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01-24-2015, 02:11 PM   #1
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Are any of these photography magazines worth subscribing to?

I found this list of photo mags on sale:

Multi-Year Sale - DiscountMags.com

I am interested in macro, astrophotography, nature in general, street photography and random stuff.

Would any of these be good for me or are they all for gear heads?

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Popular Photography is the grand daddy of them all. It has been around for decades and usually has a good mix of photo styles and techniques, along with instructional columns. It is probably the best "generalist" magazine. That said, the one I keep taking over all others is Outdoor Photographer. My interests are landscape and nature so it is a good fit and features some really stunning images that stimulate the creative flow for me. Although I don't do astro photography myself, that mag also features a fair amount of it. Aside from those two, I've tried some of the others but let them go after a year.

My habit for finding new magazines is to take one for a year and decide if I want to continue. You can try a single issue from a newsstand but that can be deceiving as they vary from month to month.

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01-24-2015, 03:15 PM   #3
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Check this out...it is from the moderator at our Flickr site, a fellow Pentaxian and wonderful person. He is the editor and turns out a fine magazine. It's Canadian, but you could probably get some through him. I have many and they are wonderful magazines.

Photo News - Digital Mag

Here is his Flickr Gallery...you could contact him through it. https://www.flickr.com/photos/37357145@N02/

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01-24-2015, 04:02 PM   #4
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[I keep taking over all others is Outdoor Photographer.]

Same here. I love it, and right now is the only magazine I'm subscribed to.


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Outdoor Photographer is pretty good, but after a year it gets repetitive.

All of the magazines listed I can access for free from my public library via Zinio. The iPad app presents the images more richly than a paper magazine. The only photography-related paper-based magazines I believe are worth subscribing to are image oriented such as B&W, Aperture, and LensWork.

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QuoteOriginally posted by csa Quote
[I keep taking over all others is Outdoor Photographer.]

Same here. I love it, and right now is the only magazine I'm subscribed to.
+1 for Outdoor Photographer.
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I kind of liked American Photographer when I had a subscription. I liked that the reviews did not include any sort of rating.
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I've read at least an issue of all of them except Videomaker, and they all can have worthy content. I used to get Pop Photographer but I found it to be going directions that were uninteresting, but of course they could have had another editorial change and went other ways. I have been subscribing to Outdoor Photographer for a few years now and enjoy it more all the time. $13 for three years is a good deal.

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They tend to publish nice images, but the articles are beyond worthless. Of course that's true of most photo mags. I got the subscription from DiscountMags for 5 bucks a year, but honestly, I wouldn't pay much more than that for this particular magazine.

QuoteOriginally posted by csa Quote
[I keep taking over all others is Outdoor Photographer.]

Same here. I love it, and right now is the only magazine I'm subscribed to.


---------- Post added 01-24-15 at 07:42 PM ----------

Exactly. They have about 10 articles that they print over and over and over and over.

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Outdoor Photographer is pretty good, but after a year it gets repetitive.

All of the magazines listed I can access for free from my public library via Zinio. The iPad app presents the images more richly than a paper magazine. The only photography-related paper-based magazines I believe are worth subscribing to are image oriented such as B&W, Aperture, and LensWork.

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I subscribe to Popular Photography and Outdoor Photographer. PP has a lot of reviews of new cameras and lenses for the gear heads out there. It also has a lot of studio and lighting setups. All in all if has a lot of variety. OP I read almost cover to cover each month and have for several years, but it does tend to get a little bit repetitive.
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Thanks for your input.

As I said, I am more interested in a magazine that helps to be a better photographer versus something that just tells gear heads how to spend money.

I also like looking at good images, both for the pleasure of seeing good photography and as anispirational device.

They are pretty cheap subscriptions, so OP seems like something worthwhile and I might do PP also.
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I had Pop Photo, American Photo, and Outdoor Photographer for a few years each. Pop Photo can have good content and gear reviews, but there are so many ads. Plus some of the reviews are so wishy-washy as to be useless. I don't think I ever seen a review that ends up negative. American Photo is less gear oriented, with features on specific photographers, gallery showings, etc, but with some gear mixed in. I can confirm that Outdoor Photography does get repetitive, but I do enjoy reading their articles and seeing travel/outdoors photos. I do zero studio work, so sometimes the features in other magazines about fancy lighting setups and so on is lost on me.

One new-ish title that I've been keeping tabs on at the newsstand is c't Digital Photography. Weird name, but there are very very few ads, and it is a thick quarterly magazine. The articles are very in-depth. And despite the "digital" in the title, they recently did a feature on film scanners, so they cover a lot of bases. I've been thinking about subscribing, but you won't find it for $12/yr like the ones above. Newsstand price is about $15/issue, annual subscription of four issues is $50.
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Looks like c't is published by a German outfit, which isn't too surprising. The Euro-published photography mags tend to be vastly better than American ones.

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One new-ish title that I've been keeping tabs on at the newsstand is c't Digital Photography. Weird name, but there are very very few ads, and it is a thick quarterly magazine. The articles are very in-depth. And despite the "digital" in the title, they recently did a feature on film scanners, so they cover a lot of bases. I've been thinking about subscribing, but you won't find it for $12/yr like the ones above. Newsstand price is about $15/issue, annual subscription of four issues is $50.
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I can confirm that Outdoor Photography does get repetitive
Seems like most of us agree on this one. It helps if you do not have the "read it cover to cover" mentality. I struggle with that, but I am getting better. Getting a subscription on the cheap makes it a little easier to justify reading only the parts that you are interested in.
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QuoteOriginally posted by dcshooter Quote
Looks like c't is published by a German outfit
c't Digital Photography is the English speaking version of the German c't Digitale Photographie.
This is published by Heise Verlag, and is a spin-off of the professional German computer/electronic magazine c't.

c't and its sister magazine iX (for Unix/Linux) themselves are the best of the many German computer magazines and exist since decades. When the first digital cameras appeared, this was a new subject also for Electronics/Computer orientated customers. Roughly after they had a detailed review of the then new Pentax *istD, they decided to offer special issues for digital cameras (in the beginning not on a regular base), and meanwhile became a fully featured Photo Magazine. They also have a related web site with a connected blog (a strongly reduced version of this is also in English). Sometimes older reviews can be seen there for free (in the German version), but most of it needs subscribing.

One of our active members here in PF had published there about his photograhic experience from his service in Afghanistan.
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