Aug 212014
 

Professional photographers and casual photo snappers will both likely find a new free book of interest in this collection of photography eBooks.

Compiled by Light Stalking, the digital books cover topics such as studio lighting, copyright, Adobe Lightroom versus Photoshop, and how to shoot in manual mode. Textbook of Digital Photography, pictured above, alone is a gem, with over 100 sample pages of instruction.

Most of the books are PDFs, and some require you to provide your email, but combined with Light Stalking’s previous collection of eBooks, it’s a lot of great information you can download and read at your leisure.

To view full article please click the link below:

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Aug 102014
 

Bublcam the Toronto-based hardware startup that has created the first spherical, 360-degree consumer camera, is ready to ship its product next month.

The startup was formerly part of the Canadian Film Centre’s (CFC) ideaBOOST accelerator program, and recently launched pre-orders for the product. It’ll start shipping in early September, continuing into October.

Bubl’s current collaboration with Google allows anyone with a Bublcam to upload spherical photos directly to Google Maps, StreetView and Google+. Other features include real-time image stitching, self-calibration and image stabilization, a four-camera, tetrahedral design for zero blind spots and live video streaming.

To view full article please click the link below:
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Aug 092014
 
Winners – Winners Gallery – Traveler Photo Contest 2014 – National Geographic.

Photo and caption by Mahesh Balasubramanian used with permission

Taken during the Mayana Soora Thiruvizha festival, which takes place every March in the small village of Kaveripattinam the day after Maha Shivarathiri (the great night of Shiva). The festival is devoted to Angalamman, a fierce guardian deity worshipped widely in Southern India.

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Aug 082014
 

“It seems pretty clear that smartphones have become the point-and-shoots of our time.  The latest smartphone cams on the market have resolutions up to 41 megapixels, well more than the 10Mp of my old Canon PowerShot S90.  Even the average top-end smartphone sports a lens that delivers at least 16Mp.”

“So, other than driving the point-and-shoot guys out of business, what have they achieved, these super-cam smartphones?  Well, a lot, and they’re going to do more.”

“Now, 16Mp will support any format of the new 4K displays, which have roughly 4,000 pixels along the horizontal edge.  In fact, depending on the standard, they can vary from 3,840 to 5,120, and have anywhere from ~7Mp up to ~16.3Mp total, but the standard for ultra high definition television (UHDTV) uses just a bit more than 8Mp.”

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Aug 062014
 

Our good friends at Ohanaware have released this great new app for the Mac:

More info at the Mac App Store

Don’t leave the safety of your important files to chance. What if your Mac gets damaged, or stolen? Hard drives fail, even backup drives can fail, especially when needed most. Replacing a computer is one thing, but replacing your photos*, projects, web layouts, thesis, book drafts, artwork, graphic designs, app ideas and many other kinds of irreplaceable files & data, can be impossible. Unless you have adequate protection. Everyone who owns a computer needs to think about multiple backup solutions. Before it’s too late, and your digital belongings are lost forever. Backup To Go is a must have utility, it adds the much needed extra level of protection. Making it ridiculously easy to take and keep your files safely with you, all the time.

Simply plug in a USB Stick, Thumbdrive, SD card or an external Hard Drive, and configure it with Backup To Go. Then Every time the disk is plugged into the Mac, Backup To Go will automatically copy the latest files and changes to the portable backup disk. Many USB Sticks or Thumbdrives have keychain loops, SD cards are small enough to fit in a wallet, while external Hard Drives can fit in a purse or stay in the car. The important point is, there is an extra layer of protection in case the worst does happen. Download Backup To Go today, and give your digital belongings the much needed protection they deserve.

Key Features of Backup To Go: • Automatically backs up the latest changes and files, when the backup disk is plugged in. • Automatically ejects the disk on completion, so it can safely be removed and taken with you*. • Can automatically launch at the same time as your computer starts. • Simple & straight forward Interface. • Menubar icon for convenient access. • Saves battery life, by using zero energy while idle. • Retina ready. •Supports multiple simultaneous backups, allowing different files to be copied to different disks, or the same files to different disks. • Uses the fastest copy methods we could find.

Aug 042014
 

“One aspect of computer technology that has remained relatively constant is the resolutions of the monitors and display panels we use. Think about it: while the display and the graphics processing hardware that drive them continuously get faster and more powerful, the underlying resolutions of the devices themselves haven’t gotten notably higher in quite some time.”

However, researchers at Oxford University and the University of Exeter in England recently came up with nanopixels, a new display technology that could increase screen resolution as much as 150 times higher than current tech.

And you thought 4K displays were crazy.

What are nanopixels?

