Amateur Photographer

Amateur Photographer 19-Oct-2019

Published by TI Media Limited 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.

United Kingdom
Kelsey Publishing Group
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1 min.
a week in photography

No company has dedicated as much of its history to the art of camera miniaturisation as Olympus. This obsession has given birth to a long line of iconic cameras: the Pen series, the OM-1 and its successors, the Trip 35, the XA, the Mju and now the OM-D range. The phrase ‘small but perfectly formed’ could have been coined with Olympus in mind. This week we celebrate its centenary. We also reflect on the dazzling career of Fleet Street legend John Downing, and get our hands on Nikon’s latest entry into the mirrorless market – a technology co-invented by, you guessed it, Olympus. Finally, if you lower your eyes you’ll notice that we start a new weekly series this issue, showcasing great images from the incredible Hulton Archive. I hope…

1 min.
this week in 1951

TREASURES FROM THE HULTON ARCHIVE Midnight Vigil by Thurston Hopkins 13 OCTOBER 1951: Published in the Picture Post, this image shows a night-time vigil taking place outside Buckingham Palace. King George VI had his left lung removed in September 1951 after a malignant tumour was found. That year, the King's Christmas speech was recorded in segments and later edited together. Early the next year, the King would accompany his daughter and her husband to the airport to see them off on their tour of Australia via Kenya. On 6 February 1952, he was discovered dead in his room at Sandringham House, Norfolk, having died from a coronary thrombosis. His daughter returned to the UK as Queen Elizabeth II, and she would be crowned the next year. This photograph was taken by the renowned…

2 min.
news round-up

Leica’s ‘brass’ act Leica has released the Leica M10-P SC Asset. Only 30 editions are being produced of the gorgeous-looking, sandblasted brass camera, which comes with a brass-finish Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 lens and 24MP sensor. The kicker is that you can only buy this special edition from Leica Thailand outlets, as it is the result of a deal between Leica and Thai real estate company, SC Asset. World Photography Awards jury confirmed The jury for the 2020 Sony World Photography Awards has been announced. Professional category judges will include Brent Lewis, photo editor of The New York Times, and the Chair will be photographer, editor and consultant, Mike Trow. The Open and Youth contests will be chaired by Gisela Kayser, MD and artistic director at Freundeskreis Willy-Brandt-Haus, Berlin. See www.worldphoto.org. Canon mirrorless firmware updates Firmware…

1 min.
big picture

Described as ‘an exhibition celebrating the untouched beauty of the Scottish Hebrides', Quiet – which is on at the Bosham Gallery, West Sussex, until 7 December – is an exhibition of seascapes by Margaret Soraya. Soraya describes herself as an introvert and makes trips to the islands in search of solitude. Her images, with their crashing waves in abstract form or against a backdrop of distant hills, are imbued with a sense of isolation but not of loneliness. As Soraya says, ‘Solitude is a positive state which can stimulate self-awareness and creativity.' Soft and muted, with shades of sapphire, emerald green and turquoise against pale pinks and greys, her images present simple coastal elements. Visit boshamgallery.com.…

1 min.
welcome to fujifilm house

EARLIER THIS year, we revealed Fujifilm's plans to open a new ‘concept experience centre' in Covent Garden, and the name has now been confirmed as Fujifilm House of Photography. The centre, which is spread over three floors, will open presumably in time for Christmas, but the date is to be confirmed. As well as the chance to try out and buy the company's X, GFX and Instax cameras and Instax printers, visitors can drop by the Wonder Photo Shop, where they are encouraged to create photo books and gifts from their own images. Film products and processing services will also be available. At the Midnight Studio & Social Studios, visitors can test cameras and lenses and compare the image quality against their smartphones. There will also be a gallery and exhibition space,…

1 min.
sony releases a9 ii mirrorless model

SONY HAS announced the Alpha 9 II full-frame mirrorless camera, which, while not being a major upgrade of the sports-oriented Alpha 9, adds some useful new features. The new camera retains the same 24MP sensor as the A9, but Sony says the BIONZ X image processor is now faster. As with the A9, the new camera has a 693-point on-sensor AF system, but subject tracking is also quicker, Sony claims. The burst speed of the mechanical shutter has risen to 10fps, while the camera is still able to shoot at 20 fps with no blackout using the electronic shutter. A new anti-flicker system for the mechanical shutter makes it easier to use in indoor sports halls, which will please the camera's target market. Build quality is also beefed up, with a…