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This free app finally lets you post to Instagram from your computer

Windowed is a free app that lets you upload photos to Instagram straight from your Mac or PC—no tablet, smartphone, or complicated workaround required.

The Control Room app lets you control Lightroom from your smartphone

This simple app can turn your Android or iOS device into a separate panel that you can use to control Lightroom on your computer without ever touching a mouse or keyboard.

Congress is considering a copyright small claims bill you should know about

The so-called Copyright Alternative in Small Claims Enforcement Act of 2017 (or CASE) would establish a copyright small-claims panel that would make it easier for photographers and other creatives to pursue small infringement cases.

Apple acquires AI startup that scores your photos' framing, composition and more

Apple has reportedly acquired a computer vision startup that can analyze the 'aesthetics' of your photos, telling you if the colors are 'dull' or your background is 'annoying' among many other things.

Japan Camera Hunter is designing a 35mm 'premium compact' camera

Great news for film photography fans: Bellamy Hunt of Japan Camera Hunter has announced that he's developing a 'premium compact' film camera of his own.

How I almost lost a Nikon D850 to an eBay scam

If you're selling high-priced camera gear on eBay, watch out for this incredibly sneaky scam that's being used to fool people into parting with their equipment for free.

Video: 4K cinematic footage captured with Apple's new iPhone 8 Plus

Filmmaker Matteo Bertoli recently put the iPhone 8 Plus through its paces on a cinematic 4K shoot in Los Angeles, and the resulting footage really impressed him.

Video: Four common composition mistakes and what to do instead

Correct these four common composition mistakes and your photos will be more balanced, tell a better story, and lead your viewer's eye where you want it to go.

I shot a viral Hurricane Irma photo, and I didn't make a dime

Photography enthusiast Michael Sechler recently shot a Hurricane Irma photo that went viral and was used by media all over the world… so why didn't he make dime for his work?

HP reveals insane Z8 workstation: Can handle 3TB of RAM and 48TB of storage

If you need insane, mind-blowing, holy crap power out of your PC, check out HP's new Z8 workstation. This beast can handle up to 56 processing cores, 3TB of RAM and 48TB of hard drive space.

Video: Man slammed by Hurricane Irma wave while trying to take photos

Taking pictures in a hurricane can be extremely dangerous. If you're not prepared and careful, you could end up like the guy in this video.

North Carolina has designated October 2017 'Photography Month'

Hear ye, hear ye. By official decree of Governor Roy Cooper of the great state of North Carolina, October 2017 has hereby been designated 'Photography Month.'

Faker exposed after convincing top news media he was a war photographer for two years

You may have seen Eduardo Martins' brilliant war photography in some of the biggest publications from around the world. There's just one problem... he doesn't exist.

Watch a real-time 4K close-up video of the solar eclipse at totality

Photographer JunHo Oh captured this spectacular 4K close-up of the total solar eclipse during totality from Warm Springs, OR using a Panasonic GX85, 2160mm f/12 telescope, and robotic mount.

The Lily Drone is back: Gets a makeover, better features and a new parent company

The ill-fated Lily Drone has been resurrected by a company called Mota Group, and re-released with better looks, additional features and a new name: Lily Next-Gen.

Shooting 101MP black-and-white photos with the Phase One XF IQ3 Achromatic

Photographer Rick Wenner recently captured an odd event called the Race of the Gentlemen with a rather odd camera: The Phase One XF IQ3 Achromatic, the world's only 101MP black-and-white digital back.

$11,000 Leica Noctilux lens shattered, or: Why you never check camera gear when flying

If you've heard it once, you've probably heard it a thousand times: never check in your camera gear when flying. This shattered $11,000 lens is what can happen when you do.

Cinnac is a Tinder-style photo rating app that helps you discover your best photos

Cinnac is a new social network for photographers that will help you separate your good photos from your great ones through a Tinder-like community-based rating system.

Video: Meet the 'camera whisperer' who fixes cameras nobody else can

49-year-old David Hilos is known by the Singapore photography community as the 'camera whisperer.' When a service center says a camera is beyond repair, Hilos can usually coax it back to life.

Video: How to edit photos in Lightroom with a PlayStation controller

If you want to speed up your Lightroom workflow, one of the best tools you can buy might be a wireless PlayStation controller. Photographer Ben Stewart shows you why in this neat video tutorial.

Binded offers one-click US copyright registration for free

Registering your photos with the US Copyright Office can be a huge pain... or it used to be. A new service offered by the website Binded lets you do it in one click without charging any additional fees!

