Photokina 2016: The Story

We’ve spent a hectic few days in Cologne for Photokina 2016. Here’s what we’ve seen, learned and loved so far.

Most of you already know (or at least have heard about) Fair best-known photograph of the world which is being held this week, we talked about Photokina 2016. For those who do not know her, must know that is the biggest fair commercial in which can be participants in a concentration of the most important brands in the photographic sector. It is held every two years and is the perfect opportunity to know the products and developments highlighted in the photography scene. Moreover, not only what we remainder of the year, but in the next and even to be held again this trade fair taking place in Cologne. We've been there, and we want to tell some of the things we've seen.

Prestigious brands such as Canon, Nikon, Sony and others take the opportunity to be noticed with new products, with no improvement seen so far, advances that make us long teeth. Like many of you, could you not attend but you want to be the last, in Foto24 we intend to bring all the innovations and the most characteristic products this year, so we have planted in Cologne, gathering all the necessary information. If you want to know what were the most important developments in this Photokina 2016 estate well tuned, because these will be talking about them for a long time.

Although the team has already attended Foto24 at other times Photokina, this year it was present in the room air different from the rest, hope, change, refinement and originality is palpable. It seems that the stands, filled with new products and even not so new, will never end. People walk around and look in any direction in search of the scoop or chat they had long been waiting for. The staff of the stands, while friendly nervous about living up to what this event entails. An event changing, which has met our expectations, with the novelty of course, as the protagonist. Then, to keep you abreast of all the news that have taken place there, I will develop new products for Photokina 2016 as the stands that have more prominent in this trade fair.

1. Canon

They have tried to keep it a secret until the last moment, and they have succeeded. They have managed to keep us in suspense until you know what your new release days before the start of Photokina. Canon pulled the pool with his new EOS M5 mirrorless camera with a lightweight design and quality that has not left anyone indifferent. They have taken into account the demands of those who wanted a camera with professional features but with a weight and size suitable for all kinds of situations. Canon has designed this camera high-end mirrorless with a more compact and manageable than conventional DSLR design.

We were surprised at the number of innovations that brings this new design, new features that have to do with a great power, thanks to its Digic 7 processor speed and performance thanks to its CMOS sensor APS-C and focusing system Dual Pixel CMOS AF which gives the precision that all're looking for.

The other big news in regards Canon, has to do with their connectivity. It includes Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth technology, so you can connect the camera to your smartphone and not only transfer images, but also to use your phone as a remote control.

With respect to the objectives, seven are compatible lenses and compact design accompanying this camera without a mirror. If we combine technology with IS stabilization system five axes, you not only will improve the stability of your photos, but also your videos. Focusing on the new EF-M 18-150 mm f / 3.5-6.3 IS STM presented to society at Photokina, we should mention an optical design that breaks with the above, built with an engine USM Nano offer a super quick focus, very fluently and very quiet. What surprised us most of the suitable target for such unequal areas as wildlife, sport or urban scenes, was the electronic display to provide information to the photographer.

2. Nikon

Without any doubt, Nikon has taken a step further as far as innovation is concerned. Despite the many rumors that have enveloped Nikon with a supposed new mirrorless camera, has left us with honey on the lips during his presentation at Photokina with three different models of camcorders action ultra resistant, with features very different from what we've seen so far, some models that attempt to occupy an increasingly large niche market.

Although earlier this year and was offered an advance camcorder 360 KeyMission action, they have designed two models. But first we must expand on the features of this device has broken with everything we knew so far. This is the first camcorder capable of recording 4K UHD with 360 ° format, which I venture to say, that will be a problem for one of its biggest competitors in this sector, GoPro. Following their performance, has been designed with a very compact size and light (as expected in an action camera) and resistant to all kinds of shocks, withstand even falls from 2 meters high, is also waterproof for 60 minutes to 30 meters deep without housing.

The following action camcorder, KeyMission 170, notable for its wide-angle Nikkor lens and also because it allows recording in 4K and Full HD. It has a compact and robust design, it is resistant to all types of strokes. You can work with it under water to a depth of 10 meters during 60 minutes, also without housing. And like his partner KeyMission 360, this model includes a Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology, so you can quickly transfer your recordings to other devices or to your social networks.

Finally, the simplest proposal, the KeyMission 80 camcorder is designed for more practical areas of life, therefore, can not make recordings in 4K with her. But that does not mean you have fewer benefits. Designed with two cameras, a front and a rear; perfect, for example, to make recordings from your car, you can document the routes you make. Has a very different from other market action cameras elongated design, it is also very light, and has an LCD and 1.7 "touch screen. Like previous models, it has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

3. Sony

It seems that Sony has heard the criticism he has received throughout this time for having forgotten the Alpha range. It has come to Photokina taking a step up with its new design, the Alpha 99 II camera, a touch of fresh air despite having some similarities with its predecessor. This camera becomes the first in the market with a super compact frame and allows recording in 4K UHD. That will not be fooled by its small size and weight, because we talk about a camera terrain sensor 35 mm (Full Frame) and a resolution of 42 megapixels, with frame rates up to 30p to 100 Mbps in the format XAVC S. Te It allows you to work with an ISO of 50 to 102,400 and a burst of up to 12 frames per second, a continuous shot you can test your engine thanks aa focus focus 4D, the fastest in the market so far.

4. GoPro

The reference mark for the more adventurous, has not been content to present two new camcorders action, Hero 5 Black and Hero 5 Session (with a performance that have honestly improved Nikon), but also adds to its catalog the drone Karma , finally settling in that niche market that needs to look at life with a much broader or higher perspective.

Both chambers of action differs from its predecessor by its external construction, have a much more compact and lightweight design, moreover, they are capable of recording 4K recording format at 30 frames per second. They are water resistant to 10 meters deep without housing. However, Hero 5 Session does not have a GPS receiver, will not allow you to store in RAW or WDR, in addition to photos with 10 megapixels, unlike Black Hero 5 allows you to work with 12.

