News entries for May, 2012

Can You Bare Your Backups?

Udock.200x134You want to archive your photo collection, right? You want an onsite copy and an offsite copy, right? You know, so one disaster doesn't lead to another.

But why should you buy a bunch of external hard drives that will just sit around on a shelf?

Why not save a few bucks and just buy the bare drives and one dock like the WiebeTech UltraDock that you can plug them into...

Spy Pictures from the Prague Secret Police Surveillance Archives

History is the tale told by the winners and nothing proves this better than, “Prague through the Lens of the Secret Police” a collection of “surveillance” photographs taken between 1970 and 1989. Published in 2009, these are pictures made by nearly 800 secret police whose job it was to roam the streets of Prague and photograph suspicious behavior.
 
And as such, they are...

Apple’s iPhone: can an app turn it into a camera for pros?

The 645PRO app icon. Image provided by Jaggr. Click for the 645PRO website!If you've been around photography for any length of time, you'll doubtless have heard some variation on the truism that it's not the camera which makes the photo, it's the photographer. The theory is that a real pro can get a great photograph no matter what gear he or she is using. A new iOSapp from Belgian developer Michael Hardaker takes this theory and runs with it,...

The Camera Bag: Brydge Keyboard Accessory Turns Your iPad Into a Detachable MacBook Air

There have been a lot of interesting crowd-funded Kickstarter projects so far along with some more laughable ones. Add the Brydge + iPad project to the interesting category. (Actually make that the very interesting category.)

Ever since we got our iPad, we've searched high and low for a good solution for adding a keyboard to Apple's tablet so we could type more quickly....

Announcing: Comments!

The Imaging Resource logo.Leaping boldly into the 21st century, IR has rolled out a reader comment system for our news pages! Now, rather than simply staring dumbfounded in amazement, you can share your own thoughts on the news of the day, whether it be cool steampunk cameras, a true "box" camera from IKEA, a 6mm, 220 degree fisheye lens for $160,000, or whatever the latest is from your favorite...

Look out Cokin, there’s a new kid in town

84.5mm Camera Filters logo. Click here to visit the 84.5mm Camera Filters website!There's a new kid on the block for photographic filters, with the announcement by a newly-formed Slovakian company that it will soon start selling filters in the standard Type P format.

Piešťany-based G&R spol. s.r.o. will sell its filters under the brand name '84.5mm camera filters', taking the name from the typical width of a Type P filter. Initially, G&R plans to offer...

Rollei’s CT-5A tripod: the solution to baby giraffe and bouncy castle syndromes?

The Rollei Fotopro CT-5A tripod, shown with the short legs attached. Photo provided by RCP - Technik GmbH & Co KG.Taller photographers and tripod manufacturers alike are faced with something of a dilemma: it's relatively easy to make a sturdy tripod that offers comfortable eye-level shooting, or one that offers great opportunities for shooting low to the ground, but making one that can perform equally well in both areas is a challenge, to say the least.

Typically, manufacturers take...

Photo Gear History: With the Multiplying Camera, the More Lenses, the Better

Sitting for your picture in a Daguerreotype photographer’s studio in the middle of the 19th century was a form of torture for both sitter and photographer. An agonizing experience, it required the subject to sit for several minutes, immobile while clamped into neck braces and head supports.

For the portrait photographer, it was a struggle too. There was no question of...

Some assembly required: Ikea’s first digicam takes ‘boxy’ to a new level

Ikea's KNÄPPA digital camera. Image provided by Ikea.Scandinavian megaretailer Ikea has gained worldwide fame--perhaps verging on notoriety--for product designs that pare things down to their very basics, and use cheap, sustainable materials wherever possible. Now, they've turned their attention to the imaging world, with the help of product designer Jesper Kouthoofd of Teenage Engineering A.B. The result? What Teenage...

The Camera Bag: Stylish Bracelets Made from Recycled Camera Lenses

For the photographer who has everything, how about a snazzy bracelet made out of an actual recycled camera lens?

The creation of photographer Craig Arnold, the bracelets -- Arnold calls them "cuffs" -- are made from camera lenses he recycles in South Australia and sells under his re:vision brand.

