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Magazine suggestions?

My husband has gotten into digital SLR photography lately and really enjoys researching lenses and techniques. He is leaving for Afghanistan in a few weeks and probably won't have the time or internet capabilities to look at camera things like he does while he's home. I was thinking maybe a photography magazine would be interesting for him and was hoping people here had experience, positive or negative, with some of the magazines available. There are a lot out there and since I don't know anything about photography myself I'm not a good judge. Popular Photography is on sale at amazon.com for $9 but the description doesn't really say anything about it's content. He only has a digital SLR, so things about film photography aren't what I'm looking for.
I'm not sure if any of this matters, but here are some details:
- He has a Nikon D 3100 and several lenses
- We take a lot of pictures of our 3 year old and 4 month old daughters
- We are stationed in Germany so we go to a lot of castle ruins, museum exhibits and landscapes
Preferably, the magazine would be monthly so I have more to send him and not $150 a year for 4 issues, which I have seen several of :-)
Thanks so much for your help and opinions!


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May. 29th, 2012 09:14 pm (UTC)
There's Popular Photography, Shutterbug, Outdoor Photography, and the like, but honestly many of those are merely glorified commercials for gear and software, or are glorified how-to magazines.

If you want magazines that are actually useful and are about the photography itself instead of the gear, I recommend American Photo, and Digital Photo Pro isn't bad either. Both are bimonthly and their subscriptions are inexpensive. Photo District News isn't bad either. The granddaddy of them all is Aperture, but it is the most expensive at $50/year and is published only quarterly. However, it's the best for the deepest sort of artistic discussion and serious criticism.

Hope that helps!
May. 30th, 2012 05:15 am (UTC)
Thank you for the new leads :-)
May. 31st, 2012 03:04 am (UTC)
I enjoy Outdoor Photographer but as the commenter above points out, it can be gear and technique heavy rather than talking about artistic or creative concepts. If he shoots a wide variety of subjects a more general magazine may be better though - OP is really all about the Landscapes and Nature.
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