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Adaptalux introduces portable lighting studio for macro photography

DP Review News - 2 hours 14 min ago

Adaptalux has introduced a new portable lighting studio, likewise called Adaptalux, which is designed specifically for macro photography. The design is modular in nature, allowing photographers to 'rebuild' it in different ways to meet different needs. This is achieved using a core Control Pod into which Lighting Arms are plugged, with each Lighting Arm being customizable in regards to color, beam angle, brightness and diffusion. Read more

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San Francisco's $6 hipster buses 'more like a living room'

City links: New York City reconnects to nature, Beijing decides to cut pollution and San Francisco starts a living room-style bus service in our roundup of the week’s best city stories

This week’s best city stories from around the web explore counter-pollution measures in Beijing, extreme urban growth in Chongqing, a “rewilding” of New York City, and a simple – yet vital – change for pedestrians in Calgary.

We’d love to hear your responses to these stories and any others you’ve read recently, both at Guardian Cities and elsewhere: share your thoughts in the comments below.

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That’s me in the picture: Hunter Gray is attacked at a civil rights protest in Jackson, Mississippi, 28 May 1963

‘They cut my face with sharp brass knuckles; someone cut the back of my head with the jagged edge of a broken sugar container. There was a good deal of blood’

I am half Native American, half white, and a lifelong activist. I’d been a professor at the almost all-black Tougaloo College, north of Jackson, for two years when this picture was taken. Back then I was called John Salter; I later reverted to my Native American name.

In Mississippi at that time, racism and segregation were enforced by police power and vigilantes. My wife and I started mentoring students who were interested in fighting for civil rights, and in the spring of 1963 we arranged sit-ins at the Woolworth lunch counter where they had a “whites-only” policy.

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Sport picture of the day: Formula One's Fernando Alonso smoking in Malaysia

Former double world champion Fernando Alonso locks his brakes and burns rubber practising for the Malaysian Grand Prix at the Sepang circuit near Kuala Lumpur. Sauber’s Swedish driver Marcus Ericsson had the same problem at the same turn, putting both drivers on the same learning curve

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Memory Lane: awkward footballer photos

Some people are more comfortable than others in front of the camera. We’ve had a rummage through the archives to prove that embarrassing photos aren’t just restricted to families

More great galleries from our Memory Lane series

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X-Transformed? Fujifilm X30 Review

DP Review News - 8 hours 19 min ago

The X30 is the latest iteration of Fujifilm's line of premium compact cameras. Featuring a 12MP X-Trans sensor coupled with a 28-112mm equivalent fast zoom, the X30 is a capable camera, made more enjoyable compared to its predecessors by the addition of a high-resolution electronic viewfinder. Our man in England, Damien Demolder has been shooting with one and shares his take. Read review

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Store wars: Hong Kong's extreme storage solutions – in pictures

Pak choi drying on a fence, ducks dangling off a balcony and precarious potted plants hanging up high. Enter the astonishingly crammed alleyways of Hong Kong where people battle for space, as captured by photographer Michael Wolf

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Smithsonian.com's 12th annual photo contest finalists - in pictures

These compelling images from finalists in Smithsonian.com’s annual photography contest – with categories of Natural World, Travel, People, Americana, Altered Images and Mobile – represent a fraction of the 26,500 entries received by the magazine and which came from photographers in 93 countries around the world. The winners will be announced later in the year

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Manfrotto launches miniature Lumie LED lights

DP Review News - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 20:41

Accessories manufacturer Manfrotto has announced a new series of consumer LED lights that offer portable continuous output for stills and video photographers. The Lumie Art, Play and Muse lights are powered by a USB rechargeable Lithium-ion battery that is said to deliver over an hour’s worth of continuous lighting. While the Art and Play models come with a hotshoe adapter and a tripod mount, the Muse additionally has a ball and socket head that makes angling the light easy. Read more

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Island life: Samsung NX500 Shooting Experience

DP Review News - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 17:25

The Samsung NX500 takes some of the best bits of the NX1, including the same 28MP APS-C format sensor and still imaging pipeline, and wraps them up in a smaller, less expensive body. We recently had the opportunity to shoot with an NX500 on the beautiful island of Hawaii. We've already published a couple of samples galleries, but click through to read about how we got on with Samsung's newest mirrorless interchangeable lens camera

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Amazon launches unlimited cloud photo storage for $11.99 per year

DP Review News - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 16:16

Amazon has announced two new 'unlimited' storage plans as part of its Cloud Drive service. The Unlimited Photos plan costs $11.99 per year and an 'Unlimited Everything' plan allows users to store an infinite number of photos, videos, documents and music for $59.99 per year. Both services can be tried out for free for three months, starting now. Click through for more information 

