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Amateur Photographer

Amateur Photographer 12/06/2021

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
7 days

We’ve seen dozens of lockdown projects over the past year but Roff Smith’s ‘cycling selfies’ must be one of my favourites. Not only has he captured some lovely landscapes around his East Sussex home, he has included himself and his bike in just the right spot in every shot. The level of planning and previsualisation involved is impressive. It’s also a reminder that sometimes a landscape looks better with someone in it, and, if no one else is to hand, that someone could just as well be you. We also take a look at how to create multi-exposure abstracts, and with National Beer Day coming up (on 15 June) how better to mark the occasion than with portraits of brewers shot on film and developed in the beer they brew!…

1 min
this week in 1936

Newspaper Shelter by Derek Berwin A group of spectators watching the Wightman Cup tennis tournament, which in 1936 took place in Wimbledon. Some members of the crowd are using newspapers to shelter from the rain. The Wightman Cup was an annual team tennis competition for women which was contested from 1923 up until 1989 (with breaks for World War II). Teams from the United States and Great Britain fought it out for the title, before it was suspended indefinitely in 1990 after many years of mostly US domination. The Getty Images Hulton Archive is one of the world’s great cultural resources. Tracing its origins to the founding of the London Stereoscopic Company in 1854, today it houses over 80 million images spanning the birth of photography to the digital age. Explore it…

3 min
it’s good to share

AP picture of the week Southend Or California? by Daniel Goody Fujifilm X-T2, 23mm f/2, 1/1000sec at f/8, ISO 200 ‘Since lockdown restrictions have eased I have enjoyed going back to the seaside to continue my project on the pier,’ Daniel tells us. ‘Whilst walking along Southend seafront I noticed this couple enjoying a coffee and admiring the view. I stepped back to fit the bench in between the two palm trees and waited until something moved through the scene. Luckily this gull obliged. I enjoy making simple, minimal pictures and think this works well in black & white.’ We love the simple symmetry of this image, which is a tale of two pairs. It perfectly conveys one of life’s simple pleasures. Daniel is on Instagram @dangoodyart. We also liked... A Night Under the Stars by…

1 min
wex’s leeds store opens, another planned

WEX PHOTO Video has officially opened its new store in Leeds. The store has 3,000 square feet of retail space and is open from 10-6 Monday to Friday, 9-6 on Saturday and 11-5 on Sunday. Despite the lockdowns, the company is bullish. ‘While interest in photography and filmmaking reached new heights over the last year, Wex also benefited from the rise of new hobbies away from the core business, including astronomy, birdwatching and computing,’ said a spokesperson. An 11th store is also being planned. See www. wexphotovideo.com.…

1 min
new ‘background blur’ photoshop filter

ADOBE has introduced a new background-blur filter in Photoshop, which creates a very shallow depth of field on a portrait, for example. The filter, found under Filters/Neural Filters, also enables you to adjust Blur Strength, Focal Range, Focal Distance, along with Haze, Warmth, and Brightness adjustment. It is available as part of the May 2021 update and is still at the beta (testing) stage. Watch out for a tutorial by Photoshop guru Martin Evening soon.…

1 min
major update for nik collection

DXO HAS revealed a major update to its Nik Collection software suite, with Version 4 promising a range of interface and usability improvements. Indeed the firm claims that this is the biggest update for a decade, with highlights including significant enhancements to the unique U-point technology, that allows precise local image adjustments without the user having to build complex masks. This gains a clearer user interface along with a more accurate colour tolerance setting. Control points can also be grouped together and included in presets, making it easier to apply them to multiple images. There’s also a more user-friendly design, with brand new interfaces for the Viveza plug-in that provides precise colour and tonal adjustments, along with Silver Efex that’s used for making black & white conversions. Silver Efex also now…