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Amateur Photographer 20/03/2021

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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

in this issue

1 min.
a week in photography

I’m one of those people who, whenever I go to a restaurant and am presented with an extensive menu, become overwhelmed by the choice and take ages to decide what I want. I find pressing the Menu button on a modern digital camera similarly intimidating. There’s just so much choice it’s hard to know where to begin. This week we ask a crack team of highly accomplished photographers from different genres to give us a few pointers as to what to set in order to get the best from your camera. Also this week, we look at the pros and cons of an Adobe subscription to see exactly what you get for your money and whether it’s worth the cost, and we investigate the world of crowdfunding, which has become…

1 min.
this week in 1981

Lucky Lady by John Downing The Queen Mother (1900-2002) poses with a group of Irish Guards on St Patrick’s Day, after presenting them with the traditional shamrock on 17 March 1981. The custom dates back to Queen Victoria, with various members of the royal family doing the honours over the years. This picture was taken by the legendary news photographer, John Downing, who sadly died last year. 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.…

3 min.
it’s good to share

AP picture of the week Frosin Hilla by Richard Neale Nikon D850, 16-35mm f/4, 0.6sec at f/16, ISO 64, Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ ‘Frosin Hilla is Icelandic for Frozen Shelf,’ explains Richard, who hails from Nottingham. ‘After checking my weather apps I was pretty certain that there would be a colourful sunrise the morning I captured this image. So I decided to go to my local spot by the River Trent in Sawley. To my amazement, the recent floodwaters had frozen and then receded leaving a levitating layer of ice clinging on to shrubbery above the ground.’ Instagram: @richardaneale. Georgie by Jamie Simmons Canon EOS R, RF24-105mm F4L IS USM, 1sec at f/11, ISO 100, Vanguard VEO 235CB tripod Jamie is a 29-year-old wedding and portrait photographer based in the Peak District. ‘Arthur is three years…

1 min.
birth of a légende

GITZO has announced the Légende tripod and camera backpack, designed to be environmentally friendly by using sustainable materials. Both come with an unlimited warranty, and the tripod comprises 170 individual parts that can be repaired instead of having to replace the whole thing. The new tripod and bag are available to pre-order on Indiegogo and will ship in May. Five per cent of campaign sales will go to Gitzo’s Wild Shots Outreach educational program. For early bird discounts and for full details, just visit bit.ly/gitzolegende.…

1 min.
time for your close-ups

MACRO and close-up photography has been understandably popular over the lockdowns, with a lot of us not being able to get much further than the garden or park. If you took some great images, the Close-Up Photographer of the Year (CUPOTY) contest is now open. You have until 23 May 2021 to submit entries and be in with a chance of winning a cash prize of £2,500. This annual competition, co-founded by former AP staffer and regular contributor Tracy Calder, is open to all, using any type of camera, phone or light microscope. There are nine categories: Animals, Insects, Butterflies & Dragonflies (new), Underwater (also new), Plants & Fungi, Intimate Landscape, Manmade and Micro, as well as Young CUPOTY for entrants aged 17 or under. This year the total prize fund has been…

1 min.
still time to enter eisa ‘faces’ contest

STAYING with competitions, if you love portrait photography, you still have just over a month to enter the UK round of the EISA Photography Maestro competition 2021, on the accessible theme of ‘Faces.’ EISA stands for Expert Imaging and Sound Association, and AP is an active member. You’re invited to enter between five and eight images on this theme. All entries must be in digital format, which includes scanned film originals. Be sure to shoot an original set of images, as existing portfolios are excluded. The first, second and third prize-winners will be chosen by AP’s editorial team, and their portfolios will be published in the magazine. The winning entries from the 16 participating EISA countries will then be judged at EISA’s Awards Meeting in June, for the chance to win great…