Practical Photography: Lite

Practical Photography: Lite December 2018

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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YOU DON’T HAVE to be a globe-trotting professional to think like a professional. As Richard Collins quite rightly points out on page 35, Practical Photography is an unashamedly hobbyist magazine, but that doesn’t mean we can’t learn valuable lessons from those who live the lives many of us aspire to. From finding a subject you’re truly passionate about and getting your work seen by a larger audience to planning for every eventuality and staying inspired and motivated, there’s so much more to being creative than framing up and squeezing the shutter. And it’s this mindset – quite simply, how we think – that will determine how good a photographer you can be. Open your mind on page 34.…

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helping you improve, one shot at a time...

The Practical Photography team brings you over an hour of exclusive how-to videos designed to inspire, motivate and educate. Just call us Mr Motivator. • Kirk puts the new Nikon Z7 full-frame mirrorless marvel through its paces on a studio portrait shoot. Does its performance justify the hype and hefty price tag? • Louise joins professional landscaper Jeremy Walker and reader Matt Watkins on the Isle of Portland for a rather windy photo challenge. Waterproofs at the ready! • Richard and Dan head to Cambridge to compare new and old camera techniques for shooting busy street scenes and architecture. Turn to p84 to see the accompanying tutorial.…

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plus more free photo gifts

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 Nikon’s Z6 and Z7 and Fujifilm’s retro X-T3. Christmas card templates Choose from ten custom templates and add your own images. Turn to page 90 for a complete step-by-step tutorial. Photoshop video lessons Learn how to change eye colour for surreal or realistic results, use our free Christmas card templates and make paths with the Pen Tool.…

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beyond the lens

Blizzard in the High Peak John Finney After a difficult journey in the snow, I made it to the top of Mam Tor and could hardly stand upright in the blizzard. I decided to make my way down onto the Great Ridge. As the clouds got darker, the snow got more extreme. I placed the tripod and camera at just the right angle to avoid snow getting onto the lens. I used a flashgun and a slow shutter speed to show the fast motion of the blizzard. Nikon D810 | 16mm | 1/10sec | f/11 | ISO 64 John Finney is a landscape and storm photographer who enjoys chasing inclement weather all over the world. Winter woodland Matt Oliver With the forecast predicting snowfall, I headed to a place I had wanted to capture in these…

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the knowledge

PANASONIC Welcome to full-frame Lumix “THE WORLD’S VERY FIRST FULL-FRAME FEATURING 4K AT 60 FRAMES PER SECOND” Panasonic kicked off the early proceedings by unveiling plans for a duo of full-frame CSCs. To help manage this feat, it has formed an alliance with both Leica and Sigma, which will both help to populate the lens eco-system that’s set to use the Leica L-mount. Full details are scarce, with no official release slated until early 2019, though the S1 is said to be a 24MP camera, which also has a slant towards video users. The S1R, which boasts an identical design, packs a 47MP sensor, and puts the focus heavily on stills production. Both cameras will feature Dual IS in-body image stabilisation, DFD contrast detection AF systems and a high-resolution EVF, said to be close…

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10 clicks

LANDSCAPES #1 Enjoy the weather BRITISH WEATHER RARELY plays fair. Any landscape photographer will have a story of a meticulously planned shoot ruined by a climate that revels in the unpredictable. But sometimes you have to work with what you’ve got and just embrace it, as Martin Dolan ( has done in this superb shot. “The rugged coastline of Portland Bill is a favourite among photographers and a high tide and large swell at Dorset’s most southerly point makes for a great image. “On this day the conditions were pretty bleak but I believe that can work in your favour. Pulpit Rock, a remnant of the mining days and left by the quarrymen of the time, makes a good focal point. I wanted to create an ethereal image by using a slower shutter speed…