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Amateur Photographer 09-Feb-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

While you generally can’t use old film lenses on most DSLRs, you may not be aware that it’s a lot easier with mirrorless cameras. Classic glass can be given a new lease of life, helping you build up a lens system for your shiny new mirrorless. As our resident mirrorless sage Andy Westlake explains on pages 16-20, there is a good selection of old lenses out there, and he discusses everything you need to know to get them working on your camera. When you consider how much higher-end mirrorless lenses can cost, there is some serious money to be saved here (and it’s fun). Other highlights of this packed issue include a buyer’s guide to the most effective HDR software, a review of the new Sigma 56mm f/1.4 and…

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a’dam lookout tower

This high-contrast mono shot was uploaded to our Twitter page using the hashtag #appicoftheweek by photographer Steven Gosling (@stevengoslingphotography). He tells us, ‘This image was taken looking up at the A'dam Lookout tower on the north side of the river in Amsterdam. I had originally travelled to photograph the striking architecture of the Eye Film Museum, but the A'dam building is next door. The low-lying but bright winter sun really hit the building with stark contrast and I knew the deep blue sky would look amazing in monochrome. The aircraft was moving quickly and I took numerous shots at different angles.'© STEVEN GOSLINGIMAGES MAY BE USED FOR PROMOTION PURPOSES ONLINE AND ON SOCIAL MEDIA ■…

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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 on page 12. Via our online communities Post your pictures into our Flickr group, Facebook page, Twitter feed, or the gallery on our website. See details above. ■…

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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 ■…

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news round-up

DxOMark now scores selfie qualityDxOMark scores are a well-known benchmark for lens performance, and the company is now testing front cameras on smartphones. According to DxOMark, the Google Pixel 3 and Samsung Galaxy Note 9 stand out. ‘Images captured with the Google device show slightly stronger contrast and a cooler white balance. The Samsung is a little better at exposing for faces.’ Full details: www.dxomark.com. Kenko teleconverters for Canon EF and Nikon FTwo 2x and 1.4x teleconverters for Nikon F and Canon EF mount lenses have been released by Kenko, and distributed in the UK by Intro2020. The Teleplus HD pro 1.4x DGX and Teleplus HD pro 2x DGX feature redesigned optics for peak performance, according to Kenko. Prices range from £219 to £269. See www.intro2020.co.uk. RPS applause…

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big picture

ROSE Atkinson's atmospheric shot of Vicars' Close in Wells, Somerset, was shortlisted in the Historic Photographer of the Year awards in 2018. Built over 650 years ago to house the Vicars Choral, Vicars' Close has been continuously inhabited by their successors. It is the most complete example of a medieval close in the UK and is said to be the oldest purely residential street in Europe.The shot is a blend of two exposures (one for the sky and one for the street). Atkinson says, ‘It's one of my favourite places in Wells, where I live. I used the Milky Way to portray the timelessness of the place.'To see more winning and shortlisted pictures from the awards, visit photographer.triphistoric.com. ■…