Ian Dobson

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A Beginner’s Guide to Adobe Lightroom: Part 1

It is easy to feel overwhelmed with the many different features of Adobe Lightroom. Lightroom has so many possibilities, that even after years of …

The actor Bill Paxton has died aged 61 after a career that included roles in Titanic, Aliens and A Simple Plan as well as directing features such as Frailty

Bill Paxton

Hacker trades 272 million passwords for social media likes

Your passwords are worthless.<p>At least, that's the message coming from a hacker who traded more than 272 million account credentials to a cybersecurity company in exchange for praise on a social media platform for hackers.<p>The passwords and usernames belonged to accounts from Russia's largest email …

Social Media

High dynamic range imaging via robust multi-exposure image fusion

Multi-exposure image fusion (MEF) can produce an image with high dynamic range (HDR) effect by fusing multiple images with different exposures. The …

Imaging

A photograph of two women bloodied but alive in Brussels this week manages to say something about the nature of terrorism in Europe today without furthering the perverse agenda of those responsible<p>Every picture tells a story. The vast majority of those stories, in our hyper-documented age, are of …

Terrorism

HDR Photography: RAW or JPEG Format?

If I had a nickel for every time I heard someone say, “I only shoot RAW” (you could substitute JPEG for RAW here) I would be rich. Truth be told, if …

A tearful tech demo from the studio behind 'Final Fantasy'

Square Enix, the studio responsible for the famously pretty <i>Final Fantasy</i> series, routinely creates tech demos for the latest and greatest gaming systems, and this week it added one more to that repertoire. During Microsoft's BUILD dev conference, Square Enix showed off a real-time DirectX 12 tech …

The NSA wants tech companies to give it 'front door' access to encrypted data

NSA director suggested tech companies could provide an encryption key in pieces<p>The National Security Agency is embroiled in a battle with tech companies over access to encrypted data that would allow it to spy (more easily) on millions of Americans and international citizens. Last month, companies …

Sim card database hack gave US and UK spies access to billions of cellphones

International row likely after revelations of breach that could have given NSA and GCHQ the power to monitor a large portion of world’s cellular communications<p>American and British spies hacked into the world’s largest sim card manufacturer in a move that gave them unfettered access to billions of …

Surveillance

Basic Portrait Processing in Lightroom

Over the past few years I have learned a great deal about doing portraits, especially of young kids. I think it’s because I get so much enjoyment out …

How to Use a Tripod (and When)

We’ve all seen them. The professional photographer – a rare breed dressed in a safari vest with countless pockets, a fanny pack (I mean, seriously? …

Free Photography Software for Your Image-Editing Needs

There's no denying the fact that in photography, the software necessary to process the images can cost more than an entry level DSLR camera. It's …

How to Read a Histogram

The histogram is a readout of information that tells you things that you won’t necessarily see in the image that you shoot. If you know anything …

20 yr old Xin Li turns her raw emotions into astonishing photographs

Its hard to believe when someone of this caliber and artistically mature like Xin Li is just 20 year old. I was totally taken back by her …

Photograph: Johanna Parkin for the Guardian. Food styling: Jack Sargeson<p>Thomasina Miers’ homemade baked beans: ‘A lovely, smoky kick.’<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/1/14/1421242229158/b45a4026-3247-4820-92fb-4a3bce362564-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Johanna Parkin …

Recipes

Microsoft's Fix: Run, Don't Walk, To Windows 10

It’s been way too long but Microsoft has finally gotten around to fixing Windows 8.<p>As spelled out by Microsoft on Wednesday, Windows 10 corrects the company’s clumsy attempt to be all things to all people, i.e., simultaneously a touch and desktop operating environment. In short, Windows 10 promises …

How Lizard Squad ruined Christmas

The cyber-assaults disabling Sony PlayStation and Microsoft's Xbox game consoles may have been done by hackers 'for laughs' - but is something more sinister going on?<p>Every week, Ann and Jim Johnson put away a few pounds in their Christmas club. There’s not a great deal of slack in this family’s …

Sony Pictures

Cooking on holiday: Borlotti beans and lemon pork meatballs recipe

An easy dish of borlotti beans, tapenade and lemon pork meatballs<p>Campfire cooking that is just as good in a home kitchen, for those summer days when there’s a chilly breeze, or after sundown.<p><b>SERVES</b><br>4<p><b>INGREDIENTS</b><p><b>For the meatballs</b><br>1kg minced pork<br>100g fresh ciabatta breadcrumbs<br>The zest of 1 lemon<br>20 …