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Discover some top tips for shooting fantastic animal portraits, in the new issue of Digital Camera magazine – on sale now. 

The January issue also features 10 new photo projects, some of them with winter themes. Ring in the new year with a bespoke photo calendar, create a snow globe scene in Photoshop and glean some professional insights for shooting winter scenics. Our astrophotography series continues with a tutorial on how to photograph the ‘blood moon’ that’s due on 21 January. 

This month, our regular Camera College series examines depth of field: if you want to know why some parts of images look more blurred than others, and get the lowdown on hyperfocal focusing, then this six-page feature is a must-read. 

Practical Photoshop, our regular guide to getting the most from the industry standard image editing software, will teach you how to master sharpening and noise reduction using Adobe Camera Raw’s Detail panel, and takes a look at using Adjustment Layers and Blending Modes presets. 

In Raw War, two of our Photoshop experts come up with a distinctive interpretation of an under-exposed landscape, and we reveal how to transform a portrait by adding some digital makeup, in ‘Just for Fun’. 

Our resident Photo Answers expert Andrew James is on hand for some reader queries, and he also reveals how to photograph fireworks – handy if you’re likely to find yourself near a display on New Year’s Eve. 

Our January issue's camera reviews lead with the new full-frame mirrorless Nikon Z 6, which we're mightily impressed with. Find out why, and see how it performed against its nearest rivals in our exacting lab tests. 

Staying with mirrorless, we put the Canon EOS R up against its EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR sibling, and stage a parallel face-off between the Nikon Z 7 and Nikon D850. Tempted to make the switch from DSLR to mirrorless? Read our expert's insights first. 

Other hardware on test in the January issue includes the entry level Nikon D3500, Sigma’s new 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sport – a super-telephoto lens with an incredible 10x zoom – and we test six budget flashguns. On top of that, six drones go head to head, and we also reveal what to look for when buying your next SD card. 

This month’s pro insights are provided by top commercial photographer John Nassari, who invites us along on a restaurant shoot, and Paul Nicklen gives us the inside story on his new book Born to Ice. 

Finally, UK readers can enter a competition to win a Canon EOS R package worth £2,350. Up for grabs is a Canon EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera, an EF-EOS R Mount Adapter for attaching your existing Canon EF and EF-S lenses, and a masterclass with renowned landscape photographer and Canon Ambassador David Noton. The closing date is 11 January 2019.    

The January 2019 issue of Digital Camera comes with a whopping 12 free gifts, too. 

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  • Videodisc featuring 79 minutes of Photoshop and Lightroom video training 
  • 164-page Camera Shopper ebook packed full of buying advice 
  • Nine tips cards with settings to help you capture great portrait and macro shots 
  • 23 grid templates for displaying your images in a single print   

Digital Camera January 2019 issue cover

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Niall Hampton

Niall is the editor of Digital Camera Magazine, and has been shooting on interchangeable lens cameras for over 20 years, and on various point-and-shoot models for years before that. 

Working alongside professional photographers for many years as a jobbing journalist gave Niall the curiosity to also start working on the other side of the lens. These days his favored shooting subjects include wildlife, travel and street photography, and he also enjoys dabbling with studio still life. 

On the site you will see him writing photographer profiles, asking questions for Q&As and interviews, reporting on the latest and most noteworthy photography competitions, and sharing his knowledge on website building.