November 16

Cell phone photography pioneer Joel Grey explains how he started shooting with his Nokia 133 in this video.

Lytro adds 'perspective shift' and 'living filters' to light field captures

Lytro has announced two extra features for users of its Light Field Cameras - perspective shift and living filters. Perspective shift allows the viewer to re-render the light field as if captured from a slightly different position - moving this viewing position around shows off the depth information captured by the camera. Meanwhile the 'living filters' are depth-aware versions of the processing filter modes that have become near-ubiquitous in cameras in recent years. And, because the Light Field Cameras download all the light field data to your computer, these effects will be available with all existing captures.

November 15

Demotix, “the freelancer’s AP,” is now part of image licensing giant Corbis.

Stephen Mayes on mobile photography: “pure implementation of the digital phenomenon.”

App review: Photo Editor by Aviary for Android and iOS

Read our full review of this multi-platform editor.

MacWorld iPhoneography presentation sneak peek

Jack Hollingsworth shares his iPhoneography conversion experience.

Olympus US gives $500 price and December date for 17mm f/1.8

Olympus USA has announced its M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/1.8 for Micro Four Thirds will be available in December for around $500. The lens features the same premium build quality and snap-focus manual focus mode as the company's 12mm f/2.0. The snap-focus mode is engaged by pulling the focus ring on the lens back, which reveals a distance scale and engages end-stops on the focus travel, applies firmer damping and switches the camera to manual focus mode. Olympus UK, meanwhile, has announced a price of £449.99.

November 14
Richard Franiec creates add-on grip for Sigma DP1 and 2 Merrill

Accessory grip maker Richard Franiec has created a custom grip for the Sigma DP1 Merrill and DP2 Merrill. As usual, the grip is made from anodized aluminium alloy and attached to the front of the camera using high-strength 3M double-sided tape. The grip attaches securely but can be removed if necessary. It will be available from December 2012 at a cost of $36.95 plus shipping.

Study shows app users ripe for physical photo purchases

An untapped market may await photo app makers.

Software Technique: Out on a Limb

Learn how mobile photographer Natalie Maddon manipulates her ethereal images. 

Chirpify turns Instagram comments to online purchases

Service links PayPal and Instagram for digital purchases, donations and sales.

November 13

Congratulations to Sudeep Mehta, winner of our $5,000 top prize.

Just Posted: Nikon D600 In-depth Review

We've just published our 23-page, in-depth review of the Nikon D600. Aimed at enthusiasts, the Nikon D600 offers a 24MP full-frame CMOS sensor and a 39-point AF system adapted from the D7000. In many other respects, it owes a lot to its considerably more expensive cousin, the 36MP D800. When we previewed the D600 we were impressed by its image quality and how many features it offers for the money. So how does it fare when put through our rigorous studio and real-world testing? Click through to find out.

Metabones adds autofocus to Canon-NEX adapter

Metabones has updated its EF to NEX Smart Adapter II, allowing recent Canon lenses to autofocus on Sony E-mount cameras. As with most systems that attempt to use DSLR lenses on contrast-detection-based AF cameras, the focus speed is considerably lower than when used on their native cameras. However, despite not being able to use the hybrid-AF system from the NEX-5R or 6, Metabones claims performance is often better than Sony DSLR lenses being used with the original LA-EA1 adapter. The adapter costs $399, with existing Smart Adapter II owners able to upgrade for $50.

Mobile photography finds a place in the fine arts world

Is a cell phone aesthetic emerging as the genre gains a footing in the fine arts realm?

GoPro releases app for Android

New app allows users to control  GoPro cameras from Android devices.

Largest exhibition of mobile photography in Paris opens Nov. 21

18 photographers on display at the Bastille Design Center.

Insta-scams attract followers with promise of free burritos

Don’t be fooled by Instagram phishing scams.

Can hackers turn the Galaxy Camera into a phone?

November 12
Accessory Review: Kata Revolver-8 Photo Backpack

The Kata Revolver-8 photo backpack's unique selling point is its roulette-style revolving lens compartment, which is designed to let you get access to your glassware in seconds, during a busy shoot. This backpack sits at the more expensive end of the camera backpack spectrum, so does its unique revolving design justify the price premium? Read our review to find out.  

Dronestagram turns Instagram feed into political statement

London-based writer takes to Instagram to show the targets of U.S. drone attacks.

Triggertrap now offers Wi-Fi control for remote shutter trigger

New Triggertrap app update allows for shutter release via Wi-Fi.

Business Insider: Apple starting production of iPhone 5S in December

After tales of hardware problems, Apple is reportedly pushing the release of the iPhone 5S.

The Android-running point and shoot will be available in the U.S. later this week.

Triggertrap app adds Wi-Fi control for remote smart camera triggering

Triggertrap Mobile, the app-based camera trigger can now be used remotely if the user has two smart devices. The latest version of the app, that allows a wide range of cameras to be triggered in response to a range of events or with sophisticated time-lapse functions, features a Wi-Fi mode. In Wi-Fi mode, a 'master' iOS device can be used to remotely configure and trigger a camera that is connected to a Triggertrap mobile dongle and a second smart device (either an iOS or Android phone or tablet).

AT&T announces Samsung Galaxy Camera for $499

US cellphone network AT&T will sell Samsung's Galaxy Camera from November 16th at a price of $499. The Android 4.1 connected camera, which essentially adds a 21x zoom compact camera to a Galaxy SIII smartphone (with the omission of phone function), will cost the same amount with or without a data contract - rather than being subsidized by the carrier, as smartphones usually are. Anyone buying a Samsung smartphone at the same time can receive up to a $100 discount. The AT&T version of the camera will offer a HSPA+ connection, not the faster LTE system.

Photos surface of ZTE’s Nubia Z5

Smartphone fans speculate about Chinese manufacturer’s 13-megapixel smartphone.

Sony’s water-resistant Xperia Advance to come to the U.S.

The Xperia Advance is water resistant and packs a 5-megapixel camera.

BlackBerry 10 to be released on January 30, 2013

RIM’s latest operating system to be unveiled with two new smartphones.

iPhone photography for real tweeters

Bird Photo Booth snaps close ups of fleeting flyers with an iPhone, a wireless trigger and some birdseed.

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.