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HTC launches new 'selfie' phone, the Desire Eye

The Guardian on Photography Technology - Thu, 09/10/2014 - 11:24

HTCs latest smartphone has a 13-megapixel selfie camera, which the firm claims is the most powerful ever fitted to the front of a smartphone

The Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC has seized the trend for selfies by releasing a dedicated new handset with a front-facing camera as big and powerful as the conventional rear-facing camera.

The HTC Desire Eye has a 13-megapixel camera and dual LED flash above the screen where the phones speaker normally sits. It is the highest resolution front-facing camera fitted to a smartphone, complete with auto-focus and 1080p video recording.

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Tiny fps1000 high-speed camera boasts 18,500fps

DP Review News - Thu, 09/10/2014 - 11:00

Graham Rowan of Hertfordshire, UK has created a small camera dubbed the "fps1000", and as its name suggests, it is designed solely to record high-frame-rate videos. The goal is to open up high-speed shooting to a wider market by offering a relatively inexpensive product that is highly portable. Learn more

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Can you spot nature's masters of disguise?

Whether they are the hunter or the hunted, camouflaged animals are perfectly concealed in their natural environment. These stunning pictures show the incredible lengths some animals will go to to stay out of sight

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Kim Stringfellows Jackrabbit Homestead: broken dreams of the American west in pictures

Kim Stringfellows Jackrabbit Homestead exhibition at the Los Angeles gallery Autry explores the homesteading movement, where people fled the urban sprawl of LA to set up by themselves in the desert with many letting their abodes erode into the sand

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Tune in to DPReview Live this Thursday and Friday

DP Review News - Thu, 09/10/2014 - 02:55

This Thursday and Friday October 9-10th, DPReview is teaming up once again with CreativeLive on a live streaming broadcast. We'll be talking with industry experts and pros about current technological advancements and what they mean to photographers. Additionally, we'll have on hand plenty of new gear announced at Photokina and DPReview editorial staff will discuss the highlights and trends seen at the show. Learn more

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'Blood moon' and total lunar eclipse - the best photos

On Wednesday night skywatchers were treated to the unusual sight of a blood moon. Here are some of our readers best shots alongside the best photography from the agencies

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Red carpet for The Imitation Game in pictures

Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley and a host of supporting stars turned out on a rainy night for the the London film festival opening gala screening of The Imitation Game

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Ricoh announces WG-30W and WG-30 rugged compacts

DP Review News - Wed, 08/10/2014 - 23:01

Ricoh has announced the WG-30W and WG-30, expanding its rugged compact camera lineup. The WG-30W provides Wi-Fi connectivity while the WG-30 doesn't, but outside of that the two cameras are identical. Offering a 16MP BSI CMOS sensor, the WG-30W is waterproof to a depth of 40ft / 12m, shockproof to 5ft / 1.5m, crushproof to 220lbf/100kgf and coldproof down to +14F/-10C. Read more

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Nikon D750 real-world samples gallery posted

DP Review News - Wed, 08/10/2014 - 21:29

Nikon's newest full frame camera, the D750, made its debut at Photokina this year. It borrows features from the D810 and combines them with a 24MP sensor, boasting a comprehensive video and still photo feature set. We've had access to a full production unit long enough to put together a gallery of real world sample images. See gallery

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Sport picture of the day: Andy Murray gets his berserker face on

Andy Murray's face is full of effort and determination as he charges towards the net in order to reach Jerzy Janowicz's return. Murray had the upper hand in their Shanghai Masters second-round match, triumphing 7-5, 6-2 Continue reading...
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The Jennifer Lawrence naked photo response is the end of the 'shamed starlet' | Jessica Valenti

Sorry shes not sorry, but the Vanity Fair interview is a righteous, hell-yes moment for our feminist times

When Vanity Fair released Jennifer Lawrences first on-the-record response to nude photos being stolen from her phone, it was hard to suppress a celebratory fist pump into the air. The actor livid called the violation a sex crime, accused those who looked at the photos of perpetuating a sexual offense and added:

I didnt tell you that you could look at my naked body.

