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Hubble Space Telescope 25th Anniversary Celebratory Events Include Official Image Unveiling Apr.23 + Book “Expanding Universe: Photographs from the Hubble Space Telescope” Release Apr.25, 2015 @ Newseum

Mon April 20, 2015

This video presents Coming Soon: Hubble Space Telescope 25th Anniversary Film.

  • Join NASA Television in celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope in orbit April 24.

There are several celebratory events happening for the 25th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope in orbit, including the following.

Hubble Images on the Times Square Toshiba Vision LED Screens

APRIL 20, 2015

April 20-26
Location: Times Square, New York City, New York, USA

  • Starting at midnight EDT on Monday, April 20, and running through Sunday, April 26, images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope will be broadcast several times each hour on the Toshiba Vision dual LED screens in Times Square, New York.
Image from Newseum

Image from Newseum

Hubble Space Telescope 25th Anniversary: Official Image Unveiling

April 23, 2015 @ 9:00 am

Cost: Free with Newseum admission

Newseum
New York Times Great Hall of News
555 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20001
USA

“On April 23, 1990, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope was placed in orbit capturing the minds and imaginations of people around the world.”

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of this scientific icon, NASA and the Newseum will unveil the official Hubble anniversary image to the world.

  • Special guests will include NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden, Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate John Grunsfeld, and Hubble Senior Project Scientist Jennifer Wiseman.

NASA TV Schedule: 1:00pm, Thursday, April 23

Inside Media: The 25th Anniversary of the Hubble Telescope

Release of the new Taschen book “Expanding Universe: Photographs from the Hubble Space Telescope”

April 25, 2015 @ 3:00 pm

Cost: Free with Newseum admission.

Newseum
Knight TV Studio

555 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20001
USA

Seating is on a space-available basis.


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Articles

You’re Invited: Leica T Photo Tour at the Miami Festivals of Speed in Florida USA – April 26, 2015

Mon April 20, 2015

The following video presents The new Leica T Camera System from Leica Camera on Vimeo:

Introducing the Leica T Camera System. Watch the uncompromising story behind Leica Camera’s latest innovation and learn why the new Leica T Camera System is easy to use, hard to forget.

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Leica Store Miami and the Miami Festivals of Speed

Present

Leica T Photo Tour at the Miami Festivals of Speed – April 26, 2015 – 11am-12pm

FREE Event to Attendees of the Miami Festivals of Speed. Tickets can be purchased at the Festival or online here: Miami Festival of Speed Tickets.

Two photo tours are offered: 11am-12pm and 2pm-3pm (limited to 10 participants per session)

Museum Park, Downtown Miami Waterfront, Florida, USA

Required RSVP at: info@leicastoremiami.com

Here is your opportunity to try out the Leica T digital camera at the festival.

The 2015 Miami Festivals of Speed will have on display some of the world’s most unique and exotic vehicles, yachts and more at Museum Park.

With a strong history of luxury lifestyle events around Florida, the Festivals of Speed never disappoint and are always full of amazing photographic opportunities for attendees.

Leica T (Type 701)

Leica T (Type 701)

  • Enjoy using the Leica T digital camera with hands-on instruction to help you make great photos at the Festival.
    • A Leica Store Miami product specialist will guide participants around the Festival to offer shooting tips and camera expertise.
Leica T: The integrated Wi-Fi module lets you transfer pictures directly from your Leica T to a smartphone, tablet PCs or computer. You can also share your pictures quickly and easily on social media or by email with the Leica App T for iOS or the Browser Gallery on Android devices. With the remote function of the Leica App T, you can, for example, use your smartphone or tablet PC as an electronic viewfinder and shoot with your Leica T by remote control.

Leica T: The integrated Wi-Fi module lets you transfer pictures directly from your Leica T to a smartphone, tablet PCs or computer. You can also share your pictures quickly and easily on social media or by email with the Leica App T for iOS or the Browser Gallery on Android devices. With the remote function of the Leica App T, you can, for example, use your smartphone or tablet PC as an electronic viewfinder and shoot with your Leica T by remote control.

Leica T: Built-in 16 GB memory of the Leica T. There is also a slot for SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards.

