News entries for March, 2013

Sliders begone! New app makes touchpad or tablet your interface to image editing bliss


Have you ever wished you could spend a little less time fiddling with buttons and sliders while you're editing the results of your latest shooting session, and a little more time focusing on the photos or videos themselves? You're not alone; the folks at software company Arctic Whiteness -- creators of the Photographer's Toolbox plug-ins...

Samsung hires Usain Bolt to sell cameras; says NX300 camera and 45mm 2D/3D lens are now on sale

 
 

Samsung has announced it has hired a budding photographer to help promote its latest camera: six-time Olympic gold medalist and "world's fastest human," Usain Bolt. Along with winning gold medals and smashing world records as easily as some people smash plates, Bolt demonstrated his photography skills during last...

Mars Curiosity Rover is sending back photos again

 
This image was taken by Front Hazcam: Right B (FHAZ_RIGHT_B) onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 223 (2013-03-23 02:59:22 UTC). Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

After a spate of technological problems lead to the Mars Rover going quiet for a brief spell, Curiosity is back in action, beaming photographs from the red...

Review: Canon G15 flagship compact camera takes a huge step forward

 

Canon's PowerShot G-series cameras were some of the first premium compact cameras to really grab the attention of the professional photographer and the amateur shooter alike. With the PowerShot G15, Canon takes a huge step forward by adding a fast 5x optical zoom lens with a maximum aperture that ranges from f/1.8 at wide to...

Google slashes Nik plug-in suite pricing, making amends for Snapseed Desktop demise


A couple of weeks ago, search giant Google took flak for discontinuing Snapseed Desktop, an unusual and much-lauded photo app from recent acquisition Nik Software. Today, the company has another announcement related to Nik, but this time it's much more positive news that will be welcomed by photographers -- especially those using...

New DIY video: Repair your digital camera yourself!

Most people view their digital cameras as inscrutable black boxes, but as the fellow in this video demonstrates, it's actually not all that hard to take them apart.

Watch his do-it-yourself tips and tricks on how he goes about fixing a digital camera. As you'll notice, the video starts off slow but gets interesting really quickly. ;-)

Check out more of his tech videos...

Supraflux previews a new spin on video stabilization


In the middle of last year, a new project debuted on crowdfunding site Kickstarter which promised a simple, compact and affordable way to stabilize video from smartphones, compact / action cameras, and perhaps even a light DSLR or camcorder. Created by brothers Karim and Nadim Elgarhy, the Picosteady stabilizer was a success, reaching...

Crazy (stupid?) photo of a skateboarder jumping over New York City subway tracks stirs controversy

This photo of a skateboarding daredevil pulling an "Ollie" jump across the tracks of a New York City subway line has garnered a variety of reactions on the Internet in the last week. But one thing now seems clear: it's not a fake photo.

"I knew I was facing where the train was going to come from," Allen Ying, the photographer who captured the shot, told the Daily...

The incomparable Nadar: Master photographer, political cartoonist and balloonist of 19th-century Paris

"In photography, like in all things, there are people who can see and others who cannot even look."  -- Nadar

He was born Gaspard Félix Tournachon in 1820, and grew up in Paris. He first became known for his biting and sarcastic political cartoons which earned him the nickname "tourne à dard"-- the one who stings or twists the dart. He liked...

“Sun and Cloud” digital camera is powered by solar and crank energy

 
 

The Sun and Cloud camera is a curious concept. It can be powered charged by solar cells or by cranking a retractable handle, giving it enough juice to function without needing to plug it in and charge a battery. An idea like that sounds like it could be perfect to keep in your emergency kit, for when you need to...

Create your own lighting diagrams with this nifty, free online tool

 
 

Here's a sweet little photography tool you should check out if you work with studio lighting. Called the Online Lighting Diagram Creator, it is just that, letting you create and save set-ups for future reference.

We've embedded the tool below but you can also access it online here.

Created by QH Photography,...

Rugged Fuji XP200, far-reaching Fuji S8400W digicams sport Wi-Fi connectivity


Fujifilm has today unveiled two new digital cameras that do what your smartphone can't, then neatly hand it the results for instant photo sharing. The Fuji S8400W packs in a super-powerful optical zoom lens that reaches clear into next week, while the rugged Fuji XP200 is part tank and part submarine, ready to go anywhere you do without...

Nikon D7100 and Fujifilm X100S First Shots posted! (See how they did!)


 
 

More and more of the latest crop of cameras are starting to roll through IR's test lab, the two latest being the Nikon D7100 and Fuji X100S. Full sets of test shots for these will be going up within the next week or two, but for now, we have our standard "First Shots" posted, so you can compare these cameras'...

Your next Nikon SLR could be part Laotian


We all know where our favorite camera brands hail from, but have you ever looked at the sticker on the bottom of your camera to see where it was made? If not, you might be in for a surprise. Like so many products these days, digital cameras are often produced in a completely different country to the manufacturer's corporate headquarters....

Stay frosty with these beautiful, extreme macro shots of snow crystals

 
 

It may be the first day of Spring but we've still got snow on the ground here in the Northeast, and we have to say we're getting a little tired of it. But if you look at those snowflakes extremely closely, as the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (BARC) in Maryland has done using an electron microscope,...

Wacom’s new entry-level Cintiq pen display is more attractive than ever


Wacom's lustworthy Cintiq pen display lineup now has a new entry-level model, with the introduction of the Wacom Cintiq 13HD. List pricing is unchanged at US$1,000 or thereabouts, but compared to the previous Cintiq 12WX, you now get a lot more for your money, making the 13HD an interesting proposition for photographers on a budget.

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“Digital Negative” app promises raw DNG from your iPhone UPDATED

 
 

Part of the problem with using an iPhone for photography is how little direct control you have over the process. Now a new app called "Digital Negative" has popped up for the iPhone that's promising to give you the uncompressed raw data in the commonly used DNG file format. The question now is how much extra...

Bert Stern discusses photographing Marilyn Monroe nude in famous “Last Sitting” images (VIDEO)

 
 

An upcoming documentary sheds new light on one of Marilyn Monroe's most famous (and most revealing) photo sessions, which took place only six weeks before she died. Called "The Last Sitting," the three-day session was led by photographer Bern Stern and produced a series of now well-known nude and semi-nude shots of...

How to build a camera obscura in your own house


Our readers seemed fascinated by the recent art installation of a large camera obscura in New York City's Madison Square Park. But what if you can't get to the Big Apple in time to see it? It turns out it's pretty easy to make one yourself, and transform a room of your house into your very own camera obscura, using this tutorial by...

Canon challenges CSCs with new Rebel SL1 DSLR, introduces Rebel T5i and PowerShot SX280 HS

Today Canon announced two new Rebel DSLRs -- including the EOS Rebel SL1 which the company calls the "the world's smallest and lightest DSLR camera" -- and a new PowerShot 20x travel zoom, and together the trio represents a major upgrade of Canon's consumer-geared offerings. IR was fortunate to get some time with working prototypes of all three models, and you can find out...