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Amateur Photographer 03/04/2021

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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 believe that today’s digital cameras represent pretty good value when you consider the technology they contain, and compare them with the historical cost of cameras – as our regular delve into the archives shows. But nevertheless they aren’t cheap and it’s also true that used kit represents even better value, now we’re at a point where cameras even four or five years old are still more than good enough for most users’ needs. This week we name our picks of the best used cameras for different types of work. We also look at early colour processes, tell the story behind another classic album cover, test a new wideangle zoom from Fujifilm and talk to Brighton and Hove Camera Club about their permanent exhibition space on the beach. Perhaps your…

1 min.
this week in 1930

Easter Bunny at Work by Frees / FPG A rabbit wearing a jacket and checked trousers stands on a chair to make a list with his quill in this image from around 1930. Originating in Germany, the ‘Easter Hare’ acted a little like Father Christmas –determining whether children were good enough to receive eggs. The first reference to the Easter Hare custom can be found in 1682’s De Ovis Paschalibus (About Easter Eggs) by Georg Franck von Frankenau. 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.…

4 min.
it’s good to share

AP picture of the week Robin Silhouette by Richard Hooper Canon EOS 7D, 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L L II, 1/80sec at f/5.6 This is a great image that shows the power of creative thinking, and thinking before you shoot in general. ‘Every evening a robin had been coming to perch on top of a neighbour’s tree to sing for over an hour,’ says Richard, from Merthyr Tydfil. ‘I noticed a full moon rising in the sky and wondered about the chances of lining them up. I grabbed the only camera to hand, which was my old Canon EOS 7D, and matched it up with my Canon 100-400mm. By getting down low I was able to get the bird in front of the moon. I’ve been doing nature and landscape photography for over 40 years and…

1 min.
sony world photo awards category winners

THE WORLD Photography Organisation has announced this year’s category winners and shortlisted entries in the Open competition of the Sony World Photography Awards 2021, recognising the best single images from 2020. More than 100 photographers were shortlisted in the 2021 competition alongside ten category winners. Each winner receives Sony camera prizes and will go on to compete for the Open Photographer of the Year title with a $5,000 reward. The overall Open winner will be announced on 15 April. Winning and shortlisted work will be presented in the form of a virtual exhibition available to view via the World Photography Organisation website, also from 15 April. Some great work made the winning list and shortlist; we particularly liked Juan López Ruiz’s winner in the Landscape category, capturing the moment lighting strikes a…

1 min.
sky’s no longer limit for luminar ai

SKYLUM has released an update for its Luminar AI editing package, with the emphasis on improving and expanding the process of replacing skies and simplifying editing workflow. One of the biggest improvements is the ability to reflect your ‘new’ sky in water, such as the sea or a river/lake. The updated software automatically fits the new sky’s reflection to the angle and depth of the scene and can also add ripples onto the surface of water. Meanwhile, a slightly worryingly named ‘Relight Human’ feature claims to match the lighting on people in shots with a new sky for more realistic-looking results. There are also tools for removing colour casts from the sky on foreground objects and flipping the sky vertically and horizontally, and there are more free skies to choose from,…

3 min.
viewpoint jon bentley

Like many people I’ve been amazed in recent years how smartphone makers have used software and processing power to boost their devices’ photographic prowess. Scene detection, depth of field and lighting effects, and a seemingly effortless ability to combine images to achieve noise reduction, image stabilisation and night vision have doubtless given traditional camera manufacturers sleepless nights. But I suspect we’re about to reach a plateau in this most popular manifestation of computational photography. Surprisingly, perhaps, my expectations have been lowered by the iPhone 12 Pro Max I bought shortly after launch. The improved ‘Deep Fusion’ technology (first seen on the 11) promises all the tricks and more, taking nine shots every time you press the shutter, analysing them with its ‘neural engine’ and combining the best details into one shot.…