ECA Friday Talk | Carol Mavor | 'Mouthing Gold, Spitting Gold Mush' OR ‘Eating Sadistically' 24 Oct 2014 11.30am - 1.00pm Venue: Main Lecture Theatre, Edinburgh College of Art, Lauriston Building Mouthing gold, spitting gold mush— Ted Hughes, 'Midas' The fairy tale and related myths and fables, often turn on gold. Midas wished for e […]
Film Screening & Discussion | Carol Mavor and Megan Powell’s FULL (2014) 23 Oct 2014 6.30pm A screening of the 39-minute film by Carol Mavor and Megan Powell, followed by an in-conversation with the filmmakers and the audience. Ten-year old Ivo does not want to grow. Carol Mavor and Megan Powell's black and white film is chock-full of gorgeous imag […]
Screening & Discussion | The Act of Killing 25 Oct 2014 1.00pm £8.20/£6.00 Venue: Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road Edinburgh EH3 9BZ Tickets can be purchased directly from the Filmhouse This “bone-chilling” documentary follows Anwar Congo, leader of a death squad in 1960s Indonesia. Flipping the conventional focus on the victims of atrocities, Director Joshua […]
The death of the point-and-shoot compact has been disastrous for all the major camera manufacturers, but it's not all bad news. Manufacturers are clambering over themselves to offer the most attractive features to the last group of people willing to pay for a good camera, spurring the kind of innovation we've not seen in a long time. Find out why […]
In our latest from-the-show-floor video, we visit the Fujifilm booth at Photokina 2014 to learn more about the Fujifilm X100T, the newest member of the company's ultra-premium compact camera family. See video
Behind Nikon's Photokina 2014 stand is the Ricoh booth, the most colorful we've seen thus far. It's not the design of the booth that's colorful. Rather, it's the dozens of color combinations available for the company's DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. The waterfall in front was pretty cool, too. Take the tour.
We caught up with Tamron at Photokina 2014 to get a peek at the new 15-30mm F2.8 ultra-wide angle zoom. It's designed to cover a full frame sensor and was shown to us in a late prototype form, though its official launch date is unconfirmed. We also got some hands-on time with the manufacturer's latest all-in-one zoom lenses as well as the always-im […]
The stars of Sigma's booth at this years Photokina were two new telezoom lenses - 'C' and 'S' versions of a 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM aimed at enthusiasts and sports / wildlife professionals, respectively. The company was also showing off its new 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM 'C' for APS-C DSLRs. We headed to the com […]
The Polaroid Socialmatic was first announced a while ago but is still in development and expected to ship sometime later this year. However, at the Polaroid stand in Hall 5.2 Photokina visitors can already get their hands on a few prototypes and play with the unique device. The Socialmatic combines a 14MP camera, an Android smart device and a Polaroid Zero I […]
Fujifilm announced two cameras on the runup to Photokina - the X100T and X30. But the company is also showing off mockups of several new lenses, slated for release next year. We sat down with senior executives from Fujifilm earlier today, and got our hands on the samples. Click through to take a look at what's in store.
The Olympus booth was relatively quiet compared to the madhouses at Nikon and Canons' stands, which made it easier to get up close and personal with the company's new lenses. We also took a look at some of their recent cameras, and have a few cutaways, as well. Read more.
