Tracey Emin – A Fortnight of Tears – Exclusive Video and Insight

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I happily spent this morning/early afternoon with Tracey Emin at a press invitation to her brand new exhibition entitled ‘A Fortnight of Tears‘ at the White Cube, Bermondsey, London, SE1. This is a major exhibition installed throughout the gallery’s spaces, exhibits include sculpture, neon, painting, film, photography and drawing, all focusing on Emin’s own memories and emotions, arising from loss, pathos, anger and love.

This exhibition is one to feast upon, throughout the exhibition Emin articulates the joy and suffering that is intrinsic to our human existence. Often with fraught memories of sexual relations, the very physical and emotional trauma she endured with her abortion of twins (past three months pregnancy), and most notably the passing of her mother. Pain is very much of the theme of ‘A Fortnight of Tears’, works shown in the North Galleries in particular evoke states of bereavement, grief and abiding love.

The vast bronze sculpture entitled ‘The Mother (2017), relates to Emin’s public commission for Oslo’s Museum Island, which will be permanently installed beside the Edvard Much Museum from late spring 2020. A kneeling nude, gazing intently upon an absent form, a ghost perhaps, cradled in her palms, she is a philiosophical symbol of femininity and sanctuary. There are two further impassioned bronze sculptures exhibited throughout this vast space.

Our film captured below includes a question that I asked her, from the call out that I sent out a few weeks ago. This is Lisa Mitchell’s question and Emin addresses it with much passion.

I loved Tracey Emin’s work prior to meeting her today, now, if it’s possible I love it even more. If you do get a chance to visit this exhibition I strongly recommend it. It is open to the public from 6 February – 7 April 2019, White Cube, Bermondsey, London. Do go!

 

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Mobile Photography – Moment announces new 58mm Tele Lens

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Moment, the maker of conversion lenses for smartphones has introduced a new 58mm tele lens. With a 6 element design and priced at $99, it is the most complex lens in the Moment line-up and is the sharpest lens it has made, says the company,  The new 58mm has been optimized for dual camera setups … Read more Mobile Photography – Moment announces new 58mm Tele Lens

Mobile Photography – Waterfield Tech Folio Review

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This folio from US manufacturer Waterfield is a little different to the majority of bags and cases on the market. I like cases and bags and by that I don’t mean I like them because I can carry things and take it all somewhere (which of course is the purpose of any bag) but that … Read more Mobile Photography – Waterfield Tech Folio Review

Samsung Electronics Anounces High Resolution Sensors for SmartPhone Cameras

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Samsung Electronics has launched two new high-resolution image sensors that are destined for multi-camera arrays in smartphones.

The two “Isocell” sensors – a 48-megapixel and a 32-megapixel unit both feature small size 0.8 micron pixels and are crucially compact to fit the slim bodies demanded of smartphone makers.

Called GM1 and GD1 respectively, the two new sensors feature Samsung’s Isocell Plus technology which adopts an innovative pixel structure that improves both light sensitivity and color fidelity, and what Samsung are calling Tetracell technology where the output from four pixels is combined into one (oversampled) for reduced noise.

The sensors also support the gyro-based electronic image stabilization (EIS) tech used in video capture.

It’s believed that the new sensors which start mass production in November will feature in the Samsung Galaxy S10 device, slated for release next year.

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Software – Capture One Pro: Top 10 Features You Should Know About

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Already popular with high-end imaging pros, Capture One is becoming increasingly popular with a much wider audience. Part of this could be the bundling with Sony mirrorless cameras or that, arguably, Capture One has better color and sharpness over Lightroom using the defaults. It may even be due to offering a choice between a subscription and traditional, perpetual licensing fee. Whatever the reasons for the growth in popularity, if you’re new to Capture One, there are several features you should know to help you improve your workflow.

If you’re thinking of switching to Capture One Pro, you can get a 10% discount on any of the Full Licenses and Styles, when you purchase directly from PhaseOne only. Simply enter the promo code AMBCARTER at checkout. Please note that the discount is not applicable to subscriptions.

Via our sister site – DigitalJournalofPhotography

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Mobile Photography – Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Premium Choice – Review on DxOMark by Kevin Carter

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Some of you may know, many of you do not know, my husband Kevin Carter is a photographic technical expert and journalist. He works at an extremely high level, imparting his knowledge and never compromising his journalistic integrity.

