Affinity Photo comes to the iPad

DP Review News - Mon, 05/06/2017 - 21:40

Affinity Photo makes its way to mobile for the first time today as an iPad version of the popular editing program makes its debut. It offers non-destructive adjustments and support for Raw editing, along with a wide array of tools for making selections and applying effects. Take a look at the full list of features on Affinity's website.

The app is compatible with the iPad Air 2, 207 iPad and iPad Pro 9.7" or 12.9". A special launch discount brings it down to $20/£20 for now.

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Apple updates iPad Pro display, processor and camera, launches 10.5" model

DP Review News - Mon, 05/06/2017 - 20:41

At its WWDC 2017 developer conference, Apple has launched a new iPad Pro model with a 10.5" Retina display to replace the previous 9.7" version. While the display is approximately 20% larger the 10.5" version retains the old iPad Pro's dimensions and one pound weight. This has been achieved by reducing the display bezels by nearly 40%. The larger screen size also allows for displaying a full-size on-screen keyboard and connecting a full-size Apple Smart Keyboard.

But the display isn't just larger – at 600 nits it is also 50% brighter than before, and for the first time allows for viewing of HDR video on an iPad. In addition, the display features Apple's true tone wide color gamut and ultra-low reflectivity. It also comes with a new technology that Apple calls ProMotion. ProMotion uses the new iPad Pro's improved hardware resources to increase the display refresh rate from 60Hz to 120Hz. This means smoother and more responsive motion on the display and more fluid drawing when using the Apple Pencil stylus.

In addition, ProMotion can dynamically adjust the refresh rate for different types of content. Quick moving content gets the full 120Hz treatment while still images can be displayed at lower frequencies in order to increase battery life.

In the processor department the new iPad Pro models come with Apple's new A10x Fusion CPU which is 30% faster than the A9 chip and delivers 40% faster graphics performance. That's approximately 500 times the graphics performance of the original iPad. Despite the increase in performance, the new iPad Pro retains the old model's 10 hour battery life.

The built-in camera has been upgraded to the same camera module you can find in the iPhone 7. This means the iPad Pro now comes with a 12MP sensor, optical image stabilization a fast 1.8 aperture and the ability to record 4K video. At the front there's a 7MP FaceTime camera. Storage has been doubled and the new iPad Pro models now start at 64GB of built-in memory. The new 10.5" inch models starts at $649.

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Confused about protective filters for your lens? Roger Cicala breaks it down

DP Review News - Mon, 05/06/2017 - 20:05

There's always been a lot of debate about whether you should put protective UV filters on the front of your lens. The benefit is obvious: they protect the front element of your pricey lens. Detractors say that sometimes you shouldn't use them at all, or that they can even degrade the quality of your image.

Roger Cicala of Lensrentals tested twenty filters and chose the best ten, ranging from $20 for a Hoya to $156 for a Heliopan.

Read Lensrentals' guide to
protective filters

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Magnum's $100 print sale is back, focuses on the theme 'closer'

DP Review News - Mon, 05/06/2017 - 19:52

This is a rare chance to buy one of Capa's best-known images for just $100:

© #RobertCapa © @ICPhotog/#MagnumPhotos

— Magnum Photos (@MagnumPhotos) June 5, 2017

Magnum periodically offers a curated selection of signed or estate-stamped 6 x 6" museum-quality prints for $100 through a lightning sale on their site. The latest square print sale runs June 5-9 and the theme is 'closer,' a play on the classic Robert Capa quote, 'If your pictures aren't good, you're not close enough.'

These sales are a cool way to pick up a small piece of photographic history to hang on your wall, or gift to another. There are a total of 78 images to choose from and each photograph is hand-selected by the photographer who shot it or by the agency. And with 70 years of history, there are is a wide range of beautiful, historic and emotionally-trying images to choose from. You can view them all here.

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Benjamin Von Wong sheds light on child hunger

DP Review News - Mon, 05/06/2017 - 19:32
Dax Slate drops in 'Mission Impossible' style to grab some bacon from right under the noses of the cooks. Shot on the Sony a7R II, 16-35mm | ISO 80, 16mm, F4, 1/50sec with lighting by Broncolor

Prolific photographer Benjamin Von Wong is focusing his camera on an issue facing many children in America: food insecurity. He was surprised to learn that 1 in 3 children in the San Jose area – home to Silicon Valley – suffers from hunger. So he did what he does best: collaborate and create.

Von Wong partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Jose Counties, gathered a team of talented and dedicated artists, designers, and volunteers, and put together a shoot to highlight the children's struggle for fresh and healthy food. Using his signature hyper-realistic creative approach, he portrayed children as heroes embarked on a quest for food.

Check out the video below for some behind-the-scenes footage and to learn more about Second Harvest's mission.

