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TED Talk: Photographing the Whole Earth Every Day With an Army of Tiny Satellites

Back in June, we reported that a company called Planet Labs is working to improve the efficiency of satellite photography by using a large number of tiny satellites instead of a single satellite.

Company co-founder and CEO Will Marshal recently gave a TED Talk (shown above) that sheds some light on what the company is doing.
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Incredibly Detailed Diagram Shows an Exploded View of Nikon’s Iconic F3 Camera

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Bellamy Hunt of Japan Camera Hunter recently shared an awesome camera poster with the world that definitely bears sharing with as many photography lovers as possible.

The poster shows an exploded diagram of every single component that went into making Nikon’s iconic F3P 35mm camera. Said to be a reference diagram that a repair shop would use while working on the old camera, the full diagram is mesmerizingly vast and shows where every screw, dial and knob is placed.

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Google is Developing a Photo Recognition Program That Can Describe Exactly What’s in Your Photos

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Scientists at Google Research and Stanford University have teamed up to develop an artificial intelligence program designed to automatically produce captions based on the content of the image.

That’s right, not just tags, full on captions like “A person riding a motorcycle on a dirt road.” Read more…

New Sony Sensor Will Bring Quick Tracking AF and 4K Video HDR to Smartphone Cameras

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Sony isn’t short on innovation. After exciting the photo industry last week with talk of a APCS (not to be confused with APS-C) sensor that promises to take dynamic range and especially frame rates to absurd heights, they’ve dropped another image sensor announcement.

The Exmor RS IMX230, announced earlier today, is being hailed as the first stacked CMOS image sensor with image plane phase detection, and it promises to bring super-fast tracking AF and better HDR to future smartphone cameras. Read more…

Photographs That Reveal the Intricate Innards of Old Mechanical Calculators

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Photographer Kevin Twomey has a fascination with capturing complex objects in the most simple of compositions, and his series Low Tech is the epitome of this. The series features photos of old, mechanical calculators stripped bare, exposing the exquisitely complicated creations that they were from the inside out.

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The Prynt Case Turns Your Smartphone into an Instant Camera… and Then Some

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Instant photography is making a big comeback lately. As both the success of The Impossible Project and the popularity of Fuji’s most recent Instax models can attest to, people want to hold prints in their hand, and if they can do it as soon as they take the picture, all the better.

Prynt is a product that is planning to ride this popularity wave at its peak by combining instant printing with mobile photography in an extremely convenient fashion: by creating a photo printing case for your phone. Read more…

Samsung’s ‘Project Beyond’ Camera Captures True 3D in 360-Degrees for Amazing Virtual Reality

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Today, at its 2014 Developer Conference, Samsung unveiled Project Beyond: a camera capable of capturing true 3D video in a full 360-degrees. The saucer-shaped design captures a gigapixel of 3D footage every single second! Which sets the stage for Samsung’s endeavors to make virtual reality more realistic than ever.

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New Sony Sensor Tech Could Capture Incredible Dynamic Range and 2K Video at 16,000fps

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Sony’s not messing around, the electronics company really does want to revolutionize digital photography. And while we still haven’t seen the potential of the curved sensor technology Sony’s been teasing us with for months, another Sony sensor patent is stirring up even more interest and excitement.

This one describes something called ‘Active-Pixel Color Sampling’ technology, or APCS (that’s not gonna be confusing at all…), and it’s poised to take frame-rates, dynamic range, and low-light capabilities to heights that could legitimately be called insane. Read more…

This CCTV System Edits Out People and Other Moving Objects On the Fly

While the video above is a bit short and doesn’t explain what exactly is going on, the technology at work in the video is intriguing to say the least — especially for CCTV cameras.

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Lytro Branches Out from Photography, Offers Unprecedented Access to Their Tech for $20K

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The folks at Lytro have always believed that light field technology is the future, and not just for photography and storytelling. They believe that anything with a lens and a sensor can benefit from the technology, and with today’s announcement of the Lytro Platform, they’re opening up their proprietary tech to anybody who wants to partner up with them and expand light field into new markets. Read more…