This Is Where SmartPhones Stand: Phonography Light Painting


One of the main concerns of the photographic industry is the fact that smarthones are slowly biting into the more advanced camera markets. People who use to carry a camera everywhere are now using a smartphone as their go-to camera, simply because it is always in their pocket. The other market is the more advanced photographers, those who need the extra control that a “real” camera provides – long exposure is one such example, but the latest Huawei P8 is beating down on DSLRs in that regard as well.

Malaysian Photographer Keow Wee Loong took the smartphone for a Light Painting ride and was amazed at the results. Usually when you do light painting, you set a camera on a tripod and give it a good, long exposure. Those settings accumulate the bright light (i.e. the painting) while keeping the background dark. But Keow Wee Loong used the light painting feature of the Huawei P8 and was able to take stunning light painting photographs, how?

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Time Lapse Mining Automatically Creates Flawless Videos from Photos Found Online


Time lapse is possibly the best way to show change over time, be it the construction of a skyscraper or an otherwise unnoticeable change that occurs over a long period of time.

The problem with this popular technique is that it usually requires careful planning, a single photographer or a dedicated team and a decent amount of editing. However, a team of researchers from the University of Washington and Google seems to have overcome these difficulties.

The method used by the researchers takes advantage of the endless amount of photos found online, automatically detects popular subjects and edits them into seamless time lapse videos.

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Olympus Goes After DSLRs Where it Hurts Most in Its Mocumentary DSL-ARM Campaign


DSLR cameras have their fair share of advantages and disadvantages over their smaller rivals, but at the end of a long shooting day there’s one difference than lingers on – the weight.

The size and weight of a DSLR might feel right for those who shoot with long lenses or have big hands, but usually it’s just the price one has to pay to enjoy the benefits DSLRs have to offer.

With mirrorless cameras gaining popularity, the weight issue has become more important and an increasing number of photographers are deciding to compromise somewhat in certain parameters in exchange for a lightweight system.

Obviously Olympus won’t advertise the OM-D EM-5 Mark II’s shortcomings, but it created an entire (hilarious) mocumentary campaign around DSLR shooters suffering from the DSL-ARM syndrome, where the arm carrying the heavy camera becomes longer than the other arm.

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Panasonic G7 Officially Announced, Will Allow 8MP photo extraction From 4K footage

G7_8Panasonic has just announced its new mirrorless micro four thirds camera, formally known as the Lumix DMC-G7.

As expected, the camera features the DFD autofocus technology found in the successful GH4 and 4K video, with a new multi-process noise reduction system thrown into the mix.

Three new 4K photo functions have also been included and will allow the extraction of 8-megapixel still images.

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Fujifilm Announces X-T10 camera and 90mm f/2 Lens

IMG_495677Two exciting additions were announced earlier today in Fujifulm’s mirrorless X-series line-up.

The X-T10 is an enthusiast version of the flagship X-T1, and as such the cameras have quite a bit in common, including the sensor and processor.

Among the new features are the Zone and Wide Tracking modes that will make the most out of the 77-point focus system.

Joining the X-T10 is the 90mm f/2, with a fast aperture, weather sealing and a popular focal length equivalent of 137mm.

Both products will become available within two months and are can already be pre-ordered.

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Nikon Introduces Heartography; a Camera Triggered by a Dog’s Emotions


Nikon’s latest development, heartography, couldn’t be truer to the company’s slogan – ‘At the heart of the image’.

The contraptions is claimed to “connect to emotions” as it monitors the heart rate, in this case of a dog named Grizzler, and captures a photo when there’s a noticeable increase.

“Photos can capture the world’s beauty within a single frame, and photographers translate what they feel into what others can see”, the Nikon website states, adding that “with Heartography, anyone with a heartbeat can be a photographer”.

Despite the cool insight gained by the street photography of the first canine photographer, or phodographer, it’s unlikely that you’ll see the device taking over anytime soon.

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This Is What 5 Years of ‘Collecting’ GoPro Gear Look Like


Gear comes and gear goes. Or rather gear comes and gear accumulates. Photographer Mitch Bergsma have been shooting with a Gopro for 5 years and as one of his main tools of work, he had to fit it, mount it, strap it, elevate it and submerge it into various places.

Having using a GoPro for five years means that you get to accumulate lots of mounts and cases for lots of different GoPro cameras and if in addition to that you don’t let go of the old gear, you get a full blanket of gear (sorry had to).

So to celebrate this 5 years anniversary, Mitch got a DJI Phantom 2 in the air to take an aerial of all his GoPro gear. And there is a lot of it….

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Microsoft ‘Hyperlapse’ Released; Creates Time Lapses from POV Videos

Time to get out all the first-person footage you captured with your GoPro, but never touched, as Microsoft finally released its Hyperlapse technology.

Capable of turning standard lengthy videos into smooth and stabilized time lapses, you can expect to see a significant bump in time lapse videos in the near future.

The software is available in one form or another to Windows, Windows Azure, Windows Mobile and Android users.

Microsoft seems thrilled about the release; just don’t confuse it with Instagram’s Hyperlapse app.

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Panasonic G7 Leaked Specs and Photos

pana_g7_f001Specs and photos of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 mirrorless micro four thirds camera have been leaked, and the most noticeable change is the design. The curves have changed to straighter lines, but that’s not the only difference.

The camera is said to offer 4K video, the same DFD autofocus technology as the GH4 and an improved electronic view finder, among other things.

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Racing Boat Saves TV Drone at the Very Last Second


The DJI Phantom has a failsafe mode that will automatically land the drone if the remote controller’s battery runs out of juice. This is a smart feature, but not very helpful when flying over water.

In such a situation your options are to watch your drone go belly up or make a run for it, or in Tom Leogrande’s case, race a quarter mile for it.

Watch as the drone, capturing footage for a fishing TV show, gets saved and avoids becoming fish bait.

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