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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 a festival in Nepal, Lady Gaga in Tokyo and baby pandas in China

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Sport picture of the day: face-painted fans

A charming shot from Brunton Park as a pair of face-painted fans watch Carlisle United take on Derby County in the Capital One Cup. Alas, the little lad wouldn't have been smiling after the final whistle as Carlisle lost 2-0 Continue reading...
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Microsoft introduces hyperlapse algorithm to fix shaky first-person videos

DP Review News - Tue, 12/08/2014 - 07:59

Microsoft's Research division in Redmond, Washington has published material detailing a method for turning shaky first-person camera footage into a stabilized hyperlapse video. The algorithm they've developed uses a 3-step process to produce exceptionally stable videos that play back in a single fluid camera sweep. Researchers state that they are woking on bringing this technology to a Windows app, though no release date is given. Learn more

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DPReview is hiring!

DP Review News - Mon, 11/08/2014 - 21:08

DPReview's Seattle-based team is growing! We're looking for an editorial writer, whose responsibilities will include testing and producing reviews of digital system cameras, compact cameras, smart phone cameras, lenses and other photographic equipment. We're also on the hunt for a studio and product photographer to conduct and analyze camera tests, as well as a web developer/designer. Successful applicants will have have a strong understanding of dpreview, our principles and our community. Learn more

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Manfrotto introduces Pro Light series of photo and video bags

DP Review News - Mon, 11/08/2014 - 20:01

Manfrotto has announced a new line of backpacks and accessories, the Pro Light series. The new line includes backpacks designed for both still photographers and videographers, holsters and rain covers, all designed with an emphasis on portability and versatility. The five styles of backpacks for still photographers offer side access for another route to your gear and are priced from $220 - $310 USD/£199.95 - £249.95 GBP. Read more

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London's light beam: the best photographs of Spectra in pictures

Ravers in a rainstorm, aerial shots from a police helicopter and dead bugs in the spotlights ... during the seven nights that Ryoji Ikedas light beam ruled the skies over London, seven photographers captured it in all its brilliance

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Sport picture of the day: extreme mud

Lithuania hosted the extreme running Beaver path 2014, an event that mainly consists of 5km and 10km distances, across swamps, meadows and forest paths that are difficult to pass through. Despite this, the photographer captured a moment of levity rather than pain in this picture. Continue reading...
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The Godfather gets a multiracial makeover in pictures

40 years on, The Godfather is back with black characters, thanks to the Nigerian artist Uche Okpa-Iroha, who has digitally inserted himself into scenes from Francis Ford Coppolas gangster classic. He says: The Godfather is one of the best films ever, but it misrepresents and underrepresents the black man, and as an artist I have to question that. I use humour to probe the media dynamics of race and examine the imbalance in Hollywood. My simple acts of intrusion show what was left out

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The Makeout Project turns kissing into an artform

Jedediah Johnson's photographic series involves him putting on lipstick then kissing people, before documenting the smears in portraits. But, he insists, he's not just doing it for cheap thrills

From the naked women that Yves Klein covered in blue paint to Terry Richardson's bevy of porny subjects, the art world is full of work that for one person seems liberated and for another exploitative. Continuing to skirt that line is Jedediah Johnson, an American photographer whose ongoing series the Makeout Project involves him putting on lipstick then kissing people, before documenting the resulting smears in portraits.

Johnson's shots are really striking, with his LaChapellian palette of bright colours making the lipstick jump out from its surprisingly circuitous path across each person's face. The subjects look variously flirtatious, amused and ashamed; some have strange narratives, like the woman who is holding a baby just out of shot, her partner hovering off to one side.

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US PGA Championship 2014: Rory McIlroy's final round in pictures

The best pictures from the thrilling final round of the US PGA Championship 2014 at the Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky. Continue reading...
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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 elections in Turkey, a festival in Kathmandu, and a wedding in Kosovo.

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The Defender: the smart pepper spray device that photographs your assailant

The Guardian on Photography Technology - Mon, 11/08/2014 - 13:09
This new device links to your smartphone and transmits a picture of attacker to the authorities when deployed. But is this the right approach for preventing harassment and assault?

From faux-phone stun guns to lipstick tasers, the market for women's self-defence products is thriving in the US. Enter The Defender, a high-tech smartphone-linked pepper spray that has taken crowdfunding platform Indiegogo by storm.

With the push of a button, The Defender will not only spray the assailant, but also snap a photo of them, fire it off to the local authorities, and blast an alarm to alert passersby. It hit its target goal of $100,000 within 24 hours, and there are currently 2,100 units on pre-order. It's set to be in stores in the US in 2015. How did it come about?

