Items tagged with photography

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 can output an image whose brightness is eight times higher, which would make it easier to capture those... 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 growth, especially as compact camera sales go on the decline, Bloomberg reports. "The number of people... 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 than one way to take pictures of fireworks, and if you have a method that you feel is superior, feel... Read more...
Kids and teens live in a different landscape than the one anybody in their thirties or above grew up in. We didn't have to worry about cyberbullying or having our Facebook posts scrutinized by potential employers, and we sure as hell weren't sending and receiving digital photos of our nude selves to other people. Polaroids, maybe, but even then, it was cost prohibitive to rapid-fire erotic shots to the flavor of the week. And today? There's Snapchat, a real-time picture chatting application for iOS and Android devices. To be fair, not everyone is using Snapchat to take compromising photos of themselves, and the developers will tell you the ones that do are in the minority. Sure. If you're among... Read more...
Mobile users have responded positively to the idea of taking, sending, and receiving photos and videos that are viewable for a short period of time before they're gone forever. Such is the idea behind Snapchat, a mobile app for iPhone and Android users that touts being able to "share a moment" up to 10 times faster than MMS. It's become such a popular tool that Snapchat users are now sending more than 150 million images each day. That's according to Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel, who made the claim at the Dive Into Mobile conference in New York City. To put that number into perspective, Instagram users snap and share 40 million images per day, or about 110 million less than Shapchat. Snapchat's appeal... Read more...
If you often find yourself shooting video in the dark, you'll be happy to know that Canon has developed a high-sensitivity 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor designed exclusively for video recording. According to Canon, the new sensor is able to capture Full HD video in exceptionally low-light environments. That's especially great news for budding astronomers, as Canon says the sensor can capture clear video of even faint stars. The CMOS sensor features pixels measuring 19 microns square in size. To put that into perspective, it's more than 7.5-times the surface area of the pixels on the CMOS sensor inside Canon's top-shelf EOS-1D X and other DSLR cameras. Both the pixels and readout circuitry employ... Read more...
Instagram addicts can now get their fix of filtered photos even when their mobile phone batteries run out of juice. How so? The Facebook-owned service announced that you can now browse your Instagram feed on the web from your desktop or laptop, just like you do on your mobile device. All you have to do is head to Instagram's website and log into your account. "We believe that you should be able to access Instagram on a variety of different devices, any of which may be convenient to you at a given moment – including your desktop computer or tablet," Instagram stated in a blog post. "We do not offer the ability to upload from the web as Instagram is about producing photos on the go, in the... Read more...
There's just something about a delicious looking meal that compels people to whip out their smartphone, snap a picture, and upload it to a social network, like Facebook, Twitter, or Google+. Your friends and family can instantly see what you're about to devour before you've taken the first bite. Such is the connected world we live in, though don't be surprised if you're told to put your phone away. According to a CBS report in New York, some local restaurants are banning photos of their food. It's not because the restaurants are embarrassed about what they're dishing up -- and if they are, don't expect them to admit it -- but it has to do with etiquette and ambiance. Double-Double and fries with... Read more...
There was a massive public uproar on the Internet a month ago when Instagram tried changing its Terms of Service (ToS) agreement so that it could sell your pictures for profit. Following the backlash, Instagram tried to say it was a big misunderstanding over standard legalese, and then vowed to change the wording to appease the masses. It appears to have worked. For the first time, Instagram revealed statistics about its user base, claiming it has over 90 million monthly active users. Some more fun stats to chew on: 40 million photos per day 8,500 Likes per second 1,000 comments per second Since there are no previous numbers to compare these with, it's impossible to know if Instagram lost a significant... Read more...
One of the essential features of any smartphone is the built-in camera, and the quality of photos a device outputs plays a role in our evaluation of these devices. For many, a quality camera is no longer a luxury, but a necessity in an increasingly social landscape, so is it any surprise that smartphone and tablet shipments have turned us all into photographers? According to ABI Research, over 1 billion cameras shipped in smartphones and tablets during 2012, and by 2018, that annual figure will jump to 2.7 billion, the research firm predicts. Mobile device makers are privy to the importance of a quality camera and continue to push the envelope with new features and higher quality optics. "Advancements... Read more...
The LG Optimus G on Sprint sports a 13MP rear-facing camera so that you can shoot high quality photos about the size of Texas, and smartphones in general have upped the ante when it comes to snapping photos. Is there even a market for point-and-shoot cameras anymore? You better believe it. In an effort to stay relevant, we're starting to see and point-and-shoot camera makers embrace Android. Nikon and Samsung both offer Android-powered cameras, and come next month, you can add Polaroid to the list. The Polaroid Land Camera 103 sold for $90 in 1965, which amounts to more than $630 today after factoring in inflation. Polaroid's Android-powered point-and-shoot will presumably cost less than $630.... Read more...
Instagram scored a $1 billion bid from Facebook simply by popularizing the practice of tarnishing an otherwise well taken photo with funky filters, and now Flickr is getting in on the fun. Maybe Yahoo's hoping Google will fork over a similar buyout offer for its photo sharing division? More likely, Yahoo's just giving users what they want, which is an ability to post retro looking snapshots. The newly updated Flickr app adds "16 unique camera filters," including Original (not really a filter), Panda, Mammoth, Ocelot, Chameleon, Wallaby, Iguana, Aardvark, Narwhal, Salamander, Flamingo, Toucan, Orca, Peacock, Chinchilla, and Orangutan. Lady Morgan caught sleeping with Flickr's Narwhal filter. Also... Read more...
