Posts Tagged ‘aperture’

Breaking: Apple Officially Kills Off Aperture

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The day has come. We all felt it in our bones, but today it has been confirmed by the guys in Cupertino: Apple has stopped development of Aperture, its professional-level photo organization and editing software. Read more…

New Chemical Iris Technology May Change the Way Smartphone Apertures Work

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As smartphones have gotten smaller and smaller, the need for the cameras inside of them to shrink has become more pressing. One area where there’s a lot of room for improvement is in the traditional mechanical aperture.

As we begin to hit the physical limit of the overlapping blades, researchers at the University of Kaiserslautern have designed an exciting new ‘micro iris’ that uses small chemical rings rather than a physical blades, dramatically shrinking the size of the aperture components in the camera. Read more…

6 Things You Don’t Know About Apertures, But Probably Should

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One of the first things that we learn when we start taking photographs seriously is that ‘aperture’, the size of the hole in the lens through which light passes, controls depth of field.

A large aperture creates shallow depth of field while a narrow one creates wide depth of field. But there’s a little more to aperture than that, let’s take a closer look at this most fundamental photographic control. Read more…

Apple Patents Fascinating ‘Artificial Muscle’ Tech for Controlling a Camera Lens

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According to a newly-published patent from Apple, the tech giant is looking to flex its muscles in the world of smartphone camera technology… quite literally. Read more…

Back to Basics: Short Walkthrough Covers the Exposure Triangle for Beginners

When you’re first learning the basics of photography, one of the first things you find out about after dropping out of ‘auto’ is the exposure triangle.

Consisting of shutter speed, aperture and ISO, the exposure triangle is a system that takes into account each of those variables, making exposure adjustments a breeze when you need to change one of the variables for a particular situation (say, freezing motion or achieving a shallow depth of field). Read more…

Tony Northrup Makes Corrections, Replies to Critics in Part 3 of Camera Spec Debate

In this third — and final? — installment of his “camera companies are lying to you about crop factor” series that has caused such a stir, Tony Northrup hopes to silence the critics, make some corrections, and overall bring this debate to a close. Read more…

Tutorial: Short, Sweet Workflow for Editing Street Photography in Lightroom 5

When it comes to street photography, much of the aesthetic appeal is the limited editing that usually takes place (or doesn’t take place, I guess), leaving the story and subject the focus of the image instead of creative editing. But that’s not to say that editing should be left out of the equation or completely disregarded.

If you’re wondering where that line should sit, this tutorial by Swiss street photographer Thomas Leuthard shows you what he does when he imports his street photos into Lightroom 5. Read more…

This is What Photos Captured with a 50mm f/0.75 Lens Look Like

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You might think you have a fast lens if it tops f/1.2 or f/1.0, but that’s nothing compared to the De Oude Delft 50mm f/0.75. It’s one of the fastest lenses in the world, and — compared to other super speedy lenses — isn’t that expensive.
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Samyang Says No AF Lenses on the Way, But Not Because They Don’t Want To

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Dicahub recently sat down with a Samyang Optics rep at the P&I Show 2014 to talk about future plans and help clear up some of the rumors that have been floating around about what the company has in store. Read more…

A Concise Explanation of How Crop Factor Affects Both Focal Length AND Aperture

Editor’s Note: Due to some issues with the camera, this video is very shaky at times. It didn’t bother us much, but if you’re easily distracted this video might annoy more than it educates you. You’ve been warned.


If you’re just getting into the world of cameras and lenses, the term “crop factor” and phrases like “this is a 35mm equivalent lens” might still confuse you. Well, that shouldn’t be the case much longer.

The video above offers a clear, concise and simple explanation of crop factor that will hopefully clear all of this up and equip you with some important knowledge that will come in handy the next time you’re shopping for a lens or crop sensor body. Read more…