Leica T: Built-in 16 GB memory of the Leica T. There is also a slot for SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards.

The Leica T is a unique 16 megapixel digital camera with interchangeable lenses and a high-resolution touch screen that is crafted from a single block of aluminum, designed by Audi and manufactured in Germany.

Leica T: 3.7" touchscreen with maximum detail resolution. Simply touch the screen to focus and compose your picture, and check and review your pictures with a swipe. Set up the menu of your Leica T to meet your personal needs. Then just call up your favourites in the MyCamera menu.

Leica T: 3.7″ touchscreen with maximum detail resolution. Simply touch the screen to focus and compose your picture, and check and review your pictures with a swipe. Set up the menu of your Leica T to meet your personal needs. Then just call up your favourites in the MyCamera menu.


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3D Printers, Press Releases

Stratasys 3D Printers + Rocket Manufacturer United Launch Alliance: 3D Printing Flight-Ready Rocket Components

Mon April 20, 2015

Making launch vehicles for NASA, the Air Force and commercial satellites, United Launch Alliance (ULA) knows 3D printing is a serious tool that has been around more than 25 years and is a growing production process.

  • ULA began the process of updating the Environmental Control System (ECS) duct on the Atlas V, which will launch with the new 3D component in 2016.
    • The ECS duct is critical to the countdown sequence of a launch, delivering nitrogen to sensitive electronic components within the rocket booster.
  • The previous design for the ECS duct assembly contained 140 parts, but by modifying the design using FDM 3D Printing Technology, ULA consolidated the number of parts to only 16.
    • This significantly reduces installation time and results in a 57 percent part-cost reduction.

This video presents United Launch Alliance: Expanding Innovation with Additive Manufacturing.

United Launch Alliance rocket

United Launch Alliance rocket

NEWS RELEASE

 3D PRINTING ISN’T ROCKET SCIENCE.
OR IS IT?

Rocket Manufacturer United Launch Alliance Will 3D Print Flight-Ready Rocket Components
ULA Has Vision to Reduce Launch Vehicle Cost by 50 Percent with Help of 3D Printing
3D printing helped consolidate part count from 140 to 16 parts for one complex assembly, lowering costs and risk

Minneapolis & Rehovot, Israel – April 20, 2015 – Do you think 3D printers are just a new fad for hobbyists or making knickknacks? Or limited to making prototypes? Don’t tell that to rocket manufacturer United Launch Alliance (ULA).

Making launch vehicles for NASA, the Air Force and commercial satellites, ULA knows 3D printing is a serious tool that has been around more than 25 years and is a growing production process. And ULA knows a thing or two about critical applications. On the lower-end, its rockets cost a cool $165 million. And they must propel into space billion-dollar satellites weighing more than 60,000 pounds.

United Launch Alliance rocket

United Launch Alliance rocket

“It’s about as demanding an application as you can get,” says Rich Garrity, VP and General Manager Vertical Solutions Unit for Additive Manufacturing system maker Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS). “Rockets must endure pressure, G-force, speed, vibration, heat, and extreme cold.”

United Launch Alliance is the premier launch services company in the U.S., and with its heritage systems – Atlas and Delta – it has supported America’s presence in space for more than 50 years. Like other leading edge manufacturers using 3D printing, ULA progressed from prototyping to tooling and then to flight hardware production.
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Videos

How Slow Does Light Travel? Find Out By Riding Light.

Mon April 20, 2015

Do you realize that when you snap a picture of the last rays of the Sun, that light took about 8 min 20 sec to travel the 150 million Km or so from the Sun to Earth and to eventually expose your camera’s image sensor? And that’s with light travelling at 299,792,458 m/s (or 186,000 miles per second), which is pretty fast!

So, even though there’s nothing that can travel faster than light (except, if I understand correctly, the initial expansion of the universe itself), when you consider the vast scale of the universe, light seems to travel relatively slowly.

To illustrate how slow light travels in relation to the vast size of the universe, Alphonse Swinehart created a real-time animation that shows the hypothetical journey of a photon of light as it travels from the sun across a portion of the solar system. It gives you a small inkling of how vast the solar system, and the universe, really is.

Riding Light from Alphonse Swinehart on Vimeo.

