Practical Photography: Lite

Practical Photography: Lite September 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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HOW WOULD YOU describe your style? I’ve often thought of mine as ‘fly-on-the-wall grunge’, mostly owing to my documentary approach to family holidays and my over-reliance on a preset called Grunge (literal, I know). If your answer to this question is ‘Not sure’ then we have just the advice for you. A little different to our usual technique-heavy subject guides, Create your own style offers up a five-step plan for shooting images that are recognisably yours. From learning from the masters to honing your methods, Richard Collins has dived deep into his own experiences as a pro photographer to help you raise your game. It’s a fascinating read. Turn to page 32 to start your style journey. Subscribe now & get PP for just £3.20 a month Save over £30 with our…

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beyond the lens

Chasing the storm by Marc Adamus I shot this photo in Kofa National Wildlife Refuge, north of Yuma, Arizona while on a monsoon season storm chase. After following the weather west, I arrived near the interesting rock formations of the Kofa mountains near dusk. I was just in time to capture the rise and fall of this thunder cell, which was isolated from other storms and made a very memorable subject. Nikon D800 | 24mm | 30secs | f/18 | ISO 1600 Marc Adamus is a US-based landscape photographer whose work has been used by companies including Apple, Blackberry, HP and more. Rebel heart by Edward CH Lai This shoot represents a figure controlled in a monitored society where everyone is forced to have the same ideals. In contrast, my model Ivy is meant to show…

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the knowledge

COMPACTS & LENS Canon unveils new releases Canon is aiming to bolster its appeal to vloggers and compact camera users with a brace of new PowerShot releases. Both feature a 20.1MP 1in stacked sensor, 4K video with no crop and 120fps in Full HD 1080p. They also boast Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, 20fps continuous shooting mode, with 30fps RAW burst mode and 180 ¡ tilting LCD touchscreens. The G5 has a slightly more impressive 5x optical zoom lens, with a 24-120mm 35mm equivalent, while the G7 settles for 24-100mm. Both have a wide variable aperture of f/1.8-2.8. The G7 also offers live YouTube streaming directly from the camera, as well as a microphone input port, which will prove a huge bonus for vloggers. In addition to its compact camera update, the Japanese manufacturer has…

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rumour mill

Nikon D6 Sticking to its DSLR core, Nikon’s pro sports replacement to the D5 is expected to drop before the 2020 Olympics. New features might include dual Expeed sensors, a 20MP BSI sensor and in-body image stabilisation. The AF system is also expected to receive a boost, though the D5 was at the pinnacle of tech in this regard. We anticipate an announcement to land in January 2020. Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III Olympus has had a quieter year, due to moving its production facility. However, we’re hearing rumblings about the next E-M5. Specifically, we believe it will be using the same 20.4MP Live MOS sensor as the flagship E-M1 Mark II. It will likely still boast the 121-point phase detection AF system. We also expect the autofocusing system to benefit from…

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10 clicks

LANDSCAPES #1 Get an early start GREAT LANDSCAPE SHOTS require dedication, and when Cumbrian-based photographer Paul Thomson awoke to some beautiful light, he knew he had to make the most of it. “I really wanted to capture a spring shot with bluebells and I knew just the place. Having previously scouted this location, I made my way back up the steep hill and thick undergrowth to a small clearing where the light coming through the trees, illuminating the bluebells and bark, was just fantastic. I chose an aperture of f/16 as I wanted to capture a sun star and have most of the scene in sharp focus. I used a circular polarising filter to minimise reflection on the foliage and boost saturation. “The image worked out just the way I had envisioned and, although…

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midnight sentinel

This image was taken summer of 2018 in Yosemite National Park. We arrived early in the morning at Glacier Point to photograph Half Dome at night and at sunrise. This shot is a time-blend of two shots taken 30 mins apart. The first shot was taken during astronomical twilight. Then I waited for about half an hour to have the right amount of light to come in for the foreground. With Luminar's layer support and powerful time-saving filters i was able to blend the two images easily and seamlessly to create final output. Sherwin Magsino is a professional landscape and commercial photographer from Manila. Win has won numerous photography awards from National Geographic, Skylum, WPPI, and other organizations. Win is also an official Fuji X-Photographer, Skylum Ambassador and Nisi Filters Philippines…