GoPro 4 Specs Leaked By SOC Maker? Shows 4K And 120FPS @ 1080 System

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Ambarella, the company that makes the image processor SOC (system on Chip) for GoPro have just released their up coming camera SOC specs – the A9. Considering that Ambarella have been exclusively making the imaging SOC for GoPro, it is not unreasonable to assume that this new SOC outlines the features of the Next GoPro.

Here is how the A9 is described:

The Ambarella A9 Camera SOC enables development of the next generation of HD and Ultra-HD video cameras with leading-edge video features and exceptional still-image quality.
In addition to 4K Ultra HD video resolution at 30 frames per second, the A9 supports high frame-rate video for capturing fast-action sports with 1080p video at 120 frames per second or 720p video at 240 frames per second.
The A9 includes dual-core ARM® Cortex™-A9 CPUs providing the performance required for advanced applications including wireless connectivity to smartphones for video-streaming or image sharing.

Looking at the spec sheet, this new SOC will include quite an interesting set of features. [Read more...]

How To Save Old Photos That Are Stuck Together

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If you’ve been around long enough to be printing photos, and even longer to be storing them in shoe boxes, you must have had that frustrating experience when two (or more) photos got stuck together. It feels as if there were super-glued and any attempt to apply force to separate them will result in damaging the photos.

wikiHow shares a great tip to separate those photos, simply soak them in warm water: [Read more...]

Google Declares War On Vertical Video

If you use an Android device (or just read photo and tech blog) there was no way to avoid hearing about Google’s blitz into the Camera app realm with their new Google Camera. The camera has many new features (like adaptive lens blur, Photo spheres and others).

Interestedly, it looks like Google also declared a war on vertical video (also known as VSS or vertical video syndrome).

When you switch into video more the camera app will provide a ‘gentle’ reminder in the form of a ‘please rotate’ icon. This icon should alert you  on the fact that you are not shooting horizontally as any educated photographer should be shooting. [Read more...]

DIYP Reviews The Actobotics DIY Slider for Cell Phone and GoPro Time Lapse

We received a nifty little Actobotics slider kit from ServoCity and over the winter I had the opportunity to shoot a mix of live action and cell phone time lapse video and also a little bit of GoPro video with the slider.

In this post I am going to review the Actobotics slider as a tool for creating movement in both live action video and GoPro or cell phone time lapse video.

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Truth in Advertising Act: A Bill That Wants to Regulate Photoshop in Advertisements

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Fixing the colossally broken anatomy in Falcon’s Winter Soldier poster. by AnnaHollinrake

H.R. 4341, also known as the Truth in Advertising Act, is a bill being introduced to Congress. Sponsored by Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Lois Capps (D-CA), the bill intends to do exactly as its title would suggest: monitor how distorted advertisements are allowed to get. More specifically, it’d be going after the excessive use of Photoshop that we see so present these days.

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Sigma’s 50mm f/1.4 Art Lens Comes in Second Only to Zeiss in DxOMark Tests

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Back in February, we posted about Xitek’s testing of the highly anticipated Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art lens. Against the $4000 55mm Zeiss Otus, Sigma came out on top in comparisons and shocked almost every photography blog out there. Today, however, DxO mark put both lenses up against each other and it seems from their end that the Zeiss Otus hasn’t been ousted just yet.

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4-Part Paris In Motion Is a Happy Love Song For The City Of Light

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Videographer Mayeul Akpovi just released his latest addition to his Paris In Motion series. It is a fun, happy timelapse/hyperlapse series showing Paris in all its glory.

Through wonderful locations, interesting people and great cinematography Mayeul captures the uplifting side of the city. Being a four parts series it is interesting to see how Mayeul technique refined through the year he has been releasing those movies.

Two years ago we would have been thrown back by the minimal list of gear that Mayeul uses (5D Mark III, 24-70mm f2.8, 17-40mm f4 and a  70-300 lenses as well as ND2 to ND400 filters), but over the last year we learned that you don’t really need lots of gear to produce astonishing work.

As usual with those kinds of videos, sit back, go full screen and enjoy the show. [Read more...]

Baltimore Agrees to Pay $250K for Police Seizing and Deleting a Citizen’s Cell Phone Videos

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This isn’t the kind of crime you’ll find in The Wire, but it’s pretty big for the photography community. The City of Baltimore has just agreed to pay a fine of $250,000 in a settlement over the “unlawful seizure and destruction” of videos from a citizen’s cell phone. The videos contained footage of Baltimore Police allegedly arresting and beating another person.

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Quick, Clever and Easy Method to Correct Skin Tones in Portraits

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When shooting portraits, getting the right skin tones is not a trivial task. Differences in lighting, skin tan and other factors can create uneven skin tones which our brains usually compensates in ‘real life’, but they can be quite distrusting when looking in a portrait.

Photographer Michael Woloszynowicz shares quite an easy method for correcting skin tones that automates the hardest part of the process – getting the correct skin tone to correct with. [Read more...]