Read Von Wong's post for more photos and behind-the-scenes details

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Apple updates iMac and MacBook lines, launches MacOS High Sierra

DP Review News - Mon, 05/06/2017 - 19:27

At its WWDC 2017 developer conference in San José, California Apple has just announced a number of upgrades to its iMac line of desktop computers. All new models will come with new displays. The current resolutions are retained but at 500 nits the new screens are 43% brighter than the previous generation and come with 10-bit dithering, offering one billion colors for even more realistic color rendering.

Faster processors are on board as well, and all iMacs come with Intel's 7th generation Kaby Lake CPUs. The 21.5" models will allow you to install up to 32GB of RAM, on the 27" models up to 64GB which is twice as much as before. New SSDs will be available in sizes up to 2TB and will be 50% faster than current models. In terms of interfaces all new iMacs will feature two USB-C connectors with Thunderbolt 3 support.

Improvements in the graphics department include Intel Iris 640 Graphics on the 21.5" base model, AMD Radeon Pro 555 & 560 GPUs with up to 4GB VRAM on the iMac Retina 4k 21.5" and Radeon Pro 570, 575, 580 with up to 8GB of VRAM on the 5K 27" model. That's up to 3x faster graphics than before. Prices will start at $1099 for the base model and $1299 for the 21.5" 4K model.

The 2017 MacBook Pro: brighter, faster, still SD card-slot-less.

In line with the iMac models, Apple has also upgraded its MacBook line. Like its desktop cousins, the Apple laptops will from now on come with Intel Kaby Lake CPUs and faster graphics cards. Something not added: an SD card slot.

The big, bad new iMac Pro, due in December.

In addition Apple has given a sneak peek of the iMac Pro that will become available towards the end of the year and deliver work station class performance in an 27" iMac form factor. According to Apple the iMac Pro will be the most powerful Mac ever and be available with up to 18 core Xeon processors and AMD's brand new AMD Radeon Vega GPUs.

Apple's new MacOS version is called High Sierra and comes with a faster version of the Safari browser among other improvements. The Photos app offers new new organization and editing tools, including curves and selective color. There is also a new persistent tool side bar, filtering by keywords or favorites, and improved face recognition that is powered by neural networks. If you make the effort to name the people in your photos, those names can now be synchronized across devices.

On the video side of things, Apple has launched a new HEVC video codec that offers up to 40% better compression than H.264. High Sierra is available today as a developer beta and will come as a free upgrade to all Mac users this fall.

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Samyang targets Sony E mount users with new 35mm F2.8 AF lens

DP Review News - Mon, 05/06/2017 - 18:27

Korean optical manufacturer Samyang has released details of its third AF lens – a full frame 35mm F2.8 lens designed for Sony E mount cameras. The company says the lens is tiny and lightweight to suit these smaller compact system cameras, and that these characteristics make it ideal for travel and street photography.

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The Samyang 35mm F2.8 FE weighs 85g/3oz, measures 33mm/1.3in in length and uses seven elements in six groups. It has a seven-bladed iris, a filter thread of 49mm and a closest focus distance of 0.35m/1.14ft. It will be available from July and will cost £279.99 including VAT (which would be approximately $300 without tax). For more information see the Samyang website.

Press release

Samyang Introduces third autofocus lens – AF 35mm F2.8 FE

June 5th, 2017, Seoul, Korea – Global optics brand Samyang Optics, is pleased to announce the release of Samyang’s third autofocus lens: the AF 35mm F2.8 FE. A tiny lens with a mighty performance, it is ideal for daily photography as well as travel photography. This new compact and lightweight lens, together with the existing AF 14mm F2.8 FE and AF 50mm F1.4 FE lenses, now expands Samyang’s autofocus lens line-up to three.

Tiny and Mighty
The AF 35mm F2.8 FE weighs just 85g and measures 3.3cm in length, without the hood and rear cap, it is roughly the equivalent in weight of a bar of soap and smaller than a name card in size. Thanks to Samyang’s exceptional optical technology, its compact size is packed with features for outstanding image quality. Featuring seven elements in six groups, two aspherical lenses and one high refractive lens plus Ultra Multi Coating to minimise aberration and unnecessary light dispersion, the lens delivers high resolution from the centre to the corners of the image.

Perfect Partner for Everyday Photographers
This new lens is specifically designed to work in harmony with full frame mirrorless cameras in Sony E mount. For full frame sensors, the focal length resembles the human eye the most. For APS-C types for Sony alpha 6000 and 5000 series users the lens is equivalent to approximately 52mm, which is also one of the most popular focal lengths among photographers.

Portability with mighty performance and a 35mm focal length makes this lens the best choice for daily photographers who want to capture every memory as a high quality image. The autofocus is fast and accurate and is ideal for the capture of outdoor events such as hiking, sports events and landscape photography. It also has a minimum focusing distance of 0.35m and is ideal for street, portrait and close focus photography.

