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Amateur Photographer 26-Jan-2019

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

This week in January is said to be the most depressing of the year, but this issue of AP is sure to keep the blues away. The first cause for cheer is to remember that winter is a great season for landscape photography, with or without snow. Our refresher should help to ensure that you get the best pictures. You’ll also need a decent backpack for carrying your kit to the most scenic locations – we compare six of the best in this week’s round-up. Once you’ve got your shots, you probably won’t want to spend an eternity in front of the computer, sorting and editing them, so we have a guide to speeding up your workflow with Lightroom. If you’d rather shoot your landscapes from your armchair, the whopping…

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the bare bones

This misty scene was uploaded to our Twitter page using the hashtag #appicoftheweek. It was taken by photographer David Queenan. He tells us, ‘I was crossing the River Forth in Scotland via the Clackmannanshire Bridge on my way to another location when the mist suddenly descended. As I passed this area of woodland I noticed a section of the forest had been cut down leaving a straight line of trees fading into the mist. I used my longest zoom lens (the Fujinon 50-140mm) to zoom in and just show the stripped back line of trunks. This was shot handheld so I had to ensure my shutter speed was fast enough to combat signs of camera shake.' © DAVID QUEENAN IMAGES MAY BE USED FOR PROMOTION PURPOSES ONLINE AND ON SOCIAL MEDIA…

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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

Sigma 28mm Art lens Sigma has released the price of its 28mm f/1.4 DG HSM wideangle lens, part of its Art line-up. The lens uses two low-dispersion and three special low-dispersion glass elements. It arranges three aspherical lenses, including a large-diameter aspherical lens, to correct magnification chromatic aberration. The lens costs £1,099, and is out now for Canon EF, Nikon F and Sigma mounts.See https://bit.ly/2RqiJZ7. Nikon Eye AF firmware update At the recent CES consumer electronics show, Nikon previewed firmware updates it is developing for the Z 6 and Z 7, including an Eye AF function. The company claims that this ‘will allow users to capture photos in which focus has been clearly acquired on the subject’s eye, which is useful for portrait, event and street photography scenarios’. Other updates include CFexpress memory…

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big picture

PROFESSIONAL photographer Alan Price has won the International Garden Photographer of the Year ‘Celebrating Our Oaks' competition, with his stunning image ‘Oak Sunrise.' The competition is run in partnership with Action Oak, a major campaign that aims to protect the UK's oak trees for future generations. Since the launch in May, the partnership has raised funding for research into the genetics of oak trees, the effects of climate change and pests and diseases. The winning image was unveiled during The Tree Council's National Tree Week. A hardback book with a foreword written by Dame Judi Dench, titled Celebrating Our Oaks, is available to buy on the Woodland Trust website and in Kew Garden shops. It features all of the winners, and proceeds will go towards further funding via Action Oak. A selection of…

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fast scanner from epson

EPSON has released a scanner which it says can scan 30 images in 30 seconds via an auto feeder. The FastFoto FF-680W can handle a variety of formats and shapes, including standard, square, panoramic and instant photos, from 9x13cm up to 21x91cm (panoramic). It's also intelligent, claims Epson, knowing when to scan both the front and back – automatically capturing handwritten notes on the back of photos. Another big selling point of the scanner is the supplied software. Automatic features include cropping; rotating; restoring colours in faded photos; and enhancing brightness, contrast and colour. There's also the option to auto save an enhanced and original version of the scan, which is handy if you want an untouched backup. Scanned images can be saved as JPEG or TIFF, and you can upload…