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Photo District News (PDN), I've read it since it was a tabloid on newsprint,

My other current favorite mag to look at is Vogue.

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I find the run-of-the-mill mags for sale in local newsagents a waste of time: the same old articles rehashed and recycled ad nauseum. For "how to" information I'm drawn more and more to youtube and specialised sites/blogs. As for top-end photo mags, never had money to throw in that direction, it's apparently illegal to not feed and educate your kids . . .

 

dd

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Amateur Photographer (lifelong habit) and CAMERACRAFT (Thanks David Kilpatrick!)

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Cameracraft is the only one I read now.  I think another issue is due soon.

 

John

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I have Advanced Photographer on subscription but won't be renewing it as it is so male orientated.

 

Pearl

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I subscribed to BJP for many years but now only access it online.

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I have Advanced Photographer on subscription but won't be renewing it as it is so male orientated.

 

Pearl

 

I used to work on a photo mag for EMAP. Practical Photography, produced down the hall, always had a girl on the cover... except for one month when they ran with a tree frog instead. That issue tanked, and they went straight back to girls.

 

I haven't read any of the mags for ten years or more. I don't want to be bombarded with stuff I might decide I want but can't afford. I'm not really interested in 'photographic stuff'... just the actual craft of creating images. I'll be replacing my camera in a few months, and I'm not looking forward to reading camera reviews (yawn). I'll no doubt settle for a Nikon semi-pro model, to replace my current D200, but I'll do my research online (or maybe ask the advice of forum members) rather than buy a magazine...

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I have Advanced Photographer on subscription but won't be renewing it as it is so male orientated.

 

Pearl

I think you're right there Pearl.

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I find the run-of-the-mill mags for sale in local newsagents a waste of time: the same old articles rehashed and recycled ad nauseum. For "how to" information I'm drawn more and more to youtube and specialised sites/blogs. As for top-end photo mags, never had money to throw in that direction, it's apparently illegal to not feed and educate your kids . . .

 

dd

 

Yes I think these days there is a lot of that and  YouTube for all it's problems and idiosyncrasies is a good way to go.

 

I did get quite a few of one magazine that specialises in Nikon equipment but it has started a tendency to repeat. Also, I find it slightly irritating that the iPad download is seemingly disproportionately expensive compared to hard copy. What it all probably means is that I'm trying to cut down on all this stuff.  B)

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I subscribe to the APA Professional Photographer and NAPP Photoshop User magazines, but I generally find them too cute for my taste. However, there is at least on gem per issue, so I keep my subscriptions up. These do have to repeat, since there are newer photographers coming along all the time, so I don't mind the repitition. I also like to go over the basics of digital photography from time to time to make sure I've gotten my fundamentals right, and to see the latest meaningful innovations and improvements. I also subscribe to several higher-end fashion and lifestyle magazines for my client waiting room and to stay current with lighting techniques and composition styles.

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Does anyone read them? If so, what are the favourites?

 

Oddly, when I read your question, Gervais, I was taken back a step. I realized that I don't routinely check out the magazines anymore. We can look at some of the contents of PDN and Pop Photography online, but not all. Decades ago, I used to write an occasional article for US Camera, Pop and some of the Pop special issues. I hate to say it . . . but in my senior years I seem to have gone digital. 

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Haven't bought (or read properly) a "camera" magazine for years. Last one I bought was an issue of "Professional Photographer" where they were allegedly 'testing' a Canon 16 2.8L (the first one). The review was so non-technical and drew such fuzzy conclusions it was worthless, no charts or data either. Just seemed like a nice pat on the back for Canon to keep the ad revenue rolling in. And that's the problem with magazines. Can't afford to hack off the advertisers...

 

Far far better and more in depth independent technical reviews of gear, warts and all, on the web.

 

J

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Cant remember the last time I bought one. Years ago I used to buy Amateur Photographer and Practical Photography regularly.

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Does anyone read them? If so, what are the favourites?

 

Oddly, when I read your question, Gervais, I was taken back a step. I realized that I don't routinely check out the magazines anymore. We can look at some of the contents of PDN and Pop Photography online, but not all. Decades ago, I used to write an occasional article for US Camera, Pop and some of the Pop special issues. I hate to say it . . . but in my senior years I seem to have gone digital. 

Gone digital Ed. I know what you mean. Even then though, lets say you're looking at YouTube, there is an enormous amount of hype. I try to get into favourites I think I can trust, but you can only do that over a period time and testing as it were.

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I've bought less & less over the years. The only one I buy regularly is Outdoor Photography as it covers what I like to do & is not gender biased, similarly, B&W Photography. I used to subscribe to Ag Magazine, which is sadly no more following Chris Dickie's death.

Will look at Cameracraft.

It is good to get away from an electronic screen.

 

ann

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Yes, YouTube has some useful stuff, but we have to swim through the sludge to get to the wine.   :huh:

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News Photographer - this NPPA magazine has relevant articles

Professional Photographer - ads can be useful, & some articles are relevant to my 95% location work

 

But, regardless of quality, the reason I get them is because they come automatically with membership. I struggle to find time to read books I want to, let alone magazines.

(If somebody had told me 15 years ago that I'd ever write that, I'd have laughed.)

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Used to read "Practical Photography" in the 1970's but not seen one for ages. Occasional "Photoplus - Canon edition" for bedtime read now, interspersed with "AP" for a laugh.

 

Allan

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Cameracraft;occasional PhotoPlus - Canon Edition and occasional Practical Photography

 

Kumar Sriskandan

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Cameracraft;occasional PhotoPlus - Canon Edition and occasional Practical Photography

 

Kumar Sriskandan

 

Must try "Cameracraft" but not seen it on the shelves yet.

 

Allan

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Cameracraft will probably never appear on open sale. It has no advertising and is entirely funded by a small group of subscribers (rather too many overseas, which has been causing me real problems with the increased postal charges). I keep getting asked to release PDFs, or hand out copies, but I will not do this any more than I would hand out copies of a book. While it does not carry 'camera tests' it does have some technical or equipment content, some historic and some current or theoretical.

 

The idea is that the magazine will make a three-year volume in its binder (not like those weekly partworks which ended up costing several hundred and being thrown away because you can't afford several feet of bookshelf). That will be 528 pages, three years of overview of general progress, twelve art portfolios and hopefully a very wide non-repeated range of content. After the three-year volume I may continue with another. It's unlikely to go beyond six years and two volumes.

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