Studio portraits taken with the Godox A1 smartphone flash trigger

Godox just released a set of studio portraits captured with an iPhone 7 Plus and the company's upcoming Godox A1 smartphone flash and flash trigger. Intrigued?

VAST photography collective creates 'highest resolution fine art photographs ever made'

A group of photographers are working together to take gigapixel photography to the next level under a collective called VAST. They seek to create "exceptionally

New TSA procedure requires cameras to be placed in a separate bin

Photographers who fly frequently in the US may want to finally invest in that TSA Pre-check status: in standard security lines, cameras and all other electronics larger than a smartphone will need to be placed in a separate bin for screening.

This video series teaches you all the Photoshop basics for free

Popular YouTube channel TastyTuts has put together this 33-video Beginner's Guide to Adobe Photoshop—a godsend for anybody who wants to learn Photoshop from scratch.

Video: Professional fashion model hits 30 poses in just 15 seconds

Fashion catalog photographers in China have some next-level models to work with. In this video, you see one model hitting 30 poses in 15 seconds as the photographer snaps away.

This $31 lens will turn any room into a camera obscura

The Bonfoton Camera Obscura Room Lens can turn any room into a camera obscura, projecting the view from your window onto the walls of your room.

Advice for photography workshop and conference organizers

"There is a lot of nonsense going on in the workshop world, and it needs to stop."

Bye bye Bowens: The 94-year-old lighting company is going into liquidation

And another one bites the dust... according to several independent reports, 94-year-old lighting company Bowens has entered liquidation.

Video: Seven 'hidden secrets' in Adobe Lightroom

This useful video from PhotoshopCAFE reveals seven 'hidden secrets' in Adobe Lightroom that might make your photo editing life a bit easier.

VSCO adds free 'Oakley' photo filters to iOS and Android apps

VSCO has teamed up with sunglasses maker Oakley, creating three free filters that mimic Oakley's lens technology on the VSCO smartphone app.

No, you can't use my photos on your brand's Instagram for free

A dispute between a successful photographer and a small brand over photo use on Instagram quickly turned ugly, revealing just how insulting these conversations can get.

What makes a great photo: Wise words from a veteran photographer

Photography veteran Charlie Howse shares nuggets of wisdom and insight from decades of teaching and practicing photography. His subject: What makes a great photograph.

Pixel Peeper can now show you what Lightroom preset was used on a photo

The popular program Pixel Peeper launched with the ability to show you what Lightroom edits were applied to an image. Now it can reveal presets too.

Canon 7D Mark II torture test: See a shutter fail in real time

Have you ever seen a shutter fail in real time? Now you can. In this video, ContinueCrushingTech shoot a 7D Mark II continuously until the shutter finally gave up and died.

No one would buy my conflict photos, so here they are for free

Conflict photographer Kainoa Little couldn't find any agencies to buy his photos of the Iraqi offensive against ISIS in Mosul, but he felt he had a duty to tell these stories all the same. So he's sharing his images for free.

Why I swapped my 'pro' DSLR for the cheapest one out there

Photographer Ion Paciu was sick of workshop students commenting on how great his gear was... so he got rid of it. He swapped his 5D Mark III for a lowly SL1 and couple of kit lenses.

Photobucket breaks billions of photos online, upsets millions of users

Photobucket recently started charging $400/year for a service that used to be free, breaking billions of images across the web in one fell swoop. Users are NOT happy.

3 things that will bug photographers about the Polaroid movie trailer

An upcoming horror flick follows a group of teenagers terrorized by a Polaroid camera. The recently released trailer is bothersome on a few levels, especially if you're a photographer.

Video: Those 'Shot on iPhone' ads are not what they seem

YouTuber Marques Brownlee reveals the truth behind those ultra-cinematic, gorgeous looking 'Shot on iPhone' ads that seem too good to be true.

Italian Nikon distributor sets world record for largest human camera

Nikon's 100th birthday party continues worldwide as a distributor in Italy organized a one-of-a-kind feat: assembling the world's largest 'human camera' from over a thousand volunteers.

Video: Canon lens cut in half with a 60,000 PSI water jet

This is what happens when a Canon 17-85mm F4-5.6 lens meets 60,000 PSI of water pressure. Spoiler Alert: the water jet always wins.

Verizon officially acquires Yahoo including Flickr

Verizon is planning to combine AOL, Yahoo and a few of its other subsidiaries into a new ad platform called Oath.

Paralenz is an underwater action cam for scuba divers

The Paralenz camera can record 8MP stills or 4K video footage and also acts as a dive computer.

