November 11
Article: Breaking Compositional Rules

Photographers have no shortage of compositional rules to turn to when trying to create better images. Pro shooter and educator Thomas Park shows how you can actually make more compelling images by breaking these rules - as long as you understand them first.

November 9
Just Posted: Pentax K-5 II and K-5 IIs studio test images

Just Posted: Studio test images from the Pentax K-5 II and its low-pass-filter-free sister model, the K-5 IIs. We've shot studio test samples with Pentax's latest 16MP DSLRs. Not only does this mean you can see the differences between the K-5 II and the 's' variant but it allows you to compare them with the original K-5 or almost every camera we've tested in recent years. It also means you can download the Raw files from either camera to process to your own tastes.

Quick Review: Swirl your hashtagged images from Instagram and Twitter

App displays images from Twitter and Instagram according to hashtag. 

Transcend introduces new Wi-Fi memory card

Transcend has announced its own Wi-Fi-capable SD card. Like the existing Eye-Fi and FlashAir cards, it can connect directly to a smartphone or to a local Wi-Fi network and, in common with the latest cards from Eye-Fi, is based around a Class 10 card. A free app compatible with both iOS and Android devices lets you upload images wirelessly from your digital camera to the Internet.

Another option for connecting your digital camera wirelessly.

Just Posted: Six page Nikon D5200 hands-on preview

Just Posted: Nikon D5200 in-hand preview. We've been able to spend some time with Nikon's latest mass-market DSLR - the 24MP D5200. At first glance it's nearly indistinguishable from its predecessor, the D5100, but beyond the sensor, it also gains the 39-point AF system and 2,016 pixel metering sensor from the D7000. This represents a significant step up for this class of DSLR. It also has the option to join the 'connected camera' set, with the option of a clip-on Wi-Fi unit. Is this enough to keep the D5200 relevant amongst its smaller mirrorless rivals?

The square format image is enjoying a resurgence thanks to apps like Instagram and Hipstamatic. Learn how to start using it in your own photography.

Mobile accessory review: Jelly Lenses

Jelly Lenses are self-adhesive lenses for your smartphone. Which of the 14 different varities is worth playing with? 

November 8
Canadian law finally gives photographers copyright to all their photos

A major copyright reform bill came into effect today in Canada, granting photographers copyright of all of their photographs - regardless of whether they have been commissioned. Previously, copyright on photographs belonged to the commissioner of the images, not to the photographer, transferrable only by a written contract. One of the stated goals of the law is to 'give photographers the same rights as other creators'. Click through for more details (via PetaPixel). 

Adobe issues Lightroom 4.3 and Adobe Camera Raw 7.3 'release candidates'

Adobe has issued a 'release candidate' version of Lightroom 4.3 and Adobe Camera Raw 7.3, including support for 13 additional cameras. The Mac version of Lightroom features a Develop module that supports Apple's HiDPI mode that makes the interface easier to read on the 'Retina' panels used on recent Macs. The latest versions are available for download from the Adobe Labs website and, as the 'release candidate' tag denotes, are well tested but could benefit from some user feedback before finalized.

Photographer Ben Horne captured his own wedding from his bride's perspective.

iFixit tears down the Nikon D600 - Chipworks confirms Sony sensor

iFixit.com has performed a complete tear-down of the Nikon D600, reducing it to its component parts to see how easy it is to repair. Nikon's latest full-frame DSLR scored a low 'repairability' score, of 2 out of 10 since 'most components almost require a certification in soldering in order to properly remove'. On the plus side, the tripod mount is easy to remove, if you ever cross-thread it accidentally. iFixit has also worked with semiconductor experts Chipworks to take a very close look at the D600's 24MP CMOS sensor. Click through for more details, images, and a link to both iFixit and Chipworks' tear-downs. 

Blackberry 10 passes U.S. security clearance

Blackberry's latest mobile operating system cleared to run on government phones, but still doesn't have a release date.

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How are businesses Insta-branding?

SmugMug looks for Android developers to work on Camera Awesome

Android version of Camera Awesome likely as SmugMug begins search for developers.

Galaxy S3 sales surpass iPhone 4S in third quarter

Samsung sells 18 million Galaxy S3 devices to Apple's 16.2 million iPhone 4S smartphones.

November 7
Just Posted: Canon PowerShot G15 studio sample images

Just Posted: Studio test samples from the Canon PowerShot G15. Although closely resembling the existing G-series cameras, the G15 is slightly smaller and features a faster lens than its predecessor. It also gains the latest version of Canon's 12MP 1/1.7"-type CMOS sensor - promising what should be a significant performance improvement over the now rather dated 10MP CCD in its predecessor, the G12. What difference does that sensor make? Have a look at our studio test images to find out.

