Good photo magazines?

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by kadamnation, Feb 7, 2014.

  1. kadamnation

    kadamnation Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 13, 2013
    Boston, MA
    The tips and images on these forums are great, but I've been looking for some good magazines to read on the train. Unfortunately, most of the ones I've seen in newsstands are 95% DSLR equipment reviews! I understand that no magazine survives without a decent amount of advertising dollars, but I'm comfortable with my system and my camera so it's frustrating to see only a few pages devoted to photography as a craft.

    Do y'all know any photo mags that do a good job covering shooting technique and composition, or that spotlight particular photographers well? A friend recommended Popular Photo but I'm not sure what else is out there.

    (Apologies if this is a re-tread of any previous threads--I did a quick search, but may not have dug deep enough.)
  2. phl0wtography

    phl0wtography Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 15, 2011
    If you happen to know German there's nothing better than "Schwarzweiss". No review crap, just announcements of bodies, lenses, and chemicals/paper on the first few pages. Rest of the mag (~95%) is Art, Composition studies, PP tips, and featured photogs with their portfolios. Both digital, and film! I've been a subscriber since 2006 now, and every issue is a gem. There are only 6 issues a year, and one is 14€, but it's worth every Cent.
  3. alex66

    alex66 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jul 23, 2010
    Hot Shoe, Aperture, are two that I can think of if you look in a good book store or an art gallery they have sometimes got art photography journals, Borders in the UK had them whilst they existed. I am not sure if they still exist in a physical form now though as it seems a lot of periodicals have gone digital which is a pain if you don't want to lug an iPad around.
  4. kadamnation

    kadamnation Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 13, 2013
    Boston, MA
    I'm limited to English and high-school French, unfortunately, but that sounds absolutely lovely :)
  5. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
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  6. ahinesdesign

    ahinesdesign Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 6, 2011
    NC, USA
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    Another free magazine that's worth a look:

    Only available through iTunes....

    I've not found any photography-related magazines in print that I felt were worth the cost. Its mostly news/reviews of equipment and short interviews, which are extremely easy to get for free online. Writing in-depth articles about photographic composition, theory, philosophy, and technique must not be very lucrative?
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  7. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jun 26, 2013
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    Andrew Lossing
    B&W Magazine is an excellent one, and like the name suggests, it's black and white photography. They have a sister magazine called, also appropriately, Color. These are really beautiful, thick, glossy-paged magazines with almost zilch obnoxious advertising, and some really stunning photos. Slight content warning on many issues for nudes, but they tend to be very "art" focused and non-pornographic (still, check the back cover before you read it in public!).
  8. Itchybiscuit

    Itchybiscuit Photon Mangler

    Dec 10, 2013
    Glasgow, Scotland
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    I quite enjoy this one:

    Perhaps not to everyone's taste as it reviews DSLR's, CSC's and P&S cameras/equipment as well as PP software.