5 Kickstarter projects for photographers
Snooperscope promises to give your smartphone or tablet night vision. The external camera/lens attaches to the front of your device and delivers images to it via the Snooperscope app, which is available for both Android and iOS.
Snooperscope puts out infrared radiation to illuminate objects shrouded in darkness, and it converts the reflected radiation into something you can see. Its developers even claim that can penetrate any opaque material that infrared rays can pass through, such as liquids, inks and textiles. While Snooperscope may be limited in its practical photography applications, it could be fun to experiment with the ghostly X-ray-like results.
Quebee is a tiny camera remote-controlled from your mobile device. You press a button to start recording and smartphone app serves as your dashboard, allowing you to capture video, timelapse or still images. The Quebee is capable of five hours of continuous full HD recording, or two days of recording in timelapse mode.
Quebees work better together, and developers are offering Quebee kits in both a two- and three-device version. Quebees' captures are uploaded to the cloud when the device is in range of a wi-fi network, and you’ll receive a notification on your phone when you're ready to start editing.
Michron is an intervalometer to assist in timelapse captures with your DSLR. While geared toward DSLR photography, your phone plays an integral role as the tool for programing Michron’s settings via an app available for both Android and iOS.
Michron is designed for both beginners and experienced photographers. You can set Michron to Auto, or delve into its more technical settings, finally compiling and editing your images into a timelapse video using the software of your choice.
The project has certainly piqued the interest of the Kickstarter community: with four days left in Michron's campaign it's already surpassed its original $40,000 goal by almost $130,000.
Foldio is a portable studio aimed at, but not limited to, smartphone product photography. At 10.2x10.2x10.2 inches, Foldio looks ideal for lighting and shooting small items you’d normally sell on eBay or Etsy.
The popup studio has an LED strip at the top that provides even lighting against a horizonless backdrop. Those backdrops come in seven colors: yellow, orange, green, purple, blue and pink. Foldio folds down into a flat package that’ll slip easily into a messenger bag or a backpack.
Wiggly is a modular three-axis stabilization device that aims to help iPhone shooters take the shake out of their videos. Control is limited to your wrist, a switch and a joystick. There are two iterations: a handheld unit for two-axis stabilization and a larger unit for one-axis stabilization.
Wiggly supports iPhones, GoPros and DSLRS under two pounds. We hope developers consider adding an Android version as well.
If your phone is your primary means of video creation, the Wiggly could prove beneficial, though $285+ seems like a bit of a tall order for anyone on a budget.
We were in Japan earlier this month for the annual CP+ show in Yokohama, where we sat down with senior executives from several camera and lens manufacturers, among them Nikon.
Sony has released firmware version 5.0 for its flagship mirrorless camera, the a9. The update brings AI-driven autofocus modes, an improved menu structure and other updates.
Night Sight, Portrait Mode and (surprisingly) wide-angle selfie mode are features that we're currently loving about the Pixel 3's camera.
The Auschwitz Museum has asked visitors to be more respectful after an upsurge of pictures posted on social media showing people posing on the train tracks that lead to the main gate.
This week Chris and Jordan take the new Leica Q2 for a spin, and while most of us in the Northern Hemisphere are welcoming spring, they head even farther north than usual to visit ice castles. Because #Canada.
Harvard is facing a lawsuit over profiting from 19th century daguerreotypes that captured the portrait of a slave and his daughter on a South Carolina plantation.
From the detailed textures in rural landscapes to the incredible lighting inside futuristic buildings, the photorealism of Unreal Engine 4 is blurring the lines between fiction and reality...you know...aside from the spaceship.
According to a report from The Informant, a number of Instagram users' passwords were shared as plaintext in URLs used to download their data.
We've added Panasonic's new Lumix S1 and S1R full-frame mirrorless cameras to three of our buying guides. If you're looking for a quick summary of each model, then have a read.
YouTube channel Photoshop Cafe has shared a video detailing ten tips and tricks you can do to both fix and speed up Photoshop when it's running slow and sluggish.
It's not going to be the banger of the year, but it'll get a few laughs.
DJI has confirmed its drones won't be affected by the GPS 2019 week rollover.
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery has teamed up with Kodak to release a beer that's capable of doubling as a film developer.
The Diana Instant Square is a retro-inspired camera with manual controls that's fun to shoot in good light, but largely unpredictable in its operation.
Residents of a Paris street plagued by Instagrammers, selfie takers and music video crews are asking the city government for a weekend and evening ban to give them some peace.
The adapter plugs into the Osmo Pocket's USB Type-C port and features a 3.5mm TRS jack to plug in various external microphones.
Checkout allows Instagram users to select products for purchase and make payments directly in the app.
GauGAN as it's known, can create photorealistic images from basic drawings using the power of artificial intelligence.
The EOS RP is Canon's latest full-frame mirrorless camera, with diminutive dimensions and a diminutive price. Find out how it stacks up and get our thoughts in our early review.
Montana judge Dana L. Christensen has ruled the Republican National Committee did not infringe upon the copyright of photographer Erika Peterman after they took a photo from a Democratic candidate's Facebook page without permission and altered it to use in a derogatory promotional mailer.
Nikon has launched updates for three of its programs to address various bugs and glitches that could cause crashes and unwanted results.
LEE Filters has launched the LEE100, its next-generation filter holder that improves the design and looks in all the right places.
With the arrival of some much-needed sunshine and final production firmware for the Panasonic S1, we've been able to get outside and really start putting the camera through its paces.
Importing, culling and tagging photos is about to get a whole lot faster and look a whole lot better with the impending arrival of Photo Mechanic 6.
On its own, the FTZ adapter retails for $250 and when bundled it dropped the cost to just $150. Now, Nikon is offering it for free with all Z6, Z7 purchases in the United States.
Profoto said it spoke with Godox back at Photokina 2018 and continues to contact Godox in an effort to stop it from marketing its V1 light.
Product renders in Italian publication Notebook Italia show an unusual design that conceals all cameras with the help of a slider mechanism.
Canon says its new EF 400mm F2.8L IS III and EF 600mm F4L IS III lenses can suffer from an intermittent flickering when shooting video in M or Av modes with certain cameras.
Leica recently announced the Q2, a digital rangefinder with a fixed 28mm F1.7 lens. It's a heck of a lot of fun to shoot with, but is it right for you? Based on our time with the camera, and its specifications, we've examined how well-suited it is for common photography use-cases.
Now that our Panasonic Lumix S1R has final firmware, we couldn't wait to get out shooting with it - and we also tried the high-res mode, which combines files to get 187 megapixel images. Because sometimes, 47 megapixels just isn't enough.