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Amateur Photographer

Amateur Photographer 05/06/2021

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

There can be few greater visual symbols of human ingenuity than architecture. It’s where art and engineering come together for ostensibly practical purposes – to provide shelter and places to gather for work or pleasure – but at its best it can inspire us and stir the soul like almost nothing else made by mankind. In short it’s a perfect subject for photography and most of us are surrounded by it every day. This issue is dedicated to the various creative ways of exploring the built environment in all its wondrous myriad forms, old and new, both inside and out, and even underground. We offer tips on lens and perspective corrections in camera and in post production; we round up a selection of tilt-shift lenses, and test the world’s widest-angle…

1 min
this week in 1936

GWR Spring Clean by M McNeill Workmen prepare the King Edward VIII Great Western Railway engine for service. Originally built as King Stephen, this engine was renamed in May 1936 after the new king who had recently come to the throne. One of GWR 6000 Class (or King class) 4-6-0 steam locomotives, they were the largest locomotives routinely built by the company and were named after kings of the United Kingdom, starting with the reigning monarch at the time (George V) and going back through time. Following the abdication of Edward VIII later that same year, another engine – ‘King Henry II’ – was renamed as King George VI. The Getty Images Hulton Archive is one of the world’s great cultural resources. Tracing its origins to the founding of the London Stereoscopic…

4 min
it’s good to share

AP picture of the week The Baths of Real Alcázar by Mary Maynard Nikon D800, Nikon 18-35mm lens, 1/20sec f/3.5 ISO 6400 ‘These are the baths used in the 14th century by Maria de Padilla in Real Alcázar, Seville,’ explains Mary, who lives in Bradford-on-Avon in Wiltshire. ‘I didn’t realise when I visited that this palace was a location for the Game of Thrones TV series and so huge throngs of fans were everywhere, taking selfies. As you’re not permitted to take tripods and it was very dark, I balanced my camera on a ledge in front of the water and only just stopped it from falling in as crowds of excited Thronies rushed in for their pics.’ Mary has perfectly captured the atmosphere of this beautiful piece of architecture – and her achievement is…

1 min
climate change images sought

FROM 1-30 June, amateurs and pros are invited to submit climate-change related imagery to an organisation called Climate Outreach. One hundred images will then be selected which best fulfil the brief, and a $100,000 licensing fund issued direct to the successful photographers. ‘The aim is for the 100 images to be part of a global editorial media campaign, to be exhibited at the Countdown and COP26 summits in October and November 2021, and to make the images available free of charge to non-profit climate change organisations, campaigners and educators,’ say the organisers. See climatevisuals.org.…

2 min
panasonic adds wireless live streaming to gh5 ii

PANASONIC has updated its flagship stills/video hybrid Micro Four Thirds camera, to offer the Lumix GH5 II. In many respects the new model is very similar to its predecessor, with the same dimensions and physical design. Its main photographic specifications are also mostly unchanged, with a 20.3MP sensor that offers a sensitivity range of ISO 100-25,600, and up to 12 frames per second shooting. Its electronic viewfinder offers 3.68m-dot resolution and 0.72x magnification, as before, but the fully articulated rear screen gains a higher resolution of 1.84m dots, increased brightness and a broader colour gamut compared to the GH5’s. In typical Panasonic fashion, the major updates are to do with video. The headline addition is live streaming over Wi-Fi, either to a router or a smartphone via Panasonic’s free Lumix Sync…

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ap reader in new bbc photo challenge

CELEBRITY and portrait shooter Rankin, is hosting a new photography show on BBC Four and iPlayer called The Great British Photography Challenge, as we reported last week. The show started on 24 May, with six contestants undertaking a range of themed weekly challenges across the UK (although an eventual winner will be chosen, none will be eliminated). One of the contestants is Paul Williams, a keen nature photographer and AP reader for over 30 years. ‘I want my message that there’s hope after a major mental illness to reach as many people as possible,’ said Paul, when discussing his appearance on the show. ‘My own experiences, including trying to kill myself three times are, I hope, capable of informing people enduring their own mental health problems that their quality of life…