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Skylight strives to be the most simple digital photo frame

Imaging Resource - Mo, 30/03/2015 - 21:29
    As technologically inclined as many of us may be, that’s not always the case for our friends and family. But, just because they’re technically challenged doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be able to keep up with the latest family happenings and share life’s most precious moments through images. Here to help is Skylight, a 7” digital photo frame. Built around the basic premise the average digital photo frame, Skylight strives to take it to the next level by getting rid of the hassles that plague more traditional approaches to digital...
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Kategorien: Fotografie

Pentax K-S2 gallery: Affordable enthusiast DSLR heads out of the lab and into the real world!

Imaging Resource - Mo, 30/03/2015 - 19:54
    Last month, Ricoh launched its brand-new Pentax K-S2 DSLR and weather-sealed, retractable 18-50mm lens at the CP+ Camera and Photo Imaging Show in Japan. We posted our First Shots from the feature-rich and enthusiast-grade K-S2 a couple of weeks ago, and now it's left the lab and headed out into the real world for the first part of my Pentax K-S2 gallery! Over the weekend, I headed out with the K-S2 in search of some new and interesting subjects to get my creative juices flowing. A spur-of-the-moment roadtrip to nearby...
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Kategorien: Fotografie

Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary Lens Review: The best bang-for-your-buck supertelephoto zoom?

Imaging Resource - Mo, 30/03/2015 - 19:44
    At this most recent Photokina tradeshow, Sigma introduced a pair of updated full-frame supertelephoto zoom lenses: the 150-600mm f/5-6.3 'Sport' and a smaller, lighter 'Contemporary' version. We had a brief weekend to experiment with the Sport version back in October, but now we've been able to get our hands on the Contemporary model for a longer span of time and run it through the paces here in our test lab. As the lighter weight version of Sigma's pair of 150-600mm lenses, the Contemporary still uses a similar barrel...
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Kategorien: Fotografie

Mint introduces Instantflex TL70 instant film TLR camera

Digital Photography Review - Mo, 30/03/2015 - 19:00

Polaroid camera repair and maintenance company Mint has introduced its own instant camera called the Mint Instantflex TL70. Fitted with a 65.4mm lens the camera offers aperture settings of f/5.6, f/8, f/16 and f/32 with an additional setting called f/bokeh – which creates a 5-pointed star shaped aperture. The Instantflex also features a flip-up flash unit housed above the viewing lens. Read more

Kategorien: Fotografie

Phase One Industrial announces the world’s smallest 80MP medium format camera

Imaging Resource - Mo, 30/03/2015 - 18:12
    Phase One Industrial has announced the iXU 180, the world’s smallest 80-megapixel medium format camera. Boasting a 4:3 ratio 80-megapixel CCD sensor, the iXU 180 is designed from the ground up to be a modular, customizable medium format camera, especially for drone operators who would like to add a few more pixels to their projects. The body of the Phase One Industrial iXU 180 comes in at 97.4 x 93 x 110mm and weighs 2.0lbs (925 grams) without a lens and 3.14lbs (1.425kg) with an 80mm lens attached — more than small enough to...
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Kategorien: Fotografie

A look into the life of a retoucher

Imaging Resource - Mo, 30/03/2015 - 13:59
    The life of a retoucher is an oft misunderstood one. In the minds of many, a retoucher’s job is merely corrective, not creative. But Becci Manson, a retoucher who has worked with the likes of Christopher Griffith and Annie Leibovitz, is determined to show just how important of a role retouchers play in the final product of an image. When the word ‘retoucher’ comes to mind, it’s usually accompanied by negative connotations. Often we’re left criticizing their efforts from a poor photoshop job, where they’ve made someone too skinny...
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Kategorien: Fotografie

DPReview recommends: Best smartphone cameras

Digital Photography Review - Mo, 30/03/2015 - 08:01

In many users' pockets consumer-level digital compact cameras have been replaced by smartphones. The cameras of the latter don't usually have zoom lenses or xenon flashes but image sensor technology has been rapidly improving, making smartphones important photographic tools for many. We've made a list in no particular order our current favorite smartphone cameras for those who are looking to buy their first smartphone or upgrade their current device. Read more

Kategorien: Fotografie

How to take photos in the dark

Imaging Resource - So, 29/03/2015 - 18:36
    This may not be the most educational photo tip I’ll do this year, but I’ll be proud of myself if I come up with anything more fun. It’s one part science fair project, one part after-dinner parlor trick, and one part miracle. This is really astounding. I hope all of you do this and I hope you bring a kid along. It’s really unforgettable. You’re going to take a picture in the dark and I do mean dark like you can barely see your hands in front of your face dark. I mean pretty darn dark. So this is going to happen at night. The...
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Kategorien: Fotografie

