News entries for March, 2015

Camera Deals of the Day: Sony NEX-7 Kit $498; Canon 60D body $479; Fuji Camera & Lens Instant Rebates and more!

 
 

It's spring, and that means it's time for spring cleaning. If you're clearing out your old camera gear and are in need of something fresh, you're in luck. We've compiled together a nice little selection of new springtime camera and lens deals, including great bargains on a Canon DSLR, multiple Fuji and Sony...

What is a photograph?

 
 

It’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of photography. Whether it’s lusting over the newest strobes or pixel-peeping the RAW files from the latest DSLR, it’s important to occasionally step back and look at the larger picture.

To help take that step, Ted Forbes of The Art of Photography has released a...

Everyday 2.0: The easiest way to make a self-portrait time-lapse

 
 

We often frown upon selfies. But their value does have some merit, particularly when done tastefully. One such method is when a self-portrait is taken as part of a larger project, to document changes to yourself over the course of days, weeks, months and years.

However, consistently capturing photos and storing...

Founder and namesake of Paul C. Buff lighting gear passes away at 78

 
 

Yesterday, the Paul C. Buff photography company shared with the world a tragic piece of news. Paul C. Buff, the namesake and founder of the company has passed away at the age of 78.

Known most for its contribution to the photography world through AlienBees strobes, Einstein strobes and Vagabond battery packs,...

Ricoh reveals pixel-shifting high-resolution mode: Coming soon to a camera near you?

Here's a little follow-up from CP+2015 that got misplaced until now, but one with big implications for Pentax fans: Ricoh officially talked about their pixel-shifting super-resolution technology, almost certainly coming in their full-frame DSLR slated for release later this year - And it may not be just new Ricoh/Pentax DSLRs that get to benefit from the tech! There are...

New Year’s Resolution: We take a closer look at initial gallery images from the Canon 5DS R

UPDATE 3/25/15: Canon has informed us that image quality from the early pre-production sample of the 5DS R we received was not final, so we've removed links to the original camera files. They said that screen-res images and 1:1 crops are OK, though, and we'll be adding a few more examples of that sort to the camera's main page shortly. Apologies for the disappointment;...

TravelByDrone plots drone footage on a map for fly-over views around the world

 
 

Meet TravelByDrone, a website dedicated to providing a geographically-based collection of drone videos from operators around the world.

Built on top of Google’s map data, TravelByDrone allows viewers to view the globe via drone footage using geotagged video, uploaded by users to YouTube.

The interface is...

Instagram’s new ‘Layout’ app lets you easily create photo collages

 
 

Instagram has launched Layout, ‘a new app that lets you easily combine multiple photos into a single image.’

Apps like this are nothing new to most Instagram users, but up until now, users have had to rely on third-party applications to get the job done, which adds extra steps to the process of posting an image...

‘#Hashboard’: the easy, beautiful way to present a collection of Instagram photos

 
 

Almost five years after its initial release, Instagram is still going strong as one of the, if not the, largest photo-sharing platform in the world. Thanks in part to a considerably open API, a handful of third-party apps have been developed around Instagram to further utilize its impressive user base and strong...

Photographer accidentally crushes the world’s smallest sculptures

 
 

Author's note: There are images of (nano-sized) sculptures depicting nude female form in this article

Stuff happens. No matter how careful we are, sometimes things go wrong. A lab technician and photographer of Jonty Hurwitz’s 'nano-paintings' learned this the hard way when they accidentally crushed several of...

A little color goes a long way

 
Three red hats, a red skirt, a red sweater, and some unusual 1940’s underwear all add up to National Geographic gold. Legend has it that back in the old days, Geographic photographers traveled with red clothing just in case they got into a bind. Whether it’s true or not, it’s makes a good story and my point.

Santa...

Canon 5DS R First Shots posted! The 50.6mp full frame high-resolution heavyweight hits IR labs

 
 

UPDATE 3/25/15: Canon has informed us that image quality from the early pre-production sample of the 5DS R we received was not final, so we've removed links to the original camera files. They said that screen-res images and 1:1 crops are OK, though, and we'll be adding a few more examples of that sort to the...

Samsung NX500 Shooter’s Report: A high-res, 4K-shooting compact ILC; a traveler’s NX1?

 
 

Not long after bringing out a big batch of real-world gallery images, followed shortly by laboratory First Shots, our in-depth Samsung NX500 Shooter's Report is here. After spending some quality time with this compact ILC during a press trip to the Big Island of Hawaii, I am rather impressed by this latest compact...

Firmware Friday: Leica, Blackmagic cameras, Sony camcorders updated; Nikon ViewNX-i arrives


 
 

It's that time again -- the weekend has arrived, and with it, the time for another roundup of all that's new in the world of digital imaging firmware (and occasionally, software). This week, we have news from Atomos, Blackmagic, Leica, Nikon and Sony, and while it's predominantly for devices other than...

Impossible Project’s new B&W 2.0 film develops faster and sharper thanks to a new formula

 
 

The story behind The Impossible Project has been an inspiring one. After Polaroid ditched its instant film department, Impossible came to fruition when it purchased Polaroid’s old machinery and brought back to life a production plant where Polaroid’s infamous film was created.

After much trial and error with...

SpaceX announces it’s publishing all photographs under Creative Commons

 
The SuperDraco is an advanced version of the Draco engines used by SpaceX’s Cargo Dragon spacecraft to maneuver in orbit and during re-entry.

Following in the footsteps of NASA, SpaceX has announced it will be publishing photographs of its endeavors under a Creative Commons license.

To kick off the announcement,...

An introduction to dodging and burning

 
 

Dodging and burning are two of the oldest techniques for adding depth to your images in post-production. Originally done in the darkroom by using an instrument to block the light of the enlarger, dodging and burning has made its way into the digital realm, where it can be done with a click or two in Adobe...

Fujifilm Q&A @ CP+ 2015: What next for X-mount, and Dave gets the table turned discussing the 4K future

 
 

[UPDATE: If you arrived here looking for the interview with launch photographer Ben Cooper, please Click Here!]

Continuing my series of executive interviews from the recent CP+ 2015 show in Yokohama Japan, I met with Mr. Makoto Oishi from the Sales & Marketing Division, Optical Device & Electronic Imaging...

Why your feet truly are the best zoom lens

 
 

It was Austrian-born photojournalist Ernst Haas who once said ‘The best zoom lens is your legs.’ It’s a sentiment that often gets ignored, especially when we have so many impressive zoom lenses around us, but it’s one that consistently holds true.

During this year’s WPPI conference, American portrait photographer...

Fuji 18-135mm WR Lens Review: A very good all-in-one, weather-sealed option for the X-T1

 
 

When Fuji announced the X-T1, the first weather-sealed X-mount camera, this was all well and good but there just weren't any weather-sealed Fuji lenses at the time. At last, the Fuji 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 WR OIS lens answers the call as the first weather-sealed X-mount lens, and we've just now completed our in-depth...