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A History of the Sky in Time-Lapse Photography

Mon November 21, 2011


From obeyken

Ken Murphy installed a camera on the roof of the Exploratorium museum in San Francisco and captured an image of the sky every 10 seconds for a year, resulting in a time-lapse study of the sky that reveals the patterns of light and weather over the course of a year.

Each day’s pictures resulted in about 6 minute of time-lapse movie. There are 365 movies in all pasted into a mosaic and all synchronized to show the same time of day. In this way, you can tell at a glance what the sky looked like at a particular time on every single day of the past year.

The rig consists of a Canon A520 digital camera with a wide-angle conversion lens attached, a Soekris net4801 computer running Ubuntu Linux, a 4GB CF memory card (emptied every couple of days), and controlled by gPhoto.

For more information on the project, visit http://www.murphlab.com/ahots.

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Videos

Beware Camera Thief

Mon November 21, 2011


From From tortoisebutler

This is a London pub (The George Pub on Queen Street) and the theft occurred in October, but the theft could occur anywhere. Unless you are holding on to your camera (or camera bag, in this instance), someone can easily take off with it, as this video shows. The thief walks in at about 0:18, scouts around, identifies a target, makes sure everyone is occupied, picks up the bag at 1:15, then heads out of the bar with the camera bag containing a Canon 5D Mk II, 24-70 f/2.8, 50mm f/1.2, 16-35 f/2.8 and a Dell Mini 9 laptop.

It’s almost worth putting a tracker in a camera bag and letting a thief pick it up. Why doesn’t the Police do these things? And if we can wipe out or lock a phone remotely, why can’t we do the same with a camera and electronic lenses?

via pixiq


Videos

The DIY $1 Lightsphere

Mon November 21, 2011


From allenmowery

Some of the best products are the simplest. Take Gary Fong’s Lightsphere, basically a plastic cup placed over your flash to diffuse the light. Why the manufacturer does not provide a diffusion screen themselves is beyond me. In this video, Allen Mowery goes one cheaper using a vinyl drawer liner and some velcro to hold it all in place.

via diyphotography


Videos

HDR Skies

Mon November 21, 2011

Tanguy Louvigny shot these beautiful HDR landscapes. Careful composition in framing the shots give them an almost 3D effect.

Hdr skies from Tanguy Louvigny on Vimeo.

Equipment:
Canon 400D, 60D & Sigma 10-20mm
Hand made 3 axis Tetrix based motion control rig

Software:
HDR shots tone mapped with Photomatix v4
Edited in Adobe Premiere & After effects CS5


Articles

Air Clicker — Two Finger Camera Concept

Mon November 21, 2011

Imagine a camera designed by Apple. That’s the premise of the Air Clicker, the ultimate bare bones needed for a camera were Apple to design it, consisting of two finger-wearable parts: the camera itself worn as a ring on your thumb, and the shutter release worn on your forefinger.

Of course, were Apple to be involved, it would be iCloud ready. No words on sensor and resolution.

Read more at: Yanko Design.

via bitrebels


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Nikon 1 V1 Review @ Neocamera

Mon November 21, 2011

Nikon V1

Nikon V1

Nikon really pushed things here, giving the V1 the smoothest and most seamless integration between stills and video on any digital camera to date.

We’ve added a new Nikon 1 V1 [QuickPrice Check] Review to our Reviews Matrix.

Neocamera has posted their review of the Nikon 1 V1, a compact mirrorless with 10.1MP resolution (on a 1.0-in. 13.2 x 8.8mm CMOS sensor), interchangeable lens on Nikon 1 mount, 3.0-in. LCD (921k-dot), 1,440,000 -dot (SVGA) electronic viewfinder (EVF), PASM, Scene Modes, Motion Snapshot, Shutter speed range of 1/4,000 to 30 sec. plus B, Continuous Shooting 5fps (or 60fps, electronic shutter), Hybrid autofocus (phase detection/contrast-detect AF), RAW, proprietary accessory shoe, and Full HD 1920 x 1080/60i Movie with stereo sound.

