News entries for December, 2012

Military photojournalist talks about life under fire in gripping new documentary (VIDEO)

 
 

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a photojournalist for the military? As a photographer for the United States Air Force, Staff Sgt. Ryan Crane does just that, documenting life in the combat zone during recent deployments to Afghanistan.

A revealing new documentary by Hannah Hill, titled "Snap...

George Steinmetz captures breathtaking aerial photos of the world’s deserts while dangling from a paraglider

 
 

Photographer George Steinmetz clearly doesn't have a fear of heights. For the past 15 years, he's been photographing the world's extreme deserts from the sky while seated in a small, motorized paraglider. And these aren't just any deserts, they're "hyper-arid" spots where there's less than four inches of rainfall a...

Make this HD-DSLR shoulder rig from PVC pipe yourself for less than $10 (VIDEO)

 
 

Digital SLRs that also shoot high definition video are no longer a novelty anymore; they're everywhere. But how do you make your high-def footage look sharp when you're holding a camera that's ultimately designed for still photography?

Unless you have very steady hands, you'll need to get some kind of camera rig...

More Adobe CS6 updates revealed along with new Creative Cloud subscription options


Last night, Adobe revealed updates to a couple of its Creative Suite 6 applications -- Photoshop included -- that enabled support for HiDPI, Retina-branded displays as seen in the latest MacBook Pro notebooks from Apple. Today, it turns out that Retina support isn't the only change made in Adobe Photoshop CS6 but it's the only change...

Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator CS6 now support Apple’s high-res Retina displays


For photographers, the latest-generation Apple MacBook Pro notebooks are mighty appealing thanks to their extremely high-resolution displays. All those extra pixels let you see more of your images on-screen at once without discarding the fine detail. Even if you fit your image to the screen, you're still looking at a full five megapixels...

Snapseed photo editing app finally arrives on Android, and it’s free


Photo editing on Android smartphones and tablets just got a lot more intuitive, thanks to the release of a new app that had until now been an iOS exclusive. For Android users, Nik Software's Snapseed has been a long time coming, but its arrival is accompanied by some great news: it's now free.

Nik first shipped the app for Apple's...

Famed celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz’s swanky New York City home on sale for $33M

 
 

If you have more than a few million dollars to blow and you want to feel what it's like to live like one of the world's most famous photographers, we've got a deal for you. Famed celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz has put her luxury New York City compound on the market for US$33 million.

The sprawling,...

Last-Minute Holiday Camera Deals 2012 (Updated: Nikon D600 mega-bundle for $1,997, plus several new price drops!)

 
 

LAST UPDATED: Friday, December 14, 3:20 PM

There's just one shopping week left before Christmas, so if you want to get the best deals on cameras and get them shipped to you in time, you'll need to act pretty quickly. The biggest bargains are starting to disappear rapidly -- as you can see by our extensive list...

Imaging Resource 2012 Holiday Gift Guide: Printers, scanners, accessories and more

We kicked off our holiday gift-giving roundup yesterday with a selection of the best cameras and lenses for the photographer-friend in your life, but what to do if they're already happy with their photographic setup?

That's where Part Two of our 2012 Holiday Gift Guide comes in. We've gathered a healthy selection of photo gifts to choose...

Watch three vintage Leicas sell at auction for a combined $4.7 million (video)

 
 

Leica Rumors has posted an oddly compelling video (below) of the recent WestLicht Camera Auction in Vienna, Austria, where three of the most expensive serial production cameras in the world were sold to the highest bidders.

The cameras, unsurprisingly, were Leicas, and fetched a combined total of €3.6 million,...

Imaging Resource 2012 Holiday Photo Gift Guide: Cameras and optics

 
 

The holidays are fast approaching, and time's running out to get your gift-buying finished! Are you still struggling to locate the perfect gift for the photographer-friend in your life? (Or perhaps it's time to upgrade your own camera gear, ready for those once-in-a-lifetime holiday snaps?)

Either way, there are...

Hilarious video offers tips on how to photograph the coming Mayan Apocalypse

 
 

If you believe the Mayan end-of-the-world calendars -- and who doesn't? -- the apocalypse is right around the corner, on December 21st.

Sydney, Australia-based photographer Matt Granger, who goes by the handle "That Nikon Guy," thinks it might be even sooner than that though, and could quite possibly be...

Find your perfect camera with IR’s new Similar Cameras feature!

At IR, we're passionate about making this site the best photography resource on the web. While we feel strongly that we have the most authoritative, objective reviews online, we wanted to make it easier for our readers to see similar models they might also want to consider.

Today we're releasing into beta a "Similar Cameras" feature on all of our reviews. You can see an...

Get your favorite Leica photographer this limited-edition “Ninety Nine Years Leica” history book as a holiday gift

 
 

Looking for a holiday gift for that special Leica photographer in your life, even if that photographer just so happens to be you? A new Leica-commissioned oral and photographic history book entitled "Ninety Nine Years Leica," has just gone on sale at select Leica stores, boutiques, and dealers in North America.
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Not in the holiday spirit yet? Check out these amazing macro photos of snowflakes.

 
 

With forecasters already predicting another down year for snowfall in the U.S. (global warming, anyone?), these stunning macro images of snowflakes by Russian photographer Andrew Osokin should help remind you that winter is coming (as the Starks often say on HBO's "Game of Thrones").

Osokin, who lives and works...

Act quickly: The Sony RX1 arrives, but with limited availability


It's finally here! The camera we've all been waiting for has arrived in the US market, and you can pick yours up today! The Sony RX1 is one of the year's most talked-about designs, with an enormous 35mm full-frame sensor and a reasonably fast 35mm prime lens in a compact body.

When it was announced last September, senior editor Shawn...

Lens Review: Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM APO

 
 

Back in 2006, Sigma found an opportunity to market a lens no one else made - a telephoto zoom lens for the APS-C digital SLR camera, which provided a field of view similar to that produced by a 70-200mm on full frame. Six years later the Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM APO still stands alone, and continues to...

Canon 530 HS review: Small 12x zoom camera adds touchscreen and WiFi

Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS digital camera. Copyright © 2012, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved.

All the charm of an ELPH accompanies the Canon 530HS, with its box and circle design, but the surprise is the 12x zoom this diminutive digital camera conceals. Canon did a little sensor trick to make this possible, one that unfortunately affects image quality. Closely related to the 520HS, the 530HS adds a touchscreen and WiFi capability....

Think you’re a quick-on-the-draw photographer? Test your shooting speed vs. an outlaw from the Old West

 
 

If you're at a photography store or photo show in the coming months and see what looks like a outlaw from the Old West challenging you to duel, don't be alarmed: it's just a way to test how quick you are on the draw with your camera.

The virtual shootout game (shown in the video below) was created by Kata Bags...

The Camera Bag: Gura Gear introduces Bataflae 18L travel photography backpack with laptop slot

 
 

Gura Gear added to its Bataflae line-up of camera backpacks yesterday with the new, portable Bataflae 18L ($349) pack for travel photographers. The 18L is the smallest in the Bataflae line but still has enough room to cary multiple, full-size professional digital SLR or medium format bodies, a 300mm lens and up to...