Another thing they have in common these new action cameras is that they are fully compatible with the new drone presented at Photokina. A drone with a stylish, compact and foldable design, so you can take it with you everywhere. Although you can control with your smartphone or voice controller with new versions of GoPro Hero, a controller with touchscreen for a more practical and intuitive use is included. It also includes a three-axis stabilizer with which you can attach your camera action and get recordings with great stability.

5. Irix

As one would expect, Irix has been noted in the world's most important photographic fair. A new brand in the optical panorama park has burst and has come to stay. It is not surprising that the benefits offered its objectives leave with their mouths open to anyone who knows the first time. We have been accompanying them in their booth Photokina along this intense week and we are pleased to announce that not only will be able to enjoy the aims 15mm Blackstone and Firefly, at the end of the year a new target Irix to be launched 11 mm f / 4 and early 2017 a target of 45 mm f / 1.4, which have been announced in these days and promise much as their brothers.

If we already fascinated the first models created by the Swiss company Swiss HT, we dare to ensure that these new models will not leave you indifferent.

Presentation of accessories for Irix goals. circular, square filters and famous gelatin filters, which are placed in the rear.

6. Olympus

Olympus wanted to go much further, considering that the Photokina festival is only held once every two years, did not want to miss the opportunity to introduce two new cameras, three new goals and an ultra powerful flash.

First, we must mention the Olympus OM-D E-M1 II as it represents the jewel in the crown as far as the brand is concerned, and not just during the remainder of the year, but next. It is not yet known when will the market, but certainly has everyone intrigued us. The new mirrorless camera despite having an electronic shutter has a burst shooting 18 fps per second, which makes us an idea of ​​how fast and effective it can become this device. It consists of a hybrid focusing system Dual Fast AF that will help you work with impressive speed approach. No doubt the speed is what most concerned Olympus, so have made every effort to apply it to all the factors that make this device, and certainly have succeeded, including the response speed of the EVF or processor.

The other chamber is presented at Photokina camera Olympus PEN E-PL8, a new micro four thirds of 16.1 megapixels and a TruePic TM VII processor. Its sensitivity ranges from ISO 100 to 25,600. Allows recording in 1080 to 24 and 30 images per second and we can work with 4K formats, the reason is that this camera compact size is designed for beginning photographers looking for a comfortable camera to carry around and with which good pictures are achieved.

With regard to the new premium should be noted that manage to complete a range of targets for all kinds of needs objectives. First the ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 25mm f / 1.2 PRO is very bright thanks to its large maximum aperture diaphragm, its 9 diaphragm blades allow you to get a mild effect bokeh and blur and if that were not enough, has been designed with a coating Nano Z to avoid any chromatic aberrations, working with unmatchable fidelity color. Regarding the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 30mm f / 3.5, it is noteworthy that makes a good team with camera OM-D E-M1 II for using bracketing, macro you can get images with different approaches and choose then the one that best suits the results you expect. Finally the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-100 objective mm 1: 4.0 IS PRO, a telephoto lens with a super rugged metal design, but very lightweight and easy to handle.

12-100 objective Olympus Photokina

The Olympus M.ZUIKO 12-100mm zoom lens

He could not finish talking Olympus not to mention one of his greatest creations presented at Photokina 2016, the flash FL-900 A. It is one of the most powerful flashes created by the brand so far, it has a guide number 58 and is capable cover a wide viewing angle focal length between 72 and 100 mm. Another new feature is that it answers shutter speeds up to 10 frames per second. And if you need this flash to work with recordings, it has incorporated a continuous illumination with an LED that gives you 100 Lux.

7. Panasonic

Panasonic has officially unveiled its new creation at Photokina, but can not be acquired until the middle of 2017. Have not want to fall behind in terms mirrorless cameras, and in fact we can say that have gone far beyond what Was expected. The camera is capable Lumix GH5 recording in 4K format at 60p / 50p, so stay above even such prestigious cameras like the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, which was presented a few months ago. As commented on the new Sony camera, you can work with a continuous shot high speed, with the difference that the results of this amount to 18MP camera with a resolution much higher than Full HD.

They have also debuted two new compact cameras, Lumix DMC LX15 and Lumix FZ2000 and micro four thirds, Lumix G80. LX15 Lumix compact camera has a pocket design, elegant and stylish, with a large MOS sensor of an inch. Perfect for both work in low light, thanks to its maximum aperture of f / 1.4 to recording in 4K format, like the new model DMC Lumix FZ2000. This model incorporates a 20x optical zoom and Wi-Fi to share your work instantly. It allows you to make recordings in 4K format at 24 frames per second with a resolution of 4096 x 2160 pixels and 24 frames per second in MOV or MP4. 80% is reduced movements and vibrations thanks to the stabilization guide-pole.

Finally, the new micro four thirds designed especially for hard-core adventurers, a camera to break the mold as well says the brand. It offers a high image quality and high performance even in extreme working conditions, as has a rugged design to splash water or dust. They have improved their 4K technology with dual image stabilizer 5-axis razor sharp in every shot. also highlight its digital 16 megapixel MOS sensor and the new Venus processor.

8. Polaroid

It is increasingly committed instant cameras is that, being able to get immortalize your memories and have them in the palm of your hand instantly, it is something that we all love. It is normal for this type of cameras do not have the same quality you would get with a DSLR, but every time progresses more and more developments in this sector. Specifically Polaroid has it wanted to differentiate themselves from their competitors, achieving what few imagined, have designed a camera capable of recording Full HD format, besides its sensor of 13 megapixels with which you get pictures of excellent quality, is Polaroid Touch Snap, a bold at the same time interesting bet. As stated Polaroid Print App and a Bluetooth connection, you can transfer files to your social networks in seconds, since all your photographs will be on your smartphone. Even the pictures of your smartphone can pass this instant camera.

9. Sigma

They have taken the opportunity to Photokina offers to be noticed during this event with three new high-end objectives. First we will discuss the new target belonging to the Sports range, the goal 500mm ƒ / 4 DG OS HSM. It is designed for those adventurous photographers who take your team and go to immortalize the fauna of a place, those who do not care too much for you computer security. So, it has been designed with magnesium alloy, not only to be super tough, but also to make it light. With a lens constructed of 16 elements in 11 groups, with two FLD glass elements and one super low dispersion.