In this video from Photokina, Panasonic's Matt Frazer walks us through the features of the new Lumix DMC-LX100 compact camera. Matt also explains Panasonic's use of a multi-aspect four thirds sensor, discusses lens design and manufacture, and explains the camera's 4K video capabilities. See video
We swung by Nikon's Photokina 2014 stand to see the new D750 in action and investigate what else the company has in store for show attendees. The booth itself is a bit less flashy than some of the competitions, and distinctly lacking in cars and ladies wearing sequins, but that doesn't mean that it doesn't make an impression. Click through to […]
The hack by university professor Benjamin Schmidt allows you to search for the frequency of words used in TV and film with findings like Woody Allen using sex less and lessIf youve ever wanted to find out that Steven Soderbergh never put the word sex in his films in the late 90s, or that fuck has overtaken shit as South Parks curse of choice, youre in luck: […]
Disneys forthcoming film adaption of Marvels comic about a boy superhero and his robot friend reinvents the kid-sidekick trope and could mark a new direction for comic-book movies Big Hero 6 marks Disneys first proper step into comic-book adaptationLets be honest: most comic-book movies today are not aimed at kids. Christopher Nolans Batman movies are far to […]
Two of the most memorable film scenes involving baked confections and sugary delights. What others should we add to our top five?From happy memories of childhood to over-indulgence and sometimes death, confectionery has been a key ingredient to many a memorable film scene. Share your favourite film clips involving sweets, cakes, biscuits, chocolate or any ot […]
Sixty years ago today, Marilyn Monroe stood on top of a subway grate in New York City and made cinematic historySixty years ago, on 15 September, 1954, Marilyn Monroe stood on a subway grate in New York City wearing a little white dress and fought an upward breeze. The scene from the Seven Year Itch, went on to become one of the most iconic moments in movie […]
Smash-hit Marvel movie finally dethroned by Idris Elbas No Good Deed, while it was a less-than-vintage Toronto film festivalGuardians of the Galaxy - reviewThe sixth Marvel Studios movie to cross $600m (£370m) worldwide was dethroned by the Idris Elba thriller No Good Deed, but we all know which one will live longer in the collective consciousness. Guardians […]
Mix kung fu with a couple of Jamaican comedians and some reggae, and what do you get? A must-see movie mashup about an evil-fighting brothel bouncerRed carpet, dancehall reggae stars, folks dressed to the nines, ample Red Stripe and Guinness for everyone. This is a screening of a film called Ching Pow: Far East Yardies in Kingston, Jamaica. But this is not j […]
Success as producer of The Inbetweeners has allowed Chris Young to energize the entire Gaelic-language moving-image industryAs the independence debate convulses Scotland, something is stirring on the Isle of Skyes Sleat peninsula. Not some long-dead Celtic monster, but something more abstract: the dawning of a new era for Scotlands ancient language, Gaelic. […]
Currently starring in Anton Corbijns A Most Wanted Man, heres our pick of his five best performances on film. Which would you add to the list?Willem Dafoe stands out as a champion villain. If its a curling lip, a leer or a chilling laugh youre after, hes got more than enough acting ammunition in his arsenal. Anton Corbijns A Most Wanted Man, out in UK cinema […]
If the cult hit Dredd is to get a second film, it should be an adaptation of the outlandish comic-book story Origins, in which the hero journeys into mutant-strewn badlands in search of his fatherRead the Guardian review of 2012s DreddWatch the trailer for the movieIn a world in which we are apparently to get a full half-dozen Guy Ritchie-directed King Arthu […]
The metal-toothed killer Jaws was one of the 007 movies most popular bad-guy characters; he was the henchman redeemed by loveRichard Kiel, Jaws actor from James Bond, dies aged 74Video: Jaws best bitesThe death of gentle-giant movie actor Richard Kiel who famously portrayed the metal-toothed bad guy Jaws in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979) cl […]
The latest version of the Photoshop Automator Actions collection, version 5.0.7 is now compatible with Photoshop CC, in addition to CS4, CS5, CS5.5, and CS6. All users will want to upgrade, though, since the new version includes important bug fixes to file naming and the Edit IPTC Info action. Requires Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion […]
I’ll be teaching or assisting in three different photo workshops in October at the Oklahoma Fall Arts Institute at the beautiful Quartz Mountain State Park lodge. This is a beautiful location, teeming with landscape potential, colorful small towns, and interesting people. If you’ve seen my Lynda.com course Foundations of Photography: Composition, then you’ve […]
On The Practicing Photographer this week, I talk to fashion photographer Troy Word about his use of Polaroid. Along the way, he brings us up-to-date on where the current state of Polaroid is, how you can easily get into Polaroid gear, how to mix it with digital, and what you can expect to spend along […]
This summer, for some reason, a friend and I drove a tiny Fiat Panda from London to Mongolia. Though I have a 13″ MacBook Air, I decided to take my iPad with me on the trip instead of a “real” computer. I also took a good amount of photography gear, which meant that the iPad […]
In my Lynda.com Macro and Close-up course, I cover the simple basics of reversing the lens you already have to turn it into a macro lens. This gives you an extremely easy way to start shooting macro, without having to invest in any special gear. If you give this technique a try, and find it […]
There are a lot of small things in the world, and many of them make great photographic subjects, provided you know how to shoot at a macro scale with your camera. In this course, you’ll see all the basics of macro shooting. If you don’t have a macro lens, don’t worry, because the course starts […]
Fuji's X-E1 is a great mirrorless camera that really gives SLR a run for their money, in terms of image quality and usability. I've been shooting with one for about a month now. Here are some of my thoughts about it.