The world is full of landscapes that are so surreal, and so intensely coloured, that its hard to believe they really exist. Take a look at some of the strangest, and most vibrant, views in the world, from a pink lake in Senegal to striped rock formations in ChinaContinue reading...
Korean lens brand Samyang has announced that it will use the Photokina show next month to introduce a new 50mm f/1.4 lens for stills photographers and the same lens designed for videographers using DSLR and mirrorless cameras. Both the Samyang 50mm f/1.4 AS UMC and 50mm T1.5 AS UMC are designed to cover a full frame sensor and will each come in 10 mounts. Read more
Our comparative review of the Panasonic GH4 and Sony Alpha 7S started with a look at their designs, handling and video spec. They've set new benchmarks for the sophistication of their video capabilities, but they're both potentially very capable stills cameras as well. That brings us to part two of our review, which adds six pages including analysis of image quality and dynamic range. We've also expanded our look at the video modes on each camera. Read more
Last week Microsoft announced development of a technology that turns shaky first-person video into smooth, stabilized hyperlapse videos. Now it appears that Instagram has beaten them to market with a similar product. They've announced Hyperlapse, an app that converts videos of up to 45 minutes into smooth and stable time-lapses with a speed of up to 12x faster than the original. Read more
As Americas tallest building prepares to open its doors, show how One World Trade Center has become part of New York by capturing it from the vantage point of your neighbourhood
Standing next to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at a symbolic 1,776ft, New Yorks One World Trade Center is the tallest building in the US. Having been under construction since 2006, it was crowned last year with its finishing touch, the spire, and will open doors to tenants and public alike later this year. Initially known colloquially as the Freedom Tower, it has been heralded as a shining beacon for New Yorks downtown.
As it is the citys newest and most poignant landmark, were particularly interested to see your pictures and hear your experiences of how the building has become part of your local cityscape. Does it loom over your street, peek out between buildings or is it just a glint in the distance? Share your photographs of 1 WTC taken from your neighbourhood, from any angle or distance and well collect the best in a gallery on Guardian Cities. Just click on the blue Contribute button, or if youre out and about you can download the free GuardianWitness app for smartphones.Continue reading...
Every day in October 2013, New York was titillated by a new street art shenanigan courtesy of international man of mystery Banksy. Now, a limited-edition book by Ray Mock, Banksy in New York, chronicles the artists month in the Big AppleContinue reading...
German photographer Casey Hugelfink had access to the Islamic republic in the dark decade after the 1979 revolution, throughout the Iran-Iraq war, when the country was sealed off to reporters and most of the world. She captured these scenes of everyday life with a 35mm Olympus OM and processed them more recently with the Camera+ app on iPhone
I was married to an Iranian and we owned a shop with Iranian handicrafts in Munich. For this reason we had connections with traders in the bazaar in Isfahan and I visited the country several times between 1980 and 1989. We also did lots of family visits, but I never lived there.
I really love Iran and its people. Those years of war had been a hard time and I remember ration coupons, nightly blackouts and losses in every family. But this is slowly fading away and what remains is so much love and the strong will of the people supporting each other.
In 2010, Laia Abril started a project on eating disorders with a multimedia piece called A Bad Day. It looked head-on at the daily life of a girl struggling with bulimia and was a wilfully uncomfortable experience. Out of that came a self-published 'zine, Thinspiration, in which Abril documented the controversial Pro-Ana community which, in her words, "has turned anorexia (Ana) into its dogma" and where activists "venerate the illness giving meaning to their totalitarian 'lifestyle'."Continue reading...
With the camera industry moved on somewhat since the birth of the Fuji X series compact, is there still room for a 12 million pixel compact in a less-than compact body? In this opinion piece, senior contributing writer Damien Demolder ponders the very existence of Fujifim's newest X-series camera. Read more
The Guardians picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world including, tango, surfing, a white dinner in NYC, and Scarlett fever on the red carpet
Fujifilm's new X30 premium compact is an intriguing piece of kit, with a larger-than-average sensor and reasonably fast lens. While not a revolutionary upgrade to the X20, it still provides some nice improvements. After some play time, we've put together a First Impressions Review that spells out what's new and what's not.
The X30, Fujifilm's latest enthusiast compact camera, offers the same 12MP sensor and 28-112mm (equivalent) lens as the X20 but improves on its predecessor with updated ergonomics. Changes include a new electronic viewfinder, a tilting screen, and Wi-Fi. We've had access to a prototype X30 for a few days - click through for a hands-on tour of the new camera.
Fujfilm has introduced its X30 enthusiast compact, which offers a 2/3" X-Trans II CMOS sensor and a 28-112mm equivalent F2.0-2.8 lens - both of which are retained from the X20 that precedes it. New features include a larger, tilting 3" LCD, an XGA OLED electronic viewfinder, a control wheel around the lens, and greatly improved battery life. A new 'Classic Chrome' film simulation mode has also been added, as has Wi-Fi. Read more
With top-notch hardware and plenty of imaging features, the HTC One M8 presents a lot to like as a mobile photography tool. Unfortunately, its 4 megapixel camera just can't keep up with other flagship phones and we were underwhelmed by its image quality when we reviewed it. Our collaborators at DxO have put the One M8 through their usual round of mobile imaging tests. See how it scored
Which capable compact, with plenty of control, should I buy?
To improve my general purpose and family photography, which camera should I choose?
We've updated two of our 2013 camera roundups, bringing the enthusiast compact and consumer DSLR categories up to date with the latest models. These guides are designed to help give a comprehensive look at each camera class. We'll be addressing the remaining four roundups in the coming weeks. Read more
The Guardians picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world including a rainy bank holiday, and wandering Elk, Miley at the VMA awards and Nick Clegg turning chef for the day
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