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Canon announces five PowerShot compacts

DP Review News - Mon, 05/01/2015 - 14:00

Canon has introduced five PowerShot models, ranging from budget to midrange. The SX610 HS has a 25-450mm equiv. lens, 20.2MP BSI-CMOS sensor, 3" LCD, Wi-Fi with NFC, 1080/30p video. Stepping up to the SX710 HS adds a 25-750mm lens, DIGIC 6 processor (the only model with this), and 60p video. The SX530 HS pairs a 16MP BSI-CMOS sensor with a whopping 24-1200mm lens. On the budget end there's the ELPH 170 that has a 20MP CCD, 25-300mm lens, and 720p video. A cheaper ELPH 160 has a 28-224mm lens and no image stabilization. More details

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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 Labour’s election campaign launch in Salford, doctors protesting in France, calligraphy in Tokyo and London Zoo’s annual stock take

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The PDC World Darts Championships – in pictures

Banners, beers and bullseyes: we take a look back at the best images from the PDC World Darts Championships at Alexandra Palace in London, won by Gary Anderson

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Blooms that go boom! Flowers disguised as fireworks – in pictures

Artist Sarah Illenberger takes beautiful bouquets and reworks them into explosive ‘flowerworks’ displays ... get ready for pollen to fly

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The week in Australian arts: Ásgeir, AES+F and Stars in Disguise

Icelandic singer Ásgeir’s three festival sideshows, I, Malvolio in Melbourne and your last chance to see David Moore’s photos of the Anzac bridge in Sydney

Icelandic musician Ásgeir Trausti Einarsson creates folky, electronic-tinged melodies and sparkling harmonies with soaring vocals. Likened to James Blake, Bon Iver and Jónsi, his most recent album In the Silence is Iceland’s biggest and fastest ever selling album – a huge accomplishment in the face of his compatriots Björk and Sigur Rós. The 22-year-old is in Australia for the Falls festival and is playing three sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne.
Ásgeir plays Sydney Opera House twice on 7 January and the Forum theatre in Melbourne on 9 January

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The weekend in pictures

A selection of some of the best images from around the world this weekend, including Apple Howling Morris dancing to the Harbin Ice and Snow festival.

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Beautiful Dreamer: Garret Suhrie's moonlit landscapes

DP Review News - Sun, 04/01/2015 - 13:00

Concentrating on landscapes, waterways and exotic locations, Garret Suhrie's fascination with nighttime photography was sparked as a creative outlet for a demanding day job. Now as a full-time photographer, Suhrie has been traveling the world to capture nature-by-night for more than ten years now. Take a look at his work and find out more about his process. See gallery

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Sanne De Wilde's Snow White series – in pictures

Belgian-born, Amsterdam-based photographer Sanne De Wilde was working on a documentary series in a school for blind children when she met a partially sighted albino boy. “When I saw him I was really moved,” she says. “I felt that albinism is a vulnerable state of being, but it’s a fragility with a rare kind of beauty.” In this series, called Snow White, she leaves the personal details blank and focuses on the conceptual aspect. “I tried to emphasise the whiteness, but in a way that it transcends it and becomes very powerful.” She adds that the series is “not about people who are ‘different’ from the norm. Other people become ‘different’ because other people think they are.” See more of her work here on her website.

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

Wherever you are in the world, we’d like to see your pictures of ‘glisten.’ 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 ‘glisten.’ So whether you have a photo of dazzling New Year’s Eve outfits, or sparkly and expensive Christmas presents, share your photos of what glisten means to you – and tell us about your image in the description box.

The closing date is 8 January at 10 am. We’ll publish our favourites in The New Review on 11 January and in a gallery on the Guardian site.

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Back to the start: readers' photos on the theme of 'new'

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

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How was 2014 for you? Highs and lows of your year - readers' stories

From love to loss, tears to laughter – here’s a selection of what you told us about your life experiences in 2014. You can see the rest of the contributions on GuardianWitness

Wow – 2014. Got married. Spent my honeymoon discovering Route 66. Cried my heart out when the No camp won on 18 September. Discovered that the best music is in the past. Decided to buy a house and have a baby. Had a major bicycle accident from which my body is still healing. Spent some days smiling from ear to ear; some thinking what a wretched world we’ll bring a child into. But I felt privileged to be alive – and that life’s too short not to drink good wine.

I distracted myself from a year of hospital visits by planting this. The result on all fronts was a success.

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21 December 2014, 11:48

2014 was a year of almosts but good creative fun all the same. My drawing is a metaphor for believing the goal has been reached only to find it´s still some way to go. The positive is that the goal is still attainable but it´s going to take a high degree of effort to make it.

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19 December 2014, 20:59

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The 20 photographs of the week

The AirAsia crash, the first case of Ebola diagnosed on UK soil, the World Darts Championships – the best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week.