I cant even describe to anybody what it feels like to have my naked body shot across the world like a news flash against my will. It just makes me feel like a piece of meat thats being passed around for profit.

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Terry Cryers best photograph capturing Britains jazz age

The jazz clubs were in cellars and basements. Big name musicians would drop in and play for free

Ken Colyers jazz club was down in a basement, small, cramped and very smoky because in the 1950s, everybody smoked. Colyer was known for having started the skiffle craze: during intervals, when his band left the stage, he would get out his guitar and somebody would have a bass and they would play songs. People began to realise that they only needed to know three chords to play the guitar and soon everyone was playing one. Thats basically how the Stones and the Beatles came about.

I was living nearby in Soho and one day heard that George Lewis had just arrived from New Orleans. Lewis had been there at the birth of jazz, probably the last musician still alive who was. So I shot round there and knocked off a couple of pictures. Lewis is the one with his head tilted back, watching as Colyer played New Orleans jazz the only type he ever played. I used a flash to light the scene and held it high. I like how the veins on Lewiss temple are echoed in the wallpaper, as if his personality is drifting out of his head. Thats his drummer Joe Watkins in the foreground, clapping.

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Memory Lane: the NHL in pictures

On the eve of the 2014 NHL regular season, weve had a rummage through the archives to check out some of the action from years gone by

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Laughter in the slums: the best work of street photographer Shirley Baker in pictures

Shirley Baker, who died recently, documented everyday life in the UK with a fond eye, turning prosaic scenes in slums and seasides into quietly romantic images. Here is a selection of her finest work

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Shirley Baker obituary

Documentary photographer who captured life in the north of England from the 1950s onwards

Laughter in the slums: the best work of street photographer Shirley Baker in pictures
Photographer Shirley Baker's best shot

Documentary photographers of the mid-20th century captured the world around them as they saw it, and it is a shame that there were so few women working in this field at the time. Shirley Baker, who has died aged 82, was one of the rare female photographers who chronicled life in the north of England from the 1950s onwards.

When Baker studied her trade at Manchester College of Technology, there was only one other woman on the course. On finishing, Baker's plan was to work in-house at a company, recording processes and producing promotional images. She started at Courtaulds fabric manufacturers before freelancing for other businesses and doing some journalism, including for the Guardian. Baker encountered difficulties getting a press card, so was unable to pursue photojournalism seriously, and believed she was only given the assignments deemed unsuitable for men.

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Giving the finger readers' pictures of ruined photos

You frame your shot, get it perfectly in focus... then accidentally stick your finger over the lens. Its an error that has persisted through the ages and formats, and you were keen to prove that it is very much alive today. Here is a selection of your contributions

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From daisy-cutters to cutting daisies: Modern War Gardens in pictures

For her exhibition Modern War Gardens: Paradise Lost, photographer Lalage Snow has travelled in Israel and Afghanistan to document the gardens that flourish amid the scorched earth of war zones. It goes on show at the Garden Museum from 15 October5 January 2015

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Instagram rolls out ads for Australian users of picture-sharing app

The Guardian on Photography Technology - Wed, 08/10/2014 - 03:13

Images and videos from brands including Ben & Jerrys, Kraft and McDonalds to start appearing in users photo streams

Australian Instagram users will start seeing advertisements pop up in their photo streams from Wednesday.

The images and videos will look like regular posts but will be prominently marked as sponsored.

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Instagram rolls out ads for Australian users of picture-sharing app

Images and videos from brands including Ben & Jerrys, Kraft and McDonalds to start appearing in users photo streams

Australian Instagram users will start seeing advertisements pop up in their photo streams from Wednesday.

The images and videos will look like regular posts but will be prominently marked as sponsored.

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Sport picture of the day: Oh what a beautiful morning

The lovely morning light at the Mar Hall Hotel in Bishopton causes the Scotland goalkeeper, David Marshall, and a team-mate to be silhouetted as they train amongst some stunning scenery and morning mist Continue reading...
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