Photographer travels the world to find its most stunning libraries

Let's hope that Thibaud Poirier remembered to turn off the autofocus 'beep' on his camera first.

VSCO releases photo filters for desktop editing

VSCO has announced that it is releasing its popular mobile app photo filters on desktop. 58 filters come in a pack that is compatible with Lightroom and Adobe ACR and will set you back $59.

Mike Olbinski releases stunning sunset time-lapse featuring unusual cloud formations

We know, we know, another day, another weather time-lapse. But you won't regret devoting a minute of your time to watching this one.

Rumor: Japan's government wants Fujifilm to buy a stake in Nikon

Take this rumor with a very big grain of salt: Japanese magazine, Sentaku, seems to be reporting that the nation's government wants Fujifilm to purchase a stake in Nikon to keep the brand Japanese-owned.

Nikon launches Arcrest protection filter line

Nikon's new Arcrest filters are available in diameters of 67mm, 72mm, 77mm, 82mm, and 95mm, and can survive heavy impacts while only having a minimal impact on image quality.

An Instagram influencer comes clean

Photographer Sara Melotti spills the beans on some of the tricks Instagrammers are using to game the system.

Pinhole Pro DSLR lens is on Kickstarter

Thingify's Pinhole Pro comes with various lens mounts and is the first pinhole lens to offer a variable aperture.

Photo of Kathy Griffin posing with bloodied Trump mask causes controversy

Photographer Tyler Shields' image of Kathy Griffin holding a Trump mask made to look like a decapitated head has not gone over altogether well.

Stunning time-lapse captures Europe's most beautiful spots

Photographer Stan Chang has turned the images captured during a 3-year journey through 30 European countries into a stunning time-lapse, showing the old continent's beauty. 

Europeana Photography lets you browse through the first 100 years of photography

Europeana Photography is a new online image archive that includes more than 2 million historical photographs from European collections in 34 countries, covering the first 100 years of photography.

Meet Canon's 200mm F1.8, aka "Eye of Sauron"

The world's fastest 200mm was produced for 16 years. In that time, only 8000 were made.

MIT previews autonomous tracking drone

The MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) has developed a drone that does not require any human control for recording tracking shots.

DJI to restrict drone performance without 'activation'

An upcoming firmware update from DJI will cripple its drones unless they are 'activated' on the company's website. Live streaming will be turned off and flight radius/altitude will be limited.

Personal camera drones do not require FAA registration anymore

If you are not planning to fly your drone commercially you are not required to register it with the FAA anymore. This decision was handed down by a federal court in Washington, D.C.

Shooting the Milky Way handheld

Impossible? Not if you have a fast lens and 5 stops of stabilization.

Best day ever: Student finds $5 Leica M2 in thriftstore

And it came with a Elmar 50mm F2.8 lens attached.

Maybe zoom lenses aren't so bad, after all

Zoom lenses get a lot of flack due to the high quality of prime lenses. Lauchlan Toal makes the argument that versatility is more important than IQ.

$20,000 of photo gear stolen from airplane overhead bin

Worried about having to check your bag of photo gear on your next flight? Maybe it's time to start watching the overhead bins as well.

FilmLab is a film negative scanning app for smartphones

Developer Abe Fettig is launching a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to get his FilmLab negtaive scanning app ready for official distribution in the app stores. Read more

Adobe's Lightroom Coffee Break videos give quick time-saving tips

It's over ten years since Adobe's Lightroom emerged from beta, and it's evolved a lot since then. The company's 'Coffee break' series of videos introduces features you might not know. For a minute of your time, these tips can help speed your workflow. Read more

Photographer accidentally shoots wrong couple's engagement

Well, this is embarrassing. 

Firefly lights up the night sky in 4K Milky Way timelapse

Photographer Aryeh Nirenberg took over 1000 photos at Assateague Island in Maryland, and created a 4K time-lapse video with an amazing view of the Milky Way.

Photographer Souvid Datta appears to have been caught plagiarizing Mary Ellen Mark

A woman featured in his series 'In the Shadows of Kolkata' bears an uncanny resemblance to a subject in a 1978 Mary Ellen Mark photo.

PSA: don't be like the photographer who fell in the fountain

Submerging your gear underwater is a good way to ensure it's ruined. Here's the story of one photographer who learned the hard/expensive way the importance of being aware of one's surroundings.

