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The National Geographic Society’s historical mission is "to increase and diffuse geographic knowledge while promoting the conservation of the world’s cultural, historical, and natural resources.This post shows the most National great of Geographic Photo Contest 2010 works to you.
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Photography Stories

News imageO2 Stories is a collaborative photography-based storytelling project and photo competition. O2 has commissioned Alexis Kennedy of Failbetter Games to write two stories, inspired by photos taken by the public. One story is a journey in sunlight, a happy tale of a far off land, while the other is a dark and hard-boiled thriller, set in shadows. Each tale begins with a single picture and from there, it’s up to the audience how the stories twist and turn over the next eleven chapters. To become part of the story, all you have to do is read what has been written so far, take a photo that you think could tell the next part, and then tweet it via twitpic, yfrog, plixi, or twitgoo with the hashtag for the story (either #o2sunlight or #o2shadows). Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday evening, the author will choose a photo that inspires him to write the next chapter for each story. If your picture is chosen, you will win a printed book of the complete story, featuring your photograp

Intel Visual Life Photo-Video Contest

News imageIntel is running a photo-video contest on Facebook as part of its Visual Life campaign. The orgainsers are looking for submissions of original photographs and movie clips in six categories including Things, Moments, Northern Lights, Remastered, Places and People. Facebook members can either upload a file from their hard drive or select a photo from their Facebook albums. Please note that this competition is open to UK residents aged 18 or above only. As always, we suggest that you read the rules before entering yourwork.

General Electric plans to release its first Micro Four Thirds-like camera in 2011

US-based General Electric (GE), which recently re-entered the Singapore camera market, seems to have its sights set on entering the Interchangeable Lens Camera (ILC) industry. A spokesperson from its distributor in Singapore told CNET Asia that GE is looking to introduce its first Micro Four Thirds-like camera before the end of 2011. 

While no other details were revealed, it is clear that the company is hoping to be treated more seriously as a camera-maker. And with GE's strategy focused on producing affordable cameras, it will be interesting to see how it will change the ILC industry. For consumers, this may also mean that ILCs will finally hit mainstream prices. 

General Electric (GE), known for its diverse portfolio in energy, transportation and infrastructure, entered the compact camera market in the US and Europe in 2006, followed by China, Hong Kong and Malaysia in 2008. It appeared briefly in Singapore in 2008 but was discontinued after that year.

A blooming rose.

A blooming rose. 

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L IS USM Review

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L IS USM Review ImageCanon’s L range of lenses (L standing for Luxury) is the pinnacle of Canon lens design and each one bursts with innovative technology such as fluorite lens elements, Super UD glass, image stabilisation and Ultra Sonic Motors. The standard 70-300mm IS lens has arguably been the most popular zoom lens they’ve produced with image stabilisation, so it’s a bit of a surprise that it’s taken them so long to produce an L version. This is a compact L-series telezoom lens featuring optical image stabilisation, two ultra-low dispersion elements and Canon’s Super Spectra coatings. An eight-blade circular diaprhragm offers excellent bokeh, while AF is fast and quiet thanks to a ring-type ultrasonic motor. The new Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L IS USM currently retails for £1599.99 / €1909.99 / $1599.99.


The Ultra Sonic Motor was first introduced to the Canon range in the 300mm f/2.8L in 1987. Incorporating two rings, the system uses energy from ultrasonic oscillation to drive the rings. They're ultra fast, audible only to dogs or bats and are extremely fuel efficient. The end result for the user means a faster, quieter motor with less hunting for the focus point.
The great thing about the ring type ultra sonic motor is that it allows for manual override without the need for switching the lens into manual mode. It's a lovely, big focus ring on the 70-300mm L and is very precise.

Chromatic Aberrations

Chromatic aberration, or colour fringing, is caused when the lens elements fail to place all the colours of the spectrum onto one focal point. This results in a stray colour being recorded on the sensor typically in the form of purple lines down the edges of contrasting lines such as building sides with the sky in the background.
I tested the lens on as many high contrast images as I could and found no traces of the phenomenon.


The Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L IS USM doesn't have a macro facility and the closest it can focus on a subject is 1.2m. Out of the three 70-300mm lenses in the Canon range, the L has the closest focusing.

Bokeh Examples

Bokeh is exceptional on the Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L IS USM lens and even though it has only six aperture blades - the same as the standard 70-300mm lens - settings such as f/8 are perfect for wildlife and fauna shots where the background needs to be thrown totally out of focus into a dark,  blended colour.
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L IS USMBokeh
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L IS USMBokeh at f/5.6
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L IS USMBokeh at f/22

