Let's start a thread - UK photo mags...

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by Michael J Davis, Jul 7, 2009.

  1. I haven't read a photo mag for 20 years, I used to get AP (from 1953-65)
    and Leica fotografie (from 1956 - 1984). But they all seemed to repeat

    Earlier this year, courtesy of Panasonic, I received three free copies
    of 'Digital Photography'. Not bad, but the Photoshop stuff is somewhat
    simplistic and the composition and colour rendering somewhat in your
    face. They reviewed a couple of A3 printers, but said nothing about the
    paper used to compare the print quality.

    So, can I ask, what UK photo journals do you read, and why?


    Michael J Davis
    "I never have taken a picture I've intended.
    They're always better or worse."
    Diane Arbus
    Michael J Davis, Jul 7, 2009
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    Chris H Guest

    The problem is they all tend to repeat themselves. Also apart from the
    (repeated) articles the rest is product reviews....

    So if you have all the kit you need and you know the techniques you need
    I suggest you use the "Smiths Library" to scan the ones you like the
    look of and only buy the ones where they have articles you actually want
    to read.

    I have Digital Camera on subscription because I got a very good deal and
    the "free" gift was something I wanted and worth about the same as the

    I like the magazine but at the end of the year I shall not renew and
    just pick up magazines only when they contain something useful.
    Chris H, Jul 7, 2009
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    Chris H Guest

    I don't think so. Several of the Pro magazines don't do that. Though
    they are as much about "the business" as taking photos.
    Chris H, Jul 7, 2009
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    Alex Monro Guest

    I've had a subscription to Amateur Photographer for the last three years.
    For me, it has a good mixture of equipment reviews (including printers!),
    technique how-tos (camera and photoshop!), readers' portfolios (including
    critique), technical background, and historical interest. Also, film is
    not ignored - there have been reviews of two new films (Velvia 50 and
    T-max 400) in the last year or so.
    Alex Monro, Jul 7, 2009
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    Paul Giverin Guest

    I'm sitting here with my brand new copy of AP next to me and I'll be
    reading it shortly. I don't like all the "Photoshop" tutorial based
    mags. As someone else has said, they are all very repetitive.

    AP has a good mix of features. It covers film as well as digital. It
    publishes some good historical articles. It also reviews photographic
    books and publicises photographic exhibitions.

    I do think the mag has a pronounced pro-Nikon bias though.
    Paul Giverin, Jul 7, 2009
  6. Thanks to you and all the others who responded in this thread (I thought
    we might get a few more stating their favourites, though!). I guess I'll
    just occasionally buy one or the other from bookstalls as I go past.

    Meanwhile, I enjoy the free 'sample' copies of LF available from...

    Michael J Davis

    "I never have taken a picture I've intended.
    They're always better or worse."
    Diane Arbus
    Michael J Davis, Jul 9, 2009
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