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Flasher smartphone flash launched on Kickstarter

DP Review News - Mon, 09/03/2015 - 20:23

A poor built-in LED-flash is still one of the smartphone camera's most glaring weaknesses. We've seen a number of accessory makers addressing the problem with different external light solutions. The latest one comes from Vision global which has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund mass production of its Flasher accessory. Read more

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Uncommon Ground: a word-lover's guide to the British landscape

Photographer Dominick Tyler set off to find the words that matched the marvels of the British countryside and uncovered a lexicon of landscape as wild and wonderful as the natural phenomena they described. He has now collected them into a book, which he shares in this exclusive gallery

The word-hoard: Robert Macfarlane on rewilding our language of landscape

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Photo highlights of the day

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world, including the Solar Impulse 2 launch, Paris fashion, and a kite festival in California

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Into the wild: the rebels living off-grid all over Europe – in pictures

They’ve opted out of cities and started all-new rural lives, building their own straw homes, teepees and bath tubs. Since 2010, photographer Antoine Bruy has travelled from the Pyrenees to Romania tracking down urban refuseniks

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Making 'Art': We go inside Sigma's lens factory

DP Review News - Mon, 09/03/2015 - 02:46

On our recent visit to Japan to attend the CP+ show in Yokohama we were fortunate to be invited to tour Sigma's factory in Aizu. The Aizu factory is where all of Sigma's lenses are manufactured, including the company's impressive new 'Art' line of primes. Click through to take a virtual tour of the factory, in the company of Kazuto Yamaki, Sigma's CEO. 

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The weekend in pictures

A selection of some of the best images from around the world this weekend, from International Women’s Day to the 50th anniversary of the civil rights march in Selma, Alabama

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CP+ 2015 Ricoh Imaging interview - full-frame DSLR may have 'something extra built-in'

DP Review News - Sun, 08/03/2015 - 13:00

We recently returned from the CP+ show in Yokohama, Japan, where we sat down with Kazunobu Saiki - General Manager of the Marketing Communication Department, in the Global Marketing Division of Ricoh Imaging. We spoke to Mr Saiki about Ricoh's forthcoming full-frame DSLR, the success of the 645Z and about his desire to improve AF performance in Pentax's DSLRs and lenses. Click through to read the interview

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Altitude adjustment: Alpine photographer Jonathan Griffith

DP Review News - Sun, 08/03/2015 - 12:30

Based out of the climbing town of Chamonix, France, Jonathan Griffith has been making 'life threatening' a sport for more than a decade. With exceptional sets of images from extended mountain hikes and nearly vertical ice climbs as well as perilous extreme sports like cliff-face paragliding, the alpinist and photographer has toured worldwide sites from Alaska to the Alps. We asked him a few questions about his photography and passion for climbing. See gallery

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Sport picture of the day: Quick off the blocks

A different viewpoint of the start of the Women’s 60m Hurdles Final at the 2015 European Indoor Championships in Prague, Czech Republic. Alina Talay of Belarus won gold, while Britain’s Lucy Hatton took silver ahead of fellow Brit Serita Solomon who took bronze

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Your pictures: share your photographs on the theme of 'copy'

Wherever you are in the world, we’d like to see your pictures of ‘copy.’ Share your best photos via GuardianWitness

We’re now running a regular weekly photography assignment in the Observer New Review and the next theme is ‘copy.’ So whether it’s copied homework, impressively stocked newspaper stands or something that’s worth repeating, share your photos of what copy means to you – and tell us about your image in the description box.

The closing date is 12 March at 10 am. We’ll publish our favourites in The New Review on 15 March and in a gallery on the Guardian site.

A pair of gannets, copying each others body language, each perfectly mirroring the other.

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Whitstable historian MS Lawson poses with Catman's latest mural

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I came upon these young twins, dressed alike, carbon copies of each other.

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From a great height: readers' photos on the theme of 'drop'

For last week’s photography assignment in the Observer New Review we asked you to share your photos on the theme of ‘drop’ via GuardianWitness. Here’s a selection of our favourites

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National Media Museum to display three of the world’s oldest photos

DP Review News - Sat, 07/03/2015 - 20:38

Three photographs taken by Joseph Nicephore Niépce, a Frenchman born in 1765, will soon be exhibited by the National Media Museum. These particular images, which their creator called 'heliographs', were taken during the 1820s, and are part of a set of 16 image located throughout the world. All three images are said to be amongst the earliest of photographs ever taken. Read more

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The 20 photographs of the week

Nigerians fleeing from Boko Haram, Harrison Ford’s plane crash, devastation in Ukraine, fashion week in Paris, Los Angeles skid row shooting – the best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week

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Eyewitness: Nyal, South Sudan

Photographs from the Eyewitness series

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Original Observer Photography: February 2015

This month’s showcase of photography commissioned by the Observer features portraits of singer Sam Smith, actor Russell Tovey (and Rocky the bulldog), model Chantelle Winnie, singer Emmy the Great, actor Bill Nighy, film-maker Don Letts and writer Karl Ove Knausgaard. There is also some outstanding sport and news photography.

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Family life: Pip and Squeak 90 years on, Madonna and clootie dumpling

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Ninety odd years ago – I’m 98 now – I was praying in my bedroom in Gorseinon, south Wales, that Father Christmas would bring me the latest Pip and Squeak annual, which was published by the Daily Mirror. They were the cartoon adventure stories about orphaned animals who formed their own family. There was a dog called Pip, the father, a penguin called Squeak, the mother, whose favourite word was “luvly” and Wilfred, a rabbit, was the child. They all lived happily together in a house in London.

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The Makha Bucha Day ceremony for Buddhist monks – in pictures

Buddhist monks at Wat Dhammakaya temple in Pathum Thani province, Thailand, perform the Makha Bucha Day ceremony

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Paris fashion week: Christian Dior and Maison Margiela – in pictures

John Galliano’s return with Maison Margiela came on the same day as Raf Simons’ show for Christian Dior – where he had been creative director for 15 years

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That’s me in the picture: Jean Cardy being evacuated to Surrey, 1939

‘It turned out they were sending us right into the middle of the Battle of Britain. A year after we arrived, a mine landed on the village’

Mine is not a typical evacuee story. My mother was a very difficult lady and I didn’t get on with her, and instead of being horrified at being sent away, I can remember thinking, “I’ve got away. I’m never going to live at home again if I can help it.”

The picture shows me with my classmates catching the train to Surrey, to the City of London Freemen’s School in Ashtead Park. I was 14. Our gloriously eccentric art teacher is in the background. We were going to be there during term time, returning to London in the holidays. For a few days we’d been playing Monopoly at school, waiting to hear if we were at war. When it started, we had to leave.

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Posters in Westminster call for more affordable housing

City links: This week’s best city stories take a look at posters campaigning for more affordable homes across the UK, chart the rise of civic activism in Poland and discover an unusual youth initiative in Tacoma

The best city stories from around the web this week consider the UK’s housing crisis, explore a local democracy movement in Poland, meet teenagers learning an unusual skill in Tacoma and capture the increasing privatisation of London expressed through architecture.

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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