Practical Photography: Lite

Practical Photography: Lite Spring 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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EVERYONE LOVES puffins. They’re unmistakably colourful and photogenic birds that fly like bullets and swim like tuna. I saw them in the flesh for the first time last year on a day trip to the Farne Islands and couldn’t believe how small and agile they were. We’re incredibly lucky in the UK to have such a rich and varied list of native species to train our lenses on, and you’ll find 31 other amazing places to visit in this month’s wildlife special. Wherever you live and whatever your experience, we can pretty much guarantee you’ll see deer, birds of prey, red squirrels and, of course, puffins. Just don’t forget to read Dan Mold’s expert advice from page 34 before you pack your bags – he’s sharing his years of wildlife…

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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. Latest additions include Fujifilm’s X-T30, Olympus’ E-M1X and Panasonic’s S1/S1R. Sky library – Volume 1 Replace dull and lifeless skies with our unique collection of 25 hi-res images taken especially for this issue. Turn to page 124 for a full step-by-step tutorial. Editing tutorials Create a fantasy book scene, make fun hybrid fruit combos, and maximise the potential of your sky library with three complete tutorial videos.…

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expert wild bird images, guaranteed!

We’ve focused our attention on birds this issue to bring you three videos dedicated to getting you closer for better images of our feathered friends... Louise and wildlife ace Andrew Mason visit a busy service station in Buckinghamshire that feeds the local red kites. Plus, check out Andrew’s new column on page 33. Dan and Kirk spend the day in a wildlife hide at a Cambridgeshire nature reserve looking at various lens options and techniques, joined by the reserve’s manager. Richard shows how to set up a garden feeding station and talks us through the skills needed to fill the frame while staying invisible. See if you can spot him in his camo netting!…

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beyone the lens

Northern gannets by Andrew Mason I shot this image from the cliffs at Hermaness on the island of Unst, which overlooks Muckle Flugga, the UK’s most northerly point. In the summer, the cliffs are home to over 100,000 nesting seabirds, including gannets. To shoot this photo, I had to hang over the cliff as the gannets soared below me. As I laid on the cliff-top, I was covered in spray from the violent seas below. Nikon D4 | 400mm | 1/2500sec | f/8 | ISO 800 Andrew Mason is a nature and landscape photographer – and PP’s latest columnist. His images have been used by the RSPB and The Wildlife Trusts. Saint Petersburg train by Babak Fatholahi Last September I travelled to Russia and spent a few weeks in the beautiful city of Saint Petersburg. One…

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the knowledge

KIT PRICE £1399 VIDEO 4K IMAGE RESOLUTION 26.2MP CAMERAS Canon aims at the entry-level Just announced, the EOS RP is Canon’s second full-frame CSC. As well as being the lightest in class, at only 485g, it’s also the cheapest, at £1399. This price will net you a 26.2MP sensor, akin to the 6D MkII, alongside the newest Digic 8 processor. It boasts an impressive 4779 points of on-sensor phase detection Dual Pixel AF, and an ISO range of 100-40,000. It features 4K, with the usual 1.7x crop, as well as 1080p, though this is minus the popular 24fps frame rate. It also still includes a single SD card slot, though this can be considered consistent with the company’s pricing strategy. The RP comes boxed with an EF adapter, allowing you to mount any currently owned Canon…

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rumour mill

Sony RX0II There are murmurings about Sony releasing a new version of its compact action camera, the RX0. The original featured an impressive spec list, including a 23mm f/4 Zeiss lens, 16fps continuous shooting and a 10m waterproof rating. We’re not sure what Sony could add to such a spec list, but we would hope to see in-camera 4K video at 60fps, as well as an increased battery life and image stabilisation. Tamron 150-600mm E mount Tamron’s popular wildlife and sporting zoom lens appears set to make its debut on Sony’s E mount. Although it’s already in production for existing mounts, there appears to be word that this could be a fixed f/5.6 aperture throughout the range, instead of the current variable f/5.6-6.3. Otherwise, we’d expect it to be near-identical, including the…