Photography Magazines - Recommendations?

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Alan Wonsowski, Sep 16, 2005.

  1. Hi Everyone,

    Any recommendations for a photo magazine that is geared to the DSLR
    amature photographer?

    Thanks,
    Alan
     
    Alan Wonsowski, Sep 16, 2005
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  2. Speaking as a recent amateur dSLR beginner, I don't think magazines are
    the way to go. Or if you do, try to find the ones that are more about
    techniques and general information rather than equipment.
    The reason being, that magazines rely heavily on advertising from the
    big brands, and that makes any equipment discussions either really watered
    down (like a press release) or jaded. I've found that forums like
    fredmiranda.com and this group are much more informative, and certainly not
    jaded. Googling this group from their groups search page works very nicely
    for getting information without starting new threads and waiting for
    answers.

    Dave
     
    David Geesaman, Sep 16, 2005
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  3. Alan Wonsowski

    John Guest

    Digital Photo
     
    John, Sep 16, 2005
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    SuperFly Guest

    Also try PC Photo. Fairly reasonable in price and content. Just don't
    evaluate the magazine by its website (one of the worst websites I've seen in
    recent history). You may want to hit a local library or large bookstore
    and do some browsing. Just like photography, it's high subjective towards
    the reader / viewer. Let us know what you find!!

    SF
     
    SuperFly, Sep 16, 2005
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    Rich Guest

    With the timeliness of the internet, and the myriad resources for
    free, of what value are magazines, except to sell product for their
    advertisers?
    -Rich
     
    Rich, Sep 17, 2005
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  6. For once Rich - I couldn't agree more.

    I think the publishing world as we knew it is gone.

    I think the internet is killing magazines and the falling circulation makes
    the magazines more expensive to buy which in turn makes the internet even
    more attractive.

    I know a few aussies use this NG, have you checked out the cost of some of
    your fav mags now? They're like $20 -$30. Why would you spend that much
    money for a decent RAW article say, when you could just go to a NG like this
    or google for everything you would ever need...

    I think their days are numbered....well certainly only the fittest will
    survive....
     
    Steve Franklin, Sep 17, 2005
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    DoN. Nichols Guest

    Only one problem -- Newsgroups are getting harder to access.
    First, AOL drops all newsgroups. I believe that MSN has also dropped
    news support, though I am not sure. More recently, my ISP cut off all
    newsfeeds to private news servers (such as mine), and a week later they
    shut down the news server which allowed access to the newsgroups. (They
    have been bought by another, larger, ISP.) Contact to the larger ISP's
    help desk showed that they did have a news server, but they would not
    open access to me, as they were planning to shut that one down within a
    week as well.

    So -- for the moment, I am using newsguy, while transitioning
    to a different ISP (at a significant savings, BTW), which will allow me
    a newsfeed again.
    But the days of newsgroups may well be numbered as well. And
    without them, you would have to depend on search engines (and knowing
    what to search for) to locate the necessary websites. An example of
    something which I discovered via this newsgroup was the DCRAW software,
    which lets me process raw files from both the D70 and my older NC2000e/c
    (Nikon N90s film camera converted to digital by Kodak for the AP),
    without having to use a Windows machine or a Mac.

    Enjoy,
    DoN.
     
    DoN. Nichols, Sep 17, 2005
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Chasseur d'Images (France), while as heavily loaded with adverts as the
    others, does have a lot of articles and a long and consistent equipment
    test series (film + digital).

    If you can't read French, however...

    Nature Photographer is a favourite of mine (two or three per year) and
    now leans more towards digital.

    Photo Technique is good, but a little more 'serious'. haven't bought
    one in a while, so I don't know if it has leaned much towards D.

    Having said that, the internet offers a lot of content that may be of
    interest to you including:

    http://www.dpreview.com/learn/ and forums, and so on
    http://www.photo.net/
    http://www.photozone.de/
    http://www.nyip.com/

    and many, many more ...

    Cheers,
    Alan
     
    Alan Browne, Sep 17, 2005
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    Alan Bremner Guest

    A beautiful image still looks best on glossy paper, imo. I find it
    easier to fully appreciate a photograph that way, rather than on a
    monitor. I also enjoy relaxing with my feet up, a good espresso in my
    hand and a magazine on my lap. Sometimes it's good to get away from
    the 'puter....

    Al
     
    Alan Bremner, Sep 18, 2005
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  10. It's kind of hard to balance a monitor on your lap when you're on the
    can as well.
     
    Brion K. Lienhart, Sep 18, 2005
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    no_name Guest

    They're still easier to read while you're in the WC.
     
    no_name, Sep 19, 2005
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  12. Alan Wonsowski

    no_name Guest

    Supernews is still around & cheap if you don't do a lot of binary
    groups. I've got a news server with my current ISP, but I still keep
    Supernews as a backup for when I travel (any motel with free internet, I
    can still get my newsgroups).
     
    no_name, Sep 19, 2005
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