Tiny Rambus Camera Does Not Need A Lens

Sun March 30, 2014

The camera in your smartphone is amazingly small already, but now imagine one even smaller still, microscopic in fact at about 200 microns in diameter (diameter of a pencil-point) that can be used in objects too small to incorporate current camera technology.

While a traditional camera requires a lens, this tiny camera is in fact an image sensor with a grating on top etched with a spiral pattern. Light enters from every orientation and the sensor captures a jumble of spirals that are then translated by software into a recognizable B&W image.

Technically, now anything could incorporate this lens-free camera from Rambus: medical devices, toys, even articles of clothing.

Smile, you are [always and sureptitiously] on camera.

via psfk


Moira McElhinney’s Photographic Images Improve the Look of Toronto’s Streetscape

Fri March 28, 2014

Before: A Traffic Signal Box. Photo: City of Toronto

Before: A Traffic Signal Box. Photo: City of Toronto

After: The above photographic image by Moira McElhinney is used to beautify a traffic signal box in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

After: The above photographic image by Moira McElhinney is used to beautify a traffic signal box in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The City of Toronto’s Outside the Box program, a collaboration between Transportation Services’ Public Realm Unit and local artists, is wrapping traffic cabinet boxes with a graphically attractive, synthetic wrap.

  • The more than 2,200 traffic-signal boxes across the city contain equipment that controls the traffic signals.
  • The boxes are often susceptible to postering and graffiti vandalism.

Outside the Box project’s benefits include:

  • beautifying city streetscape by using artwork by local artists, which include the photographic images by the late Moira McElhinney,
  • reducing the impact of graffiti vandalism,
  • reducing the cost of cleanup and maintenance, and
  • supporting local artists.

This initiative is part of the City’s Clean Toronto Together campaign to keep Toronto streets clean and free of litter, posters and graffiti vandalism.

McElhinney (1956-2013) was a Toronto (Ontario, Canada) photographer who produced work that focused predominantly on nature and panoramic landscapes as she was “fascinated by the beauty and simplicity of the everyday world” she lived in.

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Nokia Refocus Camera App Released for Lumia Smartphone

Wed March 19, 2014

The Nokia Refocus camera app allows you to shift the focus after you have taken the photo, similar to what the Lytro camera does. The big difference is that, unlike the Lytro which basically is a hardware implementation with software to back it up, the Refocus camera app works by simply taking several different images at different depths of field when you press the shutter release button on your phone. When you then click on the image to select where you want to reposition focus, the app (software) simply select one of the images which have the object you clicked in sharp focus. It’s a clever implementation and avoids the costly physical implementation of the Lytro.

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Me & My Leica X Photo Contest’s Winners: 10 for X Vario & 10 for X Prime

Wed March 19, 2014

This is an update to the previous blog, “Me & My Leica X” Photo Contest: Upload Your Leica X Photos Before Midnight, February 28, 2014.

Here are the 20 winners of the Me & My Leica X Photo Contest.



10 Winners Using the Leica X Vario Camera:

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Did Hungary Just Outlaw Street Photography?

Tue March 18, 2014

From 15 March, the expanded law on consent now includes the taking of photographs and their publication. Hungary’s photographers call the new civil law vague and obstructive, and that it is tantamount of outlawing taking pictures without the permission of everyone who is identifiable in the photograph and who are not waving in protest, nor trying to hide or run out of shot. Suspicion is that it will also make it impossible to photograph police without first obtaining their permission.

Read the article at: theguardian.

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The Ultimate Shooting Perch

Sun March 16, 2014

Imagine being able to shoot from a perch way, way, waaaay up in the sky — some 250 miles up — seated in a cramped but otherwise out of this world cupola, camera and long lens in your hands.

This is NASA astronaut and flight engineer Chris Cassidy sitting in the Cupola of the International Space Station taking aim at the Earth below with a Nikon DSLR and 400mm lens attached.

I can’t imagine a better shooting perch, with windows every which way you look. It’s surreal looking at the astronaut in T-shirt and shorts. Of course, since everything is weightless and floats in the ISS, the camera and long lens are not heavy.

How many cameras do they use on the ISS? Lots, judging by the following pictures and video:

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“Pasolini’s l’Oriente: Arabian Nights Through the Photographs of Roberto Villa”: Mar.17-Apr.26, 2014

Fri March 14, 2014

Italian Cultural Institute, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Italian Cultural Institute, Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Presents a Photographic Exhibit

Pasolini’s l’Oriente: Arabian Nights Through the Photographs of Roberto Villa

FREE Admission

March 17  – April 26, 2014

Istituto Italiano di Cultura
496 Huron St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Gallery hours: Mon – Fri: 10:00am – 1:00pm; 2:30pm – 5:00pm; and by appointment.