Behind The Scenes, Videos

Octographer Behind The Scenes

Mon April 20, 2015

We knew that an octopus is a pretty smart creature, now we know that it is also curious and not afraid to interact with whatever we put before it, even a waterproof Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30 digital camera.

The camera is attached to the aquarium, facing the onlookers and, as the octopus slides a tentacle into the shutter slot and pushes down, a picture of the onlookers is captured.

The first rig did not survive the octopus’ curiosity, ending up with a smashed rig and camera. Nor did rigs number two to six. Eventually, rig #7 (or is it #8) survives. Not sure if the pictures the octopus took were wirelessly transferred to a large screen as they were being taken. I don’t believe the TX30 has Wi-Fi. Now, that would have been cool! Quick, somebody do that!

Here’s the Behind the Scenes video:

Videos, Wearable Technology

MIT’s Nail-Mounted Wireless Trackpad Gives Us A Glimpse Of Practical Future Wearable Technology

Sun April 19, 2015

The bright minds at the MIT Media Lab are working on a miniature nail-mounted wireless track pad. Talk about the ultimate wearable device! By scratching with your finger, you can “unobtrusively” operate digital devices — such as the new Apple Watch — at meetings without your boss being all the wiser. [I guess the commercial version should also allow you to tap a text message to your friend without anyone noticing.] A prototype of the device, called NailO, will be presented next week at the Association for Computing Machinery’s Computer-Human Interaction conference in Seoul, South Korea.

The track pad uses the same kind of sensing on the iPhone’s touch screen, capacitive sensing, which enables a thin, nonactive layer to be sandwiched between the user’s finger and the underlying sensors. According to one of the paper’s lead author, Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao, the commercial version of the device (which was inspired by the colorful stickers that some women apply to their nails) would have a detachable membrane on its surface so that users can coordinate it with their outfits. To guard against inadvertent activation and deactivation, the device requires that your finger contacts the surface for about two to three seconds before it activates or deactivates.

For the technology to work in such a small package, the researchers had to pack the capacitive sensors, a half a millimeter thick battery, and three separate chips — a microcontroller, a Bluetooth radio chip, and a capacitive-sensing chip — into a space no larger than a thumbnail. The most challenging part (as Apple found out the hard way with the iPhone) was to find a way to “put the antenna far enough away from the chips so that it doesn’t interfere with them.

One practical application that we believe will certainly become very popular is scrolling on a tablet while both hands are occupied with another task, e.g. preparing a dish while following the instructions on the screen. Hint to researchers: need to make the device waterproof also.

The coworker sitting besides you who seems to be scratching her long, beautifully painted fingernails? She’s actually reading and scrolling through her text messages.

And for us, photogs, remote-controlled shots are literally just a fingertip away.

And, while the prototype shows only a thumbnail-mounted trackpad, there is no reason why super users would not have all ten finger nails equipped with track pads connected to different devices. Add a gyroscope, GPS and location sensors — and, instead of scratching the track pad, you could be swiping with your hands and/or fingers in the air to scroll screens, play a virtual orchestra, a virtual guitar, etc. It’s such a small step… but the future practical applications using this technology are endless.

Read more about the NailO at: MIT News

Articles

The World of FUJIFILM Film Simulation – Episode 5: ASTIA

Sun April 19, 2015
Image courtesy Fujifilm

Image courtesy Fujifilm

ASTIA. Fujifilm has published Episode 5 – “ASTIA” in their series of “episodes” on their unique Film Simulation modes. ASTIA is close to PRO Neg. Hi, which was covered in episode 4.

Which of the portrait modes to use depends on the lighting available and the effect you’re after.

In a studio where you control the lighting, use PRO Neg. STD. When the subject is in action and the lighting is simple, use PRO Neg. Hi. When there is little or no lighting, use ASTIA to bring out the silky soft look and beautiful skin tones of your subject.

And, since ASTIA also adds a little bit of contrast (hardness in shadow tone) to make a photo sharp, it can also be used outside of portrait photography.

Here’s episode 5 (“ASTIA”) of the “The World of Film Simulation”:

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Press Releases

Canon Female Photojournalist Award for Female Photojournalists of Any Age & Nationality: Submit Entries Before 22 May 2015

Sat April 18, 2015

Canon France and Images Evidence invite professional female photojournalists of any age and nationality to submit their photo-reportages to the Canon Female Photojournalist Award competition.

