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Fujifilm announces macro tubes, tethering software and X-series firmware availability

DP Review News - 4 hours 15 min ago

Update: Firmware updates are now available - click through for a download link. Fujifilm has unveiled two macro extension tubes for its X-series interchangeable lens cameras, as well as a launch date for the previously-promised Fujifilm X-T1 firmware. More firmware updates are also announced for the X-E2, X-E1, X-Pro1 and X-30, as well as the introduction of tethering software for PC. Read more

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Motorola Moto X (2014) camera review

DP Review News - 5 hours 7 min ago

Despite using the same name as its predecessor, the new Moto X is a very different device. Its 5.2-inch 1080p OLED screen, thin bezels and aluminum body give it a premium feel. In the camera department it offers a 13MP sensor and F2.25 aperture, 4K-video and a dual-LED ring flash. We put it through our comprehensive testing - see if the 2014 edition is a better choice for mobile photographers than the original Moto X. Read review

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Shortlisted entries for the Terry O'Neill Photography awards 2014 – in pictures

Death in Gaza, violence in Ukraine and an imaginative pitch for an advertising campaign for fruit are just some of the varied entries shortlisted for the Terry O’Neill Photography awards. This respected award, in partnership with the Guardian, attracted a huge range of talented and courageous photographers. The winner will be announced at The Strand Gallery in London on 19 January 2015

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Chelsea's Stamford Bridge – then and now

Explore the history of Stamford Bridge stadium, home of Chelsea Football Club, as part of our new series of football Then & Nows. Each archival photograph has been juxtaposed with a present-day photograph taken from the same perspective, showing how the ground – and the game itself – has been transformed over the past century. Some of the most memorable moments in the Bridge’s history are featured, including the first FA Cup final staged in west London and the day Chelsea hosted Dynamo Moscow in 1945

  • Click on the images to fade between Then and Now
  • ‘Then’ photos by Getty and PA; ‘Now’ photos by Tom Jenkins (with additional thanks to Chelsea FC, Rick Glanvill, Darren Walsh, Matthew Uberoi, Laura McKoy and Gay Christie)
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Think Tank launches Airport Helipak for Phantom Quadcopter

DP Review News - 21 hours 31 min ago

Camera bag manufacturer Think Tank Photo has announced a backpack designed specifically for photographers using Phantom Quadcopters paired with GoPro cameras. The Airport Helipak is said to accommodate DJI Phantom 2, Phantom 2 Vision or similar quadcopters with their accessories, along with a 15-inch laptop, small cameras such as GoPros, and personal effects. Read more

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2014 Holiday Gift Guides

DP Review News - Wed, 17/12/2014 - 23:32

Stumped for a gift for your favorite photographer? Or maybe you came in under budget on your holiday shopping and you have just enough left over for a little something for yourself? Either way, we've got some suggestions. Our holiday gift guides cover gifts in three price categories - $25-100, $100-500, $500 and up - to help you find the right present at the right price. Click through for links to all three guides

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Canon updates Digital Photo Professional to version 4.1.50

DP Review News - Wed, 17/12/2014 - 23:02

Canon has updated its Digital Photo Professional 4 (DPP) software to version 4.1.50. The update brings support for a couple of new lenses and several camera models, improvements to multiple functions, and compatibility with 64-bit native environments, among other things. The newest version, says Canon, incorporates feedback from both APS-C and older full-frame owners eager for 'the very latest Raw workflow solution'. Read more

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2014 Holiday Gift Guide: $25-100

DP Review News - Wed, 17/12/2014 - 21:03

Photographers are a hard lot to shop for. While it's tempting to pick up a gift card from your local camera shop and call it a day, we've done some digging and come up with photo-related gift ideas for photographers of all skill and aspiration levels. If you're looking for something stocking-sized (and priced) our guide will put a smile on the face of your favorite photographer. 

