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This Free App Uses Your Smartphone’s Camera to Do Your Math Homework for You

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Your smartphone’s camera might fall short of the typical DSLR in just about every respect, but there is one thing it now do that not even your ultra-portable mirrorless camera can handle: your math homework.

No, we’re not talking about shutting down the camera and opening your calculator app, what we’re talking about is PhotoMath, a new app from MicroBLINK that uses your smartphone camera to solve equations for you. Read more…

Video of the Aurora Borealis in Real Time Shot on the Sony A7s at ISO 25600 with No Noise Reduction

Most Aurora Borealis videos are time-lapses, because cranking the ISO high enough for bright real-time video would normally result in a noisy mess. That, however, was before cameras like the Sony A7s came along. Read more…

This is What Happens When a Football Player Lands on a $10,499 Canon Lens

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One of the stranger stories that occurred in the world of photography this past weekend was when Oklahoma football player Sterling Shepard crash landed on a Canon telephoto lens, snapping it into two pieces.

Now that the dust is settled, the photographer has come forward with his account of the incident and an apology to the player.
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Couple Imagines Everything that Could Go Wrong while Babysitting in Fun Photoshop Series

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When Swiss designer couple Erica and Hannes were asked by their friends to babysit 6-month-old Alex for a full day and night, they were given an ‘extensive briefing’ about how they should handle things should anything go wrong.

Little did Alex’s parents know just how dangerous this 24 hours would turn out to be! Fortunately, Erica and Hannes sent them hourly updates to show them. Read more…

Watch Limited Edition Fine Art Prints Sawed to Pieces After an Exhibition

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If you love fine art photography, or are a big fan of Alexia Sinclair‘s work, this is definitely not a video for you. After exhibition her wonderful “A Frozen Tale” series, the Skoklosters slott museum did what every museum has to do after exhibition limited edition prints: they hacked them to pieces.

The difference here is that Skoklosters slott attached a camera onto the saw so you could see the horror for yourself. Read more…

This Adams Retouching Machine Helped Old School ‘Photoshoppers’ Touch Up Negatives by Hand

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Last week we shared an example of beauty retouching that was done by hand in the early 1900s. If you’re wondering how this type of retouching was done, check out the contraption above.

It’s called the Adams Retouching Machine, and was created to aid negative retouchers in doing manual edits more quickly and cleanly.
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Video: Football Player Falls On and Snaps Canon Telephoto Lens in Half on the Sideline

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While diving for a catch at the back of end zone during today’s game against Kansas State, Oklahoma wide receiver Sterling Shepard landed on something not-so-soft, but oh-so-very-expensive on the sideline: what looks to be a Canon 1DX attached to either a 400mm f/2.8L or a 500mm f/4L.

Shepard, we’re happy to report, is okay. The lens… she’s gone. Read more…

Astronaut Reid Wiseman Uses a Floating Sphere of Water as ‘The Ultimate Fisheye Lens’ on the ISS

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If we asked you to name the ultimate fisheye lens, the comments would probably fill up with many gear suggestions. Some, like this rare Nikon 6mm lens that pops up for sale occasionally, would probably be named more than once, but there’s one suggestion you probably wouldn’t make: a floating sphere of water.

That, however, is ISS astronaut Reid Wiseman‘s entry for the Ultimate Fisheye Lens. Read more…

Buy a One-of-a-Kind Transparent Rolleiflex Prototype Camera for $6,000 Over on eBay

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Camera collectors, unfold your wallets… it’s time for another installment of “cool rare things currently on eBay.” Except in this case ‘rare’ can be replaced with ‘unique,’ as in these cameras are supposedly one-of-a-kind.

What you see above is a prototype, one-or-a-kind transparent Rollei Rolleiflex 6008 AF. Even the serial number is ‘PROTOTYP.’ And the same store is also selling a 6001, 6003, 6008 Integral, and 6008 Integral 2. Read more…

Beautiful Black and White Isle of Skye Time-Lapse Breaks with the Genre’s Saturated Status Quo

We’ve seen and shared some pretty great time-lapses. From last week’s unique ‘layer lapse,’ to the ‘flow-motion’ hyperlapse of Pyongyang in August, standing out in the genre has become a matter of doing something new and unique… something that will earn you headline words like ‘breathtaking’ and ‘jaw-dropping.’

But the team at Fourth Dimension Video took a very different approach with their latest landscape time-lapse. Shot this last June at Scotland’s Isle of Skye, it’s done entirely in black and white. Read more…