Sony QX100 Teardown Video – Don’t Try This at Home

Have you ever wondered what’s inside Sony’s new lens shaped camera – the XQ100? Trust Sony to deliver. In a short 3 minutes video We can see a Sony engineer taking a apart a XQ100 form full camera or its basic components.

Sony QX100 Teardown Video - Don't Try This at Home

While some steps are rushed through, maybe to discourage others from attempting a similar procedure, the tear-down shows the main parts and functions of the camera. [Read more…]

Photography From The Future: Cockroach Cam

We’ve seen our share of drone cameras, with cameras mounted on R/C Helicopters, R/C Quadcopters and R/C cars. But the need for a better, more capable drone drove Alper Bozkurt, an assistant professor of electrical engineering at NC State university, to develop a remote controlled Cockroach.

Photography From The Future: Cockroach Cam

One of the main motivations for this development is to carry cameras into wracked sites where no man can go like earthquake sites or fallen buildings. Instead of developing a tiny robot capable of maneuvering in hard environments the NC team used a readily made creation of nature: ‘We decided to use biobotic cockroaches in place of robots, as designing robots at that scale is very challenging and cockroaches are experts at performing in such a hostile environment.[Read more…]

Nature Forces: Photographer Captures Two Lighting Bolts Over The Grand Canyon

Photographers Rolf MaederScott Stulberg and Holly Kehrt planned to take a sunset photographs trip to the Grand Canyon.

After taking the two hours’ drive from Sedona the conditions were not optimal and the air was a bit hazy. Luckily for Rolf, the party decided to take is slow and look for some other viewpoints.

Nature Forces: Photographer Captures Two Lightings Over The Grand Canyon

As they were waiting, a lightning storm emerged at the east end of the canyon, providing a perfect lighting show at a safe distance. The fact that the storm was far away, and the cars were nearby for fast escape, allowed them to setup tripods and do some long exposures. [Read more…]

A Menacing Timelapse Of Philadelphia Shot In IR

Photographer Bruce Wayne Berry Jr wanted to capture a view as similar as possible to what the human eye would see if it saw the Infra Red spectrum.

Inspired by Ross Ching’s Empty America and Star Trek Into Darkness Nibiran jungle scene he set out to shoot a timelapse in Philadelphia which outside of this movie is America’s 5th most populated city. Only, there are no people in Bruce’s “The Day Wonderland Stood Still”

A Menacing Timelapse Of Philadelphia Shot In IR

The movie was made with a Full-spectrum camera mounted with a yellow filter to mask out some of the visible light. [Read more…]

Watch The Olympus OMD EM1 Operates Under Running Water

One of the claims Olympus made about the Olympus OM-D EM1 is that its water and dust proofing have been improved over it OM-D EM5.

Chris over at the Phoblographer wanted to see if the camera will indeed stand to its spec and operate under running water. It did.

Watch The Olympus OMD EM1 Operates Under Running Water

In the short video below the camera is rinsed, washed (and repeat) and it still operates. One note that the test makes is that the lens – an Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 – is also weather proofed and it is uncertain if the camera will perform similarly with non-weather-proofed lens. [Read more…]

Preventing Time-Lapse Flicker Caused By Mechanical Inconsistencies

A little while back I read a great ebook called Time-lapse Photography: A Complete Introduction to Shooting, Processing and Rendering Time-lapse Movies with a DSLR Camera by Ryan Chylinski (long name, I know….). One of the chapters dealt with the issue of mechanical induced flicker which I thought was a great nugget for any one doing timelapses. I asked Ryan if I could share the info with our readers and he gladly agreed. If you like what you read, consider buying the full book.

Preventing Time-Lapse Flicker Caused By Mechanical Inconsistencies

You’ve driven across the state. You’ve hiked the distance. You’ve shot in full manual mode, kept a wide aperture and even remembered a slow shutter speed to create some nice motion blur. You get home, render, and hit play.

There it is: Darker frames, lighter frames, darker frames again…

Flicker! [Read more…]

A Camera Reviewer’s Indecision And An Ambiguous Set Of Testing Parameters

A Camera Reviewer's Indecision And An Ambiguous Set Of Testing Parameters

We talk about cameras and stuff like they really matter. As though our choices will dictate some plane of reality that will change our lives. And we give far too much credence to camera reviewers. Anyone who’s read my blog over the years knows that I’m as clueless about what constitutes the perfect camera as everyone else in the whole industry. We’ve chased after megapixels, high ISO performance, build quality, nostalgic design cues, low noise and high speed and not a single parameter makes much sense in its own little vacuum. [Read more…]

15 of My Favorite Photography Products Under $50.00

Fall is in the air again, which means– among other things– that I’m back in the classroom, teaching my digital photography class for kids. I have some great students this year, ranging in age from 10-14, who have already impressed me with their curiosity, talent, and desire to learn. One of the things that separates my class from other photography classes is that I don’t require my students to have a particular level of camera. As a result, I have students with DSLRs working side-by-side with students who photograph with the most basic of point-and-shoot models. By making it less about the equipment and more about how they see the world around them, some pretty cool stuff happens.

ThinkTank PPR

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