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Blog Post Archive

Snapchat spam gets an apology

3 months agoArts / Photography : Photocritic

Following revelations over Christmas of a potential software vulnerability in its ‘Find Friends’ service that could allow its users’ names to be linked with their phone numbers and a subsequent security breach around New Year, the last thing that ephemeral-image-sharing app Snapchat needs is another bothersome bug. Especially when it was veeeerrry slow to offer […]

Who wants to conform? Choosing an app for rectangular Instagram images

3 months agoArts / Photography : Photocritic

Instagram images are distinctive because of their filters and their square crops. They’re the first two elements on the Instagram Spotter’s Guide. But who wants to be forced to conform and always have to slice off the sides of your photos and submit a perfect square? Exactly! An entire industry has grown up around the […]

Will Toshiba be bringing Lytro-like refocusing to smartphones?

3 months agoArts / Photography : Photocritic

We’ve grown accustomed to the idea of photos that we can refocus after the fact thanks to Lytro’s lightfield camera and to Nokia’s Refocus app that takes between two and eight photos that you can play with to your heart is content. Now Toshiba has announced the first dual camera module designed for inclusion in […]

The inimitable xkcd on taking photos

3 months agoArts / Photography : Photocritic

That whole debate about whether taking photos diminishes or improves your memory of events? I couldn’t give a toss about it. Sometimes waltzing around a dancefloor with my brother to Sweet Caroline is a far better experience than taking photos of everyone else dancing. Other times, it’s the act of climbing onto the shed roof […]

Sigma’s new pair of lenses

3 months agoArts / Photography : Photocritic

Sigma broadened out its lens lineup at CES, announcing a fast prime and a standard zoom in a range of mounts that should give anyone looking for third party lenses options to consider. The fast prime is a 50mm ƒ/1.4 DG HSM ‘Art’ lens. ‘DG’ is the equivalent of Nikon’s FX format or Canon’s EF […]

Polaroid’s novelty slalom

3 months agoArts / Photography : Photocritic

Polaroid has been showing off a few different products at CES, and not all of them cameras. However, photographically the interest has been in its square-shaped instant camera, the Socialmatic, and the tiny cube-shaped C3 camera. Neither of them is especially a mainstream product, but there are plenty of companies who can succeed in making […]

Down the rabbit hole with Sony’s A5000

3 months agoArts / Photography : Photocritic

There’s something very Alice in Wonderland about Sony’s newest cameras. It’s as if we’ve been offered cake saying ‘eat me’ when we pick up the A7 or the new A5000, or a bottle labelled ‘drink me’ when we hold the A3000. Their sizes, either extraordinarily small or brain-scratchingly large, defy logic. The new A5000, with […]

Canon goes superzooming

3 months agoArts / Photography : Photocritic

If you’re looking for a slightly more ‘traditional’ compact camera than Canon Powershot N100, it has launched two new pocketable point-and-shoots today: the PowerShot SX600 HS and IXUS 265 HS. Both cameras have 16 megapixel CMOS sensors powered by DIGIC 4+ processors and wi-fi and NFC connectivity to enable remote shooting and eay image sharing. […]

Snapchat: persona non grata at Eton

3 months agoArts / Photography : Photocritic

In a short interlude from CES coverage, we’ll revert to some Snapchat chat (there’s been a bit of that recently) and an amusing story that emerged out of Eton College—educator of Prime Ministers and future kings of England—over the weekend. Following concerns that some of its students might’ve been using the ephemeral messaging service to […]

Instant printing meets the smartphone with Fujifilm’s instax SHARE SP-1

3 months agoArts / Photography : Photocritic

Fujifilm has given us a revival of the instant pint camera with its instax devices, and our smartphones are allowing us to create faded, aged, filtered, square-cropped photos at the touch of a screen. But our smartphones can’t spew out a shake-to-develop print and not everyone wants an instant camera in addition to their smartphone […]

Canon Powershot N100 – another attempt at being cool

3 months agoArts / Photography : Photocritic

Canon has announced the Powershot N100 at CES: the idea behind it (or even in front of it), is that it’s a camera that can tell both sides of the photographic story with simultaneous functioning front- and rear-facing cameras. After the launch of the Powershot N at CES last year, which appeared to be Canon’s […]

Want to take photos of the weather? Please be careful

3 months agoArts / Photography : Photocritic

The UK has been battered by high winds and heavy rain on an intermittent basis since the end of October last year. Powerlines go down, homes flood, and trains and planes are cancelled. We appear to be caught in a cycle of disruption and inconvenience followed by respite that’s becoming increasingly trying and increasingly deadly. […]

Cameras for all with Fujifilm’s new compacts

3 months agoArts / Photography : Photocritic

It’s started. The new camera announcement deluge pouring out of CES is upon us. Fujifilm is first out of the blocks with five new cameras and an all-black version of the X100S. FinePix S1 The S1 is a bridge camera with a 50× optical zoom, a maximum aperture range of ƒ/2.8-5.6, a 16.4 megapixel 1/2.3? […]

Happy 2014!

3 months agoArts / Photography : Photocritic

Haje Jan and I would like to wish you a happy and healthy, peaceful and prosperous 2014. For us, 2013 has seen new books, new projects, and new travels and encompassed a gamut of emotions, spanning thrilling, stressful, exciting, and rewarding. Re-establishing Photocritic has certainly been a part of that experience. Thank you for joining […]

A new X-mount portrait lens and a revised lens-map from Fuji

3 months agoArts / Photography : Photocritic

Fujifilm has announced its XF56mmF1.2 R lens, a fast lens with a 35mm equivalent focal length of 85mm, making it ideal for portraits. The auto-focusing is meant to be fast and quiet, and boosted if paired with an X-series camera body that supports phase detection auto-focusing. There’s also support for Fujifilm’s Lens Modulation Optimizer, that […]

What’s the situation with the Snapchat hack?

3 months agoArts / Photography : Photocritic

The Snapchat security vulnerability is a story that has quietly grumbled on over the Christmas and New Year period, but is hopefully reaching some kind of resolution, at least for the bugs highlighted on Christmas Eve. To recapitulate, Gibson Security discovered potential exploits in Snapchat’s Find Friends feature and informed the app’s developers of them […]

What is zoom?

3 months agoArts / Photography : Photocritic

Z is for zoom. We couldn’t finish off our alphabetical meander through photography’s fundamentals anywhere else, could we? I’ve had a few people ask me, over the years, what’s the difference between zoom and telephoto, and indeed is there one. Yes, yes there is a difference. The simple explanation Simply put, a zoom lens is […]

Want to learn how to use your shiny new camera? Try the Photocritic Photography School!

3 months agoArts / Photography : Photocritic

You have a shiny new camera with interchangeable lenses, more knobs and dials than the TARDIS, and enough buttons to keep a three year old happy for hours. It’s thrilling and exciting, and you cannot wait to get started. But where exactly do you start? How can you get off of the automatic mode and […]

Easy-to-make photo videos with Flipagram

4 months agoArts / Photography : Photocritic

Seeing as half the world and their spouses appear to be producing some variation on 2013 In Review articles, videos, and compilations, I thought I’d go for a variation on the variation of 2013 In Review. I’ve made a sneak peek Flipagram of some of the photos that will be appearing in my Social Photography […]

The winner of the Well Done U short film competition

4 months agoArts / Photography : Photocritic

In early October, we featured a short film competition called Well Done U: the quest for a well made two minute film, suitable for all. That is, it needed to conform to the British Board of Film Classification’s U certificate criteria. The competition was being run by the Kermode and Mayo Film Review Show, hosted […]

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