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Landscape magazine

Discussion in 'AP Magazine Feedback & Suggestions' started by SXH, Sep 24, 2020.

  1. SXH

    SXH Well-Known Member

    I see that there is a new Kelsey magazine 'from the makers of Amateur Photographer' called Landscapes. Issue 1 is in WHSmith's at the moment.

    Don't remember seeing any announcements about it - is it monthly, quarterly or what.

    Or is the actual title the bit at the top - Improve Your Photography - and issue 2 will be Portraits, Street or whatever?

    Anyone heard anything? Couldn't find anything on the main AP site, but that could just be me being rubbish at searching...
     
  2. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    Look 2 posts down!
     
  3. SXH

    SXH Well-Known Member

    What? Where?
     
  4. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    Chester’s post on 30th August.
     
  5. SXH

    SXH Well-Known Member

    Eh, the "Email allegedly from AP - 'take your photography to the next level…'" thread?

    ETA: Ah, I think I see what's going on here. My badly phrased OP led you believe that I had possibly had an e-mail about said magazine, whereas I actually saw it in Smith's and laid out damn near £8 on it, on the off-chance I may get an insight into one of my blind-spots.

    If it is a scam, it's a damn good one - 100 pages, glossy paper, perfect bound. Even has a picture of Nigel A. in it!
     
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  6. SXH

    SXH Well-Known Member

    Well, having had a quick leaf through it, it doesn't look like it will do much about my inability with landscape pics. Doubt I'll buy it often.

    However, it does have a subscription offer (valid 'til the end of the year), on which page it states there will be 5 issues a year. Which seems an odd number* - 4 I can understand, and six. But 5?

    * in more ways than one...
     
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  7. Nigel_Atherton

    Nigel_Atherton Group Editor


    I posted this on the other thread but for your convenience I'm repeating it here:
    The bookazines are basically collections of republished features from AP grouped by theme. We have just published a landscapes bookazine comprising selected features on landscape photography from the last three years of AP. I am currently working on the next one, on wildlife photography. if you subscribe to AP then you will have already seen this content so may not want to subscribe. On the other hand I do know that some readers cut out and keep features that interest them so they may like the idea of a glossy, perfect bound 100 page ad-free collection of features dedicated to just the one topic that interests them. Especially as it costs less than a tenner.
     
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  8. SXH

    SXH Well-Known Member

    Ah, so it is a different topic for each issues? I'll keep an eye out for the next issue then.
     
  9. SXH

    SXH Well-Known Member

    And I see that the current issue of AP is a 'Premium' issue, with a 32 page 'pull out and keep' supplement on lenses. Apparently the Premium issue is to be a monthly thing.

    Kelsey seem to be putting some effort into expanding AP; and its readership? I hope they give Nige at least one new staff member - we don't want him collapsing from over-work. ;)
     
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  10. SXH

    SXH Well-Known Member

    Issue no 3 is out - "Advanced Camera Skills".

    Didn't AP do a series of specials a few years back with the same, or very similar, title?
     
  11. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    I think I remember reading that they are compilations [possibly edited] of AP articles in one convenient package.
     
  12. SXH

    SXH Well-Known Member

    Well, there was a new Kelsey/AP special in Smiths today. However...

    It is issue 9 of the 'Home Technology Series', Improve Your Portrait Photography. Issue 9? Do I take it from this that Kelsey do a series of that name, and the first 8 issues are nowt to do with AP? I had a look at their site, which was not helpful.

    Though I suppose AP could be doing a series of 9 and decided to number them in reverse, for a laff, like... o_O
     
  13. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    I’ll check my junk mail later. They usually do a mail shot to go with special editions.
     
  14. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    Got an AP junk mail today. Improve your photography, Portraits. It is issue 5 in the Improve your photography series.

    So looks like a different thing to what you saw.
     
  15. SXH

    SXH Well-Known Member

    Does it look anything like this?
    APS-PP.jpg

    I checked inside, it has the 'Improve Your Photography' header on the first page. Maybe they did a batch with the wrong cover? Eek, I have a collectors item worth, oooh, about what I paid for it.
     
  16. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    No. But bet it is the same content. Same price too

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  17. SXH

    SXH Well-Known Member

    Weird.

    Mind you, I suppose the different barcode could explain why the till in WHSmith's couldn't come with a price and the lady serving me had to type it in - if their computer had the proper barcode...
     
  18. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    All credit to Kelsey if they can sell the same thing to two demographics! That is how to sell knowledge.
     
  19. Nigel_Atherton

    Nigel_Atherton Group Editor

    Allow me to explain.
    The Improve your Photography series is a collection of bookazines each focusing on a different topic, comprised of features previously published in AP. Although aimed primarily at people who don't buy AP, or get it only occasionally, they also appeal to regular readers attracted to having a collection of features all on a single topic, in more of a book format and free from ads. We've done Landscapes, Wildlife, Nature, Camera Skills and Portraits so far.
    For reasons to do with the complexities of distribution, the versions that go into supermarkets have a different cover image, strapline and barcode to those that go to newsagents.
    I'm actually currently planning the next batch, and considering the themes. Possible future topics include Black & White, Photoshop, Street and Film.
     
  20. SXH

    SXH Well-Known Member

    Thanks, Nigel.

    So, the copy I got in Smiths was actually a copy meant for a supermarket. IE a cock-up. Which, considering Smiths is probably the distributer, isn't that much of a surprise. Still don't get the 'Issue 9' thing though.
     

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