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Vanguard releases new Alta CA tripod kits with pistol-grip head

DP Review News - 2 hours 6 min ago

Tripod and bag manufacturer Vanguard has launched a new range of tripods that are fitted with the company’s latest pistol grip style GH-30 head. The aluminium Alta CA leg-set comes in three or four-section options to achieve maximum heights of either 22, 5/8in (575mm) or 24, 3/4in (630mm), though both models are designed to carry a payload of up to 11lbs (5kg). Click through for more information.

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What The Duck #1285

DP Review News - 5 hours 41 min ago

We've come to the end of another week here at dpreview, and as our thoughts drift to weekend shooting opportunities, it's time to take things a little less seriously. Aaron Johnson's comic strip ‘What the Duck’ is just the thing, taking a gently satirical look through the lens of a photographically inclined waterfowl. You can find it published here (and in our newsletter) every week; we hope you enjoy it, and your weekend.

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Lastolite 'Out of Focus' backgrounds bring beautiful bokeh to your home studio

DP Review News - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 19:46

Everyone loves the look of a nice out of focus background, but it's hard to achieve in a home studio. Accessory manufacturer Lastolite believes it might have the solution, with two new reversible backgrounds printed with out of focus images of the ocean / autumn foliage and summer foliage / city lights. Measuring 1.5 x 1.2m, the backgrounds are big enough for almost full-length portraits of most adults, and weigh in at 3kg (6.6lb) each. Click through for more details.

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Graphic content: images that expose the truth | @guardianletters

Roger Tooth (Warning: upsetting images, G2, 24 July) criticises Magnum for offering Jerome Sessinis coverage of the MH17 site. We at Magnum have a 67-year history in photojournalism that stands for integrity, speed and clarity of responding to major events. There are countless examples of our photojournalists getting pictures that have informed the world and they also can shock. This has been the case since even before the start of Magnum, when its co-founder George Rodger was at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp and his pictures informed and shocked the world.

Jerome Sessinis work in getting to the crash site and getting those pictures out was entirely in the best Magnum tradition as an agency. Our job is not to censor the harsh truths but to deliver them to picture editors such as Roger Tooth, who can then decide whether the Guardians readership can see them. We do not take that decision; he does. He was shocked that Time.com published them. That is his right but surely as an agency our job is to deliver what we have taken. To quote Roger in his own words, their place (photographers) is to record; ours is to edit. We completely agree. That is exactly what we did in this case and will in the future.
Stuart Franklin
Vice-president, Magnum

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Hasselblad launches 50MP CFV-50c back for legacy V system

DP Review News - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 16:39

Hasselblad has launched a new digital back for its V System camera bodies that it claims brings modern digital image quality to users of vintage film-era Hasselblad camera bodies. The Hasselblad CFV-50c back features a 43.8 x 32.9mm CMOS sensor that outputs images at a resolution of up to 8272 x 6200 pixels, and operates within an ISO range of 100-6400. Click through for more details.

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Weekend readers' best photographs: munch

Neatly arranged caterpillars, walnut bread, and hay munching horses, the best in pictures from Weekend readers' this week

The next topic is sunrise (to appear 9 August). Email a hi-res image (one per entry), plus a sentence or two about what inspired you to take your photo, to in.pictures@guardian.co.uk by noon on Wednesday 30 July; please supply a daytime telephone number. Conditions apply go to guardian.co.uk/theguardian/weekend/in-pictures-terms-and-conditions for full terms and conditions Continue reading...
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Pictures of the week: Hungarian Sea, by Michal Solarski

Polish photographer Michal Solarski returns to Lake Balaton in Hungary, to recapture the summer holidays he enjoyed there as a child Continue reading...
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How great thou art: 50 years of Afro-Caribbean funerals in pictures

The spirituals sung, the Scotch bonnet berets worn, and the rum drunk at the graveside Charlie Phillips's photographs chart the rituals and the changes in African-Caribbean funerals in London since the Windrush generation, to preserve a part of British culture he feels has been overlooked. Here Phillips recalls the stories behind some of his most striking images

Back Phillips's How Great Thou Art book on Kickstarter

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Scotland stories: Jelina Berlow-Rahman, human rights lawyer

