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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 - May 2014

Want the ultimate photographer’s bucket list? You’ll be wanting the May issue of Practical Photography! As well as the latest episode of our totally exclusive Learn Photography Now TV show, you’ll find a massive 20-page special featuring the 20 shots every photographer needs to take to become a better photographer. From spectacular landscapes to high-speed action and everything in between, we’ve got the inside scoop, and a whole lot more besides…


Over 30 minutes of expert hands-on advice with the exclusive Learn Photography Now TV show, featuring a fascinating interview with fashion photographer David Lam, a wildlife masterclass with top pro Chris Weston, and an action-packed look at photo holidays. Plus…

6 exclusive retro film effects (Photoshop Actions)

20-page ‘Beginners’ guide to composition’ eBook

Updated camera guide – every DSLR and CSC model reviewed and rated


20 shots you must take: From edgy street candids to live music, we’ve got the tips and tricks for shooting the 20 shots every photographer must shoot!

From the heart: Talented photographer and designer Kirsty Mitchell invites us into the enchanted world of ‘Wonderland’, a photo project with a very personal twist.

Capture vibrant shots of spring flowers: Three projects to help revitalise your approach to shooting flowers and cultivate your macro skills for colourful results.

Fallen empire: Adrenaline junky/photographer Matthias Haker risked life and limb to discover an abandoned Communist relic high in the remote mountains of Eastern Europe.

Camera School: The world’s best free photo course is back! Module 1 looks at dynamic landscapes and adding a sense of movement to your pics. Sign up here.

Know your stuff: Find out how to clean your sensor, what kit is needed for shooting macro, and how to recovered lost images… all of this and more!

Editing suite: Add lens flare to make backlit shots sparkle, use a simple split RAW technique to boost blue skies, and mood and grit to your portraits. 

Get into gear: The most in-depth reviews of Canon’s entry-level 1200D, Nikon’s full-frame D4S and Samsung’s stylish NX30.