Practical Photography: Lite

Practical Photography: Lite July 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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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO us! We’re officially 60 years old and we’re celebrating in style with a star-studded look at the photography tips that have stood the test of time. For all the super-sophisticated technology we now have at our disposal, the core techniques that have underpinned this obsession of ours since its inception remain the same. Since Practical Photography’s earliest days on Fleet Street, it’s been our mission to inform and inspire, and for this rather special feature we’ve enlisted the help of our brilliant staff, columnists, contributors and pros to compile an exhaustive list of technical, inspirational and philosophical tips that we guarantee will make you a better photographer, whatever subjects you’re into. Now, where’s that birthday cake? NEW! CAMERA SCHOOL STARTS ON PAGE 86 DON’T MISS IT!…

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your free gifts

VIDEO MASTERCLASS BREATHE NEW LIFE INTO YOUR PORTRAITS The team gets creative with a few carefully chosen props, locations and techniques... Louise shoots a floral summer editorial using natural light and a standard prime. Richard goes underground with an edgy ’90s fashion style and a ringflash. Kirk opts for a retro Americana vibe with double denim and evocative lighting. SOFTWARE CYBERLINK PHOTODIRECTOR Turn to p112 to claim this powerful editing software ACTIONS 25 WEDDING PRESET EFFECTS Enhance your images with these super-stylish actions EBOOKS LIGHTROOM & CAMERA GUIDES Edit RAWs with confidence and buy the best cameras BONUS VIDEOS TWO EDITING TUTORIALS Watch and learn with the UK’s best digital experts Problems with your free gifts? Email us at practical.photography@bauermedia.co.uk and include ‘Free gifts’ in the subject line…

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beyond the lens

Rockies adventure by Matt Meisenheimer While scouting for potential photo backpacking locations in 2017, I came across a remote area of the Canadian Rockies that looked ideal. The area was only accessible by either helicoptering in and being dropped off on the edge of a glacier, or a 60-mile hike and packraft. I chose the 60-mile adventure and didn’t regret it. One of the highlights of the trip was this waterfall. I positioned myself on rocks overlooking the cascade and framed the falls using a wide-angle lens. Nikon D810 | 14mm | 1/5sec | f/16 | ISO 64 Matt Meisenheimer is a landscape photographer based in Wisconsin, USA. He’s also the co-founder of photo contest Our World In Focus. meisphotography.com Neon dreams by Faycal Marjane I recently decided that I wanted to experiment with neon photography. The…

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the knowledge

CAMERA Canon bolsters DSLR line-up Canon has announced a brace of products, with its new EOS 250D DSLR aimed to entice beginners, while the RF 85mm f/1.2L USM lens is set to appeal to pros. The 250D claims to be the world’s lightest camera of its kind, weighing only 449g. It boasts a 24.1MP APS-C sensor, with Dual Pixel and nine autofocus points, powered by the latest DIGIC 8 processing engine. This also makes it Canon’s first entry-level DSLR to feature 4K video. It comes with a handy guided interface to demystify settings, as well as Creative Assist, which packs in a suite of effects, filters and colour adjustments to help you create stunning shots straight out of camera. You can buy yours now as part of a kit for £599, or body-only…

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rumour mill

Canon 850D We’re expecting Canon to make moves to consolidate its vast entry-level line-up, with the next release to be a merger of the 77D and 800D lines. Featuring the current 24.1MP APS-C sensor, we believe it will opt for the 77D’s more enthusiast-feeling body, including the top-plate LCD, and pack in 4K video, as per the 250D. It will also include Canon’s guided user interface. canon.co.uk Nikon D8000 Nikon’s D7500 is a great camera, but having just celebrated its second birthday, it’s about time for a replacement. The D8000 will likely feature a 24MP sensor, as well as pack in 4K and potentially be the first DSLR in the lineup to boast in-body image stabilisation. We also expect it to rock an upgraded phase detection AF system, and expanded ISO sensitivity to…

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10 clicks

S E A S C A P E S #1 Make waves SOMETIMES THE MOST SIMPLE of compositions can have the most impact. Devoid of foreground or background interest, Mark Dobson’s (wildseascapes.co.uk) wave shot is pure perfection. “Photographing waves is addictive! On a recent trip to Lanzarote the plan was to shoot volcanoes, but the lure of the coast was too strong and I found myself spending half of the holiday photographing waves instead. “On a shoot, safety is my number one priority. The ocean commands respect and I always shoot from a safe distance, using a telephoto lens to get close to the action without the danger of getting swept out to sea. “On this occasion the sunlight was breaking through the water and each wave was beautifully enhanced. To enable a slow shutter…