Samsung SMART CAMERA NX1: Product Videos

Mon September 15, 2014

This video presents [Samsung SMART CAMERA NX1] Official Commercial.

Equipped with Samsung’s very own DRIMe V Image Processor, the NX1 gives you the latest in speed, quality and functionality to take your photography to the next level. Bring time to a standstill and focus on what’s important as you capture 15fps while continuously tracking your subject. Let the 28MP APS-C Sensor with BSI – Back Side Illumination and the camera’s Adaptive Noise Reduction Technology create superbly natural-looking images regardless of the conditions around you. Play your video footage on a UHD screen and be amazed by the remarkable detail captured by the NX 1’s 4K recording power.

The following video presents [Samsung SMART CAMERA NX1 4K/UHD Video] Madagascar in Detail:

It takes a special kind of camera to pick up on the finer details in the world around us. The NX1’s 4K UHD recording power brilliantly captures the sweeping vista of this African country’s remarkable landscape, the incredible colors of a chameleon, down to the tiniest sparkle in the gloriously spectacular night sky. The NX1 is all you need to capture it all.


National Gallery of Canada and Imperial War Museums Ask You to Share Online Family Photos of World War 1

Tue September 9, 2014

This video presents  “Lives of the First World War” from Imperial War Museums (IWM) on Vimeo.

  • “To mark the First World War Centenary, IWM is creating Lives of the First World War.
  • This innovative, interactive platform will inspire people across the world to explore, research and share the life stories of those who served in uniform and worked on the home front.
  • By the end of the centenary this will build into a permanent digital memorial to more than 8 million men and women from across Britain and the Commonwealth, saving their stories for future generations.”

In May 2014, Imperial War Museums (IWM) in the UK launched Lives of the First World War. IWM is asking the public to help it attain these three objectives.

  • Tell the “story of the global conflict that shaped the world we live in today.”
  • Create a record of the toil and sacrifice of those who had served in uniform or worked on the home front.
    • It would be so complete that every individual, man or woman, soldier, sailor, airman and civilian from across Britain and the Commonwealth would find a record of their contribution.
  • Build the permanent digital memorial to the Lives of the First World War.
    • Piece together more than 8 million life stories, share them, and enable IWM to save them for future generations.

You can:

  • Link together evidence relating to the same person, using records from museums, libraries and archives across the world.
    • Many of these have been brought together in one place for the first time by Lives of the First World War.
  • Add references to sources you have discovered elsewhere.
  • Upload digital images of your own precious family mementoes.
  • Include family stories and personal knowledge.
  • Group together individuals you are interested in by creating your own Community page.

“As more and more people connect facts to Life Stories, we can begin to piece together each individual’s life story.”

Over the course of the next five years, Lives of the First World War, delivered in partnership with DC Thomson Family History, will become the permanent digital memorial to over 8 million men and women. IWM is urging everyone to discover their First World War connections and remember and share these with the rest of the world online at

However, many of those on Lives of the First World War are currently only names. We need the public to help identify them, piece together their stories and remember each and every one of them.

Over the coming months, millions of additional new records will be added to Lives of the First World War – from the Royal Flying Corp/Royal Air Force, the Royal Navy, the Canadian Expeditionary Force, the Australian and New Zealand Imperial Forces along with the records of almost 17,000 conscientious objectors. IWM is also seeking to include the Indian Army, Home Front workers and all others who made a contribution from across the British Empire.

Lives of the First World War will continue to evolve over the First World War Centenary and new functionality will be added so that people can easily share and discuss who they are remembering online.

Today, IWM is asking people everywhere ‘who will you remember?’

The following video presents The Great War: The Persuasive Power of Photography:

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Nokia New Smartphone Lumia 830: 10MP PureView Camera with ZEISS Optics and OIS

Fri September 5, 2014

This video presents Nokia Lumia 830 – Live it. Sync it. Share it.

  • “Introducing the Nokia Lumia 830 – take amazing pictures with the PureView camera, sync your digital life with OneDrive and share special moments on your favourite social network.”

Nokia announced their high-end style, thinnest, lightest and affordable flagship: the Lumia 830.