As the Scottish independence referendum draws near, the Guardian's Murdo MacLeod travels the length and breadth of Scotland to document the daily lives of its diverse population. Here he meets Jelina Berlow-Rahman, who's firm JR Rahman Solicitors provides human rights, asylum, family and immigration legal advice and assistance in Glasgow Continue reading...
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The western front in the first world war and now interactive

Archive photographs of significant events of the first world war in Belgium, France and England from Kaiser Wilhelm II inspecting German troops, to Australian soldiers at Ypres and PoWs in Bruges are matched with the locations today. This is the first of a two-part series, which focuses on the years 1914-16. Next week, we look at the key moments from the end of the war and its aftermath

Photography then and now lets you move through time by tapping or clicking on a historic image to reveal the modern view. You can drag or swipe to control the speed of the transformation

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Sport picture of the day: a judo heads up

Scotland's John Buchanan is turned upside down by Daniel le Grange from South Africa. They were competing for the -60kg Bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Much of judo is about balance and the veteran Scot was certainly tested here. Continue reading...
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Keith Vaughan, Sandra Blow, Art Social: this weeks new art shows

From Keith Vaughan in Newcastle to Art Social in London, Skye Sherwin and Robert Clark find out whats happening in art around the country

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The first colour photography from Russia in pictures

Family portraits in the 1860s, toddlers in traditional dress and Stalin lying in state surrounded by a sea of flowers ... a new exhibition charts the earliest experiments in Russian colour photography, and shows life there from the 1860s to the 1960s

Primrose: Early Russian Colour Photography is at the Photographers' Gallery, 1 August to 19 October

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CASE Remote is a smartphone remote for your DSLR

DP Review News - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 08:34

Many modern digital cameras can be remote controlled via dedicated apps on your smartphone and a Wi-Fi link. Unfortunately this option is not available on older or lower spec models that come without a built-in Wi-Fi module. CASE Remote, currently available for pre-order on indiegogo.com, is compatible with a large number of Nikon and Canon models and slots into your camera's hotshoe. Click through to read more at connect.dpreview.com.

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Colorado cattle drive protects fragile ecosystems in pictures

Reuters photographer Lucas Jackson documents Steve Pargin, a third generation rancher, as he and a crew led by his head cowboy, David Thompson, herd cattle from mountain range to mountain range, preventing them from damaging fragile ecosystems by grazing there too long

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500px now supporting Lytro 'Living Pictures', offering users $250 rebate on Illum

DP Review News - Thu, 24/07/2014 - 21:23

Photo sharing site 500px has announced that it is now supporting images uploaded in Lytro's unique 'Living Pictures' format, and is offering its customers a $250 discount on the purchase of Lytro's Illum camera (MSRP $1599). The Illum is available now for pre-order and is expected to start shipping within the next couple of weeks. Click through for more information.

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The politics of war photography | @guardianletters

The Guardian on Photography Technology - Thu, 24/07/2014 - 19:33

Suzanne Moore is absolutely right to condemn the tweeting of images of dead children in Gaza (Sharing pictures of corpses on social media isnt the way to bring a ceasefire , 22 July). They are an affront to the very essence of a civilised society.

If the images were to prevent war I could understand, but they wont. Instead, they will create even more hatred and a craving for revenge, which in turn will recruit yet more bloodthirsty jihadis. The last thing we need is more voyeuristic war pornography on our social media.
Stan Labovitch
Windsor, Berkshire

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Latitude Festival - in pictures

Latitude in Suffolk has a reputation as a relaxed, family friendly festival, as I found when I dropped in to shoot these photos. Although getting backstage is important, there is still lots you can do without press accreditation. I left the heavy DSLRs and flashguns at home, preferring the discretion of my favourite Fuji X cameras. So what was in my bag? I carried two Fuji X-Pro1 bodies, one Fuji X-E1 body, and three fast lenses, the 14mm f2.8, the 23mm f1.4, and the exceptional 56mm f1.2. The only other essential was plenty of water, as the weather was very hot

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PhotoshopUser TV: Cartoon Sketch and Scripted Patterns- Episode 387

Photoshop User TV - Thu, 24/07/2014 - 14:46

Pete has a tip on sketching for cartoon storybook animals. Corey shows a feature in Ps CC using Patterns and its new feature called Scripted Pattern.

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Photo highlights of the day

The Guardian's photo editors bring you a daily round up from the world of photography including the plane crash in Taiwan, the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and a giant sunflower field in Japan

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