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The Guardians picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world

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JVC Kenwood joins Micro Four Thirds with 4K Super 35 prototypes

DP Review News - Mon, 07/04/2014 - 23:57

Update: Consumer electronics maker JVC Kenwood has joined the Micro Four Thirds standard and said it will develop products for the system. The company is showing two prototype 4K-capable cameras, including a compact, handheld model at NAB in Las Vegas. We stopped by the JVC Kenwood booth and got a first glimpse of the cameras on display. Interestingly, the company says both cameras will have Super 35 sensors (around 21 x 12mm), which is wider than the original Four Thirds sensor format which the standard was designed around. Learn more

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Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II real-world gallery

DP Review News - Mon, 07/04/2014 - 21:02

Now that we have our hands on not one, but two PowerShot G1 X Mark IIs, we've running around out taking photos like crazy. This first installment of 24 photos - some of which may look familiar - should give you a taste of what the camera can do, and there are plenty of additional samples on the way. See gallery

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Blackmagic Design announces Blackmagic URSA with 10-inch screen

DP Review News - Mon, 07/04/2014 - 20:14

Blackmagic Design has unveiled its latest and most expensive camera to date, the URSA. The camera features a changeable sensor design, allowing the user to swap out the Canon EF lens mount and 4K Super 35 image sensor for a similar sensor with a PL mount. The URSA features touch screens for operator control - including a 10-inch flip-out screen. It also has another 5-inch screen showing timecode, histogram, and other indicators such as a spectrum scope for checking focus. Learn more

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Light it up: Phottix Mitros Flash for Canon review

DP Review News - Mon, 07/04/2014 - 20:00

The Phottix Mitros flash is a high-end TTL flash designed to compete with Canon's 580EX II at well over half the price. The Mitros for Canon shares many features with the 580EX II, including high-speed sync and built-in IR triggering with Master and Slave modes. But is the Mitros mighty enough to match one of Canon's most beloved flash models? Find out in our review

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Everyday India in pictures: the city

As part of our coverage of the India elections, we've been asking you to send in your images of everyday India. We've been inundated with responses. In the first of a daily series, we look at the best of the urban images you sent in

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From Vera to Veruschka: the unseen photographs of Johnny Moncada in pictures

In a new exhibition at Somerset House, previously unpublished photographs by Johnny Moncada of the model who defined an era are brought to light. Veruschka von Lehndorff was a hit model in the 1960s, even making a cameo in the classic film Blow Up

  • The exhibition runs until 14 June 2014 at Somerset House in London. A book by the same name as the exhibition is published by Rizzoli New York.
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Sport picture of the day: snapping the rally snappers

Sometimes, the location for the best shot can seem more like a bank of paparazzi muscling for position at the red carpet, with sharp elbows very much a necessity. Here, the photographers line up to get a shot of the cars making a splash at the Rally de Portugal Continue reading...
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Jackie Chan, 1982 - a picture from the past

Chan Kong-sang, better known as the martial arts superstar Jackie Chan, started his career as a stuntman in the films of the legendary Bruce Lee and now has has over 100 acting credits to his name. The uncompromising film-maker has famously performed most of his own spectacular stunts, injuring almost every part of his body in the process. He has miraculously lived long enough to celebrate his 60th birthday on 7 April 2014 Continue reading...
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Yahoo fixes Flickr invitation bug that leaked real names and email addresses

The Guardian on Photography Technology - Mon, 07/04/2014 - 12:38

Privacy flaw on photo sharing website initially dismissed as working as designed and not making sensitive data available

Yahoo has closed a months-old bug that let anyone access the name, email and message sent by Flickr users who invited friends to join the photo sharing service.

But the web company was criticised for acting too slowly after the bug was brought to its attention. Its staff initially suggested that the system was working as designed when the flaw was pointed out.

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Classic album covers in Google Street View in pictures

From Pink Floyd to PJ Harvey, our Street View specialist shows us the world's cities through the lens of famous album covers

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Classic paintings of world cities meet Google Street View

Classic London paintings in Google Street View

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SkinneePix: the ugly truth about the selfies app that makes you look thinner

The Guardian on Photography Technology - Mon, 07/04/2014 - 11:06

The new app SkinneePix claims to make it look like you've shed 15lbs in your selfies but we found the results aren't that pretty

If you thought Prince Andrew or Michael Gove's attempts at selfies were the worst thing about the craze think again.

