News entries for April, 2012

Adobe launches Creative Suite 6, including Photoshop CS6

Adobe's Creative Suite 6 logo. Image provided by Adobe.At simultaneous events in San Francisco, London, and Tokyo, Adobe Systems Inc. has announced the latest iteration of its Creative Suite product line, including a new release of its flagship image editor Photoshop, as well as a new supporting cloud service.

Adobe groups the changes in Creative Suite 6 in four key areas: performance improvements, a more coherent user...

Dumpsters as Pinhole Cameras: The Huffington Report on “The Trashcam Project” Gets It All Wrong

Recently, The Huffington Post ran an article in their Culture section that made me want to call Ms. Huffington herself and give her a piece of my mind. This “report” about the German “Trashcam Project,” I would tell her is, to put it mildly just this short of pure garbage.

However, let me start with the basic facts. The Trashcam Project is made up of six trashmen,...

Lens Review: Nikon 10mm f/2.8 1 Nikkor

Img 9198 1000We've reviewed each of the other zoom lenses in Nikon's initial launch of the 1 series and we round out those with a review of the Nikon 10mm f/2.8 1 Nikkor "pancake" lens. At just 77 grams (under 3 oz) it's one of the smallest and lightest lenses Nikon has ever produced. We've put the lens through its paces in our test lab: click here to read our full review of the Nikon...

The Camera Bag: Moby Dick-sized Nikon 6mm F/2.8 Fisheye Lens on Sale for $160,000+

We had to check the calendar to make sure it wasn't still April Fool's Day when we saw this one. It's a massive Nikon 6mm f/2.8 fisheye lens and it recently went on sale in London for 100,000 British pounds (about $160,800).

According to Amateur Photographer, the jumbo fisheye lens was created as the "the world's most most extreme wideangle lens to cover the 24x36mm image...

The Camera Bag: iPhone Cases Designed Like Retro Cameras

Last month we told you about a cool iPhone case that turns your Apple phone into a Leica-like digital rangefinder. Now, Mashable has a fantastic gallery of 20 Retro iPhone Cases that look like classic tech products.

Included in the mix are several iPhone covers that resemble vintage cameras including a gel skin that makes your phone look like a Rollei (right) and a slim...

Behind the scenes at DxO’s Canon 5D Mk III test

Canon's EOS 5D Mark III digital SLR. Click for our Canon EOS 5D Mark III preview!Tech blog CNET Crave have published an interesting article taking readers behind the scenes at DxO Labs, the French software company behind the DxO Optics Pro image processing application, and the DxOMark camera / lens testing website.

DxO recently put the Canon EOS 5D Mark III digital SLR through its paces, and offered up their verdict: the best score for a Canon DSLR to...

Adobe Creative Cloud: IR brings you live to the event

We'll be bringing you coverage live from the de Young museum, where Adobe plans to launch the hotly anticipated Creative Suite 6 and Creative Cloud. 

Check back here at 10:00 AM Pacific Time to follow the event in real-time on the liveblog window below. 

While we've been assured that we'll have WiFi access on the floor, we don't tend to trust WiFi signals at events with...

The Camera Bag: A Very Pink Camera Vanity Case from Olympus for Mother’s Day

Someone at Olympus has simply seen John Waters’ “Hairspray” too many times. Who else could have thought up the very pink, very retro Olympus Happy Vanity Kit for Mother’s Day 2012?
 
According to its press release, Olympus saw a study that said that in the demographic of under 25 year old married couples, nearly 56% of respondents said that it is Mom, not Dad, who is now...

The Camera Bag: 4X5 Camera Made from a 150-Year-Old Human Skull

This is, admittedly, pretty bizarre (and a bit gruesome) but it's a weird Friday and that's just the kind of mood we're in.

This 4x5 camera you see on the right was made from aluminum, titanium, brass, silver, gemstones and, yes, the 150-year-old skull of a 13-year-old girl.

Basically, it's a pinhole camera that performs not unlike the pinhole camera made from a pine...

Pentax takes on Ricoh camera line, switches to unilateral pricing

Pentax's logo. Click here to visit the Pentax website!With Pentax now firmly established as a part of Ricoh, the company's US branch has taken on responsibility for marketing and distribution of its new parent's camera lineup in the US market. In an announcement yesterday, Pentax Ricoh Imaging Americas Corp. detailed the move, which applies to all Ricoh consumer cameras but excludes Ricoh's business-to-business image solutions...

