Amateur Photographer

Amateur Photographer 29-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

To paraphrase Mark Twain’s misquote, reports of the death of film are greatly exaggerated. Film photography is alive and well, and growing. But why? No one could claim that film is easier, more convenient, or cheaper. Quite the opposite. But is it not true that we value something more when we invest more of ourselves in its creation? And in an increasingly digital world, where images are made by computers from capture to print, there is also a yearning for the feeling of having made something tangible that looks and feels organic and flawed, rather than programmed and perfect and infinitely replicable, but ultimately illusory. If you’re an AP reader you almost certainly used film for years, even if you’re not one of the 25% who still do, so this…

1 min.
this week in 1970

Jimi Hendrix by Doug McKenzie The influential rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix in action at the Isle of Wight Festival, which took place 50 years ago this week. It was the last public performance Hendrix gave, and was released as a posthumous live album in 1971. At the time, he was the world’s highest paid performer, headlining Woodstock in 1969 and the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970. He performed in the early hours of 31 August, with technical problems plaguing the set. Less than three weeks later, Hendrix died in London at the age of just 27. Despite his short life, he is still widely regarded as one of the greatest instrumentalists of all time. The Getty Images Hulton Archive is one of the world’s great cultural resources. Tracing its origins to…

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ap picture of the week

Suburban Barn Owl by Nigel Bewley Canon 1DX, 500mm, 1/640sec at f/4, ISO 1000 Amazingly Nigel took this not that far away, as the owl flies, from Wembley Stadium. He lives in Ealing, West London and is proof positive that you don’t have to travel to isolated rural spots to capture great wildlife images. He tells us, ‘I was on Horsenden Hill, a stretch of countryside very close to home, to photograph swifts swooping over the huge meadows there. At last light, a barn owl appeared and drifted silently towards me and veered away at the last minute to continue its journey. A magical moment.’ Nigel uploaded his image to flickr.com/photos/ nigelbewley using the hashtag #appicoftheweek. Chosen by Nigel Atherton, Editor as our #appicoftheweek Want to see your pictures here? Share them with our…

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we also liked...

Red Arrows by Alex Roebuck Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, 1/2000sec at f/5.6, ISO 400 Alex is a photographer from Rotherham, South Yorkshire. This image was taken at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire during a training exercise for the Royal Air Force Display Team, The Red Arrows. Alex’s background in photography means that he’s usually photographing sports or news events. He can be found on Instagram @alexroebuckphotographer and his website is www.alexroebuck.co.uk. Chosen by Geoff Harris, Deputy Editor Happisburgh Lighthouse by Steve Gray Canon EOS 6D, 14mm, 25sec at f/2.8, ISO 2500 For Steve, photography is a hobby that he decided to take more seriously about five years ago when he bought his first DSLR. He says, ‘I mainly shoot landscapes, seascapes and urban landscapes, and my two favourite locations to shoot are the Norfolk Coast and…

1 min.
kodachrome reborn on your phone

VSCO has introduced a new Kodachrome-inspired preset, KC25. As analogue film fans will know, Kodachrome was a highly influential film (pro fans inclued Steve McCurry), and VSCO says it has been working to recreate the unique look since it was discontinued in 2010. You can use the new preset with the VSCO smartphone app, which is available for iOS and Android on their respective app stores. The limited version is free; if you subscribe you’ll get access to the full list of presets and features. KC25 will be available to all VSCO users free until 25 August and can be permanently added to the preset library with a subscription to VSCO.…

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remembering mr pixel

WE ARE sad to report the death of Russell Kirsch, who is assured a place in computing and digital photographic history as the co-inventor of the pixel. Kirsch was born in Manhattan in 1929 to Jewish immigrant parents and soon stood out as an academic star – his alma mater included Harvard and MIT. Aged only 23, he joined the National Bureau of Standards as a member of the Standards Eastern Automatic Computer (SEAC) team – responsible for handling the world’s first programmable computer. In 1957, Kirsch played a key role in helping to develop a 5cm by 5cm digital image scanner for the SEAC that eventually captured the first digital images. His son Walden, then three months old, was an early subject and was the first baby to be…