  • The application dossier must be sent before May 22, 2015.

Prize

The winner will receive the 8 000 euros (8,647.339 US Dollars at the current exchange rate).

…Article 2 – Objective
The Canon Female Photojournalist Award is presented to a female photojournalist in activity who wishes to cover a social, economic, political or cultural subject in a journalistic manner, on presentation of a dossier, including the documents and works stipulated in Article 5.

The Award will be given to an individual photojournalist and not to a group, without any consideration of her nationality.

The Award is given in order to allow the winner to carry out the photo-reportage which has been presented for the Award….

Article 5 – Application conditions
The conditions are as follows:

– applicants must be female
– applicants must have completed at least one photo-reportage (published or unpublished)
– applicants must be professional photojournalists
– applicants must be able to write and speak in French or English

Entry is FREE.
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Press Releases

Epson: EH-LS10000 Home Cinema Projector, SureColor P600 Photo Printer, and Perfection V850 Pro Photo Scanner are Winners of the Prestigious TIPA Awards 2015

Fri April 17, 2015

The following video presents Epson Laser Projector EH-LS 10000:

Epson’s latest ground-breaking 4K enhanced and 1080P lamp-free projector delivers true-to-life colours with expansive colour gamut, absolute black contrast and high colour and high white brightness.

Our new EH-LS10000 4K Enhancement Projector delivers stunning, crystal-clear images with up to 1,500 lumens of colour brightness and 1,500 lumens of white brightness*, outstanding contrast and an advanced suite of calibration tools for your home cinema.

Developed to meet the requirements of today’s most demanding home entertainment consumers, the EH-LS10000 projector provides home theatre designers with a state-of-the-art solution for creating unparalleled home theatre experiences.

For more information on the EH-LS 10000 and our range of laser projection: http://www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/js…

Epson EH-LS10000 Home Cinema Projector: Image extracted from video above.

Epson EH-LS10000 Home Cinema Projector: Image extracted from video above.

The following Epson products are winners of the prestigious TIPA Awards:

Epson SureColor® P600 Wide Format Inkjet Printer

Epson SureColor® P600 Wide Format Inkjet Printer

Epson Perfection V850 Pro Photo Scanner

Epson Perfection V850 Pro Photo Scanner

The following video presents PhotoPlus Expo Show Coverage: EPSON SURE COLOR P600:

  • Mia McCormick talks to Eddie Murphy about the Sure Color P600.
  • The first completely new ink set in 8 years from Epson.

“Brand new inks give better sharpness and deeper blacks.”

PRESS RELEASE

Epson Wins Best Photo Printer, Best Photo Projector, and Best Photo Scanner in Prestigious TIPA Awards

– Epson recognised for its innovative high quality imaging products for the photographic industry –

– TOKYO, Japan, April 9, 2015 –

Editors and journalists from photography magazines around the world have recognized three Epson products in the prestigious TIPA Awards 2015. The winning Epson products this year were the Epson SureColor P600, which was named “Best Photo Printer,” the Epson EH-LS10000, which was named “Best Photo Projector,” and the Epson Perfection V850 Pro, which won the award for “Best Photo Scanner.”

TIPA – the Technical Image Press Association – judges the innovation, technology, design, ease-of-use and price-to-performance ratio of products launched in a 12-month period to develop a shortlist and winner for each award category.

With members in nine European countries plus Australia, Canada, China, India, South Africa, Brazil and the USA, TIPA is one of the largest and most influential photographic and imaging press associations in the world. Winning the three 2015 awards means that Epson has now received a total of 37 awards from TIPA for technologies and imaging products, including inkjet printers, inks, scanners and projectors, since 1997.
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Press Releases

Canon – UK, Republic of Ireland: New SELPHY CP1000 Compact Portable Photo Printer: 47 Seconds to Print 4×6 Standard Prints from a Camera, USB or Memory Card; 6.8 cm Tilting LCD

