All posts tagged: Technology

Bodyhacking and tech implants in Hannes Wiedemann’s Grinders

Grinders, which was nominated as a runner-up in this year’s British Journal of Photography Breakthrough Awards, focuses on a community of body hackers who undergo operations to add technology into their body. Like something out of a sci-fi novel, the group hope that slicing their bodies open will enable them to solve mankind’s problems through machine. The combination of man and machine is no longer futuristic fiction.

2017-08-01T10:29:56+00:00

Udacity offers photographers the chance to be Virtual Reality pioneers.

In 2003, the British photographer Robbie Cooper was employed to photograph the CEO of a large business. As they talked between shots, Cooper learnt that the man had recently separated from his wife, and didn’t get much of a chance to spend time with his kids – until he found something called Everquest. Everquest was an early iteration of the 3D fantasy-themed role-playing computer games that cropped up at the turn of the millennium when multiplayer online games were really taking off. Every evening, the businessman would log onto Everquest and, through the game, spend time with his children – or at least the cartoonish, anime-style virtual avatars of his children. As they played together online, the businessman would ask them fatherly things – how their schoolwork was going, what was going on with their friends, how their mother was getting on. He was using his virtual self to compensate for the absence of his real self. Cooper says of the experience: “This emotional exchange, taking place in the fantasy of the game, got me …

2017-06-26T11:55:16+00:00

Gear of the Year 2015

Sony A7 Mark II series The year 2015 saw the arrival of Sony’s full Mark II A7 fleet, adding five-axis full-frame sensor stabilisation to the mirrorless ILC. While the 42-megapixel A7R II [below left] is now acknowledged as the top of the range, the first update, the A7 II (24-megapixels), also improved autofocus, body design, sealing and shutter life. Its on-sensor, phase-detection AF works with many adapted Sony A-mount and Canon EF lenses. The second update (A7R to A7R II) moved from 36- to 42-megapixels with a new shutter and 4k video direct to SDXC card, plus a larger electronic viewfinder (0.78×). The backside-illuminated CMOS sensor allows first curtain electronic and silent shutter modes while curing rangefinder wide-angle colour shading and smearing. The final upgrade, the A7S II, kept 12-megapixels and moonlight-friendly ISO 409,600, while adding the advances of the A7R II and 14-bit uncompressed raw. Finally, Sony gave this to the A7 II/A7R II by a firmware upgrade. www.sony.co.uk Leica Q If you are looking for an absolutely first-class compact camera that will produce results …

2015-12-22T16:26:23+00:00

Noorderlicht Photofestival grapples with information overload

Founded in 1991, Noorderlicht is one of the more experienced heads of the European photography scene. The Dutch festival has a decidedly ‘current’ scope, aiming to address social discussions and processes as they play out. Growing out of the Noorderlicht Photogallery in Groningen, for the festival, “photography is a socially inspired medium” and this year’s main theme is as rich as it is relevant: ‘Data Rush.’ WikiLeaks, the NSA, Sony vs. North Korea — information is being siphoned off and redistributed on a staggering scale, and inspired by the inundating stream of words, images, videos and combinations therein, this year Noorderlicht is tackling the digital age. This year, half of the planet’s population will have access to the internet, and ‘the next billion’ are beginning to grapple with the repercussions of constant connectivity. While contemporary artists have explored ideas surrounding technology thoroughly in recent years, Noorderlicht is focusing on the sheer scale of information overload, and through the images, asks what effect it may have on us. “‘Online’ is such a drastic concern”, says Wim Melis, curator …

2015-08-27T16:53:50+00:00

Human Simulacrum

Luisa Whitton first became interested in what she describes as “technology and its effects on identity, in particular its ability to create a double self ” while working on a project during the second year of her BA degree at London College of Communication. Soon after, she came across a documentary on Japanese scientist Hiroshi Ishiguro, who had constructed a robotic double of himself, and she was instantly compelled to meet him. Whitton spent several months in Japan interviewing Ishiguro, as well as other scientists, and photographing their laboratories. The images that make up her series, What About the Heart?, focus heavily on the eerily lifelike faces that were constructed for the robots as a way to question the humanistic aspect of the subject. “In my photographs I am trying to subvert the traditional formula of portraiture and lure the audience into a debate on the boundaries that determine the dichotomy of the human/not human. The photographs become documents of objects that sit between scientific tool and horrid simulacrum.” [bjp_ad_slot] Whitton’s images are accompanied by …

