News entries for October, 2013

Getty teams up with Echo Nest to bring music photographs to your streaming sounds

 
 

Usually, when you're streaming music over the internet, you're limited to a relatively boring view of album cover art. But that's all set to change thanks to Getty Images and the Echo Nest teaming up to bring music photography to your music stream.

Echo Nest provides the Dynamic Music Data service, which brings...

The insanely difficult process of getting a MIDI controller to work with Lightroom

 
 

The appeal of attaching a MIDI controller to your computer and using it to play with Lightroom is obvious and rather wonderful. With so many of Lightroom's settings being controlled by sliders, a real world analogue slider would let you quickly change settings with a tactile interface. But unfortunately, it turns...

MagMod Kickstarter makes your lighting modifiers magnetic

 
 

Attaching a flash modifier can be a tricky business. Either you need a special mount designed specifically for just your flash, or else it's a matter of velcro, elastic, cloth, and a hodge-podge of other materials to get it to stay in place. But the new Kickstarter MagMod is aiming to change all of that, with a...

Nikon announces winners in annual Small World photomicrography competition

 
 

Nikon's Small World competition isn't your traditional sort of photography contest — and even though it's all about extreme magnification and natural objects, it's not a macro or nature competition either. Instead, it's a photomicrography contest, showing off the beauty of objects seen through the lens of a...

Camera Deals of the Day: Canon 70D printer bundle $1,038; Refurb Canon 7D $920; Canon 100-400mm lens $1,359, Bower 8mm Fisheye $209 and more!

 
 

Happy Halloween! The selection of camera deals today aren't really Halloween-related, sadly, except there is a deal on a Phantom quadcopter and GoPro bundle. Get it? "Phantom?" Ok, moving on. We also have a couple great Canon DSLR deals plus a Canon PowerShot deal. There's also a nice discount on a Nikon rugged,...

Initial Sony NEX-5T analysis: Find out how this mid-level mirrorless camera’s images stack up

 
 

Our in-depth Sony NEX-5T review is coming soon, but we've just published our initial image comparison and print quality analysis to tide you over while you wait! Sony NEX-series cameras have been among our favorite mirrorless models, and this latest mid-level shooter -- which replaces last year's NEX-5R -- holds up...

Hundreds of photobooks available on the cheap through Amazon’s Kindle MatchBook

 
 

If you've ever bought a book through Amazon (and who hasn't?), then you might qualify for getting a digital edition of the title on the cheap — and that goes for photography books, too.

Amazon just rolled out a new program called Kindle MatchBook. For thousands of books, if you bought them new through Amazon,...

Adobe hack far worse than originally thought, 38 million users hit

 
 

Earlier this month news came out that Adobe was hit by a major security breach, with personal information from 2.9 million users affected. Now it seems that the situation is much, much worse than was originally believed. A new report indicates that data from at least 38 million users was stolen — an order of...

Dad makes incredible Halloween photoshops an annual tradition

 
 

One dad has gone to new lengths to make photos of his kids every Halloween look extra incredible. Combining great costume ideas and a basic knowledge of Photoshop, he's created a series of images of his kids that are supremely fun (and just cheesy enough).

Over on Reddit, user SpamDog_of_War posted a series of...

Google announces new video and photo features for Google+

 
 

Google Plus has always had something of a strong following among photographers, and Google seems keen to keep it this way, announcing a suite of new features and tools that should please anyone with a camera.

For those of you who frequently use Google Hangouts, these have been updated to support local sharing and...

Camera Deals of the Day: Canon 6D bundle $1,573; Sony QX10 Lens-Camera $230; Pentax lens promo @ Adorama and much more!

 
 

It's time for another deal roundup, and we've got an eclectic mix of deals this morning. We found another deal on a Canon 6D bundle as well as a nice discount on a refurb Nikon DSLR bundle. There's also a couple Sony deals include one of their new Lens-Style Cameras. In the lens department, there's a big Pentax...

Control a camera with your brain with the Neurocam (VIDEO)

 
 

As much as it might sound like science fiction, brain controlled gadgets are a very real thing (the folks at Neurowear have built an industry out of it) — and it might be making its way to your camera in the future in the form of the Neurocam.

Spotted by DigInfo at Human Sensing 2013, the Neurocam combines a...

This incredible stop motion light painting video took a year to shoot (VIDEO)

 
 

Light painting and stop motion are both techniques that require a ludicrous amount of time and effort to get perfectly right. Light painting needs long exposures, and essentially working blind in the attempt to make an image look how you want it to. Stop motion necessitates exacting attention to detail to make sure...

Pentax K-3 First Shots posted: Pixel peep revolutionary DSLR’s test images with AA filter on and off

 
 

Our first impressions Pentax K-3 review generated a lot of interest from IR readers, so we were eager to post the IR Lab's First Shots taken with the camera as soon as we received the final firmware. The K-3 marks a big step up for Pentax's flagship APS-C DSLR, featuring significant changes inside and out -- most...

Personalize your Canon with these 3D printed lens hoods

 
 

In general, there's not much room for customization in the world of photography — it tends to be a world of matte black and subtle metal accents (barring the occasional Pentax variant or gold modification). But a Dutch 3D printer has created a way of adding a bit of interesting color and texture to your camera: 3D...

Javier PĂ©rez makes Instagrams filled with whimsy

 
 

Ecuadorian art director Javier Pérez goes under the name Cintascotch on Instagram, and by combining everyday objects and some wonderful line art, he has transformed the regular into the whimsical and wonderful.

He takes objects that you might find in any desk or office, and draws around them, making them part of...

Camera Deals of the Day: Canon 6D kit, printer, software bundle $2,189; Refurb Nikon D5200 kit $600; Refurb Canon T3 kit for $288 and more!

 
 

It's time for another deal roundup, and we've got a interesting mix today, including a very unique deal to finish things off this morning. To start, there's a handful of DSLR deals including a big Canon 6D bundle plus a couple refurb Canon and Nikon DSLR bargains. On the compact digicam side of things, we found...

Olympus Stylus 1 review: First impressions of premium ‘bridge’ camera that crosses the E-M5 with the XZ-2

 
 

Olympus married off two of its highly regarded cameras -- the premium compact XZ-2 and the Micro Four Thirds mirrorless  OM-D E-M5  -- to beget the new Olympus Stylus 1, a high-end bridge camera featuring an electronic viewfinder, hotshoe, advanced Wi-Fi capabilities and, most important, a new i.Zuiko 10.7x optical...

Sony RX10 sample photos posted: Does this ‘ultimate’ bridge camera’s image quality live up to the hype?

 
 

We've published our first real-world sample images taken with a production-level version of the new Sony RX10, a premium 8.3x optical zoom camera with a f/2.8 constant max aperture that we've been hoping turns out to be the "ultimate" bridge camera for enthusiast photographers. At a Sony press event in Nashville,...

UPDATED: Sony A7 and A7R sample photos posted: New full-frame, mirrorless cameras deliver stunning images

 
 

IR publisher Dave Etchells and news editor Mike Tomkins spent much of today shooting with full-production units of the groundbreaking, full-frame mirrorless Sony A7 and Sony A7R cameras at a special press event in Nashville. We just uploaded the first batch of photos to our servers, and have posted these sample...