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Amateur Photographer 15-Dec-2018

Published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd 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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a week in photography

There has never been such a wide choice of affordable cameras and lenses (not to mention smartphones), which is great, but the downside is that everybody these days is a photographer. So how do you get your pictures noticed amid the Biblical flood of images being uploaded to social media every day? This issue, we speak to some of 2018’s rising stars to discover how they found a way to stand out, and hopefully build a lasting career, whether as a pro or successful serious amateur. Don’t miss our guide to taking creative still lifes and portraits at home – a great project for winter’s short, dark days – and we also take a look at Epson’s latest A3 printer, which promises lower running costs. Our main review, meanwhile, focuses…

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autumnal stag

This stunning silhouette of a stag was uploaded to Instagram using the hashtag #appicoftheweek. It was taken by photographer Ian Hull. He tells us, ‘I took this image at the end of a five-week project on the spectacular deer rutting season. On this particular morning, activity was at its highest but nothing stood out as a photogenic moment to capture. With all the action going on, I was stubborn and waited for this one stag to walk 100 yards parallel to where I was waiting, in order to line up with a small area between two trees to capture a lovely silhouette. In my opinion two things make this picture: the strong stance and the autumn leaves that are just visible as a backdrop.' © IAN HULL IMAGES MAY BE USED…

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Each week we choose our favourite picture on Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, Twitter or the reader gallery using #appicoftheweek. PermaJet proudly supports the online picture of the week winner, who will receive a top-quality print of their image on the finest PermaJet paper*. It is important to bring images to life outside the digital sphere, so we encourage everyone to get printing today! Visit www.permajet.com to learn more. Send us your pictures If you’d like to see your work published in Amateur Photographer, here’s how to send us your images: Email Email a selection of low-res images (up to 5MB of attachments in total) to appicturedesk@ti-media.com.CD/DVD Send us a disc of high-resolution JPEG, TIFF or PSD images (at least 2480 pixels along its longest length), with a contact sheet, to the address…

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news round-up

Ansel Adams exhibition An exhibition of some of Ansel Adams’s most magnificent landscapes has opened at the Atlas Gallery in central London, and runs until 2 February 2019. It features such memorable images as ‘Mount Williamson, Sierra Nevada, from Manzanar, California, 1944’, and many other seminal landscape images. See www.atlasgallery.com for full details. New Olympus ambassador Olympus has kicked off its documentary and low-light month with the announcement of a new ambassador, Gabrielle Motola. A travel and documentary specialist, Motola is an OM-D user who has an exhibition at the After Nyne Gallery in Holland Park, London. ‘Henge to Henge’ records her epic motorcycle ride from Stonehenge in Wiltshire to the Arctic Henge in Iceland, and runs from 12 December 2018 to 7 January 2019. See bit.ly/hengetohenge. STC screen protectors at Jessops STC Optics’s range…

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big picture

LONDON-based photographer Tim Flach has become known over the past ten years for his stunningly stylised portraits (many of them studio-based) of animals. His first book, Equus, was published in 2008, and was followed by Dog Gods and More Than Human. His latest book project, the highly ambitious Endangered, is the product of two years spent travelling not only the world's wild places, but also a number of zoos and conservation projects, to photograph the creatures whose futures are most in peril. His subjects include this extraordinary-looking bird, the shoebill (left), which is said to number fewer than 5,000 in the wild. The sumptuously printed images from Endangered (Abrams, £50) – from a hyacinth macaw resembling an angel in flight, to a semi-abstract of partula snails – are currently on show…

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intriguing lenses just before christmas

IT'S BEEN a great year for camera and lens releases and it's not over yet, with some smaller lens makers now upping the ante. First up is Samyang, which has revealed a new manual focus 35mm f/1.2 lens as part of its XPert series. On release, it will be available in the Canon EF mount, making it suitable for Canon's full-frame DSLRs. The new glass offers a nine-blade diaphragm and 12 glass elements in 10 groups, with two aspherical elements and three HR (high-refractive) elements. The minimum focus distance is 0.34m, and the lens comes with a petal-shaped lens hood. It's hardly compact, though, at just over 117mm long and weighing in at 1.1kg. The Samyang XP 35mm F1.2 goes on sale in January 2019 for US$999 – see www.samyanglensglobal.com. Meanwhile,…