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Amateur Photographer 10/04/2021

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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

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1 min.
7 days

After over a year in and out of lockdowns we are now gradually easing our way back to normality, but it will be a slow and careful journey and we’re still going to be spending a lot of our time at home for the foreseeable future. It’s lucky there is so much that we can photograph within our four walls – whether it’s the people we live with, our pets, the food in our kitchen or the objects in our drawers. And then there’s the endless range of subject matter to be found in your garden. You will be able to enjoy photographing many of these subjects using just natural light, but if you want to take things further we present a guide to some of the supplementary lighting options…

1 min.
this week in 1938

Silver Sax Six by Fox Photos A female saxophone band, known as The Silver Sax Six, take advantage of the open air by rehearsing on the beach while on a tour of the south coast in April 1938. The tour included locations such as Margate. The leader of the group, seen on the left, is Nita Dalton. The image is one of the thousands in the Hulton Archive from Fox Photos, one of the great press agencies of Fleet Street’s golden age – a ‘stringer’ working for the agency is listed as having taken this photo, so we can’t say for sure exactly who took it. 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,…

1 min.
ap picture of the week

Oscar by Garry Solomon Nikon D750, 70-200mm, 1/200sec at f/9, ISO 100 ‘After leaving my job of 25 years just before lockdown, I found myself with lots of time to be able to learn a new skill so decided to invest in some studio gear and take up dog photography,’ says Garry, from Northamptonshire. ‘It encompasses both of my passions and is very rewarding to spend time with so many beautiful dogs. At 12 years old, Oscar is used to me taking his photo and is incredibly patient, as long as there are treats at the end of the shoot. He doesn’t have many expressions other than boredom and indifference.’ Garry is on Facebook as@GarrySolomonPhotography. Green Eyes by Sue Telford Canon EOS 90D, 60mm Macro, 1/30sec at f/2.8, ISO 200 ‘I first picked up a…

2 min.
we also liked...

Mr Brice by Oliver Woodbury Fujifilm X-T2, XF 16mm f2.8, 1/60sec at f/2.8, ISO 400 ‘I work with the elderly in their homes, most of whom are housebound,’ explains Oliver. ‘With the pandemic at its peak I began a project taking photographs of Covid survivors. Mr Brice contracted pneumonia and coronavirus in January. This was taken a few weeks ago and shows the effects of someone who has survived all that has been thrown at him. He sees the lighter side of life, and he is never far from his budgie George or his jigsaw on his table. I shot in monochrome as I wished to keep some mystery about my subjects’ personal environment, but I also enjoy how it brings out the wisdom of my subjects.’ Scissors by Roy Hampson Nikon D5200, 18-55mm,…

2 min.
sigma launches compact 61mp full-frame fp l

SIGMA has announced a high-resolution version of its small L-mount full-frame mirrorless camera. The fp L gains a 61MP sensor that employs a back-illuminated architecture along with a conventional Bayer colour filter array. On-chip phase detection promises improved autofocus, including more reliable tracking of moving subjects. To help make best use of the resolution, the firm has introduced a crop zoom mode for both stills and video, giving 15MP images at 2x zoom. Major photographic specifications include a standard sensitivity range of ISO 100-25,600, that’s extendable to ISO 6-102,400. There’s no mechanical shutter, with the silent electronic shutter supporting speeds from 30 to 1/8000sec and continuous shooting at up to 10 frames per second. Video recording is available in 4K at up to 30fps, or Full HD at up to 120fps.…

1 min.
sony reveals three compact g-series primes

SONY has had a busy start to the year expanding its lens lineup, and has now announced a set of affordable ultra-compact primes. The Sony FE 24mm F2.8 G, FE 40mm F2.5 G and FE 50mm F2.5 G all feature a design philosophy that bears a certain resemblance to Sigma’s I-series lenses, boasting an aperture ring and premium aluminium construction. Sony says the aim is to provide high optical quality in a compact, lightweight design, along with superb build quality and excellent operability. All three lenses are exactly the same size, at 60mm in diameter and 45mm in length, with weights varying from 162g to 174g. They feature selectable clicked or clickless aperture ring operation, an AF/MF switch, and a focus hold button on the side of the dust- and…