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Amateur Photographer


Published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd Amateur Photographer is the world's oldest weekly magazine for photography enthusiasts. With its unique weekly format, it is the first for news and events, plus features on techniques, equipment tests and darkroom advice. It appeals to those interested in buying and learning about digital and film photographic equipment, wanting advice on improving their technique, and learning about the greats in photography. Regular features on reader portfolios, darkroom, digital, black & white and photographer profiles ensure all areas of photography are covered. With an audience of dedicated photography enthusiasts.

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a week in photography

If we asked 100 photographers what their biggest challenges were, ‘getting the right exposure’ would probably not be the top response. Surely most modern cameras have nailed this now. Or have they? Obvious under or overexposure may be relatively rare these days, but there is no such thing as ‘correct’ exposure – it’s all subjective. The camera’s interpretation may be acceptable, but is it optimal? Would overriding the camera produce a more pleasing result? How do you keep highlight and shadow detail? Do histograms still have a purpose? These are some of the questions we answer in this week’s big feature. We also look at how to breathe new life into old negatives, shine a light on two very different cameras, and tell the stories behind two very different photographs. JOIN…

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ghostly castle by jay birmingham

THIS black & white photograph of Dorset's 11th-century Corfe Castle was uploaded to our Instagram page using the hashtag #appicoftheweek. It was taken by Midlands-based photographer Jay Birmingham. He tells us, ‘This shot of Corfe Castle has been on my bucket list for a while and when I finally managed to capture the castle standing in the mist, it surpassed all my expectations. I like the contrast of the dark castle walls against the pale mist swirling through the ruins, and thought this would work really well in the monochromatic medium.' IMAGES MAY BE USED FOR PROMOTION PURPOSES ONLINE AND ON SOCIAL MEDIA© JAY BIRMINGHAM…

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news round-up

Sony Alpha 6400 firmware update Sony has released a firmware update for the Alpha 6400 enabling Real-time Eye AF for animals. When photographing humans or pets, their face and eye position is recognised by AI and tracked in real time with extremely high precision, to give the most accurate possible AF. The algorithm uses object recognition and processes colour, subject distance and patterns. See bit.ly/sonyanimalAF. Terence Donovan exhibition An exhibition of over 30 vintage photographs from Terence Donovan’s early career is at the Huxley-Parlour gallery in London from 3-27 July. Donovan rose to prominence in the swinging ’60s and the exhibition will showcase his best-known images from this period alongside some lesser-seen work. See www.huxleyparlour.com. RPS science contest The RPS’s Science Photographer of the Year competition 2019 is now live. It is open to all…

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big picture

Built some 300 years ago, Oxfordshire's Blenheim Palace has a rich and varied history. Home to the Duke of Marlborough, it was also the birthplace of Winston Churchill. A subject of some controversy at the time, the now Grade I-listed Grand Bridge was revealed in its entirety for the first time in 250 years when the lake beneath it was drained last year. When Cereta Drewett decided to photograph the bridge, she created an in-camera multiple-exposure image with the aim of emphasising ‘the architectural features of the bridge through repetition'. The blue tone was also achieved in-camera, by means of adjusting the camera's white balance. The resulting image has won her the Beautiful Blenheim special award. Part of the International Garden Photographer of the Year (IGPOTY) competition, the award was…

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new instax gratification

FUJIFILM has announced the latest addition to its Instax range of hybrid instant film cameras, the Mini LiPlay (pronounced ‘Lee-Play'). The camera is based around a small 1/5-inch sensor, which captures 2560 x 1920 pixel images. These can then be printed by the camera at 2.4 x 1.8 inches (62 x 46mm), or stored. For the first time on a Mini version of the Instax, the camera features a bigger LCD, which is 2.7 inches, with 230k dots. The lens, meanwhile, is equivalent to 28mm f/2 in 35mm terms. Up to 45 images can be stored in the internal memory, and there is a slot for a microSD/SDHC memory card. Built-in Bluetooth also enables you to send the images to an Instax printer. Other goodies include a built-in flash; a front-mounted…

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astronomy poty shortlist revealed

THE SHORTLIST for this year's Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year (POTY) has been revealed, featuring images as diverse as a bird-shaped aurora spreading its wings; a bright display of noctilucent clouds over Thurso beach, north Scotland; and an 1860s pier illuminated by the purple hues of our galaxy. The competition, which is run by the Royal Observatory Greenwich, is now in its 11th year and this year's competition received over 4,600 entries from 90 countries – a new record. Judges include comedian and keen amateur astronomer, Jon Culshaw; Art Editor of BBC Sky at Night magazine, Steve Marsh; and a range of experts from the worlds of art and astronomy. The winners of the competition's nine categories and two special prizes will be announced on Thursday, 12 September, at…