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Amateur Photographer 27/03/2021

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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

Most of us spend our time trying to shoehorn fragments of life into a rectangle with an aspect ratio of 3:2 or 4:3. But some subjects cry out for a wider stage, and not just landscapes. Remember that virtually all movies are shot in widescreen. This week John Wade looks at creating panoramas both digitally, by stitching, and using the wonderful variety of panoramic film cameras. We also investigate the growing cottage industry of manufacturing unusual and interesting cameras using the relatively new technology of 3D printing. It’s common for film shooters to scan their negs and print digitally, but it’s less common the other way around: shooting digitally and printing in a wet darkroom. Matt Walkley tells us why he works this way. Also we test Sony’s new flagship,…

1 min.
this week in 1950

Market Daffs by Bert Hardy A woman holding a large bunch of daffodils at Covent Garden Market, London. This image was originally featured in the story ‘Spring Comes to Covent Garden’, published in the Picture Post in 1950. There are many different types of daffodil, with many of them having charming names such as the ‘Petit Four’, ‘New Baby’, ‘Red Devon’, ‘Tahiti’ and even the ‘Sir Winston Churchill’. 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.…

2 min.
in's good to share

AP picture of the week The Forth Rail Bridge by Paul Mills Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 24-70mm F2.8L II @ 24mm, 30 sec at f/9 ‘I enjoy landscape photography that includes man-made objects and was looking forward to shooting the Forth Rail Bridge – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Scotland’s great icons,’ says Paul. ‘At the time the image was taken, I was living in Aberdeen and decided to stay in North Queensferry overnight (approx. two hours’ drive) so that I could shoot the Forth Rail Bridge at both sunset and sunrise. It was foggy for both sunset and sunrise, but the fog was lit up by the bridge lighting making for a pleasing image.’ Paul’s atmospheric shot is imbued with an air of tranquility and the fog has…

1 min.
sony firmware updates

Sony has updated the firmware for the Alpha 9 Mark II and Alpha 7 Mark III. For the former, the update lets you crop a recorded still image, and enables you to reset the still image file number and create a new folder. See bit.ly/alpha92firmware. For the latter, a range of new file transfer protocol (FTP) features are introduced. You can transfer RAW+JPEG image files to an FTP server, for example. See bit.ly/ a73firmware for the full list of extras.…

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nikon announces z 9 mirrorless flagship

NIKON has announced the development of a new flagship mirrorless camera. Not much information is forthcoming as yet, but it will be called the Z 9 and feature a newly developed stacked full-frame CMOS sensor and new image processing engine. ‘In response to the growing needs of professionals, advanced enthusiasts and cinematographers, the Z 9 also includes support for 8K video recording as well as various other video specifications that fulfil diverse needs and workflows,’ the company said. ‘The Z 9 offers users an unprecedented experience in terms of outstanding performance and operability, and exceeds that of previous digital SLR and mirrorless cameras,’ Nikon added. Nikon has released an image of the new model, and it looks more like a downsized D6 than an upmarket version of the current Z-series design. It…

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sony reveals fast fe 50mm f1.2 gm lens

HOT ON the heels of its premium FE 35mm F1.4 GM, Sony has introduced another high-end prime lens. The FE 50mm F1.2 GM is clearly something of a statement optic which rebuts the notion that Sony’s relatively narrow-diameter E-mount might be limited in its ability to support large-aperture primes. The lens is also smaller, lighter and less expensive than its Canon and Nikon equivalents. Indeed at 87mm in diameter, 108mm in length and 778g, the 50mm f/1.2 is only slightly larger than Sony’s existing Zeiss-badged FE 50mm F1.4 ZA, while weighing exactly the same. Optically it employs 14 elements in 10 groups, including 3 advanced aspherical (AA) elements that aim to deliver high cross-frame resolution even at maximum aperture, while suppressing chromatic aberration and producing attractive background blur free of unsightly…