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Amateur Photographer 08-Jun-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

There are a multitude of rules of thumb about photography and camera kit, covering everything from focusing to choosing a shutter speed. Some of them hark back to film days and no longer apply, while some were never true. This week Andy Westlake takes out his sharpest pin to pop some of the most popular misconceptions in photography. Free yourself from the limitations that some of these myths have imposed. Another misconception we challenge this week is the notion that you need a multi-light set-up to shoot good studio portraits – Amanda Thomas shows what you can do with just one light. Finally, the myth that amateurs are not as good as pros is utterly destroyed by some of your fantastic entries to the mono round of APOY 2019 (page…

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THIS butterfly image was uploaded to our Twitter page using the hashtag #appicoftheweek. When it comes to searching for butterflies, photographer Henrik Spranz has the upper hand. ‘I always try to find butterflies before sunrise - which needs knowledge and also some luck to find them roosting,' he says. ‘Here I found a more common violet fritillary, but I really liked its appearance.' Half an hour after sunrise Henrik found he had the right conditions to capture this beautiful composition with a wide open aperture, and his trusty Sigma Macro 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM lens. ‘The morning sunlight really helped to bring out all those nice textures in the background made up of early spring flowers like the Austrian spurge.' © HENRIK SPRANZIMAGES MAY BE USED FOR PROMOTION PURPOSES…

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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

Foto Fest returns Fotospeed’s Foto Fest event is returning to the University of Bath on 8 September for the fourth year running, with Martin Parr named as the festival’s main speaker. The popular Foto Fest Market, which gives guests the opportunity to get exclusive deals from leading brands, is another fixture. See fotofest.co.uk. STC clip-in filters now for Olympus STC, a Taiwanese maker of filters which clip over your camera’s sensor, has announced it now supports Olympus Micro Four Thirds cameras. The system was originally designed for Sony full-frame sensors. See a video demonstration of how to use the clip-over filters at youtu.be/zFnw5Qc_5Rc. For more information on the clip filters, visit stcoptics.com/en/clip_filter. Leica’s in the (Bau)haus Leica has released a special-edition Leica CL camera to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus…

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big picture

SOMETIMES known as the Unknown Protester or the Unknown Rebel, this iconic photo turns 30 on 5 June. The unidentified Chinese man stands in front of the tanks the morning after the Chinese military forcefully suppressed the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests. Images and footage of the event were smuggled out of the country and shown to a worldwide audience. Although never reliably identified, the man is the subject of one of the most well-known news photos ever taken and is central to the plot of the TV series Chimerica by Lucy Kirkwood. This image is from the Bettmann Archive. Photographers at the scene included Charlie Cole, who won the 1990 World Press Photo of the Year for his image, and Jeff Widener, nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for his shot.…

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voigtländer prime for sony e-mount

THE VOIGTLÄNDER Nokton 21mm F1.4 Aspherical lens for Sony E-mount has now been unveiled, after it was first announced at the CP+ camera show in Yokohama, Japan, back in February. This wideangle prime has built-in electronic contacts, so shooting data can be recorded in the EXIF data, and it can support in-body 5-axis image stabilisation. The minimum shooting distance is 25cm, which offers a maximum image magnification of 1:7.5. An aperture click switching mechanism helps to ensure that no aperture ring operation sound is picked up during movie recording, and the lens weighs 560g. The new lens is set to go on sale in June for ¥165,000, and the UK pricing is yet to be confirmed. For more on the lens, visit the Voigtländer website at www.cosina.co.jp/ seihin/voigtlander/index.html.…