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Fall's gold: the best places to photograph autumn in the UK – in pictures

A symphony of autumn colours arrive as the nights draw in. Photographers working on a series of UK photo-location guidebooks for Fotovue have picked their favourite places to capture the most colourful season

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Creative Live's Photo Week starts tomorrow

DP Review News - Sun, 25/09/2016 - 18:57

Now that Photokina is over and we are impatiently waiting for the latest cameras and gear to ship, it's a perfect time to hone up on our photography skills. Luckily, our friends at Creative Live are hosting their annual Photo Week this week, September 26 - 29.

Photo Week 2016 is four days of photo education, brought to you through 24 live classes taught by top photographers and educators. It is geared toward people who are comfortable with the basics of photography and are looking to expand their knowledge base into more advanced techniques.

Some of the classes we are really looking forward to include Brandon Stanton (the photographer behind the popular photo blog Humans of New York) discussing how his experiences have shaped his work as a storyteller, Vincent Laforet sharing ideas for how to move your business from stills to video, Jared Platt giving tips on a whole range of post-processing topics, and Chase Jarvis opening up about his experiences in the photo industry.

As with all Creative Live classes, you can watch the live classes online for free. If watching the live class won't fit into your schedule, you can purchase on-demand access so that you can watch it on your own time. The price for the entire week (including all 24 classes) is normally US $499, but they are offering it for US $199 for a limited time.

But there's more! DPReview readers can use the discount code 'DPR10' to receive 10% off of any Creative Live class through December 31, 2016.

Check out the Photo Week schedule to see what's available. What looks interesting to you?

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2017 Sony World Photography Awards accepting entries

DP Review News - Sun, 25/09/2016 - 13:00
2017 Sony World Photography Award entries

The Dinagyang Festival is a religious and cultural festival in Iloio City, Philippines held on the fourth Sunday of January

© Raniel Jose Castañeda, Philippines, Entry, Open, Culture, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

The 2017 Sony World Photography Awards are open for business and accepting entries in four main competitions: Professional, Open, Youth and Student Focus. The Open competition includes 10 separate categories including Architecture, Street Photography and Wildlife, and Open competition entries are automatically submitted to an applicable National award.

If you're looking for some inspiration, you can find how one DPR regular took home a World Photo National prize last year, and flip through a selection of early entries here. Submissions will be accepted for the Open and National competitions until January 5, 2017.

2017 Sony World Photography Award entries

Bear Apartment Six. © Alexandra Cearns, Australia, Entry, Open, Enhanced, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

Little bears can be very busy and the cub residents of Free the Bears Fund's enclosure number six in Cambodia are no exception. 'Bear Apartment Six' is a composite print made up of 16 photographs taken by photographer Alex Cearns. The single images have been meticulously pieced together to form a visually enthralling scene of bustling bear activity, indicative of an apartment building. Photographed over 90 consecutive minutes in June 2016, three sun bear cubs are the stars of the show as they climb in and out of their den entrance. Cheeky, joyful and adorable, sometimes they're solo and sometimes they're with their bear buddies. Each bear was rescued from the illegal wildlife trade when they were only a few months old, and will now be in the care of Free The Bears for the rest of their lives.

We have 2 year old Bearzilla, seized from people keeping him as a pet in Phnom Penh; Pooh, aged just under 2 years, surrendered by developers building a hydro dam in the Stung Treng Provence; and 15 month old Soriya Sundance, handed over by a Government Official who obtained her from ethnic minority hunters in the Mondulkiri Province.

2017 Sony World Photography Award entries

Manta. © Daniel Hunter, UK, Entry, Open, Wildlife, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

A manta ray swimming in the Indian ocean, Indonesia.

2017 Sony World Photography Award entries

The Midnight Blossom. © Ellie Victoria Gale, UK, Entry, Open, Enhanced, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

Part of the series 'The Flower Keepers', a personal series exploring my imagination and thoughts, creating whimsical characters in a world filled with flowers.

