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Pelican Imaging releases light field photos from its mobile imaging array

Digital Photography Review - Mo, 28/07/2014 - 19:47

Pelican Imaging has released a set of re-focusable pictures taken with its light field camera for smartphones. Instead of placing an array of microlenses between the sensor and the main lens, Pelican uses an array of main lenses - each with a sensor behind it. Pelican's offering is more suitable for smartphones, and their sample images allow for re-focusing, changing DOF, and shifting perspective. Click through for more details and links to the images.

Kategorien: Fotografie

Kimd is a concert photography and videography app for iOS that helps you not be obnoxious

Imaging Resource - Mo, 28/07/2014 - 19:09
Since the cameras in our smartphones and tablets have become so powerful, they're being used for all kinds of photography and videography work, including concert photography. In this case, we're not so much talking about professional concert photographers, but rather about fans bringing their mobile devices to record the event. Seeing your favorite band live on stage is an incredible experience, so it's absolutely understandable that you'd want to record parts of the event in photos and videos. But when you're inside a concert hall where everything but the...
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Kategorien: Fotografie

This DIY underwater camera drone went to Botswana to film hippos in the Okavango Delta

Imaging Resource - Mo, 28/07/2014 - 17:35
These days, it seems like everybody is crazy about camera-equipped aerial drones such as the DJI Phantom series. And while we probably all agree that multicopters are great for achieving beautiful aerial video footage, it seems that the "other direction" on the vertical axis is getting much less attention than it deserves. Because let's be honest, how often have you read about underwater videography recently? Probably not a lot. That's because there aren't really a lot of remote controlled underwater cameras out there, at least not with price tags that would...
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Kategorien: Fotografie

In pictures: Restoration of Boeing's first 747 'jumbo jet'

Digital Photography Review - Mo, 28/07/2014 - 09:03

The Boeing 747 - or the 'jumbo jet' as it is commonly known, changed the world. The 747 first flew in 1969, and transformed modern air travel with its ability to carry more people - and more cargo - across the globe than any previous airliner, shrinking it in the process. Seattle's Museum of Flight houses RA001 - the very first 747, which flew as a test airframe from its inaugural liftoff in 1969 through until the early 1990s. The museum is currently restoring RA001 both inside and out. Click through for pictures

Kategorien: Fotografie

Travel tripods: 5 carbon fiber kits reviewed

Digital Photography Review - Mo, 28/07/2014 - 08:10

What makes a tripod a good travel companion? We test out five carbon fiber 'travel' tripods that while compact and light, are also comfortably tall and capable of supporting a reasonable amount of gear. This review covers five models, examining their features, functions and ergonomics in use both in the studio and out in the field. Click through to read the roundup.

Kategorien: Fotografie

Premium, Specialty, Niche: Welcome to the New World Order

Imaging Resource - Mo, 28/07/2014 - 01:26
    The torch has been passed, and the balance shifted. Mirrorless cameras and models filling the specialty "niche" roles are now clearly in the ascendance over more traditional models, at least in the product-flow here at IR. The transition has been coming about for several years now, but 2014 seems to be signalling a shift from traditional models, ushering in the new frontier for the enthusiast camera market. And that frontier is all about larger sensors in ever-smaller bodies, and all-in-one cameras that can "do it all". There...
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Kategorien: Fotografie

Readers' showcase: Landscape photography

Digital Photography Review - So, 27/07/2014 - 09:09

In all the talk about new gear, and which brands are best it's easy to overlook the end result of our shared passion - the pursuit of stunning images. Among our large community there are some incredibly talented photographers who share their work in our forums, galleries and photo challenges. From time to time we like to showcase some of the best work on our homepage. This week we challenged users of the landscape photography forum to submit their strongest shots, and the results were impressive. Click through to see more.

Kategorien: Fotografie

Photographer hits #1 on Reddit with Mt Fuji picture, and quickly regrets it

Digital Photography Review - Sa, 26/07/2014 - 08:37

British photographer Kris Boorman summited Mount Fuji in 2012 and took a photograph from the top, showing the shadow cast by the giant mountain at sunrise. The image has since been used as a background for the Bing search engine and last year won a competition held by Gettty Images. A couple of days ago he posted the photo at low resolution on Reddit, and within a few hours it had garnered more than 6000 upvotes. Although this might sound like good news, Boorman quickly came to regret posting the picture. Click through to learn why

Kategorien: Fotografie

Vanguard releases new Alta CA tripod kits with pistol-grip head

Digital Photography Review - Sa, 26/07/2014 - 06:00

Tripod and bag manufacturer Vanguard has launched a new range of tripods that are fitted with the company’s latest pistol grip style GH-30 head. The aluminium Alta CA leg-set comes in three or four-section options to achieve maximum heights of either 1565mm (61.6in) or 1550mm (61in) though both models are designed to carry a payload of up to 11lbs (5kg). Click through for more information.

Kategorien: Fotografie

What The Duck #1285

Digital Photography Review - Sa, 26/07/2014 - 02:25

We've come to the end of another week here at dpreview, and as our thoughts drift to weekend shooting opportunities, it's time to take things a little less seriously. Aaron Johnson's comic strip ‘What the Duck’ is just the thing, taking a gently satirical look through the lens of a photographically inclined waterfowl. You can find it published here (and in our newsletter) every week; we hope you enjoy it, and your weekend.

