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LensRentals' new Keeper program lets you buy rental gear

DP Review News - Fri, 03/10/2014 - 20:07

U.S.-based LensRentals has announced an expansion to its photo equipment rental service that allows photographers to purchase the gear they've borrowed. This gives renters a try-before-you-buy option and lets those who have become enamored with their rental equipment keep it forever. Learn more

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Adobe announces Camera Raw 8.7 and DNG Converter 8.7 release candidates

DP Review News - Fri, 03/10/2014 - 20:05

Adobe has announced the availability of Camera Raw 8.7 and DNG Converter 8.7 release candidates. This version adds support for the Nikon D750, Fujifilm X30 and the Sony a5100 among other camera models. A number of lens profiles are also added. Camera Raw and DNG Converter 8.7 release candidates are available for download now from Adobe. Read more

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Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination  an epic tour through the dark corners of desire

British Library, London
This perversely enlightening exhibition of gothic ephemera, from Sadean dresses to possessed ventriloquists, is not so much about art as it is an inquiry into the liberation of the mind

The strangest and most beautiful moment in this perversely enlightening exhibition at the British Library comes among photographs of people made up like death, driving hearses and posed like Mr and Mrs Dracula for the annual Whitby Goth Weekend. While these modern goths flaunt their macabre styles, a pale white dress floats nearby like a phantom. It is a gothic dress made in 1816.

This fantastic sartorial survivor from the era when Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein enabled its wearer to consciously dress up as a heroine in one of the gothic novels that were then all the rage. She would have attracted as many curious glances towards her tightly tapered, spire-like sleeves and Sadean waist as someone wearing the black lace Alexander McQueen Dante dress that is also in this exhibition. Goth fashions, past and present, express all that makes the gothic so fascinating and sexual.

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Your pictures: share your photographs of 'squash'

Wherever you are in the world, wed like to see your pictures of squash. Share your best photos via GuardianWitness

Were now running a regular weekly photography assignment in the Observer New Review and the next theme is squash.

You can share your photos by clicking on the blue Contribute button on this article. You can also use the GuardianWitness smartphone app or the new Guardian app and search for GuardianWitness assignments.

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Photo highlights of the day

The Guardians picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world, including the Hong Kong protests, David Cameron in Afghanistan and preparations for Eid al-Adha

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Herb Lester launches Instagram city guides

The city maps publisher has turned to Instagrammers for a new series of guides to Berlin, Paris and London. Heres a snapshot of the Berlin guide, featuring tips on some of the best places to take snaps around the city

Share your travels in Instagram pictures with a series of three snaps, plus captions, by adding #guardiantravelsnaps

A bustling urban centre where tram lines and trains converge and a market is held on Thursdays and Saturdays. Its a good place to be still and watch as other people rush about. Hackesche Höfe, a nearby network of connected courtyards, is worth exploring too it is especially lively at night.
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Emin returns, Polke pops and Serra steels the show the week in art

Tracey Emin returns with the fruits of her last few years at the White Cube, while Howard Hodgkin exhibits gorgeous prints and Richard Serra shows off four steel monuments all in the best weekly art roundup out there

The best of the Young British Artists of the 1990s? Emin recently proved the staying power of her art when My Bed stole the show at Christies and became a modern icon all over again, soon to be installed in the Tate. Here is a chance to see a large array of her recent work.
White Cube, London SE1 from 8 October until 16 November

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Buffalo racing in Indonesia - in pictures

Traditional buffalo races, known as Barapan Kebo, are held by Samawa tribes in muddy rice fields as a celebration before the annual planting season. Ulet Ifansasti, a regular freelancer for Getty Images gets in the thick of it

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Extreme paparazzi: glamour and violence in 1970s Italy - in pictures

Part of the Brighton Photo Biennial, Amore e Piombo (Love and Lead) charts the new style of paparazzi photography that emerged in the highly charged Italian political climate of the 70s. The exhibition was co-commissioned by the Archive of Modern Conflict and Photoworks

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Wedgwood Collection saved for the nation by £2.74m of public donations

Works including art, ceramics and paintings which faced being sold to pay off part of £134m pension debt will stay in Midlands

The historic Wedgwood Collection, a unique record of 250 years of British art and history that faced being broken up and sold to pay off part of a £134m pension debt, has been saved for the nation by donations from thousands of well wishers.

