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Amateur Photographer 10-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.

It is only recently that our society has started talking openly about mental health and how, just like our physical health, it needs to be looked after. It isn’t always easy though – life throws up many challenges to our emotional well-being. But it is abundantly clear that photography can play a big part in helping. For many people their camera is a tool they use to help overcome depression, grief and the many slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. This year, of all years, has highlighted the importance of mental health and the role that creativity can play in it. This issue is dedicated to those for whom getting through the day is often a struggle. We bring you a selection of moving and inspiring stories of photography’s power…

1 min.
this week in 1938

Playing Cards by Kurt Hutton Chelsea pensioners playing cards at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London. This image was featured in an October 1938 story in Picture Post called ‘The Life of a Chelsea Pensioner’. Kurt Hutton was one of the founding editors of the Picture Post, photographs from which form a good bulk of the Hulton Archive. Despite having a relatively short publication life, it ran from 1938 until 1957, and it is still held in extremely high regard, having been a pioneer of British photojournalism and a stomping ground for some of the UK’s best-known documentary photographers of the period. 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, today it houses over 80…

3 min.
it’s good to share

AP picture of the week Queen Mary 2 by Sue Woodbridge Sony Alpha 7R ll , 67mm, 1/640s at f/14 ISO 200 The cruise industry is one of those most badly affected by Covid-19 and there many places in the world where you can see groups of deserted cruiseships sitting at anchor off the coast, waiting for normal life to resume. One of those places is Weymouth in Dorset, where Sue Woodbridge took this picture of Cunard’s flagship QM2. ‘I wanted to get up close and capture these majestic ships as well as help local businesses who had taken the opportunity to swap from fishing charters to cruise ship trips,’ explains Sue. ‘I chose a point of view that showed just how enormous these ships were. They are huge!’ The choppy sea made…

1 min.
benro rhino tripods

Benro has announced a new Rhino range of tripods, featuring the firm’s new VX ball head. The smallest model extends to 140cm yet weighs just 1.2kg and folds down to 35cm, while the largest model measures 170cm when fully extended, weighs a shade over 2kg and supports a maximum weight of 20kg. The Benro VX ball heads include a dual panoramic function, where both the base of the head and the camera release platform offer 360-degree pan movement. A newly designed quick release clamp and Arca Swiss-compatible plate reduces weight without affecting performance. The new tripods start at £200 and are on sale now.…

1 min.
canon webcam utility

Canon’s EOS Webcam Utility is now available, enabling you to connect selected Canon DSLR, mirrorless or compact cameras to a PC running Windows – while support for MacOS is to follow soon, according to the company. The software improves image quality for virtual video calls while offering better low-light performance and improved colour, claims Canon. For further details and to check whether your Canon camera is compatible, see bit.ly/eoswebcam.…

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smaller, affordable 70-300mm for sony e

TAMRON has announced a 70-300mm F/4.5-6.3 Di III RXD lens for Sony E-mount cameras, which it claims is the world’s smallest and lightest telephoto zoom for full-frame mirrorless, weighing 545g and measuring 148mm. The lens, which is also more affordable than the Sony version, supports features such as Fast Hybrid AF, Eye AF, Direct Manual Focus and technology such as in-camera lens correction and camera-based firmware updates. Key specifications include 15 elements in 10 groups, a diaphragm with seven blades, a filter size of 67mm and moisture resistance along the lens barrel. ‘In addition, the AF drive system incorporates the exceptionally quiet RXD (Rapid eXtra-silent stepping Drive) stepping motor,’ says Tamron. ‘Because this lens is compatible with Sony camera features, including in-body image stabilisation and Eye AF, you can enjoy comfortable,…