The Commons, Flickr's collection of public domain images, is five years old. To celebrate, Flickr has created galleries of the most viewed, 'favorited' and commented-upon images. The Commons was launched in 2008 with 1500 photos, in partnership with the US Library of Congress. Five years later, the collection boasts more than 250,000 images. Click through for more information, and links to the galleries of most popular images in the growing collection.
Jan 17, 2013 at 02:00
Pentax has released the first firmware updates to its K-5 II and K-5 IIs digital SLRs, which were released in September of last year. Firmware version 1.01 offers contrast adjustment option for the cameras' LCD displays as well as 'stability improvements'. The updates are available for immediate download from the company's website - click through for download links.
Jan 16, 2013 at 20:00
DxO Labs has released the latest version of its DxO Optics Pro software, with more than 10,000 camera and lens correction combinations now supported. The latest version, v8.1.2 or the more expensive Elite edition adds support for the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 full-frame, fixed-lens camera as well as Canon's EOS 6D. Meanwhile both the Elite and Standard versions gain support for the Nikon 1 V2. With this release DxO has achieved its stated target of offering 10,000 optics modules. Both editions are available with a 33% discount until the end of January 2013.
mobileJan 16, 2013 at 00:41
An Austrian website has leaked a video walk-through of the Blackberry Z10 smartphone (via Wired).
Just Posted: Our review of the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS. Canon's latest superzoom, the SX50, features a 24-1200mm (equivalent) lens and a feature set that compares well to its competition, in what is now one of the most competitive segments of the compact camera market. Specifications include a 12MP CMOS sensor, 2.8" fully-articulated LCD screen, Raw capture and full manual control. Is this the travel camera enthusiasts have been waiting for? Read our review - created in collaboration with Jeff Keller of The Digital Camera Resource Page - to find out.
mobileJan 15, 2013 at 20:22
Mobile artist shares her favorite apps and tricks for newbies.
mobileJan 15, 2013 at 18:22
Guido van Helten uses his smartphone to create and document his work.
mobileJan 14, 2013 at 19:36
Android photographers can now share photos with non-Dropbox users.
Jan 14, 2013 at 14:20
Phase One has announced that it has updated its Capture One Pro raw conversion software to version 7.0.2. This includes support for several additional cameras, including the Fujifilm X-Pro1, X-E1 and XF1, Canon EOS 6D and EOS M, Sony SLT-A57 and NEX-5R, and Olympus XZ-2 iHS. The update is available immediately from the company's website, as a free download for users of Capture One 7.
Jan 14, 2013 at 14:08
The latest version of Capture One brings support for Fujifilm's X-Trans sensors - something we noted other software struggled with, when we reviewed the X-Pro 1. Beta versions of the software have caused a lot of excitement for X-Pro1 and X-E1 users finally looking to get the most from their photos. Do the results live up to the expectation? We had a look.
Jan 14, 2013 at 10:38
Specialist accessory manufacturer Metabones and optics company Caldwell Photographics have jointly announced the 'Speed Booster', a lens adapter for mounting SLR lenses on APS-C and Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras that reduces the focal length by a factor of 0.71x and increases the maximum aperture by 1 stop. The Speed Booster also promises sharper images compared to using the lens with a simple adapter. The first version will allow use of Canon EF lenses on Sony NEX bodies, and will be available this month from Metabones' web site for US$599. Support for additional lens mounts (including Nikon F) and camera systems (including Fujifilm X and Micro Four Thirds) is also planned.
This year's Consumer Electronic Show is packed with exhibitors, industry analysts and press, all eager to see, touch and talk about this years' hottest electronics. As well as countless televisions, tablet computers and portable electronics, a lot of cameras get announced at CES, too. Here's a quick rundown of some of the most interesting new models on show at this year's event.
mobileJan 11, 2013 at 14:48
CES 2013: VelocityClip lets you wear your smartphone or point-and-shoot hands free.
mobileJan 11, 2013 at 14:43
CES 2013: New Phillips TVs allow for direct wifi photo transfer from smartphones
mobileJan 11, 2013 at 13:07
CES 2013: Manufacturer stands out from a sea of smartphone and tablet covers at CES.
mobileJan 11, 2013 at 00:48
CES 2013: Sharp shows 8K TV prototype at CES
mobileJan 10, 2013 at 22:30
CES 2013: The Smoothee rig keeps capture steady during video shoots.
CES 2013: We got a chance to get our hands on a near-to-production example of Fujifilm's X100S, to fill-in the details we couldn't cover in our preview. The button layout of the camera is now finalized and the camera's focus and manual focus systems are fully working (and rather impressive), so read our hands-on article to find out how big a difference that little 'S' makes.
Perhaps the most interesting camera at this year's Consumer Electronics Show is the Fujifilm X100S - a hugely impressive upgrade to the X100, which was one of our favorite cameras of the past couple of years. Read our short hands-on look more details.
Jan 10, 2013 at 20:34
The Fujifilm X100S is the latest in a recent rush of cameras to include phase-detection elements on its imaging sensor, giving an AF system that is a hybrid of contrast and phase-detection methods. However, Fujifilm also uses this system to provide a unique and incredibly clever manual focus aid - which could finally allow digital cameras to offer the speed and convenience enjoyed by manual-focus SLR and rangefinder users. Fujifilm UK has posted a video showing 'Digital Split Image' focusing and Japanese camera site DCWatch has published details that allow us to show how it works.
mobileJan 10, 2013 at 20:21
CES 2013: Samsung shows Galaxy Note 10.1 and Ativ Odyssey Windows 8 smartphone for Verizon at CES.
mobileJan 10, 2013 at 16:23
CES 2013: New case allows fans of the smartphone lens to protect their phone during use.
