraction in a simple optical illusion. Richard explores a few basic flash techniques to capture floral fine art with a stylish monochrome twist. Kirk makes an epic seasonal scene in miniature with a little Blue Peter-style magic. Tracy Island doesn’t even compare!…

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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 interchangeable lens camera available right now. That’s 85 concise overviews designed to help you buy the best. 25 actions for Photoshop Get an all-new collection of presets, ranging from colour adjustments and mono treatments to resizing. Turn to page 126 for a full step-by-step. Photoshop video lessons Composite a fun superhero portrait, turn everyday objects into graphic photograms, and create vintage Victorian cabinet cards.…

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beyond the lens

Old Man of Storr by Lizzy Gadd Hiking up to the Old Man of Storr in Scotland, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to create a self-portrait against such a stunning background. I climbed the steep slopes until I found the right angle, and then set up my camera. After I set the focus to the spot I was going to stand, I quickly threw on the red dress I always carry in my backpack just in case. What you don’t see in this image is that the wind knocked me over about 12 times, I got soaked from torrents of rain, there were about 100 tourists staring at me in confusion, and my dress was covered in sheep poo! Despite all of this, everything worked together to create one of my…

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the knowledge

AWARDS Travel winners announced Conceived in 2003, Travel Photographer of the Year has grown to become a prestigious competition. This year alone, there were over 20,000 submissions from 142 countries, with photographers from 22 countries making the final cut. The competition, which is split into ten categories, judges multiple-image series as a whole, with the exception of the Single Image and Smart Shot – iTravelled category awards. This year’s overall winner, and recipient of the coveted Travel Photographer of the Year title, is Italian photographer Stefano Pensotti. The semi-professional was judged on a series of eight images, shot on his Canon 5D MkII and 24mm lens, that showcase everyday life from around the globe. This was an extra special win for Stefano, becoming the first Italian to take the title. Of the remaining category…

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rumour mill

Nikon D760 Word has it that Nikon is set to consolidate the D610 and D750 with the release of the D760. We expect a full-frame 24MP sensor, possibly with a BSI design, and upgraded Expeed 6 processor. Word has it that the 51-point AF system will receive a boost, with better low-light performance, and more selectable points to choose from. It’s also believed to shoot 4K video, and feature the D850 button layout. Sony α7R IV While the high-resolution α 7R III is relatively new, word has spread that Sony may be looking to break the 60MP barrier with its follow up. Thanks to a new sensor design, the latest update may feature 8K video with 12-bit recording, as well as huge 16-bit image files. Despite the file size, it’s rumoured to…