When iOS 4.2 was released, I didn't update my iPhone right away. I waited until I was back from Thanksgiving vacation, where I could sync my iPhone on my home computer. Once I got home, like any responsible iPhone user, I backed up my iPhone first then hit the update button. From there it went through its usual process of downloading the update, some rebooting of the phone, and the rest of the updating procedure. Everything seemed to be running smoothly until the end. That's when I got an error (1013) and my iPhone went into recovery … Read more
Apple's release of Mac OS X 10.6.5 yesterday carried some improvements for photographers: better performance, and support for raw photo formats from a handful of newer cameras.
The release notes mention simply that the update "addresses performance of some image-processing operations in iPhoto and Aperture." In my tests on a dual-core MacBook Pro, however, I found one particular bottleneck is significantly relieved: rendering the raw photos so they can be viewed at 100 percent--when one photo pixel takes up one screen pixel.
That's significant, given how frequently a photographer must wait for a computer … Read more
Ladies and gentlemen, meet the Cosina Voigtlander Nokton 25mm F0.95 lens. Usually we don't rush through product testing in a day, but due to the vendor's request (the lens is selling like hotcakes at his store), we had no choice but to put it through its paces within a couple of hours of getting it.
Announced two months ago, the Nokton lens has since been eagerly awaited by enthusiasts. The reason is its super-wide F0.95 aperture, which renders creamy-looking bokeh and the ability to take low-light shots with faster shutter speeds. The focal length of the optics, when fitted on a Micro Four Thirds shooter, is 50mm.
The lens barrel is constructed entirely out of metal and it feels really solid. It's heavy, too, tipping the scales at 410g (just under a pound). The Nokton is a manual-focus optics, so you have to rely on your eye to gauge whether the subject is in focus. The focusing ring is smooth, and turns almost 360 degrees to focus from about 7 inches to infinity. Hence, it may take you awhile to switch focus from a closeup subject to something far away. … Read more
If you want to shoot in a photo studio but aren't quite sure how to set up the lights, you're in luck. But this applies only if you have an iOS device.
The Light Studio app is a nifty program that can simulate the type of lighting you want to achieve. It tells you how many lights you need and where to position them. There's also a 3D model onscreen that changes appearance depending on the lighting you stipulate.
If you want to shoot in a photo studio, chances are you have to rent one. But what if you already have all the lighting equipment and just need a space? This is where the I.P.S., or Inflatable Photo Studio, comes in.
Made of plastic that's half an inch thick to block out sunlight, this contraption can be set up almost anywhere to convert the area into a photo studio. The I.P.S. is available in two sizes, and there are ventilation holes so you can attach a fan to increase air circulation inside the booth. … Read more
Frank Taylor, author of the Google Earth blog who's on a five-year sailboat trip called the Tahina Expedition, supplied Google with aerial imagery that's much higher-resolution than the usual fare obtained from cameras in orbit. The imagery is arriving on Google Maps and Google Earth.
The process has some complications satellites don't have to worry about, though. "Due to the sun getting low in the sky, we weren't able to cover a large part of the village," Taylor said Monday of shots from Manihi atoll in French Polynesia now arriving in Google Maps. &… Read more
If you're really crazy about photography, take a look at this F-stop Watch. Instead of displaying 1 to 12 on the face of the timepiece, this quirky analog watch uses aperture numbers such as F2, F5.6, and F11 to tell the time. It's unclear if the iris shown behind the needles will open and close to correspond with the F figure (smaller number, larger opening, and vice versa). If so, that'll make this watch really cool for photographers.
The F-Stop Watch can be found on the NeatoShop for $39.95.
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When it comes to shooting digital photos, you've had three basic choices. You can use your phone, a compact point-and-shoot camera, or a digital SLR.
There is certainly a range of capabilities within each of those categories. But, broadly speaking, all of the devices within a given category have a pretty similar set of tradeoffs relative to the devices in another category.
When it comes to dedicated cameras, point-and-shoots don't have interchangeable lenses, have relatively small image sensors, tend to have a perceptible lag between the shutter button being pressed and the picture being taken, and usually have … Read more
Android users looking to upload photos and videos to Flickr now have a new way to do it. Today the company rolled out an enhanced version of its m.flickr.com mobile site that lets users upload within Android's browser.
This behavior should be familiar to desktop users of Flickr, though on mobile phones this process hasn't exactly been carried along for the ride. In this case, it's about as close as you can get to that same desktop experience, though you can only upload one photo or video at a time. Another big difference is that … Read more
We were pretty jazzed about Apple's addition of an HDR-photo mode in the iOS 4.1 update--until we learned it was for the iPhone 4 only.
However, those with older models of the smartphone don't have to be left out in the cold completely. Naturally, there's an app that can help. In fact, a quick check of the App Store reveals there are several apps, all designed to endow the 3GS with HDR photography goodness.
Pro HDR is our favorite so far. For a mere $1.99, it delivers simple high-dynamic-range tools for novices and experts alike. … Read more