Fri April 17, 2015
Canon SELPHY CP1000

Canon SELPHY CP1000

PRESS RELEASE

High quality photo prints wherever you are – the new SELPHY CP1000

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 16 April 2015 – Canon today unveils the SELPHY CP1000, a new compact photo printer that allows you to print creative, lab-quality photos at home and on the move. Capable of printing your favourite images in just 47 seconds¹ directly from your camera², USB or memory card, with the SELPHY CP1000 now every photo can be treasured. With an elegant, compact design, the SELPHY CP1000 includes 6.8 cm (2.7”) LCD tilting screen and combines an easy-to-use interface with exceptional print quality. Plus, with the inclusion of an optional battery pack accessory, the CP1000 is the ultimate portable photo printer.

Canon SELPHY CP1000: LCD is Up

Canon SELPHY CP1000: LCD is Up

Print your favourite photos in rich, vibrant colours
With ultra-high quality prints thanks to advanced dye sublimation technology, the SELPHY CP1000 produces high-resolution photos using 16.7 million colours. For even more clarity in prints the CP1000 also includes an Auto Image Optimize feature to further enhance blue skies and sunsets, correct colour cast and contrasts, as well as remove red-eye and noise. Plus, for picture-perfect selfies and group shots, the Smooth Skin mode removes facial imperfections to ensure you get stunning results every time.

Canon SELPHY CP1000: Postcard Tray and LCD is Up

Canon SELPHY CP1000: Postcard Tray and LCD is Up

Full control for creative freedom
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Press Releases

Sony – Europe: New Compact FDR-AX33 4K Handycam: Balanced Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilisation; 4K 100Mbps High-bit Rate Recording; Advanced Electronic Viewfinder

Fri April 17, 2015

The following video presents CES 2015: New 4K Handycam FDR-AX33 (FIRST LOOK):

About 30% smaller and 20% lighter than the current FDR-AX100 4K Camcorder …… the new FDR-AX33 features impressive Balanced Optical SteadyShot™ (B.O.SS) image stabilization and 4K 100Mbps high-bitrate recording, bringing new levels of performance to the consumer camcorder market.

The FDR-AX33 is the newest addition to Sony’s Handycam camcorder range.

  • With an ERP of €999, the FDR-AX33 is available to pre-order now and will be generally available across Europe in May 2015.

PRESS RELEASE

Sony expands 4K consumer Handycam® line-up

Apr 16, 2015 13:00 GMT

Sony FDR-AX33

Sony FDR-AX33

  • New FDR-AX33 features Balanced Optical SteadyShotTM image stabilisation for crisp, smooth 4K or Full HD footage
  • Incredible 100Mbps high-bit rate and XAVC S recording format allow for 4K Ultra HD recording
  • Manual pro-style features for more shooting flexibility including advanced electronic viewfinder (EVF)
  • Super-sampled Full HD playback and Trimming Playback on 4k and HD TVs
  • In-cam Highlight Movie Maker software automatically assembles a short film of key footage points ready for live sharing
  • FDR-AX33 is Sony’s most affordable 4K Handycam

The FDR-AX33 is the newest addition to Sony’s Handycam camcorder range, combining Balanced Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilisation, versatile manual operation features and striking 4k footage in a compact body – all at a great price.

Building upon the successful introduction of the FDR-AXP33 in early 2015, the FDR-AX33 gives further choice to consumers who are looking to capture their precious memories in 4K. Both models allow easy viewing of content via the supplied HDMI cable on a 4K TV but for those users who wish to share their movies instantly via an in-built projector, the FDR-AXP33 still offers this great step-up option.
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Featured Site, Videos

Take A Virtual Tour of Famed Abbey Road Studios Courtesy of Google Street View

Thu April 16, 2015

The famed Abbey Road Studios — used by the Beatles to record some of their best-known songs — has teamed up with Google to create an interactive virtual tour of the studios, courtesy of Google Street View technology. Now you can step into the same halls and recording studios where the “Fab Four” (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr) used what then were innovative recording techniques to produce some of their finest material.

The virtual tour consists of 150 360-degree panoramic images with superimposed pictures of the singers. Navigate your way thru the three studios, listen in to recording sessions and view archive photos.

Here’s a teaser trailer [1:24]:

Take the Inside Abbey Road Virtual Tour.

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