Amateur Photographer 30/10/2021

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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1 min
a week in phottography

The term ‘bokeh’ pops up a lot, even appearing on phone ads. Rather vague, Nigella Lawsonesque adjectives are also rolled out when discussing it, such as ‘creamy’ and ‘buttery.’ But what exactly is it, and what is the difference between bokeh and background blur? This issue’s cover feature discusses bokeh in plain English, along with sharing plenty of practical tips from top photographers to help you get the most from it. Never let it be said that AP lacks variety: this issue also takes an exclusive first look at the exciting Sony Alpha 7 IV, showcases the winners of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year, celebrates the sleeve photography of dad-rock classic Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd, and reveals why the Leica R7 film SLR is a something…

1 min
this week in 1963

Halloween 1963 by Hulton Archive US President John F Kennedy (1917-1963) sits behind his desk, laughing as his children Caroline and John Jr show him their Halloween costumes in the Oval Office of the White House, Washington, DC. They were plastic hats and fright masks. Less than a month after Halloween 1963, Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. His daughter Caroline is now an author, attorney and diplomat – she served as the United States ambassador to Japan between 2013 and 2017. John Junior was a lawyer, journalist and magazine publisher – he died in 1999 when the light aircraft he was piloting crashed. 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…

2 min
it’s good to share

AP picture of the week Dahlia Vibes by Jill Johnson Nikon D780 with Lensbaby Velvet 56, 1/160sec at f/2.8, ISO 320 ‘I have been photographing flowers as a hobby since purchasing my first DSLR in 2016. Since lockdown I have enjoyed experimenting with different lenses and techniques,’ says Jill, from Harrogate, North Yorkshire. ‘The photo was taken inside my house using natural light from a window and was shot handheld. I enjoy using different seasonal flowers and using a shallow depth of field and soft light to create an ethereal atmosphere to my photos. The Lensbaby 56 is a challenging lens but the results are worth the effort.’ Jill is on Instagram at @jill.johnsonnature. #appicoftheweek Each week we choose our favourite picture on Facebook, Instagram, Flickr or Twitter using #appicoftheweek. PermaJet proudly supports the online…

4 min
sony alpha 7 iv

At a glance £2,400 body only £2,600 with 28-70mm zoom 33MP full-frame sensor ISO 50-204,800 (extended) 10 frames per second shooting 4K 30p video recording 5-axis in-body stabilisation 3.68m-dot viewfinder 3in fully articulated touchscreen Grip A taller, deeper grip gives a significantly more secure hold compared to the A7 III. Storage Sony has again fitted dual UHS-II SD card slots, but one now also accepts CFexpress Type A media for vastly extended burst shooting. Revised controls Tweaks to the control layout include a separate switch to select between stills and video shooting, and a top-plate record button. Vari-angle LCD The fully articulated screen supports high- and low-angle shooting in both portrait and landscape formats,along with expanded touch functionality. WHEN Sony unveiled the Alpha 7 III at the start of 2018, the firm wasn’t so much the leader in full-frame mirrorless, as…

1 min
first impressions

I WAS lucky enough to get my hands on the Alpha 7 IV for a few days before its official launch, and overall, I’m pretty impressed. It’s a solid step up over the A7 III, fixing most of my personal gripes about the older model with considerably improved handling and usability. There’s plenty to tempt existing Sony users to upgrade, while the all-round package makes it a really strong alternative to its Canon and Nikon competitors for current DSLR users looking to switch to full-frame mirrorless. Keep an eye out for our upcoming full review.…

1 min
‘world’s lightest’ 70-200mm f/2.8

SONY has announced the all-new FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II lens. Replacing the firm’s existing five-year-old 70-200mm f/2.8, this new optic offers greatly reduced weight, making it the world’s lightest in its class. It tips the scales at just 1,045g, noticeably lighter than the previous model’s 1,480g, despite being the same size at 200mm long and 88mm in diameter. The lens boasts a new optical design, with 17 elements in 14 groups. It also gains additional controls, including a dedicated aperture ring that can be switched between clicked and clickless operation. As expected with a premium lens, the barrel is weather-sealed and the front element has a flourine coating to repel raindrops and fingerprints. For additional reach, it’s compatible with Sony’s TC1.4x and TC2.0x teleconverters. Priced at £2,599, it will be…