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Bohemians and boxers: August Sander's Germany – in pictures

Early 20th-century androgyny, rural conservatism and dapper aviators make up pioneering photographer August Sander’s portrait of pre-Weimar Germany

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RED's Hydrogen One phone with holographic display is coming to AT&T and Verizon

DP Review News - Mon, 21/05/2018 - 21:41

Although no exact release date or pricing has been announced yet, it seems the RED Hydrogen One modular smartphone with its holographic display will be available to the masses before long. According to an announcement last week, the phone will be available through two of the United State's largest mobile carriers, Verizon and AT&T, sometime this summer.

The device was first launched in July 2017, with preorders starting at $1,200, but delivery was recently pushed back to August of this year. According to RED founder Jim Jannard, the company needed some extra time to receive carrier certification. Looking at the latest announcement, this process appears to have gone well.

The Hydrogen One's key selling point is a 5.7-inch lightfield holographic display for mobile gadgets, which uses Nano-Photonic technology and RED’s 4-View video format to create a 3D effect without the need for glasses. The display is made by Leia Inc., in which RED is an investor.

The phone will also come with a pin-based expansion system which will allow for attaching a range of hardware modules, similar to Motorola's Moto Mods, but probably more high-end video focused given the brand we're dealing with.

The Verge got to take the phone for a spin during a media event in LA this past weekend, and while they couldn't show you the screen (because the holographic effect apparently doesn't show up well on video) they did have some thoughts about the entire Hydrogen One experience:

Given the Verizon/AT&T announcement, it now seems certain the Hydrogen One has made the transition from concept to production device. And while we have no doubt the new tech will be impressive, it'll be interesting to see if the device can compete with the established brands in the smartphone sector.

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Royal Wedding photos: first official pictures of Duke and Duchess of Sussex released

Photographs by Alexi Lubomirski include group pictures featuring Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding entourage

The first official photos of the newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been released by Kensington Palace. Taken by Alexi Lubomirski, the photos include one depicting the couple with the page boys and flower girls who assisted them during Saturday’s ceremony.

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Video: Astronaut forgets to insert SD card into GoPro before spacewalk

DP Review News - Mon, 21/05/2018 - 19:49

An unnamed NASA astronaut stationed on the International Space Station recently ran into an issue during a spacewalk: he forgot to check whether his GoPro camera had an SD card installed before embarking on a spacewalk. We've all been there, right?

The astronaut, who may have been Andrew Feustel, was featured in a spacewalk livestream on NASA's Twitch account last Wednesday. During the livestream, viewers were treated to a brief conversation that started with the astronaut asking, "Hey, Houston, I gotta ask a question about the GoPro real quick." The astronaut explains that he sees a "No SD" warning on the GoPro's display when pushing a button.

"Do I need that to record?" he asks, referring to the SD card. "And if it’s recording, is there supposed to be a red light on?"

After a long moment of silence, Houston clarifies that the red light should appear while recording if the SD card is inserted, and that the "No SD" message likely meant the camera didn't have a media card installed. The astronaut ultimately abandoned his plans to use the camera during the spacewalk.

Clarification about the SD card's whereabouts was not provided, but if we had to guess, it's probably floating (in this case literally) around in the bottom of Feustel's camera bag alongside a half-eaten protein bar and a few extra lens cleaning cloths.

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Behind the scenes: Shooting a documentary atop a moving train

DP Review News - Mon, 21/05/2018 - 16:43

From 2015 to 2017, filmmaker Miguel de Olaso (AKA Macgregor) and his crew spend many months traveling back and forth on the famed Mauritanian Railway—one of the longest and heaviest trains in the world, the so-called 'Backbone of the Sahara—to document the grueling journey endured by merchants who regularly travel atop this train to transport goods to people living in remote Saharan towns.

The result is a beautifully-executed 12-minute documentary titled The Mauritania Railway: Backbone of the Sahara, which follows the journey of Malick: a 27 year-old merchant who relies on the train for his livelihood, even as he risks death each time he climbs aboard.

The short doc was shot entirely on a Sony F35 that was modified to take Nikon lenses (for reasons you'll understand in a moment), and filming the documentary was a grueling process. We spoke with Macgregor shortly before the documentary was released last week, and he shared some details about the kit he used, the challenges he faced, and why he would never ever do this again.

