Amateur Photographer

Amateur Photographer 11-Jul-2020

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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7 days

A highlight of this issue is our review of the most exciting new camera to come out so far in this challenging year, the Fujifilm X-T4. Featuring ‘incredibly effective’ image stabilisation, a highly versatile vari-angle screen and bags of speed and processing power, the X-T4 oozes class, so it’s no surprise that retailers are already reporting brisk sales. We also share some essential tips for sharper shots (page 12), reveal how to shoot great portraits at home with just a camera and one lens (page 34), and reveal the winners of our Stay at Home Challenge competition (page 28) which proves again what a creative lot you are. With our comprehensive DSLR lens buyer’s guide as well, you’ve got another week’s worth of essential reading. I hope you enjoy the…

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this week in 1937

Toffs and Toughs by Jimmy Sime A group of local boys look on with curiosity and amusement at Harrow schoolboys Peter Wagner (left) and Thomas Dyson in their formal uniform at the Eton vs Harrow cricket match on 9 July 1937 at Lord's cricket ground, London. The photograph was first published on 10 July 1937 on the front page of the News Chronicle. Another image from the same reel also appeared in a photo essay published in Life magazine. It went on to be widely reproduced as the perfect example of the British class system, though it is thought the name attributed to it, ‘Toffs and Toughs', is a more modern attribution. The Getty Images Hulton Archive is one of the world’s great cultural resources. Tracing its origins to the founding of…

7 min.
it’s good to share

AP picture of the week Bouldered by Mike Tonge Nikon D750, 24mm, 221secs at f/11, ISO 50, 10-stop ND filter, tripod Mike is a keen amateur photographer based in Lancashire and took up photography as a hobby when he retired. He currently has two Nikon cameras and enjoys taking landscapes and wildlife images. This striking image was taken at the small cove of Porth Nanven in Cornwall. He tells us, ‘I had intended to get there at sunset but when I arrived it was already pretty dark and very cloudy. I therefore decided to go for a long-exposure shot to smooth out the sea, which was pretty rough. Having raced down to the water's edge in the ever-dimming light over very treacherous boulders, I saw some lovely looking granite rocks in a small…

5 min.
what went wrong for olympus?

LAST October we celebrated Olympus's centenary with a special issue looking back at its highlights. Last week it announced that it is selling its camera division after three years of losses, claiming that the digital camera market is no longer profitable. How did it come to this? Let's go back to the beginning of the digital revolution. Olympus was a pioneer, with some great compacts, but when it came to DSLRs it didn't have a decent 35mm SLR to base one upon. So it had to develop a completely new system from scratch, with a new sensor, mount, and lens range – the first designed entirely for the digital era. Olympus could have called it anything – so they decided to name it after an obsolete 1950s TV technology. The name…

12 min.
keeping it sharp

Your lens is the eye to your camera, and is used to focus light. Every surface and object reflects light and it’s the lens’s job to pass it through to your camera’s sensor to record the image. If you have a scientific mind and understanding you probably already have a good idea of how your lens is constructed and works, however most photographers may not even give it a second thought. Although you certainly don’t need a PhD in physics to take a great shot, it can help you get better results if you have some understanding about how your lens is constructed and what you need to be aware of when it comes to sharpness. 1 The basics A lens consists of curved material, normally glass, that forms an image on…

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letter of the week

Best sharing sites I'm a regular subscriber and was intrigued by the letter from Matt Wackett about photo sharing sites. I used to upload my portraits, landscapes and cityscapes onto Flickr, until it inexplicably deleted all my 24,000 photos and wouldn't tell me why. If any of my images went against its guidelines, I would happily have deleted them, but no, it deleted absolutely everything! I would never trust Flickr with my images again. I now use the 500px and Viewbug photo-sharing sites, which I recommend. I have an Instagram account but find it odd that one cannot upload from a computer, only from a smartphone (unless I'm missing something). Facebook is also a good platform for photo sharing. I have uploaded over 2,500 photos to my Facebook account. Thanks for all…