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Practical Photography: Lite

Practical Photography: Lite August 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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PROJECTS ARE A GREAT way to focus your creative mind. I’ve shot dozens over the years (one of which I even finished!) and have always found them to be a great motivator, not to mention a fun way to step outside your comfort zone. If you need a reason to get out with your camera, or simply want to compile a themed body of work but don’t know where to start, our Complete guide to creative photo projects on page 32 could be just the tonic. We’ve shortlisted five project ideas we’re sure will have a hugely positive impact on your photography. From documenting a ‘day in the life’ to interpreting a song title or lyric, there’s enough creative food for thought here to revolutionise your photo month or year.…

2 min.
beyond the lens

Marble Castle by Isabelle Bacher Last summer I visited the Marble Castle in Norway. Eroded by the glacial Glomåga river, its rock formations, sinkholes and waterfalls are truly spectacular. I used a 2-stop ND filter on my wide-angle lens to create a 0.6sec shutter speed, which smoothed out the rushing water. Nikon D750 | 16mm | 0.6sec | f/8 | ISO 100 Isabelle Bacher is an architect and passionate landscape photographer who’s currently based within the Arctic Circle in Northern Norway. isabellebacher.com Siamese fighting fish by Andi Abdul Siamese fighting fish grow to around 7-9cm long and are also incredibly beautiful. I buy my fish from a special breeder and keep them for taking pictures. I place a flashgun over the aquarium and a reflector directly underneath to diffuse the light. I use a trigger to light…

3 min.
practical photography the knowledge

CAMERA Fujifilm hits a hundred pixels APS-C impresario Fujifilm is now bringing medium-format to the masses. Not content with its brace of 51.4MP GFX 50 bodies, it has announced the 102MP Fujifilm GFX 100. This milestone features a behemoth sensor, which is 1.7x larger than 35mm full-frame, and is now the cheapest 100MP medium-format on the market by a long way. As well as breaking the price barrier, the GFX 100 packs in a number of innovations not normally associated with medium-format shooting. The sensor is back illuminated, which is said to increase performance, especially in low light. It’s also the first of its kind to include a 5-axis in-body image stabilisation system – a mind-blowing feat – offering a brilliant 5.5 stops of shutter compensation. This is a godsend for the smaller…

1 min.
rumour mill

Fujifilm X100V With the X-Trans 4 generation of Fujifilm’s X Series being well underway, it’s expected that the company is developing the fifth iteration of the popular fixed-lens APS-C compact. It will include the flagship 26.1MP BSI sensor and boast a fixed 23mm f/2 lens. We expect the biggest change to be in the design, where we anticipate the rear receiving a tilting screen and fewer physical controls. fujifilm.com Sony α 9 II Although it has just received some impressive AF firmware updates, we expect Sony to announce a new version of its sports giant in time for the 2020 Olympics. It’s believed to maintain the same 24MP resolution, though with a newly-designed low-light BSI sensor, and improved LSI design. It will also boast 30fps blackout-free shooting and a rapid Wi-Fi file transfer…

11 min.
10 clicks

MACRO #1 Pursue a dedicated vision DISABLED PHOTOGRAPHERS’ Society member Mike Pockney kick-started a fruitful interest in macro photography with this stunning photograph. “This image was awarded first place in the Preliminary Group of the DPS Annual Exhibition. I took this shot in a local field, with a piece of black mount board held behind the dandelion. Encouraged by this success, I approached the DPS for help in developing a ten-image Licentiate (LDPS) panel. This was the first image chosen and I was gratified when I was awarded the Licentiate at my first attempt. “Since then I have developed my macro photography further and managed to obtain an Associateship (ADPS), then a Fellowship (FDPS). “I highly recommend that anyone with a disability and an interest in developing their photography joins the DPS. Membership includes entry into…

3 min.
verity milligan

I CAME TO THE WORLD OF PHOTOGRAPHY RATHER late. It wasn’t until I was 25 that I first picked up a proper DSLR. Before this point, I’d been floating without an anchor in a sea of potential creative outlets. Photography, if I can be forgiven for using a pun, just clicked. EMBRACE NEW TECHNIQUES AND PUSH YOURSELF TO BECOME THE BEST During those first forays into the world of photography, I had no inclination that this would become not just a job, but a vocation. Photography was an escape and I was thirsty to consume as much inspiration as possible and my own journey followed the trajectory of many others (HDR, wide-angle lens, honey pot locations etc). When I look back at this decade of creative discovery, it’s bewildering to think that…