Posts Tagged ‘science’

The Journey Light Takes from the Sun to Your Camera

Did you know that when you capture a natural light photo, it took those photons about 8.3 minutes to travel from the Sun to your camera? Light feels like it travels quickly for us here on Earth — so quickly that when we take a picture on our planet, it basically captures things the moment they happen. But in the vast distances of space, it can take light quite a bit of time to get from one place to another.

Art director Alphonse Swinehart created the 45-minute video above showing, in real-time, the journey a photon takes when it leaves the surface of the Sun and begins traveling out of our solar system. When Earth is reached at around 8 minutes and 20 seconds, that’s the trip countless photons took before they ended up in our photos.

(via Alphonse Swinehart via Photoxels)

Man Claims the Sony RX100 III Has Dangerous Levels of Radiation, Is Quickly Shot Down

An Ontario-based vegan who goes by the name Vegetable Police recently released the video above and then began warning photographers with it in online photo forums. He claims that modern digital cameras “output high levels of radiation” and that people should be careful not to have the camera in their hands or against their faces for long periods of time.
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This Self-Powered Camera Can Shoot Forever Using Only the Light It Captures


Scientists have created a self-powered camera that can take pictures indefinitely without any external power. Instead, it generates its own power using the light it captures with the sensor.
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Aluminum Batteries May One Day Help You Recharge Your Camera in Minutes

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Tired of waiting hours for your camera battery to recharge? A newly developed aluminum battery could one day replace lithium-ion batteries and allow you to charge from empty to full in a matter of minutes.
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What the Naked Eye Sees in the Night Sky Compared to What the Camera Can Capture


The Internet is teeming with photographs and videos of the starry night sky that dazzle the eyes and tickle the imagination, but have you ever wondered how the imagery compares to what photographer’s naked eye actually saw while the camera was taking a picture?

Photographer inefekt69 recently decided to answer that question by creating the photos above. On the left is what the human eye could see in the dark, outdoor field, and on the right is the photo he shared online.
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Future Camera Bag Essential: Night Vision Eyedrops?


If you’re a photographer who often shoots in very dark environments, would you want night vision eyedrops to help you see better without artificial illumination? It sounds like science fiction, but we’re actually getting closer to having it be possible as an item for camera bags.

A team of “biohackers” have announced that they’ve figured out how to enhance human night vision by dripping a chemical onto eyeballs.
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New Contacts and Glasses Give You 2.8x Zoom with a Wink of the Eye


Tired of having eyeballs with fixed focal lengths? Scientists have developed new telescopic contact lenses and glasses that can give your eyes 2.8x zoom with a simple wink of the eye.
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Tiny ‘Nano Earthquakes’ Could Improve the Low Light Performance of Cameras


The low light performance in your future camera may be improved thanks to new research in “nano earthquakes.” Researchers have found that sound waves can be used to improve the electronic properties of 2D materials, paving the way for things such as camera sensors that can capture better shots in dark environments.
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Cockroaches Have Eyes Capable of Long Exposures for Seeing in the Dark


Did you know that some creatures can actually see the world in long exposures? Scientists recently discovered that cockroaches are the latest insect found to have that feature built into their eyes and brains. It allows the resilient little bugs to see in near-pitch black environments.
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Satellite Camera Being Adapted for Spotting Signs of Cancer in Photos of Skin


A camera used on satellites to monitor vegetation from space may soon help save lives in the battle against cancer. The special camera will be capable of peering into human skin to see things that are invisible to the naked eye for the purpose of detecting diseases early.
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