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Amateur Photographer 31/07/2021

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

1 min
7 days

It has been a tough year for portrait photographers, but with Covid restrictions easing there is huge pent-up desire to get back behind the camera. Portraiture offers more opportunity than most genres to create your own style and this week we present a wide variety of different approaches to capturing our fellow homo sapiens – from the classic documentary style of Kevin O’Farrell’s project on Irish boat-builders to Vijat Mohindra’s outrageously camp portraits of young Hollywood celebrities. We’ve got tips on shooting outdoors in natural light, and on using portable battery flash on location; we offer advice on working with models and we recommend a selection of lenses that are ideal for portrait photography. I hope that you’ll be inspired enough to shoot some portraits yourself and enter them into…

1 min
this week in 1929

Service Please by Fox Photos Joey the crane at Kew Gardens gets a snack from the canteen, July 1929. A well-known personality of Kew, Joey the Stanley Crane led an eventful life. The Journal of the Kew Guild describes events such as losing a toe in a lawn mower accident, defending other cranes from a geese attack, and last but by no means least, a love affair with a Demoiselle Crane, whose affections he won having defeated a rival. Even Joey’s death was anything but mundane – he fell through thin ice in January 1935, a story so tragic it even made the local papers.…

4 min
it’s good to share

AP picture of the week Kate at Half Moon Bay by Mick Dodds Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, EF24-105mm F/4L IS USM, 1/500sec at f/5, ISO 100 ‘This image was my first collaboration with a bunch of friends and only the fourth time I had done a model shoot,’ says Mick, who lives in Melbourne, Australia, but used to live in Jersey. ‘Half Moon Bay, in Victoria, Australia, is a popular place to visit and take photos. I wanted to try something different for this shoot so the night before I went to a local art suppliers and bought a few different colours of fabric, which I imagined would look amazing to flow during a breezy day.’ Mick was right – the red and orange fabric perfectly complements the blue sky, provides a…

1 min
x-rite products rebranded as calibrite

Colour management specialist X-Rite, which produces ColorChecker calibration targets along with the i1Display and i1 Studio screen profiling devices, has rebranded as Calibrite through a new partnership. ‘Calibrite was formed by a group of passionate investors who worked with X-Rite in the photo and video markets for more than 20 years,’ explained the company. ‘Calibrite will continue to provide industry-leading solutions for photographers, filmmakers, designers, and content creators who demand the very best tools for working with colour.’…

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new pentax 16-50mm f/2.8 for aps-c dslrs

RICOH Imaging has released a premium large aperture standard zoom for APS-C DSLRs, that’s designed to complement its recent K-3 Mark III. The HD Pentax-DA★16-50mm F2.8ED PLM AW isn’t simply a refresh of the firm’s existing 16-50mm f/2.8 from 2007, but instead is built around a new 16-element, 10-group optical formula. It also gains a built-in electromagnetic aperture control that claims to provide more precise exposure, but limits its compatibility to use on more recent cameras launched since mid-2013. Ricoh says the lens has been designed with future high-resolution image sensors in mind, with considerably improved optics compared to its predecessor. Autofocus is driven by a pulse motor and promises improved speed thanks to the use of a lightweight focus group. Minimum focus distance is 30cm, and the lens accepts 77mm filters.…

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mpb announces hall of fame nominees

USED gear specialist MPB has announced its nominees for The Photo and Video Kit Hall of Fame 2021. MPB is calling on the public to pick the top kit across five categories; each voter is in with a chance to win a Hasselblad 500C/M and other prizes. Categories and nominees are below. Classic ‘A benchmark for quality… perfect for anyone looking to get into photography’: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Nikon D750, Sony A7R II, Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 L USM, Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS. Game Changer ‘Disrupted the field by ushering in new technology, expanding product capabilities or making quality more accessible’: DJI Mavic 2 Pro, Sony A7S, Sony A7, Nikon Z 6, Sony A1. Road Tested ‘The workhorses of kit… these nominees deliver time and again’: Canon EOS 5D…