Travel Jottings

Celebrating the best bits and bobs to be found while exploring Britain, Ireland and beyond. Much is inspired by real outings, whether they were walking, cycling or photographic in nature, while virtual blundering in the name of planning them has turned up some gems too. Regardless of how they were found, I hope that they keep coming so I can continue to share new things with you.

Some Places to Look for More Like These

An Lurg, Strath Nethy, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland

Walk into any newsagent and you'll see quite an array of photography magazines. Quite whether the explosion in title numbers is down to the digital photography revolution is open to question but there's now so many that I stick a small number of them for my reading needs. Aside from any overlap in content, the cost of sampling all of them is prohibitive too and never more so than in the throes of a recession. You just wonder how they all attract readers but each to their own.

Not only do magazines teach technique or review the latest hardware but they often solicit contributions from readers too in an attempt to provide impetus for creativity. In addition, they also introduce us to talented practitioners of the art of photography too, either through technique articles, interviews or portfolios. In fact, they have brought to my notice many of the online galleries that I include in this part of the miscellany. With that in mind, I have collected a short list with commentary from my experience of reading some of them (a fuller list, and it is just that, can be found at ePHOTOzine).

Amateur Photographer

Was this the first magazine that I picked up while mulling over the idea of buying my first SLR, a Canon EOS 300? Film use was in full swing back then but a look back through the issues reveals how things have changed for the weekly publication. It used to be regular acquisition but I only get it now when something of interest is featured inside. Equipment news became its staple for a while some technique material is included these days along with feature articles regarding photographic talent that threw a few entries on here. Then as now, many of its back pages are devoted to camera retailer advertising with the second hand dealers having the lion's share of the available and it's always good to see what they have too.

Practical Photography

The decision of a former editor to go for covers without females on them all of the time gave rise to a trend for photography magazines to vary their covers after what had been a persistent formula. However, the magazine's content became more formulaic and less tempting after the departure of Will Cheung and I eventually stopped buying the thing altogether. That's not to say that covers don't attract my interest but these are testing times and there are loads of magazines out there so you have to draw a line somewhere and this is where I draw mine. That's not all because I cleared all of my old issues of the magazine to release some very useful space on my shelves, always a good thing.

Outdoor Photography

This may come on late in the list but the quality of the photos published in this periodical every month keep me subscribing. Seeing inspiring photos and learning where to see more of any featured photographers' work is only guaranteed to whet an appetite for landscape photography and, if that keeps getting me out and about, then it's no bad thing. If you only allowed me one photography magazine, this would be the one. For a long time, any impression that the print magazine is the main concern of the GMC could have been supported by a website only being there to promote subscriptions. That has changed with a new website that itself contains a range of content and it will be interesting to see where things go from here.

Black & White Photography

While I must admit to only having played on the shores of the great sea of monochrome photography, I cannot deny having an interest. It's that which caused me to pick up a copy of this one, a companion to Outdoor Photography. The continued existence of such a title can only confirm the appeal of black and white photography continues in this largely digital age when conversion to monochrome from colour is option that wasn't available in former times.