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Amateur Photographer 31-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.
7 days a week in photography

It may be Halloween but there are no tricks, only treats, in store in this week’s Landscape Special. Three photographers were bribed with sweets to share their tips for great autumn shots, and we’ve got the winning images from this year’s Landscape Photographer of the Year competition, which are always guaranteed to inspire. I had the privilege, once again, of being a judge. The city dwellers among you haven’t been forgotten, with a beautiful portfolio of pictures of London as you’ve never seen it before – after dark, during lockdown. For the documentary fans we revisit a seminal 1980s project on the Great North Road and tell the story behind some astonishing images of the Australian bush fires. Finally our gear section features four very different but equally excellent products:…

1 min.
this week in 1922

Apple Witches by Topical Press Agency An apple bobbing game at a Halloween fancy-dress party. This tradition, known as ‘bobbing’ or ‘ducking’ for apples, traces its roots all the way back to the Roman invasion of Britain. At that time, traditions from the conquering army merged with those of the natives. Customs included young unmarried people trying to bite into an apple floating in water or hanging from a string – the idea being that the first to bite into the apple would be next in line to marry. It’s also long been associated with Halloween – the Agatha Christie novel Hallowe’en Party centres on a girl who drowns mysteriously in a tub used for apple bobbing. The Getty Images Hulton Archive is one of the world’s great cultural resources. Tracing its…

4 min.
ap picture of the week

The Eye Catcher by Peter Murrell Nikon D700, 50mm f/1.8, 1/100sec at f/1.8, ISO 1250 ‘Gone are the days of being intimidated to ask a complete stranger for a photo,’ says Peter, who specialises in street photography and portraiture, mostly in black & white. ‘I saw this lady on the escalator at London’s King’s Cross. I approached her and said, “I need to take your photo! Please?” She obliged, but there was also a hint of shyness and embarrassment.’ It isn’t often you see people beaming so happily on the Underground so no wonder Peter wanted to record it for posterity, and the lady’s quirky dress sense has only made the picture more interesting. Her sense of being flattered but also mildly embarrassed makes this lovely black & white street portrait all the…

1 min.
free guide to choosing inkjet paper

PermaJet has released a free guide to inkjet paper choice called The Knowledge Vol 1: The Art of Paper Selection. It covers the ins and outs of inkjet paper, according to the company, and explores the basics, from how each paper looks, through to technical details. So you can learn what suits each paper type and when it might be used. ‘More than just a one-time read, it’s a handbook that can be constantly referred back to when coming to print a new image,’ said the company. Get it from www.permajetphotographyblog.com/ the-knowledge.…

1 min.
wilkinson overhauls second-hand services

Wilkinson Cameras has updated its processes for selling used gear. These now include up to 25 checks on every piece of pre-owned kit prior to listing, a 14-day no-quibble returns policy, 12 months warranty on all kit, and finance available on any item, or order value totalling over £200. Furthermore, you can register your interest in a specific item in order to be notified when a used example comes in, and all pre-owned kit will be shipped in recycled cardboard boxes. Full details at www.wilkinson.co.uk/preowned.…

1 min.
fujifilm 10-24mm f4 wr details confirmed

FUJIFILM has revealed full details of the weather-sealed version of its mid-range wideangle zoom, the XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS WR. The new lens inherits its optical design and many of its specifications from the existing 10-24mm F4 that appeared back in 2013, but it gains a decent range of improvements. Most obviously, the WR suffix indicates that it’s dust- and moisture-resistant, and will continue to operate in temperatures as low as -10°C. This should be extremely welcome to landscape photographers who don’t want to lug around the larger and pricier 8-16mm f/2.8. In addition, the aperture ring gains a marked f-stop scale, along with an auto position that has a push-button lock, replacing the switch on the older lens. The optical stabilisation promises 3.5 stops effectiveness, equating to an additional…