Available from July 2017
This tiny and mighty Samyang 35mm F2.8 FE lens will be available from July, and will carry a suggested retail price of £279.99 inc VAT.

Samyang AF 35mm F2.8 FE specifications Principal specificationsLens typePrime lensMax Format size35mm FFFocal length35 mmImage stabilizationNoLens mountSony FEApertureMaximum apertureF2.8Minimum apertureF22Aperture ringNoNumber of diaphragm blades7OpticsElements7Groups6Special elements / coatingsTwo aspherical + one high-refractive element + Ultra Multi CoatingFocusMinimum focus0.35 m (13.78″)Maximum magnification0.12×AutofocusYesFull time manualNoFocus methodInternalDistance scaleNoDoF scaleNoPhysicalWeight85 g (0.19 lb)Diameter62 mm (2.44″)Length33 mm (1.3″)SealingNoColourBlackFilter thread49.0 mmTripod collarNo
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Light-painting technique with the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V

DP Review News - Mon, 05/06/2017 - 13:00

The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V is a powerful compact camera which packs a lot of technology into its pocketable body. For this video, we take the RX100 V out into the night, to shoot light-painting with LA-based photography duo 'Nightcrawlers'.

We'll show you how to prepare for a light-painting shoot, and sharing some tips for getting great shots using a variety of techniques.

Read our full Sony RX100 V review

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Those Dam birds: the urban herons of Amsterdam - in pictures

Over the years a large population of grey herons have made an unlikely home in urban Amsterdam. Julie Hrudova documents how the birds integrate into city life

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What English people do on Sunday – in pictures

Photographer Matt Writtle has spent years documenting the habits of a nation on its traditional day of rest, to see how that reflects the nature of society. Now he plans to publish the results as a book, Sunday: A Portrait of 21st Century England, crowdfunded via Kickstarter

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Great Australian photographs: Mervyn Bishop's symbolic shot – an audio essay

In the last instalment in our audio visual series on celebrated Australian photographs, Jonny Weeks talks to Mervyn Bishop about his iconic image of Gough Whitlam pouring earth into the hand of Indigenous elder Vincent Lingiari in 1975

Click on the audio buttons to hear the conversation between Guardian Australia picture editor Jonny Weeks and the photographer Mervyn Bishop, whose work will be on display in a free exhibition at Art Gallery NSW in Sydney from 24 June to 8 October.

We originally took the picture under the shade of a bough shed and it didn't have a nice look about it

I borrowed Mum's camera to take photos of aeroplanes. She said: 'Don't do it anymore because you'll waste the film!'

I don't think there were even Indigenous journos in those days. As my friend said: 'You were the lone ranger'

People say it's about the stolen generations, but it's got nothing to do with that – not a bloody thing

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Juventus v Real Madrid: Champions League final – in pictures

We bring you the best images from Cardiff after Real Madrid’s 4-1 win over Juventus gave the Spanish club their 12th European Cup win and meant they became the first side to retain the trophy in the Champions League era

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LG G6 camera review

DP Review News - Sun, 04/06/2017 - 11:00
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The G6 is LG's latest flagship smartphone. For the new model, LG has abandoned the G5's modular concept and has instead designed a device that offers a water- and dust-proof body and a 5.7" QHD+ display with an unusual 18:9 aspect ratio.

In the camera department, LG sticks with the G5's dual-camera concept but both sensors now offer the same 13MP resolution. The wide-angle lens comes with a 71 degree angle of view and F1.8 aperture while the super-wide-angle offers 125 degrees and a slower F2.4 aperture. OIS is available on the wide-angle. 4K video capture with stereo sound recording and a laser-assisted AF system are on board as well.

Other specs are flagship-worthy too. Android 7.0 is powered by last year's top-end chipset Snapdragon 821 and 4GB of RAM. 32 or 64GB of internal storage are expandable via a microSD slot. And unlike some of its competitors the G6 still offers a 3.5mm headphone jack.

With improved camera specs, the interesting new display format and the waterproof body, the LG G6 looks like an appealing option for mobile photographers. Read the full article to find out how it performed in our test.

Key Photographic / Video Specifications
  • Dual-camera with two 1/3" 13MP sensors
  • Wide-angle, 71 degree angle of view, F1.8, 3-axis OIS
  • Super-wide-angle, 125 degree angle of view, F2.4
  • Laser-assisted autofocus
  • 4K video with stereo sound recording
  • 5MP front camera with 100 degree angle of view, F2.2
  • Dual-LED flash
Other Specifications
  • Android 7.0
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset
  • 4GB RAM, 32/64GB storage
  • microSD support up to 256GB
  • 5.7" 18:9 QHD+ IPS display, 2880 x 1440 resolution, 564 ppi
  • IP68 certified, water and dust resistant
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Google Assistant
  • 3300 battery with Quick Charge 3.0

DPReview smartphone reviews are written with the needs of photographers in mind. We focus on camera features, performance, and image quality.

