A couple of months ago I was approached by the team at magazine.co.uk and asked if I’d like to team up with them to share some of the magazines I enjoy reading. Magazines have always been a big part of my life (my brother-in-law publishes one and my sister used to work on the marketing side) and I’ve found that as time has gone by that they have been quite an interesting measure of my changing interests. I rarely pick up celebrity or fashion magazines nowadays and instead prefer things that have more of a lifestyle focus.
My collaboration with magazine.co.uk means I have chosen three subscriptions for this year and they are all publications I love for different reasons.
I’ve read a lot of photography magazines and choosing the one that is right for you is a bit like the story of Goldilocks & the three bears. Some magazines are aimed at the beginner photographer, others are aimed at a pro and some are fixated on the technical side or the editing. Digital Photographer is my current favourite because it strikes the balance between amateur and professional perfectly, so although most of the content is great for an amateur there is also a “going pro” section which touches on some aspects of the business side such as marketing and developing a career in the industry.
Digital Photographer also has some beautiful photography in it and profiles of artists and the first section which showcases readers images is always worth a slow browse. I also like the tutorials which are divided into shooting skills and editing skills. In fact the only bit I rarely read is the section where they review new cameras, because I rarely ever buy a new camera when it’s released and reading about the latest model more often than not makes me want to!
Coast is a bit of a guilty pleasure for anyone who reads it. It involves a lot of beautiful pictures of people living idyllic lifestyles by the sea and some stunning examples of the kind of houses you can buy along Britain’s shoreline. It appeals to both those who live inland (and wish they could escape) and to those who live by the sea already. In the August issue there’s a feature on a fabulous Midcentury modernist house near Littlehampton (not far along the coast from us) and the British architect Patrick Gwynee.
However it’s not all about houses. Coast also features fashion, craft, profiles and this month there are several features about travel with inspiring ideas for the summer holidays in the UK and beyond.
This magazine was almost totally new to me, which is funny because my sister is actually going to be in it in a few months time! It’s a great mix of property (again, sorry!) nature, travel, crafts and stuff with a country twist. In the August issue there’s a feature on a lady who uses natural dyes to create dresses made from ethically sourced fabrics and another about four siblings who inherited a fruit farm in Wales. One of my favourite bits of Country Living is actually the classified ads at the end where you can discover some really interesting small businesses selling lovely stuff for the home.
The warmer weather we’ve had this week has come at the perfect time for me, just as August’s magazines start to arrive in our post box and it’s lovely to have the copies before they are out in most of the shops…
If you fancy taking out a subscription have a look at the range of magazines on offer from magazine.co.uk (affiliate link) and they are also running a competition at the moment asking people to submit a short video of them reading a magazine in a strange place for the chance to win theatre tickets and a £40 gift card for the website, there’s also £100 of prizes for 4 runners up. You can find out how to enter here.