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Amateur Photographer

Amateur Photographer


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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51 Issues


1 min.
a week in photography

Nobody can say the UK weather isn’t eventful, and while this can make planning a day out challenging, it’s often good news for photographers. Rain, mist, snow and storms offer a plethora of photographic opportunities. Our cover feature shares some great tips for getting better shots in ‘bad’ weather, with useful advice from winners of the excellent Weather Photographer of the Year competition. Staying with excellence, we’ve also got an exclusive look at Leica’s magnificent new M10 Monochrom. While it and a decent lens will cost more than many a family car, this looks like it might just be a dream camera for black & white photographers, according to testing sage Andy Westlake. We also check out the original Sony Alpha 7R, now something of a used bargain... Contribute to Amateur…

1 min.
this week in 1955

Alfred Hitchcock by Thurston Hopkins TAKEN from the Picture Post story ‘A Sinister Time Was Had by All', this portrait of director Alfred Hitchcock was taken outside the British Museum by Thurston Hopkins. The interview was conducted as Hitchcock passed through London, where he, the photographer and the journalist Kenneth Allsop looked around at a number of London scenes. The article, which talks – amongst other things – about Hitchcock's weight loss (he had dropped down to 13 stone from a previous high of 21 stone), uses a different picture, so this image must have been a spare that was left in the archive. The Getty Images Hulton Archive is one of the world’s great cultural resources. Tracing its origins to the founding of the London Stereoscopic Company in 1854, today it…

2 min.
news round-up

Major lifeboat project reaches milestone Photographer Jack Lowe has reached a five-year milestone in his project to travel around the UK and Ireland, shooting all 238 RNLI lifeboat stations and crews using the wet collodion process. Since January 2015, he’s visited 147 stations, driven over 35,000 miles in his mobile darkroom (a converted ambulance), and created 1,800 glass plates. Lowe, the grandson of actor Arthur Lowe, plans to visit 30 more stations this year. See lifeboatstationproject.com. 1TB key drive coming SanDisk used the recent CES consumer electronics show in Las Vegas to reveal a 1TB USB key drive – in other words, it’s compact enough fit on a keyring. A terabyte will store about 100,000 10MB images, and the ingenious new drive features USB Type-A and the the newer Type-C plugs. UK availability…

1 min.
big picture

ESTABLISHED in 2012, the WEX Photographer of the Year is chosen from images submitted using the #wexmondays hashtag. Throughout 2019, approximately 15,000 images from photographers across the UK were submitted for consideration, all competing for the overall title, along with £1,500 in prize money. Every week, one winner, two runners-up and seven other shortlisted shots are selected by the Wex Photo Video judging panel based on technique and creativity, and allocated points on the #WEXMondays leaderboard. The top three photographers with the most points accrued throughout the year are presented with the first, second and third prize places in the competition. The top title for 2020 went to Andi Campbell from Devon – one of his images submitted over the year is seen here. The 46 photographs from the competition are currently…

1 min.
last call for food photographer of the year

You've only got until midnight on 9 February to enter Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year. As regular readers will know, the contest has many and varied categories celebrating food, food culture and the people who who grow, cook and enjoy it, so it's about much more than close-ups of gourmet dishes in expensive restaurants. Categories such as Food for Celebration, Fujifilm's Award for Innovation, the World Food Programme Food For Life Award and Food Stylist Award inspired more than 9,000 entries from 77 countries last year. The judging panel includes AP Editor Nigel Atherton and is chaired by food photographer David Loftus, who has worked closely with Jamie Oliver. This year's competition features a prize pool of £20,000, shortlisted entries will also go on display at an exhibition at the…

1 min.
now’s the time to get ready for your close-up

THE SEARCH is on to find the next winner of Close-up Photographer of the Year (CUPOTY) in association with Affinity Photo. This annual competition is open to all photographers, using any type of camera, including a phone or microscope. There are seven categories: Animals, Insects, Plants & Fungi, Intimate Landscape, Manmade World and Micro (for images taken with a microscope), as well as Young CUPOTY for entrants aged 17 or under. Each category winner will receive £300, except for Young CUPOTY who takes away two Sigma lenses (a 70mm F2.8 DG Macro Art lens and an 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM lens with a close-up filter). Every entrant will receive a discount voucher from Affinity Photo, MPB, Zerene Stacker and Greenwings Wildlife Holidays (subject to availability). The judging panel includes…