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Amateur Photographer 24-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

Welcome to the first of our new monthly bumper issues, featuring an extra 32-page pull-out-and keep section, which each month will be on a different topic. This week’s issue is all about lenses. Technical editor Andy Westlake assesses the range of lenses available for every mirrorless system, we’ve got 12 pages of tips on using wideangles and telephoto lenses, and Andy Rouse recounts the story behind an amazing fisheye photo. But we’re not just talking about expensive glass – we explore the wonderful and varied world of vintage lenses and even look at lens adaptors for your phone. Also this week, we present one of my personal highlights of the photographic calendar, the 2020 winners of Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Our next bumper issue will be our Accessories Special,…

1 min.
this week in 1948

in 1948, it’s reported that the duo became lifelong close friends – Hitchcock died in 1980, followed by Bergman in 1982. This picture appeared in the Picture Post story ‘Ingrid’s Last Look at London’, and was taken by the photojournalistic pioneer and one of the Post’s founders, Kurt Hutton. 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 million images spanning the birth of photography to the digital age. Explore it at www.gettyimages.com.…

1 min.
ap picture of the week

Messy Face by David Venner Nikon D700, 50mm, 1/200sec at f/2.8, ISO 320 ‘This was my favourite photograph from the lockdown period,’ says David, who took this picture in June. ‘My daughter is looking a bit peeved that her ice cream had all gone.’ Fellow ice cream lovers will know that feeling well. This is a great portrait. The natural side light is just right, and David’s decision to go in really close on her face with a wide aperture to create a shallow plane of focus on her messy face and disappointed expression is just perfect. The black & white conversion was a great decision, too.…

2 min.
we also liked...

Emergent Southern Hawker by Peter Warne Canon EOS 90D, 100-400mm, 1/400sec at f/5, ISO 400 Peter, a retired biologist, has a small pond in his garden which is home to frogs, newts and dragonfly larvae. ‘During lockdown, I watched nymphs climb out of the water and emerge as adults,’ he tells us. This is a five-image stack using the Canon 90D focus-bracketing algorithm with the 100-400mm zoom at 275mm. It was processed in Photoshop and Camera Raw. It’s certainly a wonderful image comprised entirely of shades of green, and the technical quality is outstanding. See more of Peter’s work on Flickr as ‘Peter Warne’. Suspended Shades by Freya Batra Apple iPhone 11 Freya didn’t have to travel far to get this picture. She created it in her bedroom after observing the shadows cast on her…

1 min.

Fragile: Birds, Eggs and Habitat by Colin Prior Merrell, hardback, 240 pages, £40, ISBN: 978-1-8589-4688-7 Fragile presents beautifully crafted pictures of birds’ eggs by the well-known landscape photographer Colin Prior, side by side with photographs of the birds’ habitats. The title of the book reflects both the fragility of the eggs themselves, but also of their natural habitats. The eggs were mostly collected during the late 19th and early 20th centuries and belong to National Museums Scotland in Edinburgh, the holder of one of the world’s largest collections of birds’ eggs. Each egg photograph is a composite of between 40 and 80 exposures that were blended into a single image. The result is an almost three-dimensional rendition of the egg. The caption beneath each egg details the common and scientific names of the bird,…

1 min.
photoshop elements/ premiere upgrade

ADOBE has announced the latest updates to its Photoshop Elements image editor and the video-centric Premiere Elements, with Adobe’s AI technology, Adobe Sensei, driving many of the key improvements. These include the ability to create animated GIFs with 2D and 3D camera motion, the self-explanatory Adjust Face Tilt and five new Guided Edits to help master key editing tasks. A major addition is Perfect Landscapes, which helps you replace skies, remove haze, and erase unwanted objects in your scenic shots. Move, Scale, and Duplicate Objects, meanwhile, makes it easier to select an object and change its position, size, and more. Photoshop Elements remains a popular image-editing choice for photographers who don’t need the outright raw-processing power of Lightroom or the sometimes mind-boggling complexity and huge range of features you get with…