Unofficial Instagram app lets you upload photos from your computer

Imaging Resource - Sa, 28/03/2015 - 20:54
    It might not be an official app, and it may not last long, but Uploader for Instagram is the first app for OSX that allows you to upload your photographs through your computer, rather than your mobile device. Built by Anobot LLC, the app is able to get around Instagram’s API through the clever reverse-engineering of it, which enables the uploads through desktop machines. Of course, this probably isn’t going to go over too well with the Instagram team, but the developer behind the app says it will be difficult for...
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Kategorien: Fotografie

Readers' Showcase: Raymond Pang

Digital Photography Review - Sa, 28/03/2015 - 13:30

'Whales made me do it' isn't exactly what we expected to hear when we asked DPR reader Raymond Pang how he got started in photography. Then again, he's not really your typical photographer. When he couldn't find an app to help him plan out shoots in advance, he learned iOS app development and created one. Take a look at some of his images and read more in our Q&A. See gallery

Kategorien: Fotografie

Lee Filters introduces updates to super-wide SW system to fit more lenses and reduce flare

Digital Photography Review - Sa, 28/03/2015 - 00:37

A new version of the Lee Filters SW150 system holder has been introduced that allows compatibility with a broader range of extreme wide angle lenses, and which has been designed to reduce the impact of reflections from the rear surface of fitted filters. The Lee Filter SW150 Mark ll now allows the existing 150mm-wide filters that were developed for the original SW150 to be fitted to four lenses using model-specific adapter rings - with more on the way. Read more

Kategorien: Fotografie

UPDATE: Reader requested images added for the Sony FE 24-240mm at 360mm eq. with the A6000

Imaging Resource - Fr, 27/03/2015 - 22:38
    [UPDATE 3/30/2015: On several reader requests we've added additional gallery images with the Sony FE 24-240mm lens paired with the Sony A6000 to obtain the 1.5x crop factor advantage and see the results. Scrolling down past the original images paired with the full frame A7 II will take you to the updated section with the additional A6000 images, most of which were shot at full tele 360mm eq.] The Sony FE lens lineup continues to grow in both prime and zoom categories, now offering 5 primes and 6 zooms total to date. The most...
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Kategorien: Fotografie

Firmware Friday: Updates land for 7 cameras including Sony A6000 and A7-series, Pentax 645Z

Imaging Resource - Fr, 27/03/2015 - 22:01
    Firmware Friday returns this week with a raft of camera updates from Nikon, Pentax and Sony, as well as updates for Nikon's UT-1 Communication Unit, two of Canon's professional camcorders, and the software Ricoh bundles with (or sells for) some of its Pentax-branded camera. It's quite the week for updates, in other words! We'll start our roundup with Sony, as the company has far and away the most firmware news this time around. The Sony A6000, Sony A7, Sony A7 II, Sony A7R and Sony A7S updates are all about adding support...
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Kategorien: Fotografie

Canon releases series of tutorials for its Digital Photo Professional and EOS utility programs

Imaging Resource - Fr, 27/03/2015 - 21:24
    It might not be the most widely-used setup for post-production, but Canon’s Digital Photo Professional and EOS Utility programs offer a solid option for anyone looking to organize, process and export their RAW photography workflow. To help those looking to give its a try, Canon has released six tutorials, each of which explains and walks through the respective programs one step at a time. The tutorials range between five and thirteen minutes a piece and can be watched à la carte or as a complete series. Below we’ve gathered the...
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Kategorien: Fotografie

Adaptalux introduces portable lighting studio for macro photography

Digital Photography Review - Fr, 27/03/2015 - 19:35

Adaptalux has introduced a new portable lighting studio, likewise called Adaptalux, which is designed specifically for macro photography. The design is modular in nature, allowing photographers to 'rebuild' it in different ways to meet different needs. This is achieved using a core Control Pod into which Lighting Arms are plugged, with each Lighting Arm being customizable in regards to color, beam angle, brightness and diffusion. Read more

Kategorien: Fotografie

On Our Radar: Self-Centered Edition

A List Apart - Fr, 27/03/2015 - 17:29

Okay, we admit it: it’s all about us. From steps to sleep to social activities, we’re counting every kind of personal data you can think of. But what’s all that data add up to? How could we look at it—and ourselves—differently? This week, we’re asking ourselves—and our self—the tough questions. 

My so-called lifelog

While waiting for an invite from gyrosco.pe, which promises to help me lead a healthier and happier life by harnessing my personal data, I started reading about life resource planning: the idea that we can administer every aspect of our lives using our timeline, our life feed, as a tool. LRP isn’t just the lifelogging data gathered by all the apps we use (health, finance, commuting, social graph, etc.). It’s about a user interface to make sense of it—a personal agent telling my story.

