News entries for December, 2013

On Ice: 100-year-old negatives discovered in Antarctic

 
 

Conservators restoring an Antarctic exploration hut recently made a remarkable discovery: a small box of 22 exposed but unprocessed photographic negatives, frozen in a solid block of ice for nearly one hundred years.

These negatives were meticulously processed and restored by a Wellington photography conservator....

Have you shot at one of the most photographed places in the world?

 
 

Sightsmap is a global heatmap showing the most popular places that people have uploaded images to Google's Panoramio website. While obviously not tracking every photo ever taken, it's a huge sample, and one that manages to paint the globe to show off the corners of the world that have the most images snapped.

As...

Pocket Tripod is a clever little iPhone stand that fits in your wallet


 
 

With the iPhone being one of the most popular picture-taking devices, we see a lot of accessories being made for it with the goal of boosting its usability. One such item is the Pocket Tripod, which is a foldable iPhone stand that actually fits in your wallet's credit card compartment.

Thanks to its clever...

Apple patent would let you tag photos with just your voice

 
 

Keeping track of a mass of photos is a mess, especially on mobile devices. Sure, on your desktop you can use Lightroom's (or another app's) powerful tagging tools to keep your thousands of images straight, but it's not that easy on your smartphone. But a newly awarded patent from Apple would make it much easier, by...

Public Lab’s Maps are open source aerial images taken from kites and balloons

 
 

Thanks to Google Earth and its ilk, we have become spoiled for high-quality satellite images of the world around us. But what if you want to take a stab at it yourself — to record your neighborhood from a high-up view? Or what if you want to use open data from those sorts of photos, without being beholden to Google...

Once upon a time, there was a thing called film


 
 

In BuzzFeed user Henry Goldman's short video for children, “Film Photography Explained to Modern Kids”, the narrator says, “The way you shared a photo of someone back then was you put it in their hands and they looked at it.” This wonderful sentiment permeates the whole video, which is designed to teach...

Tamron’s mighty 150-600mm ultra-tele lens gets a US-market pricetag


 
 

Remember that exciting Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DI VC USD lens we told you about a couple of weeks ago? Well, it's continuing to inch its way closer to market, with US availability expected in three weeks.

The folks over at NikonRumors just pointed out that the Tamron SP 150-600mm is now available for...

Ambarella, Google cooperate on wearable cameras


 
 

Just in case Google's work on Glass, its wearable multimedia glasses project, doesn't have privacy advocates reacting with sufficient alarm, it's now come to light that the company is involved in another wearable computing device. This time, it's a camera aimed specifically at Google's Helpouts service, which...

Pentax K-3 review: Shooter’s Report Part I - Early thoughts from a K-5 owner


 
 

I've just published the first installment of my Shooter's Report for the Pentax K-3, one of the most technically interesting cameras of 2013, and a Camera of Distinction in our 2013 Enthusiast DSLR of the Year awards. I've been a Pentax shooter myself for about four years now, first with the K-7, and then the...

Camera Deals of the Day: Canon SL1 bundle $650; Sony A7R with free Sony QX10 for $2298; Nikon D3200 14-item kit for $629


 
 

'Twas the day after Christmas and new deals are here! Have some holiday cash and want to convert it to the hardware you crave? We'll help you find the best ways to spend it.

  • Target has the Canon SL1 bundled with the 18-55mm and 75-300mm lenses, memory card, camera bag and DVD, along with a $150 gift card...

New Nauticam housing take Blackmagic cameras underwater

 
 

If you've ever wanted to take high-resolution, raw, video recordings from under the sea, this may be your chance. Popular underwater housing manufacturer Nauticam has unveiled two houses for Blackmagic cameras: the NA-BMPCC for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, and the NA-BMCC for the Blackmagic 4k and 2.5K...

Lenzhound is a Kickstarter for a low-cost, wireless, lens-focus control rig

 
 

For filmmakers, controlling lenses is a full-time job while shooting a scene — one frequently completely separate from handling the camera itself. Usually, that means you have either someone squeezing in next to the camera trying to pull focus on a lens, or else a bulky and expensive remote system that might not...

This incredible music video was shot on an infrared RED Epic (VIDEO)

 
 

Infrared modifications to cameras are nothing new, but combining them with the cinematic might of an RED Epic camera is still mighty impressive. This music video for To Be Frank's song "Half the Man" was shot entirely with an IR customized RED Epic, which created an astonishing and otherworldly appearance for the...

MaxStone Kickstarter will turn your iPhone into an IR control for any camera

 
 

While you might not use it too often, most DSLRs have an infrared port, one that'll allow you to at the very least fire the shutter using a small, inconspicuous remote control. But the new Kickstarter MaxStone wants to put a lot more power in your infrared control, by tying them to your iPhone.

Rather than using...

Viral video gives Photoshopped model a makeunder—with surprising results!


 
 

A couple of months ago, a viral video hit the web which gave us a peek at the dark underbelly of advertising. Now, a followup has appeared from a rival ad agency which takes the piece in an altogether more festive direction, with what could charitably be described as the ultimate makeunder.

The original...

Winter vacation coming? Here are 2013’s best “tough” cameras!

 
 

 

A few months back, we posted a roundup of the top six waterproof cameras on the market, with a complete rundown on each, sample pictures, the works. But who cares about a waterproof camera now, when it's winter? Other than tropical getaways, you probably don't think "waterproof camera" in the middle of winter.

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When the camera you buy isn’t the camera you get: the highs and lows of firmware updates

 
 

With Christmas just a few days away, and other holidays having just been, doubtless many of our readers will soon be receiving -- or have just received -- some shiny new toys. And as devoted readers of our Firmware Friday posts will attest, it doesn't take long for manufacturers to start rolling out updates and...

Canon recalls some PowerShot SX50 cameras over viewfinder allergy fears


 
 

Regular readers may remember that some 18 months ago, Canon recalled some of its EOS Rebel T4i digital SLRs, after a problem with improperly-vulcanized handgrip rubber was discovered in part of the production run. Now, the company has been struck by the same issue in a different product line: the PowerShot...

Videographers listen up: Final Cut Pro and Premiere Pro CC get updates

 
 

In the creative world, there are two camps: those that swear by Apple's homegrown video and photo editing solutions, and those that prefer Adobe's respective offerings. Well, today is a good day for both sides, as both Apple's Final Cut Pro and Adobe's Premiere Pro CC video editing softwares have received updates.

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Cute overload: New parents recreate iconic movie scenes with their baby boy


 
 

What would you do if, in short order, you moved to a new country and added a tiny new person to your family? For most of us, the gap between waking and collapsing back into bed for a few fitful hours of sleep would consist of running from task to task, simply trying to keep up. Rinse, repeat on a daily basis,...