There is now an app which is designed specifically to make you look skinnier in your selfies. Acting as a FatBooth in reverse, SkinneePix promises to make it look like you've shed 5, 10 or 15 lbs with just the click of a button.

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The boozer who bottled bohemia: John Deakin's Soho photography

His circle of friends featured Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud, and he took photos of Soho's artists, writers, drifters and newsagents as we wandered from one pub to the next in the 50s and 60s. Here's a selection of his best portraits

Under the Influence, John Deakin, Photography and the Lure of Soho is at the Photographers' Gallery in London from 11 April to 13 July, along with a book published by Art / Books

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John Deakin: champagne and sulphur in Soho

He may have been a nasty, detestable person but John Deakin's portraits of Soho characters and artists changed photography

The boozer who bottled bohemia: John Deakin's photographs of bygone Soho in pictures

George Melly called him a "vicious little drunk of such inventive malice and implacable bitchiness that it's surprising he didn't choke on his own venom". Woolworths heiress Barbara Hutton described him as "the second nastiest man I've ever met". Even Daniel Farson, his most faithful friend, introduces him in his memoir sponging money in the French House, the Soho pub popular with artists and writers.

John Deakin was, by all accounts, not an easy man to like. As well as having a tongue like a file, he was a notorious miser and leech. Frances Bacon's description offers some insight as to why. "A very amusing man," he said. "Very sarcastic. But he needed drink more than anything else." Deakin was a chronic alcoholic, but Bacon was the one with the limitless bar tab: his status as a photographer is almost obscured by his role as the painter's court fool. Descriptions of Deakin are not kind: he had the "gait of a midget wrestler", "Mickey Mouse ears", and his pock-marked face was "wrinkled like a bloodhound's". In fact, after reading these accounts, pictures of Deakin provide something of an anticlimax. He was short, sure, but not actually demonic. It's possible his personality had such a powerful effect that it rendered impartial description impossible.

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Liu Bolin's The Heroic Apparition in pictures

Chinese artist Liu Bolin uses his own body as a canvas, painting himself to merge with his background, to explore the Chinese national identity and the status of artists in China. Liu's first UK solo exhibition, The Heroic Apparition, is at Scream in London until 9 May

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A first look at the Sony Alpha 7S 12MP full-frame with 4K output

DP Review News - Mon, 07/04/2014 - 01:08

Sony has just announced a 12MP full-frame addition to its Alpha 7 series, designed to output 4K footage over HDMI. We've just got back from Sony's press conference at the NAB show in Las Vegas, where we got a chance to see the camera. We hope to get more hands-on in the coming days, but for now, here's some more details of the Sony Alpha 7S.

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Sony announces a7S full-frame mirrorless with 4:2:2 4K video output

DP Review News - Sun, 06/04/2014 - 21:25

Sony has announced the Alpha 7S, a 12MP full-frame mirrorless camera designed for both stills and video. The camera can read out its entire sensor fast enough to output 8-bit 4:2:2 4K video over HDMI at up to 30p, without line skipping or pixel binning. This also promises higher quality for the 1080p video (at up to 60p) it can record internally. Unlike the a7 and a7R, the latest model is not constrained by the AVCHD standard, also offering the XAVC S system, with bitrates of up to 50Mbps.

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The weekend in pictures

Elections in Afghanistan and India in this weekend's selection of the best images from around the world

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Meet the UK's first female press photographer

DP Review News - Sun, 06/04/2014 - 08:00

The Museum of London is celebrating the acquisition of a collection of images from Christina Broom, the UK's first female press photographer. Self-taught, Broom photographed London life and British military from 1903 to 1939. She started small, learning on a borrowed camera, and in 1904 she became the official photographer for the Household Division. See gallery

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Newsha Tavakolian's portraits of Iran's middle-class youth in pictures

"When I shot these images, it was a dark time in Iran's history," says Newsha Tavakolian. "It was a time of extreme pressure on the public, especially on the youth, who were all struggling under the imposed restrictions." Curious about the isolated lives of the middle-class youth in Tehran, Tavakolian staged images based on the real stories of her friends and neighbours to depict a society that the photographer believes is often reduced to exaggerated stereotypes in western media, and to give a more accurate portrayal of "normal people" in Iran

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