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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 reaction to the terrorist attack in Paris, Elvis’s birthday celebrations in Australia and ice swimming in Hebron

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Sport picture of the day: dwarfed by Dakar Rally dunes

The difference in size between the competitors and the landscape in this image illustrates the task in hand for the competitors in the 2015 Dakar Rally, which covers over 8500km. The two quads and a motorbike shown are traversing the 315km fourth stage between Chilecito, Argentina and Copiapo, Chile. The motorbike race leader Joan Barreda took the stage to increase his lead over the four-time champion Marc Coma who finished second in the stage

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Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path

DP Review News - Thu, 08/01/2015 - 17:00

Full frame cameras have never been more accessible but what does that mean for owners of cropped-sensor cameras? DPReview's Richard Butler argues that the existence of a full frame model in your brand's line-up doesn't mean there are intermediate steps you can take on the way there. Or that it's a destination you should necessarily aspire to. Read more

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Douglas Kirkland’s best photograph: Coco Chanel at work in Paris, 1962

‘In the three weeks I was there, I never saw Chanel without her hat on – and she smoked constantly’

In August 1962, the American picture magazine Look sent me to Paris to shoot Coco Chanel after it emerged that Jackie Kennedy had been wearing her dresses and suits in the White House. Americans had heard of the perfume Chanel No 5, but until then they had no idea Chanel was also a fashion label.

I didn’t speak any French and to begin with she wouldn’t speak to me in English. I was only allowed to photograph the outfits – she didn’t want me near her. But when I developed the first roll of film, I showed her the prints and she gave me a nod. That was my green light to shoot her.

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Long live the King: Elvis Presley impersonators around the world – in pictures

To mark what would have been the King’s 80th birthday, here are our favourite Elvis wannabes. Get all shook up by toddlers with megaquiffs, Siberian huskies and world record breakers

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Toshiba announces world's first SDHC card with NFC

DP Review News - Thu, 08/01/2015 - 00:00

Toshiba has announced an SDHC card equipped with NFC, claiming it to be the world's first. With the corresponding 'Memory Card Preview' app downloaded to a mobile device, the user can tap the card to view thumbnails of 16 images and see available storage. Read more

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G-Technology launches new G-DRIVE ev rugged portable storage with all-terrain-cases

DP Review News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 19:02

Digital storage brand G-Technology has announced a collection of new portable hard drives designed to survive in difficult environments. The two available G-DRIVE ev models, equipped with Thunderbolt or USB 3.0 connections, will come housed in what the company calls an ATC – All-Terrain-Case – said to be able to withstand a 2m/6.5 ft drop onto a carpeted concrete floor. The ATC is also water-tight and will float should the drive fall into a body of water, and can also be removed to house other drives in the G-Technology Evolution Series. Read more

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Fujifilm X100T real-world sample gallery posted

DP Review News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 13:00

The Fujifilm X100T is the third iteration of the company's enthusiast-level fixed-lens compact, and we've followed up our initial real-world gallery from the camera with even more samples. The majority of the images that follow were shot as JPEGs in the Classic Chrome film mode, a new film simulation not included in previous iterations of the camera. See gallery

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Four Hills Tournament - in pictures

Held every year since 1952 at four sites in Germany and Austria over the end of December and the first week of January, the Four Hills Tournament has developed into the premier ski jump event in the world. To win the title is a triumph savoured every bit as much as a World Championship or Olympic gold. The event also gives photographers a chance to get their creative juices flowing

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Fashion archive, 9 January 1956: Good fashion photography captures the taste of our time

9 January 1956: Sometimes fashion photography goes beyond the boundaries of the conventional, to capture the taste of our time

Fashion photography, judging by the ordinary run of the daily output, relies more on artifice than art. The photographer, in the modern manner, fixes his model in a state of frozen vivacity: stylised, artificial, often absurd. We who look at the photograph cannot identify it with real life as we lead it, nor even as we pursue it in our wishful thoughts; consequently the clothes which the model wears do not give us the urge to make them our own - which is the whole purpose of the picture.

Yet every now and then the seeker after truth, as well as beauty, is halted by a photograph which catches something from over and beyond the confines of conventional contemporary fashion; a photograph which bestows the sense of continuity with the past that true art gives, while causing at the same time a sudden feeling of affection for our present day and age.

