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PhotoshopUser TV: CC Markets SVG Files and Animated Effects – Episode 412

Photoshop User TV - Thu, 02/04/2015 - 20:07

Corey has a tip on creating animated effects in Photoshop for your video clip. Pete goes more in depth on the Adobe Creative Cloud Market and demonstrates downloading and using .svg files in Photoshop.

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Touch and go: Nikon D5500 review posted

DP Review News - Thu, 02/04/2015 - 17:51

Slightly smaller and lighter than its predecessor, the Nikon D5500 continues to offer a proven 24.2MP APS-C sensor in a body that's more approachable than a D7000-series DSLR. It offers a fully articulated 3.2" touchscreen, 1080/60p HD video, a new EXPEED 4 processor and built-in Wi-Fi. Can it compete in ever more crowded class? Read more

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Waiting for a star to fall: meteorites caught on camera

From the founder of the Mormons to one unlucky Alabama woman struck in her sleep, Regine Petersen has traced an artistic timeline of close encounters of the meteorite kind. The result is a fascinating project called Find a Fallen Star

Writing in his journal about the strange celestial events of 13 November 1833, Prophet Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon Church, described how he was awakened at 4am by a fellow clergyman “calling me to arise and behold the signs in the heavens”.

The great Leonid meteor shower was passing overhead. For Prophet Smith, it was a manifestation of the divine: “I arose, and to my great joy, beheld the stars fall from the heavens like a shower of hailstones ... it seemed as if the artillery and fireworks of eternity were set in motion to enchant and entertain the Saints, and terrify and awe the sinners of the Earth.”

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Sport picture of the day: camel racing with robot jockeys in Dubai

They’re not very small people but robotic jockeys on the back of the camels at the Al Marmoom Heritage Festival. If the use of robotic jockeys moves across to horse racing then we’ll no longer see spectacular falls such as that of Lewis Ferguson, who thankfully escaped unhurt as did his mount Merrion Square

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Facebook launches collaborative clips app Riff as video war heats up

The Guardian on Photography Technology - Thu, 02/04/2015 - 12:47

Social network brings its current total of photography and video apps up to six in battle with Twitter’s Vine and Periscope

Facebook has launched another video camera app. Riff for the iPhone and Android allows collaborative looping video creation – a bit like Twitter’s Vine on steroids.

The free app allows one user to record a short clip similar to a Vine or Instagram video and publish it within the app or Facebook. Other users can then find and add to that clip with their own short clip, building a longer video that loops through.

Related: Periscope review: does Twitter's live-streaming service beat Meerkat?

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The photography of Wim Wenders – in pictures

Film-maker Wim Wenders has spent decades photographing dusty roads and lonely landscapes. A new exhibition at the Museum Kunstpalast in Dusseldorf brings together 80 large-scale images, each capturing a unique moment. 4 Real and True 2 runs from 18 April to 16 August 2015

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He's Barack Obama's favourite artist. But is Britain ready for Glenn Ligon?

He put lipstick on Malcolm X and breathed new life into Mapplethorpe’s nudes. As Glenn Ligon brings ‘his own personal museum’ to the UK, we meet the artist Obama handpicked for the White House

The beautiful, powerful paintings of Glenn Ligon hang in museums around the world, but there is one artwork of his you can’t see – not since 2009, at least. To catch a glimpse of his 1992 canvas Black Like Me No 2, which reproduces a text by a white journalist posing as a black man in the deep south, you would have to be very good friends with a certain art-lover in Washington DC.

“It’s in the private quarters of the White House,” Ligon says when I visit him in his Brooklyn studio. “So I can’t see it. But I met Obama once, backstage at the Apollo in Harlem. I was with my friend and a woman said, ‘I wonder if you have a moment to meet the president?’ And, you know, we had dinner reservations – but OK. So we go downstairs and there’s Obama with the chief of staff, who says, ‘Mr President, this is Glenn Ligon. Black Like Me No 2 is in your personal quarters.’ And Obama looks at me and goes, ‘Oh, yeah, we have a set of prints too! But they had to move them out, because of the light. I really miss them.’”

Related: A white Malcolm X and a topless Black Panther: Obama's favourite artist carves up the past – in pictures

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Nikon 1 J5: What you need to know

DP Review News - Thu, 02/04/2015 - 05:00

While Nikon's DSLRs tend to get the most attention, its 1-series mirrorless cameras have become more and more capable since their introduction in 2011. The company's latest offering is the Nikon 1 J5, which sports a more upscale, classic look and some notable changes inside and out. We dug into its features and have put together a slideshow that displays the highlights. Read more

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Nikon 1 J5 offers 20.8MP BSI sensor and revamped look

DP Review News - Thu, 02/04/2015 - 05:00

The Nikon 1 J5 has been announced as the latest member of Nikon's mirrorless lineup. It offers a more traditional shape and feel with a contoured grip and a command dial. Its 1"-type 20.8MP BSI-CMOS sensor offers a boost in resolution over its predecessor, and is capable of 4K video capture at 15 fps. Read more

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Fujifilm announces firmware updates for X100T, X-T1, S1 and several X-mount OIS zoom lenses

DP Review News - Thu, 02/04/2015 - 01:36

Fujifilm has rolled out firmware updates aimed at fixing quirks in the X100T and X-T1, improving image quality in the FinePix S1 superzoom, and improving OIS functionality in several X-mount zoom lenses. Read more

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Sony sells half of its Olympus stake

