October 25
Simple Photo Tips: Tap to focus

One easy way to improve your photos is to take control of your camera's autofocus selection. And you don't need to buy an app to do it.

Tap into Mobile Photography: Dustin Vaughn-Luma makes the ordinary extraordinary

Dustin Vaughn-Luma shares his unique process.

Phase One releases Capture One Pro v7

Phase One has announced Capture One Pro 7, the latest version of its image processing and workflow tool. The latest version is based around an entirely new image processing engine and gains digital asset management tools, developed from the company's experience with its Media Pro software. The software's tethered shooting option now gains live view for some DSLR models. The software will cost $299/€229 with significant discounts for upgraders from previous versions.

Connect contest closed - Thank you all for participating!

The Connect contest is now closed, and we are beginning the judging process. Thanks to everyone who participated. We will be announcing the winners soon.

October 24
Apple Raw update brings support for 11 cameras, including D600 and RX100

Apple has issued Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 4.01, adding support for 11 cameras to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11. The update includes support for many of the latest cameras including the Nikon D600, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100, Canon EOS-M and Panasonic G5. Many of the latest enthusiast compacts, including the Canon G15 and S110, and Panasonic DMC-LX7 are also covered, though there's still no support for recent high-end Fujifilm models.

First round of hands-on with Microsoft's Surface tablet has reviewers weighing the good with the bad. 

Software Technique: Basic masking tutorial

Mobile photographer and We Are Juxt member Rebecca Cornwell offers a masking tutorial for the iPhone. 

Samsung Galaxy Note II reviews offer first look at 'phablet'

As initial reviews of Samsung's new hybrid phone/tablet filter in, carriers announce availability.

Last day for our Connect photo contest!

Submit your entry by midnight for a shot at $5,000.

Instagramers: By and for Instagram users

Founder Phil Gonzalez explains Instagramers: a network of users focused on creating local, real-world connections through Instagram.

DxO Labs unveils Optics Pro 8 with Smart Lighting

DxO Labs has announced DxO Optics Pro 8, a major update of its image processing tool incorporating 'DxO Smart Lighting.' The company's Smart Lighting tool influences both image brightness and contrast using a single slider and will attempt to recover both highlight and shadow detail. Meanwhile a selective tone tool makes it easy to apply different changes to the highlight, mid-tone and shadow regions of an image.The software also allows the configuration of multiple output options. It also gains more lens/body optical correction profiles, with DxO aiming to double the current 10,000 combinations by the end of 2013. The software comes with the customary introductory pricing valid until November 15th.

Nikon announces development of three 1 Nikkor lenses

Nikon has announced that it is developing three additional lenses for its 1 System mirrorless cameras. The 32mm f/1.2 will offer a classic short telephoto 'portrait' option, equivalent to an 86mm lens on the 35mm full frame format. The 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 VR is an image-stabilized, 18-35mm-equivalent wideangle zoom. Finally the 10-100mm f/4-5.6 superzoom will offer a similar 27-270mm-equivalent range to Nikon's existing 1 System powerzoom, but in a smaller package with a mechanical zoom ring. Full specifications, price and release date are yet to be revealed.

Nikon announces 1 V2 - a more photographer-friendly, 14MP 1 series camera

Nikon has launched the 1 V2 - a more enthusiast-focused 1-series camera built around a 14MP sensor. The V2 adds a built-in flash and mode dial and more extensive front grip. It can shoot at up to 15 frames per second in combination with its hybrid AF system. It also has a configurable 'F' button to give faster access to key camera settings. The V2 uses a processor that lives up to the latest Expeed 3A billing. It also retains the V1's original list price of $899 with 10-30mm kit zoom. Nikon has also announced an accessory SB-N7 bounce-able Speedlight for the 1 System. The V2 will be available from late November, with the SB-N7 following in January 2013.

Nikon launches 70-200mm f/4 VR telezoom with claimed 5-stop stabilization

Nikon has launched the much-rumored AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR, a lighter and more affordable tele-zoom with a claimed 5 stops of image stabilization. This is delivered by what the company terms 'third-generation VR,' which we're told is not a successor to VRII. The lens joins Nikon's range of constant f/4 lenses, alongside the 16-35mm f/4 and 24-120mm f/4, and includes both nano crystal coating and a ring-type AF-S motor to give full-time manual focus override. At $1400 the lens is priced relatively closely to the Canon equivalent's list price - as is the $224 optional tripod ring.

October 23
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Fans of the popular iPhone app Hipstamatic create and moderate weekly combinations via the @hipstaroll feed on Instagram.

Wearable Memoto camera offers another way to 'lifelog'

Memoto records your life in two geotagged photos every minute, and offers mobile apps for reviewing later.