The collection, described by Unesco as unparalleled in its diversity and breadth, includes more than 80,000 works of art, ceramics, documents and photographs as well as paintings by George Stubbs and Joshua Reynolds.

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Camera51 for Android guides your photo composition

DP Review News - Fri, 03/10/2014 - 01:00

Since the launch of iOS 8, manual camera apps for iPhone photographers have been in the news. Now it seems the makers of Camera51, a new camera app for Google's Android OS, are going the opposite way. The new app not only sets exposure and white balance automatically, but also aims to optimize how your shot is framed. Read more

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Netflix is seeking Instagram users to photograph movie locations

DP Review News - Thu, 02/10/2014 - 18:44

Netflix is looking to hire a trio of photographers who will travel the country snapping photos and posting them to the entertainment company's Instagram account. The three Instagram users selected for the roles will travel with expenses paid for two weeks, taking pictures of iconic movie and TV locations. Learn more

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Being Peter Berlin: 'Porn star? Thatll be on my tombstone'

As his self-portraits go on display in San Francisco, the gay icon talks selfies, gay marriage and stupid attitudes towards sex

Peter Berlin spent the 1970s and 80s lighting up the night as a gay icon. Often barechested and always in skintight jeans that highlighted a talent of epic proportions, Berlin would stalk the streets of Paris, New York and San Francisco looking for sex. Or was he? For Berlin, cruising was performance art.

Born Armin Hagen Freiherr von Hoyningen-Huene in 1942, the Berlin-raised star was made infamous by two 70s porn films, and his image drew the attention of A-list artists. Robert Mapplethorpe and Andy Warhol took his picture. Tom of Finland drew his portrait. Berlin was also a professional photographer and took thousands of self-portraits decades before the advent of the selfie. Then he largely disappeared until the 2005 documentary That Man: Peter Berlin introduced a new generation to the Greta Garbo of gay porn. This week he is back in the public eye with an exhibition of his self-portraits at Magnet in San Francisco. The Guardian caught up with the elusive art star at his home in the city.

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PhotoshopUser TV: Custom Brush and Lightroom Import Presets – Episode 392

Photoshop User TV - Thu, 02/10/2014 - 14:39

Corey shows us how to create a custom brush from a fireworks video. Pete has a tip on setting a Lightroom import preset. And Stephen Nielson from Adobe is back again with a tip on syncing your settings through the creative cloud.

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Photo highlights of the day

The Guardians picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world, including supporters of the Hong Kong protests, festivals in Thailand and India and the northern lights in Norway

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Sport picture of the day: Simona Halep serves

The natural light and shadows on offer at the National Tennis Center in Beijing are used to good effect in this striking image of Simona Halep serving to Andrea Petkovic at the 2014 China Open Continue reading...
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Britain's American Air Museum seeks help identifying US personnel who served in UK

DP Review News - Thu, 02/10/2014 - 10:00

The American Air Museum, which is part of Britain's Imperial War Museum, has launched a new wiki-style website designed to allow members of the public to help identify the service men and women depicted in the site's online galleries. Based on 15,000 prints from The Roger Freeman Collection documenting the lives of the US Army Air Forces personnel who served in England during the Second World War, the site records the thoughts and memories of the local population who worked and lived alongside them. Learn more

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Film memorabilia goes under the hammer in London in pictures

Marty McFlys hoverboard, the revised script of Rocky and Bruce Williss cop ID card from Die Hard will be auctioned in Westfield, White City, on 16 October along with over 300 other props and mementos from the film industry. Photographer Felix Clay gets a sneak preview

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Post-photography: when artists go wild with cameras - in pictures

A disembodied leg stands alone on stage; a man unfolds a motorway. Welcome to the weird world of post-photography, an exciting new form of image manipulation that mixes digital and analogue methods to cook up the unexpected

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Eduardo Lopez Negretes best photograph: giant rays in the Bahía Magdalena, Mexico

I was humbled by the immense beauty the ocean contains, even after all weve done to it

I fell in love with the ocean as a kid growing up in Mexico. Wed go to places like Cozumel, Loreto and Baja California, so it felt like the ocean was always around me. As I grew older, Id go back as often as I could, but there comes a time when you have to find proper work which means being in Mexico City.

But my love of the ocean, and particularly of sharks, stayed with me. I eventually got involved with a company called Pelagic Life, which runs The Call of the Shark, a project in Bahía Magdalena just off the coast. We unhook sharks caught on fishermens longlines, jumping into the water and diving down to set them free.

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