lens newsJan 10, 2013 at 16:18
Canon has announced two additions to its range of Cinema EOS prime lenses, a 14mm T3.1 and 135mm T2.2. The CN-E14mm T3.1 L F and CN-E135mm T2.2 L F are both designed to be used on movie cameras with image sensors up to 35mm full frame in size, and include a range of features optimized for movie shooting. These include geared focus and aperture rings with markings designed to be read from the side of the camera, 11-bladed circular aperture diaphragms, and all-metal weather-resistant construction. The 14mm T3.1 will be available from April 2013 at an estimated retail price of $5,500, while the 135mm T2.2 will appear in May for $5,200.
mobileJan 10, 2013 at 14:26
CES 2013: We've got a feeling that foto.sosho won't be the only iPhone camera adapter case for long.
mobileJan 9, 2013 at 21:17
CES 2013: New smartphone cover has a wide and macro lens option and is waterproof for up to 15 feet.
CES 2013: As promised we've used the CES show as an opportunity to get our hands on the Samsung NX300. The latest model shares its looks with the NX210 but has been substantially re-worked under the skin. We had a chance to play with the NX300 and Samsung's innovative 3D variant of its 45mm F1.8 lens that has been developed alongside it. Click here to see what we found.
mobileJan 9, 2013 at 19:25
CES 2013: Panasonic shows 20-inch 4k tablet prototype aimed at photographers.
Jan 9, 2013 at 18:37
The UK's biggest high-street camera retailer, Jessops, has gone into administration, putting 192 stores and 2,000 jobs at risk. The company's website is not accepting orders and administrator PricewaterhouseCoopers has said vouchers and returns would not be honoured at present. The company, that has been slow to respond to competition from internet retailers, was rescued in 2009 by HSBC, which bought into the company in return for writing off some of its debts. However, increasingly stringent credit terms imposed by suppliers (a common move when there is doubt surrounding the future of a company), and predictions of further falls in camera sales led to the administrators being called.
camera newsJan 8, 2013 at 22:22
CES 2013: Sakar International has formally announced the distinctly Nikon-esque iM1836 - a modular camera system wearing Polaroid branding. Details are scarce - with the company able to give little information (and some of that being improbable), but the first model is said to be an Android-based, Wi-Fi-connected camera with Ricoh GXR-style interchangeable modules with the sensor built into the lens. Further adapter modules are promised to allow use of Pentax K, Nikon F and Micro Four Thirds lenses.
mobileJan 8, 2013 at 18:47
CES 2013: Polaraid iM1836 is the first Android camera with interchangeable lenses.
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Similar to Apple's AirDrop functionality, Microsoft's new Photos Companion app lets you send photos and videos from an Android or iOS smartphone to a PC via a WiFi network.
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Google Photos can automatically create videos from your images for special occasions, such as Mother's Day, or by selecting a specific type of photo in your collection.
"For those of us jaded with street photography–having seen it devolve from a unique style to often no more than a lexical cover for a lack of preparation–Levitt’s work provides a glimpse back to a time when strolling with a camera around one’s neck was considered highly unusual."
The newly launched Discover feature uses an AI named 'Ava' to make personalized recommendations to users. But it's not all algorithm driven, the AI uses information from human curators as well.
At the age of 16, Carsten Schertzer was sleeping in public parks and on friends' couches, pursuing his dream of being a skateboarding photographer. Now, he's an award-winning wedding shooter.
A new Nikon patent in Japan may reveal the company's plans for its "phase fresnel" PF lenses. In addition to the 300mm F4E PF ED VR lens currently in production, we may eventually see 400mm, 500mm, and 600mm F5.6 lenses
When photographer Zack Arias found out about Unsplash, his blood boiled. So he wrote a several-page email to co-founder Mikael Cho, who agreed to talk to Zack about his creation and what it means to the photography industry as a whole.
Verizon is following in AT&T's footsteps, becoming the second US mobile carrier to drop Huawei devices from its catalogue due to security concerns voiced by Congress.
"In 1904, a photographer in North Carolina lent a 4×5 camera to a divorced single mother. He shook his head and muttered several times that she’d 'never make the grade.' One year later, he viewed her as his competitor and took back his equipment."
No Film School got access to 'comprehensive data' about the cameras and lenses used by filmmakers screening at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.
Samsung has sent out its Galaxy S9 smartphone launch invites, and it looks like the company's next flagship phone is all about 'reimagining' camera.
Photographer Anton Gorlin put together this incredibly comprehensive guide to Seascape photography, covering everything from planning, to composition, to the best lenses, tips, and techniques. This is one to bookmark.
The TSA claims the film crew tried to sneak the device through security while filming the process for a television episode. The crew's production house claims it was actually just 'vacuum compression luggage,' and this is all a big misunderstanding.
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Google's odd little AI-powered Google Clips camera we told you about back in October has officially passed through the FCC. Expect an official launch very soon.
LIFE Photo Editor Barbara Baker Burrows, who died of a rare brain disease called corticobasal degeneration on January 10th, chose the pictures that told some of the century’s biggest stories.
A new patent by Samsung proposes moving the front camera and other components—such as the earpiece and proximity and ambient light sensors—underneath the screen.
Photographer Shane Balkowitsch tells the story of how (and why) he built "the first natural light wet plate studio constructed in the entire country in over 100 years."
HTC's newest handset, the HTC U11 Eyes, improves on the standard U11 by slapping a dual camera on the front for 'portrait mode' selfies with real-time bokeh simulation.
Photographer Christopher Payne captures the 'colorful world of craft and complexity' you'll find in the General Pencil Company's factory in Jersey City... and almost nowhere else.
The next Samsung flagship smartphone—which might be the first smartphone with a variable aperture lens—is not being announced or even teased at CES, as previously thought. Instead, Samsung confirmed that the phone would arrive in February.
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