Infoline: 416.921.3802 ext. 221

A presentation of the exhibit by Roberto Villa in person will be held on Monday, March 24, 2014 – 6:30pm.
Free Admission
A reception will follow.

  • The exhibit features 64 photographs taken by Roberto Villa on the set of Arabian Nights in 1974 documenting the director’s work in the Middle East (Yemen and Iran).

“Villa’s images not only captures some moments of the making of the film but also the faces of the locals, as well as the mystical locations where the poet/director set his version of the Arabic folk tale. ”

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Embed Getty Images For Free

Thu March 6, 2014

Starting from today, blogs can freely embed any of the more than 35 million images available on Getty Images for free.

Craig Peters, senior vice president of business development, content and marketing at Getty Images, explains that blogs that draw revenues from Google Ads will still be able to use the Getty Images embed player at no cost. They will be able to use the embed feature as long as they use them for non-commercial purposes, i.e. are not using the images “to promote a service, a product or their business.

This embedding works similar to what is already available for YouTube or Vimeo videos. However, the image creator does not have the option to opt-out.

Read the article at: BJP.


The Technology Behind the Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 Images

Mon March 3, 2014

The beautiful images from the 2014 Winter Olympics held in Sochi, Russia required many long hours of planning. To photograph the ski races, photographers skied the challenging course in search of the best spots to take their pictures. Lots of cameras were placed in inaccessible places for humans and triggered remotely. A drone carrying a camera even saw action for the first time over the Slopestyle course.

Read the whole article at: ExtremeTech.


CSCs vs DSLRs: Who’s Winning?

Mon February 24, 2014

An Amateur Photographer article raises interesting points concerning the future of Compact System Cameras (CSCs). Based on UK data only, the CSCs sold 46,000 units less this year than last year, 100,000 vs 146,000 units. However, the conclusion seems to be that more education is needed to help North American and European consumers understand the advantages of the CSC over a traditional-mirrored DSLR.

This reminds me of the early days of the Apple Mac, which business people then considered a “toy.” When I recommended one to a new university student, he got back to me a couple of months later a bit miffed that he could not download all the popular software that his friends could on their IBM and clone PCs. Today, too, there are more accessories for the traditional-mirrored DSLR than the mirrorless DSLRs.

Oh, how times have changed! Today, Apple products rule while the PCs are retreating. The CSCs are also approaching that tipping point when one product will have such compelling technology in it that traditional-mirrored DSLR just can’t have, and then the moat will be breached.

As our latest Fujifilm X-T1 review shows, the CSC (aka mirrorless DSLR) has come a long way to challenge the traditional-mirrored DSLR.

There is no doubt in my mind that CSCs, in its current form or another form, will win. As camera technology moves forward, there is simply no compelling reason — or room — for a mirror anymore, so new cameras won’t have a mirror.


Fast Olympus F1.0 Lenses For Micro Four Thirds?

Sat February 22, 2014

Olympus has filed a patent for a number of fast F1.0 lens for 4/3. So far, we see a 12mm and 14mm. There are also a number of designs for a F1.0 for other smaller sensor sizes.


Epson Perfection V550 Photo Scanner Keeps Family Memories Vibrant

Fri February 14, 2014

This video presents “EPSON Perfection V550 Photo Scanner.”



Keep family memories vibrant with the Epson Perfection V550 Photo Scanner

Family Day on February 17, 2014 is something distinctly Canadian that encourages us to celebrate our roots. Every family has a box of old photos and family memorabilia collecting dust in their home. Now is the time to bring those memories back to life with the EPSON Perfection V550 Photo Scanner.

Scanning stacks of old family photos can seem daunting but this versatile scanner makes capturing family memories a breeze. Scan multiple photos, 35mm slides, negatives and medium-format film up to 6 x 22 cm all in one go with the built-in Transparency Unit. The handy auto edge detection technology detects the size of each image, crops accordingly and saves the image as an individual file.

You don’t have to be tech-savvy to get the job done; the scanner’s Easy Photo Fix feature allows you to renew faded and discoloured photos to their original brilliance with just one click. And, with Digital Ice, you can even remove the appearance of dust from photos and film.

EPSON Perfection V550 Photo Scanner

EPSON Perfection V550 Photo Scanner

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