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    Great shots with any cameraNo. 1 for beginners

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    Master Lightroom 5 Panning made easyPhoto gift ideas

    Top photo techniques

    Tricks for stunning shots of architecture

    Editing advice

    Practise skills with 15 creative photo guides



    Tested: CSCson a budgetWhich one is worth upgrading to?


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  • WELCOMEIssue 32

    Photography for Beginners 3

    For more great photo tips, head to photoforbeginners.comGet in touch with us Ask questions, leave feedback on the magazine or share your shots via the following social sites

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    Welcome5 essential skills you will learn in this issue01 CAPTURE ANY SCENERead our 30 tips for portraits, landscapes and more on p18

    02 SHOOT ARCHITECTURETurn to p28 for handy tricks for great shots now

    03 GET CREATIVETry our 15 great projects on p36 to get standout shots

    04 LEARN TO PANP48 teaches you to pan, for dynamic action photos

    05 MASTER LIGHTROOM 5Get to grips with editing in this new software on p54

    If youre thinking of upgrading to a better camera, youve chosen a great time, as a huge number have just been announced. This issue we tell you all about ve exciting new cameras on page 14, as well as rating Samsungs Android-powered CSC on page 86 and Sonys QX10 cameraphone lens on page 90. Whatever camera you use, we are here to give you our top 30 photo tips on page 18, to help you take your best ever shots.

    To help you practise new skills, we also have 15 amazing projects for you to try on page 36, from capturing action to creative portraits. Use our editing guides starting on page 54 to perfect your shots and then send us the results!

    Amy SquibbEditor

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    WELCOMEIssue 32

    Photography for Beginners

  • ContentsIssue 32

    Shutter speed: The time your shutter is open for, in seconds

    Compact system camera: Good image quality, lightweight

    Cameraphone: Smartphones that are always with you

    Compact: Small, low-cost and easy-to-use cameras


    Aperture: The depth of field of an image, as an f-number

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    ESSENTIALS06 Your photos

    This is your section, for all your great photos. Send us your shots today!

    10 Readers challenge Win some slideshow software by getting involved in our monthly shooting challenge

    12 How to share your photosWays to send your shots to the PFB team for advice and to share with our readers

    14 Need to knowDiscover ve exciting new cameras just announced that we cant wait to try out

    16 Join the debateWould you subscribe to editing software or will you be sticking to one-off products?

    17 Win a camera!A fantastic Samsung WB250F compact camera is up for grabs. Enter now to win!

    50 Subscribe!Save money on your copy of Photography for Beginners with our exclusive offer

    76 Ask the teamYour questions answered and problems solved by our panel of photo experts

    82 Whats in my kit bag? Find out what equipment you really need for fantastic macro shots

    84 Upgrade Sonys cameraphone lens, Canons EOS 70D and budget CSCs get tested

    94 AccessoriesPhoto gift ideas and a colourful shoulder bag that will help to protect your kit

    98 Settings cheat sheetWe bring you a settings guide for portraits to cut out and keep in your kit bag

    DSLR: Usually more expensive, but good image quality

    Budget CSCs get put to the



    Tricks for better portraits, landscapes, macro & more


    3615 great ideas for creative photosAmazing projects

    Your quick-start guide to all the icons youll see in Photography for BeginnersWHAT THE ICONS MEAN