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The Spanish region as deserted as Siberia – in pictures

Spanish photographer David Ramos captures the desolation of Molina De Aragon in central eastern Spain. The region, just a two-hour drive from Madrid, competes with Siberia and the Arctic provinces of Lapland as the least populated place in Europe. Along with the Spanish provinces of Soria, Guadalajara, Teruel and Cuenca, Molina De Aragon is fast becoming Europe’s largest desert in terms of population. According to official figures, it has just 1.63 inhabitants per sq km, compared to 1.8 in Laponia and three in Siberia

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Sport picture of the day: Jumping for joy

Australian paceman Mitchell Johnson soars through the air as he celebrates taking the wicket of India’s Rohit Sharma during the 2015 Cricket World Cup semi-final. Johnson was celebrating again later when Australia bowled out India for 233, securing an emphatic 95-run victory and setting up a World Cup final against New Zealand on Sunday

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Riding the rails: Mike Brodie’s romantic Polaroids of freight-train life

A girl covered in grazes, battered baby boots, and a handmade wooden cross with the word ‘SON’ written on it … the Polaroid Kid’s haunting images of freighthoppers walk the line between pure tenderness and true grit

Mike Brodie came to public attention in 2004 after he started posting pictures online under the alias the Polaroid Kid. Back then, his story seemed too good to be true: a drifter with a Polaroid camera who captured the itinerant lives of the photogenic young people he met as he rode freight trains across the US.

Those early shots of kids who looked like hipster hobos were unashamedly romantic, and made all the more so by their soft Polaroid colours. Initially, Brodie shot on a Polaroid SX-70, given to him by a friend (the first picture he took was of his BMX bike). When the company stopped producing film, he switched to a Nikon F3, all the while creating homemade photobooks. “Brodie leapt into the life of picture-making as if he was the first to do it,” wrote the photographer Danny Lyon. “He was doing what he loved, and he did it compulsively.” Brodie’s Nikon pictures were published in his book A Period of Juvenile Prosperity, by the art-publishing house Twin Palms.

Related: Mike Brodie's freight train photographs: 'It's a romantic life, at least in the spring and summer'

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Born to run: portraits of American wanderers – in pictures

When Mike Brodie was 18, he went freighthopping across the States for five years on a whim. Tones of Dirt and Bone captures the beauty, warmth and hardship of his life on the rails and the characters he met along the way

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PhotoshopUser TV: 3D Texture Trick and Downloading Brushes from CC Market – Episode 411

Photoshop User TV - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 13:41

Corey has a tutorial about a cool, 3D texture trick. Pete addresses the Adobe Creative Cloud Market and shows how to download and use brushes from there.

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The best urban Instagrammers in the US

From New York fire escapes and LA beaches to Dallas lit up at night, these photographers on Instagram capture the spirit of American cities

We looked high and low on Instagram to find some of the best city photographers across the US – from New York and DC to Seattle and LA. Here are some of our favourite finds – but we know there are a lot more out there!

If you’re an urban Instagrammer in the US, tag your photographs with #guardiancities and we will feature a selection of great city shots on our @guardiancities feed.

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Arthur Tress’s best photograph: a boy from the Boston ghetto hides with a gun

‘When you take pictures of children with guns, they’re often aggressive, but this boy posed in a defensive, frightened way’

In the late 1960s, an old schoolmate of mine started doing art projects with young kids. In one, they examined their dreams and used them as the inspiration for paintings and poetry. I was invited to photograph the kids and brought along costumes and masks so they could act out their dreams.

I decided to pursue the project further and came up with a title: Dream Collector. I made a list of themes from children’s dreams, and asked adult friends what they remembered from theirs. I read a lot of literature and psychology books – Carl Jung wrote a whole book on the subject – then went out to stage some photographs. In 1968, I’d made a series called Open Space in the Inner City, about vacant lots, rooftops and waterfronts being turned into green spaces. It’s something everyone does now, but back then it was new. I decided to shoot in those locations: the desolate spaces had a dreamlike, surreal quality. Children would often be playing in them, so I’d use them as models.

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From sketch to stitch: costumes for The Jew of Malta – in pictures

See designer Lily Arnold’s outfits – on page and stage – for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of The Jew of Malta by Christopher Marlowe, directed by Justin Audibert

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A view from the bus: double-decker visions of London life – in pictures

“London has experienced the largest foreign migration in its history, which has transpired to make it the most multicultural city on earth,” says photographer George Georgiou. He grew up there in the 1970s, moved abroad for a decade then returned in 2008 to find a place he barely recognised. So he decided to hop on and off double-decker buses and criss-cross the capital, capturing the view from the top deck and “the idea of London as the promised land, the last stop”

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