Subscribe to Cameracraft

Cameracraft is a new quarterly subscription-only magazine from Icon Publications Ltd.
Issue Six is being printed now for mailing early January 2014. Subscriptions start with the next issue due to be published within six weeks, or the latest issue if published up to six weeks ago, sent with your welcome letter. Disregard the term ‘latest’ in the Paypal button menu (means latest or next). If you want to receive the last available issue, plus a full year’s subscription to follow, please use the Annual Renewal option (right) which will set up an annual Paypal payment, in return for which you will receive the extra back issue immediately. You can cancel this order at any time.

Below: Issue 4, cover photograph by José Ramos.


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Cameracraft Issue 4 cover

Edited by David Kilpatrick in Scotland, with US Associate Editor Gary Friedman in Los Angeles, Cameracraft returns to the foundations of good photography.

We invite you to become a subscriber to Cameracraft and enjoy – by fast postal delivery worldwide – a thoughtfully designed and well printed edition every three months. You will want to keep Cameracraft for life. Three years of issues will fill a single binder which is available now. We promise to do what a printed quarterly can do best, leaving breaking news and hardware reviews to the internet. Each edition contains an Update feature which summarises key technology developments in the past quarter. We are writing for the future as well as for the present.

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Our invited retrospectives and working project portfolios have set a new standard. Our visual content will open your photographic eyes, our view of photographic technology and history will absorb you, our practical advice and experience will help you. We promise this will not be just another photo magazine and the work we print will not be a repetition of popular themes.

We offer a bookcase binder to hold 12 editions, with a Cordex spine, black leathercloth on board, marbled inner papers, silver blocked logo. We have new stocks of these now.

The binder costs £9.50 including VAT and postage, UK; £12.50 EU; £14.50 rest of world. See Binder order page.

Does Cameracraft represent good value? For the subscription you receive the equivalent of a 176-page (or more) A4 book each year, with far more than content photo annuals which sell at a higher cost. Fill a 3-year bookshelf volume and you’ll have 528+ pages with 12 superb portfolios, 60 pages of gallery images, your quarterly overview of developments in photography, and 72 feature articles.

See the comments from readers on receiving their first edition.

46 thoughts on “Subscribe to Cameracraft

  1. Congratulations and thanks to Andy Johnson who becomes Cameracraft Charter Subscriber no 1 by submitting the first subscription after this (still slightly beta) web page went live!

  2. A brave venture in the current economic climate. I wish it well and every success. Is it your intention to show on the website a preview of typical content so that potential subscribers have an inkling of what they will receive?

    • We probably will not preview content, but may publish a contents list. The launch issue is mapped and 3/4 of the content is in place, but until I’ve signed off the portfolio (8 pages, heavier silk paper) and one project story I can only really tell you that I will write one feature for every issue; the first is connected to the cover image, which is one of mine and not something I will repeat more than once every few years – I prefer the cover to be for others. Gary Friedman will write three pages under the title of The Friedman Files, and the content for that could vey greatly. I’ve also asked him to provide one image from his Archives with its story to cap off the article. Richard K will be doing background stories in some depth, the first will cover the rise and fall of Polaroid and the tale of the Impossible Project. I can almost guarantee you that future editions will have similar coverage and could include Kodak, Lomography, Adobe, Apple, Ilford/Harman…

      We will have a gallery of featured individual images and I welcome submissions of URLs to view or consider work. There’s no fee for use and this also applies to portfolios and features initially, but this does not mean participation will be unrewarded. You’ll see how in due course on this website.

      David

  3. Congratz, David. Just paid for my 1 year subscription to CameraCraft. Wish you well in this. I’ve been a regular visitor (albeit a silent one) to your PCA site and enjoyed reading some of your articles. I’m not a technically inclined hobbyist photographer, but would like to improve my technical knowledge in it. That’s why I enjoyed reading your write-ups, and Gary F’s as well. He is very well received here in Malaysia. Take care. Will look forward to receiving my first issue!

    • That’s correct. If you have any outstanding Photoworld subscription, it is transferred to Cameracraft. We are trying to find economical and reliable ways of emailing or contacting existing subscribers (harder than it should be). I scrapped the idea of an Alpha Annual, or a book, when it became apparent that Sony will simply continue to change the system/s and turn out new products every few months. There will never be a time when the system is ‘complete’ or stable enough to write about, and there will never be a date when an annual is not published immediately before key news which renders it out of date.

  4. Very well done David and all best wishes for a huge success. There is ceratinly a gap in the market for a high quality photography journal that won’t “dumb down” or assume we don’t know what “depth of field” means.

  5. I already subscribe to two excellent FREE online photography magazines. They are
    ‘PhotographyBB’ which is based in Canada and ‘f11′ here in New Zealand. They are published on a regular monthly basis.

    So as yours is a paid subscription and I am on a very limited income, I regret

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    • Keith, for most people there’s no point in printed magazines. They throw them away after a week or two, and forget the content after even less time. I do exactly that with many magazines. It can also be argued that everything now on the web will survive, and always be accessible, so websites and digital magazines are the future. But there are some people who actually enjoy print, and like to keep a few magazines permanently. Sometimes they will keep a year or two of a monthly title. Cameracraft is likely to publish for six years, and to complete two bookshelf volumes, in the form I’m launching it (where it goes after that, we must wait and see). It is a quarterly partly because a quarterly can be kept permanently without filling up your living space. In photo magazine terms, it’s almost like a limited edition print – very few people will ever see it.