Sigma 500mm Photokina

Regarding the objective 12-24mm ƒ / 4 DG HSM ART range, it is considered the most powerful ultra angular designed by the brand. Not only will offer professional results from center to the edges of your image, but also has a minimum focusing distance of 24 centimeters to 24 mm to not have to lose detail in a scene. These advantages make it one of the most versatile of the range. Also noteworthy is its engine HSM approach that significantly improve computer performance.

Sigma 12-24mm Photokina

Finally, it comes to our target 85mm ƒ / 1.4 DG HSM also part of the ART range. It is certainly one of the best alternatives for those of you who are passionate portrait photography or close-ups, because thanks to its 9 rounded diaphragm blades allow you to make a blur to give an amazing touch to your work. Besides its large maximum aperture of aperture of f / 1.4 will ensure a fantastic light.

10. Fuji

Fujifilm has decided to present at the trade fair Photokina 2016 its new medium format camera. GFX 50S Fujifilm camera with a resolution of 51.4 megapixels. We are surprised by this new creation because the benefits are similar to more expensive models, thus having a value difficult to match. As its exterior design seems to be inspired by DSLR cameras because it has a much more manageable than other medium-format cameras size. It has incorporated a monochrome monitor so you can quickly view the parameters. Fuji knows the importance of viewers in these cameras, so wanted to break away from the rest, creating a removable electronic viewfinder that attaches to the hot shoe of the camera and will allow you to tilt and rotate the monitor easily. It will certainly be a tough competition for the Hasselblad X1D.

Fujifilm at Photokina

Fuji has created three different models compatible with this new camera objectives, which have also wanted to present at Photokina, but nevertheless not be on the market until mid-2017 or even later. They belong to the G series, and respond to the name GF 63mm ƒ / 2.8 R WR, GF 32-64mm ƒ / 4R LM WR and GF 120mm ƒ / 4 Macro.

11. MagMod

The best flash modifiers we know have also had their place in this version of Photokina. Brand new MagMod have also been allowed to see to the general public. The MagMod Magbeam, an extender ideal for use with telephoto lenses flash and the MagMasks, to create patterns of different types, are the newest members of the family.

12. Takeway

Another great present in the hall were the Takeway photography clampod, who Foto24 is official distributor and seller in Spain. This has led them to use our site to teach the public their product line. Here the picture to prove it.

As you can see, this edition Photokina 2016 has brought many or more news from those expected, I hope this summary has dispelled doubts that some you had for some time regarding possible rumors that lurked some brands such as Canon or Nikon . This edition has satisfied us, at least for a while because we are looking forward to the next edition.

Who really runs America? - The Millennium Report

“The Jesuits are a MILITARY organization, not a religious order. Their chief is a general of an army, not the mere father abbot of a monastery. And the aim of this organization is power – power in its most despotic exercise – absolute power, universal power, power to control the world by the volition of a single man [i.e., the Black Pope, the Superior General of the Jesuits]. Jesuitism is the most absolute of despotisms [sic] – and at the same time the greatest and most enormous of abuses…” — Napoleon I (i.e., Napoleon Bonaparte; 1769-1821; Emperor of the France)

Barack Obama is truly not the President of the United States. He is not a powerful person at all. Rather, he is a front man for more powerful entities that hide in the shadows.

The real power in the world is not the United States, Russia, or even China. It is Rome. The Roman Catholic Church (Vatican) is the single most powerful force in the world.

However, the Vatican has been under the control of it’s largest all-male order, the Jesuits. The Jesuits were created in 1534 to serve as the “counter-reformation” — the arm of the Church that would help to fight the Muslims and the Protestant Reformers. However, they fought with espionage. The Jesuits were expelled from at least 83 countries and cities for subversion, espionage, treason, and other such things. Samuel Morse said that the Jesuits were the foot soldiers in the Holy Alliance (Europe and the Vatican) plan to destroy the United States (Congress of Vienna). Marquis Lafayette stated that the Jesuits were behind most of the wars in Europe, and that they would be the ones to take liberty from the United States.

The head of the Jesuit Order is Adolfo Nicholas. His title is Superior General of the Jesuits. The use of the rank “general” is because the Jesuits are, in reality, a military organization.

Nicholas, as the Jesuit General, is the most powerful man in the world. He ultimately issues the commands that are administered by drones like Obama.

The Jesuit General is nicknamed “The Black Pope” because he always wears black robes. Pope Benedict XIV is, thus, the “White Pope”.

Directly under the Jesuit General is Fr. James E. Grummer, S.J. — one of the five Jesuit priests who serve as direct “assistants” to the Jesuit General. Grummer is his American assistant, and controls the US Jesuit Conference. He is the controller of every American Jesuit university and every American Jesuit Provincial. The New York Provincial has the most contact with Grummer (as the top provincial).

Father Grummer in 2008 when first appointed

Under Grummer is the President of the US Jesuit Conference, Fr. Thomas H. Smolich, S.J., who was the Jesuit Provincial of California during the reign of Governor Arnold Schwarznegger. Smolich was the power behind Arnold during these years. Smolich is a key force behind the planned Sino-Soviet-Muslim invasion, which the Jesuit Order is planning to use to bring down the United States. He is also actively involved in the orchestration of the Chinese-Mexican invasion.

Under Smolich is Fr. David S. Ciancimino, S.J., the Jesuit Provincial of New York. He is the top Jesuit Provinical in the United States, as New York is the capital of the Jesuit Order’s power (that’s why it was chosen as the staging area for 9/11). Here, Ciancimino (and the Jesuits beneath him) control Wall Street, the NYSE, and the Federal Reserve Bank. Ciancimino controls Archbishop Timothy Dolan, the most powerful Roman Catholic official in the United States who is not a Jesuit. Ciancimino is an occultist, as are many other top Jesuits.

