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Amateur Photographer

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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51 Issues


1 min.
a week in photography

I love it when a picture stops me in my tracks and David Yarrow has done that to me a few times, so I’m delighted that we’ve tracked him down for an interview this week. You may recognise his group portrait with a wolf in a bar (page 28) – I chose it as my favourite image of 2018. Of course there’s little point in creating work as good as David’s, or any pictures that hold value to us, if they’re left in a cupboard. I have thousands of prints and negs from pre-digital days that are, quite literally, in cardboard boxes, and I’m fairly sure that you probably do too. It is one of my New Year’s resolutions to start digitising these, and this week John Wade presents a…

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this week in 1965

Sleeping on the Job by Express THIS amusing picture from January 1965 shows the legendary news photographer Terry Fincher taking a nap in the offices of the Daily Express and Evening Standard. Note his clever use of a stack of newspapers as a pillow, but the smile on his face perhaps suggests all is not as it seems. To date, Fincher still holds the record for the number of times he won British Press Photographer of the Year, taking home the prize in 1957, 1959, 1964 and 1967. He was also a runner-up in 1968. During the 1950s and 1960s, he photographed every major war, including five tours of Vietnam. Those who knew him described his quick-thinking, competitive spirit and foresight, which kept him ahead of his game. The Getty Images Hulton…

2 min.
news round-up

Firmware update for Nikon Z 6 and 7 A firmware update from Nikon now enables the Z 6 and Z 7 full-frame mirrorless cameras to output raw video to an HDMI-connected device. The video stream, which is compatible with the Atomos Ninja V external recorder, is captured as ProRes raw. The firmware also enables the cameras to use Type B Sony CFexpress memory cards. Z 7 users can get the firmware at bit.ly/344sGNj, and it’s available for Z 6 users at bit.ly/2scY52T Major Bruce Davidson show Photographs of the UK in the 1960s, some rarely seen, by Magnum photographer Bruce Davidson are on display in his first solo UK exhibition in nearly a decade. Davidson, from the US, arrived in 1960 on commission for The Queen magazine. As well as landscapes, his subjects…

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big picture

TAKEN by Hungarian photographer Csaba Daróczi, this beautiful image of two rabbits jumping was chosen by the jury for its atmosphere, timing, beautiful light, perfect sharpness and composition. Chair of the jury – former AP Editor Keith Wilson – said, ‘This photo is proof of the fact that you don't have to get extremely rare or extraordinary species in front of your camera to be able to create a great nature photo. If you have a vision and a creative mind you can create a great shot close to home.' The photo was taken in Kiskunság, near the village of Bócsa in Hungary. The photographer spent more than 70 mornings during 2018 taking thousands of photos in order to get the one he wanted. The 2019 competition attracted more than 14,000 entries…

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canon reveals full details of eos-1d x mark iii

CANON has announced details of its upcoming professional sports and action DSLR, the EOS-1D X Mark III. This latest model boasts a 20.1-million-pixel full-frame sensor that teams up with a Digic X processor to offer an ISO 50-819,200 sensitivity range. It's capable of shooting at 16fps, or 20fps in live view, with AF tracking and a vast buffer of over 1,000 raw frames. For viewfinder shooting, it features an all-new 191-point AF system, with 155 cross-type points and its own dedicated Digic 8 processor. A new AF Smart Controller allows the focus area to be repositioned by using thumb movements across the AF-On button. Still images can be recorded in the 10-bit HEIF format, as a higher-quality alternative to JPEG. The camera is capable of recording 12-bit raw video internally at…

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last call for garden photographer of the year

THE ROYAL Horticultural Society's Garden Photographer of the Year competition is one of the biggest and most inclusive of the photographic year, but you only have until 31 January to enter. Professionals and amateurs can enter their work across nine different categories including Urban Gardening and Welcoming Garden Wildlife, so there is much more to it than close-ups of tulips. Last year, overall adult winner Richard Caldwell triumphed with an aerial photograph of a meticulously organised community garden in Laguna Woods, LA, (right). At the other end of the scale, the overall winner in the under 18's category, Jake Kneale, won with an ethereal image of a spider's web. ‘January is the perfect time of year to get outside and capture atmospheric and beautiful photographs,' says Chris Young, chair of the…