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British 'nano drone' Zano reaches £2m of Kickstarter crowdfunding

The Guardian on Photography Technology - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 10:17

Pembrokeshire-based startup aims to make aerial photography and video more accessible: ‘It’s intelligent. It swarms. It takes selfies...’

British technology firm Torquing Group has raised more than £2m on crowdfunding site Kickstarter for a device called Zano that it claims is “the world’s most sophisticated nano drone”.

With just over a day to go until the crowdfunding campaign closes, Zano has far surpassed the original fundraising goal of £125,000 set by the Pembrokeshire-based company.

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Toshiba offers FlashAir III wireless SD card

DP Review News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 02:17

Toshiba has announced a third generation of its FlashAir wireless SD cards. Like the previous version, the Toshiba FlashAir III acts as its own wireless LAN point for sharing to smartphones, tablets and computers. The newly introduced card boasts 'enhanced photo sharing and management features,' and maintains the same Class 10 rating as its predecessor. Read more

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Kodak announces IM5 Android smartphone

DP Review News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 01:30

Before CES there were rumors that we would see a Kodak-branded mobile device at the show, but those who were expecting an innovative, imaging-centric gadget have been disappointed. The Kodak IM5 has arrived and appears to be nothing more than a nondescript, mid-tier Android smartphone with Kodak branding. Read more

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Hands-on with Fujifilm's new XF 16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR lens

DP Review News - Tue, 06/01/2015 - 19:09

It's been on Fujifilm's X-series roadmap for a while, but now it's real - the XF 16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR is a 24-83mm equivalent, weather-sealed standard zoom for Fujifilm's high-end X-series interchangeable lens cameras, which offers a fast maximum aperture of F2.8 throughout its zoom range. As CES gets started in Las Vegas, we grabbed a few minutes with the new zoom. Click through for some images

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From coffee-makers to cameras: six gadgets to simplify your life

The Guardian on Photography Technology - Tue, 06/01/2015 - 18:53

Technology has got so complicated thanks to ‘feature creep’. Here are some great gizmos that do the job just as well as flashier options

• Read Stuart Heritage on the joys of low tech

If you’re a coffee lover, you’ve probably found yourself yearning for a fancy espresso machine at some point in your life, whether that’s a £1,400 Rocket Espresso, a somewhat simpler £150 Delonghi, or even just a cheap-n-cheerful Nespresso pod-based system. But here’s the secret: you can get coffee that is just as good from a £20 coffee gadget called an AeroPress.

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Asus announces Zenfone Zoom smartphone with 3x optical zoom

DP Review News - Tue, 06/01/2015 - 16:08

At its CES press conference in Las Vegas Asus has announced the ZenFone Zoom, a smartphone with 3x optical zoom lens that is only 12mm thin. The ZenFone Zoom runs Android 5.0 and features a 5.5-inch 1080p IPS screen and up to 128GB of built-in storage. Read more

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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 pillars of creation, Christian celebrations, a mass yoga session and a beluga whale show in Harbin

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Sport picture of the day: David Warner pays tribute to Phillip Hughes

Australian batsman David Warner kisses the ground as he reaches 63 during day one of the fourth Test between Australia and India at the Sydney Cricket Ground. 63 not out was the score that his friend, Australian batsman Phillip Hughes, was on when he was struck by a bouncer on the same ground on 25 November last year, and died two days later. Today, Warner went on to make 101

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Fujifilm announces XF 16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR lens

DP Review News - Tue, 06/01/2015 - 05:00

Fujifilm has officially released its XF 16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR lens, which the company teased on last year's lens roadmap. The 16-55mm is equivalent to 24-84mm when mounted on an X-series body and offers an internal focusing system and 'twin linear motor' which Fujifilm says will allow for fast and silent AF. The lens is sealed in fourteen places and has three aspherical and three ED elements and a Nano-GI coating to reduce flare. Read more

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Hands-on with Nikon's new D5500

DP Review News - Tue, 06/01/2015 - 02:00

Nikon's D5500 is, on the face of it a pretty minor update to the D5300, but with the key addition of a touch-sensitive rear LCD screen and slightly altered ergonomics. In almost every other respect the D5500 is a compact, lightweight 24MP entry-level DSLR cut from almost exactly the same cloth as its predecessor. We're at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where we got our hands on a pre-production camera. Click through for some pictures

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