Photojournalists reveal their favorite publications to work with and what they pay

Columbia Journalism Review recently surveyed a group of photojournalists on their favorite publications to work with based on several criteria, including arguably the biggest one – what they pay. Read more

TriLens triple lens holder coming to Kickstarter

TriLens is a belt-worn device that is made of steel and fiber-reinforced nylon and can carry three lenses up to a weight of 100kg. Read more

Photographers react with outrage at National Geographic train tracks photo

One more time for everyone in the back: Don't take photos on train tracks. Read more

Edelkrone launches SliderPLUS X and Motion Kit 4-axis motion control system

Accessory-maker Edelkrone claims its new SliderPLUS X & Motion Kit is the 'world’s smartest and most portable 4-Axis motion control system.' Read more

Instagram will soon let you book photographers and other services directly in the app

Business accounts will soon be able to add a booking option to their Instagram profile, allowing potential customers to schedule appointments directly through the app. Read more

Photo planning app PhotoPills now available for Android

PhotoPills is a very popular photo planning app among iPhone and iPad users. Now an Android version with all the same features as its iOS cousin has been launched. Read more

Photogenic Death Valley salt flats damaged by driver who abandoned van

An abandoned van found on Death Valley National Park's protected salt flats has been towed away, but tracks remain – and may be there for years. Read more

Godox's Witstro Pocket Flash AD200 is a pocket-sized powerhouse

Godox's Witstro AD200 speedlight is seriously small, offers wireless support with Godox's 2.4G X system and 200Ws output. Read more

Mesmerizing video shows every New York Times front page since 1852

Or, a visual history of the rise of photography's widespread adoption in 55 seconds flat. Read more

Apple emphasizes iPhone 7 low light capabilities in "One Night" ad campaign

A group of photographers captured life around them on the night of November 5th, 2016 with the iPhone 7. The results are now shown off in a a new Apple ad campaign. Read more

This instant camera is made almost entirely of cardboard

A Ukrainian startup is looking to fund mass production of Jollylook, a camera made mostly of cardboard and paper that accepts Fujifilm Instax mini cartridges. Read more

Charge your devices with a USB station shaped like a Sony mirrorless camera

The Mirage Trio is an a7-series replica camera that can charge three devices at once, and even offers a functional E-mount for no particular reason. Read more

Kamerar ZOOM is a lens attachment for the iPhone 7 Plus dual-camera

The Kamerar ZOOM attachment lens kit includes a fisheye/tele and a macro combo for the dual-camera on Apple's iPhone 7 Plus. Read more

Flickr reveals its top 25 photos of 2016

Billions of photos were uploaded to Flickr this year; here's a sampling of the most popular images shared on the website in 2016. Read more

Chronos high-speed camera hits crowdfunding goal in record time

The Chronos 1.4 Kickstarter project aims to offer a professional level high-speed video specification at a fraction of the cost of comparable systems. Read more

Slice and dice: Watch as a 60,000 PSI water jet slices an SLR in half

We defy you not to watch a 60,000 PSI jet of water slice a Canon SLR film camera in half, revealing the camera's internal components. See video

No dual-cam? No problem: Patch app for iOS uses neural networks to create fake bokeh images

If you don't own a smartphone with dual-camera but still want to shoot portrait images with 'fake bokeh,' the Patch app for iOS might be worth a closer look. Read more

Filmborn for iOS offers 9 film presets and educational content

Filmborn looks like an interesting app for those who like the look of film and want to learn more about analog processing. Read more

Mount a Canon 5D Mark III to a custom drone and capture the beauty of nature

Mount a Canon EOS 5D Mark III to a heavy duty, custom-built drone and you can capture some incredible footage. See video

Google publishes gallery from upcoming Pixel smartphone

Google's camera product manager Issac Reynolds has posted the first gallery from the company's upcoming Pixel smartphone, which the company claims is the best on the market. Read more

Aura is a next generation digital picture frame

With a high-quality display and gesture control, Aura wants to make the digital picture frame a desirable product again. Read more

Adobe and UC Berkeley demonstrate image editing tool powered by machine learning

An AI-powered tool demonstrated by UC Berkeley and Adobe could make image transformation and creation dead simple. Read more

Google algorithm can caption images with 93.9 % accuracy

Manually captioning images may soon be a thing of the past as Google's artificial intelligence gets smarter. Read more

This film camera is 100% 3D-printed, including the lens

3D modeler Amos Dudley has created a 35mm film camera using only 3D-printed parts, including a hand-and-machine polished resin lens. Read more

Hasselblad rumored to be working on 10x zoom camera module for Moto Z phones

An image of a Hasselblad-branded detachable camera module for the Lenovo Moto Z and Z Force smartphones has surfaced on Weibo. Read more

