News entries for June, 2012

Field Test: Are These Spy Camera Sunglasses with a Built-In MP3 Player Worthy of James Bond or Mr. Bean?

Camera-sunglassesWhile the others at Imaging Resource get to review exciting new digital cameras, I try out things like the $29.99 “Spy Camera Sunglasses with MP3.” Receiving a press release from a Chinese company announcing its new Spy Camera Sunglasses, it fell to me to “field test” them.

I had, after all, written about Lady Gaga’s non-existent camera sunglasses and the equally...

ACDSee for Mac gets an overhaul

ACD Systems' logo. Click here to visit the ACD Systems website!ACD Systems has released a new version of its ACDSee Pro photo editing and management app for the Macintosh platform. ACDSee Pro 2 is the company's first update for Mac since the original version's final update to v1.9 (build 475), almost a year ago.

A lot's changed since then. Key among the new features is a 64-bit raw processing engine, where the original ACDSee Pro was...

Canon: new firmware, software for SLRs and camcorders

Canon's logo. Click here to visit the Canon website!Over the last few days, Canon USA has released updated firmware for several of its digital SLRs and camcorders, as well as new versions of the software that accompanies these products.

Of most interest to our readers will be the firmware and software updates for the SLRs. The Canon EOS 5D Mark III update takes the camera to version number 1.1.3, and according to the...

Celebrity Photographer Peter Hurley On How to Take Fabulous Headshots (VIDEO)

HeadshotYesterday, we shared a great educational video with you on how to photograph complete strangers. Now, here's celebrity photographer Peter Hurley talking about how to capture fabulous headshots.

The video is Hurley's keynote address at the Google+ Photographer's Conference in California in May. In it, he breaks down his approach to making subjects comfortable and then...

10 Things That You Can Do Today To Be A Better Photographer

Photofocus-jag-imageI occasionally write posts like this because my main goal is to get people up and off the couch so they can go make pictures. It mostly applies to beginners but even pros can use a refresher once in a while. There’s always an excuse NOT to shoot but if you have something new to think about or try, maybe that will become an excuse TO shoot. So without further introduction,...

Canon 5D Mk III AF points and third party lenses

Canon's EOS 5D Mark III digital SLR. Photo provided by Canon.For those of you who aren’t aware, the new AF system in the Canon EOS 5D Mark III has different available autofocus points with different lenses. Canon has listed all of their lenses in the 5D Mk III manual (pages 78-84, for those of you who don’t do manuals much) telling you which of the 61 AF points are active and whether they are horizontal only, cross, or dual-cross...

Get that flash off your Nikon! Phottix ships Odin wireless trigger

Phottix's Odin TTL wireless flash trigger for Nikon. Photo provided by Phottix.Photo accessories company Phottix has today announced imminent availability of its Odin TTL flash trigger for most Nikon digital SLRs.

The Phottix Odin first shipped for Canon cameras last September, and after a slight delay for testing with the D800 and D4 DSLRs, will be available for Nikon shooters from tomorrow. The Odin is a 2.4GHz wireless system offering both TTL...

How to Photograph Complete Strangers (VIDEO)

Hickey-stranger-videoOne of the most intimidating things for aspiring photographers is taking pictures of people you do not know. It can be an uncomfortable experience that often doesn't result in the candid, revealing portraits you may have hoped for.

That's why we like Portland, Oregon-based photographer Jimmy Hickey's video "How to Photograph a Stranger."

Hickey breaks down his formula...

Bright zoom, premium body: Fujifilm X10 reviewed!

Fujifilm's X10 digital camera. Photo provided by Fujifilm. Click for our Fuji X10 review!Pick up the Fujifilm X10, and its solid, premium body jam-packed with external controls tells you that it was designed for photographers, by photographers. Take a look at its unusually bright 4x optical zoom lens, and you know you're in for a treat. Unfortunately, we've had to temper our enthusiasm somewhat due to the well-documented "white disc" problem, which can rear its...

Zounds! Canon SLR, pro printer, three lenses and more… all for just $600?

Canon's Rebel T3 digital SLR and PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II photo printer.With Father's Day almost here, the folks over at Imaging Resource affiliate partner Adorama are running a pretty impressive deal that could completely overhaul Dad's aging photo setup. (It could also make a great gift for grads who've not yet explored the world of photography beyond their camera phone or compact.)

For just about US$600, you can pick up Canon gear...