2017 Sony World Photography Award entries

Paper Mill. © Jassen Todorov, US, Entry, Open, Architecture, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

Waste from a paper mill is agitated by aerators, producing steam and foam, which are pushed by the wind. Clearwater Paper Reservoire, Lewiston, Idaho. Aerial Image (shot from a plane at 1,500 feet).

2017 Sony World Photography Award entries

The Majestic Dance. © Satvik Bhatt, India, Entry, Open, Wildlife, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

This picture was taken in the forest area of Jaipur, Rajasthan (India). Rajasthan has a huge population of the National Bird and they are found in most areas (both urban and rural). This picture was taken during rain season, in which it's a common sight to see the Peacocks dancing.

2017 Sony World Photography Award entries

Equilibrium. © José María Pérez, Argentina, Entry, Open, Enhanced, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

Digital edition

2017 Sony World Photography Award entries

Politechnika Warszawska. © Lorenzo Linthout, Italy, Entry, Open, Architecture, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

The Warsaw University of Technology (Polish: Politechnika Warszawska; literally, "Warsaw Polytechnic") is one of the leading institutes of technology in Poland and one of the largest in Central Europe.

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Soar in the blue. © Zuorong Li, China, Entry, Open, Motion, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

There was a diving practice, after that, the swimming coach was swimming in the pool, and I was standing in the 5m diving platform, waiting for the right moment, although the light was quiet dim, I still managed to get this shot.

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Disciplinant. © 希德 张, China, Entry, Open, Culture, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

On 8.23.2016, I was traveling to Sertar County (a county of Sichuan Province, China), and visited the Serthar Buddhist Institute here, Lamaism’s piety and the grand scene shocked me. I have never before feel my heart be so pure. When I wanted to take a photo there was a Lamaism walking by - so I got this photo.

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Winning the White House: elections and the media – in pictures

A new exhibition by the International Center for Photography at its Mana Contemporary space in New Jersey explores the impact of photography during elections. It includes ad campaigns, staged photocalls and the seemingly more impromptu events with phones and selfies, and examines how the delivery method has shifted from print and television to mobile

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New to Snapchat? Here’s how to join the conversation

The Guardian on Photography Technology - Sun, 25/09/2016 - 10:30
It began life as an app for sharing self-deleting photos with friends. These days, however, it’s a hugely popular social network. Here’s our crash course

Snapchat is used by more than 150 million people every day, according to latest estimates. Yet 2016’s big story with this social app is that those users are no longer just teenagers.Snapchat has expanded to older smartphone owners, and evolved well beyond its roots as an app for private sharing of self-deleting photos.

In 2016, it is as much a public social network, not to mention a new form of television, with its own daily menu of news and entertainment.

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New to Snapchat? Here’s how to join the conversation

It began life as an app for sharing self-deleting photos with friends. These days, however, it’s a hugely popular social network. Here’s our crash course

Snapchat is used by more than 150 million people every day, according to latest estimates. Yet 2016’s big story with this social app is that those users are no longer just teenagers.Snapchat has expanded to older smartphone owners, and evolved well beyond its roots as an app for private sharing of self-deleting photos.

In 2016, it is as much a public social network, not to mention a new form of television, with its own daily menu of news and entertainment.

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'It represents my liberty': America and the gun, then and now

Two decades ago, photographer Zed Nelson travelled across America for his acclaimed project, Gun Nation. This year, he went back: what’s changed?

That original photograph is powerful. It represents my freedom. Some people may see me as a rightwing lunatic, but I’m just looking out for myself and my family.

The National Rifle Association (NRA) helped me with the lawsuit; they bankrolled the whole thing.

