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Nikon 1 AW1: Nikon Product Videos

Thu September 19, 2013

This video presents “First Look at the Nikon 1 AW1.”

  • The Nikon 1 AW1 delivers high quality images anywhere with its tough, waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof construction.
  • Don’t miss the perfect shot with the world’s fastest continuous shooting frame rate (approx. 15 fps with AF)*.
    • *Among digital cameras with interchangeable lenses available as of Sept. 9, 2013; based on Nikon research
  • Shoot Full HD video and share your images wirelessly using the WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter.

The following videos present “Slow View Mode and Live Image Control Sample Photography.”

  • Have you ever missed a photo because you pressed the shutter a split-second too late? Never again!
  • Slow View Mode allows you to slow a clip of action and then select a perfectly timed shot.
  • Get creative with the easy-to-use Live Image Control by simply sliding the control bar to preview effects such as Background Softening or Motion Blur.

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Could Graphene Revolutionize Image Sensors?

Wed September 18, 2013

The smart people at MIT, Columbia University and IBM’s T. J. Watson Research Center have apparently succeeded in increasing the responsivity (the amount of light that is actually converted into an electrical current) of graphene in photodetectors that convert optical signals to electrical signals in integrated optoelectronic computer chips. (Optoelectronic computer chips use light rather than electricity to move data, drastically reducing their power consumption and heat production.) When graphene is used integrated in a silicon chip, the optoelectronic devices become much simpler in design than those made from other materials and could lead to optoelectronic chips that are simpler and cheaper to manufacture.

The standard way to increase a photodetector’s responsivity is to apply a voltage across it but the voltage will inevitably induce a slight background current that adds “noise” to the detector’s readings. The new design uses a “waveguide” (a silicon channel) etched into the surface of a chip to increase the responsivity without requiring the application of a voltage. The researchers hope that, with even better engineering — thinner electrodes, or a narrower waveguide — they can manufacture a photodetector with still higher responsivity.

Read the article at: mitnews.

Editor’s note: Just wondering: Would the use of graphene and “waveguide” technology eventually migrate to image sensors? By simplifying the design and increasing the responsivity of the sensor, could the issue of noise at high ISOs become a moot point — irrespective of image sensor size? An intriguing thought.

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World Press Photo 13 Exhibition in Toronto, Canada

Mon September 16, 2013

This video presents Inspire Understanding from World Press Photo on Vimeo.

  • “World Press Photo believes in the power of photojournalism to change the world and inspire understanding.”

Brookfield Place

Presents

World Press Photo 13

Free Admission

Wheelchair Accessible

October 1 to October 21, 2013

Brookfield Place, Allen Lambert Galleria
181 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Open 9:00am – 9:00pm daily
(including Sundays and Thanksgiving)
Closes Monday, October 21 at 6:00pm

Toronto Exhibition Contact: Email at info@worldpressphotobrookfieldplace.com
or
Phone: (416) 777-6480

World Press Photo 13 is a a traveling exhibition of prize-winning photos assembled by World Press Photo, organizers of the world’s largest and most prestigious annual press photography contest.


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History Channel: Know Where You Stand

Sat September 14, 2013

Here’s an interesting documentary from the History Channel 9and created by Seth Taras) locating historical spots that you may not know of even as you stand right on top of it. I especially like the one on the fall of the Berlin Wall which once divided Germany into two nations and where now stands a bus stop.

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Paul Harcourt Davies: Understanding Bokeh

Thu September 12, 2013

Paul Harcourt Davies has published an article (Part 1) on Imaging Resource that is probably the most succint explanation of bokeh I’ve ever read, accompanied by some beautiful images to illustrate his points. Looking forward to Part 2.

Read the article at: Imaging Resource.

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Landsat Photography Leads to Newly Discovered Vast Water Reserves in Drought-Prone Northern Kenya

Thu September 12, 2013

This video presents “G2009 120 Landsat Flyby MASTER youtube hq.”

  • “The Landsat program is the longest continuous global record of the Earth’s surface, and continues to deliver both visually stunning and scientifically valuable images of our planet.
  • This short video highlights Landsat’s many benefits to society.”

Thanks to the satellite photography of Earth’s land surface, via Landsat, providing the optical satellite imagery in the RTI’s WATEX mapping system, the natural resources exploration firm – Radar Technologies International (RTI) – recently discovered vast water reserves in drought-prone northern Kenya.

The aquifers were detected with the WATEX System, RTI’s state-of-the-art, space-based exploration technology.


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Of Course, You Are Invited To Our Wedding!

Thu September 12, 2013

As enthusiast photographers, we don’t mind when friends take advantage of our good will and photographic know-how. We are glad to contribute to a happy day and take candid pictures of family and friends while the hired pro records the event for posterity.

You did hire a professional wedding photographer, right? No?

Unless you are asking your professional wedding photographer friend for a favor to take your wedding photos for free, you should not rely on an otherwise landscape/sports/macro/occasional wedding photographer friend like us to take on that role — unless you are willing to risk not having proper wedding photos.

Taking the planned shots versus taking the candid shots are two very different jobs and you should really entrust them to two different persons: the first to a professional wedding photographer and the second to, well, almost anyone else who has a camera and aim to impress.

By the way, the tongue-in-cheek poster and many other photography-related ones are available for purchase at the shoppe.

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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Camera: Hands-On First Impressions

Tue September 10, 2013

Today, Olympus announced their flagship mirrorless DSLR camera, the OM-D E-M1. The camera is styled as a DSLR and incorporates some of the latest imaging technologies. Olympus emphasizes that the E-M1 features much improved image quality as well as TOUGH weather-proofing, as in dust-, splash- and even freeze-proof to -10°C. We were shown a pre-production model and we had a chance to briefly handle one.

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Facebook Sings, You Belong To Me

Mon September 9, 2013

The American Society of Media Photographers has raised the alarm that, once again, Facebook has changed/is trying to change its Terms of Service (TOS) and privacy policies to radically increase its power to exploit your content and identity. The changes allow Facebook to monetize not just the photos you post on its site, but a sizable portion of your entire online identity — your name, profile picture, content, private information, and personal brand — by using it in advertising, in commercial and sponsored content — without any compensation to you.

Can you imagine seeing your name and picture used in ads that you do not approve of? It’s amazing that they would even dare to claim that right to themselves.

According to ASMP, not only has Facebook granted itself special privilege to your online identity, it “has specifically removed the language from their TOS that allows you to limit how your likeness, information, and content are associated with brands, commercial uses, or sponsored posts. The have also removed the clause that makes them subject to the privacy limits set in place by you on your profile.

In the past, public outcry has caused Facebook to backtrack a number of times and this may hopefully be another such episode. It seems that they will keep trying until they either come in under the public radar or the public grows tired and doesn’t care anymore. Not happening.

Read the full article at: ASMP.

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