Amateur Photographer 5 April 2014

April 1, 2014

Air chiefs sound exploding battery warning; Samyang debuts 12mm APS-C lens; Calumet shuts down US stores; Sigma wins £8.7m payout from Nikon; Race to find best camera-trap photo; Britain’s ‘best amateur’ named; PermaJet reveals photo-printing rescue plan

The latest books, exhibitions and websites

Win a Samsung NX300 with 20-50mm f/3.5-5.6 lens

The final frame
The latest model in Tony Kemplen’s quest to use a different film camera each week is the Yashica Rapide

Photo insight
Wildlife photographer Drew Buckley discusses his unusual and strikingly graphic shot of a stag in silhouette at Glen Etive in the Scottish Highlands

Retoucher’s guide
Martin Evening explains how to apply non-circular spot removal in Lightroom/Camera Raw to rid your images of distracting elements

LaCie Fuel 1TB portable hard drive and Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus

Adobe Lightroom 5 vs DxO Optics Pro 9
Michael Topham studies the differences between two of the best software packages for raw conversion

Reallusion FaceFilter3 Pro
Callum McInerney-Riley tests FaceFilter3 Pro, a portrait-editing suite that is capable of advanced retouching

Ask AP
Our experts answer your questions

AP readers speak out on the week’s issues

AP reader Greg Lewis questions whether technical flaws detract from the impact of iconic pictures

APOY round 2
We’ve prizes of Olympus kit worth more than £2,000 in the Animal Planet round of our Amateur Photographer of the Year competition

Reader spotlight
Another selection of superb reader images

Chris Gatcum examines your images, offering words of wisdom and constructive advice

This sporting life
Mark Pain explains how he went from shooting his local basketball team to becoming an award-winning sports photographer. He talks to Phil Hall

Living dolls
To coincide with a new retrospective of Bob Carlos Clarke’s career at London’s Little Black Gallery, Andrew James takes a look back at the controversial photographer’s work – plus AP and Olympus are offering readers an exclusive private view of the exhibition for just £10 per person

Icons of photography
Alfred Eisenstaedt was a pioneering photojournalist who believed his job was to ‘find and catch the story-telling moment’, writes David Clark

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