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Amateur Photographer 01/05/2021

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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

Studio portraiture has been difficult during the last year, but as the saying goes, where there’s a will there’s a way. The power of technology and human ingenuity should not be underestimated. During the pandemic innovative photographers and models have been using Zoom, FaceTime and a variety of other platforms to conduct remote portrait sessions, with the photographer in one location and the model in another – in some cases on the other side of the world! For our cover image, for example, the photographer was at home in Birmingham, directing the model in Cape Town, South Africa. The technology opens up the exciting possibility of creative collaborations between people thousands of miles apart who never need to leave their respective homes. Read our fascinating feature and learn how to…

1 min.
this week in 1931

Empire State Building Dedication Ceremony by Bettmann It’s been 90 years since the Empire State Building was officially opened in New York City on 1 May 1931. In this picture we see Ex-Governor Alfred E Smith, Governor Franklin D Roosevelt (later president Roosevelt) and others standing at the top of the building on the day of the official opening. It was officially completed when President Herbert Hoover pressed a telegraph key back in Washington DC which turned on all of the building’s lights. The Empire State Building has 102 stories and is 1,454-feet tall (including antenna). It stood as the world’s tallest building until 1970 when the World Trade Center was constructed. Today it is the seventh tallest building in New York City, and the 49th tallest in the world. The Getty…

3 min.
it’s good to share

AP picture of the week Don’t Let Go! By Michelle Hill Canon EOS 750D, 18-55mm ‘I was out walking on a sunny day and this mother and child were strolling in the sun. I saw this amazing shadow and managed to catch the side of the child’s face as the sun hit it,’ says Michelle. ‘I am disabled and a member of the Disabled Photographer’s Society, SheClicks (an amazing resource for female photographers), Crayford Camera Club and Aperture Woolwich Photographic Society. I don’t get out much now – I’ve been shielding since last March, barely leaving the house. Amateur Photographer has kept me going, so having my photo chosen as Picture of the Week has made my otherwise very boring day.’ We like the contrast between the child’s brightly lit face against a dark…

2 min.
canon is developing the sports-focused eos r3

WITH MORE than half an eye on the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, Canon has announced that it’s working on a pro-spec full-frame mirrorless camera, the EOS R3. As with last year’s EOS R5 launch, the firm has initially released just a few details, which include the long-overdue return of an old favourite feature. First up, the camera is based around a new, Canon-developed full-frame stacked-CMOS sensor which will be paired with its Digic X image processor. The firm says users will be able to shoot at 30 frames per second with full autofocus and exposure tracking, along with low image distortion. Secondly, the sensor is also claimed to facilitate a next-generation Dual Pixel CMOS AF system. The firm is promising high-speed tracking of subjects’ eyes, heads and bodies, and teasing the addition of…

2 min.
all-new canon rf 100mm f2.8l macro is

THE LATEST addition to Canon’s full-frame mirrorless RF lens range is superficially a rather familiar-sounding lens. The firm has made a series of much-loved EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lenses, and the RF 100mm F2.8L Macro IS USM takes over the mantle for the full-frame mirrorless era. But it’s not just a carbon copy of the firm’s DSLR lens, instead gaining a couple of stand-out new features that promise to make it an excellent choice for both close-ups and portraits. Firstly, the lens offers an impressively high magnification ratio of 1.4x at its minimum focus distance of 26cm, rather than the usual life-size. Secondly, the lens gains a new spherical aberration control ring, which can be used to adjust the smoothness of the bokeh either in front of, or behind the main…

1 min.
revamped canon rf super-telephotos

CANON has revealed a pair of super-telephoto primes for its full-frame mirrorless system. Both the RF 400mm F2.8L IS USM and RF 600mm F4L IS USM employ the same optics as their current EF-mount siblings, but gain updated features and handling. In particular, they promise faster autofocus, multi-speed manual focus, and enhanced image stabilisation. Both lenses support a new double power drive method that’s said to enable fast autofocus with future bodies such as the EOS R3. There’s a choice of three manual-focus speeds to balance speed against precision, along with full-time manual focus. Two focus distance pre-sets can be saved for quick recall and the manual focus ring can do double-duty as a control dial. In design terms, the new lenses are identical to their EF-mount cousins, save for a mount…