Kategorien: Fotografie

Aerial photographers: This clever map will help you steer clear of no-drone zones

Imaging Resource - Fr, 25/07/2014 - 21:19
    The rise of affordable multicopters and radio-controlled aircraft with built-in cameras (or support for mounting your own) has brought aerial photography within reach of the masses, but it's proven to be a thorny issue where the US government is concerned. As use of unmanned aerial vehicles -- or drones, in mainstream media parlance -- soars, so too do bans on UAV operations. Whether it's the FAA, the National Park Service, or local lawmakers, government agencies are lining up to forbid the public from flying in particular...
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Kategorien: Fotografie

‘No Cameras Allowed’ tells the story of a 26-year-old concert photographer who became famous by sneaking into festivals

Imaging Resource - Fr, 25/07/2014 - 19:59
There are a couple of awesome photographic disciplines, but being a concert photographer probably tops them all. Despite being one of the most stressful photographic careers -- thousands of people around you, loud music, hot and moist air if you're inside a concert hall, and constant running from one end of the stage to the other -- it probably is also one of the most entertaining and fulfilling. Alas, becoming a respected concert photographer isn't an easy thing to do, especially not when you're young and need the money. As with most photographic careers,...
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Kategorien: Fotografie

Lastolite 'Out of Focus' backgrounds bring beautiful bokeh to your home studio

Digital Photography Review - Fr, 25/07/2014 - 19:46

Everyone loves the look of a nice out of focus background, but it's hard to achieve in a home studio. Accessory manufacturer Lastolite believes it might have the solution, with two new reversible backgrounds printed with out of focus images of the ocean / autumn foliage and summer foliage / city lights. Measuring 1.5 x 1.2m, the backgrounds are big enough for almost full-length portraits of most adults, and weigh in at 3kg (6.6lb) each. Click through for more details.

Kategorien: Fotografie

Firmware Friday: Heads-up display for Blackmagic Production Camera 4K; Zeiss tweaks 50mm Touit

Imaging Resource - Fr, 25/07/2014 - 19:01
    The folks at Blackmagic are at it again! For the third time in a month, they've taken a place in our weekly Firmware Friday roundup, and this week they're joined by optics legend Zeiss. A month ago, Blackmagic shipped v1.8 updates for the Cinema Camera, Pocket Cinema Camera and Production Camera 4K. Last week, another update took all three cameras to v1.8.2, adding support for various Apple ProRes file formats. Now, the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K gets another step forwards to v1.9 firmware. So what's new in for the...
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Kategorien: Fotografie

Pelican Imaging shows first pictures from its light field camera for smartphones

Imaging Resource - Fr, 25/07/2014 - 18:24
When Lytro first announced its original light field camera, it created quite a bit of a stir in the photography world. For the first time, it was possible with a consumer device to create pictures that contained depth information, and that could be refocused after they were taken. With the advent of Lytro's latest offering, the Illum, it became clear that light field photography is maturing and becoming serious. What both of Lytro's offerings have in common is that the resolution of their resulting images is rather low. Even though the Illum made a giant...
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Kategorien: Fotografie

Hasselblad launches 50MP CFV-50c back for legacy V system

Digital Photography Review - Fr, 25/07/2014 - 16:39

Hasselblad has launched a new digital back for its V System camera bodies that it claims brings modern digital image quality to users of vintage film-era Hasselblad camera bodies. The Hasselblad CFV-50c back features a 43.8 x 32.9mm CMOS sensor that outputs images at a resolution of up to 8272 x 6200 pixels, and operates within an ISO range of 100-6400. Click through for more details.

Kategorien: Fotografie

MIT offers a dozen photography classes for free via its OpenCourseWare website

Imaging Resource - Fr, 25/07/2014 - 16:21
MIT, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is known across the globe as a powerhouse of technological invention and home to some of the most incredible brains in the world. A little less known is the fact that the MIT also teaches a number of photography classes, some of which have now been made available to the public. Via the MIT's OpenCourseWare website, select photography classes are now accessible for free. The classes available include both undergraduate and graduate level courses, such as "Introduction to Photography," "Documentary Photography...
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Kategorien: Fotografie

CASE Remote is a smartphone remote for your DSLR

Digital Photography Review - Fr, 25/07/2014 - 08:34

Many modern digital cameras can be remote controlled via dedicated apps on your smartphone and a Wi-Fi link. Unfortunately this option is not available on older or lower spec models that come without a built-in Wi-Fi module. CASE Remote, currently available for pre-order on indiegogo.com, is compatible with a large number of Nikon and Canon models and slots into your camera's hotshoe. Click through to read more at connect.dpreview.com.

Kategorien: Fotografie

This week's sponsor: The Digital PM Summit

A List Apart - Fr, 25/07/2014 - 03:01

The Digital PM Summit is the event for folks who manage digital projects. Attend the Summit October 6-7 in Austin, TX.

Kategorien: Webdesign

Sigma dp2 Quattro: We post our first batch of real-world gallery images (including RAW conversions)

Imaging Resource - Do, 24/07/2014 - 23:08
    The Sigma dp2 Quattro is a downright interesting camera. Its unique shape has already divided our readership into two camps - a "wow" camp and and a "no thanks" camp. And its JPEG rendering of our test target has caused some jaw-dropping to occur here in our test lab and by readers, both for its exceptional sharpness as well as the inability of the camera's JPEG engine to resolve our target's red fabric swatch even at base ISO. Yes, we do realize that the majority of dp2 Quattro shooters will primarily be doing the conversions...
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Kategorien: Fotografie