      • I am inclined to disagree, I have copies of “Minolta Mirror” from the late eighties under my coffee table, they are enjoyed by all visitors, even non-photographers.
        These were beautiful publications and an inspiration to anyone!

  6. Hi David,

    I have just subscribed and wish you well with the magazine. Having greatly enjoyed your contributions to the Alamy forum over the last two years, I am very much looking forward to receiving the first edition.

    Marc Tielemans (famousbelgian on Alamy forum)

  7. Hi David,
    I wish you success with your new venture & I will be subscribing.
    I have been reading your articles etc. Since your Camera User magazine, which was slated by some rivals as being printed on newspaper. They missed the point that it’s the content that counts.
    Mike Barton

  8. I will subscribe later after we moved to our new office address.

    If you have a paid print subscription, would this mean that you have also access to the web print/pdf?

    Wish you all the best and hope you success in this journey!

    • Arthur, we are just putting the PDF of issue 1 into a directory which will emailed to all printed edition subscribers, so they also have access to the PDF. We will wait until printed copies have been delivered before sending the URL. All new subscribers are either needing to supply an email address, or completing a form with space for email. If we do not receive an email address, for any reason, a notification can’t be sent. We also plan to have each year’s back issues assembled into a volume with digital print ordering, when the time comes.

  9. I just received my copy of the first edition of Cameracraft. It is a very stylish, intellgient magazine that is also fun to read. I liked the wry comment about the 5D III being too small for some Pros – and I’m going out to buy one tomorrow, which was timely! Well done on this great new publication, David, and I am honoured to have 2 images on the inside back cover. Well done!

  10. David, when you said you would like some photos for an article you were doing for a wee magazine you were publishing. I did not think it was going to look as impressive as I have seen online. It looks fantastic and from all the other comments it obviously is. I await my copy now…OH! I have also subscribed..

    • Gerry, I have already sent you a mag, thanks for subscribing – now I just have to work out how you saw it online. The YUDU edition is supposed to show just the first three pages unless subscribed to or purchased (and the idea is that the sub includes the printed edition, a small matter of trying to keep everything VAT-free). I need to check YUDU…

  11. Hi David,
    Just received the first issue of Cameracraft, well done , I found it very interesting the way the camera makers are coping each others high tech variations, I can’t say I am that impressed about Sony going to electronic viewfinders. ( i have Minolta 9000, Min Dynax 9, Sony a100, A900, ) I have not come across any electronic viewfinder yet that is a anywhere near the glass finders in the Dynax 9 and the Sony A 900.
    The magazine that you have produced is great, can not wait for the next one, areal touch of class.
    Barry Amos

  12. David, I got my copy of CameraCraft now, it was delivered to my old studio address. I will send you my home address. The magazine looks fantastic, very well done. I have not read it properly yet but the Portfolio by Trevor and Fay looks fabulous. Beautiful printing. Much success. I will pass the word around. Gerry

    • Received my copy of CameraCraft just now; thank you. Will comment more fully after I have properly gone through it; however, I wish to inform you that I have received a duplicate, that is two copies, although I only subscribed once. This copy will go to another photo enthusiast I know, but I do not wish you to keep sending duplicates.
      So far, it looks as much and more as promised. Good luck in the future. Basil

  13. Hello David.
    I received my first copy of Camercraft yesterday in the mail.
    What a wonderful magazine. High quality pages full of equally high quality articles, information and photographs. You delivered on your promise!
    One criticism though. The standard of quality in the photographs makes me feel so inadequate. “How could I ever reach that level” I heard myself saying!
    Also, I see to my surprise and pleasure that my scan of the polaroid was published.
    What a buzz we both got from seeing it in print.

    Look forward to the next copy.

    David

    PS. I received two seperate copies.
    If you don’t want one returned, I’ll give it to a friend and encourage him into subscribing

  14. Some people (for example anyone with a picture in the magazine) do have two issues deliberately. However, from various responses, I think that Gary Friedman’s subscription ‘channel’ has duplicated some existing subs. In at least one case I’m baffled as I know I ran a check to find a name I recognised, found no record, and created a new one. Fortunately it’s relatively simple to do a sorted list and see just how many such duplicates we have. All those subscribing in GBP not USD have been cross-checked, but the USD subs were assumed to be new ones. I have noticed that there was an error on the website here, showing Gary’s dedicated page when it should not have been visible; existing subscribers may have used this instead of the main page to resubscribe. We are checking all new subs against existing ones and applying credit in extended periods, or offering a binder, depending on the circumstances. – David.

  15. David,

    I also received duplicate copies of my first issue. It looks like you have a handle on the problem so I’ll monitor the website to see if you need any further information to get this resolved.

  16. On return from photokina I have found what caused the duplication. It’s a simple database export error, but of some concern as overseas addresses were added to our UK mailing list. The mailing house is supposed to identify this type of error and inform me immediately. They normally spot even a single OS address in the UK list. They let a very large error go unreported and now I need to find out why it was not reported to me. It’s my error so they are not liable, but it’s not typical and raises concern.

  17. Just a quick note to say thank you for yet another excellent edition, High and Low is an inspirational article. Ordered the binder as a result.