 

Low-res iPad Mini and updated 'Retina' iPad released in Apple refresh

Apple has announced an new 'Mini' version of the iPad with a 7.9 inch, 163ppi display. The iPad Mini's display offers a quarter of the pixel count (1024 x 768 pixels compared to 2048 x 1536) of its 9.7", A6 processor-equipped cousin (simply called 'iPad'), the fourth generation of which was also unveiled at an event in San Jose, California. The iPad Mini has created a lot of buzz, but photographers might be disappointed that its screen resolution is lower than the cheaper Google Nexus 7 tablet, which offers 1280 x 800 pixels and a pixel density of 217ppi.

What does the iPad Mini mean for photographers?

iPad Mini's sharp display, portable size, editing power and camera specs make it worth considering for your workflow.

Instagram ad campaign swaps hashtagged pics for shoes

Would you trade an Instagram post for a pair of shoes?

Canon update for EOS 5D Mark III to offer uncompressed HDMI output

Canon has announced it will be releasing a firmware update for the EOS 5D Mark III that will provide uncompressed HDMI output for videographers. It will also enable autofocus using lens / teleconverter combinations with an effective aperture of f/8, using the camera's central cross-type AF points in a similar fashion to the recently-released EOS-1D X Firmware 1.1.1. However EOS 5D Mark III owners will have to wait until April 2013 before the new firmware becomes available. 

Nikon D600 Preview updated with resolution and menu pages

Updated: We've just added our resolution and menu pages to our hands-on preview of the Nikon D600. These latest pages have been added to the preview as we work towards the full review. Our final analysis of the D600's image quality will come later, but for now, click through to see for yourself how Nikon's newest 24MP DSLR performs against our resolution chart in both JPEG and Raw modes. 

October 22
New app offers 'photo school' for $.99

Yanik's Photo School offers iPhone and Android users tips and tricks in app form.

From Business Insider: Smartphone, tech news galore this week

A calendar of events for a big week in the tech world, from Business Insider.

Mobile accessory review: Turtleback iPhone SLR Jacket

“Is it homemade or an actual contraption?” That was the very reasonable question posed to me by a passerby while I was shooting with my iPhone 4S plastered onto the camera end of a Canon EF 70-200mm lf/2.8 IS USM lens, thanks to the iPhone SLR Jacket. 

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With a 4.7 inch screen, 8MP camera, fast F2.0 lens and 1080p video recording, the HTC One X packs some impressive camera specs. Read our in-depth review to find out how the native camera performs. 

Lighting is key to any good still life. But it doesn't have to be complex or costly. Got a tablet computer? That may be all the equipment you need.

October 21
Article: Fashion Shoot Tips from a Pro

With beautiful models, elaborate lighting set-ups and an army of willing assistants, the idea of a fashion shoot can seem very glamorous. In this article, professional photographer Martin Evening takes you behind the scenes with a look at the amount of often mundane preparation that goes into making a beauty or fashion shoot come off seamlessly. Click through to find out why taking the picture is 'the easy part'.

October 20
Sony Nexus X was a hoax, prankster dissects how it was done on Tumblr

Ti Kawamoto offers the 'anatomy of a hoax,' explaining how he faked the Nexus X 'leak.' 

Screen display expert debunks Microsoft Surface claims

PC World report: Expert confirms iPad display sharper than Surface, despite Microsoft claims.

October 19
Reader's concept prompts question: what would your ideal camera be?

What does your dream camera look like? One of our more enterprising readers has sketched-out what his would look like - creating an interesting contemporary rangefinder concept. Bristling with Nikon F4-inspired manual controls, each dial and switch also has a 'neutral' position to allow the on-screen interface settings to take precedence. Easycass acknowledges the concept may not be entirely possible - an 'ultra-fast' 24-105mm lens would dictate a fairly small sensor, and autofocus rangefinders have never exactly been commonplace - but it raises questions the question: 'What would your perfect camera be?'

A Serious Rangefinder Compact Camera

I present here a concept camera, one that harks back to the classic age of manual controls, blended with contemporary digital innovation, shared here for the purposes of discussion, finding out what it really is we want as photographers; perhaps what we can inspire someone to create for us one day.

Consumer Electronics Association names Ultra HD definition of 4k video

Industry body CEA has defined a minimum standard for '4K' video and has chosen the terms 'Ultra High-Definition' and 'Ultra HD' to describe it. The consumer electronics body, which includes most major camera makers, has concluded that devices must be capable of showing 3840 x 2160 pixel video to be classed as Ultra HD devices. Despite being a member of CEA, Sony has said it will continue to use the term 4K, and will brand its products as 4K UHD.

ProCamera update offers ISO control

ProCamera's new update adds more ISO control for low light shooting. 

Instagram dos and don’ts

Take a crash course in the most popular mobile photography social network.

App Review: Picfx for iOS

Can't get enough filters? Picfx offers more than 100 options for that special effect.

Japan only, but HTC's latest is big step for screen display

HTC's Japan-only 'J Butterfly' device boasts 440 pixels per inch. Expect increasing resolution on a phone near you, soon.