    50 GET MONEY OFF ISSUES!SHOOT18 30 tips for great photos

    Easy ways to better shots of any subject

    28 Beginners Guide to shooting architecture Master settings, lighting, composition and more for striking shots now

    36 Creative projects15 photo ideas to get you practising with your camera right away

    46 Tricks for wildlife photosHow one PFB reader took an amazing image while at the zoo you can too!

    48 Panning made easyFive steps to action shots full of life

    52 Tips for capturing awless re ections in landscapesLearn how to recreate this technique

    EDIT54 Master Lightroom 5

    Simple guides to the great new features this version has to offer you

    58 Sharpen soft shotsThree steps to pin-sharp pics

    60 Fake wide aperture blurBlur backgrounds with editing software

    62 Achieve a beautiful solarisation effectGive your images some glow!

    64 Enhance your coloursEasy ways to make your colours pop

    66 Clone out unwanted parts of your shotRemove distracting objects easily using the TouchRetouch Mac app

    SHARE70 Create a multimedia photo

    album with Shutter yCreate a photo story on your tablet using a simple album app

    72 Tag, share and browse photos by locationShow whats happening where you are with Pictastik

    74 Share a whole album of shots Back up and share with SkyDrive



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    CONTENTSIssue 32

    28Make your snaps the best they can be Top techniques for architectureLearn the settingsand key skillsyou need now

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    84Is this the DSLR for you?Canon EOS 70D48Shoot fantastic action shotsPanning tricks


    Your photosYou could see your photo printed here! Just send in your shots. Heres a selection of our favourites from this month

    WIN!A Samsung 16GB memory cardEvery issue, one winner will receive a Samsung 16GB SDHC memory card or a prize of equal value terms and conditions available online

    Howth Lighthouse This was taken at Howth Harbour, Dublin, Ireland on a bleak March evening. The photo features Howth Lighthouse, built in 1817.Shot on: Canon EOS 600D, 10-20mm lens at 10mm, ISO 100, f8, bracketed exposures taken at 1/5sec, 1/20sec and 0.8secSent in via: Email

    Reader: Mladen Popovic

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    WIN!A Samsung 16GB memory cardEvery issue, one winner will receive a Samsung 16GB SDHC memory card or a prize of equal value terms and conditions available online

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    YOUR PHOTOSReaders gallery

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    YOUR PHOTOSReaders gallery

    Reader: Kevin Browne Sun owers, Stubbington I heard about this eld of sun owers, so I headed out to catch a wide view of it at sunset.Shot on: Canon EOS 1000D, ISO 1600, f7.1, 1/2000sec

    Reader: Elaine LeggWool Bridge, Dorset"I was at home and glanced out my window to see the sky lit up. I raced to the nearest spot to catch this beautiful sunset just in time."Shot on: Canon EOS 550D, ISO 160, f3.5, 1/32sec

    Reader: Emma Lockwood Busy Bee

    I took hundreds of photos of the bees collecting pollen from these

    owers before I took this shot.Shot on: Nikon Coolpix S8200

    Reader: Kyriacos Maragos Butter y In Balance This was taken in our local park in Athens. I followed the butter y from ower to ower and took more than 14 shots to get the right millisecond of life'."Shot on: Olympus SP-800UZ, ISO 100, f5.6, 1/640sec

    Reader: Jose Mari V. Donaire Singapore Skyline A long exposure of the Singapore Skyline taken at the Marina Bay area during evening twilight.Shot on: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, ISO 200, f22, 90sec

  • Reader: Graham Browne Berries"I was out picking berries and I thought it would make a nice up close photo.I was surprised how good the camera was on the phone."Shot on: Motorola RAZR i

    Win cameraphone kit!Send us your cameraphone shots and you could win a Manfrotto KLYP kit worth 95/approx $150. For more info head to Full terms and conditions available online.

    ENTER NOW: Send your shots to

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    Reader: Rachel HunterTitle: Sweet Dreams

    Reader: Alison SmithTitle: Lady Bay

    Reader: Christina PerezTitle: Vertigo

    Reader: Chris AdamsTitle: Broken Tree

    Reader: Amy BolvariTitle: Avalon Pier

  • Back when photography began, all photographs were black and white, yet even now we still enjoy producing monochrome images. Not only can it help to give your shots a timeless and stylish feel, but it also provides a attering effect for portraits and removes any distracting colours from your scene. Many cameras come with a black and white mode, but it is often best to shoot in colour and then convert your shot later. That way you can have more control over the nal result, adjusting the contrast to create an image with more impact.

    In Issue 31, we gave you 16 pages full of advice for producing your very own monochrome m