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Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs This is the place to talk about Photo Books, Photography Magazines, Photography Articles, as well as specialized Photo booksellers. Some books are a lot better than others, so it really does make a difference which ones you buy!

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Leica Fotografie International 25 24.04%
M Magazine 14 13.46%
Inspired Eye 9 8.65%
Black+White Photography 28 26.92%
B&W 8 7.69%
LensWork 15 14.42%
Photo District News 0 0%
American Photo 0 0%
Digital Photo 0 0%
Digital Photo Pro 2 1.92%
Digital Photography 0 0%
Popular Photography 7 6.73%
Practical Photography 2 1.92%
Digital SLR Photography 0 0%
N Photo 0 0%
Outdoor Photographer 9 8.65%
Nature Photographer 0 0%
nature photography 0 0%
Professional Photographer 4 3.85%
Shutterbug 7 6.73%
Playboy (hey, it has pictures!) 2 1.92%
Other 50 48.08%
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Old 08-11-2016   #41
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Only Black & White Photpgraphy UK for me now. Used to work in the news trade for some years and got to read every one of them. B&W is good as shows good work from both pro and amateur photographers, both film and digital. I've bought it from the beginning and it's now nearly up to issue 200. Think I may have to pass them on soon to gain some space.

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I have a subscription to BJP (British Journal of Photography), and have just signed up for LFI as a result of this thread! M-Magazine looks good also, may have to consider adding that to the list too!
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Old 08-12-2016   #43
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Old 08-12-2016   #45
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I enjoy reading LensWork on a regular basis. I read all other photography magazines only occasionally, and usually gravitate to the ones that feature photographs and photographers over gear articles.

I figure this is because I can easily get my fill of gear articles and discussion on-line these days. It's much more difficult to see well-curated exhibitions of photographers' work on-line, and I prefer seeing them in print anyway most of the time.

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Amateur Photographer (weekly!). I also write for them. As did George Bernard Shaw: the magazine has been published since 1884. Sure, there's a lot of hardware stuff but there's also a strong concentration on images, and astonishingly little recycling of articles. Yes, you'll get a "Landscape" issue or a "Portrait" issue but (for example) beside me as I write this is "The SHARPNESS Issue" (23 July). With a weekly you need to be a bit more inventive than with a monthly. My column (on the back page) is only about pictures: in that issue, it's a Raghu Rai image from 1989.

Also, most contributors can read and write as well as taking pictures: something that can by no means be taken for granted in all photo magazines. Sure, relying on a magazine for news means you'll be well behind the internet, but equally, how urgently do you need to know about the 15th new Nikon this year, or the latest Sony wireless flash? Read a good magazine and you'll probably get more considered, thoughtful and above all readable articles than on the internet, though AP is also available on line: http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/

It's a stiff $236.99 a year ($4.64 an issue for 51 issues) even on line, but consider the old saying, "You get what you pay for".

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I agree. I really enjoyed Amateur Photographer but had to let it go. I think I will try and pick it up online instead. Some good articles in that magazine, sometimes even the gear stuff.
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Starting back in the good ole days of the 70's I always had yearly subscriptions to Popular Photography and Modern Photography.

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.

I do some digital, but 90% is film. So no interest in articles about digital cameras or file manipulation.

(Ouch! Sorry for the sarcasm!) ;-)
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I used to like Photo Techniques a lot, back in the analog-only days. Lots of good darkroom tips. It's the one I miss the most.
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.. . 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

P9 Ad

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

P20 Ad

PP21-23 Using shallow depth of field in portraits

PP24-25 Ad

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!

P31 Ad

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

P46 Ad

PP47-49 Review of Laowa f/2 (T/3.2) 105mm lens

P50 Ad

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%,

P58 Ad

P59 "Technical Support" (help column). Two topics: Canon Pixma printer and IR film (yes, FILM)

P60 Ad

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

P62 Ad

P53 Technical article: "Bokeh and lens design" by Professor Robert Newman

PP54-81 Ads

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).

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This list is merely US centered.

Here in Germany we do have other magazines of course.

I regularly read:

LFI (German edition)
PhotoDeal
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PhotoKlassik
VIDOM
(Those 5 in print.)
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DOCMA (as PDF)

Others only occasionally, just when the topic is somewhat interesting.
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This list is merely US centered. . . .
Hence my piece on Amateur Photographer in the UK...

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Hey...us US fellers like your Brit mags. If we can't read them we still like the pitchers.

(What's that, Playboy is a US mag...)