You can read the Nikon 1 V1 Review @ Neocamera.

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Nasa Releases Moon Elevation Map Where 1 Pixel = 100m

Mon November 21, 2011

Image credit: NASA

Image credit: NASA

Two instruments on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft have produced the sharpest ever elevation map of the Moon. Using the data from the camera instrument (specifically the Wide Angle Camera) and the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (Lola) instrument, NASA scientists have mapped the troughs and bumps over nearly the entire Moon with a pixel scale close to 100m (328 ft).

via BBC


Articles

When Sharp Images Don’t Matter

Sat November 19, 2011

What do you do when the light seemingly does not cooperate and, try as you may, you are unable to get an exposure that will assure a sharp image? Throw the rules out of the window, as Jeff Wignall over at BlackStar did.

Read Breaking All the Rules Can Lead to Surprising Images.


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This Week’s (Nov 12-18, 2011) Digital Camera Review Roundup

Sat November 19, 2011

Here is this week’s (Nov 12-18, 2011) digital camera review roundup:

  • CameraLabs highly recommends the Canon PowerShot ELPH 310 HS [QuickPrice Check] for “if you’re looking for a classy point-and-shoot with excellent video features and a longer than average zoom it’s a pretty compelling proposition in its own right.
  • DCRP (dcresource) highly recommends the Sony NEX-7 [QuickPrice Check] concluding that “overall, the Sony Alpha NEX-7 is [an] excellent mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. Whether we’re talking performance, photo quality, or features, the NEX-7 does just about everything right.
  • PhotographyBLOG recommends the Canon SX40 HS [QuickPrice Check] finding that “the most obvious market for this pumped up PowerShot is the family user, wildlife watcher or sports fan, or even concert go-er.
  • LetsGoDigital finds the Samsung ST96 as “a simple compact camera [that] is easy to operate and takes nice snapshots.
  • ePHOTOzine recommends the Fujifilm X10 [QuickPrice Check] as a “camera [that] feels great in the hand, but more importantly it feels great as a camera to use, with extremely quick focusing and shutter response it’s very easy to get candid street shots.
  • DPReview highly recommends the Sony SLT-A65 [QuickPrice Check] as “an exceptionally well specified camera not only considering its class, but the consumer-level DSLR field as a whole.
  • DigitalCameraReview recommends the Canon SX40 HS [QuickPrice Check] as an ultra zoom that deliovers “excellent images [and] makes an excellent point and shoot with the added advantage of having the ultrazoom for the times you need it.
  • ePHOTOzine reviews the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS [QuickPrice Check] and finds that “for a very reasonable price you get a good zoom range and decent image quality making it an ideal camera for travelling.
  • ePHOTOzine recommends the Canon PowerShot S100 [QuickPrice Check] since it “provides great image quality, a longer and wider zoom than the S95, and with a slimmer body it should fit even more easily into pockets.
  • LetsGoDigital finds that the Samsung MV800 [QuickPrice Check]is full of creative functions that make it fun to shoot photos of yourself or others.
  • PhotographyBLOG recommends the Nikon COOLPIX AW100 [QuickPrice Check] finding that it “can withstand almost everything that life can throw at it, underwater, in the cold, from a moderate height, although it’s not dust- or crush-proof.
  • Imaging Resource highly recommends the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 [QuickPrice Check] for “[rethinking] their high-end ultrazoom, returning the flagship to five-star status with a reduction in resolution that paradoxically boosts image quality.
  • ePHOTOzinehighly recommends the Samsung NX200 finding that “noise control certainly appears to be on a par with competitors from Sony and Canon with well controlled noise up to ISO 3200.
  • TechRadar recommends the Sony SLT-A77 [QuickPrice Check] finding that “the AF system is blisteringly quick and accurate [but] a bit of a sluggish start-up time, slight delay when switching between using the EVF and LCD for shooting and high ISO noise performance that, while still very good, doesn’t quite match that of its major rivals.
  • DigitalCameraInfo isn’t too keen with the Olympus SP-810 UZ [QuickPrice Check] finding that its “noisy, blurred images–even at low ISOs–is absolutely inexcusable.
  • TrustedReviews finds that the Samsung MV800 [QuickPrice Check] is “designed to be easy-to-use, flexible and fun. Measured solely by these three key credentials it scores well.
  • Imaging Resource recommends the Nikon 1 J1 [QuickPrice Check]for consumers looking to better compact camera image quality and performance, while gaining the versatility of interchangeable lenses, the Nikon J1 is right on target.
  • WhatDigitalCamera reviews the Samsung NX200 and finds that “image quality is also phenomenal at the lower ISO settings […] and high ISO settings are decent.
  • For more camera reviews, to get a second opinion, and just to read the best reviews on the Web, visit our Reviews Matrix.