EyeEm app updates with new camera capabilities

Latest update from EyeEm includes new filters and more camera features.

DxO Optics Pro 8 hits v8.0.1 with Nikon 1 J2 and NEX-5R support

DxO Labs has updated its DxO Optics Pro software to version 8.0.1 with the addition of support for the Nikon 1 J2 and Sony NEX-5R mirrorless cameras. The latest update also includes over 200 additional camera/lens correction modules. The update is free for Optics Pro 8 users and is available immediately.

Anton Kawasaki: What 'mobile' means to me

One mobile photographer offers his unique perspective on the genre.

Photo of Obama hug sets Facebook record

Image earns most "likes" ever in history of social network.

Sigma USA announces $899 price for 35mm F1.4 DG HSM prime lens

Sigma USA has announced the price and availability details of the 35mm F1.4 DG HSM it unveiled at Photokina 2012. The 35mm F1.4, which will be available for Nikon, Canon, Sony, Pentax and Sigma DSLRs, is compatible with both full-frame and APS-C cameras. It will have an estimated street price of $899, making it significantly less expensive than the big-brand competition. Sigma UK, meanwhile, has announced an SRP of £799.99. The lens is the first of Sigma's 'Global Vision' lineup, representing the 'Art' category of enthusiast-grade lenses.

Just Posted: Canon EOS M preview samples gallery

Just Posted: Our Canon EOS M preview samples gallery. We've had a chance to shoot with the Canon EOS M, the company's first mirrorless camera, over a weekend on Santa Fe, New Mexico. Shooting exclusively with the 22mm F2 prime lens, we prepared a gallery of real-world images shot in a variety of situations and under a range of lighting conditions. In addition to camera JPEGs, we've processed a series of images at different ISO settings through the latest version of Adobe Camera Raw.

November 6
Facebook adds photo filters too

Facebook's latest iOS app update includes filters for photos.

NBC creates a map of Instagram’s election photos

Electiongrams maps American voters' Instagram photos.

From Slashgear: Nokia Lumia 920 vs. iPhone 5 in a photo shoot out

Nokia's Lumia 920 promises great photos. Will it deliver?

Nikon unveils 24.1MP D5200 DSLR with optional Wi-Fi

Nikon has announced the D5200 - an upper entry-level DSLR that improves on the D5100 by offering a 24MP CMOS sensor, 1080i60 movie capability, a side-articulated 921K dot 3.0" tilt/swivel LCD and new processing filters. Interestingly, the D5200 is equipped with a significantly upgraded AF system, based around the same Multi-Cam 4800DX AF sensor that is used in the D7000, and the same 2016-pixel RGB metering sensor. The D5200 is also compatible with Nikon's optional WU-1a WiFi module. Pricing and availability has yet to be confirmed, and Nikon has yet to officially announce the D5200 in the US. 

Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM preview

We've had our hands on Canon's latest zoom, the EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM, for a couple of hours and prepared a quick preview. It's clearly designed primarily as a 'kit' lens for the EOS 6D, but of course will work just as well on Canon's other full frame bodies such as the EOS 5D Mark III, as well as APS-C cameras on which it will offer a 38-112mm-equivalent range. In our preview you can read more about the lens and its features, including its unusual macro function, and see how it compares in size to Canon's other L series standard zooms. 

Canon announces 24-70mm f/4L IS USM and 35mm f/2 IS USM EF lenses

Canon has announced two lenses for its EOS system. The EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM is designed as a relatively compact image-stabilized standard zoom for full frame SLRs, and will be offered as a kit with the EOS 6D. It  includes a Macro setting offering an impressive 0.7x magnification, backed up by Canon's Hybrid IS that promises increased effectiveness at close distances. It's also weather-sealed, and will be available from mid-December at an RRP of $1499 / £1499.99 / €1459. Meanwhile the EF 35mm f/2 IS USM features an all-new optical design, and includes image stabilization and an ultrasonic focus motor. It will be in on sale early December for $849.99  / £799.99 / €849. Both lenses will work on full frame and APS-C cameras.

ProCamera founder shares app's story

Meet Jens Daemgen, founder and chief developer of ProCamera, a pioneer in the iOS photo app scene.