A Blockbuster Photo Show: When Robert Doisneau Used His Rolleiflex to Document “Paris les Halles”

Every day, there is a long queue snaking around the block of the Hôtel de Ville (City Hall) in central Paris. Looking like a line for rock concert tickets or the latest Harry Potter book, it is actually the people waiting to see a show of photographs, "Doisneau, Paris les Halles."

This exhibition of over 200 images by photographer Robert Doisneau has been packed since its...

The Camera Bag: X88-J Octocopter is Drone of Your Dreams (or Nightmares?) for Shooting Awesome Aerials with Your DSLR

Get a load of this flying monster. It's an eight-rotor mini helicopter drone called the Turbo Ace X88-J and it just may be the ideal device for shooting aerial imaging with a digital SLR.

Unmanned radio-controlled (RC) helicopters have been all the rage in recent years for photographers and videographers seeking to capture aerial video and stills without having to pay an...

The Tutu Project: How Photographer Bob Carey Donned a Pink Tutu to Fight Breast Cancer

I am built like Bob Carey, a bit on the chunky side, but Tutu logoI do not think I have his nerve. After all, Bob put on a bright pink tutu and created a series of photos of him in all sorts of crazy settings and postures. If that wasn’t enough, now he is using these images to help fight breast cancer.

 
The project started as a lark in 2003, when he and his wife Linda relocated...

Samsung untangles the future, with three new WiFi-connected mirrorless cameras

Samsung's NX20 compact system camera. Photo provided by Samsung. Click for our Samsung NX20 preview!Demonstrating its faith in the future of the compact system camera market, and in mirrorless cameras' ability to triumph over the SLR, Samsung has today launched three new models for its NX series. There's much shared between the flagship Samsung NX20, and its two siblings, the mid-range Samsung NX210 and entry-level Samsung NX1000. All three also share DNA with the...

Nikon D3200 previewed: boosts speed and resolution, courts Android users

Nikon's D3200 digital SLR. Photo provided by Nikon. Click for our Nikon D3200 preview!Nikon has today announced its latest consumer digital SLR, the Nikon D3200. As the name would suggest, it's a followup to the D3100, which launched back in late 2010. The new model boosts resolution significantly, but simultaneously brings a step forward in terms of speed.

The D3200's new DX-format image sensor has a resolution of 24.2 megapixels. That's almost double the...

Fujifilm X-Pro1 review posted!

Zfujixpro1Quality prime lenses and a tack-sharp sensor come together with a unique hybrid optical viewfinder to form the Fujfilm X-Pro1, a digital camera built exclusively for enthusiast photographers. The X-Pro1 really hits the nail on the head, driving deep into high-ISO territory with tack-sharp images. Its controls and feature set are also ideal for the target market, and its...

Steampunk Cameras: From Jules Verne’s Anachronistic “Camera-Phone” to the Pentacon Six and Voigtlander Vitessa

AMIENS, FRANCE — Literary scholars announced that they have unearthed a 33-page handwritten manuscript of "Le Telephon-Photographique," ("The Camera-Phone") an unpublished short story by the father of science fiction, Jules Verne.

Written in 1874, this story of a hand-held communications and picture-taking device that leads to social upheaval in 21st-century France...

2012 Pulitzers Announced For Breaking News and Feature Photography

PulitzersEarlier this week Columbia University announced the winners of its 96th annual Pulitzer Prizes, including Massoud Hassaini for Breaking News Photography and Craig F. Walker for Feature Photography.

Breaking News Photography

Agence France-Presse Photographer Massoud Hossaini was honored for his image of a 12 year old girl "cyring in fear after a suicide bomber's attack"...

The Camera Bag: Think Tank’s Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag Looks Like a Great Fit for Street Shooters

We have camera bags up the wazoo but the ones we grab when we're in a hurry tend to have two things in common: they're relatively small and they're inconspicuous. Think Tank Photo, one of our favorite bag companies, just announced it will be releasing a new bag in May called the Retrospective 7 and it seems to fit those discrete characteristics.

Available in three...

Tired of the photo shoot huddle? Hasselblad comes to the rescue!

Hasselblad's logo. Click here to visit the Hasselblad website!Hasselblad has today released new versions of its Phocus tethered shooting software for MacOS, as well as the Phocus Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The updates are particularly interesting because they aim to solve a common problem on larger photo shoots: the huddle around the monitor to review images as they're captured.

With Phocus 2.6.6 and Phocus Mobile...