Directly under Ciancimino is Fr. Joseph M. McShane, S.J., who is the President of Fordham University — the Jesuit college of New York, and the Jesuits’ military stronghold there. It is through McShane that the Jesuits (led by Ciancimino in New York) control Archbishop Timothy Dolan. He has become known as the “penholder” for Dolan. He wears a decorative necklace that features an equilateral triangle, a Masonic symbol of the Risen Horus.

Under the control of these powerful Jesuits is Pope Benedict XIV, the Vicar of Christ (Horus) and the current Roman Papal Caesar. He represents Osiris in mystery-school/occult mythology.

Below Pope Benedict XIV is the Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York. Dolan is the “American Pope” and the “Archbishop of the Capital of the World”. He heads the American branches of the Knights of Malta and Knights of Columbus. He is a likely occultist and the controller of American Freemasonry, the CFR, the ADL (B’nai B’rith), the Pentagon, and the intelligence community.

O’Hare is a devoted Zionist who supports the State of Israel, which was created in 1948 by the United Nations (UN) — a creation of the Archbishop of New York’s Council on Foreign relations). It was Archbishop Francis Spellman of New York who solicited votes at the UN for Israel. Spellman played a key role in Israel’s founding. The founder of Zionism was Theodor Herzl, who had frequent meetings with the Pope and had once planned to lead the jewish people in a “mass conversion” to Roman Catholicism. The true designers, financiers, and promoters of Zionism are the Rothschilds, who Encyclopedia Judaica describes as “guardians of the papal treasure”. That’s right — the Rothschilds are the banking agents of the Papacy. The State of Israel is just the revived Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem, and it’s under the Vatican’s thumb.

Below O’Hare is John J. DeGioa, the President of Georgetown University. DeGioa is also a Knight of Malta and a member of the CFR. He is one of the over-seers of the State of Israel.

Below DeGioa, we find Richard N. Haas — the Chairman of the CFR. Haas is ultimately simply a lowly agent of Archbishop Egan. Haas is a Jewish Labor Zionist and oversees the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). These Jewish Zionists are mainly just Papal Court jewish people.

Below Haas is Zbigniew Brzezinski, who was a member of the CFR, Bilderberg Group, and Trilateral Commission. Brzezinski had co-founded the Trilateral Commission. He was a Knight of Malta, as was the other founder of the Trilateral Commission – David Rockefeller. Brzezinski is a Polish Roman Catholic and an adviser to Georgetown University.

Brzezinski was Soetoro’s professor at Columbia University, and recruited him for presidential grooming. Are we beginning to see the big picture?

Once Brzezinski created “presidential candidate” Obama, his campaign was financed and promoted by the multi-billionaire behind hundreds of organizations on the “political left” — George Soros. Soros was a high-ranking CFR member and a member of the Carlyle Group, an international corporation that served as a front for the Vatican. Soros, a Hungarian jewish, was a strong socialist-communist (like Brzezinski). Like Haas, Brzezinski was a Papal Court jewish and a Labor Zionist. He is also a Freemason. He is a friend of Rupert Murdoch. Soros is a major stockholder in Halliburton.

Murdoch is the protector of Obama, controlling his opposition. Murdoch was knighted by the Pope in 1998 for making large contributions to the Roman Catholic Church. He has said that his corporation – News Corp – is “just like the Jesuits” while speaking at Georgetown University. Murdoch is a member of the CFR.

Joseph R. Biden is the Vice President, and is directly under the Vatican’s big-wheel operatives (Soros and Murdoch). He is Roman Catholic and has been honored at two Jesuit universities. His son is a Jesuit volunteer and a lobbyist for a Jesuit university he attended.

“I always wondered how much sway the Vatican still has in the year 2014. They use to be an obvious powerhouse. Kings and Queens bowed before the Pope and did what he told them to do. That is just not the case anymore. Even within the church itself, power dwindles. Scandal, abuse and a lack of faith has been eating the church, and every church in every religion, from the inside out. And since when did Freemasons and Catholics get along? Conspiracies are funny like that… Keep in mind, Protestants have never liked Catholics…
and vice versa.

Further research:
The Jesuits are the real controllers of all and need to get dispersed. It’s not who you’re not allowed to criticize; it’s who you don’t even know anything about!
Want to know who really did 9/11?
Want to know that the U.S. is planned to become a 3rd world Slave Plantation?
Want to learn about why Dubai is going to be the next “Spiritual and Financial Center of the World?
Want to know how power in the U.S. has shifted from Wash D.C., to Chicago?
Rulers of Evil. .pdf
Red Mass and the U.S. Supreme Court

Double delight for Navratil in Bosnia

The Czech star landed his second straight win on the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Mostar.

After breaking his duck on the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in the United Kingdom in stop six Michal Navratil carried on where he left off with a stunning victory in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

After a bad shoulder injury put paid to his season in 2015 the Czech diver has roared back to form in 2016 and backed up his win in Wales by doubling up in Mostar.

Talking of shoulder injuries there was a first podium of the season for David Colturi, who ended his season to have surgery with a third-placed finish, behind Britain's Gary Hunt in second.

But this was Navratil's day again and after going 52 events in the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series without a win he now has two in two two.

Revitalize Your Senses With Short Breaks From Dubai

We live in an era of omnipresent digital photography, where almost anything visually conceivable became possible to achieve. The ever-growing simplification of post processing and availability of handy applications allow virtually anyone to alter any kind of imagery – from HDR land vistas to high-end portraiture. 

Black and white photography, at first, might seem like a strange, romanticized anachronism, but in fact, it isn’t so at all. While it is true that color film became mainstream in the 30s and 40s thanks to the invention of Kodachrome, black and white photography didn’t become obsolete. On the contrary, it has persisted as an ultimate choice for many photographers engaged in photojournalism, street photography, weddings, and glamor portraiture.

It is even used by amateurs who convert their Instagram color snapshots to black and white, in order to achieve a certain retro look. Given the fact that us humans see in color and black and white is not our primary mode of perception, is rendering photos monochrome perhaps an act of self-importance? Is it maybe a means of making photographs more memorable than their color counterparts?