Roundup: 11 Cool Photography-related Kickstarter Projects

If you've got a one-of-a-kind, innovative invention, one of the best routes to bring it to market these days is through Kickstarter. Kickstarter is a website that allows dreamers to showcase their unique product concepts and generate funding. We've scoured Kickstarter for some of the most interesting photgraphic tools and inventions that have benefitted from crowd-sourced funding. Whether you shoot with an iPhone, DSLR or dedicated video camera, there's something on our list for you. Click through for our roundup. 

October 18
National Geographic photographer's surprise encounter with deadly predator

National Geographic photographers can find themselves in unusual, extreme and potentially dangerous situations, trying to capture the 'never before seen' images the magazine is famous for. However, contributing photographer Paul Nicklen's story of his close encounter with a huge Leopard Seal (one of the top predators in the Antarctic), shows there's still opportunity for surprises in the job. We heard about this video following Nicklen being given the Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the year 2012 award.

Canon EOS-1D X firmware update allows focusing with F8 lens combinations

Canon has issued firmware v1.1.1 for its flagship EOS-1D X full-frame DSLR. The update adds three options for indicating the selected AF point when in AI Servo autofocus mode. This includes red illumination, rather than just darkening the selected point, making the camera easier to work with in low light. The update also allows the central AF point to act as a cross-type point when working with lens/teleconverter combinations that give a maximum aperture of F8. This capability is currently only available with F5.6 (or brighter) combinations.

X-Rite announces latest round of 'webinar' free online teaching sessions

Color management company X-Rite has announced its latest round of online education sessions. The forthcoming 'webinars' cover a series of topics from monitor calibration to landscape photo editing in Photoshop. The courses tend to be around an hour long and are free (though it seems reasonable to expect some focus on X-Rite's products), but with a limited number of registered places available. Previous events, including those conducted in French, German and Italian, are available in an archive on the X-Rite website.

Google sends Oct. 29 invites, same day as Windows Phone 8 event

Google sends invites for press event Oct. 29.

EyeEm offers more social image-sharing options

There's more than one social photo-sharing service out there.

Tap into Mobile Photography: Take a ride with Zak Shelhamer

Zak Shelhamer combines natural beauty with inspirational words under @zakshelhamer.

Apple rumored to be preparing to acquire troubled startup Color Labs

According to a report on The Next Web, Apple may be preparing to acquire Color Labs, whose photo-sharing app 'Color' debuted in spring last year. 

Sony firmware for E-mount lenses, NEX-7, SLT-A37, A57, A65 and A77

Sony has announced a series of firmware updates for its cameras and lenses, including the addition of Hybrid-AF compatibility for key E-mount lenses and the option to disable the movie record button on cameras including the NEX-7. The NEX-7 also gets an increase in the range over which you can set exposure bracketing - the ±3EV range it now offers is something a users have been calling for. Firmware v1.01 also promises to improve the responsiveness of post-shot image review. Further updates for the SLT-A37, A57, A65 and A77 also offer the option to disable the movie button and provide lens correction for a broader range of lenses.

dpreview: PQI Air Wi-Fi MicroSD to SD adapter reviewed by DCWatch

From DPReview: A look at a review of the PQI Air Wi-Fi Micro-SD to SD adapter from DCWatch.

October 17
PQI Air Wi-Fi MicroSD to SD adapter reviewed by DCWatch

Japanese camera site DCWatch has reviewed the PQI Air Wi-Fi Micro-SD to SD adapter. The adapter features a built-in Wi-Fi transmitter but, unlike rival FlashAir or Eye-Fi cards, does not feature any internal memory of its own - instead allowing you to swap MicroSD cards in and out. The adapter communicated with smartphones via an Android or iOS app from where you can browse and download images from the camera. The system allows you to swap inexpensive standard MicroSD cards, rather than buying multiple Wi-Fi cards, also allowing you to upgrade the speed or capacity of card without having to replace the Wi-Fi component. (from DCWatch)

WSJ: Complex iPhone 5 design behind shortage

Could iPhone 5 supply shortages be blamed on complicated design?  

Watch time-lapse video of Shuttle Endeavour's voyage across L.A

The L.A. Times has posted a fascinating time-lapse video, showing the progress of retired space shuttle Endeavour across Los Angeles to its new home in the California Science Center, in Exposition Park. The video spans the entire length of the journey from Los Angeles International Airport, which started on Thursday night and due to delays caused by maintainance issues and obstacles along the route, finally ended 16 hours late, on Sunday afternoon. Click through for a link to the video. 

GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition goes 4k, while re-bodied Hero 2 gets 'pro' output

GoPro, the action camera maker, has refreshed its entire range, including the addition of the 4k-capable Hero 3 Black Edition. The existing Hero HD and Hero 2 models have essentially been re-housed in smaller cases with updated user interfaces and will sit alongside the Black Edition as the White and Silver Editions, respectively. The Hero 3 Black Edition can shoot at up to 3840x2160 pixels at 15 frames per second. It also has 2.7k mode (2716 horizontal pixels) at 30 or 24fps, and a Protune mode that offers higher bit-rates and a neutral color profile better suited to post-processing.