Amateur Photographer

Amateur Photographer 02-May-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

Many of us have access to a garden, but for this week’s tutorial on photographing birds you don’t even need to step into it, except perhaps to set up a spot to entice your subjects – all of the pictures were taken through the kitchen window. Alternatively why not work on your photo editing skills? We show how to create that film look using the excellent Analog Efex Pro, and test Skylum’s brilliant Luminar 4 – both very good arguments for not shelling out for a monthly Adobe subscription. We also tell the story of Tony Kemplen’s quest to use a different film camera every week for ten years. Perhaps it will inspire you to start your own project. Don’t forget to take advantage of our great subscription offer on…

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this week in 1980

Early Mobile Phone by Kypros An early mobile phone during the Iranian Embassy siege at Princes Gate, South Kensington, London, 1980. It can be easy to forget a time before we carried the ability to contact every person on Earth, research every fact ever known and order our weekly shopping in our pocket. This image from 1980, a time before mobile phones started to become mainstream, probably seemed an exciting vision of the future when it was published, but to modern eyes of course looks anything but. The device is so large that the chap holding it appears to need assistance from the helper in the sunglasses, while it's hard to tell if those in the background are more interested in what's going on, or the fact that somebody is using…

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big picture

AS THE second round of APOY 2020, Monochrome Magic, nears the submission deadline, this is our final call for entries. You have until 1 May to submit your best black & white images for a chance to win £1,000 towards a fantastic Sigma lens of your choice. The great thing about this round is the freedom it gives the photographer to explore a wide variety of subjects. The possibilities are endless. When photographers remove colour from the equation, they are free to concentrate on other aspects of what makes a powerful photograph. Composition, framing and lighting all take central stage once the distraction of colour is taken away. The winner of last year's monochrome round, Neil Leatham, demonstrates this perfectly with his carefully constructed still-life composition made from Post-it Notes. For more…

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lightweight, affordable samyang af 75mm f/1.8

SAMYANG has built a strong reputation for making inexpensive but decent-quality autofocus lenses for Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras, and its latest offering follows on in this vein. The AF 75mm F1.8 FE prime has a reasonably large aperture that Samyang says is ideal for shooting portraits and events. It's also claimed to be the most compact and lightweight autofocus 75mm lens on the market, measuring 65x69mm and weighing 230g. While there's not a lot of competition for this prize the lens manages to be rather lighter than Olympus's 75mm f/1.8 for Micro Four Thirds, and a third of the weight of Leica's SL 75mm f/2. The lens has 11 elements in 9 groups, including five made of special glass to minimise optical aberrations. Samyang has also utilised a linear stepping motor…

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sony world photo ‘open’ winners announced

THE CATEGORY winners and shortlisted entries in the Open competition of the Sony World Photography Awards 2020 have been announced, with several UK photographers making the cut. These include Tom Oldham, who won the Portraiture category with a picture of Pixies' frontman, Black Francis. ‘When approaching the assignment Oldham, an experienced portrait photographer, was painfully aware of the many photoshoots his sitter has been the subject of and asked him to acknowledge his frustration with the process,' said a spokesperson. Meanwhile Alec Connah won the Motion category with Going Down!, a record of the moment the four cooling towers of Ironbridge Power Station in Shropshire were demolished on 6 December last year. Another standout image from the shortlist was Pinball Pier by Stephen Tomlinson, a bird's-eye view of Brighton Pier lit…

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not discounting but still paying cash: mpb

The current lockdown is particularly testing for used camera dealers, whose business model relies on receiving, then selling on, second-hand kit. We caught up with Matt Barker, CEO of MPB, to get some updates. ‘The priority has been ensuring the safety of our staff, particularly those in the warehouses in the UK and US, so we've changed our working patterns,' he explains. Unlike some retailers, however, MPB is not going in for discounting to stimulate demand. ‘I don't agree with online businesses pushing and discounting at the moment as they are just going to put undue stress into their warehouse operations; pushing volume sales at the moment doesn't make sense. Also, we adjust prices all the time and our pricing is correct for the market. Therefore we can promise that all…