People say 18 is quite young to buy an assault rifle: well, I think 51 is too young to buy an assault rifle

I would prefer it if we did not have guns in bars. We don’t think that guns and alcohol mix well

I hate seeing shootings happen, but it definitely is good for business

We used to have one gang member come in and buy 15 of the same gun. They’d send one kid in here with a clean record

My husband and I sued the online dealer who sold the ammunition to the killer

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Yazemeenah Rossi: ‘Sexy means alive. I’m alive’

She’s 60, a grandmother and refuses to dye her hair, but Yazemeenah Rossi is as passionate as ever about her work as a model and photographer. A good diet, yoga and plenty of sex are her secrets

It makes sense that model and photographer Yazemeenah Rossi’s muse is nature. Her sparse Malibu studio is decorated with rocks and crystals. The air is filled with meditation music. There is no TV. “We will sit on the floor,” she says, inviting me to sit cross-legged and barefoot. She brings some chai in a ceramic mug – one she made while taking classes during her New York years. She rests it on a round surface that makes a clanging sound. “This is an 18th-century gong from Cambodia,” she explains. “But who says it can’t be a table, too?” Rossi’s company is more like an audience with Yoda than, say, Kate Moss. You come away feeling like you’ve been at a yoga retreat. Perhaps she lives like a solitary divorcee. Or maybe she lives like a free-spirited teenager. It’s all a matter of perspective.

“Every day is a blessing,” she says. “I divorced twice, I’m single, I couldn’t imagine 10 years ago I’d be so fulfilled.” She points at her futon, basic and unshared. “I’m in love,” she says. “In love without subject. When people see me they see that, even if they don’t know my life story. It gives them a desire to find a way themselves.”

I had this young guy in Dubai who said: ‘You’re more alive than my ex-girlfriend who is 23'

I’ve lost a lot of money because I refuse to do things that aren’t right for me

This is not courage. This is simply who I am. If more models are authentic, it will impact people who see them

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Slim Aarons: Women review – lives of the rich and famous

His photographs of the wealthy at play defined a golden era of postwar celebrity, but a new book of Slim Aarons’s show more of the fantasy of fame than the reality

Slim Aarons once defined his job as “photographing attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places”. For 50 years, he did just that, using his charm and charisma to coax the rich and beautiful to pose for him in elaborate settings that reflected their elite status. Beginning in the late 1940s, he established himself, in the words of an associate at Life magazine, where many of the portraits were published, as “the preeminent chronicler of American and European society in the postwar period”.

I’d have to say Slim was different with a capital D. You never knew what was coming next

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Your pictures: share your photos on the theme of 'tree'

We’re running a regular weekly photography assignment in the Observer New Review and wherever you are in the world, this week we’d like to see your pictures on the theme ‘tree’

We’re running a regular weekly photography assignment in the Observer New Review and the next theme is ‘tree.’ Share your photos of what tree means to you – and tell us about your image in the description box.

The closing date is Thursday 29 September at 10 am. We’ll publish our favourites in The New Review on Sunday 2 October and in a gallery on the Guardian site.

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On top of the world: readers' photos on the theme of peak

For last week’s photography assignment in the Observer New Review we asked you to share your photos on the theme of peak via GuardianWitness. Here’s a selection of our favourites

  • Share your photos on this week’s theme ‘tree’ by clicking the button below
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Sport picture of the day: there's only one Zlatan Ibrahimovic?

The fans at Old Trafford could be forgiven for thinking they were seeing double when a pitch invader ran up on to the pitch to say hello to Zlatan Ibrahimovic during United’s 4-1 thumping of Leicester City

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Mary McCartney: ‘My mum sang backing vocals on Let It Be’

The photographer, 47, on meeting the Queen, fear of flying and whistling really loudly

Photography is like magic to me. I was six or seven when my mum [photographer Linda McCartney] first took me to her dark room in Soho. I remember her placing a piece of white paper into the water bath and a black and white image appearing. I don’t remember what the picture was of: probably my dad, as they’d been on tour.

People would say I only got work because of my surname when I first started out. I’ve been in photography for over 20 years now, and I don’t think people commission me because of my name. At some point, the commissions would have dried up if I didn’t do what I do well.

