Practical Photography: Lite

Practical Photography: Lite October 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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TAKE A LONG, LINGERING look at the photograph above. What do you see? Do your eyes immediately latch onto one of the three dark figures strolling across London’s Millennium Bridge? Or do they gravitate towards the subtle tones of St Paul’s Cathedral disappearing into the mist? Whatever the answer, there’s no denying the hypnotic power of black & white photography – no other medium has the ability to transform a seemingly everyday scene into an intriguing layer cake of such depth and contrast. Want to capture your own mono masterpiece? Starting on page 34, we take a look at five classic black & white images, from landscapes to artistic abstracts, and talk you through the camera and editing techniques that will help you add mood and drama. Enjoy! WATCH FREE VIDEOS! Visit…

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your free gifts

1 Shoot infrared sc cene es Dan converts an old camera to infrared and unlocks a very different way of seeing the world. Now, where did we leave that old D200? 2 Use long exposures Tim heads to the heart of London to show how ND filters can be used to remove distractions from busy city scenes. 3 Get the film noir look Louise revisits 1950s Hollywood and recreates the stylish film noir look, complete with low-key lighting and dramatic shadows. 4 Add mood to portraits Kirk uses natural light and flash (and a sprinkle of flour) to inject greater atmosphere into his gritty sporting portraits. 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, PE2 6EA…

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plus more free gifts on your cd

Camera Buying Guide Unsure about which camera is best for your needs? Our ebook includes reviews, spec and prices for every interchangeable lens camera available right now. That’s over 80 DSLRs and CSCs to choose from. Actions and brushes This month we’re giving away 19 new black & white Actions for Photoshop and Elements, and 5 custom smoke effects. See pages 86 and 92 for more. Photoshop video lessons Convert to black & white using colour channels, remove lens distortion and straighten horizons, and master the art of cloning and healing.…

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beyond the lens

Laohuzui rice fields by David Swindler • I took this shot in Laohuzui, China, which is well known for its rice terraces. It was a tough journey, made even harder by our lack of Mandarin. Luckily we met a guy from Hong Kong who was interested in touring the rice fields with us, and he helped translate. I loved the early and late parts of the day when you’d get the soft colours of the sky reflecting off the water in the terraces. I found that my 400mm lens worked best for this composition. Canon 5D MkIII | 400mm | 1/20sec | f/11 | ISO 320 David Swindler is a landscape and wildlife photographer with extensive outdoor experience. He has led guided photo tours for several years. actionphototours.com Rapas das Bestas festival by Guillermina Sogo • The…

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the knowledge

ASTROPHOTOGR APHY Out of this world images The best photographers in the universe will be named this September as part of the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year awards. The largest international competition of its kind, APOTY attracts more than 3800 entries from 91 countries. Held by The Royal Museums Greenwich group and is currently in its ninth year, the competition has recently released its 2017 shortlist selections, which features some of the most truly breathtaking images we’ve ever seen. These shots include the supermoon over the Italian Dolomites, a shooting star flashing over Dorset as Jupiter looms in the distance, and the Northern Lights dancing above a rainbow of light in Trømso harbour, Norway. The tough selection process was overseen by a judging panel that included NASA’s Rebecca Roth, comedian and keen…

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rum rumour mill

Canon Canon 1400D With With Can Canon having updated updated tthe majority of of its its line line-up this year, we we’’re re exp expecting to see the the 1300 1300 D D sequel any time now now . . Fea Featuring the same 24 24 .. 3 3 MP MP s sensor found in many of of Canon Canon’s newest DSLRs, this entry entry--leve level camera will offer excellent excellent image quality, with fast fast autof autofocus, Canon’s brilliant Dual-Pixel AF technology and full tilting touchscreen. We would also expect it to boast the same 100-25,600 ISO range. canon.co.uk Nikon D3500 With the Nikon D3300 on the cusp of turning 3 years old, we are expecting to see a new Nikon entry-level camera on the horizon. This latest entry into the Japanese…