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Amateur Photographer

Amateur Photographer 19/06/2021

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

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1 min
7 days

Any photographer waking up from a 30-year coma and being handed one of the latest mirrorless cameras would be amazed and confused in equal measure, especially when it comes to the focusing options available. They would be blown away by the effectiveness of the eye detection for example, but figuring out how to find it and set it up on some cameras is like trying to solve a Rubik’s Cube. So we offer a brand by brand guide to optimising the camera’s AF in order to get the best results. Also this week, we gave the world’s most sophisticated mirrorless camera (this week, at any rate) to pro sports photographer Nick Dungan to see how he got on, and for those with more modest budgets we revisit the many charms…

1 min
this week in 1950

Six-Year-Old Speedway Rider by George Konig As Father’s Day this year is on 20 June, we thought we’d take a look at this touching image of the British motorcycle builder Howard Cole, and his son, British motorcycle speedway rider also called Howard Cole. The pair were better known as George Cole and Kid Bodie. Here, Cole Junior is seen aged six in a leather jacket, while the duo inspect a scaled-down speedway bike at the family workshop in Wolverhampton, West Midlands. Kid Bodie went on to win the New Zealand Championship in Christchurch in 1967. He also rode in the 1969 World Final at Wembley, before racing in three British Championship finals from 1969-1971. He retired from racing in 1974. The Getty Images Hulton Archive is one of the world’s great cultural…

4 min
it’s good to share

AP picture of the week Smailholm Light Show by James Elliot Sony A7, 50mm f/1.8 lens, 1/5sec at f/5.6, ISO 400 James, a 28-year-old from the Scottish Borders, took up photography two years ago. ‘I was lucky enough to be invited along to Smailholm Tower in Scotland to photograph the light show created by Andy McGregor to celebrate 250 years of Sir Walter Scott,’ he tells us. ‘It was amazing to witness and photograph in person. To learn more about Sir Walter Scott or watch the light show, visit walterscott250.com.’ Instagram: @james.e_photo. Angela by Miguel Oliviera Nikon Z 50, Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G AF-S, 1/125sec at f/2.8, ISO 500 ‘Me and a fellow photographer and friend Angela have a routine of going out for photo walks around London every time we can’, says Miguel, a Portuguese photographer…

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online training discount for ap readers

MASTERS of Photography (nothing to do with the TV series) is offering online training courses with some big names, including Joel Meyerowitz, Steve McCurry and David Yarrow. We’ve negotiated a 10% discount for AP readers, using the online code APMAG10. ‘These are filmed sets of lessons, not “live” classes,’ explained founder Chris Ryan. ‘Each masterclass is between four and eight hours long, divided into bite-sized lessons, and once you enrol in a class, you have lifetime access.’ The closing date for the offer is 2 July. See bit.ly/mopdiscount.…

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‘mind bending’ shot wins wildlife prize

THE WINNERS of the Nature TTL Photographer of the Year 2021 competition have been unveiled, with a highly original image of an orangutan taking the grand prize. Canadian photographer Thomas Vijayan took the winning picture (see image above), called ‘The World is Going Upside Down’. The orangutan is not a reflection, but the sky around it is – look at the base of the tree and you can see the tree is coming out of water, so you’re looking at the ground as the orangutan is climbing up. See the full list of winners at bit.ly/ttlwinners.…

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canon eos r3: more details revealed

CANON has teased a few more details about its upcoming pro-spec full-frame mirrorless EOS R3. It’ll be the first Canon camera capable of specifically recognising and tracking focus on cars and motorcycles, while Eye Control AF will allow photographers to select the subject by looking at it in the viewfinder. In addition, it’s said to be capable of shooting raw files at 30 frames per second with AF and AE tracking, and of autofocusing in light as low as -7EV. A brand-new back-illuminated stacked CMOS sensor promises both minimal rolling-shutter distortion and flash sync with external Speedlites. In-body image stabilisation is touted to work together with in-lens IS for up to eight stops of shake reduction, and Canon has also revealed that the camera can record oversampled 4K video. The EOS R3…