DP Review News - Wed, 01/04/2015 - 20:53

Sony is selling half its stake in Olympus to investment bank JP Morgan to free up cash for 'strategic investments,' the company has announced. Sony bought a 10% stake in the medical and camera company in 2012, primarily to gain access to the global medical market to which it hoped to apply its sensor, 3D and display technologies. At the time Olympus's future was in doubt, following revelations that it had misstated its accounts having been secretly redirecting money to pay off long-standing debts that has been hidden from investors. Read more

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GoPro granted patent for square-profile action camera housing

DP Review News - Wed, 01/04/2015 - 19:14

GoPro has been granted a patent for a small square camera housing, which eschews the rectangular shape its cameras have taken thus far in favor of something resembling the Polaroid Cube. According to the patent, which was recently published by the USPTO, the square design would allow for additional mounting options, with every orientation being the same. Read more

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DPReview Recommends: Selfie-Sticks

DP Review News - Wed, 01/04/2015 - 17:48

When using 'the camera you have with you' for serious photographic pursuits, sometimes the visual elements present in the scene lack that personal connection so critical in modern photography. These situations call for that groundbreaking coalescence of technology, dexterity, and tubing, known as the selfie-stick. We've put several popular models to the test in this in-depth, comprehensive roundup. Read more

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Hiroji Kubota’s best photograph: Black Panthers give the power salute in the Chicago snow

‘There weren’t many Asian guys in America in the 1960s. If I smiled and looked harmless, I got access to things ... ’

I left Japan in August 1962 and arrived in New York just as the Cuban missile crisis was starting. I thought: “What? I came all this way to die in a nuclear attack?” But it was soon over. I moved to Chicago and couldn’t get a job, so I started my own catering business. Japanese food was not popular then and I knew enough to fool ignorant, naïve, rich people in Chicago. Then the Tribune did a story about me and somebody sent it to my mother. She called me and said: “Hiroji, stop doing this. We didn’t send you to America to be in the cooking business. I will not tolerate it.” Yes ma’am! I couldn’t say no to my mother so I focused on photography instead.

I had great curiosity and found myself welcomed by black people, white people, Indian people, whatever. They’d never seen Asian guys, so I had a big advantage and used it to get access to things. I just smiled and looked harmless. I could be like air. At the time, the Black Panthers were starting to get popular and I managed to get to know them. For some reason, these three leaders wanted to be photographed with a very big Picasso sculpture at Chicago City Hall. It’s not interesting, I said. Then it started snowing, so we went outside and I took this. I didn’t give them any instructions – they just went down there and saluted, never asking me anything about myself, or what I might be doing the picture for. They pretty much ignored me.

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What do you love about your local area?

We’d like to you to tell us what’s special about the place you live in Britain. Share your photos via Guardianwitness

What do you most love about your local area? What makes it special? Is it a park, a street, a market, a view, a shop, or something else entirely? In the lead-up to the election, the Observer New Review is working on a picture-led feature called The Best of My Community and we’d like you to help.

Please share your pictures with us with a sentence or two explaining where it is and why you chose it. We will publish the best photographs in Observer New Review and also in an online gallery.

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Guardian Weekly: your week in photographs

We’d like see how things look from your perspective, wherever you live. Whether you’re caught up in a news event or have a personal experience you’d like us to know about, share your photos via GuardianWitness

Here at Guardian Weekly, we capture a week in the life of the world. From our very international perspective, we showcase news, political views, and the softer side of life. And we don’t do it alone.

We rely on readers to contribute observations from around the globe via our Letter from column. We delight in their wit and wisdom in Notes & Queries. And we enjoy knowing who they are, and how they spend their time, in our Good to meet you offering.

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Instagram snapshots: Kyle Kuiper's travel photography of Egypt

A trip to the Pyramids, Nile river cruises and visits to ancient religious sites … Kyle Kuiper explores Cairo, Luxor and more on a tour of Egypt

• Share your travels in Instagram pictures with a series of three snaps, plus captions, and by adding #guardiantravelsnaps
• Follow Guardian Travel on Instagram at
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Find photo inspiration from our Instagram snapshots series

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Wildlife on your doorstep: April

April promises springlike conditions for northern hemisphere wildlife, while their southern hemisphere counterparts are in the midst of autumn. We’d love to see your photos of the April wildlife near you

It’s April and with Easter just around the corner wildlife in the northern hemisphere will be basking in milder temperatures. Meanwhile the southern hemisphere is firmly gripped by autumn as their wildlife prepare for the winter months ahead. So what sort of wildlife will we all discover on our doorsteps? We’d love to see your photos of the April wildlife near you.

Share your photos and videos with us via GuardianWitness, and we’ll feature our favourites on the Guardian site.

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Spawning, yawning and on the prowl: your March wildlife photos

We asked you to share your March pictures of the wildlife around the world with which we share our outdoor spaces. Here’s our pick of the best

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Rhapsody in blue – or pink? Share your artworks about music

When you hear music, do the sounds evoke images for you? Here’s a chance to connect your senses and share your art inspired by music

Georgia O’Keeffe was fascinated by “the idea that music could be translated into something for the eye” – and she is one of many artists who have succeeded in doing just that. From Picasso’s Three Musicians to Kandinsky’s Wagner-inspired Composition 8 – surely the visual equivalent of a symphony – artists have endlessly evoked harmony, melody and rhythm.

Music and visual art are powerful media for conveying emotions. This month, we’re blurring the lines: it’s time to share your artworks inspired by music, musicians or performing. You can interpret the theme in any way you like, and use any materials, from pen and ink to needlework or film. If you’d prefer to discuss your favourite musical artworks, please do so in the comment thread, where we’d also love your suggestions for future Share Your Art themes. Thanks to Amnqchety for this month’s suggestion.

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