Practical Photography: Lite

Practical Photography: Lite May 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.

United Kingdom
Lire plus

dans ce numéro

1 min.

I’M PACKING FOR A SHORT BREAK to Havana as I write and seriously can’t wait. I don’t escape the office too often, so when I do I tend to get very excited, kind of like an impatient child the day before his birthday. Cuba has long been on my bucket list and no doubt you’ll be seeing some of my travel photos in due course. Speaking of travel, this month’s big feature couldn’t have been better timed, what with Tim Berry compiling an in-depth guide to the gear and shots you should be looking for when on your summer hols. Starting on page 34, he also presents four exciting projects to help focus your creativity, from colourful picture grids to new ways to shoot familiar subjects. And don’t forget to…

1 min.
your free cd

Smartphone challenge 1 The best camera is the one you have with you. And if this motto is good enough for Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Barry Staver, it’s good enough for us. So we asked Tim, Dan and Kirk to give up their DSLRs for a day and instead use only their smartphones. The challenge? To shoot and process two very different, but equally amazing images, and put them to a public vote. Beginner’s guide to boudoir 2 Boudoir photography has soared in popularity in recent years and it’s not hard to see why. Sensual, stylish and empowering, it’s also a surprisingly accessible subject that anyone can try. Kirk shows just how easy it is, using nothing but natural light, a reflector and a standard zoom. Contact us if you have issues with your disc If…

2 min.
beyond the lens

Icelandic horses by Klaus Fies • During my last visit to Iceland I was lucky enough to stay on a farm with horses. One morning the light was so favourable that I needed to get out and start shooting. The black stallion caught my attention with his magnificent mane, so I spent a lot of time observing his behaviour and waiting for the perfect moment to get my shot. Nikon D4S | 70mm | 1/640sec | f/3.5 | ISO 200 Klaus Fies has been passionate about photography for more than 40 years. He enjoys shooting landscapes, wildlife and colourful architecture. pixeldreamer.de Bermuda triangle by Pedro Fernandez • This image is part of my project to shoot some of the most unique contemporary buildings in Spain. This is a very modern neighbourhood in Madrid. There’s an aerodrome close…

3 min.
the knowledge

CANON Celebrate 30 years of Canon EOS From humble beginnings 30 years ago, Canon’s EOS line-up is now officially the world’s best-selling camera range, with a 72% share of the DSLR market recorded in November 2016 and an eye-watering growth of 31% year-on-year. And with 98 models to its name, of which 24 are current, the EOS (Electro-Optical System and/or Titan Goddess of the Dawn) range shows no signs of growing old gracefully... Back in 1987 Canon introduced the highly-specced 35mm EOS 650, as a direct competitor against Nikon and Minolta’s fast focusing AF models. The camera featured the first EF mount (replacing the manual focus-only FD mount), which included an electronic aperture and focusing motors. Two years later Canon used this new AF technology in the EOS-1, the Japanese firm’s first professional…

1 min.
rumour mill

Sony CSC medium-format Hasselblad’s upcoming X1D and Fuji’s GFX 50S are both making waves, so we’re waiting for mirrorless pioneer Sony to announce development of its own medium-format camera. Having developed sensors for other companies, it makes sense that Sony’s next step is a 50MP+ CSC using its 43.8mm sensor and a new Expeed engine. With so much experience in the field already, the recent successes must be tempting. sony.co.uk Canon 6D MkII The full-frame’s new version has been a long wait, but word is that we could be looking at an early summer announcement. Expect to see a new 24MP full-frame sensor, as well as the same Bluetooth connectivity as the recent 77D. We’re also looking for an improved Dual Pixel AF and Canon’s excellent touchscreen. While 4K video would be great,…

10 min.
10 clicks

LANDSCAPE #1Travel far & wide • No matter where you roam, amazing shots can always be found. Go searching for the perfect photo just like Riccardo Masut (500px.com/riccardomasut1). “The beautiful Lake Braies lies at the foot of the rock wall of the Croda del Becco, and is one of the deepest lakes in the Italian province of Bolzano, with a maximum depth of 36m. It’s a popular tourist destination because of both the intensely blue colour of its waters and the vibrant scenery all around it. “I was on holiday near the lake with my family and knew that I wanted to take a shot there. Most of the photos of this location are taken from the same spot, so I decided to walk around the lake in search of inspiration. There’s a small…