Amateur Photographer

Amateur Photographer 19-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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in this issue

1 min.
a week in photography

I hate the term ‘mirrorless’ but until someone comes up with a better name we’re stuck with it. There’s nothing to hate about the cameras themselves though. In general they’re smaller, lighter and better at most things than DSLRs, which is why very few DSLRs are made any more – and why our annual Mirrorless Special is one of our most popular issues of the year. This week we test Canon’s impressive EOS R5 and Sony’s formidable A7S III, we reveal why Olympus users aren’t fazed by its change of ownership, and meet users of the three newest mirrorless systems. In a world where budgets are tightening for many people, we also reveal why the Fujifilm X-T2 is a more affordable way to get into not just mirrorless, but the…

1 min.
treasures from the hulton archive

A television monitor showing a close-up of senior aircraftsman John Brown’s eye during an experiment to investigate the reflex movements of the eyes and their association with visual illusions at the RAF Institute of Aviation Medicine (IAM) in Farnborough. The IAM was a leading centre for aviation medicine in the 1960s and 1970s, and it researched topics including the effects of high altitude, spatial disorientation and aircraft accident investigation. It closed in 1994, when many of its staff and facilities were transferred to the DERA centre for Human Sciences, while the IAM’s successor is the RAF Centre of Aviation Medicine at RAF Henlow in Bedfordshire. 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 in 1854,…

2 min.
ap picture of the week

Reflections on Byres Road by Kenny Gordon Leica Q, 28mm, 1/250sec at f/9, ISO 400 Kenny Gordon is a keen amateur photographer from Glasgow who enjoys shooting a wide range of subjects. During lockdown he set about creating a mini project of capturing puddle reflections from around his local area. He saw this as a substitute for not being able to travel far to capture landscape shots. He says, ‘This shot was taken in the West End of Glasgow, which is normally a very busy area. The puddle was huge and enabled me to capture the full reflection of the buildings when I got down low. The sun also made an appearance to illuminate the buildings perfectly – showing the unique stillness that happened during lockdown.’ See more of Kenny’s images on his…

1 min.
sony a to e-mount adapter released

A new A-mount to E-mount adapter, the LA-EA5, has been introduced by Sony. It includes a built-in motor that enables autofocus with ‘screw drive’ A-mount lenses. It also works with SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor) and SAM (Smooth Autofocus Motor) lenses, with support for wide-area focal plane phase-detection AF when using the latest E-mount camera bodies. This includes subject-recognition features such as Real-time Eye AF for both humans and animals, and Real-time Tracking. It’s on sale now for £270 from the Sony website See bit.ly/newsonyadapter.…

1 min.
nikon and canon at the photography show

Nikon has released its speaker line-up for this year’s online Photography Show on 20-21 September. The company will have three stands in its virtual hub: Nikon Imaging, Nikon Sport Optics and Nikon School. Speakers will include movie and TV stills photographers, Jasin Boland and Helen Sloan, along with new Nikon ambassadors – food photographer Donna Crous and wildlife photographer Andrew Parkinson. Nikon School trainers will also be running sessions. Canon, meanwhile, has announced that landscape and travel shooter David Noton will be a key speaker, along with wildlife photographer Mark Carwardine. You can also find out more about the EOS R5 and EOS R6.…

1 min.
wildlife poty shortlist reveals some super shots

HIGHLY commended images from the Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year (WPY) competition have been released. There is a great variety of pictures, including perching primates, fast disappearing habitats and peeking possums. This year’s competition attracted almost 50,000 entries from professionals and amateurs across the world, and the overall winners, including the Grand Title winners, will be announced on 13 October. For the first time, the awards ceremony will be conducted virtually from the Natural History Museum’s famous Hintze Hall. Winning images are selected for their creativity, originality, and technical excellence by an international panel of industry experts. Among the Highly Commended images is Hannah Vijayan’s shot of a brown bear pulling a sockeye salmon from the shallows of a river in Alaska’s Katmai National Park (see her image below).…