Feast your eyes on a Sony 24-70mm F2.8 G Master teardown

Sony's SGNL YouTube channel tears down the $2200 24-70mm F2.8 GM so you don't have to. See video

EyeEm opens web uploader tool to everyone

Photography community and marketplace EyeEm is making it easier for photographers to join its service by opening up its Web-based image uploading tool to all new and existing users. Read more

Blincam is a wearable camera that takes a photo when you wink

A Tokyo-based startup has successfully crowdfunded a campaign to put into production a glasses-mounted camera designed to take a photo when the wearer winks or blinks. Read more

Voyager 4 Drone comes with 16x optical zoom and 4G connectivity

The Walkera Voyager 4 consumer-level drone comes with a 16x zoom lens in its camera and can be controlled across large distances using its 4G connectivity feature.

Trippy mirrored timelapse turns Hong Kong upside down

A new timelapse from video production company Visual Suspect turns Hong Kong's skyline on its head. Read more

Apple patents system for disabling cameras in no-photography areas

Apple has been awarded a patent for a system that allows for the camera on an iPhone to be disabled remotely via an infrared signal. The technology could be implemented in concert venues, classified areas or any other location where photography is not allowed. Read more

Photographer finds 1200 rolls of unprocessed film from 1950s

Levi Bettwieser of The Rescued Film Project has acquired 66 packages of undeveloped film from the 1950s, totaling an estimated 1,200 rolls. And he needs your help. Read more

Plugin allows direct Instagram posting from Lightroom

A new plugin for Lightroom allows you to add hashtags and captions to your images and post directly to Instagram, without the need for any third-party tools or image transfer to a mobile device. Read more

Avast Photo Space lets you store more photos on your iPhone

Avast Photo Space allows you to store up to 7 times more images on your iPhone by reducing the resolution of your files and storing the original versions in the cloud. It also offers an integrated camera app for a better user experience. Read more

Getty Images launches 'Virtual Reality Group', adds 12,000 360° images

Getty has announced the launch of the Getty Images Virtual Reality Group - a new business division 'dedicated to the creation and global distribution' of VR content. Read more

Photomyne app scans multiple prints at a time

The Photomyme app allows for faster throughput when scanning printed images by letting you scan more than one image at a time. Read more

Unfade for iOS scans and restores old prints

If you have boxes of old faded prints in your closet, the Unfade app for iOS might be worth a closer look. Read more

Reuters will no longer accept edited Raw files from freelance photographers

In an email to freelance photojournalists this week, Reuters has confirmed a change in its photo submission policy requesting that photographers submit JPEGs rather than edited Raw files to the news agency. The message also states that original JPEGs with 'minimal processing' are acceptable, for example, level corrections and cropping. Read more

Akiwi semi-automatic tagging site suggests image keywords

Students at HTW Berlin University of Applied Sciences have created a new semi-automatic tagging website called akiwi in cooperation with Fotolia and Pixolution. Users simply upload an image, which is compared to a library of more than 22 million photos, and keywords are suggested based on similar images and input from the user. Read more

Edelkrone introduces QuickReleaseONE, a universal quick release adapter

Edelkrone has introduced its QuickReleaseONE, a device the company says is the first universal quick release on the market. The QuickReleaseONE screws into the tripod mount on the bottom of a camera, and attaches to the 1/4"-20 screw on any tripod plate. Read more

LumoPro LP742 LightSwitch Speedlight Case doubles as light modifier

LumoPro has announced the LP742 LightSwitch Speedlight Case and Modifier. The case is made from padded ballistic nylon and is able to accommodate most speedlights on the market. LightSwitch can also be transformed into three types of light modifiers: a reflector, bounce card, and flag. The case features a double-zipper design and a velcro strap on the back. Read more

SOOC Studio is a portable, foldable photography studio with LEDs

UPDATED A group of industrial design students in South Africa has introduced SOOC Studio, a portable photography studio with integrated LED lighting sold in limited regions by their company WhiteBison. SOOC Studio folds into a compact shape with a handle and shoulder strap easy for carrying. When unfolded, it transforms into a white photography studio with integrated 6000K LED strips. Read more

Meta35 pulls metadata from film cameras

Promote Systems has introduced its new Meta35 dongle and software, which together allow certain compatible film cameras to be connected to a laptop for metadata transfer. Supported film cameras include the Canon EOS 1V, Nikon F5, F6, F100, N90 and N90s, and the Minolta Maxxum 7 and 9. Read more