inFocus (Essentials) for iPad

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In Focus, the Photographic Training Centre based in the Peak District National Park, England has just announced the launch of their new iPad application, which is the first in a planned series ofapplications.
The app, written by Simon Watkinson ABIPP in conjunction with Tabella Publishing is called inFocus (Essentials) and is a basic photography guide that contains clear and easy to understand stages on how to set up your DSLR camera. Not only does it cover what settings to choose, but also explains in great detail each of their functions. inFocus (Essentials) is an essential guide for anyone who owns a DSLR camera and wants a deeper understanding of their equipment.
The app covers all the basics, from file types, to lenses, how the camera judges exposure, how to make exposure compensations and understanding your histograms. This app also explains the many different ways in which the camera can focus, and gives you a guide as to which shutter speeds to use at different focal lengths.
Amazing, full colour pictures and diagrams make the learning process easy to understand, and are good visual examples for each relevant section. Simon’s philosophy is that you have to get to know and understand your camera inside out to get the best out of it. With this knowledge under your belt the whole picture taking process becomes more pleasurable. So, if you’re looking to improve and understand subjects such as ISOs and white balance, apertures and exposure, this is your essential guide.
The application is priced at £1.79 and is available from the iTunes App Store
About In Focus
In Focus is an award winning training company that offers a wide range of Photography courses.  All courses for In Focus are taught by World-renowned photographer Simon Watkinson ABIPP and is run by professional photographer Tammy Tidmarsh LBIPP.
Courses on offer include Beginners Photography Courses, Wedding Photography Courses, Landscape Photography Courses, Studio Lighting Courses, Wedding and Portrait Workshops, Digital Imaging Courses in RAW File Workflow and Lightroom / Photoshop classes, Private Photography Tuition as well as Overseas Photography Tuition Holidays to Nepal, India and Morocco.  There really is a course to suit all from absolute beginner to established professional.  Seehttp://www.swinfocus.co.uk for more information.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Review

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2DPS has posted their review verdict of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 and here is a summary of that review – ‘Photos out of the GH2 are excellent with great detail.
Reasons you would want purchase one – Full HD video is a must in your work. It does not hurt that it has continuous exposure and automatic focus and as the reviewer points out – the 10x zoom makes the purchase very appealing.
Here are some reasons you wouldn’t but it – You are brand new to photography and you simply do not want to deal with a lot of options.
The GH2 is sophisticated through and through with a ton of controls and an endless variety of menus choices. On the downside the reviewer was a little annoyed with the control buttons on the rear of the camera primarily because they’re almost level with the camera body making their use a little sketchy.’

Sony A580 Review Analysis

Sony A580
ThePhoblographer has finished their review analysis of theSony A580 and here is a summary of their review – ‘These guys thought the A580 would be a perfect choice sports, wedding, and event photographers. The A580 has an awesome auto focus, really nice burst rate, spot on video and predictably nice results even at upper level ISO’s. Plus, everyone will appreciate the fact that it’s a true DSLR not one of those EVF types. This reviewer noted the A580 acted like a pro in just about every photo situation you could through at it.
Even the blistering heat of Thailand and the messy unpredictable concert lighting in Brooklyn. It is easy to hold even with wet hands and the video was first rate even in completely different environments.
Bottom Line – The A580 is a great camera, in particular if you’re dragging around a bag of Minolta lenses and you are not too excited about the A33 or A55.’

Free PhotographyBB Online Magazine

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The 38th issue of the free PhotographyBB Online Magazine is now available for download. This edition features several articles on photographing animals, including dogs, birds in flight, lions, leopards and elephants. Guest contributor Mario Fazekas has a richly illustrated 10-page article on photographing South Africa’s Super Seven on a budget, while photographer Heather Bashow shares her secrets of shooting birds in flight. In addition, staff writer Mike Frye takes a look at networking in the world of photojournalism, while PhotographyBB’s editor and publisher Dave Seeram explores ways to achieve the popular pop-art effect in Photoshop CS5. The 38th edition is available now on the PhotographyBB website.
Website: PhotographyBB

Polaroid picture collection courtesy of Sammlung WestLicht

Austrian WestLicht Museum of Photography purchases International Polaroid Collection, comprised of 4,400 Polaroid photos from 800 artists

© Ansel Adams, Yosemite Falls & Flowers 1979Images from Polaroid picture collection courtesy of Sammlung WestLich

© Helmut Newton 1976Images from Polaroid picture collection courtesy of Sammlung WestLich

© Robert Mapplethorpe 1979Images from Polaroid picture collection courtesy of Sammlung WestLich

© Gottfried Helnwein, Child with clasps in mouth/radiator - var. A 1987Images from Polaroid picture collection courtesy of Sammlung WestLich

© Fazal Sheik, Riverside, Lebowa Homeland, South Africa 1989Images from Polaroid picture collection courtesy of Sammlung WestLicht

© Yousuf Karsh, Marshall McLuhan, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto 1974Images from Polaroid picture collection courtesy of Sammlung WestLich

© William Wegman 1987Images from Polaroid picture collection courtesy of Sammlung WestLich

© Peter Beard 1987Images from Polaroid picture collection courtesy of Sammlung WestLich

© Andy Warhol, 1978Images from Polaroid picture collection courtesy of Sammlung WestLich

© Stephan Shore 1976Images from Polaroid picture collection courtesy of Sammlung WestLich

© Sally Mann, Composition II 1985Images from Polaroid picture collection courtesy of Sammlung WestLich

© Gisèle Freund, View from my window, May 1979Images from Polaroid picture collection courtesy of Sammlung WestLich

© Mary Ellen Mark 1990Images from Polaroid picture collection courtesy of Sammlung WestLich

© Robert Mapplethorpe 1979Images from Polaroid picture collection courtesy of Sammlung WestLich

© Jeanloup Sieff 1976Images from Polaroid picture collection courtesy of Sammlung WestLich

© Jan Saudek, Beauty to beast 1980Images from Polaroid picture collection courtesy of Sammlung WestLich

© Oliviero Toscani, Andy Warhol 1975Images from Polaroid picture collection courtesy of Sammlung WestLich

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