Charles Ebbets – Lunch atop a Skyscraper, 1932

What is Black and White Photography?

For all the generations that lived before the occurrence of controversial digital revolution, black and white photography has obtained an important place in the collective consciousness. This is strongly related to the fact that many of the historical photographs taken by preeminent photographers were shot in black and white, often by high-quality, lightweight rangefinder cameras, such as Leica. Color photography became more common from the mid-50s onwards, but it wasn’t popular instantly, due to its high price and incorrect rendering of colors in early color films. Some of the greatest photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson even refused to work in color, disappointed by the mediocre results. 

However, the commercial introduction of digital cameras in the 90s was a true game changer. In the first decade of the 21st century, film-based chemical processes were becoming less common and the previously large interspace between black & white and color photography became almost insignificant. The practical advantages of new technologies have opened the doors for novel possibilities and even the image quality of moderately priced cameras became acceptable, exceeding expectations of those who didn’t believe in digitalization. Nowadays, even though we are fully aware of the certain nostalgia related to analog black and white photography, we still admit there is somethingexceptionally aesthetically pleasing in a well-composed black and white imagery where everything is stripped down to the core – light, contrast, textures, even emotions. 

Because of this, we choose to recreate the old magic in a new, digital way.There is definitely something elemental in black and white, which eliminates so many of the potential distractions that color is all about. Black and white can reduce a scene to something more easily and quickly absorbed. It retains a kind of purity which we respond to without so much study, claims David Burnett, a legendary world-traveling photojournalist.

Sally Mann – Jessie Bites, 1985

Black and White Photography Guide And Tips

It is well-known that black and white photography can give certain scenes a timeless flavor when done properly. However, something that every photographer, even amateur should learn, is that not every shot works well in black and white. In order to obtain truly remarkable monochrome pieces, it is good to follow some basic hints, tips and tricks.

Don’t use light and shadow in an arbitrary way

When color is absent, light and shadow become one of the main tools of photographic expression.The darker the shadows are, the brighter the light will appear. It is advisable to base the composition and overall mood of the photo on the contrast between the available darkness and light if no artificial source of illumination is handy. In Trent Parke’s image from Minutes to Midnight series, a scene of natural birth in water is wonderfully captured through the use of available light only.

Trent Parke – Untitled

Focus on shapes and textures – think like a graphic designer

In addition to light and shadow, the variety of textures and shapes in B&W photos is essential. It is important to introduce someunusual shapes or eye-catching textures capable of mesmerizing the viewer’s eyes. Imogen Cunningham, one of the most revered female photographers, was a true master of portraying the bizarre and dreamlike. Her double exposure from 1968, called Dream Walking, is a perfect example of the skillful use of unusual shapes.

Imogen Cunningham – Dream Walking, 1968, b&w

Aim for clarity and lower your ISO

When shooting in black and white, is it particularly important to lower the ISO (if possible, of course) in order to avoid vague and grainy photographs. While the same is true in color photography,the high ISO noise is even more obvious in black and white photographs and it can ruin the clarity of either main subject or the background. 

A small amount of noise might be welcome occasionally but’s usually good to avoid it altogether in regular shots. This mysterious photograph of Roger Stonehouse represents a fairly clear, grainless image, despite the fact it was taken in low light.

Roger Stonehouse – Untitled

Be More Selective About Composition

Basic tips and tricks on how to compose outstanding shots apply to both black & white and color photography. However, in the case of monochromatic photographs, we are unable to use color to lead the viewer’s eye into or around the image. Instead, we need to base our compositions and their frames on the interesting interplay or unity of shapes, textures, and tonal range. This Ralph Gibson’s sophisticated nude represents a puzzling composition with an excellent use of negative space.

Ralph Gibson – Untitled

Black and White Photographers You Need To Know

Despite the reign of color film, many photographers today intentionally choose to work with only black and white. Yet, photographers from the previous generations didn’t have this choice to make. Working with the only means available, these artists managed to produce some stunning imagery without the play of colors, only relying on the composition, lighting, perspective, contrast or narrative. By reducing imagery to textures, tones and lines, they have touched the very essence of photography. 

We present you the masters of black and white photography whose work has remained a point of reference and a gold standard when it comes to the medium in general. Working with wide a range of subjects such as the outdoor scenery, portraiture, still life or street photography, these black and white photographers have pushed the boundaries of the medium and influenced many generations of artists.

Ansel Adams

An iconic American photographer, Ansel Adams is best-known for his monumental black and white landscape photographs. Characterized by extraordinary clarity and profundity, his photographs capture the American wilderness such as The American West, Grand Canyon in Arizona or Yosemite National Park. A master of his craft, Adams experimented with gradations of light by manipulating the degree of exposure and exploring new techniques. He was a co-founder of f/64, the group of American photographers involved in detailed and realistic work. 

Believing that the artist must discover the beauty in the world, he wanted his work to inspire others to explore their creativity or simply enjoy the nature. The photograph Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico is an image that Ansel himself recognized as important from the moment he first made it. He rushed to capture the image in the fading light knowing that only moment remained before the light was gone.

Ansel Adams – Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, 1941

Danny Lyon

A compelling body of work the photographer Danny Lyon has produced over the course of his career is both politically engagedand personal. Embracing both the lyrical and political potential of the medium and immersing himself intimately in the lives of his subject, Lyon has completely redefined photojournalism.

Developing a restless and compassionate vision, he has tackled a broad range of subjects from the biker subcultures and architectural transformation of Lower Manhattan to the civil rights movement and lives of the prisoners or abandoned children of Columbia. Guided by strong ethical and ideological motivations, he contributed to the change of perception of American life presented in the mass media. The photograph Crossing the Ohio River, Louisville from 1966 is part of The Bikeriders series that was the product of four years od dedication spent on the road as a member of a motorcycle club Chicago Outlaws. Lyon managed to capture the life of the American bike riders in the twilight of their glory days.