Key Features:

  • 10MP PureView camera
    • Main camera PureView 10 MP with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
    • Improved Nokia Camera
    • LED flash, ZEISS optics
  • Front facing camera (Secondary camera) 1 MP , 720p video
  • Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim update
  • 2200mAh battery with integrated Qi wireless charging
  • 1.2 GHz quad-core Processor
  • Slim and lightweight premium design
    • Display size: 5”

Photography Features:

Main camera

  • Main camera sensor: 10 MP, PureView
  • Main camera focus type: Auto focus with two-stage capture key
  • Camera digital zoom: 4 x
  • ZEISS optics: Yes
  • Sensor size: 1/3.4 inch
  • Main camera f-number/aperture: f/2.2
  • Camera focal length: 26 mm
  • Camera minimum focus range: 10 cm
  • Camera image formats: JPEG/Exif
  • Flash type: LED flash
  • Flash operating range: 2.0 m
  • Flash modes: Off, Automatic, On

Main camera features

  • Main camera – other features: 6-lens optics, Backside-illuminated image sensor, Optical image stabilization, PureView, True 16:9 sensor
  • Digital camera add-ons: Panorama lens, Nokia Refocus, Bing vision, Cinemagraph lens, Nokia Camera, Nokia Glam Me

Image capturing

  • Capture modes: Video, Still
  • Scene modes: Automatic, Sports, Night
  • White balance modes: Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Daylight, Automatic
  • Light sensitivity: Automatic, ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800, ISO 1600, ISO 3200
  • Photos viewed by: Month, Photo editor, Album, Timeline, Camera Roll, Favorites, Nokia Storyteller, Photos from social networks

Secondary camera

  • Secondary camera: HD 0.9 MP wide angle
  • Secondary camera f-number/aperture: f/2.4
  • Secondary camera – other features: Video recording, Still image capture, Video call
Nokia Lumia 830: Main camera PureView 10 MP with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)

Nokia Lumia 830: Main camera PureView 10 MP with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)

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Quantum imaging technique takes picture using light that never struck the imaged object

Sun August 31, 2014

Credit: Gabriela Barreto Lemos

Credit: Gabriela Barreto Lemos

As photographers, we all know that “it’s all about light.” The quality of the light that strikes the scene, gets reflected back into the camera’s lens and carefully focused onto the image sensor.

Well, quantum physics researchers have now developed a fundamentally new quantum imaging technique that uses the property of “entangled” pairs of photons to take pictures. They essentially shine a laser through two non-linear crystals, producing a pair of twin (“entangled”) photons in either crystal: one infrared photon and a “sister” red photon.

If a photon pair is created in the first crystal, only the infrared photon are allowed to illuminate the object. Its sister red photon never encounters the object. And yet, a picture of the object is obtained using the red photons only!

In the experiment, the laser illuminates two separate crystals, creating one pair of twin photons (consisting of one infrared photon and a “sister” red photon) in either crystal. The object is placed in between the two crystals. The arrangement is such that if a photon pair is created in the first crystal, only the infrared photon passes through the imaged object. Its path then goes through the second crystal where it fully combines with any infrared photons that would be created there.

With this crucial step, there is now, in principle, no possibility to find out which crystal actually created the photon pair. Moreover, there is now no information in the infrared photon about the object. However, due to the quantum correlations of the entangled pairs the information about the object is now contained in the red photons – although they never touched the object. Bringing together both paths of the red photons (from the first and the second crystal) creates bright and dark patterns, which form the exact image of the object.

Stunningly, all of the infrared photons (the only light that illuminated the object) are discarded; the picture is obtained by only detecting the red photons that never interacted with the object.

Read more at: physorg


Olympus PEN E-PL7: Share Beautifully + Overview Videos

Thu August 28, 2014

This video presents Share beautifully with the new Olympus PEN EPL-7.

Introducing the smartest PEN yet! Built to deliver outstanding image quality with its ultra high speed, one-touch selfie capabilities and easy Smartphone sharing.

The following video presents Olympus PEN E-PL7 Overview:


Pentax K-S1 DSLR Camera: Product Video

Wed August 27, 2014

This video presents Unveiling the PENTAX K-S1.

Experience photography in a new light with the PENTAX K-S1. Whether you’re new to photography or a skilled enthusiast, the K-S1 offers you the ability to take your imaging to the next level. The K-S1 incorporates new elements that optimize digital innovations, such as a compact, modern design and an inventive interface system.


