Posts Tagged ‘hack’

You Can Install the Improved Android 4.3 Camera App on Most Android Phones

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Here’s some good news for the smartphone photographers out there who are sick of all the iPhone-only news that seems to flow down the pipeline daily. It turns out that anybody with an Android 4.0 and later phone can install a copy of the superior Android 4.3 camera app without even having to root their phone. Read more…

Clever Customization Turns Thumbnail Galleries Into Beautiful Image Montages

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Web developer and photographer Nicholas Sherlock came up with a pretty cool customization recently. Inspired by Flickr’s image montage layout that does proper justice to landscape and portrait photos alike, he took a stab at writing some code that does the exact same thing to any thumbnail gallery. Read more…

Beware of Fruit: Instagram Experiences a Massive Fruit Diet Spam Attack

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It was only a matter of time until spammers got ahold of Instagram, and yesterday it finally happened. Even though the Facebook-owned company hasn’t yet made any moves into advertising, you may have noticed an awful lot of pictures of fruit on your feed this weekend.

That’s because some spammers managed to hack many an Instagram account Saturday, posting random photos of fruit and singing the praises of a “miracle fruit diet.” Read more…

Using Focus Stacked Photos to Create 3D Reconstructions

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Creating a 3D scan of an object can be done several different ways. We’ve seen everything from long distance laser cameras and hacked Kinects used to great effect. Computer engineer Giancarlo Todone’s take on creating a 3D reconstruction takes another approach: using focus stacking. Read more…

Canon RAW Footage Using Magic Lantern Hack Trumps H.264 at High ISOs

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For some filmmakers, the arrival of the Magic Lantern RAW video recording ability has become a godsend. With increased sharpness and a remarkable improvement in dynamic range, it’s quickly become a much talked about topic.

But how does the RAW footage fare when it comes to bumping up ISO in those low-light situations?
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How to Use Flickr’s 1TB of Free Space to Store More Than Pictures

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With the availability of a whopping 1TB of storage space now available to users on Flickr, it wasn’t long before someone out there found other ways to put 1TB of storage space to good use. That is to say, the uploading of files other than images.

That’s just what Redditor rlaw68 has done, allowing the user to upload packaged files by essentially tricking the Flickr servers into thinking you’re merely uploading an image. The process involves putting two files in one folder, a GIF image (though some users have been able to do this with other image file extensions) and an archive file (such as a .zip or .rar), followed by combining them to create what only appears to be an image file. 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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How to Create a Matrix-style “Bullet Time” Effect Using a Cheap Ceiling Fan

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Want to shoot insanely cool Matrix-style “bullet time” footage at home? You can do so with a single rig built out of relatively cheap components.

NASA spaceship engineer Mark Rober came up with a brilliant way to shoot eye-popping imagery using just a GoPro camera and a cheap ceiling fan.
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Voice Shutter Now Available for Android Phones Running CyanogenMod

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CyanogenMod is sort of like Magic Lantern for Android phones. It’s an open source, replacement firmware option for people who want to get more out of certain Android devices. And the most recent update targets the photographic community — in a hands-free sort of way. Read more…

Rechip Old Sigma Lens So That It Plays Nicely with Your New Canon DSLR

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Older Sigma lenses that were designed for Canon EOS film cameras often don’t work correctly when mounted onto a new EOS digital SLR, even though the newer bodies still use Canon’s EF mount. If you’re an owner of such a lens, you might have heard that you can send it in to Sigma’s service center for them to rechip it in order to make it compatible again.

Did you know that those of you who are handy with electronics can actually do the rechipping yourself at home? Photographer Martin Melchior recently did this with his Sigma 70-210 f/2.8 APO lens, and says that anyone with basic soldering skills can do the same.
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Nikon Hack Removes the Recording Time Limit on the D3100, D5100 and D7000

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Nikon’s D5100, D3100 and D7000 all come with their own video time limits that keep them well below the 30 minute mark necessary to keep from being classified as “video cameras.” That’s because, as we’ve mentioned in the past, video cameras are charged a 5.6 percent duty that the manufacturers would like to avoid.

The D5100, for example, will stop you from recording once you’ve hit 20 minutes or 4GB, whichever comes first. In all honesty, most videographers won’t see a need to record videos any longer than this, but if you do, the Nikon Hackers have released a hack that removes this time limit from the D5100, D3100 and D7000. Read more…