News entries for June, 2013

Are freelance photographers for the Chicago Sun-Times being paid as low as $65 per photo?

 
 

Less than a month ago, the Chicago Sun-Times sparked controversy when it laid off its entire photography staff and switched to using freelance photographers. Today Romenesko.com got its hands on a freelance-rates memo from Pioneer Press, which is the Sun-Times Media's chain of suburban newspapers, suggesting that...

How Google Street View recorded the tallest building in the world (VIDEO)

 
 

The Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the tallest man-made structure in the world. It towers more than 2,700 feet in the air, and until someone crafts an even more impressive edifice, it's just about the biggest thing around. So, for those of us who don't want to head to the United Arab Emirates, Google Street View has one...

The Camera Bag: Artist makes cardboard Leica M3 with tiny painter’s studio hidden inside

 
 

It's something all gadget users — photographers included — are guilty of: using our gear in any and all circumstances, regardless of how appropriate it is. Artist Kevin LCK has turned his incredible skills with design and cardboard to critiquing the way people use technology with his series "Ordinary Behavior".

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Aerial photography pioneer George R. Lawrence did the impossible with kite-powered camera “drone”

 
 

His company's motto was "the hitherto impossible in photography is our specialty," and it lived up to the billing. A pioneer in aerial photography, George R. Lawrence captured stunning panoramic aerials of San Francisco, Chicago, New York and other great American cities. And he did it at time -- the turn of the...

Camera Deals of the Day: Canon 60D body ($589), Refurb Nikon D3100 kit ($305), Drobo 5D 5-Bay Storage Array ($675) and much more!


 
 

Time to start a terrific Tuesday morning off properly -- with camera deals, of course! We've found some great bargains on not only various DSLR and compact cameras, but also a nice limited-time discount on a big storage array to securely save all the photos you take with these digital cameras. As always,...

Pentax K-50 First Shots: Check out the image quality of this feature-packed, mid-level DSLR

 
 

Less than two weeks ago, we published our hands-on sneak peek with the new Pentax K-50 mid-level DSLR, and we've already begun our rigorous tests with this impressive camera in the IR Lab. We invite you to take a look at First Shots taken with the Pentax K-50, which so far appears to be a very worthy successor to...

Fuji X-M1 Review: First look at the affordable X-Trans mirrorless for the rest of us


Since their debut in early 2012, Fujifilm's X-series mirrorless cameras have proven rather popular with experienced shooters by pairing Fuji X-Trans image quality with a photographer-friendly, rangefinder-like design. Unfortunately, their size and price have kept them out of the hands of many aspiring amateurs and less deep-pocketed...

Fuji debuts two new lenses, preps significant firmware updates for X-mount mirrorless cameras

One of the challenges faced by every new lens mount is the difficult task of building out a brand-new lens lineup, and providing your customers with a healthy selection of optics to mount on their shiny new camera. It's something we've seen over and over with new mounts such as Olympus and Panasonic's Micro Four Thirds mount, Sony's E-mount,...

Watch an AK-47 being fired underwater at ludicrously high speeds (VIDEO)

 
 

Earlier this year, we featured an incredible video by the folks at Smarter Every Day shooting the destruction of a Prince Rupert's Drop at extremely high speeds. Now they've busted out their Phantom Miro 320S high-speed camera for yet another incredible, fast motion science experiment — this time shooting an AK-47...

Get a selfie photo on top of your next latte with this unique foam printer

 
 

If you've spent any time on Instagram you've probably seen them before -- dreamy shots of someone's coffee drink with the foam whipped up into an artistic design. A bit passé, at this point, right? A Taiwanese coffee chain seems to think the trend needs some updating, which is why they've installed special foam...

Take a tour of Sigma’s new lens-optimization software and USB dock


 
 

“Commerce makes progress. Fortune passes everywhere.” – Frank Herbert

A few years ago I was accused of being a Sigma hater. (For the record, I did hate their quality control and so-called repair service at that time, and I didn’t hesitate to say so in this blog.) For the third or fourth time in the last...

Famed musician Bryan Adams is a respected portrait photographer

 
 

If you've listened to the radio at any point over the last 30 years or so, you've doubtless heard Bryan Adams' sing. Between his megahits "Summer of '69," "Everything I Do," and "Heaven," he's been a radio fixture for decades. But it turns out Adams is also an accomplished editorial and portrait photographer, who...

Old becomes new: Nikon lens gets a surprisingly inexpensive second lease on life


Last March, the folks at Nikon Rumors reported on an impressive lens repair job by the folks at Nikon Repair Center in Taiwan, who took a rusting 17-35mm f/2.8 lens that had been immersed in sea water, and restored it to working order. Today, they've followed up with another lens restoration that -- while perhaps not so dramatic -- is...

Camera Deals of the Day: Nikon D90 kit ($600), Olympus E-P3 bundle ($349), Panasonic GX1 body ($200) and much more!


 
 

It's Monday, and that means the start of whole new week full of great camera deals. We've found a bunch of great discounts on interchangeable lens cameras from Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic and Sony as well as big savings on Lexar, SanDisk and Sony memory cards (and flash drives). As always, be sure to check back...

Caught on camera: The moment giant Mexican volcano pops its top


Digital cameras are everywhere these days, and their pervasive nature has had a pretty cool side effect. Things that just a couple of decades ago you'd have been unlikely to see are now frequently caught on camera, and placed online for your viewing pleasure.

Such is the case with the recent eruption of Mexico's Popocatépetl, a...

Firmware Friday: Lytro’s plenoptic camera becomes a connected device


It's that time again -- Firmware Friday, where we round up the week's happenings on the firmware front. After last week's remarkable 21 updates, normalcy prevails this week, and we have only one update on which to report.

The Lytro is unusual plenoptic camera, or in its manufacturer's parlance, a "light field" camera. It's very...

Arguably the youngest master photographer ever, Jacques-Henri-Lartigue took family photos that captured the ‘joie de la vie’ of an era

 
 

Jacques-Henri Lartigue was 8 years old when his father gave him his first camera. Little did he suspect that one day young Jacques' extraordinary photos would be displayed in museums and published in books. The photo on the right shows Jacques-Henri holding the big glass plate camera his father had just given him....

The Camera Bag: The Impossible Instant Lab turns iPhone photographs into Polaroids

 
 

The Impossible Project has made a name for itself by keeping the ailing world of instant cameras stocked in film that would otherwise have ceased to exist. But the organization's newest offering isn't on the film front, but rather a very interesting piece of hardware. Dubbed the Impossible Instant Lab, it's...

This month in digicam history: The DSLR goes mainstream, Sony gives smartphones a shot in the arm, and one seriously tiny camera debuts


Last month, we kicked off a new series of articles covering the history of the camera market. The idea for the series was born from our celebration of Imaging Resource's 15th birthday, which brought us to the realization that as thrilling as it can be to look forward to what's coming down the road for photographers, it's just as exciting...

Camera Deals of the Day: Refurb Canon T3i for $352, $100 off Nikon 70-30mm lens, Amazon Lightning Deals and more!


TGIF everyone! The weekend is nearly here! We've rounded up a nice handful of deals on camera gear, including great prices on a refurbished Canon DSLR and a brand new Nikon 70-300mm telephoto zooms lens. Be sure to check back on IR regularly for more savings and bargains on cameras and photographic equipment.

  • Refurbished Canon Rebel...