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I'm going to re-subscribe to "Shots" magazine.

http://www.shotsmag.com
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I was a magazine junkie about a decade ago, everything from Road & Track to Adbusters and Aperture. I found I didn't have time to read them after college and would end up throwing them away, unread. I tried the whole iPad subscription thing a few years back, but didn't care for the format. Just last month I got a print subscription to National Geographic for $12. It's one of the few print magazines I enjoyed the most. With all of the online content on the forums and various sites, I can't justify buying print at newsstands.
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The UK version of black and white magazine for me. Only one I have ever subscribed to. Once read they are given to a friend who gives them away afterwards to the local photo club.

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You forgot Nikon World, Modern Photography, Camera 35.

Ok I reread the old issues.
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"New Yorker" in print

They often publish a bit of good photography too.
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Haven't heard of most of those listed ... presumably American. Poll needs "Other"!

I read
• British Journal of Photography (commonly called BJP)
• Hotshoe
• Aperture (a US magazine, but not on your list)
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I too have subscribed to and loved The New Yorker but as it is a weekly for me it's "too much of a good thing".
I could never get through an issue before the next arrived.

I have the same problem with daily newspapers.
While the other New York papers are dreadful The NY Times is great, but it's just too much to get through in a day.

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Old 08-09-2017   #63
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I only read on Internet, LFI, Square Magazine.
British Journal of Photography at Library.
GUP, Image in Progress, BW, Black and White Photography,
all read at Booksellers..
I simply have no space or monies for subscriptions or retail cost.
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I must say that nothing gives me more pleasure than Robert Rotoloni's publication 'Nikon Journal' that comes four times a year with membership of the Nikon Historical Society. It may not be a photography mag in the pure sense, but it sure is fun to read and to keep for reference. To me, Nikon Journal is worth half a dozen newsstand photo mags (if there are that many left!) Thanks all. Tony
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"Fretboard Journal"......nothing in print regarding film photography is of much interest these days. Read books about photography & photographer bios & go to shows of silver gelatin or alt prints.
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I read "Zoom Magazine" for the superb quality of the pictures featured.



Zoom was an iconic photography magazine published in France from 1970 to 1991. Nowadays, the title is published in Italy by Rodolfo Namias Editore:

http://www.zoom-net.com/zoom-magazine.aspx

It is also available in digital form: https://www.zinio.com/www/browse/pro...Id=500688260#/

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Back in the latter part of the previous millennium I would occasionally read a photo orientated magazine. Today, all of my related info comes from the web in very non-magazine form.
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I had to select other because I haven't read a photography magazine in any media format for a long time.
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None. I really do not get anything out of them. Before the internet I used to read German and Dutch magazines in the bookstands. Now I get all the information via the internet and if not, it is not important.

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Can I count rangefinderforum.com as an "online photography magazine with life"?
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I buy lots of magazines (was long my trade) but only one subscription, which was sold to me by Donald Trump: the New York Times.
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I can't believe Rangefinder wasn't included, and not mentioned.

OK, so it's over the top with advertisement, it is the official magazine of WPPI. I find it just a wee bit more useful that Professional Photographer, which was included in the poll.

Both Rangefinder and Professional Photographer are free. They may not say they are, but I get both without paying a penny. Not even my PPA membership anymore. I find the photography, generally, to be very good.

Ads can be a good thing. Back before the internet clobbered mail order, Shutterbug was a very useful publication. I looked forward especially to the annual B&W issue (June, IIRC). Unfortunately, lack of revenue means a lack of funding to pay journalists and other writers for the magazine, and content has suffered miserably.
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Monocle. Monocle rarely mentions cameras, and when they do, it can be a head-scratcher. Nikon 1 anyone? But a well produced general interest publication with a global perspective. Heavy on wristwatch ads though.

Stuff that I like to flip through at the library includes:

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I recently renewed a subscription to Nat Geo and frankly just don't find myself looking at magazines like I did in the 90s. I don't know what it is. I just can't get into them. I've also tried reading the on an iPad, which doesn't do it for me either.
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I have read f11 from NZ from the first issue. Sadly the business model didn't hold up and a great magazine is folding. Hopefully the archive will remain available. Some great interviews and stunning photography.
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Generally speaking I'm not fond of photo magazine, in my opinion they are too much driven by the industry (advertising, test, what you need).

I read LFI sometimes and I have a subscription to FineArtPrinter which has some interesting articles about inkjet printing.

But to be honest main reason for me is to keep practicing my "not optimal" german!

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