Originally Posted by AZPhotog
.. . In today's world the magazines seem to be all about Photoshop and the "latest digital camera of the month" and related. I have no use nor desire for any of that.. . .
From AP 30 July, "Special Issue-Creative Blur" (the issue that was on my desk:
P3 (first page -- they number the cover!) Editor's intro; B+W reportage picture from Brexit campaign.
PP4/5 Reportage pic in color from Black Lives Matter (Iesha Evans facing heavily armoured riot police) and "Weekend Project" on "Easy Traffic Trails"
P6 News page
P7 News page, including someone raising money for Help for Heroes; funny pic; 1/3 page round-up of exhibitions (feasible with a weekly; of limited interest outside UK)
P8 Piece on colour "signatures" of films and digital cameras
PP10-15 Article on long-exposure blur
PP16-17 Article on motion blur
PP18-19 Letters pages; survey "Do you use Youtube to learn about photography" (39% yes, 29% yes but not regularly, 19% no, 13% never considered it); masthead
PP21-23 Using shallow depth of field in portraits
PP26-27 Soft focus lenses including projector lenses, magnifying glasses, supplementary lenses, bad teleconverters, plastic lenses, old zooms...
PP28-30 Photoshop. First pure digi article!
PP32-33 Analysis of Maasai Dance pic taken at 1/6 second for motion blur
PP34-39 Pictures from current round of APOY, Amateur Photographer of the Year. First place Czilla Sucs (?Hungarian) from Bath in the UK; second, David Travis, Staffordshire, UK; third, Petr Ritschel, Czech Republic; fourth, Adam Zoltan Nagy, Hungary; others UK (19), Ireland (2), USA (2), Greece, Argentina, Latvia.
PP40-42 How to control depth of field (aperture, focal length, sensor size, distance)
P44 Bag review
P45 Sensor cleaning kit review; ad
PP47-49 Review of Laowa f/2 (T/3.2) 105mm lens
PP51-53 "Lenses for Selective Focusing" (Lensbaby, Canon TS-E, Fuji 56/1.2, Lomography Petzval, Tamron 85/1.8, Meyer 100/2.8 Trioplan, Samyang 50/1.2, Leica Noctilux 50/0.95, Nikon 105/2, Canon 50/1.2, Lensbabies) Prices from £59 to £7,800; call it $80-$10,000, remembering that UK prices include VAT (Value Added Tax) at 20%,
P59 "Technical Support" (help column). Two topics: Canon Pixma printer and IR film (yes, FILM)
P61 "My life in cameras", the cameras used by Paul Cooper, described as a sports advertising photographer; from Nikon F3 in 1985 to Pentax 645Z
P53 Technical article: "Bokeh and lens design" by Professor Robert Newman
P82 (last page) My column, "Final Analysis", this time with a 1900 still life by Professor Gabriel Lippmann (1845-1921) inventor of the Lippmann process. The week after was a flower study by Paolo Pellegrin.
So no, not 'all about Photoshop and the "latest digital camera of the month" and related'. Most of it is as applicable to film as to digital, and there are lots and lots of excellent pictures.
There are lots of ads, sure, but they keep the price of the magazine down. It's a LOT more expensive than many US magazines but look at what's in it -- and unlike some US magazines, it's not just ads with a few articles for the look of the thing: there's an editorial calendar rather than an advertising calendar.
Of course I'm biased, because I write for them; but equally, it's a very, very good magazine, and it comes out 51 times a year (the Christmas/New Year issue is combined, but thicker than standard).