Danny Lyon – Crossing the Ohio River, Louisville, 1966

Man Ray

A versatile artist involved with painting, sculpture, film, photography and poetry, Man Ray was influenced by several movements such as the Cubism, Futurism, Dada and Surrealism. Despite regarding himself first and foremost as a painter, he is best-known for his photography works, especially those from the inter-war years. Operating in the gap between art and life, his photography was a means of documenting sculptures that never had an independent life outside the photograph. 

Andre Breton described him as a pre-Surrealist for the Surrealist undertones of his work that were evident even before the movement was founded. Looking almost like a film still, the photograph Glass Tears from 1932 is one of his most recognizable photographs and demonstrates his interest in the cinematic narrative. Using a fashion mannequin and glass bead tears, he explores the real and the unreal by challenging the meaning of still-life photography.

Man Ray – Glass Tears, 1932

Henri Cartier-Bresson

One of the most admired and beloved photographers in the history of the medium, Henri Cartier-Bresson was a true master ofcandid and street photography. His inventive and unique work of the early 1930s helped define the notion of modern photography and his remarkable ability to capture the everyday life on the go made his work synonymous with ‘the decisive moment’ that was the title of his first major book. 

Wandering around the world with his camera and immersing himself in his current environment, he managed to capture many of the world’s biggest events from the Spanish Civil War to the French uprisings in 1968. The photographSeville from 1933 depicting children playing amid ruins of the Spanish Civil War is typical of his early work. Playing with the viewer’s perception, the broken wall acts both as a window to the background drama and as a stage for the foreground actors.

Henri Cartier-Bresson – Seville, 1933

Yousuf Karsh

Considered as one of the greatest portrait photographers of the twentieth century, Yousuf Karsh created a remarkable body of oeuvre characterized by the stunning mastery of technique. The theatrical lighting distinctive of his style served to highlight the most distinctive features of his subjects. Carefully posing and lighting his subjects, his portraits capture both their public and private persona. For this, he would often spend days with them to get to know them better and understand their lives. 

His portrait of Ernest Hemingway created in 1957 is the most recognizable photograph of this praised author. ‘I expected to meet in the author a composite of the heroes of his novels. Instead, in 1957, at his home Finca Vigía, near Havana, I found a man of peculiar gentleness, the shyest man I ever photographed – a man cruelly battered by life, but seemingly invincible’, Karsh wrote about the encounter.

Yousuf Karsh – Ernest Hemingway, 1957

Mary Ellen Mark

The celebrated photographer best-known for her in-depth documentary work, Mary Ellen Mark has produced some of the most delicately shaded studies of vulnerability ever set on film. For over four decades, she has traveled extensively to make influential pictures that reflect a high degree of humanism. 

Her works are imbued by truths about the humor, horror and joy of being alive. She involved herself with projects that sometimes lasted for years to capture difficult subject matters such as prostitution, mental illness or drug users. As a very open and accessible person, she has touched lives of many generations of photographers as a mentor and influence. The photograph Rat and Mike With a Gun from 1983 is part of her series Streetwise where she captured the lives of street children in Seattle. Perceived as America’s ideal and most livable city, Seattle was specifically chosen to show that these children exist everywhere in America.

Mary Ellen Mark – Rat and Mike with a gun, Seattle, Washington, 1983

Bill Brandt

Considered as the most important British photographers of the 20th century, Bill Brandt is credited with revising and renewing the major artistic genres of portraiture, landscapes and the nude. His oeuvre is one of the most varied and vivid social documents of Great Britain, ranging from stark realism and social commentary to pure abstraction and surrealism. 

His earliest experiments in photography involved night photography, but he also explored the British vistas and its natural form. He is also famous for hisseries of extraordinary female nudes where he distorted the human figure by using wide angle lens in close-up, transforming it into a series of abstract designs. The photograph East Sussex from 1977 is part of the nudes series where he made the distorted human form integral element of stark scenery of cliffs and rocky beach turning it into a sculpture.

Bill Brandt – East Sussex. 1977

Larry Fink

A self-proclaimed Marxist, Larry Fink has spent forty-five years photographing people in social situations. His most notable work isSocial Graces where he captured lives and social events of wealthy Manhattanites in contrast with the working-class in the rural Pennsylvania. Perfectly capturing gestures, smiles, glances, wrinkles, troubles and worries of humans, he managed to portray the tension between the public identities and inner turmoils and emotions. 

His life-long exploration of social classes in America has provided and intimate insight into the lives of ordinary people. Drawn to the New York’s counterculture and The Beat Movement, he traveled with the group on a cross-country trip to Houston and Mexico. As he recalled, the group ‘desperately needed a photographer to be with them, to give them gravity, to live within them, record and encode their wary but benighted existence… Marxism notwithstanding, I was called to service, to be on the road’.

Larry Fink – The Beats

Robert Frank

An American-Swiss photographer and documentary filmmaker, Robert Frank is best-known for his 1958 book titled The Americans – the project that earned Frank comparisons to a modern-day de Tocqueville for his fresh and nuanced outsider’s view of American society. Created in the 1950s, this book is considered as one of the most influential photo books of all times. Capturing highways, parades, cars, diners, jukeboxes and many other American symbols, Frank at the same time portrayed an underlying sense ofalienation and hardship. 

He investigated the gaudy insanities and strangely touching contradictions of American culture presenting a basis for a coherent iconography of the time. His photographic style was often considered controversial for his blurred imagery and tilted horizons. The photograph Canal Street, New Orleans created between 1955 and 1956 is one of the photographs from the series.

Robert Frank – Canal Street, New Orleans 1955-56

Edward Weston

Considered as one of the most important and innovative figures in the 20th century, Edward Weston revolutionized the medium of photography. Pioneering the modernist style characterized by the use of a large-format camera and photographs rich in detail andsharply focused, he explored various subjects from panoramas, still lives, nudes and portraits to genres scenes, whimsical parodies and . With his radical approach to composition, lighting, focus and form he wanted to ‘to make the commonplace unusual’. 

