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Our favorite photographers: A conversation with Sony Artisan, Vivienne Gucwa: Part II

 
 

We had the chance recently to sit down with Sony Artisan Vivienne Gucwa, a fine art travel photographer and devotee of New York City. In that piece, we got to know a bit of Vivienne and her (inspiring) back-story....

Sony A77 II Shooter’s Report Part II: Great performance, but is continuous AF up to snuff?

 
 

It was a long time in the making, but our second and final installment of our Sony A77 II Shooter's Report is here at last. Photographer John Shafer was almost ready to put down his own cash for Sony's latest APS-C...

Department of Energy approves 3,200-megapixel camera to capture detailed images of the Milky Way

 
 

Funding for the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Large Synoptic Survey Telescope camera (LSST) has officially been secured. Set to be roughly three tonnes, this car-sized beast will soon be snapping photographs of our universe at a sensor-shattering 3,200-megapixels.

Construction on the LSST is set to start in 2022...

Be My Eyes: lend your eyes to the blind with the help of smartphone cameras

 
 

Be My Eyes might be one of the most incredible uses of camera technology and crowdsourcing we’ve ever come across. Created in partnership with iOS development team Robocat, Be My Eyes is an application that connects blind people with volunteer helpers from around the world. Using video chat, the volunteer can help...

WhiteAlbum iOS app brings the disposable camera into the digital realm

 
 

‘No edits. No retakes.’ That’s the motto of WhiteAlbum, a new photographic app and service for iOS. Based on the age-old disposable camera, WhiteAlbum lets you capture 24 photographs. The only catch is, once you take them, you don’t see them again until all 24 of them are printed and shipped to your doorstep.

The...

Nikon issues statement regarding disappearance of D750s from retailers

 
 

Since it was revealed that a number of Nikon D750s were faced with an unusual flare issue, Nikon has been fairly proactive at being transparent. That was, up until people started taking notice of a ‘silent recall,’ which left many online retailers without any D750s in stock.

Today, Nikon USA addressed this move...

Fuji updates kit lenses for X-A2 with new 16-50mm and 50-230mm zooms

 
 

To pair nicely with the updated Fujifilm X-A2, Fuji's brought along a pair of updated, lightweight zoom lenses. The Fujinon XC 16-50mm II f/3.5-5.6 OIS and XC 50-230mm II f/4.5-6.7 OIS both refresh earlier models and are largely unchanged but with a couple minor improvements.

The XC 16-50mm II f/3.5-5.6 OIS...

Affordable Fuji X-A2 mirrorless camera shoots better selfies, sports an updated kit lens


 
 

Fujifilm's X-series mirrorless camera line has a new entry-level model today, thanks to the debut of the Fuji X-A2. A followup to 2013's X-A1, the new model sports some very worthwhile upgrades.

Key among the changes is a new, more selfie-friendly two-stage LCD articulation mechanism on the rear of the...

Fuji refreshes rugged waterproof and superzoom cameras

 
 

Alongside today's other Fujifilm announcements, which included the updated X-A2, XQ2 and a pair of revised X-mount lenses, Fuji has also refreshed a trio of fixed-lens cameras, including a rugged, waterproof model.

The new Fujifilm XP80 serves as the replacement for the XP70 introduced last year, and gets beefed...

Fuji’s refreshed XQ2 camera features new film emulation mode, lower price

 
 

Fujifilm has updated its high-end pocket camera lineup today, with the help of the Fujifilm XQ2. A successor to the XQ1, the XQ2 receives a very modest update in the form of new color options and an additional film emulation preset. 

Specifically, the XQ2 now comes in three separate colors: all-black, all-white...

Nikon launches four affordable Coolpix compacts for Europe and Asia


 
 

Looking for an affordable compact camera that you can take anywhere without fear of breaking the bank, should you drop or lose it? If you're in Europe or Asia, Nikon has four new Coolpix models for you to choose from today. At the current time, there's no sign of matching announcements in the US market,...

How to light an incredible portrait with a $50 DIY lighting kit

 
 

Impressive doesn’t need to be synonymous with expensive. To prove this point is Aaron Nace of Phlearn. In the 7-minute video, Nace explains how you can create a stunning portrait using a DIY light kit that costs less than $50 to make.

In addition to showing you how to make the DIY continuous light kit, Nace also...

Geek-out time: We’ve 3D-printed a model of Olympus’ open-platform camera for a video walkaround!

 
 

Over the weekend, we told readers about Olympus' prototype Open Platform Camera, a hacker-friendly project that the company has shown at Hackathon events in Japan. Based around a Micro Four Thirds lens-style camera that's supported by both an SDK and 3D models that allow it to be incorporated into larger projects,...

Apple granted patent for action cam device, GoPro stock slumps

 
 

According to a Reuters report Apple has been granted a patent for a wearable action cam. Not major news, in and of itself, this seemed to cause quite a bit of stir amongst investors of other manufacturers of action cams, specifically GoPro. So much so that after it was revealed Apple received the patent, GoPro...

Gibbon releases playlist-based learning app for self-education on the go

 
 

In the age of the internet, it is easier than ever to self-educate, especially in the world of photography. The problem is that not every piece of information out there is golden and it’s often difficult to sort through the crap to get to the good stuff.

Gibbon is looking to change that though, with a new iOS app...

How to stitch together a pixel-perfect panorama in Photoshop

 
 

Panoramas have become all but automated in the world of digital photography and ‘dry’ darkrooms. Thanks to Photoshop, it’s easier than ever to import a batch of images and have an automated script spit out an almost-perfect panorama.

There are times though when Photoshop doesn’t get the entire job done, or there...

Pentax shows connected APS-C DSLR, possible full-frame lenses at Consumer Electronics Show!


 
 

Last week, Ricoh Imaging showed reference designs for several upcoming products in its booth at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. At the time, we were flooded with meetings, so we're only just now getting a chance to cover the news, but we stopped by Ricoh's booth during the show to get some...

Chrome extension shows you beautiful photos from Exposure when you open a new tab

 
 

Online storytelling brand Exposure has released a new Google Chrome extension that makes the most of web browsing. Built from the ground up by the Exposure team, Exposure New Tab brings a bit of beauty to browsing.

Specifically, when you open a new tab in Google Chrome, you’re presented with a beautiful new image...

How to make artistic multiple exposures in-camera and in Photoshop

 
 

Multiple exposure photography is nothing new. But in a world where we can do it considerably easy, both in-camera and via post production, it’s critical to know how multiple exposure photography works. Here to break down the basics is Tony Northrup and Chelsea.

In the nine-minute video, Chelsea breaks down every...

DIY IKEA hack for easy 360º product photography

 
 

If you think you need an elaborate, expensive studio setup to capture 360º product photography, you’re going to want watch this video. Uploaded to Youtube by Vladimir Matiyasevich, this two-and-a-half minute DIY tutorial shows you how, with a few inexpensive products from IKEA, you can have a perfect 360º product...

Apple overtakes Nikon to become second most popular camera brand on Flickr

 
 

Each year Flickr releases a detailed report of camera rankings amongst its 100 million users. This past weekend, Flickr shared its 2014 data with the world. And while most of it remains unchanged from previous years, there are a few standout mentions that show just how much the photography environment is changing.

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A hacker’s dream: Olympus debuts hackable Micro Four Thirds camera at Japan Hackathon!


 
 

Hackers rejoice! Thanks to Olympus, there's finally official camera-company support for the hacker mind-set, including not only an official Software Developer's Kit (SDK), but 3D design data as well! It's not quite here yet in the US or other parts of the world, nor is it clear that the core element is...