As well as that, he’s an editor for DxOMark and he’s just completed his latest review which includes an in-depth analysis of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 smartphone camera. Its resulted in an overall score of 103 points. He goes on to say The Note 9 comes with a dual-camera setup, featuring a wide-angle camera with 12MP sensor, f/1.5-2.4 dual-aperture lens, and dual-pixel autofocus. The second camera offers a 12MP sensor with a 2x “telephoto” lens and f/2.4 aperture. Both lenses are optically stabilized. Besides being equipped with dual cameras, the Note 9 features AI-assisted camera operation, with the company calling it their most intelligent camera yet. For example, the system can identify key elements in an image and optimise shooting settings and image processing based on one of 20 separate categories. 

Video enthusiasts can capture 4K footage at 30/60fps. Other high-end features include a large 6.4-inch Super AMOLED (2960×1440) display, AKG-tuned speakers, and depending on region, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or an Exynos 9810 Octa chipset”.

If that’s piqued your interest, you can read his full report here.

Also, don’t forget to check out his photographic review website, here.

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Samsung targets Apple iPad Pro with new Galaxy Tab S4

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The choice of Android tablets particularly those targeting the higher-end productivity market has just become more interesting with the announcement of a new device from Samsung. Adopting a 10.5” Super AMOLED (2500 x 1600 pixel) display with a squarer 16:10 aspect ratio, a Snapdragon 835 chipset and 4GB of RAM, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 … Read more Samsung targets Apple iPad Pro with new Galaxy Tab S4

Mobile Photography – OnePlus 6: The Alternative Flagship – SmartPhone Review – DxOMark with Kevin Carter

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Some of you may know, many of you do not know, my husband Kevin Carter is a photographic technical expert and journalist. He works at an extremely high level, imparting his knowledge and never compromising his journalistic integrity.

As well as that, he’s an editor for DxOMark and he’s just completed his latest review which includes an in-depth analysis of the OnePlus 6 smartphone camera. Its resulted in an overall score of 96 points. The OnePlus 6 was released in late May and it is the latest dual camera-equipped smartphone from Chinese brand OnePlus. It is a premium model featuring a large 6.28-in AMOLED edge-to-edge display and powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset.

The OnePlus 6’s main camera has a 16MP 1/2.6”-type sensor that is combined with a stabilised f/1.7 lens. The secondary camera is used for applying depth-of-field effects and an improved digital zoom. While it has a slightly higher-resolution 20MP sensor, it has the same f/1.7-aperture lens as the main camera (but not stabilisation).

With a total Photo score of 100 points, the OnePlus 6 achieves one of the better scores for still images in DxOMark’s testing to date. The overall Photo score is calculated from sub-scores in tests that examine different aspects of its performance under different lighting conditions.

If that’s piqued your interest, you can read his full report here.

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Apple iPhone 6s Review – Kevin Carter / DxOMark

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Kevin Carter our Head of Technical Hardware as well as the Lead Technical Editor for DxOMark and the British Journal of Photography among others and someone quite close to me 😉 recently tested the Apple iPhone 6s. The DxOMark lab tests represent the gold standard for technical photographic tests and these are used by all the large review sites including dpreview, Popular Photography etc as the basis to all their reviews.

Kevin concludes “Despite our hopes for the new sensor, the Apple iPhone 6s posts an identical overall score as its predecessor. With an overall DxOMobile score of 82 points, the Apple iPhone 6s is left behind by the two leaders in our database, the Sony Xperia Z5 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, with an overall score of 87 and 86 points respectively”.

Please read his full review here

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Sony Xperia Z3 DxO Review – Kevin Carter

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Kevin Carter our Head of Technical Hardware as well as the Lead Technical Editor for DxOMark and the British Journal of Photography among others, recently as tested Sony’s Xperia Z3 smartphone.

Kevin explains “With an over DxOMobile score of 82 points, the Xperia Z3+ shows some slight improvement in image quality over its predecessors the Z3 and Z2, which both achieved the same score of 79 points. However, while the improvement isn’t huge exactly, it is good enough to place the flagship Z3+ in the Top 3 — in joint third place next to the latest iteration of Apple’s smartphone, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

Take a look at the DxO link here for Kevin’s review and interesting camera capability findings.

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