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Samsung MV800 Review @ TrustedReviews

Fri November 18, 2011

Samsung MV800

Samsung MV800

Designed to be easy-to-use, flexible and fun. Measured solely by these three key credentials it scores well.

We’ve added a new Samsung MV800 [QuickPrice Check] review to our Reviews Matrix.

TrustedReviews has published their review of the Samsung MV800, an ultra-compact with 16.1MP resolution (on a 1/2.3-in. CCD image sensor), 5x wide-angle optical zoom (26-130mm equiv.), Optical Image Stabilization, 3.0-in. Flip-Out Touch-screen LCD (288K-dot), Smart AUTO, P, Night Shot, Live Panorama, Magic Frame, Picture in Picture, Smart Filter, Effects, 3D Photo, Pose Guide, Zoom Noise Reduction, Intelligent Portraits, and HD 720p Movie 1280×720 @ 30fps.

You can read the Samsung MV800 Review @ TrustedReviews.

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Olympus SP-810UZ Review @ DigitalCameraInfo

Fri November 18, 2011

Olympus SP-810UZ

Olympus SP-810UZ

The SP-810UZ’s […] noisy, blurred images–even at low ISOs–is absolutely inexcusable.

We’ve added another Olympus SP-810 UZ [QuickPrice Check] Review to our Reviews Matrix.

DigitalCameraInfo has posted their review of the Olympus SP-810UZ with 14 MP resolution (1/2.3 in. CCD), 36x wide-angle optical zoom (24-864mm equiv.), Sensor-shift Image Stabilization, 3.0-in. LCD (230k-dot), Intelligent Auto, P, 3D Photos, Eye-Fi Compatibility, Magic Filter, Beauty Mode, In-Camera Panorama, and HD Movie 720p 1080×720 @ 30fps.

You can read the Olympus SP-810UZ Review @ DigitalCameraInfo.

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OLYMPUS SP-810UZ REVIEWS
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2012-03-14 Olympus SP-810UZ ePHOTOzine
2011-11-18 Olympus SP-810UZ DigitalCameraInfo

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Nikon 1 J1 Review @ Imaging Resource

Fri November 18, 2011

Nikon 1 J1

Nikon 1 J1

For consumers looking to better compact camera image quality and performance, while gaining the versatility of interchangeable lenses, the Nikon J1 is right on target.

We’ve added a new Nikon 1 J1 [QuickPrice Check] Review to our Reviews Matrix.

Imaging Resource has posted their review of the Nikon 1 J1, a compact mirrorless with 10.1MP resolution (on a 1.0-in. 13.2 x 8.8mm CMOS sensor), interchangeable lens on Nikon 1 mount, 3.0-in. LCD (460k-dot), PASM, Scene Modes, Shutter speed range of 1/16,000 to 1/3 sec., Continuous Shooting 5fps (or 60fps, electronic shutter), Hybrid autofocus (phase detection/contrast-detect AF), RAW, and Full HD 1920 x 1080/60i Movie with stereo sound.

You can read the Nikon 1 J1 Review @ Imaging Resource.

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