Amateur Photographer

Amateur Photographer 08-Aug-2020

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

The sky plays a vital but often overlooked role in the success of a landscape image, and nowhere in photography is the struggle between what the human eye sees, and what the camera sensor can record, more valiantly fought than in the heavens above. The sky is often so much brighter than the world below it, that it simply isn’t possible to capture all the subtle details in both without intervention. Luckily there are cures for a wishy-washy sky, both in camera and on your PC, and this week we explore them. Also this week we share some sublime street photos from a true master, and test the latest incarnation of the camera that pretty much invented the genre – the exquisite Leica M10-R. Don’t forget that you can avoid…

1 min.
this week in 1972

The Princess Royal at the 1972 Summer Olympics by Daily Express Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, takes a photograph with an Asahi Pentax SLR at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany. The Princess had hoped to compete in the 1972 Olympics but was not selected for the team that year – despite gold medal success in the previous year’s European eventing championships and being named as BBC Sports Personality of the Year. She would have to wait until 1976 at the Montreal games, where she rode the Queen’s horse Goodwill in Eventing. In doing so, Princess Anne became the first member of the British Royal Family to compete in the Olympic Games. The Getty Images Hulton Archive is one of the world’s great cultural resources. Tracing its origins to the founding of…

1 min.
ap picture of the week

Gaucho by Paul Fine Canon 1DX Mark II, 105mm, 1/125sec at f/4, ISO 100 Paul is a self-taught amateur photographer from Plymouth who took this shot on a pre-lockdown trip to Argentina, where he had the opportunity to visit a ranch and watch a gaucho rounding up his horses. The lead horse, called a ‘madrina’ or godmother, has a bell around its neck that the others diligently follow. As you can see, it was a hot, dusty day providing Paul with the perfect opportunity to capture this atmospheric black & white image. The shades and tones of the horses together with the dust work to great effect in monochrome. See more of Paul’s work on his Instagram @cymrufach3231 as well as his Flickr page https://500px.com/cymrufach3231. Chosen by Nigel Atherton, Editor as our…

2 min.
we also liked...

Bathroom by Nina Sherman Sony DSC-RX100M4, 1/100sec at f/1.8, ISO 400 London-based Nina was on the hunt for an alternative to her usual photographic style. As she tells us, ‘As an amateur street photographer, taking candid photos of people is something I really missed during lockdown. Even as an introvert, I was longing for events and celebrations so I could start taking photographs of people again. Still life and landscape just wasn’t really doing it for me until I came across a weekly photography challenge by the one-and-only Martin Parr, during an online search for “photography at home” ideas. I took this one for the theme “Bathroom”. I soon discovered taking photos of still life could be fun!’ Nina uploaded this picture to Instagram @ninasherman1 with the hashtag #appicoftheweek. Chosen by Andy Westlake,…

1 min.
potato poty winner

A PICTURE of a ‘Spud getting a haircut’ taken by Ray Spence has been named winner of the Potato Photographer of the Year 2020 competition. It was co-organised by regular AP contributor, Ben Brain. ‘Many thanks to everyone who took part and to Fujifilm UK and the RPS for donating some great prizes and to PhotoCrowd for providing the competition platform and support. We didn’t quite raise the $1m I was hoping for The Trussell Trust but the few grand we did raise will help support some much needed food banks.’ See https://bit.ly/potatopoty.…

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new fujifilm flashgun/ wireless commander

FUJIFILM has rolled out a compact flashgun, the EF-60. It supports radio-controlled wireless remote triggering when combined with the EF-W1 Wireless Commander, which is also new to the company’s line-up. ‘The shoe mount flash has a maximum Guide Number of 60 (ISO100m and flash coverage setting at 200mm equivalent) despite its compact form factor,’ said the company. The flash coverage ranges from 24mm to 200mm and can be extended to approximately 16mm when the built-in diffuser is used. It also features an Auto Zoom function. The EF-60 flash is available now priced at £389, whilst the EF-W1 Wireless Commander costs £199.…