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Amateur Photographer 17-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

in this issue

1 min.
a week in photography

This week we talk to top fashion and beauty photographer Rossella Vanon to find out just how much work goes into those stunning portraits that fill the women’s glossies –from planning, styling, lighting and shooting through to the retouching. If you prefer your subjects to have fur, or feathers, we’ve got seven pages of wonderful wildlife photos from APOY Round Six, taken by your talented fellow readers. Mike Crawford continues his tour through the world of film photography with a look at the benefits and variety of cameras to be found in medium format. Our technical team tests the Z 5, Nikon’s most affordable full-frame mirrorless model yet, and we reassess a former Product of the Year, the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art, as a great secondhand buy. As if that…

1 min.
this week in 1932

Penny Farthing Bugle by Fox Photos Edwin Davey, riding a penny farthing over Lambeth Bridge in London, and blowing a bugle to warn of his approach. Penny farthings were the first machine to be known as a ‘bicycle’, first becoming popular in the 1870s. Although it became virtually obsolete from the 1880s – thanks to modern bicycles being developed and being much safer – there remains to this day a number of dedicated penny-farthing enthusiasts. As recently as 2018, records were still being set on penny farthings, when Mark Beaumont, a Scottish cyclist, set the British record for the longest distance travelled in an hour, covering 21.92 miles at the Herne Hill Velodrome in Surrey. He narrowly missed the world record by just 290 yards. The Getty Images Hulton Archive is one…

1 min.
ap picture of the week

Gods Of Malabar by Arjun Kavil Sony A9, Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art, 1/800sec,f/1.4, ISO 640› ‘I took this in February, before Covid-19 came,’ says Arjun. ‘Theyyam is a traditional art form performed in Kerala, India. It tells the story of Kandanar Kelan, who died in a fire and was brought back to life by the warrior god Wayanattu Kulavan, and then became divine.’ This is a beautifully atmospheric image, relying solely on the light of the flames to illuminate not only the main performer but also the peripheral figures gathered around him. Arjun can be found on Instagram at @arjun.kavil. #appicoftheweek Win! Each week we choose our favourite picture on Facebook, Instagram, Flickr or Twitter using #appicoftheweek. PermaJet proudly supports the online picture of the week winner, who will receive a top-quality print of their image…

2 min.
we also liked...

Viking Sam by Steve Sulley Nikon D3300, 50mm lens, 1/200sec, f/7.1, ISO 100 ‘I took up photography when I retired in 2015 and my company bought me my first DSLR as a retirement present,’ says Steve. It was a great gift because he is still using it five years later, and enjoys photographing any subject that includes people. ‘Sam and her family are Viking re-enactors and I met them at a Nottingham & Notts Photographic Society location shoot,’ he tells us. ‘I asked them if they would like to have another shoot, but in a studio, with lighting. We used the studio’s wind machine (well, a fan!) to blow Sam’s hair away from her face.’ Viking Sam should have no axe to grind with this portrait – it’s nicely lit, has great eye contact…

1 min.
uk shooter becomes canon explorer of light

Canon USA has added five photographers to its Explorers of Light program. The diverse list includes British fashion photographer Lara Jade who is now based in New York. Lara started her career as a self-portrait photographer and eventually found her feet in the fashion and beauty world. The other photographers added are Lynsey Weatherspoon, Kahran and Regis Bethencourt (CreativeSoul), and Atiba Jefferson. ‘Each photographer brings their own refreshing blend of art and creativity by capturing life and culture from perspectives that are uniquely their own,’ says Canon. See bit.ly/explorersoflight.…

1 min.
new sandisk ssd drives

SanDisk has announced updated Extreme and new Extreme Pro portable SSD drives with capacities up to 2TB. The SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD now delivers write speeds up to 1000MB/s and read speeds of 1050MB/s and comes in a silicone shell, shock-proof from drops of up to two metres and water and dust resistant. The SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD, meanwhile, provides read and write speeds of up to 2000MB/s and comes in an aluminium shell. The SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD is on sale now in 500GB (£133.99) and 1TB (£216.99) versions A 2TB version is due for release later this year. The 2TB version of the SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD is on sale now for £418.99, with a 1TB version expected later in the year.…