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Amateur Photographer 09/03/2021

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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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Nothing ever made by mankind can match the beauty of nature’s creations. No wonder the natural world is by far the most popular subject among AP readers. This issue is dedicated to capturing nature in all its forms, and we’ve brought together a formidable line-up of experts to offer their tips and inspiration. We cover everything from flowers to falcons, lions to octopus larvae. We investigate the fascinating world of camera trap photography, recommend the best lenses and accessories to buy, and provide tips on editing. We also talk to some of the world’s top wildlife and nature photographers including Frans Lanting, who tells us about the changing role of nature photography in a world where so many of the Earth’s habitats and species are increasingly under threat. Don’t forget…

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this week in 1969

The McCartneys by Keystone Paul McCartney and his new wife Linda, née Eastman, an American photographer, leave Marylebone Registry Office with a police escort after their civil wedding ceremony on 12 March, 1969. The best man – Paul’s brother, Mike McGear – is on the right. Linda McCartney was well known as a music photographer and her 1968 photo of Eric Clapton was the first picture taken by a woman to appear on the cover of Rolling Stone. She also photographed iconic musicians including The Rolling Stones, Otis Redding, and Jimi Hendrix. Paul and Linda were married until her death in 1998 at the age of 56 from breast cancer. One of their daughters, Mary McCartney, is now also a successful photographer. The Getty Images Hulton Archive is one of the world’s…

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ap picture of the week

Fallow in the Frost by Francis Smith Nikon D500, Nikkor 70-200mm f/4 lens, 1/640sec at f/8, ISO 1250 ‘I took this picture at Hillesden House in Bucks whilst on a lockdown walk,’ says Francis, from Brackley, Northamptonshire. ‘The house has a deer park and this was one of those beautiful cold, frosty mornings with some freezing fog. I spotted this deer on the move and I followed it around, shooting a sequence of pictures through the holes in the deer fence. I felt that the mono treatment gave it a rather bleak feeling, reflecting the harsh weather. I love the expression on the animal’s face – it seems to be peering into the distance, fixed on something we can’t see.’ Francis is active on Facebook and Viewbug as fransmiff. #appicoftheweek Win! Each week we choose…

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Valentine’s Day Romance 2021 by Liam Ford Nikon D500, Sigma 105mm f/2.8 Macro, 1/20sec at f/3.5, ISO 140 Liam is just 21, and works in retail. ‘In usual circumstances I religiously go out during my days off to exercise my imagination with a camera in my hand. Lockdown 3 seems to have hit everybody a little harder in my opinion. Being confined at home on furlough I decided to stretch my imagination for a Valentine’s Day shoot. I set up a black backdrop in the living room after the sun went down, and used one LED umbrella light to the right of the roses as my only light source, which provided great highlights on the water droplets.’ Liam is on Instagram at @ljfpics. Weathering the Storm by Carl Harris Nikon D7500, Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6…

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updated pentax hd-fa limited primes

RICOH has revealed updated versions of its much-loved Pentax full-frame Limited-series primes. Based on classic designs that date back two decades, the HD Pentax-FA 31mm F1.8 Limited, HD Pentax-FA 43mm F1.9 Limited and HD Pentax-FA 77mm F1.8 Limited all gain improved HD coatings to maximise contrast and combat flare and ghosting, along with fluorine coating on the front element to repel grease and water. All three lenses boast aluminium barrels with traditional aperture rings, a circular diaphragm for attractive bokeh, and screw-drive autofocus driven from the camera body. They should be in the shops at the end of April, priced £649.99 for the 43mm f/1.9, £799.99 for the 77mm f/1.8, and £1,099.99 for the 31mm f/1.8.…

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sigma launches compact 28-70mm f/2.8 zoom

SIGMA has announced a lightweight standard zoom for full-frame mirrorless cameras, the 28-70mm F2.8 DG DN | C. It’s designed to be a smaller and more affordable alternative to the firm’s existing 24-70mm f/2.8, and a direct competitor to the Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD. Its credentials as a carry-anywhere lens are reinforced by its compact dimensions: at 72.2mm in diameter, 101.5mm in length and 470g in weight, it’s the smallest and lightest in its class. Optically the lens is based on the excellent 24-70mm f/2.8, but with the narrower 28mm start-point allowing a more compact design. It’s constructed using 16 elements in 12 groups, including 2 ‘F’ low dispersion (FLD), 3 super-low dispersion (SLD) and 3 aspherical glass elements to suppress optical aberrations. Nine rounded blades are used in…