November 5
Poynter.org goes behind the scenes of magazine's post-Sandy cover picture

Poynter.org has published an interesting article examining how photographer Iwan Baan took his striking post-Sandy picture of Manhattan, which is currently gracing the cover of New York Magazine. According to the article, Baan took his photograph of Manhattan - which is half blacked-out due to the destructive effects of Hurricane Sandy - from the open door of a helicopter hovering at 5000 feet above New York. He went up on the night of Wednesday 31st October, when limited air traffic made it possible to hover for longer - and higher - than would normally be allowed over a major city. Click through to see the resulting image, and for more details of how Baan got the shot. 

Instagram adds Facebook-style web profiles

Your favorite social photo-sharing app adds web profiles, akin to Facebook. 

Unified Color releases HDR Express 2 for Windows & Mac

HDR software maker Unified Color Technologies has announced version 2 of its HDR Express high dynamic range merge and editing software for Windows and Mac. New features include Image Stacking that automatically groups bracketed exposures and a browser with thumbnail previews. Along with improved de-ghosting algorithms, the software also includes single-click presets and a new slideshow feature. Its native .BEF format can be opened in Adobe Photoshop and Apple Aperture via a plug-in for further editing. HDR Express 2 is available for an introductory price of $84.00 or $59 for current Unified Color users.

Apple boasts iPad sales while Android tablets gain traction

Apple sells 3 million iPads over the weekend, as Android tablets increase market share.

Android’s latest update includes panoramic Photo Sphere feature

Jelly Bean 4.2 takes and maps 360-degree panoramas.

App Review: Camera Awesome for iPad

Camera Awesome was recently updated to fit the iPad; our reviewer takes a look.

For £399, customers in the UK can buy a Galaxy Camera on November 8th.

Microstock photography gets mobile

New services get mobile photographers into the stock photography game.

November 4
Book Review: 'Adobe Photoshop CS6 for Photographers' by Martin Evening

'Adobe Photoshop CS6 for Photographers' is the latest in Martin Evening's popular series of books, which aim to provide a complete guide to this industry-standard image manipulation software. In this book, Evening explains the techniques and tools that photographers will need within the program, making sure to cover CS6’s new features. Adam Koplan takes a look. 

November 3
New York Times reports Twitter to add photo filters

Twitter may be trying to squeeze out Instagram competition by adding photo filters.

November 2
Sony RX100 one of 50 'best inventions' of 2012 says TIME Magazine

TIME Magazine has included the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 in its list of the 50 'best inventions' of 2012. TIME's Techlands blog called the RX100 a 'huge leap' in the trend towards smaller and more capable digital cameras, thanks to its 'innovative design and 1-in sensor'. The list of 50 inventions is organized by cost, from 'priceless' up to '2.5 billion' and also includes self-inflating tires, the Curiosity Mars rover, and LiquiGlide, a microscopic non-slip coating.  

Microsoft testing its own smartphone, says WSJ

Is the software giant going to make its own Windows Phone 8 model? 

Curiosity rover takes high-resolution self-portrait on Mars

While we're stuck down here on earth, NASA's Curiosity rover is currently trundling around on the surface of Mars, mapping the terrain and analyzing rocks. This week, Curiosity took time out from its busy schedule to snap an arms-length self-portrait, showing the rover in situ, in Gale Crater - 140 million miles from home. The composite image is made up of 55 high-resolution images, taken using its MAHLI camera, which is mounted on the end of a robotic arm. Click through for more details and a link to the full-resolution image.

Accessory Review: Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fiber Tripod

Carbon fiber is recognizable by its distinctive 'woven' appearance and useful because of its impressive strength-to-weight ratio. This makes it a great choice for structures and products that need to be light and portable, but capable of supporting a lot of weight. For this reason, carbon fiber is all the rage in the high-performance world of motorcycles, cars, boats and also photography. Manfrotto's 290 Series is aimed at photographers on a budget. Should the Manfrotto 294 CF be on your shopping list? Find out in our review.

Instagram love at first 'like'

How Instagram users are hooking up and falling in love.

iPad 4 teardown reveals larger front-facing camera

iFixit finds 1.2MP Facetime HD camera inside the newest iPad -- a significant improvement over the .3MP Facetime camera in the iPad 3. 

#JJ hashtag encourages Instagram photographers

A mobile photography community finds each other with a two-letter hashtag.

November 1
3 of every 4 smartphones are Android

136 million Android smartphones shipped worldwide in Q3, most were made by Samsung.  

Which smartphone is best? Try asking your device.

Google Search app will tell you to decide, unlike Siri. 

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is the latest incarnation of Samsung’s hugely successful Galaxy S smartphone line and Samsung’s best-selling smartphone to date. Read our in-depth full review of its 8MP camera here.