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.
The group that provides Canon users with programs to expand the feature set of their cameras has begun cracking the new EOS R mirrorless firmware.
The Pixel 3 represents another step forward in computational photography for Google's smartphone. We're just getting started with our testing – for now take a look at some sample images, including 'computational Raw' files available for download.
Lens Rentals Founder, Roger Cicala, has given the Canon EOS R one of his signature camera teardowns.
Nikon says firmware version 1.03 "Fixes an issue that in rare circumstances would delay the shutter release or the start of the autofocus operation."
The Kickstarter campaign for Yashica’s digiFilm Y35 camera has produced a wave of complaints about delays in shipping product as well as cameras that don’t work.
Pixelmator today released Pixelmator Pro 1.2 Quicksilver, a major update to its image editing app for Mac.
Although Raw performance of the EOS R is very similar to the 5D Mark IV, Canon's done some tweaking on the JPEGs - take a look at our studio scene to see for yourself.
If you've backed one of the company's crowdfunding projects, the reward will not arrive and you won't get your money back either as Meyer Optik Görlitz's parent company, Net SE, is completely dead.
The importance of APS-C, a future a7S model in development and why customers want two card slots – read our full interview with Sony's Kenji Tanaka.
Google's Super Res Zoom technology uses pixel-shifting methods to achieve zoom results comparable to some optical solutions. Google has published an in-depth explanation on its AI blog.
CyberLink has release the latest version of its photo editing and design program PhotoDirector.
Toy manufacturer Tomy has launched a no-battery-required smartphone printer that is remarkably like the one Holga has been promoting via a Kickstarter campaign but which is already available for $40/£39.
A handful of Sony users have noticed a particular model of SanDisk SD cards is showing errors when used with Sony a7 III camera.
The Fujifilm X-T3's 4K video more than lives up to its impressive specification, making it one of the most capable video cameras we've ever tested.
VSCO has made it easier to find the right presets for your photos with a few interface changes to its smartphone app.
TinyMOS is back with NANO1, an all-new astrophotography camera that's one-third the size of the TINY1 it announced three years ago.
Huawei's latest flagship device comes with the widest range of focal lengths of all current smartphones.
After shaking up the Lightroom ecosystem with Lightroom CC last year, Adobe has released version 2.0 of the cloud-centric photo organizer and editor. We look at new features like People View, how far Lightroom CC has come in its first year, and where Lightroom is headed.
Today, at Adobe MAX 2018, Adobe previewed Photoshop CC on iPad, a full-featured, desktop-class version of Photoshop for iOS.
The weather and has most definitely taken a turn toward fall here, and our shooting opportunities have followed suit. We brought the Canon RF 35mm F1.8 along to a harvest festival of sorts and a few of our usual haunts.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has signed House Bill 1346 into effect, which imposes a fine upwards of $300 to drone operators who invade the privacy or harm the physical wellbeing of citizens.
Sigma is a company in flux, but CEO Kazuto Yamaki is undaunted by the upcoming prospect of developing lenses for eight lens mounts. The challenge will be keeping the company's identity along the way.
If you've been meaning to convert all of your old photos, video, and audio to digital formats, but simply lack the time or willpower to get through it all, a new service from Kodak will help you get the job done.
Almost all new cameras include impressive video features, but for the best results you'll often need an off-camera recorder. Chris and Jordan take a look at the brand new Ninja V from Atomos, and explain why it might just be one of the most useful tools you can add to your camera.
Collect allows you to transform 360-degree into a more easily digestible format by transforming it into directed traditional videos.
Sick of using your plain ol' keyboard to edit your photos in Lightroom and Photoshop? TourBox is hoping to expedite your post-production workflow using a clever combination of dials, buttons, and knobs.
Bag and accessory manufacturer Hex has launched two bags as part of its latest collection: the Clamshell Backpack and DSLR Sling.
Crank out instant photos with Holga Digital's new analog printer, currently being funded on Kickstarter.
We got some hands-on time with Leica's new S3 medium format camera, which boasts a new higher-res sensor as well as other improvements.