Posts Published in February 2013

Photographer Sues Fan Site for $600,000 Over Four Member-Uploaded Photos

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Les Irvin, the man behind the biggest Joni Mitchell fan site on the internet, is being sued by celebrity photographer Charlyn Zlotnik over four photos that were uploaded anonymously in the comments section of his website. Read more…

Calvin and Hobbes Photoshopped Into Photographs of Real Locations

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If you’re a fan of photography and of Bill Watterson’s popular comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, you’ll probably love what Oregon-based freelance photographer Michael S. Den Beste has been working on recently. He’s using his Photoshoppin’ skills to blend Calvin and Hobbes characters into photographs of real world locations that match the settings seen in the comics. The results are magical, beautiful, and oh-so-very-fun.
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Sony’s Xperia Z Outperforms Spec Sheet, Snaps Photos at a Blazing 14fps

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Sony’s latest addition to their Xperia line of smartphones isn’t known for its camera as is, for example, the new HTC One. But even though it doesn’t feature “Ultrapixels” or 41 or the regular type like the PureView, it can capture 999 photos in just 68 seconds. Read more…

Sample Photos: Check Out the 2/3-Inch X-Trans Sensor Quality in the X20

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Fujifilm has released seven official sample photographs shot using the new X20, a slick little retro-styled compact camera with a 12MP 2/3-inch X-Trans CMOS sensor. The X-Trans sensors in Fujifilm’s APS-C X-Series cameras (e.g. X-Pro1 and X-E1) are very highly regarded for their image quality and low light performance, so it’s interesting to see how the same tech performs on a much smaller sensor size (APS-C sensors are about 6.5 times larger than the X20′s 2/3 sensor).
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Travel Writer Booted Off a United Airlines Flight for Taking a Picture of His Seat

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Matthew Klint is an avid travel writer and loyal United Airlines flyer who spends almost as much time in the air as he does on the ground. Last year alone he traveled more than 200,000 miles, and his contributions can be found in the Washington Times, USA Today, BBC, Toronto Star, and his Live and Let’s Fly blog.

But last week, Klint recorded an airline first for him on what was supposed to be a flight from Newark to Istanbul: he was kicked off of the flight for taking a photo of the seat in front of him, and then explaining why it was he had taken the picture. Read more…

Doughnut Camera Brings Instagram-Like Photos to the World of Pastries

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If you often find yourself dreaming of photography while eating pastries, or (more likely) visa versa, then this is the camera for you. In all seriousness though, here’s a fun little novelty product that made its way across our desk, which combines a 3MP camera and a fattening favorite, the doughnut. Read more…

A Complete Professional Photography Kit for $15.35… Back in the Year 1900

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Want to buy all the camera equipment you need to start a photography business for just $15.35? All you’ll need is… a time machine! Reddit user sneeden found this Sears Roebuck and Co. consumer guide for the fall of 1900. Two of the pages inside the catalog are for view camera kits that can help anyone “start in a pleasant and good paying business.”
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Imaging Chip from MIT Takes Smartphone Photos to the Next Level in Milliseconds

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The majority of in-camera editing and enhancing, especially on the mobile front, is done via software. Software that, according to MIT’s Rahul Rithe, “consume[s] substantial power, take[s] a considerable amount of time to run, and require[s] a fair amount of knowledge on the part of the user.”

In order to bypass this problem, Rithe and his team of researchers at MIT have developed a new imaging chip that can act as a photographic “jack of all trades” when it comes to taking your smartphone photos to the next level. Read more…

Nikon Announces the D7100, A Midrange DSLR for “Advanced Enthusiasts”

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Nikon has announced its latest DSLR, the D7100. As the successor to the D7000, the D7100 is an midrange DSLR geared toward serious photography enthusiasts, and is the new flagship camera of Nikon’s DX-format DSLR lineup.
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320-Gigapixel London Panorama Breaks Record for Largest Panoramic Photo

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The BT Tower panorama, created by stitching together 48,640 images taken with 7 Canon EOS 7Ds, has officially broken the record for the world’s largest panoramic photo. It was taken from atop the BT Tower in London, and you can see a tiny version of it at the top, but the real thing offers a massive, browsable 360-degree view of London in extreme detail. Read more…