Eight Camera Hacks in 80 Seconds

Eight Camera Hacks in 80 Seconds

Improvisation rules. There is a gadget for everything, yet often most simple and basic things can do the same job as an expensive add-on. Back in the early days I used butter to get that dreamy David Hamilton look. Just smear it around the lens, and you get a perfect dreamy erotic look. Here are […]

Relonch: The Disenfranchised or Talent-Unleashing Photographer?

Relonch: The Disenfranchised or Talent-Unleashing Photographer?

Interesting concept. Relonch. How many buttons, dials and menu functions has your mirrorless or DSLR? The Relonch has one button. One. How many shots you take are waste? Right, storage costs close to nothing, so what the heck. Relonch’s plan? If you want remarkable photos, you should pay for the photos. Not the camera. That’s […]

World’s First Universal Camera?

World’s First Universal Camera?

Now here is a remarkable Kickstarter project: world’s first truly universal camera by Mercury Camera. They call it “a modular, open camera system capable of shooting any format (medium and large format film, digital, Instax…) and using any lens.” The claim is bold. They promise to produce the first universally modular camera. Snake oil? Too […]

The Virtual Reality Camera Hype

The Virtual Reality Camera Hype

Facebook, Lytro, Nokia, Samsung, they have one thing in common. They all launched their own 3D virtual reality cameras. Barely a market a year ago, virtual reality (VR) is poised to become the next big thing in camera development and visual media, with many other companies joining in, such as GoPro offering the VR camera […]

Photography Embraces the Underrated GIF

Photography Embraces the Underrated GIF

Instagram calls it Boomerang — a short looping video that’s best used to capture subtle movements in static situations. Lumia cameras call it Living Image, for Nikon it’s Motion Snapshot, for Apple Live Photos. They’re basically one and the same thing: photographs in motion; live snapshots for short, very short movies to capture and share […]

Meet the Camera With No Lens

Meet the Camera With No Lens

Nothing short of potentially heralding a new age of camera design? As we all know there is no camera without a lens, a physical necessity carved in stone since the invention of photography. Lenses today are near perfect, we think, and we’re willing to spend top dollars on them. Now a team of U.S. engineers […]

Let There Be Light

Let There Be Light

It’s the missing link between “traditional” photography gear and the disruptive technology brought along by smartphones: no doubt that a DSLR or top mirrorless camera excels a portable device’s camera in every way possible. That’s not because of the former’s larger sensor or better processing speeds, it primarily comes down to optics. There is no […]

Camera Industry’s Next Challenge: Live Streaming

Camera Industry’s Next Challenge: Live Streaming

Another invention that will make life even harder for journalists and media professionals — an app called Meerkat, allowing people to transmit live video from your smartphone. One reason for the rapidly growing popularity of the app is certainly its ease of use. Authenticate via Twitter, and the live transmission can be started with just […]

Wanted: The Average Joe Smartphone Mode in a DSLR

Wanted: The Average Joe Smartphone Mode in a DSLR

Basically, with a digital pro camera, you’re getting the approach to film in a digital package. Meaning: you want an as neutral as possible file, an as accurate as possible rendition of what you’re capturing. Problem is, digital imaging technology has advanced so much that it’s kind of obsolete to process files in-camera with algorithms […]

“The Invisible Photograph” — How Photography Is Helping Solve the Mysteries of the Universe

“The Invisible Photograph” — How Photography Is Helping Solve the Mysteries of the Universe

Photographic exposures that are insensitive to time — a kind of the opposite of what a digital camera does: keeping track of a history with photographic exposures that completely obliterate time, integrating over weeks, months even… Sounds like dreams of the future? It’s reality, actually, at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Geneva, the mega […]

The Making of Film

The Making of Film

It’s a bit like what wafers are to digital photography: chemicals and mechanical processes, the heart of the production of photographic film, are a kind of analog photography’s wafers. Just like the production of wafers that push the bounds of image sensor quality, making a good photographic film is a highly complex process involving a […]

Alternative Post-Processing: Let’s Cook Some Film

Alternative Post-Processing: Let’s Cook Some Film

This is from Lomography, the guys who reinvent film photography. They make some, yes, film soup, based on an own secret recipe. You’re still with me? Well developing good old film is all about the right mix of chemicals. You wash and bath the film. So why not just… cook it. Depending on the recipe, […]

Camera Lens Vs. Human Eye

Camera Lens Vs. Human Eye

This is a great looking infographic which has been completed by Mediaworks in conjunction with Clifton Cameras, U.K. Using sources from the BBC and National Geographic, it compares and contrasts the camera lens vs. the eye. It’s a fairly technical piece which takes into account aperture, single-element convex lens tech, angle of incidence and then […]

“Living Images” — A Future of Photography?

