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Amateur Photographer 16-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

It’s that time of the year again, when our annual awards recognise the finest cameras, lenses and accessories for the serious photographer. However, you don’t need to have attended our glittering awards ceremony in London to get the winners’ details – all the products are listed on pages 37-51, which also serves as a handy shopping list if you’re in the market for the best new gear. Even if you’re happy with your existing equipment there’s lots to enjoy in this issue, including a guide on how to revitalise old family photos, on getting better drone images, as well as advice on planning a trip to Norway’s Lofoten Islands – one of the best destinations for shooting the Northern Lights. And if you haven’t done so already, take advantage of a…

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darenth valley mist

This early-morning misty scene was uploaded to Instagram with the hashtag #appicoftheweek. It was taken by photographer Stephen Abrams. He tells us, ‘The Darenth Valley in Kent is one of my favourite locations and is beautiful all year round. I headed out well before dawn but was disappointed at the lack of clouds necessary for a spectacular sunrise; however the lovely layers of mist hanging in the valley more than made up for it. The clear sky helped define the lone tree, and the cattle wandering into shot were the icing on the cake.' © STEPHEN ABRAMSIMAGES 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 14. 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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news round-up

‘Smartphones could halve camera market’ Canon believes the threat from smartphones could halve the size of the conventional camera market in two years. It therefore intends to focus its camera business on corporate customers, says Canon president Fujio Mitarai. ‘The mirrorless product is growing, but it is a replacement [for] single lens reflex, it is not adding to the market as a whole.’ See parts of the translated interview at www.mirrorlessrumors.com. X-Rite competition Colour management specialist X-Rite Inc. has launched a competition to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its ColorChecker Passport Photo. For a chance to win, upload an image to the competition page at bit.ly/xritecompetition by 24 February showing the ColorChecker Passport Photo in action. The winner will be announced on 1 March and exhibited at The Photography Show. US finds Syria guilty The…

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big picture

The winners of the International Garden Photographer of the Year (IGPOTY) competition 12 were announced at the Royal Botanic Gardens, in Kew, London, on Friday, 8 February. The overall winner of £7,500 and the grand title is Jill Welham from North Yorkshire. The winning image entitled ‘Fireworks', (left), showcases the wet cyanotype process that Jill uses. The resulting study of three allium heads is accompanied by the wonderful, distinct swirling patterns and shapes this process offers. This latest IGPOTY competition saw more than 19,000 individual entries from over 50 countries. The competition exhibition is open to the public at Kew from 9 February and the new IGPOTY Collection Twelve hardback book is now available. See www.igpoty.com.…

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pentax releases fast prime and ultra-wide zoom

PENTAX has announced two new lenses, beginning with a fast, ultra-wide zoom – the HD Pentax-DA* 11-18mm F2.8 ED DC AW. The lens, aimed at outdoor shooters and astrophotographers, is designed for Pentax APS-C DSLRs and has a maximum aperture of f/2.8, with an equivalent focal length of 17-27.5mm. AW in the lens nomenclature stands for ‘all weather', so the 11-18mm is dust- and splash-proof. Other noteworthy features include a Focus Clamp Mechanism to lock the focal point. The lens is made from 16 elements in 11 groups, has a minimum focusing distance of 30cm and weighs 704g. It is available now for £1,399.99. The other new lens is the HD Pentax-FA 35mm F2, an update of Pentax's 35mm f/2 prime lens. Designed for full-frame Pentax DSLRs, it features a high-grade…