Lens Review: Fuji XF 60mm f/2.4 R

Img 0004a 200We finish our examination of Fuji's new X-mount lenses with a review of the Fujinon XF 60mm f/2.4 R macro lens. Like all of the Fujinon lenses for the X-Pro 1 they are small and light, but this one packs 1:2 macro reproduction and offers excellent results at the same time. Click here to read our full review of the Fujinon XF 60mm f/2.4 R lens.

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New Sigma Super Zoom lens debuts exclusive thermally stable material

Sigma's 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM lens. Photo provided by Sigma.Sigma Corp. has today announced a new lens that, says the company, offers unique technology not found in competitors' products to date.

The design of the Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM uses a material described as Thermally Stable Composite. TSC is said to have 25% higher elasticity than polycarbonate, and low thermal shrinkage. This, says Sigma, reduces...

Printer Review: Epson Stylus Photo R3000

R3000.200x163As soon as our Canon Pro-1 review was published, we heard from Epson. You really should take a look at our R3000, they said.

So we did.

They're both color and black and white 13x19-ink pigment printing. But the R3000 has a few tricks up its sleeve, like its K3 ink set, versatile paper handling and extensive connectivity options.

Those may not be anything more than...

The Camera Bag: Papa Hemingway Would Love the Rustic Tommy Camera Bag

Property of tommycamera-orange 1 logoWe like this trend of camera bags looking more stylishly subtle these days. Earlier this month we told you about The Camps Bay camera bag from ONA that looked like it belonged in a J. Petermen catalog. Now, here's the tastefully rustic Tommy Camera Bag from Property Of… that wouldn't look out of place dangling over the shoulder of Ernest Hemingway in an old photo.

And...

Call for entries: July 4th Photo of the Day contest

Imagingresource-2009-144x86The fourth of July is fast approaching. For those of us in the United States, that means it'll soon be time for fireworks, parades, carnivals, barbecues, and many other Independence Day staples. For Americans living--or perhaps serving--overseas, thoughts of family and homeland will be front of mind.

July 4th also means it's time for something a little special in our...

Olympus E-M5 review posted! - The pinnacle of Four Thirds?

Olympus OM-D E-M5 compact system camera. Copyright © 2012, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved.Small and light, yet solid and weather-sealed, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 is a lot more capable than its size suggests. Image quality is noticeably improved from past Olympus offerings, rivaling that of APS-C SLRs, and its sensor-shift image stabilization system is the most advanced we've seen. Perhaps most importantly, though, the Olympus E-M5 is a whole lot of fun to use, and...

The Care and Feeding of Your Tripod

Gitzo's Series 2 Quick-Release Vintage Kit with bag. Photo provided by Gitzo.Being a good photographer, you have a tripod. Maybe two tripods. Maybe even a big, heavy duty one for your big lenses, a standard one for everyday use, and one of those small, cool ones that folds up like a roadmap and you can carry it in your back pocket. Wait, I just realized 50% of the people reading this think a roadmap comes on Google or is inside their GPS and are...

Better imaging: the answer to Nokia’s flagging smartphone business?

Nokia's 808 PureView smartphone has a whopping 41 megapixel image sensor. Photo provided by Nokia.Times are hard for mobile phone giant Nokia. After years at the top, the company recently lost its lead in the mobile phone market to rival Samsung. Once dominant in the smartphone space, lately it has shown increasing weakness while rivals have soared. At Samsung, smartphones are now said to comprise nearly half of its global sales, versus just 16 percent for Nokia....

The Camera Bag: Mini MacBook Air Mirror and Giant Earbud Speakers

Apple-macbook-mirror-logoLike most photographers, we love our Apple products, which is probably why we dig these two functional, Apple novelties.

First up is a miniature replica of a MacBook Air that opens up to reveal a small mirror. Yes, if the model you're photographing wants to check him or herself out before a big shoot, pop out this mini MacBook mirror and earn some major geek point in the...

Is baby still breathing? Find out… from a video!

An example of Eulerian Video Magnification. Screenshot provided by MIT CSAIL and Quanta Research Cambridge, Inc., courtesy of YouTube. Click to read the research paper, 'Eulerian Video Magnification for Revealing Subtle Changes in the World'!In the early 1970s, British author Arthur C. Clarke famously wrote that "any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic". A research paper and accompanying video mentioned on the blog of John Nack, Principal Product Manager, Mobile at Adobe Systems seems to us to fit the bill.

In the paper, six researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial...