Posts Tagged ‘novel’

Shoot 360º Film Panoramas with the Lomo Spinner Camera

The Spinner 360º is a new plastic camera by Lomography that lets you capture 360 degree panoramas on strips of 35mm film.

Shooting involves turning the camera on the handle, which exposes the film through a vertical slit while advancing he film at a speed that synchronizes it with what you’re capturing. You can either turn the camera by hand for longer exposure shots, or use the pullstring built into the handle.

Here are some example panoramas taken with the camera:

Eight panoramas can be captured on each roll, with the image covering even the sprocket holes. The camera is available from the Lomography store for €125.00, or about $150.

48 Hour Magazine Launches as Newsweek Slowly Dies

As Newsweek continues to cause its parent company to bleed money, a new magazine is trying to defy the demise of print by being agile and efficient. 48 Hour Magazine is a project that aims to “write, photograph, illustrate, design, edit, and ship a magazine in two days.”

The team of editors behind the mag include Heather Champ (former community director of Flickr) and her husband Derek Powazek. The duo were previous the founding editors of JPG Magazine so, needless to say, they know a thing or two about the business.

“Issue Zero” had the theme “hustle”, and went from an idea at noon on May 7th to a complete magazine at noon on May 9th. The team received 1,502 submissions from all around the world, including from artists and writers at well known publications such as Rolling Stone and Wired.

The 60-page magazine is now available through HP’s MagCloud (which Derek Powazek helped start) for the price of $10. The page also features a preview of the entire magazine at low resolution.

Concept Camera with Built-In Balloon

Forget complicated kite photography kits that actually require skill. UK-based industrial designer Matthew Clark has a fun solution for taking photographs from high up: the Aeriel Capture camera.

This concept camera has a 3 foot balloon built into the back of the camera itself, and has a 20 meter chord that doubles as the shutter release. Photographs are taken by simply flipping a switch in the hand reel.

The idea is great in that it would allow anyone to easily take some aerial shots of an event without wind or fancy aerial vehicles. The downside to the idea is that you need to have helium on hand to get it floating.

If this was on the market for a low enough price (i.e. $20), do you think it’d be a useful camera to have around?

Aerial Capture (via Wired)


P.S. For those of you technically inclined, here’s a tutorial for how to actually build a balloon cam.

CIA Takes Interest in Lens Startup

LensVector, a Silicon Valley startup working on novel lens technology, has received its latest round of funding from In-Q-Tel, a not-for-profit venture firm that invests for the sole purpose of boosting US intelligence capability by providing the CIA with state-of-the-art information technology.

So what’s LensVector developing that CIA would want? Lenses that focus electronically with no moving parts.

Here’s a diagram by LensVector showing how their tiny autofocus lenses work compared to traditional technology:

Rather than using mechanical parts to focus a lens, LensVector uses electricity to align liquid crystals to a desired shape, which focuses light to a particular point.

Given the CIA’s interest in this technology, it must be working pretty well. Hopefully we’ll see this introduced to consumer cameras that need it (i.e. cell phones) soon.

A fun fact: another startup that received In-Q-Tel funding was Keyhole, Inc., the geospatial data visualization company that was acquired by Google in 2004. Their flagship product, Earth Viewer, was turned into Google Earth.

(via CNET)

Canon Coffee Cup Pinhole Camera Lens

You might have seen the coffee mug that looks like a Canon L Lens, but have you seen this camera lens that looks like a coffee mug?

This strange 150mm coffee cup pinhole lens was created by paradefotos, and actually works (though the photos are pretty blurry).

Unlike the L lens coffee mug, this coffee mug lens isn’t nearly as desirable, and probably won’t become the next “must have” camera item. Funny idea though.


Image credit: Coffee cup pinhole lens by paradefotos and used with permission

Birthday Cake Shaped Like a Nikon DSLR

We’ve featured a couple posts on cakes shaped like Canon cameras recently, while Nikon has been underrepresented on this front. Well, we just received an email from Aimee over at True Beauty Photography with photographs of a Nikon DSLR birthday cake she surprised her husband Dustin with two years ago:

It was his 29th birthday and I planned a surprise dinner for him at Gordon Biersch in San Jose, CA. I invited his old friends from Sacramento and close friends from work. Tricked him into going to a guys night out with his best bud, and then surprised him at the bar with all his other friends! I gave the cake to the waiters to put in the fridge, and they were all gushing about how cool the cake was as they have never seen something like it before. They brought out the cake after dinner, and Dustin just couldn’t stop laughing and gushing (you can see it in the pictures :D).

The cake was created by Debbie Does Cakes based in Oakland, California.

If you have other photos of cakes shaped like cameras, lenses, or anything related to photography, feel free to email them in to us!

Uber-Compact Chobi Mini Digital Camera

The Chobi Mini Digital Camera is an uber-compact digital camera that captures both still images and video. It captures AVI video at 1280 x 960 resolution, and JPEG photographs at 2048 x 1536, or 3 megapixels.

Here are a couple more photographs to give you a better idea of just how small this thing is:

Obviously, this thing doesn’t have any real glass, so great imaging quality isn’t a feature. However, it could make a novel (and expensive) gift, a carry-around toy camera, or a fun conversation piece.

Sadly, the price will likely be a deterrent — it costs ¥13,850, or about $149.

Canon 5D Mark II Groom’s Cake

We recently featured a Canon 5D Mark II shaped cake, but didn’t have any photographs of the back.

It just so happens that Daniel, the man for whom the cake was made, recognized it on PetaPixel and emailed us with more photographs and some background:

That cake was my groom’s cake, which was presented as a surprise by my awesome wife during our wedding reception. Knowing how much I love photography and my 5Dmk2, my wife commissioned BethAnn (owner of Studio Cake) to create this amazing piece. Since you were wondering what the back looked like, I thought I’d send you a pic…the picture on the screen is a shot from our engagement shoot (by Ray of Apertura Photography).

It’s amazing how much the cake resembles the actual camera. We love the engagement photograph displayed on the “LCD”. Sadly, Daniel informs us that the photo itself wasn’t edible.

This cake sets quite a bar for photography-related cakes. If you have any photos of similar cakes, feel free to email them to us!

Plastic Half-Size Format 35mm Cameras

The Golden Half is a plastic half-size format 35mm camera by Brooklyn 5 and 10, an online shop specializing in “whimsical gifts”. The fact that it’s half-size (aka half-frame) means each exposure only uses half of the film’s intended frame. A 36-exposure roll of film will therefore allow you to shoot 72 different exposures. Here’s what the resulting frames look like when you get them developed:

You can either cut the frames up into individual photos, or leave them as a diptych if you feel so inclined.

Golden Half cameras are available in three flavors (Zebra, Telegraphy, and plain) and cost $50.


Image credit: Saint-Sky by madmolecule

A Digital Camera for Your Keychain

Japanese company Green House recently released the Mini Digi, an “ultra-compact” digital camera that fits on your keychain. This eye-catching gadget is only 2.5 inches wide, and captures up to 160 photographs at .3 megapixels. If you get tired of carrying it around with your keys, you can also attach it to your computer and use it as a webcam. Oh, and did we mention it shoots AVI format videos as well? The Mini Digi is available through the online store for $20.

(via Trend Hunter)