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Amateur Photographer 24/04/2021

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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

There are so many pros to digital that we tend to forget some of the cons – and one big unintended downside is that the art of printing has somewhat taken a back seat. Indeed, many digital images never get printed at all. To help redress the balance, we’re pleased to introduce printing expert and RPS luminary Steve Smith, who reveals how to get outstanding black & white prints that look like they could have been made in a traditional wet darkroom. Staying with classic approaches, film enthusiast Oliver Mayhall discusses the importance of ambiguity in his image-making. Hardware-wise, AP’s testing guru Andy Westlake looks back on using the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II for six years, and mulls over what the future might hold for the Micro Four Thirds…

1 min.
this week in 1932

Cricket Coaching by William Vanderson England and Surrey cricketer Andrew Ducat coaches a group of boys to play the forward defensive stroke in cricket on 26 April 1932 at the Roehampton Club in London. Andrew ‘Andy’ Ducat played both football and cricket professionally, and is one of a select group of individuals to have represented his country in both sports. He retired from playing in 1931 and moved on to coaching and sports writing. Ducat is the only person to have died while playing at Lord’s, where he suffered a heart attack while taking part in a wartime cricket match in 1942. 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…

1 min.
ap picture of the week

On a Mission by Ian Roberts Canon EOS-1D X, Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L @ 400mm, 1/5000sec at›f/5.6, ISO 500 Based in the Forest of Dean, wildlife enthusiast Ian is retired, following a career in the Royal Air Force, and is now a Search & Rescue volunteer with Severn Rescue. ‘This image was taken in Hokkaido, Japan,’ says Ian, who also leads photo holidays on an unpaid basis with NaturesLens. ‘We were at a frozen lake near Nemuro to photograph the daily feeding of the Steller’s and white-tailed sea eagles, and black-eared kites. This ezo red fox appeared from the far side of the lake and worked its way round the melée of feeding birds, picking up scraps and avoiding the eagles. She (I assume a she) then made a bee-line directly towards us…

2 min.
we also liked...

Dalveen Pass by James Elliot Sony A7, 28-70mm, 1/100sec at f/14, ISO 160 ‘After an unsuccessful sunrise at Morton Castle, I was hoping to photograph something before I headed home,’ recalls 28-year-old James, based in the Scottish Borders, who only took up photography two years ago. ‘The road that runs through the Lowther Hills is perfect for any photographer, with the amazing scenery at either side. I managed to find a viewpoint that was ideal for capturing this image, and the light broke through at just the right time. Instagram: @james.e_photo. Casino de Monte-Carlo by James Ward Canon EOS 750D, 18-135mm, 1.3 secs at f/22, ISO 400 ‘I’m originally from Sheffield,’ says James, ‘but moved with my family to Dubai in 2016 as part of my career as an airline pilot, where I currently fly…

1 min.
samyang reaches for the stars

SAMYANG has revealed a new addition to its ‘Tiny Series’ of compact, affordable primes for Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras. The Samyang AF 24mm F1.8 FE introduces a new Custom Mode function designed for astrophotography, albeit one that’ll sound strangely familiar to photographers who’ve used manual-focus primes before. By clicking its Focus Hold button, the lens can be set to infinity focus to give the sharpest possible starscapes. The precise focus position can be calibrated to match your specific camera body, with an LED indicator lighting up red or green to indicate whether the focus is correct. In other respects, we’re looking at a compact, lightweight and well-priced f/1.8 prime, which strikes a welcome middle ground between the various E-mount 24mm f/2.8 optics currently available and Sony’s larger and much more expensive…

1 min.
dxo releases pureraw – for non dxo users

IMAGING software specialist DxO has introduced a new kind of raw conversion program called PureRAW, which aims to make its image processing technologies more widely available. Designed specifically for those who currently use software from rivals, DxO PureRAW takes camera raw files and applies the firm’s proprietary demosaicing, noise reduction and lens corrections to produce partially developed files as 16-bit linear DNGs. These can then be fully processed in programs such as Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom just like conventional raw files, but with potentially better detail and lower noise. The software is designed to be very simple to use. You select the files to convert, confirm the correct camera/lens profiles, choose the noise reduction algorithm and press go. This gives access to some of the best lens aberration compensation tools…