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Original Observer photography: December 2014

We look back at the faces of 2014 and predict the movers and shakers for the new year. This month’s gallery features portraits of the up-and-coming alongside more established figures such as David Tennant, Eddie Redmayne and Paul Thomas Anderson. This is a showcase of the best photography commissioned by the Observer in December

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Family life: The grandchildren my husband never saw, Dancing Queen by Abba and Mum’s seriously scrumptious sponge

Readers’ favourite photographs, songs and recipes

This beautiful photograph is of my family, which consists of me, my four married children, their spouses and their 10 children, making 19 of us. It was taken in Devon on a family holiday last summer. It was quite job getting all the young ones to gather and pose for the picture.

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Show us your best shot of 2014

DP Review News - Fri, 02/01/2015 - 20:27

The end of the year is a time for retrospection. It's also a great time to take a look back at your photo library and revisit the images you created over the past year. Whether it included a personal project, a memorable trip or snapshots from the year's activities, chances are there's a photo in your collection that you're particularly proud of. Share it in a DPReview gallery with the tag 'my-best-shot-2014' and it may be featured on our homepage. Learn more

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That’s me in the picture: Aleksander Gensitskiy, 24, proposing to Katie Verkovod, 21, on 27 November 2014

‘Halfway through the hike, I gave him a hug and noticed his heart was beating hard. I said, “Wow, Alex, you’re really out of shape”’

Aleksander Gensitskiy Katie and I met at church camp in 2013, and we’ve been dating for nine months. I’m an electrician in Portland, Oregon, and she is a schoolteacher in Spokane, Washington, six hours away, and whenever we see each other, we hike. I picked her up from the airport and said, “We’re going on a road trip. If you see anything you want to explore, let me know.”

We stopped and had a picnic at Beacon Rock, and while we were coming down the Oregon side, I said, “Hey, that mountain looks beautiful – let’s go climb it.” I’d gone to the peak of Munra Point with a friend to plan the route a month earlier, but she had no idea I knew exactly what I was doing. The climb starts out easy, then gets tough: a 1,500ft elevation over the course of a mile. I figured that, since my heart would be beating so hard from nerves, I might as well have a plausible excuse.

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Getty's In Focus exhibition snaps the birth of the middle class

As the middle class emerged in the US, so did the point-and-shoot camera. A new Getty Museum exhibition offers a varied family album

While the Industrial Revolution upended the social and political order in Europe and America, it also created ungodly working conditions, including 16-hour workdays, almost nonexistent safety standards and child laborers whom factory owners considered disposable. It wasn’t until 1833 that labor laws finally began to appear in the UK (with the US soon following), and workdays were limited to ten hours. Children under 18 were prohibited from working factory jobs, night work was outlawed and inspectors were put in place to enforce the new rules.

Where industrialization provided wealth and abundance for a new class of entrepreneurs, labor laws spawned a social class that was neither nobility nor utterly subservient: the middle class. With a steady income, fixed work hours and Sundays free, workers found themselves with more leisure time. These developments coincided with the introduction of photography in 1839; everyday people would soon have a device with which to record their activities. And record they did, as illustrated in In Focus: Play, a new exhibit at The Getty Museum in Los Angeles that runs until 10 May.

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Sport picture of the day: Shine a light on the Oregon Ducks

A wonderful burst of winter sun beautifully illuminates a play as Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota throws from the end zone during the 2015 Rose Bowl college football game. The Ducks trounced the Florida State Seminoles 59-20 to lift the Leishman Trophy

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Is anybody out there? Share your artworks about outer space

To kick off 2015, we’re aiming high: go beyond planet Earth and send us your artworks inspired by space and, why not, extraterrestrials

Whether it’s in new mindbending films, reruns of old-school classics or in the headlines – exciting or tragic – outer space is omnipresent, and more interesting than ever. Art has been taken up to space, inspired science fiction and even space exploration. Let’s take this moment to explore how the wonders of the universe have fed into your creativity.

Space is the theme that will kick off 2015 and, after delighting in your nostalgia artworks and pencil drawings, we’re excited to see where you will go with it. As with all of our projects, you can interpret it any way you like, and use any materials, from pen and ink to needlework or film. If you’d prefer to discuss your favourite space-based artworks, please do so in the comment thread – where we’d also love your suggestions for future Share Your Art themes.

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Altered images: photography as a tool for gender equality

From domestic workers in Hong Kong to the children of sex workers in Lahore, 22-year-old Bonnie Chiu believes that cameras can empower girls and women

Three years ago I was travelling in Istanbul, snapping away with my Canon 600D, when four girls came up and asked if they could take a look at my camera. I started teaching them how to take pictures. Even though they did not speak much English, we connected over photography. I realised then that taking pictures is a universal language that transcends cultural boundaries.

I started thinking about whether photography could transcend other types of boundaries that hold girls back from achieving their potential. That led to me and an old classmate setting up Lensational, a social enterprise aiming to empower women and girls in the developing world by equipping them with cameras and photography training.

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