Practical Photography: Lite

Practical Photography: Lite January 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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WHAT’S THE FIRST thing you check when you load RAWs into Lightroom? If you’re anything like me, it’s focusing. Is the image razor sharp where it needs to be? Can it be ‘enhanced’ with a little post-processing? Or is it beyond redemption? Despite this, the art of focusing – and it is an art – is often overlooked, which is why this issue’s big technique guide is dedicated entirely to it. From landscapes and portraits to action and candids, we’ve compiled 14 pages of in-depth advice from five of the world’s most interesting pros. Want tack-sharp results every time? Turn to page 36. We’re also giving you 20% off SRB filters this month. Save money on a wide range of polarisers and NDs and improve your landscapes on page 109. WATCH…

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Outdoor special! Seasonal projects The Practical Photography team presents three winter-themed ideas, from scenic photo walks to fairytale-inspired portraits... • Louise joins Country Walking magazine’s Nick Hallissey for a stroll in the Peak District to find out how to read maps, dress sensibly, and travel light for great landscapes. • Dan shoots and edits a cinematic portrait based on the timeless Little Red Riding Hood fairytale. Turn to page 84 to find out how to use this issue’s free snow textures. • Kirk heads to Lumsdale Waterfall in Derbyshire to show why grads, polarisers and ND filters are essential for successful landscape shoots. Contact us if you have any problems with your free gifts Practical Photography, Bauer Media, Media House, Lynch Wood, Peterborough, PE2 6EA…

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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 Olympus’ OM-D E-M10 MkII. Vintage effects & textures Get 17 unique retro effects, from dust and scratches to borders and sepia tones, plus eight snow textures for adding a touch of winter to any shot. Photoshop video lessons Learn how to remove dust spots, fix colour casts and exposure issues in ND filter landscapes, and use your free Easy Vintage Effects collection. DOWNLOAD THE DISC CONTENT AT…

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beyond the lens

Brushstrokes of light by Brandon Giesbrecht • I wanted to go out to get some astro shots, but I was worried about cloud cover blocking the starlight. Eventually I decided to risk it, so I arrived at my location and set everything up. I then noticed that there were thousands of fireflies darting around, illuminating the ground and grass. I took about 65 shots and stacked them using the Lighten mode in Photoshop. Canon 6D | 14mm | 30sec | f/2.8 | ISO 3200 Brandon Giesbrecht is a landscape photographer who is particularly interested in astro images. He’s from the Colony of Menno in the Paraguayan Chaco. Polar night by Harri Tarvainen • During the polar night, the sun barely climbs above the horizon in northern Finland. During those few dim hours, one can…

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the knowledge

CAMERA New Sony α7R Sony has been making big waves lately – specifically with the release of the DSLR-slaying α 9 back in May 2017 – but nothing compares to the news that it’s releasing the latest version of the wildly popular full-frame mirrorless α 7R. A killer combination of speed, precision and resolution, the MkIII incarnation could well be one of the most exciting releases of the past 12 months. While Sony has been clear about re-purposing the α 7R II’s 42.4MP sensor, it says it has managed to engineer more detail and a better dynamic range this time round, claiming the latter reaches a massive 15 stops. It’s capable of a rapid 10fps continuous shooting speed, and also offers 399 points of Hybrid AF phase detection and 425 points of…

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rumour mill

GoPro update Word on the street is that GoPro’s two-year-old Hero Session is set for a revamp. With everything moving so fast in the tech world, the only surprise is that the popular wallet-friendly action cam hasn’t been updated sooner. Details are scarce right now, but we’d like to see a 4K feature, as well as Full HD 120fps for capturing those slow-motion thrills and spills. It will likely work with GoPro’s current collection of existing mounts. Sony α7S III Sony, being consistently true to form, is expected to announce the replacement to its video-focused full-frame mirrorless system very soon. Predicted to feature uncropped 4K at 60fps and Full HD at 120fps, we’d also like to see the α 7S III include 10-bit recording, similar to the Panasonic GH5, as well as…