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Hasselblad: A Brief History
VICTOR Hasselblad was a Swedish optical engineer and photographer, born in Gothenburg in 1906. In 1940, during the Second World War, he was asked by his government if he could manufacture an accurate copy of an aerial camera recovered from a German r
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Before They Were Famous
The nature of celebrity photography has shifted significantly. To this day, Terry O'Neill has continued to lament the shifts in the process that was, back in the 20th century, more about intimate collaboration than a simple PR necessity. It used to b
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The Zeiss connection
THE GERMAN Carl Zeiss company was founded in Jena in 1846, primarily to produce lenses, microscopes, binoculars and other optical instruments. As glass technology progressed Zeiss turned to photographic optics and built a reputation for quality, with
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Also Out Now
WHEN Brian Griffin was 35, he won a Design and Art Direction award for his work on the Depeche Mode album cover A Broken Frame. Ever the eccentric, he decided to collect his award dressed as the Royal Albert Hall. Griffin's photographic career began
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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.3
Serious photographers tend to be suspicious of all-in-one lenses. The larger the zoom ratio, the thinking goes, the lower the optical quality must be. So what to make of Olympus's latest offering, with its immense 16.6x, 24-400mm equivalent range? Th
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Viewpoint Ailsa McWhinnie
Of all the things I expected to wake up to on 1 January this year, it wasn't the news that my late grandparents' possessions had gone up in smoke. At around 7.45pm the night before, a fire broke out at the Shurgard storage facility in Purley Way, sou
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The First Camera On The Moon
Strange as it might now seem, during the early days of space exploration, photography wasn't considered important. The first man in space was Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin who circled the Earth during a 108-minute flight on12 April1961. A weird stop
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Great Art Goes To The Heart
I HAVE recently been catching up on Master of Photography, on Sky Arts. It's inspiring and thought-provoking to watch the contestants' differing approaches to the tasks set, and enjoyable to see the results. It's been great to see top photographers s
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Best Buys
● $40 ● www.artisanobscura.com Artisan Obscura is a small American company based in Colorado and specialises in the production of handmade soft shutter releases. The job of a soft shutter release is to improve the feel of your camera's shutter butto
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Inbox
The letter in Inbox (AP 6 July) questioning the reliability of certain Pentax products reflects my experience with a DA* 50-135 f/2.8 lens. The optical quality is superb but I experienced a focus lock-up which cost in excess of £100 to repair through
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Benro Series 2 Carbon Fibre IFoto Tripod Kit
The quick-release clamp includes a spirit level to help set your camera straight. ● 165cm max height ● 46.5cm folded length ● 1.7kg weight ● 14kg load capacity The standard rubber feet can be exchanged for metal ground spikes, which can be useful whe
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Promising The Moon
As beautiful as the moon is, it can be tricky to photograph in combination with the landscape, especially in the dead of night. Making the most of strong artificial light, such as that produced by an urban cityscape, usually makes things easier. The
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Space And The Digital Camera
The Apollo11 landing would not have been possible without a completed and detailed survey of the surface of the moon. This was achieved using series of surveying satellites with a camera system that had two lenses arranged in co-axial system so that
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Ollie’s Top Tips
Plan your shots to take advantage of the atmospheric light around the golden hour. This shot of the Dolomites shows the golden hour over Croda da Lago ridge in Italy. The viewing distance from the subject (the ridge) was approximately 8km. Moonrise
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Erwin Blumenfeld
In 1907, aged 10, Erwin Blumenfeld received his first camera; it was from his Uncle Carl. He explained, ‘My real life started with the discovery of chemical magic, the play of light and shade, the two-edged problem of negative and positive. I had a g
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Shooting For The Moon
Thelaunch of the Sputnik 1 satellite by the Soviet Union in October 1957 jolted the US Federal Government into action, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was formed on 29 July 1958… the ‘Space Race’ had truly begun. NASA abs
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Then And Now
Opened at the start of July at the Royal Photographic Society’s (RPS’s) gleaming new Bristol headquarters, its major new exhibition ‘Space Steps: The Moon and Beyond’ explores the journey of Apollo 11. It is illustrated by some of the most iconic pho
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News Round-up
Olympus has released a special fire-engine red version of its Tough TG-6 compact camera, exclusive to John Lewis. This resilient compact is waterproof to 15m and freeze-proof to -10°C, as well as being dustproof and shockproof. Key features include a
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Nadav Kander And Alamy In ‘Photo Of A Photo’ Row
A DISPUTE has erupted between celebrated portrait photographer and artist Nadav Kander, The Big Issue magazine and major stock library Alamy. In a recent post on his Instagram page, Kander accuses The Big Issue of publishing a photo (via Alamy) of on
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Earthrise
When Apollo 8 launched from Kennedy Space Center on 21 December 1968, the three astronauts on board - Frank Borman, William Anders and James Lovell – had zero interest in photographing the Earth from space. Borman, in particular, wasn’t happy about h
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New Lightroom Updates: Six Of The Best
This new slider in Lightroom Classic and CC affects mid-range detail in an image, letting you either enhance textures and surfaces or smooth them out with a negative setting. As well as the option to apply Texture universally, you can use it in combi
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Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II
Shutter speeds range from 1sec-1/2000sec using the mechanical shutter, or 30sec-1/25,600sec using the silent electronic shutter. Canon has introduced a new 3in,1040k-dot tilt-angle touchscreen, which is thinner than the vari-angle screen on the origi
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New Lightroom Updates Explained
Amongst the latest updates to the Lightrooom family of apps are a few stand-out features. For many photographers, the headline feature will be the new Texture control. Found within the Basic Panel alongside the Clarity slider, Texture works in a simi
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First Impressions
CANON has taken a different direction with its G5 X Mark II and made a conscious effort to make it more travel friendly and convenient for those who want a camera that's easy to carry. The pop-up EVF is a stroke of genius, but you do have to forgo a
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