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Amateur Photographer

Amateur Photographer 14-Nov-2020

Published by TI Media Limited 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

In these tough times that we’re living through, our hobbies and interests play a greater role than ever in helping to maintain our mental well-being. Photography is almost unique in offering not only the distraction of creativity, but in also being a passport to so many other fascinating worlds. In this week’s issue alone we learn about the cameras used to record the major wars of the past century, find out how animals can help improve our mental health, and spend a few minutes in the company of former PM Tony Blair. We learn about church architecture and how to photograph it, and see the results you can get from moving the camera during exposure. If you haven’t yet gone mirrorless maybe the new Lumix S5, tested this week, will…

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this week in 1966

V-Sign by William Lovelace A woman makes the sign for Victory during the Remembrance Day service at the Cenotaph, London. The Cenotaph was first erected just after the end of the First World War as a temporary structure, to be replaced in 1920 by a permanent stone structure. Remembrance services are held there every year, the first modern ceremony taking place in 1919 following a suggestion by King George V. This year, the usual laying of wreaths will take place by members of the Royal Family and dignitaries, but for the first time, owing to Covid-19, the March Past has been cancelled and there will be no public attendance. The Getty Images Hulton Archive is one of the world’s great cultural resources. Tracing its origins to the founding of the London Stereoscopic…

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ap picture of the week

Spanish Señor by Michael Jennings Fujifilm X30, 1/1250sec at f/10, ISO 400 I was on holiday visiting Ronda, in Andalucia, when I saw this Spanish gentleman walking past the bullring,’ Michael tells us. ‘I don’t usually do street photography as my main interest lies in wildlife, with other cameras and lenses, but I was on holiday and carrying the X30 around for some casual shots when I saw this scene come together.’ This is a simple but lovely image, captured at just the right moment, and Michael’s decision to make it black & white was a good one. Colour would have added nothing to this composition.…

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Siobhan by Brian Nicholson Canon EOS 6D, Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art, 1/1250sec, f/4, ISO 160 Model Siobhan Abigail (@i_am_ siobhan_abigail) teamed up with her photographer friend Brian for a creative pick-me-up after the frustrations of lockdown. ‘These were shot using natural light on an early evening as the sun went down on the top of a multi-storey car park,’ they explain. Well it may not be a very exotic location but the resulting pictures evoke the style of great fashion photos by the likes of Peter Lindbergh and Herb Ritts, with Siobhan a more than capable stand-in for Cindy Crawford. Thunderbirds by Michael Turek Sony A7 III, Sigma 150-600mm, MC-11 Adapter, 1/2000sec at f/5.6, ISO 200 Michael is one of our US readers and captured this perfectly timed shot at the New York Airshow at…

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lumix firmware updates

PANASONIC has taken the wraps off an array of firmware updates for both its full-frame Lumix S series and Micro Four Thirds G series cameras. To a great extent they’re focused on video capabilities, but stills photographers will also benefit. With Ver.2.0 for the compact full-frame Lumix S5, the camera will gain the ability to record in the Cinema 4K format, and output raw video to an external recorder over HDMI. It also acquires two new Photo Styles, called L.Monochrome S and L.ClassicNeo. Meanwhile, users of the S1, S1H and S1R will gain all the benefits of the new autofocus system that the firm developed for the S5. These include improved continuous AF and a subject-detection algorithm that now recognises heads as well as faces, eyes and bodies, which promises improved…

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laowa introduces world’s widest-angle shift lens

INNOVATIVE Chinese maker Venus Optics has revealed the world’s widest-angle shift lens, in the form of the Laowa 15mm f/4.5 Zero-D Shift. Designed for use on both full-frame and medium-format cameras, it provides +/- 11mm shift via a rotating ring beside the camera mount, with the direction of movement rotatable through 360° and click-stopped at every 15°. As a result, it promises to be an exceptionally powerful tool for architectural photographers. Optically the lens comprises 17 elements in 10 groups, including three extra-low dispersion glass elements and two aspherical elements to minimise optical aberrations. The ‘Zero-D’ badge indicates that curvilinear distortion has been practically eliminated, which is essential on this type of optic. The lens projects a huge angle of view (110°) across an image circle that’s 65mm in diameter, which…