We recently published a look at the Lomography Petzval lens, a modern version of a 19th century portrait lens. It's a niche product and not something we typically cover, but an interesting adaptation of a classic design. Roger Cicala and the team at LensRentals went one step further - when a couple of copies rolled through the door, they subjected the lens to their usual optics tests. Why? Well, because why not?
Instant-print maker Impossible has added a new line to its 'special' and 'limited' editions with a 600-type film that features a colored frame surrounding the image area. Joining a line of tinted emulsions and animal-skin-printed frames, B&W 600 Hard Color features a warm high-contrast emulsion with frame surrounds in eight different vivid colors. Read more
Tucked away in a dark room in the Église des Frères Prêcheurs in Arles, next to a much bigger exhibition of first world war monuments by Rayond Depardon, is a small show of a series of autochromes by Léon Gimpel.Continue reading...
Corey has a tip on a new PS CC feature called focus area. Pete gives a tutorial on using a grid to map out where your main light source is when working with shadows in your composite design.
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The Guardians picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world including airstrikes in Gaza, public sector strikes and the world's tallest water slideContinue reading...
The countries of the former Eastern bloc are full of abandoned monuments to the glory of the Soviet Union. Risking arrest and radiation, photographer Rebecca Litchfield took a road trip through the ruined hospitals, barracks, prisons and spy stations to produce a haunting ghost story in bricks and mortarContinue reading...
Imperial War Museum reopens: 100 years of warfare in pictures
'Imperial, war and museum the three worst words in the English language." Imperial War Museum director Diane Lees is quoting one of her predecessors, Alan Borg, who reckoned he ran the museum with the most forbidding title in the world. I had asked her why, since she is overseeing the biggest overhaul at the museum for a generation, she didn't drop the word "imperial"; maybe even "war". Anyone for the Museum of Global Conflict? Or maybe Battle Space?
"We've had that conversation several times," she admits, "and I'm fascinated by the archive of the trustee discussions on that very matter." The museum's peculiar title has, it seems, long been up for debate, but all three words have survived the latest Big Think. "War," says Lees by way of explanation, "is always going to be fascinating to a certain section of the audience, and our job is to broaden that audience. The imperial bit is accepted as a historical fact as opposed to a political agenda. And museums have changed their image more people now visit museums than attend football matches. The Imperial War Museum is an internationally recognised brand, and any brand consultant will say, 'Throw that out at your peril.'" Battle Space will have to wait.Continue reading...
The simple idea that tripods are inconvenient to carry for extended periods has given birth to a host of attempts to find an easier way to steady a camera during a long exposure. A new device that joins this list is That Steady Thing - a metal boss that sits between a monopod's leg and its head, into which a pair of steadying legs screw. See if it lives up to its name. Read more
Sergeant Larry Reid Jr. is an official photographer for the US Air Force's Thunderbirds display team, covering everything from mechanics working on the team's F16 fighter jets to air-to-air shots at high G-loads. A new video produced by Jaron Schneider takes a detailed look at Reid's job, which has everyone here at DPReview insanely jealous (albeit a little queasy). Click through for a look - and hold on to your hat!
Body paint artist Emma Fay transforms models into stunningly realistic animalsContinue reading...
One August day in 1969, I was listening to a police radio when I heard all this strange talk about something going on in this residential area next to Beverly Hills. It was the kind of neighbourhood where people would say nothing if they heard screaming. They'd put pillows over their heads if murders were going on.
That was how I first heard that Roman Polanski's wife, Sharon Tate, had been killed, along with four others. When I went up there shortly afterwards for Life magazine, Roman asked me to take Polaroid shots of the scene as well and give them to a psychic who could study them and find out who the killers were. You can see my Polaroid on the chair beside Roman.Continue reading...
Russia's fashion scene is little more than 20 years old, yet it's already flourishing. The Calvert Journal picks 24 young Russian designers who have taken leave of the former Soviet styles, and are offering a new take on how to dress wellContinue reading...
The award-winning photographer belongs to a new wave of artists tackling traditional Indigenous art themes of country and culture in a voice that is modern and bold. All photographs and captions by Wayne Quilliam
An exhibition of Wayne Quilliam's work is at CSIRO Discovery Centre, Black Mountain, Acton, ACT until 1 AugustContinue reading...
We've come to expect loads of camera features from Samsung's high end smartphones and the Galaxy S5 does not come up short. The S5 offers a 16MP BSI CMOS sensor, F2.2 lens and 4K video recording. With claims of improved AF speeds and the addition of features like real-time HDR processing and Selective Focus, Samsung's flagship device has a lot of potential as a photographic tool. Does its performance live up to its specs? Read review
The Olympus Pen E-PL6, first announced in 2013 for the Asian market, is set to be introduced to the UK kitted with a pancake-style zoom lens and a Wi-Fi memory card. The M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ zoom lens is a pancake design, which Olympus claims is the slimmest of its type in this class. The 16.1 megapixel camera uses the same Live MOS sensor and TruePic VI processor as the 2012 PEN E-PL5 it replaces. It will retail in the UK for £429.99 from mid-July.
In the latest from our weekly series of interactive photographs to mark the centenary of the first world war, a lone figure runs for cover as the city of Reims is battered on 30 April 1917. The Second Battle of the Aisne, which began in April 1917, was a catastrophe for the French army. Devised by its commander-in-chief, Robert Nivelle, to drive the Germans from France, over a million troops and 7,000 guns were deployed on a frontline from Reims to Roye. But the Germans had captured a copy of the battle plan and prepared for heavy artillery bombardment. The French failed to break through the German lines and lost 187,000 men
Photography then and now lets you move through time by tapping or clicking on a historic image to reveal the modern viewContinue reading...
The Guardians picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world including a wall of giant selfies, the middle east conflict, and a human tarantula.
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