Get 13 bonus gifts with the April issue of Digital Camera, including 9 photo tips cards

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Issue 240 of Digital Camera is on sale now, with 13 bonus gifts including nine photo tips cards (Image credit: Future)

Simple setups for super shots… that’s the theme of this issue’s cover feature. We’ll show you how to take fantastic photos with just an everyday camera and a standard lens. 

So for any occasions when you can’t lug your complete camera rig around, we have some wily workarounds to produce pro-quality pictures every time. 

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Discover how to capture detail-rich landscapes without a tripod; learn how to mimic the effects of ND filters by exposure stacking; master portraits with minimal lighting; and find out how exposing for the highlights and recovering shadow detail in editing is a smart shooter’s alternative to shooting HDR. 

Remember that you can also buy Digital Camera online, or make great savings of up to 34% with a subscription

Other highlights in April’s Digital Camera 

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As always, there’s heaps of inspiration throughout the magazine, with 10 all-new projects to get stuck into in Photo Active. 

These include photographing food, creating a small-scale movie set, shooting colourful cars and capturing kestrels in flight. 

You’ll also find another selection of fun and inventive photography to try out safely indoors, in our Stay at Home section. 

And this is also the place where you can enjoy the latest submissions to our lockdown reader gallery. 

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Nature photographer Jasper Doest and his friend Bob – a pink flamingo – star in Pro in Focus, while wildlife photographer and camera tech innovator Will Burrard-Lucas tells all about his new book ‘The Black Leopard’. That’s our main interview

Plus, April’s Hotshots gallery showcases SWPA’s 2021 Student category shortlist. 

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This month’s Camera College turns up the heat by focusing on smoke art photography. Follow along with the tutorials then enter your best shot in the photo challenge, where one lucky reader can win a copy of Affinity Photo, worth £23.99/$25. 

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This month’s bonus digital gift is a pack of 48 virtual backgrounds, for making any portrait look like it was shot in a professional’s studio – our Photoshop maven Jon Adams will guide you through how to get started. 

Other image editing tutorials in the April issue offer expert techniques to help get the best from Affinity Photo, Camera Raw, Photoshop, Lightroom and Photoshop Elements. 

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This month’s equipment reviews lead on the Leica SL2-S, a lower-priced edition of the brand’s SL2, and we have a bonanza for keen followers of the lens market.

Eight optics for astrophotography go head-to-head in our group test, while the Nikkor Z 50mm f/1.2 S, the Sony FE 35mm f/1.4 GM and the Fujinon XF 14-24mm f/4 are put through their paces in the Digital Camera labs. 

The latest issue of Digital Camera comes with an unrivaled selection of digital gifts 

Issue 240 of Digital Camera magazine is on sale now – and don't forget that you can also enjoy it on your smartphone or tablet (Image credit: Future)

This issue’s digital gifts include 48 virtual studio backdrops; 53 minutes of video training for Photoshop, Lightroom, Camera Raw and Affinity Photo; and a Photoshop cheat sheet with quick-glance keyboard shortcuts to speed up your workflow. 

Here's the full line-up of the bonus gifts with issue 240: 

  • Nine all-new photo tips cards on wildlife, creative, landscapes – and more! 
  • 48 virtual backdrops for transforming portrait images in Photoshop  
  • 53 mins of image editing video tutorials for Affinity Photo, Photoshop and Lightroom  
  • 258-page Camera Buyer’s Guide eBook packed full of buying advice  
  • Photoshop cheat sheet with quick-glance keyboard shortcuts, for digital devices    

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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.