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2014 Holiday Gift Guide: $500 and up

DP Review News - Wed, 17/12/2014 - 21:03

If the photographer in your life is the kind that already has everything, it might be time to pull out all of the stops. From neat new gadgets to once-in-a-lifetime experiences, the gifts in this guide will wow any photographer.

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2014 Holiday Gift Guide: $100-500

DP Review News - Wed, 17/12/2014 - 21:03

If you're looking for something special but you don't want to empty your bank account, these gifts for photographers will do the trick. While a wireless hard drive or a film scanner lacks the wow factor that an African safari can provide, these gifts will bring plenty of joy to any photographer's holiday.

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Real-world Test: Shooting Fashion with the Fujifilm X-T1

DP Review News - Wed, 17/12/2014 - 19:03

The X-T1 is Fujifilm's first weather-resistant interchangeable X-series camera. It is built around a 16.3 MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor housed in a die-cast magnesium body. Offering a traditional design with five physical top plate dials, two command dials, and six programmable function buttons the X-T1 also has a high resolution OLED viewfinder. In the latest in our series of real-world video tests, we took the X-T1 to a local studio, to see how it would perform in the hands of a professional fashion and portrait photographer. Click through to watch the video

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Stick it up your selfie, for society’s sake | Peter Bradshaw

The Guardian on Photography Technology - Wed, 17/12/2014 - 18:35
I rejoiced at the idea of the selfie stick, but there’s a simple, human solution to our photographic requirements

News of this year’s must-have novelty Christmas gift idea triggered in me a fanatical yearning, a saliva-gland tsunami, an urgent novelty-gift desire. For the selfie stick!

Oh. My. God. You only put your smartphone on the end of this stick to get a better selfie, that’s all! It uses Bluetooth technology to press “click” remotely! Whoa! No longer need we, as humans, be bounded by the length of our arms. This is the kind of obstacle-surmounting ingenuity that took us to the flipping moon!

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Freedom Journey 1965: Selma to Montgomery March in pictures

Stephen Somerstein’s photographs chronicled the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery civil rights march, which provides the backdrop for the Golden Globe-nominated film Selma. Here Somerstein captions some of the works that will be displayed at the New York Historical Society from 16 January through 19 April 2015

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Instagram's five new filters: can you spot the difference?

The Guardian on Photography Technology - Wed, 17/12/2014 - 17:34

For the first time in two years, Instagram has launched five new filters, their subtlest yet. But can you tell which picture has #nofilter?

Instagram has launched five new filters. With names presumably coined using the Dada cut-up technique, these five filters are called Slumber, Crema, Ludwig, Perpetua and Aden.

According to Dan Rubin, a fairly influential designer, photographer and Instagrammer who admits to leaking “small chunks of his brain directly to Twitter”, this is a good thing. “On Instagram, the filters actually evolve people’s styles and can lead to a certain type of photo,” he says. “A shift to more subtle filters will lead to people paying more attention to light and essentially taking better photos.”

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Instagram's five new filters: can you spot the difference?

For the first time in two years, Instagram has launched five new filters, their subtlest yet. But can you tell which picture has #nofilter?

Instagram has launched five new filters. With names presumably coined using the Dada cut-up technique, these five filters are called Slumber, Crema, Ludwig, Perpetua and Aden.

According to Dan Rubin, a fairly influential designer, photographer and Instagrammer who admits to leaking “small chunks of his brain directly to Twitter”, this is a good thing. “On Instagram, the filters actually evolve people’s styles and can lead to a certain type of photo,” he says. “A shift to more subtle filters will lead to people paying more attention to light and essentially taking better photos.”

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How Kim Kardashian broke the internet with her butt

The editors at Paper magazine anticipated a reaction to publishing Jean-Paul Goude’s nude pictures of the reality-show star, but they never expected it to be this big

November 2014: Kim Kardashian’s naked butt cover: a historical perspective

Paper magazine’s winter issue, with the cover shot of Kim Kardashian by Jean-Paul Goude, set out to #BreakTheInternet. Well, we didn’t literally “break it”, but we definitely broke through, setting off a flood of coverage and commentary.

