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Stoned states: a year of Bong-a-thons and Hempfests in the US – in gifs

When Colorado became the first US state to legalise marijuana in 2014, Theo Stroomer started photographing cannabis gatherings, from the annual Bong-a-thon to the 4/20 rally, which come complete with weed inspection glasses, solar blazes and motorised couches

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A Compact PEN: Olympus Stylus SH-2 Hands-on

DP Review News - Wed, 11/03/2015 - 06:00

The Olympus Stylus SH-2 is a compact long-zoom camera that bears a remarkable resemblance to the company's PEN series of mirrorless cameras. While it shares the design and 5-axis image stabilization of some of the PEN models, the similarities end there, as the SH-2 is very much a point-and-shoot camera. Learn more about the SH-2 in our hands-on preview. Read more

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Olympus offers Stylus SH-2 with Raw support

DP Review News - Wed, 11/03/2015 - 06:00

Olympus has announced an update to its Pen-like travel zoom: the Stylus SH-2. The SH-2 replaces the SH-1 with added support for Raw shooting, while maintaining the previous model's 24x zoom (25-600mm equiv.), 16MP BSI CMOS sensor, 5-axis image stabilization and built-in Wi-Fi. Read more

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Elinchrom announces new ELB 400 portable flash system

DP Review News - Tue, 10/03/2015 - 23:37

Flash equipment manufacturer Elinchrom has launched a new portable flash system that promises faster recycling times, more bursts per charge and greater flexibility than the company’s current battery-powered kits. The Elinchrom ELB 400 is a 424Ws pack that can manage up to 350 full power flashes per charge and can recycle in 1.6 seconds after a maximum output burst. Read more

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Flat elements developed by Harvard could make camera lenses smaller, lighter and better

DP Review News - Tue, 10/03/2015 - 22:55

A team at Harvard School of Engineering has developed a method for making flat lenses that could dramatically reduce the size and weight of camera lenses in the future. The method employs tiny silicon antennas positioned on flat glass components to redirect light when it reaches the surface of the lens instead of relying on refraction and the thickness of glass to bend light in a particular direction. Learn more

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Video: A conversation with Olympus' Richard Pelkowski about the OM-D E-M5 II

DP Review News - Tue, 10/03/2015 - 18:06

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 II has attracted a lot of attention, both for its technology and because it succeeds an already popular camera. We sat down with Product Manager Richard Pelkowski to find out more about the technology that went into the E-M5's successor and what might be possible in the future. See video

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CP+ 2015: Canon Interview - 'every day I'm saying 'speed up!''

DP Review News - Tue, 10/03/2015 - 16:08

We recently returned from the CP+ show in Yokohama, Japan, where we sat down with executives from most of the major camera and lens manufacturers to get their insights and opinions on the challenges facing their companies and the market as a whole. One of them was Masaya Maeda - Managing Director and Chief Executive, Image Communication Products Operations at Canon. Click through to read the interview

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Britain from the Air photography exhibition returns for UK tour

The Royal Geographical Society’s free outdoor exhibition of more than 100 aerial photographs of British landscapes will be shown in four UK cities throughout 2015 and 2016, starting in Leeds on March 12

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Sport picture of the day: the peloton and the pandaton

Yellow jersey holder Michal Kwiatkowski rides in the middle of the peloton soon after the start of the second stage of the 73rd edition of the Paris-Nice cycling race, from the Beauval Zoo in Saint-Aignan to Saint-Amand-Montrond. The riders are applauded by a group of supporters dressed as pandas (a pandaton?); the reason that they are sporting panda outfits is a reference to the two giant pandas – a female called Huan-Huan and a male named Yuan-Zi – which arrived at the zoo from China in 2012

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Five things we learned about the other Alexander McQueen exhibition

All talk is about the V&A’s Alexander McQueen retrospective Savage Beauty. But a photo exhibition about Nick Waplington, who shadowed McQueen’s final autumn/winter collection, looks set to show a more personal insight into the designer’s work

If the main McQueen headlines this week will go to the V&A’s Savage Beauty, opening on Saturday, Tate Britain has a quieter story in the shape of Nick Waplington/Alexander McQueen: Working Process. The exhibition displays Waplington’s photographs documenting McQueen in the run-up to his last autumn/winter collection, The Horn of Plenty, shown in March 2009. Originally published in a book, it’s an insight into the designer’s frenetic, intense and collaborative creative process. Here are five things we learned.

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Eyewitness: Cruise ships

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Teaching homeless people gives photography students a new perspective

When university students take on the task of teaching hostel residents to take pictures, both groups are stretched to their limits

“I live with my parents in a three-bedroom house in a nice area, so compared to what these guys have been through, I’m a freakin’ princess,” says Robyn Slator, 21, a digital photography student who spent much of last year teaching homeless people to take pictures.

For fellow student Sam Goodridge, 20, one of the current teachers, it’s been eye-opening. “I come from Surrey where it’s mainly middle class white people, so it’s nice to see what the other half get up to, and make friends.”

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All-seeing eye: photographs that go beyond human vision – in pictures

Witness a lightning bolt suspended in mid-strike, an X-ray angelfish and a bullet ripping through a lemon. Here are the photographs taken since 1875 that see what you can’t

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Berenice Abbott: the photography trailblazer who had supersight

Avant-garde artist Berenice Abbott is famous for her shots of New York skyscrapers – but she also developed an all-new kind of scientific photography

In April 1939, Berenice Abbott wrote a “manifesto” entitled Photography and Science. “We live in a world made by science,” she stated. “There needs to be a friendly interpreter between science and the layman. I believe photography can be this spokesman, as no other form of expression can be.”

Though Abbott is known primarily as a modernist photographer for her black and white images of New York skyscrapers in the 1930s, it is her often formally beautiful science photographs, made between 1939 and 1960, that have been receiving academic and critical reappraisal of late. In 2012, Steidl published an exhaustive monograph, Berenice Abbott: Documenting Science, to accompany the exhibition of the same name at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Museum.

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Flasher smartphone flash launched on Kickstarter

DP Review News - Mon, 09/03/2015 - 19:23

A poor built-in LED-flash is still one of the smartphone camera's most glaring weaknesses. We've seen a number of accessory makers addressing the problem with different external light solutions. The latest one comes from Vision global which has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund mass production of its Flasher accessory. Read more

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Uncommon Ground: a word-lover's guide to the British landscape

Photographer Dominick Tyler set off to find the words that matched the marvels of the British countryside and uncovered a lexicon of landscape as wild and wonderful as the natural phenomena they described. He has now collected them into a book, which he shares in this exclusive gallery

The word-hoard: Robert Macfarlane on rewilding our language of landscape

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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 Solar Impulse 2 launch, Paris fashion, and a kite festival in California

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Into the wild: the rebels living off-grid all over Europe – in pictures

They’ve opted out of cities and started all-new rural lives, building their own straw homes, teepees and bath tubs. Since 2010, photographer Antoine Bruy has travelled from the Pyrenees to Romania tracking down urban refuseniks

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Making 'Art': We go inside Sigma's lens factory

DP Review News - Mon, 09/03/2015 - 01:46

On our recent visit to Japan to attend the CP+ show in Yokohama we were fortunate to be invited to tour Sigma's factory in Aizu. The Aizu factory is where all of Sigma's lenses are manufactured, including the company's impressive new 'Art' line of primes. Click through to take a virtual tour of the factory, in the company of Kazuto Yamaki, Sigma's CEO. 

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The weekend in pictures

A selection of some of the best images from around the world this weekend, from International Women’s Day to the 50th anniversary of the civil rights march in Selma, Alabama

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