Practical Photography: Lite

Practical Photography: Lite December 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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ABANDONED, EERIE and reclaimed by nature, Chernobyl is top of many photographers’ bucket lists. So what better way to celebrate the launch of our new-look video than with a fascinating whistle-stop tour of this infamous disaster area and its endless photo interest. For the very first Practical Photography Live show, Kirk joins a Chernobyl tour to show what’s possible with a shoestring budget, lightweight gear and a creative eye. Simply insert your disc, or download the video at to start watching. We’ve also relaunched our YouTube channel so head over to watch loads more fun photo-inspired videos. We’d love to know what you’d like to see more of, so send us your feedback!…

2 min
beyond the lens

Late in the fall by Tiger Seo I shot this at Sorae Ecological Park in Incheon, Korea. There was so much fog that I could hardly see and it was about two hours before it eased up enough to take pictures. I usually take landscapes using a focus-stacking technique, but on this occasion I didn’t as I wanted to maximise the ethereal and mysterious feeling of the light illuminating the fog. Canon 5D MkIII | 24mm | 1/5sec | f/9 | ISO 100 Tiger Seo is a nature, travel and landscape photographer based in Goyang, South Korea. He works with Getty and NiSi Filters. River of ice by Walter Luttenberger A few years ago, in an Iceland without drones littering the skies, I saw a location that was so surreal that I vowed to…

3 min
the knowledge

COMPETITION Cewe names Photo Award winners Cewe has revealed its 2019 Photo Award winners. Eleven photographers beat over 448,000 entries across the globe to claim their accolades. The top-rated shots, based around the theme ‘Our world is beautiful’, were selected by a panel of judges, including Chairman of the Board of Cewe, Dr Christian Friege, British photographer Christie Goodwin, and environmentalist and photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand. The overall winner, who also topped the Animals category with the same shot, was German photographer Ina Schieferdecker. Ina says it depicts a squirrel attempting to play a game of hide and seek with the camera. For gaining the highest honours, Ina won an impressive package of prizes including a holiday, photographic gear and Cewe products. Nature category winner Csaba Daróczi captured rabbits as they leapt at each other in…

1 min
rumour mill

Olympus 500mm Rumour has it that Olympus is about to create a 500mm prime optic, with a possible fixed f/5.6 aperture, for its Micro Four Thirds line. What makes this incredibly exciting is the 2x crop, which would give it an effective focal length of 1000mm. We have also heard news that this optic would be compatible with the 2x teleconverter for a huge 2000mm reach. Nikon 12mm f/2.8 Nikon’s flagship mirrorless Z system is widely regarded as a success story. However, being a new system, the company is still strengthening its lineup. We’ve heard the next announcement may well be an ultra-wide fixed-aperture 12mm f/2.8 optic. This would be a huge draw to new and existing users, especially those who are looking for the perfect landscape companion to capture epic vistas…

12 min
10 clicks

SUNSETS #1 Seize the moment IN PHOTOGRAPHY, TIMING is key. Arrive too early or late and you may miss that killer shot. When everything looks to be falling into place, seizing the moment is the key to success, as Jack Appleton ( shows here. “A trip to Dovercourt on the Essex coast to capture this old lighthouse had been on my radar for quite a while. Until recently it has had some scaffolding surrounding the structure, but on hearing it had been removed I almost immediately set off on the hour-long journey with the aim of grabbing a sunrise shot. “On arrival the sky was clear with hardly any cloud and a lovely pastel hue with side light illuminating the left of the lighthouse. With almost no cloud to work with, I decided on…

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verit y milligan

ALONGSIDE MY CAMERA, THERE ARE three other essential pieces of kit I always carry with me, so I’m opening up my kit bag to let you in on the tricks of my trade. Although some of these items may seem an obvious choice, each one plays an integral part in my workflow, and it’s worth the reminder that you need reliable gear, not because kit makes the photo better, but because you don’t want to be let down during that decisive moment. “YOU NEED RELIABLE KIT SO YOU’RE NOT LET DOWN DURING THAT DECISIVE MOMENT” I could probably write a whole column on filters and how useful they are, but it might be a little dry. For many landscape photographers they can be a powerful tool in the field. Whenever I’m out…