Amateur Photographer

Amateur Photographer 05-Sep-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 British landscape is by far the most popular subject to point a camera at among AP readers. It offers unparalleled variety in such a small area and the unpredictable weather, while irritating if you’re planning a barbecue, makes for an ever-changing canvas for the patient photographer. This week we ask leading landscape pros to name the top spots and to share tips for getting the best out of them. We also start an exciting new series: we asked 20 legends of music, and music photography, to pick the greatest album cover photos of all time, and over the coming months we’ll be telling the stories behind them. I can guarantee you won’t agree with all of the choices but that’s part of the fun, and the stories are fascinating.…

1 min.
this week in 1940

First Raid of the Blitz by Keystone A view east down the Thames towards smoke rising from fires in Surrey docks, following the first German air raid of the London Blitz, 7 September 1940. On the left is the Tower of London, and on the right is Tower Bridge. The Blitz (the German word for lightning that was coined by the British press) saw London bombed by the Luftwaffe for 56 out of the 57 nights following 7 September. Other cities including Liverpool, Cardiff, Plymouth, Swansea, Southampton, Belfast, Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield and Coventry were also targeted. More than 40,000 civilians are thought to have died as a result of Luftwaffe bombing. 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

Raspberry + Soda Water by Richard Krawiec Leica Q, 28mm, 1.40sec at f/2.8, ISO 200 Richard ran his own printing company for more than two decades until as he explains, ‘the dual curse of the internet and non-payers made us close the doors’. He continues, ‘I took up photography to help weather the mental trauma during the company closure – I’ve been addicted ever since.’ His images cover a range of genres as he doesn’t like to confine himself to any particular one. He was a Nikon D90 shooter, then migrated to an Olympus Pen F, then on to an Olympus E-M1 Mark II and, as he describes it ‘a bucket full of Zuiko glass’. He also has a Leica Q. For this image he dropped two pre-breakfast raspberries into a tumbler…

2 min.
we also liked...

Shrouded by Wesley Kristopher Nikon Z 6, 200mm, 1/500sec at f/8, ISO 100 Wesley is lucky in that living in South Yorkshire he has the UK’s first National Park, the Peak District, on his doorstep. It’s where he has taught himself photography over the last five years. He says, ‘The Peak District is still my classroom and I’m always out there trying new techniques. I encourage others to get out into the Peak District with my Instagram@PeopleofthePeak. This was from a special morning at Winnats Pass when lockdown had eased. Pre-pandemic, I took a tumble here trying to retrieve my camera and tripod, which had blown over the top in a freak gust. Luckily I survived with just a wrist sprain. This return visit was closure for me, in that I’d recovered…

1 min.
new wildlife competition

There are a lot of big competitions around, but here is a new, smaller one we are happy to help promote. The Ellen Fitzgibbon Memorial Competition is being organised to honour the memory of Ellen, who was a keen amateur photographer from the US, as well as a vet. She died from ovarian cancer at the tragically young age of 49 in 2018. The competition runs from 1 September to 15 October, and is free to enter. Entrants need to supply digital images (one per entrant) of the natural world, along with a 500-word statement. The first prize is US$1,500 and the runner-up US$1,000. Winning images will be donated to US cancer hospitals. See www.efcompetition.org/apply.…

1 min.
‘precious photos’ not always well-protected

Research by NordLocker, a file protection tool from the people behind the NordVPN (virtual private network), reveals that Brits value their photographs more than any other type of files stored on their computers. A full 70% of those surveyed consider their images more valuable than all other types of data. No big surprises there, but rather worrying is the revelation that only one out of 10 of those surveyed use file-encryption tools to protect data on their computers. ‘To keep their information private, 75% of respondents claim they use some sort of file protection, with passwords being the most common choice (46%)... 12% reveal they hide their files on the computer manually.’ More storage tips coming soon.…