Canadian Photographer Sarah Anne Johnson Will Create Toronto’s First Monumental Photographic Mural: To Be Completed by May 1, 2015

Wed August 27, 2014

Canadian artist/photographer Sarah Anne Johnson will be commissioned to create the City of Toronto’s first monumental photographic mural.

  • It will be located at 11 Bay St. and near Toronto’s waterfront area.
  • This large-scale photographic image will be created for the west-facing wall of the Westin Harbour Castle Convention Centre.
    • The 12-metre-tall by 44-metre-wide wall for this commissioned artwork is shown in the Google image below.
Left: The west-facing wall of the Westin Harbour Castle Conference Centre. Image by Google.

Left: The west-facing wall of the Westin Harbour Castle Conference Centre. Image by Google.

Sarah Anne Johnson works in various mediums, focusing on themes of nature and idealism…For her series “Artic Wonderland” (2010-11), Johnson took photos in the Arctic Circle and altered them using paint, Photoshop, and techniques of embossing and printmaking. “I do this to create a more honest image,” she says. “To show not just what I saw, but how I feel about what I saw.”


Winnipeg-based artist Sarah Anne Johnson won the inaugural Grange Prize for contemporary photography in 2008.

Tree-planting experience in British Columbia and travels to the Galapagos Islands have led Johnson to explore the link between labour and utopia, community and landscape. Johnson holds a BFA from the University of Manitoba and an MFA from Yale.

Canadian Art

Construction of the mural is scheduled to be completed by May 1, 2015 — in time for the opening of the Contact Photography festival and the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.

Beginning with Lake Ontario and Toronto Island as her subject, Johnson’s site-specific new work will transform this grey city block into a magical place.

Bonnie Rubenstein, Artistic Director of Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

Toronto, Ontario, Canada


August 26, 2014

Giant photographic mural in the works for Toronto’s waterfront area

The City of Toronto’s StreetARToronto (StART) program announced today that it has been selected by Partners In Art – the volunteer-based not-for-profit group of Toronto contemporary art supporters – to receive funding support to help create the city’s first monumental photographic mural. It will be located near Toronto’s waterfront.

Working with the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, this joint partnership will provide a rare opportunity to commission a site-specific photographic artwork for the enjoyment of Toronto residents and visitors.

Thanks to a $50,000 donation by Partners In Art (PIA), the StART program, in association with Contact, will commission Canadian artist Sarah Anne Johnson to create a large-scale, site-specific photographic image for the west-facing wall of the Westin Harbour Castle Convention Centre at 11 Bay St. This site was selected due to its busy location and unique characteristics. The block-long building at the foot of Bay Street offers a unique wall surface that is suitable for a massive mural.

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Fujifilm X30 Large-sensored Premium Compact Camera: Product Videos

Tue August 26, 2014

This video presents FUJIFILM X30 Promotional Video.

The joy of shooting is back.

Heralding Fujifilm’s the third-generation of large-sensored premium compacts, the new X30 has evolved from the innovative technologies of the best-selling X10 and X20 cameras.

The following video presents Fuji Guys – Fujifilm X30 – First Look Preview:

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“Clean Air: A Basic Right” Exhibit: Photographers in Pictou County Can Submit Works by Sept.6, 2014

Sat August 23, 2014

This video presents “Northern Pulp Mill and Pictou, NS – July 27, 2014.”

A very putrid and sickening day in Pictou, Nova Scotia, Canada. This is far from an isolated occurence. In an interview with CBC, David MacKenzie, spokesperson for Northern Pulp readily admits that Northern Pulp is not in compliance with it’s regulatory emissions. This was not new information. The Nova Scotia Department of the environment allows stake holders to exceed limits if they have a plan and are working towards compliance. A Scrubber filter in the plant broke down in 2006. The Department of Environment says they were not aware until 2008. The precipitator on the recovery boilder has had issues since 2011. There have been two directives (in 2012 and early 2013) that the DOE has given Northern Pulp to come under compliance. Northern Pulp are working towards this and says this should be completed by spring 2015. In the mean time, emissions have ridiculously exceeded limits and Northern Pulp are setting records in production without fear of being shut down due to excessive particulate matter. Pictou County already has the highest levels when it comes to cancer mortality rate in Nova Scotia according to Government of Canada Stats.

Photo by Matt Gunning‎: Clean up the Pictou County Pulp Mill.

