Posts Published in May 2012

Pentax Rumored to be Working on a 360-Degree Camera

According to Photo Rumors, in addition to working on several rugged advancements to their camera line, Pentax is also planning to add a 360-degree camera to their repertoire. This is a camera that would be capable of creating 360-degree panoramas with the push of a button. The idea isn’t entirely new — Tamaggo demoed their 360-imager at CES — but this would mark the first major photography company to create a similar product.

(via Photo Rumors)


Image credit: 360 Degrees of Manly by nigelhowe

Photo Editing App Snapseed is Apple’s Free App of the Week

Looking for a solid photo editing app for your iPhone or iPad? Snapseed, an acclaimed photo editing app for iOS, has been selected as Apple’s free app of the week. Apple kicked off the program last week, so this is only the second app to be featured. It ordinarily costs $5.

Snapseed [iTunes App Store]

New “De-Animation” Technique Makes Creating Cinemagraphs a Snap

Creating cinemagraphs — still photos in which one or another section is moves repetitively — can be a pretty tricky process, but a new technique developed by Adobe researcher Aseem Agarwala and his UC Berkley colleagues may make it quite a bit easier. Their technique involves “de-animating” a video by “drawing” two sets of “strokes” over the video: one set over the parts you want to move and another over the parts you’d like standing still.

Of course there are tutorials and even Microsoft’s Cliplets app if you’re really interested in making some cinemagraphs right away, but this new technique and the control it offers may just turn into a sought after feature in the next iteration of Photoshop or a future mobile app. Check out the project’s website for all of the detail-y details.

(via Adobe)

NASA Spacesuit Testing Leads To Accidentally Artsy Photos

More than most government agencies, NASA is actually pretty enthusiastic about photography (by comparison, we probably won’t be seeing CIA photography archives come to light any time soon). When NASA had a problem that needed solving they liked to look towards their cameras, and that’s exactly what they did when they needed to test and record the abilities of their space suits. Read more…

Did You Know: Kodak Used Collectible Stuffed Animals to Sell Cameras

We’ve heard of camera manufacturers dipping into unrelated fields before, and we’ve also seen some pretty interesting marketing stunts, but in the early 90′s Kodak had already done both… in a colorful, cuddly sort of way. Back then, as an either desperate or creative ploy to get kids into photography, Kodak came out with the Kolorkins: a set of colorful, collectible stuffed animals. Read more…

Create a Giant Wall Clock Using Picture Frames

Want to enjoy a glimpse of photographic awesomeness every time you glimpse at the time at home? Create a giant wall clock with picture frames to mark each hour! You’ll need a clock kit (or a disassembled clock) and 12 picture frames. You can be more serious by shooting photos of the numbers 1 through 12 for the frames, or go creative by putting in all kinds of random images.

Make an Easy DIY Wall Clock from Photos [Photojojo]

MIOPS: Smartphone Controllable High Speed Camera Trigger

MIOPS is a new smartphone-controlled camera trigger that combines all of the features photographers want in a high-speed camera trigger into one convenient device.

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Participatory Project Asks for Half-Minute Videos of Seriousness

The world is a serious place, and it seems that even comedians like Saturday Night Live’s Fred Armisen think that this is a side worth seeing. So, by way of a fun video project, he’s asking viewers to do one simple thing: Be Serious for 30 Seconds… and record it. Read more…

50 Quick Photography Tips in Less Than 15 Minutes

Kai over at DigitalRev put together this video that offers photography advice in burst mode: 50 (or 49) short and sweet tips in less than 15 minutes. If you take yourself too seriously, be warned: the tips are presented in Kai’s trademark “infotainment” style.
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New Software Suite to Detect Stealthy Image Manipulation

Former Photoshop product manager Kevin Connor and Dartmouth professor (and digital forensic expert) Hany Farid are working together to help put a stop to image manipulation where it doesn’t belong. Putting their two brains together they formed a company called Fourandsix, which is primed to release a full suite of software tools that will help law enforcement officers, photo editors and other interested parties detect secret digital photo manipulation. Read more…

Magical Scenes Created by Light Painting with Stencils

Flickr user TigTab creates beautiful scenes by light painting with hand-cut stencils. For each shot, the camera’s shutter is left open while she moves about the location, firing her flash through the stencils in various locations to add the individual items to the scene. Some photographs take up to four hours to create from start to finish.
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