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PhotoshopUser TV: Pan Blur Effect and Cloud Brushes – Episode 390

Photoshop User TV - Thu, 14/08/2014 - 15:08

In this season finale, Matt has a tip on adding wispy clouds to your cityscape shots using the pan blur effect in Photoshop. Pete has a tip on creating clouds using a cloud brush.

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Photo highlights of the day

The Guardians picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world, including waterfalls in Lisbon, giant waves in China and synchronised swimming in Berlin.

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Murdo Macleod shines a light on authors at the 2014 Edinburgh international book festival in pictures

Photographer Murdo Macleod shines a light on authors at the 2014 Edinburgh international book festival.

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Juul Kraijer's best photograph: a model with a python squeezing her head

'The snake's trainer was standing right by ready to stop the whole thing if it went wrong'

I made this in 2013 using a well-trained albino python and a model I've worked with for years. Although the model trusted the snake's trainer completely, it wasn't easy for her, but she was attracted by the challenge. Throughout the shoot, the trainer was standing by just out of the frame ready to stop the whole thing if it went wrong.

I think she reached a sort of superior level of meditation, which was good, since I wanted her face to have a very inward-turned expression. That was something she concentrated on, but to maintain it when you have a snake crawling over you is really admirable.

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'Sun and mayhem' Russia hits the beach

Photographer Nikita Shokhov spent two years taking pictures of Russian holidaymakers at the seaside in Sochi, Anapa and resorts in between. From sun-worshipers to night-time revellers, his Black Sea Vacations series is a compelling insight into beach culture, says The Calvert Journal

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Accessory Review: Drobo Mini RAID

DP Review News - Thu, 14/08/2014 - 04:00

The Drobo Mini is a portable RAID storage solution with four HD bays, speedy Thunderbolt connectivity, and desktop-based monitoring software. Ideal for photography and videography, the Drobo Mini has many features that might make it attractive to enthusiast and professional photographers and videographers. See how the Drobo Mini fared in our review.

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Manfrotto announces carbon fiber BeFree tripod

DP Review News - Wed, 13/08/2014 - 19:40

Manfrotto has announced a carbon fiber version of its BeFree tripod, previously available only in aluminum. The lighter carbon fiber BeFree weighs 1.1 kg/2.4 lbs (as compared to the 1.4 kg/3 lb aluminum version) and features a reverse folding design that allows it shrink to 15.7 inches (~40cm) in length when collapsed and stored. Designed for travel, it can hold up to 4 kg/8.8 lbs and is available now in the US for $389. Read more

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Samsung announces Galaxy Alpha with metal body and 12MP camera

DP Review News - Wed, 13/08/2014 - 17:40

Samsung has announced the Galaxy Alpha - the first Galaxy smartphone with a metal frame. With its 4.7-inch 720p AMOLED screen the Galaxy Alpha is similar in dimensions to the Galaxy S5 Mini but 6.7mm thinner. The device comes with a 12MP rear camera which is unusual in that no other current high-end Samsung offers this sort of megapixel-count but no information on sensor size and technology is currently available. 

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Something Like a Nest: the truth about the English countryside in pictures

Jars of frog spawn, newborn pigs, and shopping bags piled high for the harvest festival ... Andy Sewells new photobook shows day-to-day life in the countryside today. While there are major signs of change, commercial pressures and encroaching development, rural England seems as green and peaceful as it always has

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Rural revelations: the English countryside as it really is today

Andy Sewell's sublime photobook Something Like a Nest reveals a complex picture of rural Britain, caught between idyllic old ways and urban creep

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A frost-covered field, rutted with tractor tracks, gives way at the horizon to a blue-grey skyline, but the eye is drawn to smudges of red in the foreground the bloody remains of a small animal torn apart by a much larger one. A box of eggs sits by the morning newspaper on a kitchen table covered with a vinyl tablecloth of chickens walking through a field of wild flowers. A newborn piglet slithers beneath its mother's torso on a blood-splattered metal grille. A figure is spied though a gap in the plastic folds of a vast polytunnel where daffodils are grown all year round.