The Mauritania Railway

by Macgregor

My crew and I put ourselves in the shoes of one of these merchants (over a two year period) and filmed the journey they go through on a daily basis. The result is a cinematic and immersive glimpse into a way of life that exists nowhere else in the world.

I shot the entire documentary on a Sony F35, Not sure how much you know about this "old" digital cinema cameras. The F35 was the successor of the Panavision Genesis, which was a big, heavy beast. But after the arrival of the solid state recorders a few years ago, the F35 became pretty compact and lightweight given the image quality it provided. Still not a DSLR in terms of size, but comparable to an Alexa for a fraction of the cost and size.

Anyways, even though I owned a set of PL mount lenses, I didn't want to get them ruined in the desert sands of Mauritania so I decided to modify my Sony F35 with a custom built Nikon mount. That would let me travel lighter and use way cheaper glass than PL, but still capture a super high-quality image. We needed to travel with all our gear for more than a month and be able to move fast. Would a DSLR or Canon C300 had been a better choice? Possibly, but this project had to look amazing and I did not want to compromise on image quality. This had to look like a feature, shot on real locations and with real people.

Of course not all the lenses made it back home, but the camera did and it's still working to this day.

This was a passion project that we did for the fun of it. But shooting atop of this damn train was horrible, dusty, endless, painful... I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. It might all look very pretty with nice music, etc. but oh man, after three trips I said I'm not doing this again. Of course, we did end up going back and shooting more footage... #filmmakerlife

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Check out the full short doc at the top to see the final product, and then scroll through the behind the scenes photos above for a glimpse at what it takes to create this kind of documentary. And if you want to see more of Macgregor's work, be sure to pay his website a visit or give him a follow on Instagram.

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The age of punk: Debbie Harry looks back on a defining era

As a new exhibition in New York celebrates classic punk images from the 70s and 80s, members of Blondie recall the era

When most people see a beat-up car abandoned on a street, they rubberneck for a second and move on. When Debbie Harry saw one lying upside down on a midtown Manhattan street in 1976, she thought, what a great place for a photo shoot! “It seemed really funny and glamorous to get a shot of me crawling from the wreckage,” said the Blondie singer as she gazed at the photo.

Related: Moving the needle: the punk badges that defined the 1970s music scene

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Instagram now lets you share other people's photos in your Stories

DP Review News - Mon, 21/05/2018 - 16:10

Another day, another new Instagram feature. Now the makers of the popular mobile image sharing platform have announced a new way to share posts from people you are following to one of your Instagram Stories—if you see a post in your feed that you consider share-worthy, you can now share it as a sticker in a Story where your friends and followers will be able to see it.

The process is easy. You simply have to tap on the paper airplane button below the post. You’ll then get a button that allows you to create a Story. If you tap this button you will see the post you want to share as a sticker with customized background. As usual, this sticker can be moved around, scaled and rotated. If you tap on it again you can pick different style options.

The viewers of your Story will see the original poster’s username and can click through to the original post and see the creators other posts. Also, you can only share posts from public accounts and, if you want to prevent your own posts from being shared in stories, you can do so by opting out in the settings.

The new and expanded sharing function takes Instagram one step closer to its parent platform Facebook, increasing the potential for Instagram content to go "viral" inside its own platform. The feature is already available in the Instagram Android app and will be migrated to iOS in the coming days.

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New 6-bay NAS from Synology offers 72TB of storage

DP Review News - Mon, 21/05/2018 - 15:17

Synology has added a new 6-bay NAS to its DiskStation+ series, and it's aimed squarely at photographers and medium sized businesses. The DS1618+ can handle up to six 12TB drives, giving it a total capacity of 72TB and up to 60TB of storage when using a RAID 5 configuration.

The new NAS uses the Intel Atom C3538 Quad-core 2.1 GHz processor and comes with 4GB of DDR4 system memory—which can be expanded to 32GB via two 16GB ECC SO-DIMMs. As with other NAS models in the DS+ range, the DS1618+ is compatible with the DX517 expansion unit that allows users to add capacity and extra bays just by plugging it in. The new model can connect with two of these 5-bay units to take the total number of drive slots to 16 and the total capacity to 192TB.

Like the DS1517+, the DS1618+ offers users the chance to increase the size of the cache via a M2D17 PCle adapter card that takes Dual M.2 SSD, or to increase read/write speeds by installing a network interface card with up to two 10GbE ports. The DS1618+ also uses Synology’s Btrfs file system that can provide detection and self-healing of corrupt files and errors, as well as multiple snapshot options with customizable backup schedules.

