Get your gavels ready. Canon USA has filed a pair of lawsuits against a handful of online photography retailers in an attempt to halt the sales of grey market gear – equipment that is legal and often cheaper to purchase, but isn’t covered by Canon’s warranty. [Read more…]
A while back I wrote about how High ISO Has Revolutionized Photography.
With the release of the Sony Alpha 7 II and other high ISO low light DSLR champs like the Nikon D810 – and now that moonlight is a viable light source, I think its safe to say that the realm of high ISO, low light photography has reached the mainstream.
That leaves dynamic range as the final frontier.
I was recently camping with my family at Bruce Peninsula National Park when I happened to be in a situation where I was photographing my son exploring the grotto – a natural limestone cave on the shore of Georgian Bay – at sunset.
After reviewing the photos in Lightroom, I realized that it is the crazy awesome dynamic range of the Nikon D800 that made these images even possible.
In this article, I will explain how I captured these photos and how I stretched the dynamic range with Lightroom – no HDR or multiple frames required.
Polarizing filters are almost mandatory for landscape photography, but they have a few drawbacks. The first is obvious: the hassle of having to carry filters with your to fit each lens. The second is not quite as obvious but has a vital impact: loss of light within your scene.
Olympus is aiming to change that with a new patented sensor technology that essentially has a built-in polarizing filter within the sensor itself. This technology would automatically analyze a scene for light values and adjust accordingly, allowing you to basically have a polarizer for each one of your lenses without the hassle (or expense) of carrying them around or losing valuable light from critical scenes.
Welp… Proving once again how accurately I can predict the future, today Panasonic officially announced their focus-after-capture technology, called “Post Focus.” While it looks like the quality of the final images will be significantly improved over the Lytro Illum since they will be composites of 4K video frames, I don’t see it being very useful.
We’ve seen previous unveilings of post-focusing cameras, such as the Lytro Illum, which allow the user to change the focus of the image after it’s already captured. And, a year ago, Sony even jumped on the bandwagon by acquiring their own patent for similar technology.
Now, according to reports, all Panasonic 4K-compatible cameras released in the next year will have built-in focus adjustment capabilities. Booyah.
The history of the digital camera is much older than most would expect. With roots going way back into the dark days of the Cold War, a fascinating series of innovations have led to the creation of technology we take for granted in our everyday lives.
For instance, did you know that the first cell phone photo was shared in 1997 or that the first digital camera prototype was developed as far back at 1975 or that the basic plans that launched the CCD sensor were developed in under one hour in 1969?
If there’s one thing that is a pain for dSLR filmmakers, it’s all of the little limitations that go along with the format. Having to dig for memory cards, swapping batters (seemingly) constantly, having to record audio on an external source to get decent quality, etc. That is where the creators of the Pandora DSLR Optimizer drew their inspiration for creating a one-stop-shop for on-the-go budget filmmakers.
Though still in the crowdfunding stage, this gadget has a lot of potential to either be the mother lode of dSLR video gear or a complete bomb.
I am a naturally skeptical person. So, it was only natural that, when I first saw the PocketSkater2, I was a wee bit skeptical. There are numerous mini dolly hacks with subpar performance out there, so I wasn’t expecting much from a device claiming to be small enough to “fit in your pocket.” But, I was surprised.
Edelkrone, the same guys who brought us the Wing railless slider concept last year, have done, in my most humble estimation, a great job on this project.
I still remember the very first 360-degree photograph I ever saw. I believe it was around the turn of the century on a Grolier Encyclopedia CD-ROM (for you youngsters, that’s what progressive folks had before Wikipedia). I can’t recall where the image was from, exactly, but I do recall that it was some large plaza in Europe. I was mesmerized just wandering back and forth, up and down throughout the 450px-wide image.
Since then, technology has come a long way. We’ve seen 360-degree images in online marketing campaigns and real estate listings, and we’ve been able to travel the world on Google Street View for years. But, the standard process has been to hire a professional with specialized gear and software to shoot, combine, and publish the images for suitable use. That, however, could change with the iris360, an automated imaging system for capturing, compiling, and publishing 8k (in other words, wicked high res), 360-degree images to the web.
As some of your faithful followers may know, I like camera bags. I also like to make them water-resistant.
My family and I do a lot of outdoor activities, from hiking and exploring to paddling and camping, often encountering less-than-ideal weather conditions. For those of us who like to take our cameras into extreme weather, we often worry about how the gear will fare…or we simply opt to leave it at home. On one whitewater trip last year, I drowned an SLR body and lens because it wasn’t properly sealed in the bottom of my kayak.
That is why I am excited about the new storm-proof quick-draw carrier from Miggo – the AGUA.