News entries for May, 2014

Museum of Natural History digitizes massive photo archive, makes it available to public

 
Photo: Unknown, “Woman wearing headdress, Mongolia,” AMNH Digital Special Collections

In what certainly qualifies as a treasure trove, the American Museum of Natural History has digitized its photo archive—dating back 145 years—and made it available to the public through its website.

The collection is made up of...

Report claims the iPhone 6 might sport larger pixels, electronic image stabilization

For months, the internet rumor mills have been busy speculating on what the next iPhone could look like and what its specs will be. The iPhone has always been a favorite with photographers due to its camera module and vast array of photo apps, which have been getting better with each new generation. Now if the latest report is accurate, the...

A photojournalist’s Sochi, through a 4x5 view camera

 
Photo: Guy Rhodes

When Guy Rhodes covered the Winter Games in Sochi for USA Today Sports a few months ago, he not only brought his typical digital gear for work, but also hauled along a 4x5 large format view camera and 34 sheets of Kodak Tri-X 320 film for a personal project.

That project, essentially, was to “let...

Time-stack photo technique paints the sky like Monet

 
Photo: Matt Molloy

Artist Matt Molloy brings new meaning to the phrase “painting with light.” His photos make the sky and clouds look like they’ve been painted into the frame with an Impressionist’s brush.

These “time-stack” images are created by stacking and blending hundreds of individual shots together in...

What’s the recipe for an inexpensive, high-quality lens? Just bake it!


 
 

Ever looked at a droplet of water on a window, and thought "That looks a lot like a lens"? You're not alone. Researchers at Australian National University noticed the same thing, and they ran with it, creating a lens that's inexpensive, easy to make, and yet very high quality.

Of course, water's not the...

Anti-drone bill thrown out by Louisiana House committee


 
 

Earlier today, we reported on two anti-drone bills passed by the Louisiana State Senate, both of which promised to criminalize drone photography in the state. Just hours later, one of those two bills has now been thrown out.

According to an article from New Orleans City Business, Senate Bill 356 was voted...

Pentax K-3 review: Big tech, little package. Can Ricoh’s enthusiast DSLR beat Canon and Nikon?

 
 

There's no question that Ricoh's flagship APS-C DSLR, the Pentax K-3, packs a lot of technology into a little package. The K-3 is absolutely unique: No other camera on the market offers on-demand anti-aliasing, letting you choose whether moiré reduction or ultimate sharpness are critical for any given shot. And its...

Samyang announces five news lenses, all tweaks to existing models

 
Samyang 7.5mm fish-eye cinema lens for Micro Four Thirds.

Following yet another round of teases and speculation, Samyang has announced five new lenses. Each is really just a re-worked version of a pre-existing model, and they're all still manual focus. But there's nothing wrong with good, cheap glass in any form.

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Samsung tries its hands again at a ‘camera phone’ with the Galaxy K Zoom

A couple of years ago, a 'camera phone' was a cellphone that sported a camera. Today, where most cellphones sold are smartphones which universally sport highly capable photo and video cameras, the term has lost its former semantic breadth. So what makes a camera phone in a time where every phone sports a camera? Samsung's line of...

Louisiana state senate passes pair of anti-drone photography bills

 
 

If you’re a drone photographer in Louisiana, get your air-time in while you can: The state senate just passed two bills severely restricting drone photography, under penalty of fines and jail time, reports Motherboard. Both will need to pass the house and receive approval from the governor before they become law,...

Camera Deals of the Day: Olympus E-M1 $1,299 (+Bundle Savings); Olympus E-PL5 2-Lens Bundle $499; Sony A5000 2-Lens Bundle $596 and more!

 
 

Bundles, bundles and more bundles! If you're looking for a new camera with a few lenses to round out the kit (or perhaps something for Mom -- yep, Mother's Day is coming up), then today's the day. There's some great bundle promotions for Olympus mirrorless cameras, as well as a couple Sonys with a new mirrorless...

Canon T5 First Shots posted - Time to compare Canon’s new entry-level DSLR to the competition

 
 

The ever-popular Canon T3, their previous entry-level DSLR offering, debuted more than three years ago and yet is still hugely popular among the camera-buying masses. No wonder they took their time in issuing a follow-up model, and thus far the Canon T5 looks to be a worthy follow-up indeed.

Increasing in...

“Watermark” documentary joins photographer Edward Burtynsky exploring the world of water

Let's be honest: how often do we think about where our water comes from, and where it goes to, while using it? Probably not all that often. After all, most of us, living in a society where almost everyone has easy access to seemingly unlimited supplies of freshwater, it's easy to take that daily shower or bottle of spring water for granted....

Samsung NX30 - First Shots from Samsung’s flagship

 
 

The Samsung NX30 has now taken the first leg of its voyage through our rigorous test lab series, and we present to you our lab test First Shots from this new flagship model in Samsung's mirrorless camera line.

Almost two years in the making, the NX30 houses a new sensor with the same size and 20.3 mp resolution...

Understand Instagram with “The Game of Likes”

 
 

Some Instagrammers are positively swimming in likes. Their follower counts are sky-high off of nothing more than filtered snapshots of foamy latte hearts, it seems. If you’re craving that kind of positive reinforcement for your square-crop photos, The Bold Italic invites you to play “The Game of Likes.”

This...

Apple awarded patent on interactive holographic display technology

 
 

The first light-field video camera will essentially record moving holographs. We don’t know when that camera will come out, and we also don’t know if there will yet be a good way to display those holographs. But we’re getting a step closer to it.

Apple Insider found a new patent awarded to Apple for an...

Camera Deals of the Day: Canon DSLR & Lens Bundle Promo; Nikon DSLR & Lens Bundle Promo; Fuji X-E1 $499 and more!

 
 

Happy Monday, folks! Camera deals were dwindling down in the past few weeks, but they are picking up steam today! On tap are two big promotions from Canon and Nikon for large chunks of savings. There's also a Fujifilm X-E1 sale over at Adorama. In the lens department, there're new instant and mail-in rebates for...

Old newsreel shares the history of photography as it appeared in 1939

 
 

In 2014, we look back at an early digital cameras like the Kodak Hawkeye from the late 1980s as if it’s an antique, and a long-running lens standard like the Nikon F mount, launched in 1959, as a stalwart relic of an ancient past.

This newsreel clip produced by British Pathé in 1939 is as old as dirt by those...

Perspective-shifting web app lets Google Camera mimic another one of Lytro’s tricks


 
 

It's a tough time to be plenoptic camera maker Lytro. While it's attention-grabbing refocusing, depth-of-field and perspective effects are undeniably cool, others are getting onto its turf and copying its tricks. First HTC launched its One M8 smartphone with depth-sensing camera. Then Google got into the game...

Problems for Samsung Galaxy S5 as cameraphones become… phones


 
 

No sooner had it started shipping than it seems that Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone has a problem -- at least, for some customers. Early adopters are taking to social media to report problems with a "camera failure" message on their brand-new devices, after which the phone's camera hardware is disabled.

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