“Living Images” — A Future of Photography?

“Living pictures” is something I first came across with the Nikon 1. A living picture basically is not just a snapshot frozen in time depending on shutter speed. A photo captured with a 1/125th of a second freezes a 1/125th of a second. Living pictures extend the exposure by recording a bit of video prior […]

The Camera Depends on the Photographer

The Camera Depends on the Photographer

Don’t want to turn into a moralizer, but here we go. To paraphrase a famous quote, “Ask not what your camera can do for you, but what you can do with your camera.” The difference at stake is whether you use your camera like a photographer, more like a scientist or — worst case — […]

Will Apple’s iWatch Have a Camera?

Will Apple’s iWatch Have a Camera?

You heard it, after long months of rumors Apple is poised to launch its high-tech iWatch. We don’t know when, expected release date is Q3. But it will come. And as in the past, before the launch of the iPhone, when then smartphone leader Palm ridiculed Apple’s phone advances, the watch industry doesn’t consider Apple […]

Virtual Extreme Climbing — Street View in the Eiger North Face

Virtual Extreme Climbing — Street View in the Eiger North Face

Street View, that’s so yesterday. Next in line thanks to ever better technology and courageous people: mountain view a.k.a. #Project360, a 360° virtual ascent of Mount Eiger. Two Swiss climbers and a support team follow the original 1938 Heckmair route on the “Nordwand” (north face) of the famous mountain that since 1935 has claimed the […]

Meet Hyperlapse, Time-Lapse With a Smoothly Moving Camera

Meet Hyperlapse, Time-Lapse With a Smoothly Moving Camera

GoPro seems unbeatable these days. Since their IPO the company’s share value has increased dramatically. No surprise. No outdoor adventure without the small box camera. Yet, camera shake destroys many a happy adventure souvenir. Now mighty Microsoft solves this problem with a new technology. Not only is the PC vs. Apple battle back. Microsoft’s on […]

The Story of Lena

The Story of Lena

By IHTISHAM KABIR I had spent many hours looking at Lena: her eyes, her hair and her hat. But then, so had dozens of other researchers working in a new field called digital image processing. It was the early 1980s, and while studying for my degree in electrical engineering in the U.S., I was smitten […]

Is Software Becoming More Important Than the Camera?

Is Software Becoming More Important Than the Camera?

His site is listed in THEME’s live News Feed: Kirk Tuck’s Visual Science Lab, one of my favorite photography blogs when it comes to the ins and outs of subtle narrative, hands-on technique and the state of the photography industry. Kirk Tuck not only knows how to use a camera, he’s also a gifted writer […]

Aperture R.I.P. — What to Expect From Apple’s All New Photos App?

Aperture R.I.P. — What to Expect From Apple’s All New Photos App?

A lot has been said about Apple pulling the plug on Aperture. Not only Aperture, iPhoto is a goner, too! Loyal Aperture users are considering the transition to Lightroom, giving in to monopolist Adobe that’ll rule the digital imaging processing world. Not that Apple drops digital imaging altogether. The upcoming Photos app will replace and […]

The Amazing Amazon Fire Phone Camera?

The Amazing Amazon Fire Phone Camera?

Rumors have become fact, Amazon announces its first smartphone, the truly unique Fire. It’s in no way surprising that Amazon wants to sell stuff, therefore much of the phone’s technology is developed for this very purpose with quick identification of and access to products, music, movies, etc. Quite interesting is the phone’s advanced camera system […]

Does the Camera Brand Matter?

Does the Camera Brand Matter?

Buying a camera and or owning a camera system says as much about a person’s character as the partner, pet, car or house the person has. Deciding which camera or system to shoot with is in fact a highly intimate, deeply personal choice that’s quite meaningful to read and understand a person’s character. You shoot […]

The Human Brain, Sort of a Virtual Darkroom

The Human Brain, Sort of a Virtual Darkroom

More precisely, the human brain can develop a negative! Now this is just freaky and it works: Instructions: Stare at the red dot on the girl’s nose for 30 seconds. Turn your eyes to a plain surface (your ceiling or blank wall). Blink repeatedly and quickly while still looking at the plain surface. The brain […]

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