Photographer creates picture of 100-man orchestra… with the same person playing each instrument

An Oslo musician and photographer has created a photo stitched together using 400 images, showing an entire orchestra with every instrument played by the same person. Violinist Alexander Light created the 200MP picture by shooting percussionist Heming ValebjØrg in every seat on a stage while he played the appropriate instrument for that position. Read more

Shutterdial offers Flickr searches based on EXIF

Despite the service's recent major update, Flickr doesn't yet offer a way for users to search content based on camera settings. Shutterdial, a website from photographer Tianhe Yang, fills that void by using the Flickr API to offer photo searches based on four criteria: subject, focal length, shutter speed and aperture. Read more

Ansix introduces LensPacks: Rear lens caps with Velcro for bags

Ansix Engineering has taken to Kickstarter with its LensPacks, a rear lens cap backed with Velcro that can be attached to the inside of a camera bag. It's designed to speed up lens changes - when a lens swap is necessary, the photographer can twist the current lens into the fixed lens cap, then twist a different lens off of another cap. Read more

Colorado proposes bill supporting photographers who record police

Colorado, U.S. state legislatures have introduced a new bill that, if signed into law, will prevent law enforcement officers from interfering with citizens who are photographing or recording police activity. It is House Bill 15-1290, and it comes at a time when Texas has proposed its own bill on the topic, but with a draconian slant: it penalizes citizens that film or photograph police actions within 25 feet of the incident. Read more

University of Texas crowdfunding project will release macro images into public domain

The University of Texas has initiated a new crowdfunding campaign that, if successful, will result in macro photos of insects being released into the public domain. The funding for the project will be used to support the students learning to use the imaging system, to improve the photography hardware, and to help pay for the Web hosting. Read more

Lytro opens an interactive studio in Tokyo

Lytro has announced the launch of Lytro Studio in Tokyo. The studio is open to the public so that anyone can visit to learn about light field imaging and the technology behind it. This includes training on how to use Lytro's platform and software, as well as demonstrations of how its cameras and related technology work. Read more

UK temporarily bans export of 19th century photography album

The United Kingdom is hoping to retain an album containing photographs by Oscar Rejlander, and as such it has instituted a temporary export ban on the relic. The ban will prevent the album from being sold to a foreigner and leaving the country (for now), and will possibly provide enough time to study the collection and its origins. Read more

Serif launches Affinity Photo, a Photoshop alternative for Mac

Serif has launched Affinity Photo software, an alternative to Adobe Photoshop for Mac users. The company touches on a couple different notable selling points: its software is considerably cheaper than Photoshop, but no less robust, and comes with the added benefit of silky-smooth operation, at least according to its maker. Additionally, because it is newly created for the latest hardware, Serif says Affinity Photo offers performance that Photoshop struggles to match. Read more

Gary Fong launches virtual camera tutorial service

Gary Fong has launched a new online instructional service, giving photographers a way to become proficient with select camera models in a unique way. Rather than providing a rote list of video tutorials, users are presented with a virtual version of a camera model that is fully interactive: buttons can be pressed, switches can be toggled, and menus can be explored. Read more

Supersense offers 66/6 Limited Edition instant pinhole camera

Supersense, a Vienna-based retailer of high-end goods designed to appeal to the five senses, has targeted analog fans with its new 66/6, a limited edition pinhole camera compatible with Polaroid's Instant film. Read more

Fotodiox creates 'Tough E-Mount' for Sony E & FE-mount cameras

Sony's NEX and Alpha range of E and FE-mount cameras have a lot going for them, but some users have reported a 'wiggle' in the lensmount, especially when heavier lenses, or third-party optics via adapters are used. Fotodiox thinks it has the answer with its new 'Tough E-Mount' - literally a replacement lensmount for E and FE-mount cameras. With a single metal ring replacing the two (one metal, one plastic) originally attached to the camera, the Tough E-Mount should (according to the manufacturer) eliminate any movement between camera and lens. Click through for more details

Delkin introduces new 'Black' range of rugged SD cards

Delkin has introduced a new trio of rugged SD cards suitable for photographers who shoot in harsh environments, reducing the odds of losing photographs because of card damage. Delkin's new 'Black' SD cards are designed to handle extreme temperatures, as well as exposure to dust, water, and crushing forces. Read more

