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Photography Magazines - any good?
I was at the book store today, and reviewed some of the photography magazines. Honestly, the best one I found, in my opinion, was Practical Photography, it is from the UK. The American magazines all seemed to be aimed towards buying new equipment and editing in Photoshop, but lacking in useful shooting content compared to Pracital Photography and another UK magazine....

My question is: Is there any magazine worth subscribing to that offers tips, techniques, other useful info, along with equipment reviews, other than UK magazines that run $10 an issue here in the US?.

I have read a lot, continue to read and practice, but thought a monthly magazine with fresh new content would also be good..

Albert-Ohttp://www.berto.zenfolio.com.

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Cosilver wrote:.

Practical Photography, it is from the UK. The American magazines allseemed to be aimed towards buying new equipment and editing inPhotoshop, but lacking in useful shooting content compared toPracital Photography and another UK magazine....

My question is: Is there any magazine worth subscribing to thatoffers tips, techniques, other useful info, along with equipmentreviews, other than UK magazines that run $10 an issue here in the US?.

The UK magazines have a different approach than the Us mags...you are right the US mags seemed geared more towards gear reviews and editing and their reviews seem to be more driven by advertisers, which makes ones since ad revenue is what supports the magazine. None of the US magazines seem to offer much in the way of actual technique, and when they do, it is generally along the lines of the top ten tips for shooting .....or they tend to focus one particular technique that takes some very expensive piece of gear to accomplish. One of my favorites in this vein was an article on how to take great animal portraits at the zoo......and they featured a pro wildlife photographer shooting with a 600/4 telephoto and provide no tips at all on how to accomplish the same with a lesser lens. Popular Photography has really became more of a digital imaging, post processing magazine and camera/lens review magazine with very little on technique, though I do still enjoy Keppler's columns......and Petersen's Photographic has been nothing but fluff for several years. I've not bought a copy of Petersen's for some time now. American Photo was more focuses on showcasing art photographers and generally the images were not what I enjoyed so I never really read it much and Shutterbug has always been about advertising and showcasing products for the most part..

I've found the UK's Practical Photography to have a much different slant with more focus on technique and critique of images. What Digital Camera used to be another UK magazine which included some good, practical articles on shooting tips and techniques, though it was also heavier on the gear reviews than PP. But, the UK mags are pricey over here..

JohnPentax *ist-D, K100D, Fuji F20/31fd, Oly Stylushttp://www.pbase.com/jglover..

Comment #1

My favorite magazine is Outdoor Photographer. I also have subscriptions to Rangefinder and Studio Photography that I enjoy reading. I get one called Digital Photo Pro that is more geared towards new gear and post processing but it does have some good articles in it..

Scott W. McClure.

Http://www.couriernews.comhttp://www.got-photos.com.

'You only get one sunrise and one sunset a day and you only get so many days on the planet. A good photographer does the math and doesn't waste either.'... The Late Galen Rowell..

Comment #2

I have found Digital Photography also from the UK (sister mag to Practical Photography) to be a mag that demonstrates ideas and tips to improve your photography. If you have a creative PS or DSLR there are many exercises that you can attempt from the detailed methods they provide..

Im happy buying this magazine monthly but I cant fork out the 75 or 80 euro price they have for overseas subscribers...

Comment #3

Thanks for the replies..

I think I'll try out Practical Photography (from the stand, for now) and also Outdoor Photographer..

I thought (hoped) it was just me, but looks like the Brits have the goods here..

Albert-Ohttp://www.berto.zenfolio.com.

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Cosilver wrote:.

Thanks for the replies..

I think I'll try out Practical Photography (from the stand, for now)and also Outdoor Photographer..

I thought (hoped) it was just me, but looks like the Brits have thegoods here..

Alberto.

Several of Britain's photography mags are pretty good but PP has been one of the very best for a long while now and - by emphasising the photography more than the kit - they seem to be handling the shift from film to digital without losing too many of their traditional readers..

Many US mags give ongoing subscribers huge discounts off the cover price, which I assume is because news stands etc get a much bigger cut than they do in the UK ? Unfortunately British publishers don't seem to want to do the same as a way of reaching new overseas customers..

But there again, the publisher getting more of the cover price perhaps allows for more to be spent on the content, which can only be a good thing..

Happy reading - I think you'll enjoy your purchases!.

Peter - on the green island of Ischiahttp://www.pbase.com/isolaverde..

Comment #5

Isola Verde wrote:.

Unfortunately British publishers don'tseem to want to do the same as a way of reaching new overseascustomers..

[hmmm.... it is interesting that British photo mags are now considered noticeably better than US ones, even in the eyes of US readers. Time was, I used to take 'Pop. Photo' for the exactly the same reasons... but then, "time was" about 40 years ago..  ].

