Amateur Photographer 11/09/2021

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

Most of us will always remember where we were and what we were doing when we first saw those images of the World Trade Center 20 years ago this week. Certainly the many photographers who were there to record it won’t forget, and the images they took will never be forgotten as they are now part of our collective visual history. This week we talk to some of those photographers about their memories of this event, the fall-out from which is still being felt today. Most of those iconic images were shot on film SLRs – digital technology was in its infancy and phone cameras barely existed. How photography has changed in so short a time! Today there are arguably better alternatives to the now-digital SLR but this issue we…

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this week in 1938

Pearly Family by Reg Speller Pearly Kings and Queens attending a service at St Mary’s church in Southwark to mark the retirement of Reverend CJ Barker, known as the Coster Bishop of Old Kent Road, 11 September 1938. Pearly Kings and Queens, often known simply as ‘pearlies’, have been a symbol of the working-class in London for more than 100 years. It was first associated with Henry Croft, an orphan street sweeper who wore a sequinned suit to draw attention to his charity fundraising endeavours. A memorial, referring to Croft as ‘The original Pearly King’, was unveiled at St Pancras Cemetery in 1934. 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 houses…

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ap picture of the week

Lily’s Butterfly by James Sullivan Sony A7III, Sony FE 85mm, 1/3200sec ‘This photograph was taken in the Physic Garden in Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan in South Wales. The Physic Garden in Cowbridge is an amazing collection of flowers and plants that have been historically used for medicinal purposes and they attract a large variety of bees and other insects. Myself and my daughter Lily, aged seven, went to try to capture some pictures of bees in flight to test out the capabilities of the A7III, a new purchase. However, the butterfly just presented itself onto this flower and we managed to snap it with a high shutter speed. I also like that the surrounding flowers are not perfect as it adds some drama and contrast to the shot; not all shots need…

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we also liked...

Mother Nature Puts On A Show by Sarah Savage Lumix GX880, 12-32mm at 15mm, 1/320sec, f/8, ISO 200 ‘Photography is my creative outlet and sanity saver. I’d describe myself as an all-rounder, although combining my love of motorcycling with photography does feature quite heavily in my portfolio and I have a keen interest in abstract imagery too,’ says Sarah, who is based in South Wales. ‘This was taken on a Sunday evening at Port Talbot while I was photographing my husband on the water wing-foiling using a different camera and lens set-up. Looking behind me I was greeted with this scene. Luckily I had my diminutive GX880 with its wideangle lens in my pocket; I grabbed it and composed the shot to include the guy taking his own photo with his phone.’…

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exclusive discount on freeman course

PROLIFIC author and photography teacher Michael Freeman has launched a new foundation course on, with a strong focus on developing visual literacy and improving composition. ‘The course stresses the visual and thoughtful techniques of photography, not the technical, because all modern cameras, including smartphones, take accurate, well-exposed photographs,’ says Freeman. ‘The old idea of there being beginners, amateur enthusiasts and professionals is outdated. You don’t need to know the details of camera equipment and “rules” to get started. You simply need to want to take good (or better) pictures.’ You can get 15% off with the code APLEARNING15.…

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weather contest shortlist and public vote

THE SHORTLIST for Weather Photographer of the Year 2021 has been announced, with 21 images making the cut from nearly 9,000 entries. The judging panel has chosen its top three winners in the main category, and the public is now being asked to select their favourites from the shortlist (which includes images from sometime AP contributors Michelle Cowbourne and Melvin Nicholson). You can vote at Now in its sixth year, Weather POTY is hosted by the Royal Meteorological Society in partnership with AccuWeather. The overall winners of the three categories will be announced on 16 October at the virtual WeatherLive event, hosted by the Royal Meteorological Society.…