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Amateur Photographer 26/06/2021

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.

United Kingdom
Kelsey Publishing Group
51 Issues

in this issue

1 min
a week in photography

Portraiture is one genre that has been more difficult to do during the various restrictions imposed by Covid-19 so there is a lot of pent-up demand among portrait photographers and models to get back to shooting. This week Nima Elm shares his naturalistic approach to photographing people using natural light and domestic lighting such as Ikea lamps, while Ian Pack explains how to create more controlled lighting using budget flash and accessories. It really isn’t as complicated (or as expensive) as you may think, as Ian shows. Also this week we look at the world of 3D photography using digital cameras, test NiSi’s latest filter system and tell the story behind the cover of the seminal Parklife album by Britpop favourites Blur. If you enjoy our eclectic mix of features…

1 min
this week in 1948

Berlin Airlift by Henry Ries/USAF In June 1948 the Soviet Union closed all roads, canals and railways into West Berlin, which although under British, American and French administration, was deep within the Soviet-controlled zone of Eastern Germany. By starving the city of food and essential supplies they hoped to drive the Allies out. However, beginning on 24 June, the US, UK and its allies thwarted Stalin by flying supplies into the war-ravaged city from the air. After 323 days the Soviets gave up their blockade and the airlift ended on 30 September 1949. It was the first major incident of the Cold War between East and West that would last for 40 years. The Getty Images Hulton Archive is one of the world’s great cultural resources. Tracing its origins to the founding…

2 min
it's good to share

AP picture of the week Squeaky McBeaky by Harvey Grenville Sony A7R IV, 1/640sec at f/2.8, ISO 100 ‘After returning from a short outing to try to get some photos of apple blossom with my manual vintage lenses, I managed to take this opportunistic shot of Squeaky McBeaky, a regular visitor to our garden this year,’ explains Harvey, an Exmoor-based landscape photographer. ‘It was taken through a rose bush to achieve a painterly look using a Leitz Wetzlar Elmaron 150mm f/2.8 fixed aperture manual projector lens, converted for use with my mirrorless cameras. It goes to prove that the best lens you’ve got is the one on the end of your camera when you only have a few moments to get a shot!’ We love the painterly effect created by this old projector…

1 min
winners of great british photography challenge

THE GREAT British Photography Challenge 2021, aired on BBC Four and iPlayer, has been jointly won by Jackson Moyles, a self-taught landscape photographer from Dunfermline, and Tyrone Williams, a graphic designer from Northampton. ‘Picking a winner for the show was really hard,’ said top portrait photographer Rankin, who hosted the show and mentored the participants. ‘It prompted some heated debate between me and the other judges. Tyrone and Jackson are completely different photographers, with very different styles and career paths. Tyrone is an art photographer, with a really clear voice. His work grabbed my attention from the very beginning. Jackson’s work, on the other hand, grew as he found himself over the competition… There was no way we could split them – they were both clear winners in their own right.’ Their…

1 min
pulitzer prize photo winners revealed

THE 2021 PULITZER Prize winners for photography have been announced, with Associated Press staff photographers sweeping the board. The Feature Photography prize went to Emilio Morenatti, for his poignant series of images that takes viewers into the lives of elderly people in Spain struggling during the pandemic. Barcelona-based Morenatti has spent more than 30 years as a photojournalist and documentary photographer, and has worked out of Afghanistan, Jerusalem, Gaza and Pakistan, covering international events in more than 50 countries. The photography staff of the Associated Press also jointly won the Breaking News Photography Prize for a collection of images from multiple US cities that ‘cohesively captures the country’s response to the death of George Floyd’. See the full list of winners and runners-up at bit.ly/pullitzerap.…

3 min
viewpoint jon bentley

It was a delight to see the work of Robert Darch in a recent issue, AP 17 April. I find his ability to communicate an intense, romantic sense of place – in this case rural Devon – genuinely thrilling. For me his pictures evoke the work of mid-20th century, neo-romantic British artists like Paul Nash, John Piper and Eric Ravilious, who in turn were inspired by the earlier visions of William Blake and Samual Palmer. Their slightly surreal pictures with brooding atmospheres bristle with history and a wine-like sense of terroir. It’s an effect that’s perhaps difficult to replicate in photos with their more literal representation of place but, over the years, some photographers have managed to work the romantic magic. Edwin Smith (1912-1971) was one; his plate camera appeared to…