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Amateur Photographer 22-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

Well, that’s 2018 pretty much done and dusted. As usual our Christmas special – our last issue of the year – is a chance for us to look back at the photographic highlights of the past 12 months. We’ve been wowed by amazing new camera gear, awed by so much incredible photography, and humbled by the passion and talent we have encountered when meeting people during our visits to 2018’s photo events and festivals. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our readers and advertisers for your support over the past year. In an online world where magazine readership is in free fall, AP continues to enjoy a level of loyalty that most editors can only envy. I’d like to think that this is because we have the…

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twistleton scar, ingleton

This wonderfully wintry scene was uploaded to Instagram using the hashtag #appicoftheweek. It was taken by photographer David Speight. He tells us, ‘After a half-convincing forecast for snow in Yorkshire, my thoughts turned to the Dales. Like most photographers, I have a never-ending list of locations that I'd love to photograph where everything is simplified by the whiteness of snow. Unfortunately, so many areas just become inaccessible after a snowfall. Winter tyres and a bit of third-gear momentum helped with the drive up the hill from Ingleton. Taken with probably my favourite lens, the Canon TS-E 24mm tilt–shift. I took a series of three or four shots using the lens's shift function, which were later stitched to create this wideangle panoramic.' © DAVID SPEIGHT IMAGES MAY BE USED FOR PROMOTION PURPOSES…

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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. *PLEASE ALLOW UP TO 28 DAYS FOR DELIVERY 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),…

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christmas cover stars

We all have our Christmas traditions. It might be a bracing pre-breakfast walk in the park, never carving the turkey before the Queen’s speech, or photographing Auntie Beryl asleep on the sofa after one too many of her annual snowballs. Since 2013, AP has also developed a tradition – its annual front cover competition. It’s the one week in the year we hand over the reins to you, the reader, to shoot the most important page in the magazine. This year, once again, Photocrowd hosted the competition and we received more than 1,500 entries. When judging, we prioritised portrait-format images. While it is occasionally possible to use a landscape-format image on the front cover, it’s always preferable not to throw away pixels – and therefore quality – by cropping. Also, the main…

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the ap winner richard mcveigh

‘I STARTED taking photography seriously 12 years ago when I bought a Canon EOS 350D. I tried a bit of everything to find out what I might be good at. ‘I've been interested in steam engines for a long time, and have always felt they go perfectly with photography. I regularly visit heritage railways, but it wasn't until I learned about photo charter companies that I learned how it would be possible to get images from better locations. They work by someone arranging a specific locomotive and set of goods with the railway – then they sell places and you take pot luck with the weather! This photograph was taken at an event with 30742 Charters last January, at the Churnet Valley Railway in Staffordshire. I drove up the night before…

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news review 2018

January • Leica got off to a good start announcing revenues of almost €400 million in its last financial year: a 6% growth for the company compared to the near 10% decline recorded in the global camera market. • It was New Year blues for GoPro as it announced plans to exit the drone market and cut 250 jobs. CEO Nicholas Woodman also felt the pinch, reducing his cash compensation to $1. February • Adobe announced Photoshop 19.1, with headline new features including the AI-powered Select Subject tool, along with improvements to the Mask tool. • As well as some neat new cameras (notably the Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 and Olympus Pen E-PL9), the UK saw the first major retrospective of Andreas Gursky. March • A Leica O Series no.122, one of only 25 prototypes made two years…