Photo by Matt Gunning‎: Clean up the Pictou County Pulp Mill.




Gerry Farrell, director of Palliative Care at the Aberdeen Hospital in New Glasgow and local photographer and Marianne Fraser, retired professional photographer, are organizing an exhibition of photography. They are seeking works by photographers who are affected, moved and/or inspired by the issue of toxic emissions of the Northern Pulp Mill in Pictou and the effects it has on health, the environment and the general wellbeing of the people in Pictou County.

The purpose of this exhibition is to raise awareness of the magnitude of the impact of the emissions of the Northern Pulp Mill on human life and the environment as a whole. With due consideration of the livelihood of its employees and the people who work in the sub industries, this exhibition seeks attention to the fact that the people in Pictou County and surrounding areas, can’t live any longer with the unacceptable toxic pollution that destroys their health, environment and community.

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Talk to Your Children About Sharing Personal Images and Videos on the Internet

Sat August 23, 2014

School is a little bit more than one week away and parents and their children are busy preparing their school supplies and wardrobe. Besides the requisite pencils, erasers and copybooks, today’s tech savvy children also carry smartphones, cameras, tablets and/or laptops. Snapchat, Facebook, and text messaging are standard communication tools for many students, who have no qualms sharing personal information, pictures and videos on the Internet.

While Canadian schoolchildren today may be more digitally savvy than their parents, their online activities may not always be safe and don’t always meet with parental approval. A McAfee study conducted earlier this year found 76 per cent of Canadian youth admit to hiding online behaviour from their parents and 56 per cent have visited websites or viewed videos their parents would disapprove of. More statistics from the survey are available at

For children today, the school experience can be far different from that of their parents, and they may think that parents do not understand their generation. With all the technology available to today’s students come new responsibilities for parents. To help bridge the gap between generations and start a conversation between parents and children, McAfee offers some tips parents can use to help protect their children:

  • Turn off GPS services – disabling GPS helps keep children invisible to strangers.
  • Enable privacy settings – this helps keep children’s personal information private.
  • Teach them what is inappropriate to share – many teens and tweens underestimate the danger of sharing contact information (e-mail addresses, phone numbers and home addresses) and personal images and videos.

Children may balk at these restrictions and it’s a perfect time to start a conversation about the importance of digital privacy. Probably the most important thing parents can do to protect their children (especially teens) is to keep communication lines open. This means to respect them, listen to them and support them. Starting the conversation with older children may not be easy but it will tell them that you are always there for them.

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Rating The Cuteness of a Photo

Tue August 12, 2014

© University of Lincoln

© University of Lincoln

There is no argument that we, adults, find some photos and videos of babies, puppies and kittens cute — and that is one reaosn they go viral on the Internet.

But researchers at the Istituto Superiore di Sanità in Rome and at the University of Lincoln in the UK wanted to know just how young this “cute response” start at. Do babies also react to cute images of other babies, puppies and kittens?

To find out, they devised experiments that used eye-trackers to track the gazes of British children between the ages of 3 and 6. They digitally manipulated 120 pictures of adult humans, babies, dogs, puppies, cats and kittens to give them a stereotypical “cuteness”: a round face, high forehead, big eyes and a small nose and mouth.

© University of Lincoln

© University of Lincoln

The results of the experiments, published in the Frontiers of Psychology, showed that children rated images of adult dogs as cuter than both cats and humans. They also rated puppies and kittens as cuter than other babies. Next, the researchers want to know if the same results apply to newborns.

Read the research at: Frontiers of Psychology

via popsci


Creative Photoblogging by Carefree Photographers: “Lens Between Us”

Sat August 9, 2014

Peter Sedláčik and Žužu Suzan Gálová are photographing each other for their photoblog "Lens Between Us". Image by Milos Mlynarik.

Peter Sedláčik and Žužu Suzan Gálová are photographing each other for their photoblog “Lens Between Us”. Image by Milos Mlynarik.

Peter Sedláčik and Žužu Suzan Gálová show us a creative and fun way to travel and blog about their adventures. They shoot photographs of each other and their surroundings from opposite viewpoints.

Glebe, Sydney, Australia is their home now. They have photoblogged many countries including Singapore,  Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Austria and Hungary.

They are carefree photographers who are passionate about photography and travel.

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