Articles Written by Eric Calouro

An Interview with Photographer Zhang Jingna

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Chances are you may, at some point or another, have seen New York-based photographer Zhang Jingna‘s work in your daily lives. Her work has appeared in Photo Vogue, Elle, and Harper’s Bazaar print media, and her commercial clients include popular that include: Wacom, TRESemmé, Mercedes-Benz, and even Canon.

Jingna was born in the People’s Republic of China in 1988, and before she found herself shooting cameras professionally, she was shooting air rifles for the Singapore national team. Years later, she’s going strong and making remarkable imagery.
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Stock Photo Service stock.xchng Down for Days, Users Left in the Dark

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There’s a slight mystery of sorts taking place in the stock photo community at this time. Stock photo service stock.xchng, reachable at sxc.hu, has been down for days now without reasonable explanation. The website is run by HAAP Media Ltd., a Getty Images subsidiary based in Hungary, and offers free-to-use images and illustrations to the masses.
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500px Now Powers Bing’s Daily Featured Homepage Picture

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Since Microsoft launched their Bing search engine a little over four years ago in mid-2009, one of its characteristics that set it apart from search giant Google was the featuring of a lovely image that changed on a daily basis.

Featured images ranged from landscapes, animals, people, and more. Today, online photography community 500px has announced that they are collaborating with Bing to power the search engine’s daily photo display.
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Amazon Begins Selling Fine-Art Photos through New Art Marketplace

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In what could be called an interesting move, popular online retailer Amazon has announced that they’re launching the “Amazon Art” marketplace effective immediately, bringing more than 40,000 artistic works from various dealers and art galleries to you with one click.

More than 4,500 artists’ works are in the collection, and featured are scores (almost 6,000 pieces at the time of this writing) of fine-art photographs from the likes of Melvin Sokolsky and even Andy Warhol (priced at a whopping $200,000).
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Nokia Releases Lumia Photo Transfer Tool For Mac Users

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Nokia Lumia users now have a way to easily transfer images and videos to and from their devices with the freshly-released Photo Transfer application — released today. That’s not to say it wasn’t simple to transfer normal photos in the past, however. Users have been able to use an app such as iPhoto previously to move images over to their computers, but Photo Transfer now allows for the transfer of additional formats. Read more…

Just.me App Introduces ‘Selfies’ Feature, Instagram-like Filters

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Mobile messaging service Just.me has released a new update (version 1.2) to their iOS application that brings the wonderful world of selfies and Instagram-like filters to the fingertips of its users.

The move comes as the world of social networking continues to expand at a rate potentially faster than that of the universe itself, and people simply cannot just get enough of uploading pictures of themselves for friends and strangers to see. Read more…

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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LightRight Combines an LED Panel with a Flash Diffuser for Video and Portraits

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Are you sick and tired of switching between a video LED light and flash? Folks, it just may be that LightRight is the product for you.

Designed by ColorRight (a family owned business that specializes in lighting for photographers and videographers), LightRight is the LED panel and flash diffuser combo you’ve potentially waited for you’re entire life. It’s not out yet, but there’s an Indiegogo campaign going on right now to get this thing on sale near you. Read more…

SnappyCam Lets iPhone Users Capture 20FPS at Full Resolution

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Take a look at that stock camera app on your iPhone. Does a fair job, doesn’t it? Then SnappyCam Pro 3.0 lands on it and makes you realize how truly slow the stock app takes photos. For your reference, it’s about 3-to-6 images per second at full resolution (assuming you’re using an iPhone 5).

SnappyCam, on the other hand, is able to take 20 full-resolution images per second on the iPhone 5. You read that right, a whopping 20 frames per second. It’s all thanks to John Papandriopoulos (who has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering) and his frustration with what he thought to be “inadequate” camera applications (we’re looking at you, stock camera app). Read more…

Journalist Quits Job, Becomes Coder, and Develops Simplistic Stock Photo Site

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There’s something to say about the curious nature of journalists. Some spend all of their hours researching a particular subject, others go out into the field to experience first-hand, and some others quit their job and take up coding classes.

Wait — what?

It’s true. Just ask Benji Lanyado. This once full-time Guardian writer and contributor to other publications decided to quite literally quit his day job to pursue building what he thinks is the next big thing in stock photo buying and selling. Read more…

Instagram Blocking Third-Party Windows Apps From Uploading Images

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It would appear as if popular photo sharing service Instagram is potentially blocking the uploading of images through third-party app clients, such as Instance for Windows Phone 8, according to reports surfacing on the web.
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