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After spending $1 billion acquiring the service, it would be pretty silly for Facebook to let Instagram grow stagnant. You needn't worry about that if you're an Instagram user -- effectively immediately, you now have more creative tools to play around with, which apply to both Android and iOS users. These include the ability to adjust brightness, contrast, saturation, warmth, and more. Once you've installed the new version, you'll find the expanded tools by tapping the wrench icon, which you'll see when selecting a filter. This will bring up a tray of photo editing tools, such as the ones mentioned... Read more...
A big shout out goes to Amazon for forever changing the way we think about photography. You see, Amazon was recently granted a patent that, in short, describes taking photos of subjects and/or or objects against a white background. Brilliant! Wait, what's that? Photographers far and wide have long known about this technique and used it extensively in the past? Well, that changes things -- give a huge shout out to Amazon's legal team for somehow wording the patent application in such a way that the USPTO thought this was a brand new idea worthy of patent No. 8,676,045. "A subject can be photographed... Read more...
Snapping selfies is a relatively new fad, and it's one of the things you can do on Samsung's retro-looking NX3000 Smart Camera. That's because it has a 3.0-inch flip-up display with Wink Shot -- just open up the display so that it's facing frontward, frame a face in the display, give it a wink, and capture a selfie "in one hassle-free motion," Samsung says. There's more to the NX3000 than just enabling narcissism. It has a 20.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, 1/4000 shutter speed with 5fps continuous shooting, F3.5-5.6 aperture, 16-50mm power zoom lens with optical image stabilization, and adjustable... Read more...
Lytro tried to flip photography on its head a few years ago with the introduction of its original light-field camera. Sporting a funky design reminiscent of a kaleidoscope, the rectangular-shaped tube-like camera excelled at capturing the entire light field around an image, thereby allowing photographers to refocus photos and change their orientation after they've already been taken. Fast forward to today, Lytro is back with a second model -- ILLUM -- that's more functional (and more expensive) than the original. Whereas the original Lytro debuted at $399, the Lytro ILLUM is a $1,599 camera, though... Read more...
It's said a picture is worth 1,000 words, and if that's the case, then what do selfies say? Perhaps quite a bit, actually. For the uninitiated, a "seflie" is the practice of taking your own picture, and these days it's typically done with a mobile device's front-facing camera. You've probably seen teens and adults alike make goofy faces at their cell phone -- they're probably using Snapchat or some equivalent. Selfies are certainly trending in the mobile world, and according to various experts in the field of health, it could be cause for concern. An article in the Guardian Liberty Voice tells... Read more...
Facebook isn't afraid to make big acquisitions. Lest anyone need reminding of that, the social networking service dropped a bombshell on Oculus VR fans by announcing yesterday it had acquired the technology for $2 billion. That's just one example of Facebook's willingness to drop big cash on startups. In April 2012, Zuckerberg and company scooped up Instagram for $1 billion in cash and stock. Wondering how Instagram has fared since then? Back when Facebook acquired the photo sharing app, it stood at between 30 million to 40 million users. The acquisition gave Instagram's growth a boost, as did... Read more...
Teenagers are doing it, and so are young adults. Heck, even some older folks are doing it, and none of them seem to mind having a public audience. They're doing it on trains, on buses, in restaurants, and everywhere else when the urge arises. Some of them do it in groups, others prefer a single partner, and a great many are doing it by themselves. We're talking about "selfies," of course -- get your mind out of the gutter -- which are self-snapshots, and if that's that your thing, you'll find plenty of apps willing to accommodate. You're probably aware of the some of the more popular ones already,... Read more...
Good news, photography buffs -- all Android users now have access to Motorola's Droid Zap, a photo sharing application that was previously exclusive to Droid devices. Prior to the latest update, the best a non-Droid user could do was peek at which photos were being shared by Droid Zap users within 1,000 feet, but they weren't allowed to share their own. The latest update -- version 2.1 -- removes the requirement for a members-only jacket so that any Android phone can send and receive photos. The lone exception is a feature called Zap Zone, which was just added and is exclusive to Droid owners (for... Read more...
Hasselblad is a something of a legendary name in photography and has been making medium-format cameras for decades, and now the company has made another step forward in innovation with the impending Hasselblad H5D-50c. The 50MP medium-format H5D-50c is similar to the company’s existing H5D-50 model except that it has a CMOS sensor instead of a CCD, which Hasselblad claims is a world’s first. Hasselblad says that the new sensor will enable faster capture rates, longer shutter speeds, and better ISO performance, as well as “greatly improved” Live Video in Phocus and multi-shot... Read more...
Instant messaging in some form or another has been around since the dawn of man and woman (slight exaggeration), though don't tell that to Instagram, which yesterday held a major press event to unveil Instagram Direct, its own take on sending messages to friends. While Instagram was super excited to add a feature that's found on just about every major social app for mobile devices, it was a bit of a letdown to members of the press hoping for something bigger. To be fair, this could end up being a big deal for Instagram. At minimum, it's a much needed feature if it's to compete with services like... Read more...
Instagram has sent out mysterious invitations for a December 12th event in New York City. Although the message to “share a moment” with Kevin Systrom and the rest of the Instagram team is veiled enough, there’s another layer of intrigue: the invitations are physical, printed on paper, and came through snail mail. Other versions of the invite were apparently actually printed on pieces of wood that were specifically cut to be ready to hang on a wall. Image credit: TechCrunch Instagram is a haven for hipsters, but it’s unlikely that Instagram went to the expense of printing... Read more...
Maybe you still own a point-n-shoot camera or maybe you don't because the pictures from your smartphone are good enough for Facebook. Either way, most would agree that even though built-in cameras on mobile devices are getting better, they're still not as good as dedicated point-n-shoot devices, especially in low light situations. Interestingly enough, Samsung, which has a presence in both markets, is trying to close the gap. The South Korean handset and camera maker has reportedly developed a 13-megapixel camera module for smartphones with superior low light performance. Supposedly the camera... Read more...
If your business is to make and sell digital cameras, you might find yourself miffed at how many people are willing to settle for the optics built into their smartphones. For consumers, it's all about convenience and cost. Let's face it, a dedicated point-n-shoot isn't a priority for spur-of-the-moment shots when a smartphone is capable of taking serviceable photos, which some users will gunk up with an Instagram filter anyway. Rather than rage against this phenomenon, Nikon president Makoto Kimura is choosing to embrace it at he looks at different ways to take advantage of the rapid smartphone... Read more...
As you probably discovered the first time you picked up a fancy camera, be it a digital SLR or a high-end point-n-shoot, photography isn't easy. Automatic settings, while serviceable in some situations, can also result in crappy photos. Adding to the challenge is trying to shoot in the dark, which is something many of us will attempt tonight when fireworks light up the sky to celebrate our nation's Independence Day. Want some tips? National Geographic has put together a nice little gallery that offers up some solid instructions on how to photograph fireworks like a boss. Of course, there's more... Read more...
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