Amateur Photographer

Amateur Photographer 15-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.

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1 min.
a week in photography

Everyone loves a beautiful landscape but certain views have been photographed so many times that when we see another one, no matter how skilfully executed the shot or sublime the light, a tiny corner of our souls lets out a little sigh. In our main feature this week Ben Brain encourages us to drive past those tripod holes in the ground, put away those ND grads, and think about a new way of looking at the landscape. I say new but it really isn’t – renowned photographers like Stephen Shore have been taking pictures like this all their lives. On the other hand, if you prefer your subjects smaller and closer to home we offer an alternative take on garden macro. We also examine the world of photo competitions, share…

1 min.
this week in 1919

Chiswick Pool by G Adams Bathers outside the changing rooms at the open-air baths in Chiswick, West London. Opened on Edensor Road in 1910, the Chiswick Baths was one of London’s earliest open-air pools. Devised as a council initiative to create work for the unemployed, the Chiswick Baths became somewhat of a prototype for the lido craze which took off in the UK during the 1930s. At the time considered rather risqué, the Chiswick Baths boasted mixed bathing sessions and art deco style architecture that was viewed as somewhat of a blueprint for other outdoor pools that opened up across the rest of London. Eventually, the pool was redeveloped into an indoor pool on the same site – it’s still there today with the imaginative moniker, New Chiswick Pool. The Getty Images Hulton Archive is…

1 min.
ap picture of the week

Canary Wharf by Andrew Dare Nikon D810, 14mm, 1/125sec at f/6.3, ISO 64 Andrew is an amateur photographer from Brentwood in Essex. He mainly works in black & white and has a passion for modern architecture in all its forms. He’s been using a Nikon D810 since starting out in photography three years ago and has recently purchased a Fujifilm GFX100 to continue his creative journey. He tells us, ‘The attached image was taken at Canary Wharf shopping centre looking up the escalators towards the dome at the top. I use Photoshop for processing the raw files then for all my black & white work I import them into Silver Efex Pro 2.’ See more of Andrew’s shots on Instagram @darkside_ov_photography and at his website www.darksideofphotography.co.uk. Chosen by Nigel Atherton, Editor as…

2 min.
we also liked...

Standing Out by Claire Marsh Sony Alpha 7, 35mm, 1/500sec at f/.4, ISO 50, ND 1.2 grad Claire is an amateur photographer from Dorset who enjoys shooting mainly landscapes and seascapes as well as experimenting with long exposures. Photography has been a hobby of her for the past 13 years or so. Claire explains, ‘Each spring I scout the local countryside for poppy fields. These more unusual pink opium poppies are grown locally for use in pain medicine for the NHS. On the evening I arrived at this field, the sky just kept getting more and more colourful as time went by. It was such a lovely thing to witness as these flowers don’t hang around too long.’ Chosen by Geoff Harris, Deputy Editor The Round House by Martin Waters Canon EOS R, 118mm, 1/6sec…

1 min.
classic rock images rediscovered

Online gallery Drop Top Images is selling prints from a stash of long-forgotten negatives of classic rock acts such as Led Zeppelin (above), The Who and Fleetwood Mac, recently rediscovered by former music photographer Pete Minall. Minall, who got to know many of the bands in the early days of their careers, sometimes got access backstage as well as taking live shots, and found the negs among family photographs. ‘It was a fabulous surprise, having no idea they still existed,’ he explains. ‘At the time, they were just fun shots to take.’ AP readers can get a 15% discount by quoting AP100. See bit.ly/minallprints…

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more 3 legged thing ‘legends’

Tripod maker 3 Legged Thing has unveiled new additions to its Legends range. The tripods are called Bucky and Ray, with the Ray being an ‘ultra-compact’ traveller tripod, with a folded length of 35.6cm, the ability to support loads up to 30kg and a two-section centre column. Bucky, meanwhile, has a maximum height of 1.89 metres with a minimum height of 11cm; it also has a three-section column for greater versatility. Both are made from carbon fibre and magnesium alloy and the company has also announced a new tripod head, the AirHed Vu. Prices as follows: Ray legs only, £319.99; Ray kit with AirHed Vu, £389.99. Bucky legs only £379.99; Bucky kit with AirHed Vu £449.99. See www.3leggedthing.com.…