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Amateur Photographer 03-Oct-2020

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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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United Kingdom
Kelsey Publishing Group
51 Issues

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1 min.
a week in photography

Macro photography shines a spotlight on those small details that we barely notice as we go about our daily lives, and reminds us of what a beautiful, amazing world we live in – whether it’s some bizarre creature that’s too small to appreciate with the naked eye (like our cover star this week) or just an exquisitely lit detail of peeling paint on a wall. It’s also an ideal activity to pursue during our current state of semi isolation. This week we reveal the amazing winners of Close-Up Photographer Of The Year and present a few tips and techniques for getting shots like this yourself. Perhaps you’ll be one of next year’s winners. Also this week we explain how to shoot infrared, take you through the new drone regulations, get…

1 min.
this week in 1935

Winter Plunge by J.A. Hampton Determined early morning swimmers prepare to dive into the waters of the lido in London’s Hyde Park, seemingly oblivious to the wintry temperatures. The Serpentine Swimming Club, which uses the Hyde Park Lido, is the oldest swimming club in Britain. During the recent coronavirus lockdown, swimming was prohibited, but members of the club were permitted to return from 18 May, although they had to observe strict social distancing measures. The club swims between 6 and 9am every day in the Lido area, as well as taking part in a famous race on Christmas Day, known as the Peter Pan Cup race. 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,…

1 min.
ap picture of the week

Tea leaves by Paul Nash Sony A7R III, Sony 16-35mm, 1.5sec, f/4.5, ISO 50 Paul describes himself as an artistic man who loves making photographs, and this image was definitely ‘made’ and not ‘taken’. ‘During lockdown I was looking for new challenges,’ recalls Paul, who lives in Cornwall. ‘I love still life and during this time period I started to experiment with flat-lay type images. Everything I needed was in the garden and the kitchen, and so with a little creativity I came up with a play on the words of “tea leaves”.’ This picture jumped out at us from our Instagram feed thanks to its bold colours and strong graphic design, but it was surprisingly simple to put together. The hardest part was probably making the cup of tea to go…

2 min.
we also liked...

Hydro and Armadillo, Glasgow by William Dore Nikon Z 7, 24-70mm f/4 lens, 1/125sec, f/8, ISO 64 This is a superb architectural photograph. Strong graphic shapes, great lighting and very skilfully edited. William has been the managing director of an Ayrshire-based construction-related business for over 20 years and says he turned to photography – landscapes, street and documentary work – as a way of escaping the stress of the daily grind. ‘I’m currently working on a (possibly never-ending) documentary project on my home town of Irvine, Ayrshire,’ he says, though this shot was taken down the road, in Glasgow. ‘This image of two of Glasgow’s iconic landmarks was captured handheld, standing on my tiptoes to reach over some fencing, during a quick trip into the city for a takeout burger with my…

1 min.
adobe sky replacement tool previewed

Adobe has released a preview of a Sky Replacement Tool powered by its ‘Sensei’ artificial intelligence, ahead of its virtual MAX2020 expo in October. Full details have yet to be confirmed but it looks like it will go some way to simplifying sky replacement in Photoshop. The video reveals a Sky Replacement window with a menu of sky options, or you can add your own files. The Sensei technology then does the hard work of blending the foreground to match the sky, and automatically adjusts the brightness, contrast and shadows to match your imported sky. More details as we get them, and you can see the video at bit.ly/ adobeskyreplace.hotz .…

1 min.
ultra-wide and large aperture nikon z lenses

NIKON has announced a 50mm f/1.2 prime and a 14-24mm f/2.8 zoom for its series of full-frame mirrorless cameras – the Z 7, Z 6 and Z 5. The Z Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 S is the first f/1.2 prime lens in the Z range, while the company claims the Z Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 S is the world’s shortest full-frame f/2.8 ultra-wideangle zoom. The 50mm f/1.2 features 17 lens elements in 15 groups, including two ED glass elements and three aspherical elements. Nikon’s anti-reflective Nano Crystal Coat and Arneo coating is used to reduce ghosting and flare, and the lens is weather-sealed, with rubber sealing around the metal lens mount. In addition, the control ring is silent and the Fn button can be customised, while an OLED information panel enables you…