Well, Peter ........

I'm pretty sure direct overseas subscriptions are welcomed by UK publishers of any kind of magazine. Their rates, printed inside, invariably include prices with postal delivery, either airmail or surface.... (??) so I would take a look inside the printing/publishing small print on the title page and see what offer is made to US (International) readers.. !!.

Naturally, mailing out to US homes is more expensive than buying off the newsstand here in UK, but you may find that subscribing from a web page offers an alternative.... [shugs]... could STILL be rather cheaper than buying them from American corner stores..

Googling for "Practical Photography Magazine" (UK pages only) yields:-.

Http://www.google.co.uk/...raphy+Magazine&meta=cr%3DcountryUK%7CcountryGB.

Opening one of the pages....

Http://www.isubscribe.co.uk/title_info.cfm?prodID=497[note "International Pricing" option...].

I feel flattered that our British magazines are so much appreciated in the US... therefore I hope this helps you get them cheaper..

Cheers! Regards,Baz..

Comment #6

Barrie Davis wrote:.

I feel flattered that our British magazines are so much appreciatedin the US... therefore I hope this helps you get them cheaper..

Baz,.

Great magazines, but they don't seem to be doing very much to attract more sales there!.

Here's what American publishers do to attract subscribers, from within the US and from overseas:.

American Photo : $4.99 in USA or subscribe for $12 annually - 6 copies (saving 60%), 5.95 Euro in Italy per issue or subscribe for $20 annually (saving 15 Euro, 50% of news stand price)..

Popular Photography: $3.50 in USA or $14 for 12 issues (saving 67%) 7.90 Euro in Italy per issue or $22 annually (saving 67 Euro, 70% of news stand price)..

And this is how PP markets itself (using their own prices):.

UK cover price 3.70 - same price as subscription (44.40 for 12, plus a free gift)..

68 to Europe incl gift (c.f. 98 Euro or 68 on news stands) or 78 incl gift to USA ($120 or 60 on news stands, apparently!).

Isn't that a very British attitude - "if we're going to deal with foreigners, we want to make at least as much as we do in the UK - otherwise they're not worth bothering with" rather than saying "it costs almost nothing to add 20% to the print run, and after that there's only the postage to pay" ? .

Just wish the odd PP made it's way to the news stands here - the only ones I get are brought by visiting friends and family!.

Peter - on the green island of Ischiahttp://www.pbase.com/isolaverde..

Comment #7

Isola Verde wrote:.

Isn't that a very British attitude - "if we're going to deal withforeigners, we want to make at least as much as we do in the UK -otherwise they're not worth bothering with" rather than saying "itcosts almost nothing to add 20% to the print run, and after thatthere's only the postage to pay" ? .

......... put like that, I can see your point!.

The overseas/export prices of British magazines are higher than they should be, even for direct subscription. That is not good, particularly considering the prior commitment to future editions.....

.... with payment made in advance.Regards,Baz..

Comment #8

You'd think they'd sell well in the US, even if only for the laughs they'd have at our European prices!.

Peter - on the green island of Ischiahttp://www.pbase.com/isolaverde..

Comment #9

I'll ditto the recommendation for Outdoor Photographer. Another magazine I find 'inspirational' for landscape photography and travel ideas (wishes) is Arizona Highways. Gorgeous photography in every issue, although it's not a photography magazine per se. Pick up an issue or look through their website if you're interested in landscape photography.Best regards, SandySigma SD9, SD10, SD14 userhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/sandyfleischmannhttp://www.pbase.com/sandyfleischman..

Comment #10

Just FYI, somebody in another forum recommended Rangefinder and After Capture, which are free, and Photo Life and Photo Techniques, which are not free..

Albert-Ohttp://www.berto.zenfolio.com..

Comment #11

Why not find a friend in the UK (there are plenty on this site), and get them to send their copy when done reading it, paying a small charge (to cover delivery etc)? This could be done by paypal..

That way the UK reader will be saving a little, and the US reader will be saving a little too, and will be getting a better mag..

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Matt simpson wrote:.

Why not find a friend in the UK (there are plenty on this site), andget them to send their copy when done reading it, paying a smallcharge (to cover delivery etc)? This could be done by paypal.That way the UK reader will be saving a little, and the US readerwill be saving a little too, and will be getting a better mag..

My wife would endorse that idea! She is always telling me to "get rid of those magazines"... !!.

Unfortunately, the ones I read are Brit-pro orientated... so, NOT those publications that have been the subject of this thread.Regards,Baz..

Comment #13

Nobody mentioned 'Amateur Photographer', probably the oldest UK publication about photography...

