Lensbaby has launched the LM-10 Sweet Spot Lens for mobile devices and the Sweet 50, a 50mm selective-focus optic compatible with the Lensbaby Optic Swap System for SLR, mirrorless and motion picture cameras.
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Kodak Alaris have announced the discontinuation of the Kodak Professional BW400CN chromogenic film.
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Seeing as the football season is back underway, we thought it was time for a rummage through Offsides archive of Ray Wrights photos from Goal magazine to see how players rolled in their cribs back in the dayContinue reading…
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Netleys military hospital was built to service an empires army after the Crimean war. It stood for a century and saw two world wars before being demolished in 1966. Now, rare photographs have been uncovered from a private album dating from the first world war, which reveal the extraordinary daily life of a forgotten war relicContinue reading…
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In pictures: see our gallery of Netley in the first world war
A hospital orderly, wearing what resembles a butcher’s apron, poses with an equally ominous-looking trolley. Ward maids, country-looking girls, pose in utilitarian overalls designed for dirty work, rather than the pristine starch of nurses’ uniforms. A handsome stable hand, straight out of War Horse and proudly holding a pair of equine charges, looks hesitantly into the camera’s lens. A quartet of stretcher-bearers wait on a dockside to unload an ambulance ship. A glamorous young officer poses in a cane chair. And in a seaside scene, convalescent soldiers socialise with their families on a pier that might be Bournemouth or Brighton. But behind them rises an enormous building, its vast array of pillars and arched windows seen through the trees.
The Royal Victoria Military Hospital at Netley was not only England’s biggest building, but also its “largest palace of pain”, according to a 1900 report. Set on the shores of Southampton Water in Hampshire, it was created in response to the Crimean war, and designed to serve an empire. It would end up ministering to apocalypse. During the first world war, this sprawling brick behemoth a quarter of a mile long became a microcosm of what was happening across the English Channel.Continue reading…
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There were riots all over the world in 1968, mainly protesting against the Vietnam war. In France it was different there was a desire to change society. It started with students in Paris but quickly spread to workers across the country. At one point over 10 million were striking and the entire country was paralysed.
Paris 1968 was a major event for my generation, so it was something I felt I had to document. I was 25 at the time and close to the student movement politically. I wasn’t militant but I sympathised with them, especially when I saw how brutal the French police could be. I once saw policemen beat a pregnant woman on the ground.Continue reading…
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The photographic equivalent of Zoolander
There are a lot of photographers out there right now and getting noticed can be tricky. Chris Bauer, however, came up with a clever (depending on who you ask) parody marketing video that is currently getting him a ton of attention. It depicts him as “Male Photographer of the Year.”
The video touches on many of the current “hipster” photography trends and even includes the phrase “grip it and rip it.” It’s clever, well-made and, so far, proving extremely effective.
The ultimate decider about its effectiveness, however, will be how much work it gets him as a photographer in the long run.
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We’ve come a long way since 1839
As we noted yesterday, August 19th 1839 marked an immense shift in the history of the recorded image, as the daguerrotype debuted and soon became widely available. In the following 175 years, we’ve seen major technological breakthroughs with impressive regularity—as well as a constant flow of more minor changes making devices we keep in our pockets would be completely astonishing. Now the folks at Lytro have pulled all those breakthroughs together into a single infographic.
Unsurprisingly, Lytro puts its own technology on this list—and, to be fair, it’s pretty revolutionary stuff. It just remains to be seen if the Lytro light field photography will take off like some of the other breakthroughs that the infographic describes. This also comes just as Lytro has released a majorly overhauled mobile app.
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This month’s collection of awesome reader-submitted photos
Summer is one of my favorite times for taking photos. It’s warm enough to go adventuring and the sun stays up so long that you feel like you could shoot forever. July is the apex of that, which translates into a crazy good crop of photos from July’s Your Best Shot contest.
As usual, the entrants cover a very wide array of subjects and styles, which is really the thing I love most about this contest. There were a ton of great star trail photos, probably because warm temperatures and clear skies make this a great time to try them (Learn how here). There are also portraits, wild life shots, street photos, and a little bit of everything else. There are even some decidedly non-summery photos (like the one posted above shot by Lewis Abulafia) from Iceland.
Once you’ve clicked through the gallery and are feeling inspired, head over to our Contests Page to find out how you can participate in our challenges and win great prizes while showing off your work.
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