Get 14 bonus gifts with the January issue of Digital Camera mag, including 9 photo tips cards

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Digital Camera launched in 2002 and is the world’s leading digital photography magazine. It has been helping photographers of all skill levels to improve their images ever since. 

Every issue is packed with technique tips, tutorials, inspiring images and expert buying advice, plus the latest news and equipment reviews, as well as a selection of free gifts (see below). 

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New year, fresh photo challenges… that’s the theme of this month’s cover feature. You’ll find 23 hints, tips and resolutions to make 2023 one of your best-ever photo years. 

Don’t forget that you can subscribe to Digital Camera magazine (opens in new tab) and get the magazine delivered to your door every month. Choose between a print or digital subscription, or a bundle of the two.

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Elsewhere, there are plenty of reasons to pick up your camera and get shooting this month. Turn to Photo Active for 10 all-new projects, covering outdoor, indoor and editing techniques. 

Learn how to shoot marvellous miniatures at home, using a small-scale LED lighting setup, photograph a flat lay of tasty festive food, master misty morning landscape shoots and pick up some tips from two accomplished seascape photographers. 

Plus, glean some expert insights on capturing canine shots, and see how you can transform portraits by introducing optical artifacts using everyday objects.  

Other highlights in January’s Digital Camera 

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It’s definitely the time to produce a photobook of the year’s best images – Camera College takes you through all the stages in the process, and the accompanying Affinity Photo tutorial shows you how to get your pictures ready for printing. 

Having a reader challenge based around photobooks could be a bit of a stretch, so instead this issue’s theme is ’Christmas spirit’ – submit your best festive photo to be in with a chance of winning a copy of Affinity Photo 2 (opens in new tab) editing software worth £59.99/$69.99! 

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For January’s One to One pro masterclass, we spend a morning with Kirk Purnell, to discover how he creates his beautiful photos of classical ballet. 

On location at a 12th-century English church, Kirk shows us how he works in a historic setting using contemporary camera kit, to create images inspired by Renaissance paintings. 

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Other highlights of January’s Digital Camera include the winning images from Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2022, in our Hotshots gallery. 

See some incredible examples of the genre, taken by photographers from across the world – shot in the wilderness, urban environments and on the doorstep.  

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We’re delighted that Michael Freeman has joined us for our main interview – his manifesto for why shadows should be viewed on the same terms as light, as argued in his new book of the same name, should be essential reading! 

And in an exclusive competition, Digital Camera readers can win a signed copy of ’Michael Freeman on… Light and Shadow’. Click here to enter today! (opens in new tab)   

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January’s Practical Photoshop is back with another fantastic bonus software promotion: you can get a free three-month subscription to AfterShoot – photo culling software worth $45 that works on both Windows and macOS! 

Alongside that, there are three more tutorials covering the latest developments in image editing functionality, with accompanying bespoke video lessons. 

In Tool School, you’ll learn how to harness the power of white balance in Camera Raw and Lightroom, while Fundamentals walks you through how to use Lightroom’s face feature detection to boost your portraits. 

And rounding off the month’s selection, Get the Look shows you how to use the blending modes in Photoshop layers. 

To help you get the most from the techniques in these tutorials, we’ve included 5 software extras: one portrait boost preset for Lightroom Classic 12, and four blending mode Actions for Photoshop. 

All you need to do is download each bonus pack to your computer, import the extras to your software and start transforming your images! 

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This month’s camera and accessory reviews include a hands-on preview of the Fujifilm X-T5 – the latest iteration of the brand’s retro-styled X-T series camera. 

With boosts to resolution, burst mode, image stabilisation and autofocus performance, the X-T5 looks to have plenty to tempt X-T series upgraders, or attract new photographers to the brand – read our early verdict on this exciting new model. 

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And fresh from its reboot as OM System, the brand formerly known as Olympus has released its first OM System-branded body. 

Built to deliver many of the flagship OM-1’s best features, the OM-5 packs plenty of computational technology in a form factor that will fit neatly in most pairs of hands. 

Find out why our testers reckon that the OM-5 is one of the perfect adventure cameras on the market.   

   

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Users of these new cameras – and many other types, of course – will be wise to invest in a top-quality SD UHS-II memory card to save their captures to. 

So allow us to remove some of the guesswork from the buying process in this issue’s Mini test, where we put five cards from a variety of price points through their paces.   

Also appearing in January’s kit reviews are two new LED panels from Rotolight – the Neo 3 Pro and Aeos 2 Pro – and the Tamron 17-70mm F/2.8 Di III-A VC RXD, available in Sony E or Fujifilm X lens mounts.

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

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This issue’s digital gifts include nine all-new photo tips cards; a preset and four actions for Lightroom and Photoshop; 51 minutes of video tutorials, a free copy of AfterShoot image culling software and a 280-page-plus camera buying guide ebook

Here’s the full line-up of the bonus gifts with issue 263: 

  • Nine new photo tips cards covering landscapes, wildlife, macro – and more!
  • 51 mins of video tutorials for Lightroom and Photoshop 
  • Free copy of AfterShoot software for Windows and macOS worth $45 
  • 5 software extras for Lightroom and Photoshop 
  • 280-page-plus Camera Buyer’s Guide eBook packed full of buying advice

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Every issue of Digital Camera magazine is packed with tips, techniques, pro advice, reviews, news and inspiration. 

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Niall is the editor of Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab), 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.