Of course, we expected some controversy from the very beginning. Having Kim Kardashian in any form in Paper, let alone posing nude, was likely to generate interest. Print, radio and TV jumped on the photos and reported the story with breathless excitement, feigning shock and awe. Tweets, likes, shares, comments, Instas and memes came surging forth, a torrent of butt-inspired commentary both delighted and outraged.

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Jasper Doest’s best photograph: a Japanese snow monkey in Hell's Valley

‘To show macaques in a new light, I spent a month and a half in Japan’s Hell’s Valley. This monkey looks like he’s floating through space on a magic carpet’

I often choose subjects that are heavily photographed, like mute swans or coots, then show them in a totally new light. These Japanese macaques, or snow monkeys, live in the mountains of Jigokudani Yean-Koen. In the early 1960s, a lady who ran one of the spa resorts spotted some and started feeding them – she felt sorry for them out in the harsh winter. A group started coming down from the mountains every day to bathe and stay warm. It wasn’t hygienic for visitors, so eventually a separate pool was built just for the monkeys. It’s not a zoo – they are still wild animals, but people come by the busload to watch them. And they all want to take the same picture – the monkeys with their heads popping out of the water.

I wanted to show them in a completely different way. Over the last few years, I’ve spent a month and a half photographing them. The pool is in the Japanese alpine region, in a valley called Jigokudani, which translates as Hell’s Valley. It’s named that because of the area’s volcanic activity. There’s no sunshine, the only light is the reflection of the snow on the mountains and you can smell the sulphur coming up from the thermal spas. Every time I’m out in the field I ask myself what it is about a place that makes me smile or makes me cry. Here, I wanted to emphasise that mystical quality.

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Arlene Gottfried: an intimate, humorous eye for New York City's eccentricity

She’s a photographer and gospel singer who captured a bygone New York and whose brother is a successful comic. Yet it’s only now that Arlene Gottfried is getting her dues

It’s the rare New York City photo gallery show that is covered by mainstream American press, television and foreign newspapers, but the reaction to Sometimes Overwhelming is proof that singing photographer Arlene Gottfried, dubbed an “NYC treasure” by Gothamist, is having her moment right now. The show, featuring black and white photography from a pre-gentrified, pre-Instagrammed New York City, includes Brooklynites from long before that borough was a brand and denizens of the city’s parks who have mostly been eradicated.

Her photos capture people with an intimacy and wry humor which hold up in a far more visually saturated world several decades later. Nonetheless, Arlene says “this is the first time I’ve gotten this kind of recognition of my work”, and describes her overall career as “a pain in the neck”. While much respected by photo editors for her eye – and hardcore gospel aficionados for her voice – Arlene has never had the widespread success of her brother Gilbert Gottfried, the standup comic and voice behind Iago the Parrot in Disney’s Aladdin. Indeed, many people who know her sensitive photography, or who hear her sing in church, are shocked when they learn she is the sister of the man behind the crudest version of “the aristocrats” joke.

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Phase One and Alpa release official details and pricing of A-Series medium format cameras

DP Review News - Wed, 17/12/2014 - 12:00

Phase One has announced official details of its new A-Series medium format cameras after information about the new pairing of the company's digital backs with an Alpa body and lenses was leaked in November. As was reported at the time, the series will comprise Phase One 50MP, 60MP and 80MP backs, combined with the Alpa 12 TC body and a choice of three lenses – the Alpagon 5.6/23mm, Alpar 4.0/35mm and the Alpagon 5.6/70mm. Read more

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Entry-Level Mirrorless Camera Roundup (2014)

DP Review News - Wed, 17/12/2014 - 10:01

What point-and-shootable mirrorless camera should I buy?

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