News entries for August, 2013

NYPD officer faces up to 7-year sentence for fabricating charges against photojournalist

 
 

Last year, New York Times freelance photographer Robert Stolarik was arrested while photographing a brewing street fight. Police officer Michael Ackermann claimed that Stolarik had disobeyed "numerous lawful orders," fired a strobe repeatedly in the officer's face and "violently resisted being handcuffed." Now...

Stunning photos and video of the Yosemite Rim Fire, from the air, ground and even space

 
 

The Rim wildfire hitting Northern California right now is one of the worst in recent years. In addition to having burned 160,980 acres (251.53 sq mi), it has also threatened Yosemite National Park, the water and power supplies to San Francisco, as well as directly endangering a number of smaller towns.

To get an...

Camera Deals of the Day: Canon EOS M kits $340, Refurb Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6 lens $114, Canon EF-S 55-250mm IS II lens $140 and more!

 
 

Oh yeah, time for some more camera and photo gear deals! We've found a hot deal on Canon EOS M kits, starting at $340, plus a big discount on an unlocked Samsung Galaxy Camera. We also have a great low price on the Panasonic GH3 and a nice discount on a Canon T5i kit. In the lens department, we've discovered deals...

Sony A3000 review: First impressions of the SLR-like, incredibly affordable E-mount mirrorless camera


Since Sony launched its first mirrorless cameras -- the Alpha NEX-3 and NEX-5 -- back in early 2010, its E-mount has gone on to become extremely popular. With the Sony A3000, the consumer electronics giant asks -- and answers -- a question: Does the typical mirrorless form factor cause some photographers to look elsewhere?

After all,...

Sony NEX-5T review: Initial look at the mirrorless camera that takes the pain out of Wi-Fi


In late 2012, Sony brought its NEX mirrorless camera series into the hybrid autofocus age, with the debut of the NEX-5R. Just ten months later, that camera gets a more modest refresh, with the arrival of the Sony NEX-5T.

The NEX-5T will be of interest to photographers using certain smart devices -- be they phones or tablets -- running...

Sony unveils three new E-mount lenses, including the first G-series lens (18-105mm f/4) for NEX cameras

 
 

Sony today announced a trio of new E-mount lenses for the company's popular NEX line of cameras: a mid-range zoom from Carl Zeiss, a long-range zoom lens (and first-ever G-series E-mount lens) and a cosmetic update to its fast 50mm prime lens. With these three new lenses, the stable of Sony E-mount glass has grown...

Now this is cool: Kickstarter project aims to turn your smartphone camera into a microscope


Most of us are used to carrying a camera everywhere these days -- thanks to the smartphone in our pockets -- but its photographic capabilities are fairly limited. However, a recent project on crowdfunding site Kickstarter aims to magnify your camera phone's power by transforming it into a low-powered microscope designed to deliver...

Reuters cuts sports freelancers in North America, signs deal with USA Today Sports Images

 
 

Freelance photographers working the sports beat for Reuters have found themselves without a job, according to a report by the NPPA. Apparently, Reuters will no longer require sports photographers in North America, after signing a contract with USA Today Sports Images for the wire service's sideline needs.

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Camera Deals of the Day: Big Fujifilm X-series sale at Adorama, Canon 5D Mark III kit $3,299, Refurb Canon 7D kit $1,223 and more!

 
 

It's Monday! But it's not all bad, as we've uncovered a fantastic selection of camera deals for you today. There's a big Fujifilm X-series camera promotion at Adorama with savings on XF lenses with the purchase of an X-Pro 1 or X-E1 camera. Also, we found some great discounts on Canon DSLRs and a PowerShot, plus...

Yahoo! purchases image recognition company IQ Engines to make Flickr search better

 
 

The newest target of Yahoo!'s spate of acquisitions is IQ Engines, a startup devoted to image recognition and tagging. The company previously worked on producing a number of APIs for other companies to aid photo recognition. Now, a statement on IQ Engines' site says that they'll be joining the team at Flickr:

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Like father, like son: Striking photo series makes family resemblances much easier to see


Most of us have had someone comment on how much we look like our parents, but sometimes we can struggle to recognize the similarities ourselves. Seeing your own face reflected back at you in that of your child is easier, but it's still tricky to imagine just how they're going to look in the decades to come.

"Boys and Their Fathers,"a...

Firmware Friday: Ricoh fixes G700SE bug; Nokia brings Pro Camera to 900-series phones


It's Firmware Friday, and time for our weekly roundup of the latest camera updates -- but this week it seems that the software coders have been given a rare day off to see daylight. We have only two firmware updates to report on, but ever keen to give you value for your clicks, we also squirreled out a software update from the good folks...

Cornell and Adobe create software that lets you adjust your lighting after the shoot ends


Ever finish a photo shoot, pack up, then sit down in front of your computer and immediately find yourself wishing you could tweak your lighting? It's not a pleasant feeling, but clever software developed by researchers at Cornell University and Adobe could make it a thing of the past.

In a nutshell, the software allows you to merge...

Alligator snatches Canon DSLR from photographer and then returns it eight months later

 
 

Happy Friday, everyone! Here's a nice story to set you off on your weekend photography adventures. It seems that Mario Aldecoa was photographing alligators during a night shoot at the Everglades Alligator Farm eight months ago, when one aggressive gator leapt out of the water and grabbed Aldecoa's entire camera...

Apple teases new Mac Pro in “trailer;” powerful work station coming in Fall 2013

 
 

One of the most interesting announcements during Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference (WWDC) in June, was its dramatically overhauled new Mac Pro workstation. Mac Pros have long been the go-to computers for photographers who need to process large numbers of photo and video files.

The new Mac Pro unveiled at...

Next Star Wars movie to be shot on film; Director JJ Abrams disses digital again

 
 

With mega-popular director JJ Abrams set to film a trilogy of new Star Wars films, an interesting fact about the planned Episode VII has just emerged: the movie won't be shot digitally, but on traditional filmstock. Kodak film stock 5219, if you want to be precise.

This news comes from cinematographer Dan Mindel...

Game over for Contour, as action camera market gets too hot


A couple of days ago, we told you about the latest company to get in on the action camera game, as GPS manufacturer Garmin debuted its VIRB camera lineup. At the time, we noted that the market for action cameras was heating up, and it seems it's gotten too hot for at least one entrant.

Long-time action camera brand Contour --...

New telescope camera captures the sharpest ever images of stars

 
The Magellan Telescope with MagAO’s Adaptive Secondary Mirror (ASM) mounted at the top looking down (some 9 meters) onto the 6.5m (21 foot) diameter Primary Mirror (not visible, inside blue mirror cell). Moonlight image, credit: Yuri Beletsky, Las Campanas Observatory.

If you're trying to take photos of the stars...

Camera Deals of the Day: Sony NEX-3N bundle $329, Canon SL1 body $549, Panasonic ZS30 $340, Amazon Lightning Deals and more!

 
 

Happy Friday! We've got a mixed bag -- that's a good thing! -- of camera and photo gear deals for you all today. There's a one-day sale on a Canon SL1 and a awesome price on a Sony NEX-3N bundle, plus a couple bargains on compact digital cameras from Panasonic and Canon. Lastly, if you're in need of a new tripod or...

A Woman’s Eye: How Imogen Cunningham broke through gender barriers to help redefine modern photography

 
 

"So many people dislike themselves so thoroughly that they never see any reproduction of themselves that suits. None of us is born with the right face. It's a tough job being a portrait photographer." -- Imogen Cunningham

In her long life, Imogen Cunningham was one of America's finest photographers and one of a...