Practical Photography: Lite

Practical Photography: Lite January 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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IS IT A BIRD? IS IT A PLANE? No, it’s a few sheets of coloured card rolled over and squeezed together. The whole thing took a matter of minutes, required precisely no specialist kit, and has turned more than a few heads in the office. Imagine it hanging in a swanky gallery. You wouldn’t bat an eyelid, would you? It’s fine art, you might think, it’s probably worth thousands. But what is fine art? And why does this curiously amorphic phrase instinctively elevate the status of a photograph? Well, we’re here to demystify this conundrum. Starting on page 32 you’ll find five table-top projects designed to make you look again at everyday household objects and turn them into... fine art. From the classical to the modernist, we’ll have you creating…

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because we love the great outdoors...

The Practical Photography team brave the wind and rain as they present a trio of alfresco tutorials packed with advice and insight... • Louise heads to the Lake District to shoot an adventure editorial for Trail magazine that includes candids, landscapes and low light. • Richard shows you how to see and think in glorious black & white. Switch to mono mode and focus on texture, tone and contrast. • Dan joins Skye specialist Jakub Bors for a look at different ways of shooting landscapes, from the traditional to the rule-breaking.…

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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 D3500 entry-level DSLR. Textures & calendars Pick and mix from 25 exclusive royalty-free texture files, and create a personalised 2019 year planner with 26 bespoke templates. Photoshop video lessons Make simple colour and contrast changes for a stylish winter look, shoot and edit a ‘split RAW’, and make the most of your 2019 calendar templates.…

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beyond the lens

Adélie penguins by David Merron I shot this image just off Paulet Island, on the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. It’s home to approximately 100,000 pairs of nesting Adélie penguins, who rest on icebergs between feeding for krill in the frigid ocean. I shot this from my Zodiac boat while I observed the penguins socialising. The weather conditions added an important layer to the story, so I used a shutter speed of 1/4000sec to make sure that the falling snow wasn’t blurred. Canon 5D MkIV | 200mm | 1/4000sec | f/4.5 | ISO 320 David Merron is a Toronto-based photographer who regularly works as a photography guide for an expedition company. Icelandic aurora by Mads Peter Iversen These images are from my first trip to Iceland in autumn 2015. My goal was to…

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the knowledge

COMPETITION Astro awards announced The Royal Observatory, Greenwich has announced the results of its Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. Split into 11 categories, covering everything from skyscapes to deep space galaxies, this highlight of the photographic calendar showcases images from all levels of photographers across the globe. This year’s overall winner, earning £10,000, was American Brad Goldpaint, whose shot ‘Transport the Soul’ was taken in Moab, Utah, and also nabbed the top spot in the People and Space category. Talking about his image, Brad said “The Andromeda Galaxy, quarter moon, Milky Way Galaxy and position of the photographer all combined to create a captivating, harmonious portrait of a night sky photographer at work”. Besides Brad’s shot, among our personal favourites are Mario Cogo’s photo of the Corona Australis Dust Complex, which…

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rumour mill

Olympus O-MD E-M1X We previously reported that Olympus would announce its latest high-end Micro Four Thirds post Photokina. We’ve now heard that the new camera, supposedly named EM-1X, will feature a new sensor design. No news on features, though we expect it to aim high with 30fps blackout-free capture, 4k 60fps video and class-leading image stabilisation. Sony drone The rumour mill announced something very interesting recently, when a supposed patent for a Sony drone camera leaked. The drone is slated to fold in on itself for easy transport, and come with a touchscreen tablet for full control. There’s speculation that this new tech may feature a Sony E mount, which could allow you to use some of the company’s smaller lenses. We’ll update when we learn more. Canon EOS R APS-C Rumours already…