"The soul of photography is the encounter," says Alberto García-Alix, in a recent filmed self-portrait of his life, now showing in this year's Deutsche Börse photography prize. "Photography," he says, "is founded in the belief in the visible." If only this were always true. Much recent photography makes us doubt the evidence in front of us.
It isn't so much a question of what is real in photography, so much as where the real might be. Is it in the encounter between photographer and subject? Is it in the image before us, however much it has been manipulated, even if the picture has been staged? The real is where we find it. It might be beyond images altogether.Continue reading...
Pentax cameras have always been innovative, and Ricoh has upped the ante with the K-3. Its image stabilization system not only reduces shake, but it can also simulate an anti-aliasing filter. The K-3 marks the latest evolution of one of the best-handling DSLRs in its class. It features a new autofocus system, 24 megapixel CMOS sensor, 8.3 fps continuous shooting, and USB 3.0 support. Has Ricoh put together a top-notch DSLR in the K-3? Read our review to find out
KelbyOne’s resident “Photoshop Guys”, Pete Collins and Corey Barker, come back to PhotoshopUser TV with new ideas to amplify your Photoshop skills. Corey displays how to combine 2D and 3D Channel tricks for Photoshop use. Pete showcases a new use for the selecting and burning tools to make your images pop.Download Episode 377
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Continuing our series of everyday images of India, readers in India share photos of people getting around by bike, train, moped and even monorailContinue reading...
This is Fay, my second Weimaraner. She's the first dog I ever put in a dress. It was 1988 and I'd been wrapping her in fabric to make her look like a column. My assistant Andrea was behind her and, as she flapped her arms, it looked like Fay was talking to me and gesticulating. It was sinister and eerie and not at all cute. But the combination of Fay's expression and Andrea's gestures was hilarious. At that moment, I thought it might be OK to dress Fay in human clothes. And that's what led to this shot.
Before that, I had always found the idea of anthropomorphising a dog problematic. I did shoot Fay and her predecessor, Man Ray, looking like other animals, though. Sometimes they seemed almost human, but I did not want them to be like circus characters.Continue reading...
For those who want to take a swim with Nikon's latest 1 System mirrorless camera - the J4 - the company is also releasing both an underwater housing and speedlight. The WP-N3 housing lets you take the camera up to 45m underwater and supports several 1 System kit lenses. It also has a port for connecting to a strobe, such as the new SB-N10, which has a maximum depth of 100m and works with the already waterproof AW1, as well.
Nikon's recently announced flagship V3 1 System camera gave us a look at the latest technology the company has been working on, and many of those features have trickled down to the new, less-expensive J4. The camera features an 18MP CX-format sensor, an improved Hybrid AF system with phase detect points across nearly 100% of the frame, 20 fps burst shooting with continuous AF and, of course, Wi-Fi. Learn more about the Nikon 1 J4.
Nikon introduces the Coolpix S810c, a compact point-and-shoot running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. With a 16 megapixel BSI-CMOS sensor, a 12x (25-300mm equiv.) zoom lens with VR stabilization and built-in Wi-Fi, it replaces the Coolpix S800c. The S810c offers 1080/30p HD video and built-in GPS, both offered in the preceding model, and adds a larger 3.7-inch touch screen LCD with 1.2 million dots of resolution.
Nikon has unveiled the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 ED VR (27-450mm equivalent). It doesn't replace the company's existing 18-300mm lens - rather it's 1/3-stop slower at the long end and 30% lighter, weighing 19.4 ounces. The new 18-300mm has Nikon's Vibration Reduction system, which can reduce shake by up to 4 stops. Built with three Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass elements and Nikon's Silent Wave Motor for quieter focusing, the 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 will be available in May for $899.95.
Canon U.S.A. has recalled about 14,000 PowerShot SX50 HS digital cameras. According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, 'A chemical used in the rubber part of the viewfinders on the camera can cause skin or eye irritation or an allergic reaction to the user'. The cameras in question have serial numbers beginning with 69, 70 or 71 and have 1 as the sixth digit of the serial number. Learn more
Atomos has released the latest in its series of field video recorders, the Shogun, at the NAB show in Las Vegas. It's capable of 4K Apple ProRes and Raw recording in 24, 25 or 30p, and up to 120p in HD. The device features a 7-inch touchscreen for operation, and accepts two SSD or HDD drives. Additionally the Shogun offers wireless remote control to trigger recording. Learn more
Continuing our series of everyday images of India, readers in India share photos of people from across the countryContinue reading...
Guido Mocafico creates dramatic portraits of deadly serpents, spiders and jellyfish. His mastery of lighting and perfect compostion result in images that both fascinate and repulse. Composed of a trilogy of studies Serpens, Aranea and Medusa Venenum brings them together for the first time and can be seen in an exclusively online exhibition at Hamiltons Gallery in London, which runs until 13 May.
Social network updates mirror Facebooks profile pages with large images and tweet highlights
Twitter is rolling out an update to its profile pages that look very similar to Facebook, complete with tweet highlights and large pictures.
The update, visible through the web version of Twitter, allows users to customise their profile pages with their favourite tweets, a larger profile photo and wide cover-image, mirroring the design update Facebook made to its profile pages in 2013.Continue reading...
The W. Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography is seeking entrants to win a $30,000 (~£18,062) grant to work on a current or future documentary project, and up to $5,000 (~£3,010) if a finalist is deemed 'worthy of special recognition'. Up to forty images may be submitted for the grant. Photos must be from an ongoing project but can include past work that is representative of the photographer's vision of a proposed project. Deadline for submission is May 31, 2014. Learn more
Akhlaghi recreates Iran's most notorious death scenes from the time before cameraphones, becoming an eyewitness to her nation's past. From the controversial poet who swerved her car to avoid a school bus and died in the process, to the mysterious end of Iran's beloved gold-medal wrestler, here's a selection of images from her astonishing series By An EyewitnessContinue reading...
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