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Keep it simple: readers' photos on the theme of clear

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

  • Share your photos on this week’s theme ‘competition’ by clicking the button below
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Your pictures: share your photos on the theme of 'competition'

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

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

The closing date is Thursday 8 June at 10 am. We’ll publish our favourites in The New Review on Sunday 11 June and in a gallery on the Guardian site.

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Giles Duley's photographs of refugees' journeys – in pictures

More than a million refugees travelled from the Middle East to Europe in 2015. Photojournalist Giles Duley recorded some of their stories, collected in his new book, I Can Only Tell You What My Eyes See

Observer event: Stories from the frontline
Thursday 29 June, 7pm, at the Guardian offices, London N1
Giles Duley joins the Observer’s Emma Graham-Harrison, the UNHCR’s Sybella Wilkes and Hassan Akkad, a teacher imprisoned by the Assad regime, to discuss the refugee crisis. For details or to book tickets go to

• Giley Duley: ‘I stood on those Lesbos beaches in floods of tears’

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Giles Duley: ‘I stood on those Lesbos beaches in floods of tears’

More than a million refugees made the perilous journey westward from the Middle East to Europe in 2015. Giles Duley documented some of their stories in a series of deeply affecting images

• See more images from Duley’s book, I Can Only Tell You What My Eyes See

In October 2015, photographer Giles Duley was commissioned by the UNHCR to document the refugee crisis. Over seven months, he visited 14 countries in the Middle East and Europe, from the refugee camps of Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan to the beaches of Greece, to tell the stories of the individuals and families forced to flee their homes. The photographs from that assignment are collected in a new book.

What I've never seen is people moving en masse like that, risking everything for freedom, for safety

I want to go into schools and raise awareness and maybe, by just one degree, to change the way we speak about conflict

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Original Observer photography: May 2017

Beth Ditto, cult TV, politicians, playwrights and performers feature in this month’s showcase of the best photography commissioned by the Observer

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Video: Nikon D7500 first look

DP Review News - Sat, 03/06/2017 - 11:00

Nikon's brand new midrange D7500 just arrived in our office. Announced back in April, the camera uses the same image sensor, metering sensor and processor as the APS-C flagship Nikon D500. It also gains 4K video capture and features a lighter design, with improved weather sealing and a deeper grip. Other improvements come in the form of a tilting touch LCD. Check out the video above for more on the Nikon D7500.

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Want your sports photos to stand out from the crowd? Use a strobe

DP Review News - Sat, 03/06/2017 - 10:00
How to get these shots

A post shared by Garrett Ellwood (@gwephoto) on Jun 2, 2017 at 6:53am PDT

Garrett Ellwood's body of work speaks for itself. He's a seasoned sports photographer and, according to his website, has been the official team photographer for the Charlotte Hornets, Carolina Panthers, Denver Nuggets and Colorado Rapids. Since 1995, he's photographed 19 NBA Finals. So he's got some experience.

While Ellwood's more 'standard' action shots are well executed, images like the one above spark a lot of interest and attention because they're different. Ellwood is still capturing a moment, a play in the game, but the result is evidence of greater pre-visualization and planning. Oh, and triggers, and very powerful strobes.

For those who aren't sports shooters or who aren't well-versed in using flash, here's a quick breakdown of his (likely) setup.

A post shared by Garrett Ellwood (@gwephoto) on Jun 1, 2017 at 7:38pm PDT

The first thing you'd need for this sort of stuff is permission, and given Ellwood's experience, he's sure to have it. Next, you'll need radio triggers; PocketWizard's are the industry standard, and cost a pretty penny, but they're reliable and have great range. You'll then need to mount your strobe pretty high up in the rafters, and because of the distance from your subjects, it'd better be powerful.

We can also tell from these images that it's likely a bare bulb (evident in the first image from the very hard shadows, the second image appears to have players more 'filled in' from light reflecting off the court). It looks to be in a cone-shaped reflector of some sort, or behind a grid - we can see this from the pronounced falloff midway up the court. Ellwood could have underexposed the background in two ways; first, he could have used a very narrow aperture, or he could have used high-speed sync, or a combination of the two. From there, just pump up the flash power to your desired level, and fire away.

The result is a decidedly different and dramatic look. The moral of the story? You don't have to keep the strobes relegated to staged portraiture or studio shots - experiment with how your particular setup allows you to balance with ambient lighting scenarios, and have fun!

For more: Garrett Ellwood's Instagram, portfolio, and a slideshow of additional images from

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