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Amateur Photographer 25-May-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

Pity the poor residents of Coton in the Elms, Derbyshire. According to Ordnance Survey they live the furthest from the sea of anyone in the UK. But the good news is that even they are only 70 miles away. This just goes to illustrate one of the benefits of living on a small island – no one is very far from one of the most photogenic subjects you can point a camera at. This week three photographers explain the appeal of the coast and share their tips for great photos. Japan, on the other hand, is very far away, but AP’s Deputy Editor went there twice back in March with the Nikon Z 6. Find out how he got on with it as a travel camera (page 40). Also this…

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kilchurn castle

This sunrise scene was uploaded to our Twitter page using the hashtag #appicoftheweek. It was taken by photographer David Thompson. He tells us, ‘Kilchurn Castle in Scotland is a popular location, and following a promising weather forecast I set myself the challenge of capturing the beauty of this setting during the 10-minute window, prior to sunrise. The location of the castle is not ideal for sunrises but fortunately, on this occasion, the cloud formation was well positioned and reflected the pinky hues of the sky magnificently. The reflections caught in the still Loch Awe were an added bonus.' IMAGES MAY BE USED FOR PROMOTION PURPOSES ONLINE AND ON SOCIAL MEDIA© DAVID THOMPSON…

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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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news round-up

Laowa macro lens pricing Laowa has revealed more details of its 100mm f/2.8 2:1 Ultra Macro APO lens, which will be available for Canon and Nikon DSLRs, complete with auto aperture operation, as well as for the mirrorless Sony FE mount. As opposed to the 1:1 (life-size) ratio found on most macro lenses, it offers a 2:1 magnification ratio for capturing detail, as shown in the sample photo above. The lens is available to pre-order now for £469 from www.laowalens.co.uk. Gives you wings (and software) Software specialist Skylum has announced its participation in the Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2019 competition, which recognises the best sports and adventure photographs. Skylum is to provide copies of Luminar 3 and signature presets to the 11 category winners. See www.redbullillume.com/contest. More affordable Pixel 3a camera phones Google has…

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big picture

SKYPIXEL, one of the world's most popular aerial photography communities, has announced the winners of its 2018 Aerial Storytelling Contest, which it co-organises with drone manufacturer DJI. The 2018 contest attracted over 30,000 entries from professional photographers, videographers, enthusiasts and content creators from over 141 countries. The winning shot from the Photo Category was taken by Deryk Baumgärtner, who used his DJI Mavic Pro to capture a sun-bathed monastery peeking out from behind fog. It is framed by ribbons of water on Le Mont-Saint-Michel in northern France. Speaking about his winning image, he says, ‘I was sitting on a rock fighting with stubborn wind and thick rain for the whole morning. The sun came up when I was just about to stand up and go home.' As well as the grand prize winner,…

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new 85mm f/1.2 lens launched for canon r

AFTER Canon laid out plans in February for its RF lens system development, the new RF 85mm f/1.2L lens is the first of six lenses that will be announced this year for the new Canon EOS R mirrorless system. Aimed squarely at portrait and wedding photographers, a number of features promise outstanding image quality. It is only the second Canon lens to use BR (Blue Spectrum Refractive) optic technology, which is designed to correct axial chromatic aberration for improved resolution and sharpness. The lens also includes aspherical and UD (ultra-low dispersion) lens elements which are claimed to reduce lens aberrations. For creating attractive blurred backgrounds, the lens has a nine-aperture blade system, while it uses the same ring-type USM motor as the RF 50mm f/1.2L USM lens for swift and accurate autofocusing.…