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Amateur Photographer 08/05/2021

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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

The great British outdoors has been the saviour of many a photographer’s mental health over the last year. The pubs may have been closed but our ability to get out and enjoy, and capture, the beauty of the countryside (albeit locally) has been a valuable creative outlet. As foreign travel is still some way off we’ll be continuing to enjoy all that the UK has to offer for some time to come, and this inspiration-packed issue is dedicated to making the most of it. Top landscape shooters share their advice and discuss their favourite images, we round up a great selection of tripods, bags and filter kits to spend your money on, and if you really want to splash the cash we find out whether the 100-million-pixel Fujifilm GFX100S is…

1 min.
this week in 1970

Hard Hat Demonstrations by Stuart Lutz / Gado Demonstrators march and hold banners while participating in protests related to the anti-Vietnam War Hard Hat Riot, which took place in New York City on 8 May 1970. Around 400 construction workers and 800 office workers attacked around 1,000 demonstrators affiliated with the student strike of 1970. The riot, which first broke out near the intersection of Wall Street and Broad Street in Lower Manhattan, ended in a mob scene with more than 20,000 people in the streets. There was a battle at New York City Hall, and also an attack on the conservative Pace University. It lasted more than three hours and around 100 people, including seven policeman, were injured. The Getty Images Hulton Archive is one of the world’s great cultural resources.…

4 min.
it’s good to share

AP picture of the week March of the Ents by Gavin Duncan Nikon D850, 24-70mm f/2.8, 1/5sec at f/4, ISO 64 Gavin is a microbiologist, based in Falkirk, Scotland, who loves photographing trees and woodlands. ‘Bringing order to the chaos is very satisfying and rewarding,’ he says, ‘and it’s seldom that you meet anyone else. For me, there isn’t much joy in lining up your tripod next to 20 other photographers all taking similar images.’ This is a striking image. The strong angles created by the contrast between the vertical trees and the steep grassy slope make for a dynamic image and the mist adds a fantasy quality. Gavin adds: ’I am a big fan of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and I couldn’t help but think these trees appeared to be…

1 min.
fast, wide aps-c autofocus prime

SAMYANG has introduced the AF 12mm F2 E, its first autofocus lens designed specifically for Sony APS-C mirrorless cameras. With an angle of view equivalent to an 18mm lens on full frame, it’s based on the firm’s well-regarded manual focus 12mm f/2 design, but gains tweaked optics and weather-sealed construction. As a result, it’s said to be even better suited to astrophotography, with reduced astigmatism that means stars should be rendered closer to perfect points towards the corners of the image. It should also be a good choice for subjects such as landscapes and architecture. Like the existing lens, the 12-element, 10-group design incorporates two aspheric and three ED glass elements to minimise chromatic aberration and distortion. Samyang says that it’s applied improved Ultra Multi Coating (UMC), which promises higher contrast…

2 min.
tamron goes wide and long

TAMRON has released a pair of very different lenses for Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras. One is a long-range ultra-telephoto zoom for full-frame, while the other is a fast wideangle zoom for APS-C cameras. First up is the 150-500mm F/5-6.7 Di III VC VXD. This long telephoto zoom is similar in packed length to Sony and Sigma’s 100-400mm designs, at 209.6mm, although at 1,725g, it’s rather heavier. The lens’s size also means that it requires 82mm filters. Tamron has equipped the lens with optical stabilisation that promises four stops of shake compensation. Autofocus is handled by a VXD linear motor, with the minimum focus distance ranging from 0.6m at 150mm to 1.8m at 500mm. Unsurprisingly for a lens of this range, the optical construction is complex, with 25 elements arranged in 16 groups. One…

1 min.
pink lady food poty winners announced

‘TASTE’, by Chinese photographer Li Huaifeng, has won the overall prize in the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2021 competition. The winning image, which was taken in Licheng, Shanxi, shows a young family sharing in the joy of preparing food. ‘This picture is technically outstanding in its use of light and composition, but what raises it to the level of historic importance is the depth of its storytelling and emotion,’ says Caroline Kenyon, director/founder of the awards. ‘It tells of a year of isolation and living indoors, living in tiny communities and of immediate family.’ Almost 10,500 entries were submitted from more than 70 countries for this year’s contest, which celebrates its tenth anniversary. A new category has been introduced in memory of Claire Aho, Finland’s greatest woman photographer. The…