Comment #14

If your looking for useful content in terms of techniques and tutorials, then practical photography is going to be the best option. otherwise if it's new model specs and info your looking for, then why bother with a magazine, you can get it all here!.

Garyhttp://www.your-digital-photography.com..

Comment #15

If you want American magazines about REAL photography try these:.

LensWorkhttp://www.lenswork.com/.

Focushttp://www.focusmag.info/.

B&Whttp://www.bandwmag.com/.

CameraArtshttp://www.cameraarts.com/.

PHOTO Techniqueshttp://www.phototechmag.com/.

Http://www.cantikfotos.comhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/cantikfotos..

Comment #16

Speaking as a brit, our magazines are not bad, my favourite is professional photographer but I no longer subscribe to any magazines because once you have read about 6 months of publications they have a tendency to go over very similar topics.Just my opinion..

Comment #17

Isola Verde wrote:.

Many US mags give ongoing subscribers huge discounts off the coverprice, which I assume is because news stands etc get a much biggercut than they do in the UK ? Unfortunately British publishers don'tseem to want to do the same as a way of reaching new overseascustomers..

But there again, the publisher getting more of the cover priceperhaps allows for more to be spent on the content, which can only bea good thing..

British publishers DO give massive discounts on subscriptons, but maybe not on the right magazines for you  The main reason for this discount is that the rates you can charge for your ads are determined by your readership - the more people who read a magazine, the more the advertising space is worth. Subscriptions tend to be 'worth' more than newsstand sales, because there are systems in place which audit your sales and subscriptions (ABC is one). The more subscribers, the more you can charge. So it is actually beneficial to keep the subscrition rates low to keep your circulation figures up. Many magazines, however keep their prices up on purpose - they want to be seen as a 'quality' magazine with a price tag to match. Vogue wouldn't so posh if every issue cost 50p would it? As for not extending this discount to overseas subscribers, there's no benefit in it for them because a) the overseas reader is not imposrtant to the local advertiser and b) overseas subscriptions generally are not counted when calculating circulation for ad sales...

Comment #18

John Glover wrote:.

Cosilver wrote:.

Practical Photography, it is from the UK. The American magazines allseemed to be aimed towards buying new equipment and editing inPhotoshop, but lacking in useful shooting content compared toPracital Photography and another UK magazine....

My question is: Is there any magazine worth subscribing to thatoffers tips, techniques, other useful info, along with equipmentreviews, other than UK magazines that run $10 an issue here in the US?.

The UK magazines have a different approach than the Us mags...you areright the US mags seemed geared more towards gear reviews and editingand their reviews seem to be more driven by advertisers, which makesones since ad revenue is what supports the magazine. None of the USmagazines seem to offer much in the way of actual technique, and whenthey do, it is generally along the lines of the top ten tips forshooting .....or they tend to focus one particular technique thattakes some very expensive piece of gear to accomplish. One of myfavorites in this vein was an article on how to take great animalportraits at the zoo......and they featured a pro wildlifephotographer shooting with a 600/4 telephoto and provide no tips atall on how to accomplish the same with a lesser lens. PopularPhotography has really became more of a digital imaging, postprocessing magazine and camera/lens review magazine with very littleon technique, though I do still enjoy Keppler's columns......andPetersen's Photographic has been nothing but fluff for several years.I've not bought a copy of Petersen's for some time now. AmericanPhoto was more focuses on showcasing art photographers and generallythe images were not what I enjoyed so I never really read it much andShutterbug has always been about advertising and showcasing productsfor the most part..

I've found the UK's Practical Photography to have a much differentslant with more focus on technique and critique of images. WhatDigital Camera used to be another UK magazine which included somegood, practical articles on shooting tips and techniques, though itwas also heavier on the gear reviews than PP. But, the UK mags arepricey over here..

JohnPentax *ist-D, K100D, Fuji F20/31fd, Oly Stylushttp://www.pbase.com/jglover.

Could it be that that ones choice of a magazine(s) is in direct proportion to ones current level of knowledge/experience ? meaning once you have learned how to do a particular technique & advance to the next level, you are no longer interested in level one stuff, but someone else approaching level one is. once you acquire/obtain a certain level of experience or equipment & master it, you find that the magazines,books "don't" seem to have "anything" new or seem to focus on new gear/PS..

25 years as a freelancer,(news,magazine, wedding photography) camera equip. over the years: Practica MLT, Canon A1, Minolta 9xi, 7xi, Dimage Z1,Fuji 5200,Canon S2,Pentax K100D,Olympus 380(see my Z1 shots at http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v104/Buckl/ the COMMUNITY album was done with the Z1, and most of the photos in the album:Other were w/the Z1)..

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