Francesca Dawson

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Pictures of the week: 25 years of Weekend

Each week, the Guardian Weekend magazine's editorial team choose a picture, or set of pictures, that particularly tickle their fancy. This week, they look at past and present covers to celebrate 25 years of Weekend magazine.

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The best independent photobooks of 2013

The photobook is still how most people absorb photography, and as the thriving book markets at Unseen Amsterdam and Paris Photo proved, this year has been another vintage year for limited-edition artists' books made by photographers and designers. In my recent selection of photography books of …

To Hell with Blown Highlights

Here is a good example why it is so important to work the scene to get the best results from a shoot. We were camped on a 3000m ridge while …

See the Energy Behind an Ambitious Portrait Photograph

We don’t always get the chance to see and appreciate the passion that goes into a photography project. Artists spend days, weeks, months, or even …

Weekly Challenge - Macro Photography

Go Behind the Scenes with Talented Time-Lapse Photographer Michel Shinblum

Michael Shainblum is a name that has come up a few times on PetaPixel, and it’s always associated with a spectacular time-lapse that earns many a …

Sample Letters to My Copyright Infringers, from Credit Requests to Payment Demands

Because you asked, these are real letters I have sent to people found using my photographs inappropriately, ranging from “The standard DMCA takedown” …

Photo Projects That Made For A Better 2013

It’s that time of the year when we all take a moment to reflect back on the major events that will forever be remembered, the trends that changed our …

Best pictures of the day - live

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Photographing the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights

Those of us who live in warmer climates often tend to look at the rocky ice-fields of Alaska (or Canada, or Russia) and wonder, “Why anyone would …

The Observer's 20 photographs of the week

The best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week

Using Shiny Surfaces & On-Camera Flash for Dramatic Portraits

In this instructional video, renowned portrait photographer Damien Lovegrove shows us how to achieve a striking effect using a reflective background …

Quick Tips on Getting Started in the Field of Product Photography

Product photography is a field within commercial photography or, more colloquially, advertising photography. The end goal for advertising photography …

Landscape Photography

Painted ladies: why women get tattoos

The first tattoo I ever saw belonged to my grandad. He had it done in Scotland during his national service in the 50s, so the tattoo must have been more than 30 years old when I became fascinated by it. I used to ask him to roll up his shirtsleeve and I would use my finger to follow the outline of …

Ramon Bruin's New 3D Illustrations Spring to Life

Dutch artist Ramon Bruin, aka JJK Airbrush, continues to create optical illusion drawings that make animals and objects seem as though they're popping off the page. The illustrator's skilled visual effects transform flat surfaces into seemingly three-dimensional subjects. Bruin gives depth to the …

Why Are Millions Addicted To A Drug That Eats The Flesh Off Their Bones?

Codeine, gasoline, paint thinner, hydrochloric acid, iodine and red phosphorous from matchstick heads. Those are typical ingredients in the street drug known as krokodil, a highly addictive toxic cocktail that’s three times as cheap to produce as heroin and could be becoming an international …

Racial Comments Heard by Teenagers on a Daily Basis

<i>Racial Microaggressions</i> is a photo project by Fordham University student Kiyun Kim that addresses the racial comments that she and her peers succumb to on a daily basis. They may not be attacks from organized groups, shunning them for their cultural, ethnic, or religious backgrounds, but the words …

Man Walks All Day to Create Massive Snow Patterns (Part 3)

English artist Simon Beck never ceases to amaze us with his large-scale murals of geometric patterns in snow. Each visually breathtaking piece, which Beck manually creates by walking through the snow and leaving behind his track prints, adds a surreal element to its natural landscape. Walking …

Reclassifying ketamine is more fiddling while the crack pipe burns

Tis the season to be off your head, legally and in a ladylike manner. At the moment there is a lot of focus on the harm that us people (ie, women) do to ourselves with our: "Yay, it's wine o'clock." Or, as the Sun explains: "So many mums open the wine once the kids are in bed. The cork rarely goes …

Beautifully Designed Prosthetic Limbs of the 21st Century

These prosthetic limb designs are really quite amazing. The beautifully designed legs were created by Bespoke Innovations and provide options to “those who have congenital or traumatic limb loss.”<p>Founded by industrial designer and orthopedic surgeon Scott Summit, the company uses 3D scanning …

Breathtaking Photos of Supercell Thunderstorms in the US

With the devastation wrought by hurricane Haiyan very recently in the Philippines, we have been bombarded by haunting pictures of the havoc that can …

The assassination of JFK: the shots seen round the world – in pictures

On the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's death, American museums are examining the events of 22 November 1963. Hotel Texas has recreated the private art show that was hung in JFK's presidential suite in Dallas the night before he died, while New York's International Centre for Photography has gathered …

How to Use Flash Photography on a Jet Flying at Over 450 MPH

Do you have a story about your most challenging photo shoot of all time? Every photographer has a horror story about photographing fast-moving …

Photograph: Apex Medical Technologies<p>Beef with your condom? … Reconstituted collagen film from beef tendon, which could be used for condoms. Photograph: Apex Medical …

"Great Surprise"—Native Americans Have West Eurasian Origins

Oldest human genome reveals less of an East Asian ancestry than thought.<p><b>Nearly one-third of Native American genes come from west Eurasian people linked to the Middle East and Europe, rather than entirely from East Asians as previously thought, according to a newly sequenced genome.</b><p>Based on the arm …

"Mind-Blowing" Discovery: Oldest Body of Seawater Found in Giant Crater

Hundred-million-year-old water was trapped after ancient impact, study says.<p><b>Scientists drilling the United States' biggest crater have tapped into the oldest body of seawater ever found.</b><p>They weren't expecting to find the ancient water, estimated to be 100 to 145 million years old, while boring a …

Futile slaughter of Kenyan elephants and how Britain is now fighting back

Up to 20,000 elephants were killed last year in Africa, and those left are still vulnerable because of the demand for ivory, mostly from Asia, which generates up to £12billion a year<p>It is a very different scene from the House of Commons or the Whitehall office where Owen Paterson works.<p>Dressed in a …

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