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Amateur Photographer 24/07/2021

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

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There is no such thing as ‘perfect colour’ in photography because colour is subjective to an extent. (Though you probably wouldn’t be happy with green-tinted skin tones, unless you’re Shrek.) All cameras come with a variety of tools to fine-tune the colours they produce to your liking, and these vary from one brand to another. This week we offer a guide to how to do this with all the most popular brands. Also, with the Olympics finally getting under way, we talk to Sam Mellish about his photo project documenting the struggles of British athletes to stay fit during the pandemic. Meanwhile we tell the incredible and moving true story of Wilhelm Brasse, who survived the horrors of Auschwitz thanks to his skills as a photographer. Finally we take a…

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horse football by fred ramage

‘Horse Football’ being played by Berlin police at their training camp in Spandau. Horse football is also known as ‘equine soccer’ or ‘hoofball’ and is described as a mix between football and polo. All of the riders play on horseback, with two goal posts placed at opposite ends of the playing field. The ball used is a large inflated ball, with typical team sizes of two or three players per squad. A match can vary in length, but typically only lasts for two halves of 10-15 minutes each. 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…

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it's good to share

AP picture of the week Zebra Butt by Melanie Sharp Canon EOS 90D, EF70-300mm lens, 1/1250sec at f/5.6, ISO 400 ‘With travel restrictions still very much in place for most places in the world I find it is a perfect time to visit our wonderful zoos and conservation parks here at home,’ says Melanie, who lives in North Wales. ‘I’m extremely lucky to have quite a few not far away including the incredible Chester Zoo. I try to visit at least one of them every week. As soon as I saw the zebra facing away from me I did a little internal happy dance, as I knew exactly what I wanted from the shot and had been waiting for it forever – the rear end. The symmetry, the simple lines, almost a negative…

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norway introduces tough social media law

A new law in Norway could see social media influencers fined or imprisoned if they don’t clearly state that images used in advertisements have been edited. The country’s Ministry of Children and Family Affairs has designed a label that would need to be added to sponsored posts in Norway when a person’s shape, size or skin has been altered. The King of Norway, Harald V, will decide when the law comes into effect.…

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panasonic unveils 25-50mm f/1.7 telezoom

PANASONIC has released the world’s first telephoto zoom lens with an ultra-fast f/1.7 maximum aperture, the DG Vario-Summilux 25-50mm F1.7 Asph. Designed for use on Micro Four Thirds cameras, it offers a 50-100mm equivalent focal-length range. It complements the firm’s existing 10-25mm f/1.7 standard zoom with near-identical dimensions and the same control layout. Optically the lens employs 16 elements in 11 groups, including 1 aspherical, 1 ultra-high refractive (UHR) and 3 extra-low dispersion (ED) glass elements. Together, these are designed to deliver fine detail across the entire frame, even at f/1.7, while minimising colour fringing from chromatic aberration. A 9-bladed aperture promises attractively blurred backgrounds. In terms of design, the lens sports both an aperture ring and a focus ring that can be pulled towards the camera to engage manual focus, revealing…

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historic poty contest open for entries

THE FIFTH Historic Photographer of the Year Awards has been launched, with both amateurs and professionals invited to submit images. Rather than asking entrants to head out and explore the world’s best historic and cultural sites with many Covid-19 restrictions still in place, the organisers are instead seeking entries already captured – so there might well be something in your archive. The judges include TV historian Dan Snow and a previous winner, award-winning heritage photographer Matt Emmett. This year’s awards include several specialist categories focusing on crucial periods and regions of history, including the Historic England category and the Where History Happened category. ‘With photographers combing through their archives, last year saw a fantastic array of entries covering everything from ancient Roman cities to Victorian piers and picturesque medieval churches,’ said Matt…