The Synology DS1618+ is available now for $800. For more information, visit the Synology website.

Press Release

Synology® Introduces DiskStation DS1618+

High-performance, scalable all-in-one storage solution designed for power users and SMB’s

Synology® Inc. today launched DiskStation DS1618+, a 6-bay NAS featuring the Intel Atom® C3538. For tech enthusiasts and small to medium sized businesses, DS1618+ is the perfect all-in-one solution for file serving, application hosting, data backup, and real-time collaboration — all aided by its exceptional performance.

DS1618+ is powered by a quad-core Intel Atom® processor C3538 and 4GB DDR4 non-ECC SODIMM, expandable up to 32 GB in ECC SODIMMs. The storage capacity can be upgraded to 192TB when connected to two DX517 expansion units, providing fast-growing companies a data storage solution that scales with their business.

"Modern-day companies compete based on the speed at which they generate, process, and use data to drive innovations," said Derren Lu, CEO at Synology. "By integrating Intel technology, we are putting a compact powerhouse in every SMB. It will allow them to take advantage of that untapped throughput to give their companies that extra edge."

With Synology's M2D17 PCIe adapter card, DS1618+ can house dual M.2 SATA SSD, taking advantage of the SSD cache to boost maximum throughput and reduce the I/O latency. By alternatively installing a network interface card via the PCIe slot, DS1618+ supports up to two 10GbE ports to reach a maximum throughput of 1,551 MBps reading and 586 MBps writing.

"Small to medium sized businesses need powerful, secure and scalable storage solutions to efficiently manage their growing levels of digital content," said Dan Artusi, Vice President and General Manager of Intel's Connected Home Division. "Through our collaboration with Synology, their new DiskStation NAS products based on the Intel Atom® processor C series have the performance and configurable high-speed I/O to help businesses quickly store and manage their most critical data."

DS1618+ runs on DiskStation Manager, the advanced and intuitive operating system for Synology NAS devices, with quality applications offered to enhance data security and work efficiency. Synology has received numerous media accolades, topping the mid-range NAS category in TechTarget's storage solution survey and winning PC Mag Readers' Choice seven years in a row.

For more information on DS1618+, please visit https://www.synology.com/products/DS1618+

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Updated: Tamron 70-210mm F4 sample gallery

DP Review News - Mon, 21/05/2018 - 14:00
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Tamron's 70-210mm F4 Di VC USD is a lightweight, weather-sealed and cost-effective alternative to first-party constant aperture zooms. It's also likely to be used for everything from portraits to action, and we figured we should test out its autofocus chops by aiming it at some muddy motorcycles tearing around a track.

Check out how Tamron's DSLR telezoom does with these fast-moving machines in our updated sample gallery.

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Gymnasts and a mass wedding: Monday's top photos

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of photo highlights from around the world

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'We are who we are': what these 100-year-old women teach us about beauty

A glimpse into the lives and rituals of centenarian women, whose beauty is rarely acknowledged

This piece was part of the GroundTruth Project series Emerging Photographers.

When I started shooting this story, I wished to talk about elderly women’s conditions in general, but I had no clear idea about what angle I was going to take. I took pictures of nothing and everything surrounding these centenarians from the Montérégie region in Québec, Canada. But one thing kept occurring: every single woman I photographed wanted to groom herself to make sure she would look good in my pictures. This is how it became a story about beauty.

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MFON: women photographers of the African diaspora – in pictures

The MFON journal and book by Laylah Amatullah Barrayn and Adams Delphine Fawundu is committed to establishing and representing a collective voice of female photographers of African descent and features more than 100 from across the diaspora. MFON is named in memory of Mmekutmfon ‘Mfon’ Essien, a visionary photographer who died from breast cancer aged 34 in 2001. MFON has a legacy grant available to emerging black female photographers of African descent

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Own a limited-edition print from photographer Eamonn McCabe

The award-winning sports photographer Eamonn McCabe, a former Guardian head of photography, looks back at his favourite sporting images from the 1970s and 80s. Limited-edition prints are now available for sale

  • Order your limited-edition Eamonn McCabe print here
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DPReview TV: Waterproof camera shootout 2018

DP Review News - Sun, 20/05/2018 - 14:00

This week on DPReview TV, Chris and Jordan prepare for the summer holiday season by putting several popular waterproof cameras to the test, including the Olympus TG-5, Nikon W300, and Fujifilm XP130. They also take an early look at the brand new Panasonic TS7 (FT7).

