Practical Photography: Lite

Practical Photography: Lite September 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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FROM SHUTTER DRAG and strobism to high-speed and fill-in, flash is a hugely varied and creative area of photography (not to mention full of weird and wonderful terminology). Often seen as complicated, it’s actually surprisingly easy to master the basics, and there are techniques for every occasion – whether you’re working indoors in low light or outdoors in the full glare of the sun. This issue’s masterclass explores the magical world of flash, starting with the right settings and setups, and working through four bite-sized projects that will give you a comprehensive insight into the power of light and how you can control it. We’ve also set out to prove that flash photography is cheaper than you think, with the six best flashguns under £300 compared on page 140. FREE! DOWNLOAD…

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your free gifts

1 Create unusual portraits Louise experiments with three fun portrait techniques, including multiple exposures, raindrop portraits and freelensing. 2 Get pro product shots Kirk shows you how to use a light tent and a couple of flashguns to take your product photography to a whole new level. 3 Shoot an abstract macro grid Tim ventures out into the back garden to photograph stunning abstract images and create a natural world macro grid. 4 Colourise vintage photos Dan revives an old black & white print by scanning it into his computer and using our free hand-colouring swatches (see page 80) to add colour in Photoshop. 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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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 the Canon 200D and Canon 6D MkII. 17 Bokeh Effects Add colourful out-of-focus backgrounds to your images with our complete bokeh kit, which includes 17 effects and a full step-by-step guide on page 92. Photoshop video lessons Learn how to use Lightroom’s Split Toning panel to add colour to a black & white image. Then use Elements to retouch skin and remove blemishes. DOWNLOAD FREE CONTENT AT bit.ly/2vgKUu4…

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beyond the lens

Waiting in vain by Tijana Moraca • I took this shot on a windy day with some sunlight breaking through the translucent clouds. The wind really contributed to the atmosphere by adding movement to the hair, dress and waves. I knew the photo wouldn’t work if I was taking it from a ladder, so I shot it from a bridge instead. This let me show the texture of the sand and water, while also allowing me to achieve this composition. Nikon D800 | 70mm | 1/320sec | f/5 | ISO 100 Tijana Moraca is a fine art portrait photographer who also enjoys shooting commercial images. Her photographs have a surreal edge with a fantasy twist. 500px.com/tijanamoraca Death Valley by Chip Phillips • This image was taken on my first trip to Death Valley. The afternoon was pretty…

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the knowledge

LENSES Tamron launches two zoom lenses Tamron has produced the world’s first ultra-telephoto all-in-one zoom lens to cover an astonishing 18-400mm. The 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD offers impressive optics and performance in a sleek 705g body, making it the perfect travel companion. Its moisture-resistant construction includes a mammoth 16 elements in 11 groups, which comprise LD (Low Dispersion) and aspherical elements to lower chromatic aberrations and distortions for high optical quality. Also released is the SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2, which joins Tamron’s premium Superior Performance range of high-quality optics to offer a great alternative to more costly own-brand telephotos. This lens features a moisture-resistant design, and its colossal 17 elements in 12 groups includes 2 XR (Extra Refractive Index), 3 LD (Low Dispersion) and 3 GM (Glass-Moulded) aspherical…

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rumour mill

Nikon D760 Now Canon’s 6D MkII has finally been released, all eyes are firmly trained on Nikon for a response. Our money is on the imminent arrival of the successor to the enthusiast full-frame D750. The D760 is expected to pack in an upgraded version of the excellent D810 sensor, and boast a 36MP count, as well as an increased native ISO of 51,200, Nikon’s tilting touchscreen tech and 4K video features. nikon.co.uk Fujifilm X-E3 Many people thought Fujifilm would discontinue its X-E line-up, but we’ve had word that it is planning to release a fully upgraded X-E3. It is likely to feature the upgraded 24MP X-Trans CMOS III sensor, X-Processor Pro and 4K video, as well as lightning-fast AF (to match the previous version’s phenomenal 0.08sec focusing speed). It’s also rumoured to…