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Practical Photography: Lite

Practical Photography: Lite November 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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BLACK & WHITE HAS always been my go-to edit. As a kid, I played around in my old man’s darkroom, printing contact sheets and learning to dodge and burn. Thirty years later, it’s still in my blood, and I know I’m not alone – in a poll we ran online recently, in which we asked you to vote for the subjects and techniques you’d most like to see in these pages, mono finished way ahead of the pack, with only long exposure anywhere near (more on that next issue). We’re all for giving you what you ask for, so in this black & white special, we’ve delved into the unique characteristics that make this timeless medium so enduring, with a little help from our favourite mono specialists. Turn to page…

2 min.
beyond the lens

Caron Steele GOLD AWARD BEST PORTRAIT Lake Kerkini in northern Greece, the favoured haunt of Dalmatian pelicans in their breeding plumage, had frozen for the first time in 16 years. Unused to the slippery icy surface of the lake, they slid about trying to retain control as they took off and landed. I was lucky enough to capture one such moment when this magnificent pelican ran towards me. Canon 1D X MkII | 220mm | 1/1000sec | f/8 | ISO 1000 Caron Steele is a UK-based photographer who travels the world to capture the beauty in nature. caronsteelephotography.com Liron Gertsman BRONZE AWARD BIRDS IN FLIGHT Throughout the Amazon basin are hundreds of clay licks where parakeets come to eat clay and neutralise the acidic fruits in their diet. It took three days before we…

4 min.
the knowledge

CAMERAS PRICE £1209 IMAGE RESOLUTION 32.5MP VIDEO 4K PRICE £869 IMAGE RESOLUTION 32.5MP VIDEO 4K Canon boosts APS-C range Here’s some great news for DSLR fans – Canon has just announced a brace of new enthusiast-level bodies. The first is an update to the company’s mirrorless APS-C range, the EOS M6 MkII, while the second is the EOS 90D, which seems to be an amalgamation of the 80D and 7D MkII. Both cameras house identical 32.5MP CMOS sensors with DIGIC 8 processors, as well as introducing a brand new uncropped 4K video mode – a first for the company’s consumer camera models. Looking at the 90D, you’ll find cues taken from both the 80D – that it replaces – and 7D MkII. The style is similar to the 80D, with a 3in 1040k-dot Vari-Angle 180 ¡ tilting touchscreen, while…

1 min.
rumour mill

Sigma to announce Nikon Z lenses For adopters of the Nikon Z series, we’ve heard Sigma is set to start releasing its impressive range of Art lenses to the fledgling mirrorless system. This is set to include the recently announced 35mm f/1.2 Art, as well as the 12-14mm f/2.8 zoom. If true, this will be a huge bonus to the system, and drastically improve the range. sigma-imaging-uk.com Panasonic GH6 Putting an end to talks of abandoning the Micro Four Thirds system, Panasonic is set to announce the GH6. This update to the popular hybrid GH5S is reported to be packing a massive 41MP sensor, meaning it will likely offer 8K video. As well as this, we suspect it will improve on the Dual Native ISO found in the GH5S, and also offer increased…

12 min.
10 clicks

ARCHITECTURE #1 Crank up the contrast A KEEN EYE FOR CONTRAST AND TEXTURE IS important in photography, and never more so than when shooting for black & white. Architectural photography, with its strong defined lines and geometric shapes, offers some great opportunities to play with form and contrast, often for some very striking results indeed. Chris Fletcher (cpf-photography.com) has excellently demonstrated that here. “A weekend in Liverpool was a chance to explore a city I’d never visited before and a great opportunity to capture some iconic buildings in new and interesting ways. Unfortunately, the light wasn’t the best that weekend. It improved just enough on the Sunday morning to give interesting contrast to the sky and buildings around the docks. The simplistic lines along with the patterns on the outer walls contrasted nicely…

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verit y milligan

“GOOD LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY IS MORE THAN JUST LIGHT & CONDITIONS” WHAT DO YOU THINK OF WHEN YOU imagine a landscape photograph? Morning light cascading over a vast panorama, glinting off the ground and shrouded in mist? A frozen vista of snow-capped mountains and an immense sense of scale? Often our perception of landscape photography comes from the influences that are easily accessible via social media platforms. They can distort expectations of what you hope to achieve from landscape photography and could make anyone new to this game feel somewhat demoralised. I hope to convince you that landscape photography is more than just light and conditions, and can ultimately be one of the most creatively satisfying endeavours. It’s all about expectations, and your own perceptions of the scene in front of you. I’ve…