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Amateur Photographer

Amateur Photographer 15/05/2021

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

If you’re looking for inspiration for things to photograph at home that don’t require a lot of space or tons of expensive equipment you could do a lot worse than head to your local florist, supermarket or (dare I suggest it) garage forecourt. Flowers come in an almost infinite variety of shapes, colours and sizes, and there are so many different ways you can photograph them to create a totally different image every time, as Polina Plotnikova shows this week. The resulting photos look great on the living room wall too. We also present a powerful selection of winners from World Press Photo, and share a couple of inspiring photo projects: a fascinating series on New Yorkers at home, and the story of a man who has been approaching and…

1 min
this week in 1949

The Sea Road by Raymond Kleboe The maintenance men of Trinity House replace an old buoy from the Thames Estuary with a temporary new one, while they carry out the cleaning process. Conical buoys like the one seen in the picture mark the starboard side of a channel, while can-shaped buoys mark the port side. This image originally appeared in a Picture Post story published in 1949 entitled ‘Spring Clean at Sea’. It was taken by Raymond Kleboe who started work at the Picture Post in 1939 following an invitation from its founding editor. Kleboe went freelance in 1955, before later owning a photography and design business and later becoming a publican. The Getty Images Hulton Archive is one of the world’s great cultural resources. Tracing its origins to the founding of…

2 min
it’s good to share

AP picture of the week Lake District Sunrise by Jason Colley Huawei P20 Pro, 1/899sec, ISO 320 ‘I’m always out exploring and taking in the beauty that nature has on offer,’ says Jason. ‘My love for photography stems from my grandad but I’m still in early days of learning the skills. This picture was taken on an early morning hike on the way up to Striding Edge, Helvellyn, from Glenridding. As soon as the sun rose, it lit the hills up beautifully! I tried to get low to capture the colours reflecting in the puddle. After this trip I was inspired to take the plunge and buy my first DSLR.’ Jason has demonstrated a good eye for composition here and the colours are just beautiful. We wish him luck getting to grips with…

1 min
sigma 35mm f1.4 for full-frame mirrorless

SIGMA has revealed its latest lens designed for full-frame mirrorless cameras. Available in Sony E and Leica L mounts, the Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG DN Art promises top-notch optics, fast quiet AF, and a comprehensive set of physical controls. The firm says that the new optic has been completely redesigned compared to its existing 35mm f/1.4, which was originally made for full-frame DSLRs. It’s based on a 15-element, 11-group design with an array of special elements to minimise aberrations: one ‘F’ Low Dispersion glass (FLD), one Extra-Low Dispersion (ELD), two Special Low Dispersion (SLD) and two aspherical elements. In particular, longitudinal chromatic aberration is said to be minimised, as is coma, which should make the lens appealing for astrophotography. Autofocus employs a stepping motor that drives a single lightweight element, which promises…

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fox talbot collection breaks auction record

A TROVE of nearly 200 photographs by William Henry Fox Talbot quadrupled its pre-auction estimate to achieve $1,956,000 (£1,411,557) in April, a new auction record for the British photography pioneer. Gifted by the photographer to his sister and remaining in the family since, the collection made its auction debut as a highlight of Sotheby’s ‘50 Masterworks to Celebrate 50 Years of Sotheby’s Photographs’ sale. ‘It is arguably the most important lot of 19th century photographs to have ever come to market,’ said Sotheby’s of the collection. ‘The fierce competition between bidders in Europe, America, and Asia demonstrates the enormous appetite among a broad base of collectors.’ The auction saw further records set, with Hansel Mieth’s ‘Rhesus Monkey’ achieving $12,600, and Lee Miller’s rare print, ‘Nude’, created while she lived and worked with…

2 min
from the archive

16 May 1981 COULD someone please throw a bucket of water over our cover model? Her hair appears to be on fire. Well, those old tungsten studio lights did get hot! But never mind about that – there’s a report on PhotoWorld ’81 at Olympia, where amateurs went to ‘pore over equipment, photograph the pretty girls and shoot the SAS actors, dancing girls, novelty turns and celebrities on the Express stand.’ Yes, as tasteless and unbelievable as it may sound, they really did re-enact the Iranian Embassy siege (in which people actually died, just a year earlier) for the entertainment of photographers. The event was opened by Harry Secombe and even Lord Lichfield was there with a stand, promoting his processing lab in person. There was disappointment that Pentax chose not…