“Nanopixels are capable of much higher resolutions primarily because the pixels themselves are only 300×300 nanometers in size. That’s 150 times smaller than the pixels deployed in traditional displays. To put that in perspective, we’re talking about pixels that are small enough to draw images that are the width of a human hair.”

“Furthermore, nanopixels deploy something called phase-change technology. Described simplistically, this means that the pixels themselves can switch between on and off modes with each refresh. Therefore, much like the E-Ink displays used in e-Readers, nanopixels require refreshes only when their states change. This means that they conserve a significant amount of power compared to conventional LCD screens.”

To read full article please click the link below:
digitaltrends

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Aug 032014
 

“Lytro’s mission is to convince the world to re-think our relationship with photos. With the Illum, it’s built a professional-grade camera designed to teach us how light-field photography works, and what it means when we don’t have to focus our photos when we shoot them. What it means when we can change perspective, even view our photos in 3D after the fact. It’s a big, heavy, expensive camera, with big plans. We took it out to the streets, the concert halls, and the countryside of New York to find out what the future of photography looks like.”

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Aug 022014
 

Wow… We just posted about my favorite film emulation software DXO FilmPack yesterday and here is another option for creating great black and white conversions! Tonality has some nice features. It is not free however it’s not expensive either. The standard version now 1/2 off, $17.99 at the Apple APP Store and the “Pro” version is $69.99 through Macphun Software

Jul 302014
 

This new phone was released in China but not here in the USA. I think the camera with it’s video HDR capability is interesting in that it also features 4K resolution. It sounds like the Sony sensor that has been mentioned for the iPhone 6. We will have to wait a while to find out…

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“Xiaomi finally unwrapped its much talked about beauty, the Mi 4, at a huge event earlier today. While the device is still not official for the United States and Europe, there are hopes that the Chinese favorite will get to the bigger markets too with its amazing features and a fighting specifications list. The smartphone is at par in terms of features with the other primary flagships that we usually talk about, however, what is the cherry of this features’ list is the Xiaomi Mi 4 camera! At 13 megapixel, the rear shooter uses a new Sony sensor that not only makes low-light photography a real charm, but also tackles with earlier issues of recording and HDR photography.

Xiaomi Mi 4 has launched today with a 13 megapixel primary shooter with a wide f/1.8 aperture. Xiaomi Mi 4 camera features a new Sony sensor IMX214 which is a BSI stacked CMOS sensor with a 1/3.06″. The new Sony sensor is a much improved sensor than the last generation IMX135 that was used in many flagships including the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the LG G3.
The major, and perhaps the most pleasing news for many consumers, is the improvement that the sensor offers for low-light photography. Because the Sony IMX214 is more sensitive and has less color crosstalk, it significantly improves low-light photography and produces better color-balanced images. The smartphone has improved the low-light photography department by taking a flash-less image along with another with flash, combining both to get both lit-up and much more natural looking images. The shooter also has a post-capture image refocus mode which seems quite handy along with a very easy exposure adjustment interface when you open the camera.”

Read full article: WCCFtech.com

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Jul 252014
 

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Nikon’s replacement for both the D800 and D800E, the D810, falls into that latter category: an incrementally improved DSLR that probably won’t receive too much flack for it.

Of course, by ‘incrementally improved,’ we don’t mean to say there aren’t features worth upgrading for, and D800 owners in particular will be tempted. Nikon is quick to point out that the D810 and its all-new 36.3-megapixel FX CMOS sensor without Optical Low Pass Filter (OLPF) offers the ‘best image quality in Nikon history.’

Beyond the new sensor and the COMPLETE lack of an OLPF (the D800E had one, but the anti-aliasing properties had been ‘canceled’), Nikon also packed the D4s’ powerful EXPEED 4 processor inside the updated camera, making sure that moire is suppressed as much as possible to make up for the missing filter, and pushing the hardware to greater heights.

ISO now runs from an impressively low 64 all the way up to 12,800 (expandable to 32-51,200) with the same noise reduction performance Nikon was boasting about for the D4s. The camera is also said to run 30% faster thanks to the new processor, while simultaneously saving battery.

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Buy it now

Jul 102014
 

“This month we’re promoting our image masking software Topaz ReMask, which will be 50% off from July 15 – 31 with coupon code “julyremask”. We’re also releasing a substantial free update to ReMask for existing customers this Saturday.

There’s lots of masking tools out there, but we’ve focused on making ReMask the fastest + easiest to use. We like to say that it’s the only masking software that doesn’t require an instructions manual: http://www.topazlabs.com/remask

We’re dropping the ReMask price from $70 to $34.99 until the end of the month. Many customers tell us that ReMask is their favorite Topaz product, and we’re confident that this promotion will do well.”

-Eric Yang, Operations, Topaz Labs

Please click on the photo below to download the free trial version or to purchase Topaz Remask!

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