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Hitting the beach in hijab in Iran

Women shouldnt be prohibited from the full freedom of the sea, says a contributor in Tehran

The ocean is usually a sign of freedom, immense freedom. Standing on the shore the sea stretches the horizon. Even the sky is a reflection of its colour. Walking along the shore, taking in the sounds of the ocean drowns out the noise of the city. As you train your gaze on its vastness, it can put you into a state of reverie, help bring about a moments peace.

But this is not true for everyone. In Iran, the ocean doesnt signify freedom to women, or all men. For more than 30 years now, women have not experienced the seaside with a sense of ease. They have to remain clothed and watch from the shore as men swim and children play.

Should they want to cool down, they have to find an area designated for them. Walls made of fabric or plastic mark that space. They limit their movement and keep their day dreams in check. The other option women have is to seek out an unpopulated area and wade in just a feet or two. weighed down in a menteau and headscarf.

For Iranian women, the meaning of the sea is different from the rest of the world. It reeks of inequality and limitation.

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Behind the Shot: Flames of the North

DP Review News - Mon, 11/08/2014 - 07:59

Nature photographer Erez Marom had cold feet - literally - when he created this image. Standing (with thermal boots on) in the freezing waters of a glacier lagoon in Iceland, he saw an opportunity to capture a unique ice formation in the foreground, distant snow-capped mountains and the Aurora Borealis above it all. In this article he explains how he used focus stacking to get the look he wanted for his final image, 'Flames of the North'. Learn more

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The weekend in pictures

A selection of the best images from around the world this weekend including the supermoon, Hurricane Bertha and Chris Broads broken nose

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Anna Fox: Photographs 1983-2007 review the many faces of middle England

The conformist and the decadent exist side by side in Anna Fox's revealing portraits of British society

Anna Fox emerged in the 1980s as part of what might be called a new wave of British colour photographers that also included Paul Graham and Martin Parr. Her subject matter is the ordinary and the everyday, but she approaches it with an artist's eye for the absurd and the revealing.

An early series such as Basingstoke (1985-86) reveals the Hampshire town as a kind of microcosm of that mythical middle England where everything is so ordered and regulated as to be unreal. The images Christmas trees for sale, wallpaper samples, a pristine redbrick house are accompanied by random quotes culled from the Basingstoke Gazette "Basingstoke is creating wealth and wealth pays for our social dreams". The humour is deadpan, ironic: a kind of low-key commentary on the way our aspirations are managed and fed, often at the expense of our wellbeing. An image of three men sitting staring at the corner of a makeshift office, where an array of cables falls from the ceilings towards now ancient-looking computers, has humour, but also an undertow of hopelessness. The caption reads: "This town needs love says priest."

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Eyewitness: South Sudan

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Exposing sharks in a positive light

DP Review News - Sun, 10/08/2014 - 10:00

George Probst has been fascinated with sharks his whole life, but it wasn't until he found himself newly single with some extra money in savings that his dream of diving with and photographing sharks became a reality. He hopes his photos will inspire others to see sharks in a light unlike their typical portrayal in movies and pop culture. Find out about his process and see his work. See gallery

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Football's glory days in pictures

A new book, The Age of Innocence: Football in the 1970s, captures the years when footballers still smoked and the game was rooted in the local community

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Were the 70s football's golden age?

As a new photography book celebrates the glory of 70s football, Ed Vulliamy charts his own relationship with the game, from bunking into an FA Cup final to the death of innocence at Heysel

Football's glory days in pictures

The ivy up Wembley's outer wall held, as did the grip of my baseball boot on the pitted concrete. Precariously up and up towards the cavities that would, we presumed, lead into the bowels of the stadium, for the 1971 FA Cup final, Liverpool v Arsenal. There were scores of us scaling the edifice at the Liverpool end, ticketless but intent on watching John Toshack give the cockneys a hiding; it looked like one of those mountaineering cliffs at leisure centres.

I'd hooked up with a scally from Huyton and now, 100ft above the car parks, we crawled through a deep orifice in Wembley's wall, jumped and hit the ground; my savvy partner-in-crime disappeared into the crowds like a dart, but I tarried for disastrous moment of disbelieving self-congratulation. The heavy hand of a policeman plonked abruptly on my shoulder and I spent the 90 minutes of football (and community singing of Abide With Me) in a cell on the Harrow Road, a punitive arrest without charge, unable to follow the game or its result, which was just as well.

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