Practical Photography: Lite

Practical Photography: Lite December 2017

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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LIGHT MAY BE OUR BEST friend, but a lack of light can be just as powerful. In fact, some of the most innovative images I’ve seen of late have been taken during or after twilight, from winding traffic trails at dusk to flash-lit portraits and low light wildlife. Low light is both a challenging and fantastically rewarding genre, which is why we’ve gathered together six of the world’s best after-dark artists and asked them to share their techniques and insight. Starting on page 36, you’ll find out how to create epic light trails, flash-lit portraits, blue-hour scenics, light paintings, urban deer and amazing starscapes. Winter is almost upon us, and with it a whole new photographic adventure. Join us and embrace the darkness! WATCH FREE VIDEOS! Visit our YouTube channel at youtube.com/…

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your free gifts

Car & bike special! Fast-track your skills The team take a creative look at one of the UK’s biggest obsessions and present four great techniques and projects to try... • Louise heads to the Dorset coast armed with a toy camper van and a glorious sunset. The challenge? To create an optical illusion. • Dan takes a night-time drive around the city to capture dynamic traffic trails from inside a moving car. This one’s for Star Trek fans. • Tim uses an off-camera flashgun and a cheap light modifier to create slick brochure-style images of a classic car. • Kirk tackles a high-speed (and very muddy) motocross shoot, using continuous focusing and aperture selection to stay sharp. Contact us if you have any problems with your free gifts practical.photography@bauermedia.co.uk Practical Photography, Bauer Media, Media House, Lynch Wood, Peterborough,…

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Camera Buying Guide Unsure about which camera is best for your needs? Our ebook includes reviews, spec and prices for every camera available right now. The latest additions include Fujifilm’s stylish X-E3 mirrorless camera. CyberLink PhotoDirector Download version 8 of this great editing software, compatible with PC and Mac. Photoshop video lessons Enhance your wildlife images in Lightroom, fix converging verticals in your landscapes, and add Hollywood sheen to your best portraits. DOWNLOAD THE DISC CONTENT AT bit.ly/ppdisc1713…

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beyond the lens

Before the descent by Sandi Bertoncelj • I’d been planning this mountain bike escape with my friends for a couple of months before we were all finally able to go. We cycled up to the top of Golica peak, on the Slovenia/Austria border, and rested at the summit. Just as we began our descent the light suddenly became perfect for shooting. It was absolutely incredible to experience sunset so high in the mountains. Canon 5D MkIII | 16mm | 1/640sec | f/4.5 | ISO 100 Sandi Bertoncelj is an adventure and landscape photographer based in Kranj, Slovenia. He enjoys capturing sports such as mountain biking and skiing. 500px.com/berto Ironman triathlon by Christian Herzog • I took this shot at the start of the Ironman triathlon in Zurich, Switzerland. I was lucky enough to be admitted…

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the knowledge

LENS Latest Tamron ideal for wildlife & sport PRICE £TBC FOCAL LENGTH 100-400mm APERTURE RANGE f/4.5-6.3 Tamron’s new 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD follows on from a succession of high-quality releases. Boasting a long telephoto length, which equates to 150-600mm on a 1.5x APS-C crop sensor, this lens allows you to really zero-in on your subjects. With such a great range, it’s ideal for wildlife or sports photography, where you need to get intimate with your subject from a distance. The construction comprises 3 LD (Low Dispersion) elements, to compensate for chromatic aberration. The glass also benefits from eBAND coating, which acts to eliminate flare and ghosting for maximum image clarity. At 1.1kg, this is the lightest lens in Tamron’s ultra-telephoto range, yet despite its weight it manages to boast a moisture-resistant construction and fluorine coating to provide…

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rumour mill

Yashica mirrorless MF In bizarre news, we have heard that Japanese company Yashica (once famed for its film cameras) is planning on releasing a digital medium-format mirrorless camera. It would likely use the same 50MP sensor found in the Hasselblad X1D and Pentax 645. While we’d expect the usual digital staples, such as full autofocus, automatic metering modes and LCD screen, exact details are currently scarce. yashica.com Canon full-frame CSC whispers With recent reports from Nikon indicating it is developing a full-frame mirrorless model, a source says Canon will not be outdone. The market leader is expected to have a full-frame mirrorless camera ready for release in 2018. Although no details exist, we have heard that it will feature a custom-designed sensor which is not currently in use in the Canon line-up. We’d…