Practical Photography January 2020

In this issue of Practical Photography:

The new issue of Practical Photography is heading your way! It’s another bumper issue, with loads of brilliant multi-media photo goodness to entertain, inspire and educate…

Free gifts

Watch 65 minutes of new how-to videos, including a travel special and self-portrait challenge; use our free templates to create a personalised 2020 photo calendar; edit like a pro with our 28-page guide to Skylum Luminar, and more!  

10 ways to instantly improve your photography

Recharge your creative batteries with our essential 15-page guide to becoming a better photographer, with loads of practical advice, challenging projects and thought-provoking ideas to try. Think of it as your New Year workout!

Shoot artistic urban scenes

Reflections, movement, triptychs… there are many ways to capture the urban environment, and we’ve got three easy projects that will help you see buildings in a whole new light.

My photo project

Al Lapkovsky visits St Petersburg every year and always takes the same photos. Or at least he did until he found a new shooting mode on his smartphone and unlocked a magical world of abstract illusion.  

Know your stuff

Reducing digital noise, scanning old slides, understanding file types and lens compression explained – just a handful of the topics our experts explore in our latest Q&A special. Send your questions to

New series! Flash know-how

Got a flashgun but don’t know how to use it? This series is for you. In part one, flash expert Ben Davis explains the absolute basics, and shows you how to take control of the power settings.

The edit

Enhance contrast with HDR, create atmosphere with your own custom cloud brush, add blur for a burst of motion, and use our exclusive calendar templates to make a personalised 2020 year planner.

Get into gear

This year’s festive gift guide features 108 brilliant gear ideas for all budgets, abilities and interests. From wallet-friendly stocking fillers to money-no-object extravagances, we’ve got something for every photo-obsessed tog in your life.

Practical Photography January 2020