Eric Calouro

Articles by Eric Calouro

Photo Booth Prank Results in Portraits of Sheer Terror

They say you shouldn't laugh at one's misfortune, but a prank pulled off by BlackBoxTV shows just how silly we look when we're terrified -- and it's pretty funny. That's because these mean geniuses pulled off a prank that absolutely terrifies some innocent folks just trying to get their picture snapped by a photo booth.

Chinese Institute Builds a 100MP Camera, Boasts Highest Resolution in the Land

If you think your SLR camera is capable of taking high-resolution photos, the folks over at the Institute of Optics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences are about to put your gear to shame.

That's because they claim to have developed a 100-megapixel camera that captures 10,240 x 10,240 images, thanks to its square-format sensor. That's a whole lotta megapixels (though we fear in a number of years we'll look back at our marveling of this and laugh, whilst holding our gigapixel cameras). In fact, it's the highest megapixel camera in China, at the moment.

Instagram Now Lets You Embed Pictures and Videos on the Web

It's the Internet age, and the lot of us have some form of website or blog. With 130 million monthly active users sharing an average of 45 million photos per day, a good chunk of us are also Instagram users. What do you get when you put the two together? Embeddable Instagram pictures and videos, of course!

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Apple’s Next Generation iPhone May Pack a 120FPS Slow-Motion Camera

It seems like developers are always finding goodies hidden in Apple's iOS 7 beta software. Late last month it was discovered that iOS 7 may eventually be capable of detecting blinking and smiling in photos, and now? Well, let's just say Apple may be developing a slow-motion camera for the next iteration of the iPhone, which is expected to be announced later this year.

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PhotoShelter Unveils Overhauled ‘Beam’ Portfolio Sites

The leading photography portfolio service PhotoShelter (also known for their sales and marketing tools for photogs) today announced the launch of their overhauled and much improved portfolio sites and tool suite, dubbed 'Beam.'

Presently in beta, Beam is an API-based platform that promises to allow photographers to "showcase their images at their best on nearly any device." Not only that, Beam is designed to be flexible, allowing for rapid expansion of template designs, tools, and the inclusion of third-party integrations.

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Snap Fashion Lets Users Snap an Outfit to Find Out Where to Buy It

Combining the impressive technological improvements humanity has made with regard to cameras and cleverly-written software has yielded some interesting products for consumers. Case in point: UK's Snap Fashion, an application made for iPhone that lets users snap a photo of an outfit they see and get information on where to buy it.

Google+ Now Makes Moving, Uploading, Downloading Photos a Breeze

Google's Plus social networking site -- now in its second year -- has received a series of updates that are expected to make photo sharing on the service a bit more convenient, and a bit less painful. That's according to Google's Jon Emerson, who has posted some updates to Plus on his very own Google Plus page as of Friday.

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Shutterstock Stock Booming, Its Founder Becomes First Silicon Alley Billionaire

It's rather obvious that money is to be made in the stock photo industry. Shutterstock founder Jon Oringer is finding tremendous success with his 55 percent stake his the company. Since filing for an IPO and selling its shares publicly last October, Shutterstock's stock value has more than tripled. In the process, Oringer has become Silicon Alley's first billionaire.

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Carl Zeiss Rebranded, Now Just ‘ZEISS’

Famed and well-respected optical systems manufacturer Carl Zeiss is taking a step forward to create a "more consistent" image of the brand -- a brand which, up until now, has been known as Carl Zeiss AG.

According to a blog post from earlier today, Carl Zeiss AG will simply go by the name ZEISS moving forward. The company is, of course, named after its optician founder.

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Scent-ography: This ‘Camera’ Captures Smells Instead of Pictures

For most of us, a simple photography can remind us of a time and place, and has really served as the de facto method of capturing a moment. From personal memories to iconic events -- there's a photograph to remind us.

Designer Amy Radcliffe has a different method of capturing a moment, however. It's a 'camera' that captures smell, not pictures. Radcliffe is working on the project at Central Saint Martins, an art school in London.

iOS 7 Lets Developers Detect Blinking and Smiling in Photos

When a beta version of Apple's iOS software is released, you can bet developers are sifting through the code like mad to see if any new features have been added to the mobile operating system.

It would appear as if hidden in the code for iOS 7 beta 2 are camera-oriented features for use by developers. One feature apparently detects smiling in photos, the other detects blinking. These detectors may hint at features coming to the iPhone, iPod, and iPad cameras in the future.

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Photo Sharing App Snapchat Now Worth a Whopping $800 Million

Photo sharing is big business. Just ask Snapchat's founders. The service (launched in late 2011) has managed to raise somewhere in the neighborhood of $60 million in venture capital funding, an investment that pegs the value of the company at a staggering $800 million.

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Imgur Releases Official App For Android

Fast-growing and super popular image sharing service Imgur announced the release of their first official application for Android. Even though there's been a beta available since April, Imgur says their mobile application is ready for primetime. Now you can enjoy meme pictures and silly cats wherever you happen to be.

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An Interview with Eric Draper, George W. Bush’s Presidential Photographer

If you haven't been living under the rock for the past ten years, chances are you've seen a photo captured by Eric Draper. That's because he was the official photographer of former U.S. President George W. Bush.

Draper's eight years in the White House were nothing short of intriguing. From capturing the now-iconic photos of President Bush on September 11th to the handing over of leadership to Barack Obama in 2009. His unfettered access to the Presidency gave us some insight as to what life is like in the "bubble."

Stunning Views Atop the World’s Tallest Building Come to Google Street View

Rising from the desert in the Middle East are mind-blowing structures and formations. One of those just happens to be the Burj Khalifa. It's the tallest man-made structure in the world, coming in at over a whopping 2,700 feet.

Wandering to the highest levels of this building is undoubtedly on the to-do list of many photographers. Magnificent views, beautiful architecture. But for those folks who don't foresee a trip to Dubai on the cards in the near future, Google has you covered.