2014-09-26T13:52:50+00:00

Highlights from Cologne

As the opening week of Photokina 2014 moves towards its final days, we present a few more highlights from the world’s largest photography trade show.                                       Lexar has announced a new professional line of memory cards – the 2000x SDHC™/SDXC™ UHS-II cards – “the fastest UHS-II memory cards available on the market today,” according to the company. Offering transfer speeds of up to 300MB per second and write speeds up to 260MB per second, the Lexar Professional 2000x cards will be able to capture and transfer 1080p full-HD, 3D, and 4K video, as well as high quality stills images. They will be available in 32GB (£77.99) and 64GB (£135.99) capacities from the autumn. [bjp_ad_slot] In addition, Lexar is to release a complementary range – Professional 1000x SDHC/SDXC UHS-II memory cards, which offer read transfer speeds of up to 150MB per second and write transfer speeds up to 95MB per second. Also available from the autumn, the 1000x cards can be purchased in sizes ranging …

2014-09-22T21:58:54+00:00

Photokina briefing: press day

The day ahead of Photokina’s opening in Cologne is given over to the press, and there were several announcements throughout the day, dominated by Canon, who surprised no one with the introduction of the EOS 7D Mark II, and Samsung, who did, launching the NX1, complete with numerous innovations that all in all make it a compact system camera worthy of pro attention. [bjp_ad_slot] With its 28-megapixel resolution, 205-point phase detection autofocus system and 4K UHD video capture, the NX1 deserves attention, marking itself out as an extremely versatile camera packed into a compact body. The 7D Mark II, on the other hand, is more of an evolutionary development – though coming five years after the original 7D, there’s lots to improve on, including a highly developed autofocus system. Canon also announced the new PowerShot G7 X, its “most powerful pocket camera ever”. With a continuous shooting speed of 6.5fps, and an AF system that includes 31 points, the G7 X can focus “three times faster than the human eye”, said Canon at this afternoon’s press launch, “and offers a photographic experience comparable to that …

2014-09-17T11:28:42+00:00

Sony presents new lens at Photokina

The latest addition to the Sony lens stable is the Zeiss 16-35mm f/4 full-frame wide-angle zoom (with a 35mm-equivalent focal length, when attached to an APS-C body). Unveiled at a press conference this afternoon at Photokina, the Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS (SEL1635Z) lens is compatible with E-mount cameras and camcorders. The lens, which has been optimised for use with the A7 range of full-frame cameras, sits alongside Sony’s existing SEL2470Z zoom and SEL70200G telephoto zoom optics. Featuring five aspherical lens elements, the new lens, which comes with in-built image stabilisation, is able to achieve “outstanding corner-to-corner resolution and sharpness”, says the company, while also reducing distortion and keeping colour aberration to a minimum. The T* coating – a feature of Zeiss lenses – minimises flare and ghosting, boosting contrast, claims Sony. The Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS (SEL1635Z) full-frame wide-angle zoom lens is available to pre-order now from www.sony.co.uk. It will be on general sale in Europe from November 2014. Stay up to date with stories such as this, delivered to your inbox every Friday.

2014-09-17T14:54:31+00:00

The NX1 is unveiled; Samsung’s flagship compact system camera

With its 28-megapixel resolution, innovative 205-point phase detection autofocus system and 4K UHD video capture, the newly announced NX1 has serious pro-worthy credentials. Indeed, for the first time with any seriousness, Samsung is using the ‘p’ word a lot, claiming the new addition is “about giving professional photographers choice and an alternative to the DSLR”. Its speedy autofocus, 15fps continuous shooting and advanced focus tracking capabilities should mean it delivers for both still and moving image capture. And its Back Side Illumination sensor design allows a clear lightway from the lens, which will reduce the signal-to-noise ratio significantly. [bjp_ad_slot] The AF system can “instinctively track subjects almost anywhere in the frame, regardless of their location”, claims Samsung. “Photographers can capture even the briefest of moments as there is no need to re-compose a shot – they can simply focus and shoot immediately, allowing for extreme speed and flexibility. This technology will be of particular interest to those who love to shoot video, as the NX1 supports the use of Phase AF during movie recording, so that results …

2014-09-15T16:44:10+00:00

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