Photographer hits #1 on Reddit with Mt Fuji picture, and quickly regrets it

British photographer Kris Boorman summited Mount Fuji in 2012 and took a photograph from the top, showing the shadow cast by the giant mountain at sunrise. The image has since been used as a background for the Bing search engine and last year won a competition held by Gettty Images. A couple of days ago he posted the photo at low resolution on Reddit, and within a few hours it had garnered more than 6000 upvotes. Although this might sound like good news, Boorman quickly came to regret posting the picture. Click through to learn why

Adobe Lightroom allows users continued access after license expires

Adobe's latest Lightroom update has made it possible for subscribers to continue accessing their images and edits, as well as some limited functions of Lightroom once a license for it has ended. Key functions, including the ability to use the Develop module, do go away once the subscription is out of date, but users retain the ability to view, organize and export images. Read more

Everything you wanted to know covered in helpful Lightroom tutorial

Adobe’s Lightroom 5 is a powerful program, but that power comes at the expense of a learning curve that some find pretty steep. In this excellent video shot at B&H, Photographer Robert Rodriguez, Jr. walks photographers through the functions and features of Lightroom’s Develop module in an hour-long hands-on tutorial as he covers just about every panel and slider in the Develop module. Learn more

Lenstag helps photographers find stolen lenses and images

The website Lenstag bills itself as a tool for helping photographers find lost or stolen gear, but now it’s branching out to help people find images used without permission, too. Lenstag maintains a database of a user’s lens, camera body and accessory serial numbers and then trawls the web looking for photos posted with those registration numbers in the EXIF data of a photo. Learn more

Never forget a Photoshop or Lightroom shortcut again

Even longtime Photoshop and Lightroom users sometimes forget the myriad of keyboard shortcuts used to trigger the program’s powerful features. Now web developer Waldo Bronchart has made a web application called 'Application Shortcut Manager' to help you remember. It's an interactive website that displays all the keyboard shortcuts for Photoshop, Lightroom and Blender. Learn more

Wildlife photographer Florian Schulz offers shooting tips

Known for his conservation projects such as Freedom to Roam, a photographic project designed to encourage the creation of wildlife corridors, photographer Florian Schulz offers some tips and advice for shooting landscapes and wildlife in this six minute video. Learn more

National Geographic editor tells how photography changed her life

Photographer, producer and Senior Photo Editor at National Geographic, Pamela Chen first picked up a camera at around 9 months old. Although she was pointing the camera the wrong way, as children often do, the photo that Chen shares with us in this video is a sweet remembrance. During the video, which is sponsored by Microsoft OneDrive, Chen tells the story of how capturing one blurry photograph when she was a college student changed the course of her life. See video

Camera from NASA's moon missions sold at auction

A Hasselblad camera claimed to have been used by U.S. astronauts on the moon sold on at auction in Vienna for nearly $1 million, despite questions as to the veracity of its travels. WestLicht Photographica Auction in Austria reported the camera, a Hasselblad Electronic Data Camera, sold for €550,000 (€660,000 with the buyer’s premium which is about $910,400) and was won by Japanese businessman Terukazu Fujisawa. Learn more

Meet 'The Archivist' at National Geographic

Ever wonder who looks after at all the old photographs in National Geographic's archive? Well, now you can meet that man. His name is Bill Bonner and they call him 'The Archivist'. For 31 years he's worked mostly by himself in the basement of National Geographic’s Washington, D.C. headquarters and has handled hundreds of thousands of photographs. In total, Bonner is responsible for about eight million images in the vintage collection. See the video

500px 'Prime' is a licensing marketplace with 30% cut for photographers

Photo-sharing site 500px has launched 'Prime' a licensing service that it is describing as 'the world's most intelligent marketplace' with fees that start at $250. Interestingly, the company is also claiming that the photographer will get 30% of every fee for a licensed image, no matter 'how it is bought, who buys it, or under what license'. Click through for more details. 

Fujifilm files patent for color filter array with different-sized pixels

Fujifilm has filed a patent for an image sensor that uses a novel layout, with green and clear rectangular pixels which are larger in area than their neighboring blue and red pixels. The idea behind it is apparently to reduce luminance noise at the expense of color noise, on the grounds that the human eye is less sensitive to the latter. Learn more

Pictures emerge showing widely-leaked Fujfilm 'X-T1'

Last week, Fujifilm teased a new, apparently high-end X-series camera. Inevitably this has lead to a flurry of new rumors, much speculation about the camera's specification, and now a slew of product photographs courtesy of Japanese site digicame-info.com, apparently showing an 'X-T1'. At this point, we're not sure whether Fujifilm will have anything new to announce when the camera finally gets officially launched. Click through for a taste of what's (probably) coming up. 