After spending some time in Mexico with Diego Rivera and Jose Clemente Orozco he developed his characteristic style of sharps contrasts and a full tonal scale. The photograph Pepper #30 from 1930 is considered his seminal work since he managed to elevate a simple vegetable to a high art. Part of the series of close-up studies of different objects, the photograph shows a solitary green pepper in rich black and white tones, with strong illumination from above.

Edward Weston – Pepper #30, 1930

Black and White Photography Today

Nowadays, black and white photography became a niche market for photographers who use the medium for prevalently fine art purposes. It is interesting to note that even the legendary Leica jumped back on this black and white train in 2013, by releasing the model of camera called the Leica M Monochrom , geared specifically towards the black and white imagery. 

Even the social media channels started to incorporate black and white topics into their advertising strategies. For instance, there is a Black and White Challenge group on Facebook, where the participating photographers ask each other to shoot and publish only monochrome photographs for a chosen number of days. They consider this approach a powerful constraint meant to inspire.

To sum up, one of the most common reasons people want to shoot in black and white even today is because it gives a certain timeless quality to the photographs but it is also challenging since the lack of colors makes photographers think and find creative solutions in different ways. Black and white photography transcends the reality by transforming it into a realm that is neither pure abstraction nor regular, well-known home world. A monochrome approach is a powerful means of deconstructing a scene and reducing it to its basic blueprint made of lines, shapes and textures and free of distracting colors. 

Because of this, black and white photography allows both photographers and viewers to explore the basic elements of visual appeal found in the well-composed imagery.
Written by Jacqueline Clyde and Elena Martinique.
United Photo Press 2016

Urban Landscapes of Chicago by Andres Marin

Andres Marin is an amateur photographer and architect based in Chicago, USA. Andres received his Bachelor of Design in Architecture from University of Central Florida in 2012 and Master in Architecture from University of Michigan in 2015. 

He uses Nikon D7000 camera and Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 lens. Marin shoots a lot of urban, cityscape and landscape photography.

More info: instagram / facebook / website

Incredible Fine Art Portraits by Vinicius Terranova

Vinicius Terranova is a talented 26-year-old photographer, artist and creative director, who was raised in Switzerland and currently based in Sao Paolo, Brazil.

“My work portrays real stories in a fantastic and provocative atmosphere,” he says. “Through the use of stimulating colors and surrealistic compositions, it contrasts contemporary symbols, guiding the observer into perceiving and thinking over his own sensations and human values.”

The urban environment plays a crucial role as a subject as well as a media to my art. By projecting photos and videos over the city landscapes, I’m able to reframe their meaning within the surrounding narratives, and therefore capture their dialog with the spectator background, which is the final art piece itself.

– Vinicius Terranova

Peter Zelewski's 100 portraits of Londoners captures the diversity of a global city

In his series People of London, award-winning photographer Peter Zelewski dedicated hundreds of hours to explore every corner of the city to capture fascinating portraits that highlight the rich diversity of the capital.

Buskers, refuse collectors, tailors and lawyers are captured in his unique style with many of them giving their intimate thoughts on the town, on life and everything in-between.

After having garnered international media attention, most notably by winning an award in the Taylor Wessing Prize 2015 for his portrait of Nyaueth – his series is now featured in a new book entitled People of London. Available in a new, larger-format series called Tales from the City, courtesy of independent publisher Hoxton Mini Press, it features the best in urban photography form around the world, with the first few books focused on London and then moving further afield.

Passionate about London and its people, Peter’s unique style of street portraiture has earned him a place in numerous publications and showing his work at the National Portrait Gallery. When not roaming the streets of London taking portraits of strangers, he divides his time between commercial assignments, self-initiated projects and graphic design.

All images courtesy of Peter Zelewski

Abstract Photos of Oil Spills that Look Like Iridescent Eyes

Photographer and artist Fabian Oefner is known for his creative work with paint, oil, and even petrol. He’s a master of finding beauty in chemistry, and capturing that beauty through his camera lens. Oil Spill, his most recent project, is no exception.

The photographs you see here were created by filling a black basin with water and injecting small droplets of oil onto the surface with a syringe. “Upon contact with the water, the oil started to expand and form into magnificent structures,” he explains on his website. “Some of them seem to look like stars exploding, others look like a photograph of the iris.”

“What I like about the series is that it is quite a simple phenomenon,” says Oefner. “Yet strikingly magic and beautiful.” They’re also completely real, without any need for Photoshop to create the colors you see here.

Like much of Fabian’s work, this is science visualized through photography.

“The various colors result from the reflection and refraction of light, as it passes through the oil film and back into the camera lens,” explains Oefner. “Depending on how thick the oil film is, the colors change from blue, green to red, until finally they disappear again.”

Project Description

This series is part of Oefner`s exploration of Iridescence. For this experiment, Oefner poured water into a black reservoir. With the aid of a syringe, he then added small drops of oil onto the water surface. Upon contact with the water, the oil started to expand and form into magnificent structures. Some of them seem to look like stars exploding, others look like a photograph of the iris.

The various colors result from the reflection and refraction of light, as it passes through the oil film and back into the camera lens. Depending on how thick the oil film is, the colors change from blue, green to red, until finally they disappear again.

„What I like about the series is that it is quite a simple phenomenon, yet strikingly magic and beautiful. It came to my mind when I was sitting outside my studio on a rainy day and observed a thin film of petrol on a water puddle. So I got inside again and started to recreate the setup in a more controlled environment. Finally, after many different setups and hundreds of images, the exploration resulted in these ten photographs.“

Vintage Spanish erotica

The early 20th century brought vibrant social and cultural innovations across Europe and America, especially in the realm ofsexuality and Eros. These changes that took the Western world by assault did not leave Spain out. Before being squashed by the brutal censorship of the fascist Franco’s regime, Spanish erotica and pornography explored forbidden pleasures, questioning and mocking moral authorities such as the Catholic church. The rich erotic culture of the period included erotic magazines, photographs, illustrations, postcards, short films, and novelettes, as well as texts on nudism and sexology. Besides being extremely rich and multifaceted, early, or vintage twentieth-century erotica in Spain was highly disinhibited in its textual and visual representations and covered all forms of “non-reproductive” love, from masturbatory practices and all forms of homosexual and queer love to ménage à trois, fellatio, cunnilingus, and zoophilia.[1]