For those of you who celebrate the holiday, we hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and extended weekend. It was certainly a busy one for Instagram users, who uploaded more than 10 million photos mentioning Thanksgiving-themed words on Turkey Day, peaking at 226 photo uploads per second. The day broke all Instagram records thus far, the company announced. "We're thrilled to see people use Instagram to share their holidays. Whether celebrating with friends and family or sharing photos with them halfway across the globe, we’re excited to see the intimacy and immediacy of the Instagram experience bring us all closer together over this holiday season," Instagram stated in a blog post. Delicious... Read more...
The greater technology world has lost a true pioneer this week. Bryce Bayer, the Eastman Kodak scientist who is largely credited with inventing much of what we currently know to be digital image, passed away at the age of 83. In fact, he created the color filter using in digital photographer that still bears his name. Even today, the Bayer Filter is used in just about every digital camera produced, despite being patented way back in 1976. The three filters in his array are necessary in order to create color from greyscale metadata that's captured by an imaging chip. Before his handiwork came onto the scene, achieving this used a process that was far bulkier. In the 1990s, Bayer retired from Kodak,... Read more...
Manipulating photographs on smartphones and tablets is becoming an increasingly important proposition for mobile users. Along with the social benefits that tie into such tasks, it's the reason Facebook forked over $1 billion to acquire Instagram, a free app that essentially makes good photos look old and crappy through the use of various filters (yes, we're being facetious). That in turn may have prompted Google to scoop up Nik Software, makers of the lesser known SnapSeed app. Technically, SnapSeed is a competitor to Instagram, much in the same way that Google+ competes with Facebook. By the numbers, Google has some catching up to do in both departments. As an aside, Google's senior VP of Engineering... Read more...
"Nothing lasts forever," as the saying goes, and the time has come to wave goodbye to a staple of the photography industry. Eastman Kodak has announced intentions to sell off the film business that made it an icon around the world. In an effort to raise cash for itself (and perhaps fund ongoing digital patent battles), its traditional print-film business and "several others" will be sold. Those others include things like kiosks that develop photos on-site, heavy-duty commercial scanners, and software used for enterprise companies to process thousands of forms at once. Heck, it's even selling off the business that takes those theme park photos as you waltz in. Kodak says that the selling will... Read more...
You know you're getting older when styles you grew up with come full circle and are cool again. It happens with clothes, haircuts, music, and yes, even electronics. Underscoring this point are leaked images of Fujifilm's upcoming X-E1, a compact camera with modern internals dressed in retro digs. Depending on how old you are, the X-E1 looks like a camera you or your parents used to own several decades ago. Despite the old look, however, it's a high-end camera with a detachable lens and a layout that's very similar to Fujifilm's X-Pro1. The X-E1 doesn't appear to be a successor to that camera, however, and will likely be positioned as a lower cost alternative without an electronic viewfinder.... Read more...
If you're the type of photographer who likes to get up and close with your subjects, you'll be interested to know Samsung just unveiled its WB100 digital camera. The WB100 is the latest addition to Samsung's WB Series and it boasts a generous 26X Optical High Zoom lens, along with a 22.3mm ultra-wide angle to help squeeze more detail into those memorable moments captured on camera. It also has Dual Image Stabilization (OIS + DIS), 720p video recording, 3D photo capture, a Live Panorama Mode, ISO 80 to 1,600 sensitivity (or up to 3,200 for 3-megapixel photos), and a 16-megapixel sensor. "Not only does the WB100 deliver superior quality images but it is also easy to use. Its easily-navigated menu... Read more...
Hasselblad has been catering to photographers for over five decades and specializes in medium format cameras, which are priced accordingly. In case you didn't know, the typical medium format camera can cost as much as a Kia, or more, so the fact that Hasselblad is running a promotion where a number of models are discounted by up to 22.9 percent (let's just call it 23 percent, shall we?), well, that's a pretty big deal. Make no mistake, these cameras are still expensive even after the price cuts, and if you're a bargain shopper, there's nothing to see here. But for those who are interested in Hasselblad's cameras, now is the time to pounce. A sample of models that have been reduced include: Model... Read more...
Imagine you're on a boat in the middle of the ocean and you spot a great white shark swimming nearby. Do you (A) back away from the edge and gingerly reach for your digital camera with the hopes of snapping a long-distance shot, or (B) dive right into the water to get closer look? If you answered B, Fujifilm's FinePix XP170 might be exactly the type of digital camera you've been looking for. Fujifilm announced the rugged point-n-shoot this week and said it's an appropriate device for shooting and sharing in extreme conditions, including ones where you're submerged in water. "The solid build, rubberized coating and riveted metal handgrip make this the toughest FinePix yet!," Fujifilm boasts. "Underwater... Read more...
If you've always wanted to spend a small fortune on a professional camera designed specifically for digital cinematography, today just happens to be your lucky day. Canon's new EOS C300 Cinema is available for pre-order for a cool $15,999 with free shipping, so technically this is a sub-$16,000 camera, in case that helps you pitch it to your significant other. Since we're getting technical, we should start with the Super 35mm-equivalent 16:9 large CMOS sensor. Canon says it was modeled on the Super 35mm 3-per motion picture standard and boasts an active image size of 24.6mm x 13.8mm. The camera records 4:2:2 50Mb/s MPEG-2 video to two CF cards at 1080p. It also has a 4-inch, 1.23MP rotating LCD... Read more...
Is your DSLR camera suddenly strutting around with a goofy grin on its LCD face? If so, it must have heard about Sony's new high-speed XQD memory cards that support the recently adopted XQD specification for high-speed, high performance digital image capture. Of course, in order to take advantage of the new cards, your DSLR has to support the format. If it does, XQD cards will allow photographers to capture up to about 100 frames in RAW format in continuous shooting mode, Sony says. "Advanced shooters want to capture the moment in the highest quality possible, and that often means dealing with massive files like RAW images," said Viviano Cantu, Director of Consumer Media for Sony Electronics.... Read more...
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