Arnold also makes original sterling silver pieces modeled on real lenses...

Begone, aberrations! New Lightroom 4.1 release candidate brings defringing controls

Adobe's logo. Click here to visit the Adobe website!Four weeks after it debuted the first release candidate of Photoshop Lightroom 4.1, Adobe has today released a second release candidate version of its popular photographer-centric imaging application. Lightroom 4.1 RC2 adds new defringing controls that help squash chromatic aberration, and adds support for twelve new camera models. It also aims to fix eleven bugs present in...

The Camera Bag: 3.2 Billion (Yes, Billion!) Pixel Telescope Will Be World’s Largest Digital Camera

If you thought the megapixel wars were over, you've probably never heard of the 3.2 billion pixel Large Synoptic Survey Telescope camera.

Comprised of 189 sensors and over three tons of components, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), is designed to capture the entire visible sky every week. In doing so, it will create an unprecedented public archive of data: about...

How Martin Waugh Makes His Astonishing Liquid Sculpture Photographs

Portland, Oregon photographer Martin Waugh is obsessed with water. Trained in physics, about 10 years ago he was fascinated by high-speed photography and the balloon popping, smashing light bulb, water splashing images of Harold Edgerton.

Seeing those images, he decided that it was the perfect way to blend his love of science and photography. He set up a rig for taking...

Nikon recalls some SLR / mirrorless batteries for fire risk

Nikon's logo. Click here to visit the Nikon website!If you're shooting with the Nikon D800, D800E, or D7000 digital SLRs, or the Nikon 1 V1 compact system camera, you'll want to take a careful look at all of your EN-EL15 battery packs. These packs were included in the camera bundles, and =sold separately as Nikon model number 27011. In either instance, they're clearly identified as an EN-EL15 on the pack's label. Nikon has...

The Camera Bag: The Descriptive Camera Churns Out Words Instead of Pictures

Ok, this is pretty clever. It's called The Descriptive Camera and it's the creation of Matt Richardson, an NYU student who says he was fascinated that digital cameras capture "gobs of parsable metadata about photos" including settings, GPS location data, date, time etc. but "they don't output any information about the content of the photo."

The Descriptive Camera, in...

Two cameras, two directors, two great examples of interchangeable-lens video

Pentax's logo. Click here to visit the Pentax website!Over the last few years, there's been something of a revolution in the interchangeable-lens camera world. Since the Nikon D90 introduced photographers to the concept of shooting video with a camera primarily designed for still imaging, almost the entire industry has taken the idea onboard, and it's now the rare interchangeable-lens camera indeed that doesn't offer some form...

Collection of 1920s Vintage Police Mug Shots Are Striking, Timeless Portraits

During the 1920s, a photographer working for the Sydney Police Department in Australia took mug shots of all newly arrested suspects. This anonymous photographer created a series of images that are powerful portraits and also a remarkable historical record.
 
Comparing these vintage images to modern mug shots, the differences between the 1920s and the 2010s are striking....

Canon: 5D Mark III light leak response, new firmware

Canon's EOS 5D Mark III digital SLR. Click here for our Canon 5D Mark III preview!Canon USA has now published its findings after an investigation into the reported light leak problems with the EOS 5D Mark III digital SLR. While it has confirmed the change of exposure value shown by the camera when the top panel LCD's backlight is activated, it says that its in-house testing has confirmed that this does not cause a noticeable impact on final images.

The...

Leaf launches Credo camera back series

Last January, Phase One combined its medium format camera brands Mamiya and Leaf, to create a new global entity: Mamiya Leaf. Both companies had already been cooperating for some time, and now the first product line of the combined Mamiya Leaf takes that cooperation a step further.

The Leaf Credo camera back series is designed for use with the Mamiya 645DF camera body....

The Camera Bag: Take Your Nikon D800 for a Dive with this Underwater Housing from Nauticam

Underwater photographers looking to get detailed photos of great white sharks, giants squids, and sea monkeys -- ok, maybe not sea monkeys -- can take now take their 36.3-megapixel Nikon D800s for a dive with Nauticam's new NA-D800 underwater housing.

Nauticam is the first company to offer an underwater housing for Nikon's new megapixel champ and considering these...