Sakar shows QX-style, Vivitar-branded modular smart camera

One of the stands we didn't get a chance to visit at CES 2014 was that of Sakar International. Its Vivicam IU680 (as seen by digitalcamera.jp) at first looks like a competitor to Sony's QX models and JK Imaging's Kodak Smart Lenses. However, a closer look reveals that the lens module is interchangeable. We say lens module, rather than lens because it appears to be the same 10-30mm lens/sensor combination shown by Sakar at last year's CES under the Polaroid brand.

Use it or lose it: Learning photography keeps your brain fit

Crossword puzzles, sudoku, and listening to classical music won't keep your mind as sharp as you once thought. New research found people who only participated in passive activities such as playing games got little memory benefit. However, learning photography showed significant gains in memory. Read more

Can computer corrections make simple lenses look good?

Modern lenses tend to be large and expensive, with multiple glass elements combining to minimise optical aberrations. But what if we could just use a cheap single-element lens, and remove those aberrations computationally instead? This is the question scientists at the University of British Columbia are asking, and they've come up with a way of improving images from a simple single element lens that gives pretty impressive results. Click through to read more.  

Retro-styled Mini 90 takes Fujifilm's Instax line back to the future

Fujifilm has updated its venerable line of Instax instant film cameras with the new 'Neo Classic' Mini 90, which takes its styling cues from recent X-series digital cameras like the X100S and X-E1. As well as an updated (or rather backdated) design, the Mini 90 includes a lithium-ion battery and features several shooting modes including a macro focus mode, double exposure and bulb - where the shutter can be held open for very long exposures or creative effects. Click through for more details and a link to Fujifilm's (Japanese) Mini 90 microsite.

Full 360-degree camera rig takes your 3D portrait with 60 DSLRs

Printing in 3D is in the news a lot lately, but applications are usually limited to industrial prototypes. A company called Captured Dimensions has a different use for this technology. They've rigged 60 DSLRs in a 360-degree array to capture 3D portraits. The likeness is then printed using a substance containing gypsum powder, resulting in a 3D sculpture of 1/12 to 1/5 scale. Ready for your 3D closeup? Click through for more details (including how much it'll set you back).

Nokia ad takes us inside the new Lumia 1020

Nokia's new Lumia 1020 smartphone packs some impressive features, most notably a 41MP imaging sensor capable of high-resolution stills and video. A new Nokia advert goes deep (literally) into this aspect of the phone's hardware with a virtual look inside the imaging pipeline of the 1020, showing the entire process of image capture from the shutter opening and light coming through the lens to the creation of a digital image. The result is pretty stunning. Click through to see for yourself.

Kubrick's f/0.7 lenses now available for rent (but start saving up)

Legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick pushed the boundaries of moviemaking in many ways, and was responsible for some of the most enduring visuals in cinema. When he made Barry Lyndon in 1975, Kubrick shot with two ultra-rare Carl Zeiss primes, originally created for NASA. Using the 50mm and 35mm f/0.7 lenses, Kubrick was able to film some scenes purely by candlelight. Now, Germany-based company P+S Technik has announced that they've modified a PS-Cam X35 HD camera to be able to accept Kubrick's primes, and the whole package is available to rent. Click through for more details. 

Photographer reveals massive 360-degree Tokyo panorama

If you haven't seen the 600,000 pixel, 360 degree Tokyo panorama that's flying around the internet, clear your schedule for the next hour and take a look. It's a work from photographer Jeffrey Martin, who previously documented London in a similar fashion. With a lot of storage and processing power, Martin captured the photo with a Canon 7D, 400mm F5.6L lens and a robotic assistant. Click through and check it out.

Cassini spacecraft takes spectacular pictures of Saturn (oh, and Earth)

Last Friday, while orbiting Saturn, the Cassini spacecraft turned its camera lens on earth from almost a billion miles away. NASA has released the images, which show not only Saturn and its rings, but also the Earth in the (very far) distance. The original 'raw' images taken by the spacecraft are grayscale, but astronomy enthusiast Valerie Klavans has converted some of them and added color. The results look pretty spectacular. Check them out after the link.

Magic Lantern firmware boosts dynamic range of Canon 5D III, 7D

The folks at Magic Lantern are no stranger to adding new features to Canon DSLRs, courtesy of their EOS Camera Tool software. Their latest creation, Dual ISO, increases the dynamic range of the 5D Mark III and EOS 7D by four stops, bringing the total dynamic range to 14EV. This allows you to pull detail out of the shadows with a lot less noise than with the 'stock' firmware. Click through for more details.

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