Posts Published in August 2010

The Ebro River Beautifully Captured with an iPhone

Say what you want about cameraphone photography, but this is one beautiful shot. It’s a view of the Ebro river in Spain, and was captured by Joan Ramon Bada Suñe on his iPhone 3GS. What’s more, the post-processing was done completely in-phone as well.

Update: Here’s a larger version of the photograph.

Image credit: Rio Ebro by iPhoneographer joanrbada and used with permission

Flash Camera T-Shirt Over at TeeFury

The t-shirt of the day over at TeeFury is pretty fun and relevant to photographers today. The shirt will be available until the end of the day for $9. It was created by London-based designer Joao Lauro Fonte.

“Check out my on camera Flash!”.

Olympus Looking into Making Lens Shake a Useful Feature

Olympus recently filed a patent in Japan for a novel lens feature that shakes the front element in order to remove droplets of water.

Filters would obviously render the shaking feature useless on a DSLR system, but for a smaller compact camera designed to be waterproof and rugged, this feature would probably come in handy.

The patent also seems to indicate that the shaking would occur during autofocusing, so the lens would be cleared of water immediately before the camera exposes a shot.

What are your thoughts on this potential future feature?

(via Photo Rumors)

DigitalRev Durability Test Cameras Tested

DigitalRev has posted a followup to the destruction tests video they published last week. After abusing two entry-level DSLR cameras in all sorts of random ways (e.g. dropping down an escalator, using them as stilts and hammers, pouring hot liquids on them, etc…), many of us were left wondering to what degree the cameras were still functional. This video answers those questions.

You might be surprised at what kind of photographs a half-shattered lens can still produce.

Fujifilm Vending Machine in Japan

Check out this Fujifilm vending machine found in Japan by Lee Miller of The Other East. The thing sells 35mm and APS film, as well as disposable camera for snagging memories on the go.

Have you seen any of these things outside of Japan?

Image credit: Photograph by Lee Miller and used with permission

Why Some Women Have Perfect Smiles in Every Group Photo

Pearls Before Swine has an interesting theory regarding why young women seem to always know when they’re being photographed, stick their heads together, and bust into picture perfect smiles.

I guess that makes sense.

(via Gizmodo)

Attempts to Fly by Conan Thai

“Attempts to Fly” is a series of photographs by Conan Thai in which he freezes people as they leap into the air, resulting in photographs that could be mistaken for alien abduction photos. It’s a pretty fun idea that you can try with your friends. Bonus points for shots where you can capture jumpers at impossible heights, as Thai does in some of his photos.

Thai is a recently graduated graphic designer that’s venturing more into photography.
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Gary Fong Creates Simple Tripod Adapter for the iPhone 4

Gary Fong, the dude and company behind the LightSphere, has come up with a simple adapter you can use to attach your iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS to a tripod. Unlike existing tripod adapters that utilize special cases or suction cups, Gary Fong’s adapter allows you to simply slide your phone in — assuming you don’t use any kind of case that changes the dimensions of your phone.

However useful this adapter might be for you, the price might cause you to go with a DIY alternative — the plastic adapter will set you back a cool $20. The adapter will go live in the Gary Fong store on September 3rd.

(via Wired)

Make “Face Movies” with Google’s Picasa

Google added a neat feature called “Face Movies” to its Picasa photo software last week. This feature uses facial recognition technology to help you create a movie slideshow where a person’s face is aligned in each photograph. An example of something you can do with this feature is to create a slideshow of your child growing up (like in the example Face Movie above).

Picasa is free, so head on over to Google and download it if you want to create a Face Movie.

How to Build a Cheap and Simple Variable Neutral Density Filter

What is a variable neutral density filter?

The neutral density bit means it is a filter simply designed to block some of the light getting into a camera. The variable bit means it is variable – you can control the darkness of the filter just by twisting one part of it. A proper variable neutral density filter can cost £100 or more!
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