This has me thinking, how can I ever reinvent myself if my life feed becomes part of a documented history? The answer seems to lie in the notion of storytelling, becoming active autobiographers ourselves, using the same tools that tell our history, only to tell it better. When people are prompted to “tell a story” rather than state “what’s on their mind,” a character emerges—a qualified self (as opposed to the notion of the quantified self)—that may defy “big” data.

Michelle Kondou, developer

Mirror, mirror

A couple of days ago, I came across dear-data.com, a project by data visualization pros Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec. Instead of building digital charts and graphs, they’re documenting details of their lives onto handmade postcards—translating quiet moments of the everyday into colors and lines of self-awareness, and reinventing the rules each week. With a flickering edge of whimsy and objectivity, those moments are real life—through a filter.

What I love about Dear Data is that their conditions create new filters; they end up with a different view of themselves each week. Getting out of their usual medium and having to create new ways to tell each story is a tactic for hunting down catalysts. I also like how they went to something so square one: paper and colored pens, no expectations to be fancy, no need for neat lines.

Dear Data has me thinking about how we can all gain momentum from reimagining our digital selves every once in a while—from ditching our habitual means of describing and defining. How I can so easily show myself a new mirror and allow a situation to filter through me—I’d discover a different result each time. Those moments are grounding: they’re a sharp instant of humility, a moment of recognition that you’ll never see anything in the same way again.

Mica McPheeters, submissions and events manager

My birthday, my self

Ah, spring—that special time of year when a young developer’s fancy soon turns to thoughts of lexical scoping, and I’ve got ECMAScript 6 arrow functions on the brain.

Defining a function as usual introduces a new value for the this keyword, meaning we sometimes need to write code like the following:

function Wilto() { var self = this; self.age = 32; setInterval( function constantBirthdays() { self.age++; console.log( "I am now " + self.age + " years old"); }, 3000 ); }

Since the meaning of this is going to change inside the constantBirthdays function, we alias the enclosing function’s this value as the variable self—or sometimes as that, depending on your own preference.

Arrow functions will maintain the this value of the enclosing context, however, so we can do away with that variable altogether:

function Wilto() { this.age = 32; setInterval(() => { this.age++; console.log( "I am now " + this.age + " years old"); }, 3000 ); }

Thanks to ES6, we can finally start getting over our selfs.

Mat Marquis, technical editor

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Kategorien: Webdesign

Sony patent shows off curved, full-frame sensor and accompanying lenses

Imaging Resource - Fr, 27/03/2015 - 17:25
    A new patent from Sony, published March 19th, shows off what could very well be the schematics of the first full frame camera with a curved sensor. Even the abstract of the patent is a bit complicated in nature, but in essence, it describes a full-frame image sensor that would allow future lenses to be more compact in size without sacrificing quality. Sony didn’t just tease a nonexistent or single lens though. They’ve provided the full specs for multiple lenses. However, the specs shared aren’t likely what they’ll be advertised...
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Kategorien: Fotografie

Manfrotto launches Lumie, consumer-level series of continuous LED lights

Imaging Resource - Fr, 27/03/2015 - 15:17
    Italian camera accessory manufacturer has released Lumie, a new series of consumer-level LED lights. Powered by rechargeable Lithium-ion batteries, each of the lights offer continuous, flicker-free lighting for over an hour. The three units are called Lumie Art, Lumie Play and Lumie Muse, which put out 220lux, 440lux and 550lux, respectively. In addition to the power difference, the Play and Muse both feature a hotshoe mount, while the Muse tosses in a ball and socket head for good measure. The lights are balanced for a color...
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Kategorien: Fotografie

X-Transformed? Fujifilm X30 Review

Digital Photography Review - Fr, 27/03/2015 - 13:30

The X30 is the latest iteration of Fujifilm's line of premium compact cameras. Featuring a 12MP X-Trans sensor coupled with a 28-112mm equivalent fast zoom, the X30 is a capable camera, made more enjoyable compared to its predecessors by the addition of a high-resolution electronic viewfinder. Our man in England, Damien Demolder has been shooting with one and shares his take. Read review

Kategorien: Fotografie

Nikon D7200 First Shots posted: A peek under the hood at our initial lab test sample images

Imaging Resource - Do, 26/03/2015 - 22:49
    The long awaited successor to the popular Nikon D7100 has just touched down in our lab, and we wanted to get you our First Shots without delay! The big story with the D7200 is a big increase in buffer depth over the predecessor, granting sports and wildlife shooters greater image capture ability for burst shooting. We'll take a closer look at that and all the other major changes in our review to come, but for an initial glance at still image quality as ISO rises you can use our First Shot lab samples of our Still Life test...
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Kategorien: Fotografie