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Practical Photography Magazine

Practical Photography delivers a diverse range of content that teaches photo enthusiasts to take better photos and how to creatively enhance them in Photoshop.

We started out life in 1957 under the title of Popular Photography. It wasn’t until 1959 that we evolved the magazine and name to Practical Photography.

Although a great deal has moved on since the 1950s, our first strapline still holds true today: ‘Britain’s how-to-do-it photo magazine’. 
Practical Photography prides itself on staying right at the forefront of both creative and technical advancement in photography. In recent years we have helped guide our readers through the digital revolution by testing all the new Digital SLRs and camera accessories, as well as offering photographers vital step-by-step tuition and advice on how to get the best from their digital cameras.

Frequency: 13 issues per year
Cover Price: £4.99

Practical Photography - September 2014

The September issue of Practical Photography is crammed full of creative techniques and inspirational images to keep you busy this summer. Our 16-page portrait guide is full of surprising ideas to help you create fun-filled people pics with energy, humour and style. From shooting spinning selfies and bending light with optical prisms to re-creating your childhood and making your subjects float, we guarantee you’ll find an idea or two you’ve never seen before. Also in the issue, find out how to use shape, pattern and lines to capture striking architectural images, create high-impact pop art in Photoshop, and shoot stylish still life in your home. All this and much, much more…

As always, we’ve also got the latest episode of ‘Learn Photography Now’, our unique 30-minute TV show featuring 1-2-1 camera lessons, pro masterclasses and fascinating interviews.


The latest ‘Learn Photography Now’ episode features a landscape masterclass with top pro Chris Herring, a dynamic still life how-to with Tim Berry, and a CSC v smartphone head-to-head. There’s even a bonus video tutorial on how to create colourful pop-art portraits in Photoshop Elements.

40-page minimag featuring ‘The 10 most important photo lessons’

Exclusive ‘Polaroid Maker’ Actions for Photoshop and Elements

Updated camera buyer’s guide – every DSLR and CSC model reviewed and rated


10 surprising portrait projects: From floating models to spinning selfies, we’ve got the ideas and skills you need to inject your people shots with energy, humour and style!

Life of a traveller: Join travel photographer Philip Lee Harvey on an around-the-world trip as he discusses his work and his incredible images, and shares his tips for shooting amazing travel shots.

Bring the city to life: Three fresh approaches for constructing your own strikingly modern architectural imagery.

At the edge of the world: Landscape photographer Daniel Korzhonov tells us the fascinating story behind one of his jaw-dropping sunset images.

Camera School: Module 5 focuses on stylish still life and looks at how you can get creative with kitchen utensils and a desk lamp! 

Know your stuff: Why wide-angles aren’t always best for landscapes, how to shoot perfect product shots, which computer is best for photographers, and lens resolution explained.

Editing suite: Create an authentic retro look, duplicate and rotate images for psychedelic results, make colourful pop-art portraits, and turn your holiday snaps into classic Polaroid prints.

Get into gear: An in-depth review of the long-awaited Nikon D810, Tamron’s 16-300mm superzoom, a budget macro lens round-up, and the best gadgets and gizmos.