These are some of the images in Andy Sewell's new photobook, Something Like A Nest, a sustained visual meditation on the contemporary English countryside a place defined by often conflicting social and economic interests, and our reluctantly surrendered received notions of the pastoral and the sublime. Sewell makes us think more deeply about what the countryside means by attending to aspects of the rural landscape we often overlook, either because they do not fit our definitions or because we no longer spend enough time there to absorb the changes that have crept into our still green and pleasant, but increasingly managed and manicured, land. As Sewell shows in his understated way, the polytunnel and car park now define rural England as much as the rolling hill or bluebell wood.

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Sport picture of the day: motivation or punishment for the Indian cricket team?

An interesting picture from The Oval, where the Indian team are training ahead of the start of the fifth Test against England. It's unclear whether the exercise shown is punishment for the drubbing they received in the fourth test or a motivational technique employed so they win the fifth and final Test to tie the series Continue reading...
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Yadnya Kasada festival - in pictures

Once a year for about a month, the Tenggerese people in Probolinggo, Indonesia, journey to Mount Bromo to throw offerings into the volcanos crater. Offerings include rice, fruits, vegetables, flowers and livestock for the mountain gods. The people from surrounding villages wait in the caldera with nets to catch the offerings

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Photo highlights of the day

The Guardians picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world, including Iraq, Gaza, Indian preparations for Independence Day, a dramatic view of last nights storm in London, and a beach for dogs near Rome

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Suspected child abuse fugitive caught by facial recognition after 14 years

The Guardian on Photography Technology - Wed, 13/08/2014 - 12:48

Neil Stammer spent 14 years on the run under a false name, but an FBI trial of facial recognition technology connected his fake passport to a 1999 photo

A man suspected of child sex abuse has been caught halfway around the world after 14 years on the run from authorities, thanks to facial recognition technology.

Neil Stammer, 48, of New Mexico, was caught in Nepal hiding under the alias Kevin Hodges, after his photo from 1999 was recirculated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on a reissued wanted poster in January.

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Weather Channel announces photo contest winners

DP Review News - Wed, 13/08/2014 - 11:00

The Weather Channel has announced the winners of its inaugural photo contest. Photographers submitted images that best capture the spirit of the Weather Channel's 'It's Amazing Out There' tagline. From over 30,000 entries, one Grand Prize Winner was selected along with three finalists from each category - Living World, Adventure and the Elements. Take a look at the winning photos. See gallery

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Nikon D810: A sport photographer's impressions

DP Review News - Tue, 12/08/2014 - 21:35

UK-based sports photographer Guy Swarbrick specializes in shooting cycling events, but this summer he got the opportunity to shoot the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow Scotland. Just before the games he took delivery of Nikon's latest full-frame DSLR the D810, and in this article he shares his experiences of using the camera. Click through to read his impressions of the D810, and take a look at some of his pictures. 

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Site news: New 'Features' index page

DP Review News - Tue, 12/08/2014 - 20:12

Hey you know that article you read on dpreview.com a couple of months ago that you really liked? What was it called again...? do you remember who wrote it...? Yeah, we hear you. Since we made some site changes earlier this summer it's been pretty hard to find certain types of articles but we've been working on it, and we're pleased to announce a new index page for non-review content. This is where you'll find articles and news stories, arranged in categories according to theme - everything from interviews and show reports to accessory reviews. Click through to learn more.

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How street-style photography got real

Photographers have grown weary of the peacocks posing outside catwalk shows. Now fashion bloggers are pointing their lenses elsewhere to find authentically interesting looks

In 2013, legendary style editor Suzy Menkes published an essay titled The circus of fashion in the New York Times. In it, she nailed the backlash against the crowds who hang around outside various fashion weeks, suggesting that they the stars of street style were eclipsing what was happening on the catwalks. We were once described as black crows, she wrote, but today, the people outside fashion shows are more like peacocks than crows.

Of course, this wasnt the first time someone had suggested street style had reached critical mass. A few months later, fashion photographer Garance Doré would tell Elle: What we call street style isnt actually street style at all, its fashion-week style. It was clear that if street style were to survive, it would need to evolve.

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Photo highlights of the day

The Guardians picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world including a festival in Nepal, Lady Gaga in Tokyo and baby pandas in China

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Sport picture of the day: face-painted fans

A charming shot from Brunton Park as a pair of face-painted fans watch Carlisle United take on Derby County in the Capital One Cup. Alas, the little lad wouldn't have been smiling after the final whistle as Carlisle lost 2-0 Continue reading...
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