2016 Sony World Photography Awards


The Iranian photographer Asghar Khamseh won the price for Photographer of the year 2016 and got the $25,000 price for his portraits of acid attack victims.
On the 21st of April 2016 the world´s best Photographers were announced by the World Photography Organisation. Asghar Khamseh has won the most desired prize, the L´lris d`Or Photographer of the Year.
The Photographer was born in Teheran in 1963. In 2005 he began to take pictures for various newspapers and organizations. The winning work ‘Fire of Hatred’ is an amazing series of portraits, drawing attention to the violent act of acid throwing. His photographs show wounded people, mostly women, who had to endure tremendous agonies. The series is an outstanding artwork with the focus on the fatal human rights situation in Iran.
The winning photographs will be exhibited in London at Somerset House from 22nd April – 8th May.

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CP+ Show in Japan


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From 25 February until 28 February 2016, the CP+ show took place in Yokohama, a city in Japan about 30km from Tokyo. This is one of the most important photo shows of the year. The exhibitors are Japanese companies. At the show there are about 160 of them, whereas several are hardly known abroad.  The entrance fee for all days was 1,500 Yen, which equals about 12€. This year the CP+ took place for the seventh time in the Exhibition Center “Pacifico”, where the major attractions were presented; for the first time the show was extended to the “Osanbashi” Hall where many side events were taking place. The exhibition area covered almost all fields of photography, ranging from cameras, photo equipment and lenses to print media, studio equipment, dark room equipment, computers, printers and much more.

 

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Before the show was opened to the public, the press teams and invited guests were allowed to visit the CP+. The companies used the “Press Time” to announce relevant news. On February 28 it was announced that 67,792 visitors had been registered during the four-day show.

The main topics of this year’s show were:

  • New photo award created! Special ZOOM joint photo exhibition celebrating the friendship between Japanese & French photo cultures!
  • New site added! PHOTO HARBOUR: Showing the fun of “creating” photo works
  • 1st CP+ 2016 Visitors’ Poll World Premiere Award
  • The 1st CP+ Used Camera Fair from classic cameras
  • Limited to Friday, Saturday, and Sunday!
  • Special exhibition by the NAOJ and events for astrophotography

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Famous companies exhibiting at the CP+ were, among others, Canon, Casio, Carl Zeiss, Dell, Eizo, Epson, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Polaroid and Sigma. You can find the complete list with all exhibitors as well as further information on the CP+ website.

The photo exhibits are, from a historical point of view in particular, highly interesting and valuable – such as, for example, the special exhibition Did You Know= – “Atomic Bombs Dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki” where 60 pictures were presented that had been taken in both Japanese cities in 1945 shortly after the nuclear attacks.

But there were also funny and very thrilling ones – such as, the exhibition in Gallery B:
“Discovery! The world captured by elementary school children”.

Along with the numerous exhibitions and presentations, there were also many interesting panel discussions, workshops and seminars, prizes were awarded and contests were taking place. Beyond that, there were many events suitable or even made especially for children and families, such as a “Family Photo Studio”. Because of that the target audience of the show is diverse. While during the week there are lots of experts attending, on weekends also many families enjoy visiting the CP+.

Photography basics – part 8 – Pixels are not just Pixels


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In the course of heated technology discussions, photographers often bandy about megapixel figures. Having more megapixels is said to be an advantage in good lighting conditions, when using low sensitivities. It is commonly known that more resolution is better. Conversely, less, bigger pixels are said to be more sensitive, thus taking in more light and having better noise performance. What many tend to forget, however, is the fact that megapixel figures are only comparable if you are talking about sensors of the same type. That is to say, as soon as the mistake of comparing pixel figures of different types is made, the megapixel house of cards collapses. The pixel, which is sold to us as a kind of standardized unit of resolution, is anything but standardized. To illustrate this, I will present the two best widely known sensor types, the ubiquitous Bayer and the Foveon sensor by Sigma.

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LensRentals: Cross-Brand Repair Data of Lenses and Cameras 2012-2013


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As in the previous two years, Roger Cicala of LensRentals blogged about the repair statistics of lenses and cameras in his company. LensRentals is a U.S. based rental company specialising on lenses, photo- and video cameras. With over 12000 lenses and cameras the company has available and 2000 repairs between July 2012 and July 2013, the sample is big enough to draw substantial conclusions. However, one shouldn’t make the mistake and automatically assume that photo equipment generally fails that often. A lens or a camera that isn’t shipped every other week and that is carefully used and well cared for won’t conk out as frequently as is the case at LensRentals. 😉

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