Left: Transvestite / Right: Series of four postcards

The Cultural and Sociological Context

The Spanish erotica flourished in the period following the fall of Spain’s imperialist glory in 1898, the period that many thinkers refer to as the time of subdued melancholy, but also decadence.[2] The early 20th-century Spanish erotica, also known as sicalipsis, puts together a history of sexuality and desire that was silenced under the dictatorship of Franco between 1939 to 1975. The Spanish term “sicalíptico”, derived from Greek words sykon (vulva) and aleiptikós (arousing), initially referred to slightly erotic texts and illustrations. Over time, this term was widened in its scope and started to encompass eroticism in general, from soft to hardcore sexual representations and practices. More importantly, the term also describes an erotic invasion, a sudden proliferation of erotica at the beginning of the twentieth century in Spain. Initially influenced by Paris and its Moulin Rouge decadence, Spanish popular culture soon created its own version of perverted sexuality bringing a plethora of erotic artifacts and discourses on sex and sexuality.

In the period of an ongoing conflict between a liberal and anticlerical Spain and a conservative, Catholic and nationalist one, there was also a division between the visible high-cultural representation and the hidden one where popular erotic cultural production proliferated. This necessity for new sexual mores and ideas has cut across class and gender and filled the gap between high and low culture.[3]

Left: Cover of nudist magazine Pentalfa, 1932, via / Right: Laura Brunet – Desnudismo Integral, Una Nueva Vision De La Vida.

The Nature of Early Spanish Erotica

Depicting a variety of unorthodox sexual acts, Spanish erotica defied the Spanish Catholic Church’s doctrine that sex should serve for procreation alone. Often portraying nuns and priests engaging in a wide range of sexual acts on consecrated ground, these images were openly and crassly anticlerical. Importing modernity from Europe, Spanish popular erotica employed foreign techno-artifacts such as bicycles and typewriters as props. Embracing foreign technology and its inventions to an extent rarely seen in high cultural art, these images combined stereotypically Spanish cultural objects with imported ones opening a dialogue between the modernity and tradition. Women were depicted wearing French stockings, riding German bicycles or using American typewriters, turning these props and their users into sex objects. Completely disregarding women’s sexual needs, these materials were predominantly designed for the male population. Yet, erotic novelettes functioned as “an exercise in sexual pedagogy” in a way, creating possibilities for women to explore their own sexuality. This new techno-eros offered new visions of womanhood providing an opportunity for women to look up to their more liberated European counterparts. Since items such as bicycles and typewriters offered women freedom, mobility and the access to the public sphere, women were inspired to embrace emancipating role models such as the fearless cyclist or the liberated typist. Disempowering women through their objectification at first glance, these images sparked an accidental feminism encouraging women to explore paradigms of femininity outside the home.

Left: Cover of erotic novelette El Fuego de Lesbos by Álvaro Retana, via / Right: Cover of the erotic magazine Muchas Gracias, 1929. Caption reads: “The machine is working really well today! I’ll be able to answer my thirteen or fourteen suitors.”, via

The Art of Sicalipsis

Besides being bold in its cheeky representations of sexuality, Spanish erotica was also bold in terms of its aesthetics. Often employing unusual settings and compositions, these images existed somewhere in between documentary photography and pictorialism. While some of these images were crudely pornographic, other relied on the richness of the pictorial language employing a more refined aesthetics. For example, the photographer Laura Brunet modeled the human body in a way that resembles the classical sculpture. The explosion of the erotic in the Spanish mass culture inspired many illustrators and photographers of the time, including a famous photographer Antoni Espulgas. As one of the first Catalan photographers, his work in portraiture and aerial photography enjoyed great recognition. Additionally, he has produced a significant amount of nude photography which set him apart from other photographers of his time. Following these early attempts of erotic fine art photography, the genre was pushed into the mainstream opening doors for many famous icons. The collection of Spanish erotica offers an insight into anxieties present in the Spanish culture in the defiance of traditional cultural norms and the embrace of modernity and sexuality in a way that was ignored by high modernism.
Editors’ Tip: Cultures of the Erotic in Spain, 1898-1939 by Maite Zubiaurre

After discovering a peculiar collection of male and female nudes in an antique shop, the UCLA professor Maite Zubiaurre engaged in the first academic survey of rich visual and textual representations of sexuality and the erotic in Spanish popular culture during the beginning of the twentieth century. Depicting a variety of unorthodox sex acts such as menages a trois, fellatio, cunnilingus, and zoophilia, these images presented a wealth of forgotten and suppressed materials that revealed a subversive countercurrent to the Spanish high culture of the time. 

The book Cultures of the Erotic in Spain, 1898-1939 covers erotic magazines, illustrations, photographs, stereoscopic images, “French” postcards, and pornographic short films, as well as erotic novelettes, texts and images on naturism and nudism, writings on early sexology and psychoanalysis, moral-judicial treatises and philosophical essays on sexual love.

Left: Photograph by Catalan photographer Antoni Esplugas, via thecreatorsproject.vice com / Right: Fotografias artisticas de beldades femeninas.

Laura Brunet – Desnudismo Integral, Una Nueva Vision De La Vida.

Left: Antony Espulgas Photograph, via / Right: Antony Espulgas Photograph.

Laura Brunet – Desnudismo Integral, Una Nueva Vision De La Vida.

Erotic postcard series.

Jose Luis Rado, €œClips from the pornographic short film.

Simon Rivolar, €œLa siesta interrumpida.

Frank,P. Lost Erotica Of Spain Reveals An Overlooked Feminist History, The Huffington Post [September 1,2016]
Noémie J. Open a Treasure Chest of Vintage Spanish Erotica, The Creators Project [September 1,2016]
Zubiaurre, M. Cultures of the Erotic. Spain 1898-1939, Vanderbilt University Press, 2011
UNITED PHOTO PRESS use all images for illustrative purposes only.