Amateur Photographer

Amateur Photographer 22-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

Buying and selling second-hand has always been a great way for canny photographers to upgrade their kit. But in these uncertain economic times it makes more sense than ever to either buy second-hand, or sell off those bits of our kit that we don’t use much in order to fund the purchase of a new item. This week’s special issue looks at both the buying and selling sides of the process, with expert tips on how to get the best price for your existing kit, as well as our pick of the best used buys in each of the main camera systems. We also feature the work of two people who have used photography in very different ways to overcome their own personal challenges, and a wonderful documentary project on…

1 min.
this week in 1934

Ball and Chain by Fox Photos A man throwing the ball and chain at the Highland Games in Dunoon. Usually, the Cowal Highland Gathering takes place annually at the end of August – this year it’s one of the many event casualties of Covid-19. The first record of an organised games taking place in Dunoon dates back to 1871, with the first games resembling the modern event taking place in 1894. Events include The Pipe Band Competition, Solo Bagpipe Competition, Highland Dancing competition and a range of sports including shotput, caber toss and a 5km fun run. It is hoped that the games will return safely in 2021. The Getty Images Hulton Archive is one of the world’s great cultural resources. Tracing its origins to the founding of the London Stereoscopic Company…

1 min.
ap picture of the week

Unripe by Patricia Wilden Canon EOS 70D, 40mm, 1/5000sec at f/3.2, ISO 200 Patricia didn’t take up photography until she retired in 2006 and now finds her hobby has turned into a bit an obsession. She has no particular favourite genre but takes mostly landscapes and street photography, although as a good creative spirit she will attempt most things! She explains how she took this shot, ‘I specifically went out on a bright blustery day to take photographs of an unripened cereal crop. The crop was moving in the breeze and after taking some shots I decided to focus on just one ear of barley. The only technique I used was to get down on my knees for the low point of view. I prefer to do that rather than use the articulated…

2 min.
we also liked...

Geometry by Jude Lee-Allan Nikon D5300, 50mm, 1/60 sec at f/8, ISO 640 Jude Lee-Allan is an 18-year-old photography student from Stroud with a real enthusiasm for portraiture. ‘I titled this image “Geometry” due to its structural appearance. The image was taken in my porch using just natural light and a white backdrop. It is part of a set of Avedon-inspired portraits that I created recently and is a photograph of a close friend.’ Chosen by Andy Westlake, Technical Editor The Calm Sea by Sue Woodbridge Sony Alpha 7R II, 16mm, 64sec at f/8, ISO 100 Sue loves being out in the fresh air and capturing the sea in all its forms, and as she lives on the south coast she has endless opportunities to do just that. ‘This particular image was taken at Lee-on-the-Solent, Gosport in…

1 min.
tamron 70-300mm telephoto for sony

Tamron is developing the world’s ‘smallest and lightest’ telephoto zoom for Sony E-mount, the 70-300mm F4.5-6.3 Di III RXD. While Tamron has made many telephoto zooms that extend to 300mm for DSLRs, this is the first model designed for full-frame mirrorless. The lens is weather-sealed, sports an ‘RXD’ Rapid eXtra-silent stepping Drive for focusing, and is relatively compact – with a 77mm diameter and weighing 544g. ‘The 70-300mm F4.5-6.3 is a highly practical lens that makes the excitement of telephoto shooting easier than ever before across a diverse range of shooting styles including landscapes, sports and other athletic events, wildlife, portraits, and more,’ said the company. The lens will be available in autumn, and the UK price is yet to be confirmed.…

1 min.
free nikon webcam software

With more and more people using cameras to carry out work meetings via Zoom or Skype, Nikon is the latest big maker to bring out webcam software. The company’s Webcam Utility software is compatible with selected DSLRs and the Z-series mirrorless camera range, and although it is free, the beta download is only available for Windows. Once installed on your Windows PC, connect your camera via a USB lead and you should get far better picture quality than you would from a bog-standard webcam built into your screen. Nikon joins Olympus, Canon, Panasonic and Fujifilm in bringing out webcam software and the full list of supported Nikon cameras, along with download instructions, is at bit.ly/ nikonwebcam…