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Anthony Hernandez retrospective to open at SFMOMA – in pictures

Born and bred in Los Angeles, the photographer has produced a huge and varied body of work over his 45-year career – moving from black and white to color, and from photographing people to landscapes and abstract details. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art will feature more than 160 photographs in his first retrospective, that will be on display until 1 January 2017

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The 20 photographs of the week

The failed ceasefire in Syria, the aftermath of the bombing in New York, the Brownlee brothers at the world triathlon series, London fashion week – the best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week

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Flickr Marketplace image licensing program shuttered

DP Review News - Fri, 23/09/2016 - 21:41

Flickr Marketplace, the property’s image licensing service, is being shuttered, with the company citing feedback about subpar service as the reason. Per the email being sent to existing Marketplace licensing program users, the full shutdown will take place over the next few months, with appropriate royalties still being paid out to contributors during that time. 

Flickr confirmed to TechCrunch that the email is legitimate. In it, the company encourages users to complete an included survey that ‘could help shape possible decisions for any licensing opportunities in the future.’ However, no future plans have been stated, and Flickr Marketplace is effectively closed.

Via: TechCrunch

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Teardown reveals Sony image sensors in iPhone 7

DP Review News - Fri, 23/09/2016 - 17:45

Patent and technology consultancy Chipworks has published its iPhone 7 teardown and reveals that front and rear image sensors on the new Apple models are supplied by market leader Sony. This is not too much of a surprise as earlier iPhone models used Sony sensors as well. In its report Chipworks doesn't say which exact sensor model has been deployed in the rear camera but we know the 12MP chip uses the Exmor RS technology platform, a Bayer RGB color filter array and on-sensor phase detection. Its die size is 5.16 mm x 6.25 mm (32.3 mm2) as measured from the edges of the die stack. 

On the FaceTime front camera the resolution has been increased to 7MP. The Sensor is also a second generation Sony Exmor RS model and measures 5.05 mm x 3.72 mm (18.8 mm2). Chipworks has not treated the larger iPhone 7 Plus model with its dual-camera to the teardown procedure yet, but we would expect both sensors in the dual-camera to come from Sony as well. For now you can find more technical detail in the iPhone 7 teardown on the Chipworks blog.

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Kúla Bebe is a 3D lens attachment for your smartphone

DP Review News - Fri, 23/09/2016 - 17:41

Icelandic company Kúla is showing a pre-production version of its Bebe smartphone lens attachment at its Photokina booth. The Kúla Bebe allows for the capture of stereoscopic 3D images with any smartphone camera. It attaches to the device via a plastic clip and uses high-quality mirrors the capture the right and left eye view of your 3D image at the same time. Output images can be viewed on an included paper 3D stereoviewer that works with most smartphones or through the also included anaglyph glasses. 

Kúla's free app and the Kúlacode desktop application can convert the captured image to any 3D format for viewing on other devices. Kúla Bebe is the smaller sibling of the already available Kúla Deeper DSLR version of the device. The Bebe can currently be preordered for $79 on the Kula website and delivery is expected in November 2016.

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Leica and Huawei to create joint R&D center

DP Review News - Fri, 23/09/2016 - 17:34

Leica's Dr. Andreas Kaufmann with Ren Zhengfei, founder of HUAWEI

Camera manufacturer Leica and telecom brand Huawei have announced they are to create a research and development center so they can jointly work on optical and software systems. The Max Berek Innovation Lab will be established at Leica’s headquarters in Wetzlar, Germany, and will build on the relationship the two companies formed while producing the Huawei P9 and P9 Plus smartphones. There was some doubt about the level of Leica’s involvement in the P9 project, but Huawei clarified the extent of the German brand’s contribution in a statement in April.

This next step of the partnership intends to push forward lens and software technology, according to Leica, with the aim of improving the image quality it’s possible to obtain from the tiny cameras that phones and other mobile devices use. The pair also state that they will work together on solutions for virtual reality, augmented reality and computer-based imaging, and that they will involve universities and other research establishments in their projects.

