Huawei teases the unique 3x zoom of P20, and studio-level portraits (videos)

In case you haven’t heard, the world’s second-largest Android maker will be second in line to announce its spring flagships, after Samsung is done and dusted with the Galaxy S9 and S9+ unveiling. Scheduled for March 27, the “mooore” event in Paris is expected to reveal the P20/Pro/Lite trio, all with notch-y screens, big batteries, and great cameras for their respective class.

How great? Well, how about triple-camera on the more expensive P20 and Pro models – a regular shooter, a monochromatic one (in a Huawei traditions), and a new telephoto lens – the best of all worlds. Well, …

'Stranger Things' star David Harbour blesses teen's senior portraits with his presence


Burn your senior portraits. They’ll never live up to these.

Twitter user @postydemaris put her fellow classmates (and, frankly, all of us) to shame when she secured Stranger Things star David Harbour for a guest role in her high school senior portraits. 

senior photos ’18

-bunny ears

— damaris ◟̽◞̽ (@postydamaris) January 13, 2018

This is a story two months in the making. 

Back in October, @postydamaris reached out to Harbour (who stars as Jim Hopper in the beloved Netflix series) via Twitter to ask his price for an appearance in her photoshoot. Within 20 minutes, he responded: “25k. And I get to wear the school sweatshirt and hold a trombone.” Read more…

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The Queen and Prince Philip release incredibly tender portraits to celebrate 70th wedding anniversary


They certainly are an enduring testament to the power of marriage. 

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary and, for the special occasion, they’ve been pictured in three new portraits.  

British photographer Matt Holyoak snapped the couple, who will celebrate their platinum wedding anniversary with a private dinner in Windsor Castle, for Camera Press against a platinum backdrop (how apt!) in the castle’s White Drawing Room. 

The Queen is wearing a cream dress by Angela Kelly and a “Scarab” brooch designed by Andrew Grima and given to her as a gift from Philip in 1966. Read more…

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Galaxy Note 8 vs iPhone 7 Plus camera comparison: which takes better portraits?

One of the most notable similarities between the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and the iPhone 7 Plus is the way their cameras are set up. Both sport dual main cameras at the back – one is a standard shooter for general photography in any setting, while the secondary one brings your subject closer with its 2X zoom capabilities. But the feature we’ll focus on in this post is the ability of both to add background blur (also known as “bokeh”) to the image – what Apple calls Portrait Mode and what Samsung named Live Focus.

Chances are you’re already familiar with Apple’s Portrait …

Magnificent portraits record early 20th century Norwegian villagers in stunning detail


c. 1912-1920

A wedding.

IMage: Fylkesarkivet i Sogn og Fjordane

Olai Fauske was born in 1887 to a farming family in the Norwegian county of Sogn og Fjordane. With chronic health problems and no inheritance rights to the family farm, he decided to start a career as a photographer.

After training in Bergen, he set up a business in the small town of Førde, where he worked until his death in 1944.

He traveled around the district of Sunnfjord, producing landscapes and postcards that he sold both to locals and far-flung emigrants who missed the vistas of their home country.

As the only photographer in the Førde area, Fauske was commissioned to document weddings, funerals, family portraits, and other notable events, from seasonal celebrations to the capture of a particularly large halibut, all on exquisitely detailed glass plate negatives. Read more…

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