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Amateur Photographer 22/05/2021

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.

United Kingdom
Kelsey Publishing Group
51 Issues

in this issue

1 min
a week in photography

It is a frequently repeated cliché that at some locations visiting landscape photographers merely need to insert their tripod legs into the holes worn into the ground by previous photographers in order to secure the perfect shot. Of course we all enjoy seeing beautifully lit and executed images of our favourite honeypot locations but this week’s big feature is not about those places which, with foreign holidays off the agenda for most of us, are likely to be busier than ever this year. Instead we present 50 alternative, less-photographed locations as suggested by our leading landscape shooters. Perhaps our interview with Edd Allen will inspire you to capture some of them in black & white. Meanwhile Britain’s seaside resorts look set for a busy summer this year, which is great…

1 min
this week in 1951

Royal Festival visit by William Vanderson/Fox Photos Their Royal Highnesses the Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive at the South Bank exhibition site, London, for their official visit to the Festival of Britain, which was opened on 3 May 1951 by King George VI. The Festival was conceived by Labour cabinet minister Herbert Morrison as a ‘tonic for the nation’ to raise the spirits of a country still gripped by rationing. Timed to coincide with the centenary of the Great Exhibition of 1851 and occupying a 27-acre site on the South Bank, it was a showcase for British manufacturing and design which attracted eight million visitors and was regarded as a triumph that shaped British culture for a generation. See AP’s report on the Festival of Britain on page…

4 min
it's good to share

AP picture of the week Delicate Beauties by Henrik Spranz Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Sigma 180mm f/2.8,1/100sec at f/3.2, ISO 100 ‘Liverleaves are early bloomers, and every year I look forward to taking photos of these heralds of spring,’ says Henrik, a software developer and former winner of our Amateur Photographer of the Year competition. ‘I took this photo in a forest near Vienna. I used a bean bag to achieve a very low point of view, used a wide open aperture on my long macro lens for a nice bokeh, and used a little artificial light for some glamour. There has been no retouching or altering elements in post processing.’ Henrik is on Instagram as @henrik_spranz. #appicoftheweek Win! Each week we choose our favourite picture on Facebook, Instagram, Flickr or Twitter using #appicoftheweek. PermaJet…

1 min
leica offers ‘affordable’ 24-70mm f/2.8

LEICA has announced its most affordable full-frame L-mount lens to date, with the Vario-Elmarit-SL 1:2.8/24-70 Asph set to cost £2,300. It will also be sold in kits with the firm’s SL2 and SL2-S full-frame mirrorless bodies. At 123mm in length and 88mm in diameter, and weighing 856g, it’s rather smaller than the firm’s existing 24-90mm f/2.8-4 optic, and much less expensive. However, it still costs more than twice as much as Sigma’s 24-70mm F2.8 DG DN Art, which is practically identical in terms of physical design and specifications.…

1 min
holder for digitising film smashes sales targets

THE ESSENTIAL Film Holder Kit, which won our Gold award when we tested it last August, is about to reach its 10,000 sales milestone. Described by AP’s Andy Westlake as ‘an elegant and affordable holder for digitising film’, the kit costs £90. The idea came about after Andrew Clifforth, an electronics engineer by background, tired of the variable results he was getting with a flatbed scanner. ‘Also, a Negative Supply film carrier would have cost about £1,400, which I thought was somewhat high for the task of keeping negatives perfectly flat.’ The first lockdown gave Andrew the opportunity to develop the Essential Film Holder. ‘When it came out in March 2020, I said I’d be happy to sell 50 units!’ he adds. Now on version 3, the Essential Film Holder supports 35mm…

1 min
cokin launches high-end 100mm filter holder

COKIN is synonymous with square filters, but the firm has seen its star wane in recent years with the rise of brands such as LEE. Now it’s seeking to take a chunk of the high-end market with its new premium NX-Series 100mm filter holder. Designed primarily for landscape photographers, it promises no vignetting with 16-35mm wideangle zooms, even when the holder is positioned at an angle. Key updates compared to the firm’s current EVO holder include a rear-mounted polariser that can be operated using a wheel on the side, and a foam gasket on the holder to prevent light leakage during long exposures. Aluminium frames are employed to protect fragile neutral density (ND) and ND graduated filters from handling marks and accidental drops. Cokin says the NX-Series filter holder is compact and…