The new research lab is named after optical engineer Max Berek, the man who developed the first lens for the Leica 35mm camera system. He joined Leitz the year after Oskar Barnack came to the company from Zeiss, and designed the 50mm F3.5 lens that was coupled with the Leica 1. The lens was named Elmax – E rnst L eitz Max and the 50mm focal length became the standard for the 135 format. The Elmax developed into the Elmar, a lens that Leica still uses today.

For more information see the Leica and Huawei websites.

Press release

Leica Camera and HUAWEI Establish New R&D Centre

‘Max Berek Innovation Lab’ will conduct R&D in the fields of new optical systems, computational imaging, virtual reality and augmented reality

HUAWEI and Leica Camera AG today announced that they have expanded their strategic collaboration with the establishment of a jointly operated research and innovation centre, the Max Berek Innovation Lab. The launch comes seven months after the public announcement of their long-term technology partnership in the field of optical engineering, and five months after the launch of the globally successful, multi-award winning HUAWEI P9 and P9 Plus smartphones.

The new lab, located at Leica’s global HQ in Wetzlar, Germany, will drive further development of optical systems and software-based technologies to improve imaging quality in a wide range of photographic and mobile device applications. Additional outcomes will include the creation of computational imaging, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) solutions. In addition to R&D resources from both companies, HUAWEI and Leica plan to collaborate with German and international universities and research institutions.

The Lab’s establishment is the result of the vision and support of Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, majority shareholder and chairman of the advisory board of Leica Camera AG, and Ren Zhengfei, founder of HUAWEI.

“With the founding of the Max Berek Innovation Lab, HUAWEI and Leica Camera AG are expanding the scope of their successful strategic relationship and are laying the foundation for close collaboration in research and development of ground-breaking technologies in the imaging segment,” emphasised Dr. Andreas Kaufmann.

“In the future, over 90 per cent of the data traffic will be images and videos,” said Ren Zhengfei, founder of HUAWEI. “The Max Berek Innovation Lab provides the capacity to establish an even closer partnership with Leica, leading to continuous improvements in image and video quality. As a result, we will deliver the most advanced innovations in the smartphone camera market and bring greater value to consumers.”

“HUAWEI and Leica share not only enormous innovation power and years of research experience, but also their dedication to providing the highest quality standards. The Max Berek Innovation Lab offers us a historic opportunity to unite the resources and extensive expertise of both companies to pioneer game-changing technologies,” confirmed Markus Limberger, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Leica Camera AG and director of the Max Berek Innovation Lab.

The R&D centre is named in memory of Max Berek (1886 - 1949), the German pioneer of microscopy and creator of the first Leica lenses. Berek was also responsible for the optical design of more than 20 lenses for the legendary 35mm camera, invented and built by Oskar Barnack. Thanks to the exceptional imaging performance and perfect harmonisation of the lenses, coupled with Barnack’s ingenious construction, Leica achieved worldwide success in 35mm photography.

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‘We had a riotous time’: Hugo Spowers with Nigella Lawson at an Oxford University party

The appeal of the Dangerous Sports Club was dreaming up stunts that were beautiful and theoretically possible

You didn’t really join the Dangerous Sports Club; it was more a loose affiliation of people at Oxford University who enjoyed doing silly, slightly illegal things. They invented bungee jumping, with the world’s first jump off the Clifton suspension bridge in Bristol on 1 April 1979. And they famously held a cocktail party on the island of Rockall. The first thing I got involved in was an attempt to do something with balloons at Beachy Head – I’ve forgotten what. I didn’t do anything dangerous until my first bungee jump, off a crane at a county fair in Winchester.

One of the most fun times we had was our first skiing event at St Moritz. I cooked up an idea with a DSC member, Tommy Leigh-Pemberton: to go down the Matterhorn on bicycles attached to skis, with parachutes on our backs, which we’d engage on the steeper bits.

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