Posts Published in June 2012

Fujifilm Reveals X-Pro1 Lens Roadmap, to Introduce Zoom Lenses This Fall

If you’re the owner of a Fujifilm X-Pro1 and you’ve been yearning for a little bit of zoom capability out of your lenses, then it looks like relief isn’t far off. A couple of days ago Fujifilm announced the lens roadmap for the X-Pro1 (seen above), which shows that we’ll be seeing a few zoom lenses added to the family, one of which will be here as early as this Fall. Read more…

Foap App: Selling Your iPhoneography Sans Filters and Frames

Who says you can’t make money selling photos taken on your iPhone? Certainly not the creators of a new app dubbed Foap, which allows you to do just that. The app is pretty easy to use: just download it for free off the iTunes store, upload your best pics, tag them so they’re easier to find, and submit. After that every photo will have to be manually approved before it’s put up on the Foap Marketplace for $10 a pop, $5 of which goes to the photographer. Read more…

“No Photos This Good Have Ever Come from a Camera This Small”

Remember the mysterious camera NYTimes columnist David Pogue was gushing over earlier this month? Turns out it’s the Sony RX100. In his review of the camera published yesterday, Pogue calls it “best pocket camera ever made” and writes,

It will be sold out everywhere. I’ll skip to the punch line: No photos this good have ever come from a camera this small.

[...] the RX100 has single-handedly smashed the rule that said, “You need a big camera for pro-quality photos.”

And if you care at all about your photography, you’ll thank Sony for giving the camera industry a good hard shove into the future.

Tiny Camera to Rival the Pros [New York Times]

Achievement Unlocked: LevelUp Turns Learning Photoshop into a Game

Video game developers have learned over the years that socially-shared achievements are a great way to encourage beginners to learn new tasks. Taking a page from their book, Adobe has a neat new game called LevelUp that encourages Photoshop learning using the same tricks. Available for CS5 and above, the extension encourages exploration and assigns missions to introduce features and tools that player might never have seen before. Tasks include removing redeye, whitening teeth, and replacing the colors in a photo.
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Photo Stealers: A Website Dedicated To Exposing Photography Theft

It’s a shame that the digital age brought with it such widespread copyright infringement and, sometimes, downright theft, but it’s a reality we have to live with. Fortunately, there’s a new website up on Tumblr that is looking to help expose the people who are taking credit for other’s work, and in the process help to cut down on some of the blatant infringement many photographers deal with week in and week out. Read more…

Sergey Brin’s Live Demo of Google Glass

Here’s the live demo of Google’s Project Glass that was given by co-founder Sergey Brin yesterday at the company’s I/O conference in San Francisco. As we reported, they had five skydivers wearing the camera glasses beam footage of their jump live into the conference center through a Google+ hangout. If you think cameras are connected to the Internet now, just wait till Google Glass goggles are released sometime next year.

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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Canon 7D to Get Major Upgrade with Upcoming v2 Firmware

Earlier this month we reported on rumors of a significant Canon EOS 7D firmware update that was possibly in the works, and today that update became official. Not surprisingly, the rumors seem to have been spot on, as firmware v2 for the 7D brings many of the highly-anticipated and frequently-requested features that users of Canon’s flagship APS-C SLR have been pining for. Read more…

Google Glass Demoed at I/O, Preorders Pegged at $1,500

Google demoed its much-hyped Project Glass at its I/O conference today, showing how the sleek camera-equipped “goggles” could one day allow point-of-view photos and videos to be beamed directly to others through the Internet. Four skydivers wearing the glasses beamed footage of their jump live through Google+ to the attendees in the SF conference center (see above video). They then “passed the baton” onto a group of bikers who did some tricks on the roof and then biked into the center, showing that the footage was in fact live.
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5 Killer Canon Lenses for Recording Video with Your DSLR

Thinking about recording video with your Canon DSLR? stillmotion put together this short video with 5 lens recommendations based on their video production experiences over the years. One recommendation is the 24-105mm f/4 IS “kit” lens that comes bundled with higher-end Canon DSLRs. This lens allows you to have image stabilization at the wide end (24mm), perfect for tight spots in which you can’t bring bulkier stabilization systems.

(via Fstoppers)

TV “Psychics” Found to Actually Be Stock Photo Models

After seeing hashtags for a TV show featuring a “Psychic Wayne” all over Twitter, Irish student Alan Rice decided to see what all the fuss was about. Of course, within a few minutes he had already decided that the show was, in his words, tripe. But after watching a little while longer he noticed something else: the pictures of the other off-air “psychics” that people could call looked a lot like stock photos. Read more…