News entries for December, 2012

How the Pros Do It: 46-megapixel panorama of Mount Stuart and Lake Ingalls, lit by simultaneous sunrise and moonset

 
 

Mount Stuart is one of the iconic mountains of the Cascade Range -- the second highest non-volcanic peak in Washington state -- and its imposing form looms over the other peaks in the region. Lake Ingalls, a short distance to the west is a landscape photographer's dream, a perfect granite reflecting pool for the...

“The Hippocratic Oath of a Photographer” from 1937 still helpful for avoiding photo clichés

 
 

Way back in 1937, Mehemed Fehmy Agha (or M.F. Agha, as he was better known) published a pointed and hilarious rant in U.S. Camera magazine titled, "The Hippocratic Oath of a Photographer," in which he railed against a range of photographic clichés he hoped to never see again.

As a pioneering art director for...

Kodak patent portfolio sells for a $525M song to consortium including Apple, Google and Microsoft


It's been almost a year now since Eastman Kodak Co. entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy. After many years struggling with its transition into the digital age, spiraling losses finally caught up with the one-time icon of the film photography industry, and despite planning to sell off a large chunk of its patent portfolio in an effort to keep...

Incredible, interactive gigapixel photo of Mount Everest makes you feel like you’re really there

 
 

Only a few brave (lucky?) souls get to visit Mount Everest every year, and for those who do go it can be an arduous and expensive trip. Thankfully there are people through whom you can live vicariously, like cinematographer and photographer David Breashears, who made the acclaimed IMAX documentary "Everest."
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Polaroid confirms plans to intro interchangeable lens camera that runs Android at CES 2013

 
 
 
 

Polaroid confirmed to Imaging Resource that it will soon unveil a new interchangeable lens camera that will run Google's Android operating system. The company offered few other details about the forthcoming camera.

"There will be an Android powered,...

Instapanic: New terms grant Instagram right to sell users’ photos, share data and more

Instagram's app icon. Click here to visit the Instagram website!Shortly after Facebook announced its purchase of photo sharing app-maker Instagram last April, Imaging Resource reported that a segment of the latter's userbase was reacting to the news with alarm. A significant overhaul of Instagram's terms of use (TOU) and privacy policy, released today and slated to go into effect early next year, suggests that they may have been wise to...

First shots: Canon 6D struts its affordable, full-frame stuff!

 
 

 

We've put the Canon EOS 6D through the lab and have our first shots posted! Designed as an affordable, full-frame addition to Canon's DSLR lineup, the enthusiast-aimed, 20.2-megapixel 6D just started shipping this December.

Announced a week later than the Nikon D600 -- which we've already reviewed -- the...

Get them while they’re hot: New Leica lens coffee mugs are first come, first served

 
 

There are two things photographers simply can't get enough of: great lenses and great coffee. Leica photographers now have a chance to get the best of both worlds with these new ceramic lens mugs designed like classic Leica lenses.

Ok, they actually look more like ceramic versions of those familiar Starbucks...

Sad day for the web, as Jeff Keller announces DCResource to close


It's with a great sense of loss that we report news today from one of the earliest digital photography sites on the web, and a longtime friend of the Imaging Resource. Within the next couple of weeks, the Digital Camera Resource Page is to publish its final review, ending a run of over fifteen years and almost 600 reviews.

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DxO’s Optics Pro and Viewpoint image correction software updated and discounted

Does your photographic workflow feature DxO Labs' Optics Pro or Viewpoint applications? If so, the French software company has recently released updates for both applications that should make them even more useful. (And if not, some holiday discounts aim to persuade you to add them to your toolbox.)

Last week's DxO Viewpoint v1.1 update...

Lens Review: Olympus 15mm f/8 Body Cap Lens

 
 

At just 9mm in width and a weight of 22 grams, the 15mm f/8 body cap lens by Olympus is probably the smallest lens we've ever tested. Its concept is surprisingly innovative: take a body cap, and put a fixed aperture lens in it. When paired with an Olympus or Panasonic micro four thirds body, the result produces a...

Canon 6D firmware solves YouTube compatibility problem


Canon's EOS 6D digital SLR lowers the barrier to entry to the company's full-frame digital SLR lineup, with a pricetag well below that of the EOS 5D Mark III, and even a little less than the now rather long-in-the-tooth 5D Mark II. That's made the 6D pretty popular with photographers and videographers on a tight budget, but early...

Adobe updates Photoshop Lightroom, Camera Raw with new camera and lens support


 
 

Last month, Adobe issued release candidates of several updates for Photoshop Lightroom, Camera Raw and DNG Converter. Those updates have now been finalized, squashing another raft of bugs and adding support for a healthy selection of new cameras and lenses, as well as a couple of camcorders.

As is often the...

High-flying photo drone captures stunning aerial footage in the mountains of Pakistan

 
 

We've seen some impressive drones for aerial photography before but this unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designed to shoot footage at extremely high altitudes may take the cake.

Called a Dedicam and developed by two inventors from Switzerland, the drone recently shot stunning footage in the thin air over the...

Protect your DSLR from the elements this winter with a crocheted camera cozy

 
 

Love it or hate it (we actually love it), this handmade camera cozy for the Canon EOS 7D DSLR is certainly eye-catching. Created by Shireen Nadir, and shared on her blog, The Blue Brick, the camera cozy is knitted from TFA Grape -- as in purple -- yarn.

Nadir says she knitted the cozy (or "cosy" for you...

Pentax 645D IR: the camera that can turn back time


When we reviewed the 40-megapixel, medium-format Pentax 645D digital SLR-style camera last year, we came away mighty impressed. Sure, it's hefty, but its images capture spectacular detail, and by medium-format camera standards it has good ergonomics to boot. It's even weather-sealed and coldproof for outdoor shooting, making it a great...

Clever new suction cup mount steadies camera phones and tablets for better low light shooting


Camera phones are great for capturing spontaneous images and video clips in good light when you haven't got a dedicated camera handy, but with their tiny sensors and often rather basic lenses, they can struggle in low light even for relatively static subjects. The situation isn't helped by the fact that they lack tripod mounts, forcing...

Nikon D600 reviewed: Smaller and lighter full-frame digital SLR is a kick to use

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Nikon leads the way again, with the first "affordable" full-frame digital SLR. Fun to shoot, the Nikon D600 offers as little or as much control as you want, perfect for both amateurs and more advanced photographers; even pros will feel right at home. Its 24.3-megapixel sensor offers excellent detail, and performs...

Powerful “No Strangers” photo show explores fate of the world’s indigenous people

 
 

While there are 7,000 languages on the planet, half of those unique voices are in danger of being silenced within a generation or two. That's the dilemma highlighted by a new exhibition, titled "No Strangers: Ancient Wisdom in a Modern World," at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles.

The show...

Sony’s Mike Kahn elected PMDA president


The board of the Photoimaging Manufacturers and Distributors Association has today announced its election of a new president: Mike Kahn, director of the Alpha camera business at Sony Electronics. Kahn succeeds Joellyn Gray, director of marketing at Fujifilm North America. He has over two decades of experience in the consumer electronics...