If you're considering a rugged camera for the beach or pool this summer, or if you just want to see what a Chris and Jordan fishing show might look like, tune in.

For more information about some of these cameras read Carey Rose's take on the Olympus TG-5, as well as Jose Francisco Salgado's travelogue of the Olympus TG-5 and Nikon W300 in Puerto Rico.

Carey Rose's take on the Olympus TG-5

The Olympus TG-5 and Nikon W300 go to Puerto Rico

Finally, make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel to get new episodes of DPReview TV every week.

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The big picture: Chris Dorley-Brown’s surreal street corner photography

By combining exposures taken in one London spot over the course of an hour, the photographer subverts the idea of a ‘decisive moment’

One man stoops to the ground to pick up his change, while a nearby pigeon pecks at the coins. Another, wearing a trilby, is slightly lost, looking for something (perhaps mirroring the film title displayed behind him). A woman in a hijab seems to float above the kerb in the distance.

Artist Chris Dorley-Brown, who has lived in east London for almost 40 years, has immortalised the area’s street corners in a new book. But rather than normal photographs, taken in one-sixtieth of a second, his are multiple exposures brought together: a simultaneous snapshot of events that happened over an hour. “I’m interested in challenging the dictum of Henri Cartier-Bresson, who defined documentary photography as being about a decisive moment,” he says. “I wanted to put several decisive moments into a photograph.”

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

Wherever you are in the world, this week we’d like to see your pictures on the theme ‘flow’

The next theme for our weekly photography assignment in the Observer New Review is ‘flow.’ Share your photos of what different means to you – and tell us about your image in the description box.

The closing date is Wednesday 23 May at 10am. We’ll publish our favourites in The New Review on Sunday 27 May.

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Rollermania: 23 May 1975

Photographer Ray Green went along to the Bay City Rollers gig at the King’s Hall, Belle Vue in Manchester to witness the frenzy.

Girls faint, scream, weep, tear their hair and are carried off to hospital every night. One policeman has died. “Nothing like it since the Beatles,” crow the group’s pushers triumphantly. The Bay City Rollers’ tour of the country is “a sell-out sensation, unbelievable”.

This new Edinburgh group in their tartan gear are clean and hygienic. They don’t quiver their codpieces at the audience like Mick Jagger. Their songs are clean and simple and they bounce and skip about the stage like coy little dolls, like puppets; there’s nothing to offend parents of their exclusively female 10- to 15-year-old fans. But beneath it all one senses a cool, commercial calculation.

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Video: Soulumination and the gift of photography

DP Review News - Sat, 19/05/2018 - 14:00

Soulumination is a non-profit organization that provides life-affirming legacy photography to families facing serious medical conditions, completely free of charge. In addition to the services donated by photographers, community volunteers make handcrafted photo albums and other gifts for the families. This video was made by Soulumination photographer Carrie Yuan of Yi Li Photography in order to share the work of Soulumination.

Soulumination volunteers make hand-crafted photo albums and other gifts to give to the families (photo: Wenmei Hill)

Volunteer photographers for Soulumination are invited in as families face serious illness, difficult treatment, joyous recovery and sorrowful loss. The photographer is there to capture those raw moments at times that are often private and filled with emotion. They are doing the most fundamental job of a photographer – ensuring that the family has something they can look back on, hold in their hands, share with others, fill in gaps in memories – in what can be the most difficult of circumstances.

As a volunteer photographer for Soulumination, I am often asked, "How can you do it?" After years of being invited to witness these important, beautiful, and often painful moments, I can't think of a better answer than photographer Randell Walton's: "How can I not?"

Soulumination founder Lynette Huffman Johnson and one of the Soul kids show off their Wonder Woman skills (photo: Wenmei Hill)

Although Soulumination is Seattle-based, there are several organizations throughout the world (such as Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, Shoots for a Cure, and Flashes of Hope) that offer similar services. There are also a multitude of other ways individuals and organizations use photography for charitable causes. What are some groups you know of or participate in?

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle - the wedding ceremony in pictures

St Georges’s Chapel hosts the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex

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The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle – in pictures

Well-wishers descend on Windsor as guests including Idris Elba, George Clooney and Oprah Winfrey arrive for the royal wedding

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