digital photography

  • PhotoSpotLand Wants To Help You Take Better Photos

    PhotoSpotLand Wants To Help You Take Better Photos

    Our smartphones now allow us to take more photos than ever before, but even as those cameras get better, they still don’t allow you to take DSLR-quality images. For that, you still need big sensors and the right kind of lens for the right kind of situation. PhotoSpotLand is a new service for those of us who still like to travel with “real” cameras in order to take images that… Read More

  • Enfojer Wants You To Turn Your Instagram Snaps Into DIY B&W Prints

    Enfojer Wants You To Turn Your Instagram Snaps Into DIY B&W Prints

    Enfojer is a photo enlarger that wants to make it (relatively) easy to translate digital photos from your smartphone into analogue black and white prints — so you can stick a few choice Instagram shots up on your wall. The photo enlarger uses the smartphone’s own LED screen as the light source to expose the photographic paper, sharpened with its own lens. Read More

  • 500px Scores $8.8M Series A From Andreessen Horowitz & Harrison Metal To Build A Photo Marketplace, Expand Consumer Reach

    500px Scores $8.8M Series A From Andreessen Horowitz & Harrison Metal To Build A Photo Marketplace, Expand Consumer Reach

    500px, the Toronto-based photo sharing service aimed at enthusiasts and pro photographers, has closed on $8.8 million in Series A funding dually led by Andreessen Horowitz and Harrison Metal, the company is announcing today. Others in the round include Creative Artists Agency, Rugged Ventures, Dustin Plett, and ff Venture Capital. Read More

  • Finally! Flickr Alternative 500px Launches Its Lightroom Plugin

    Finally! Flickr Alternative 500px Launches Its Lightroom Plugin

    Finally? Yes, that’s what the users of the Toronto-based photography community 500px will be saying today, as the service publicly launches its long-awaited Lightroom publisher plugin. Although often pitched as a Flickr alternative (ahem), 500px is actually targeted more towards professional photographers and those who make a living off selling their photos, than is towards the… Read More

  • New Startup JPEGmini Reduces Photos’ Size, Not Their Quality

    New Startup JPEGmini Reduces Photos’ Size, Not Their Quality

    Photographers, take note. A startup called JPEGmini is introducing a new photo compression technology for JPEG photos which reduces the overall file size (by up to 5 times), while preserving the photo’s quality and resolution. The technology is designed specifically with the Web in mind, as more photographers, both amateur and professional, use online storage for photo archival purposes. Read More

  • FOTOBOX Plus promises dead simple photo slideshow creation

    Interesting. This little doodad is called FOTOBOX Plus. It’s an $80 USB apparatus that reads SD cards from your digital camera. The idea is that you take a bunch of photos on your digital camera and then pop the SD card into the FOTOBOX Plus, which goes into your computer’s USB port. At that point, built-in slideshow software builds an automatic slideshow from your photos. Read More

  • Nikon announces swivel-screen D5000, for real

    Yes, dear readers, the D5000 we’ve all suspected existed (as late as tonight, look two posts down), does indeed. Nikon’s new high-end consumer DSLR has hit, and it looks like a serious contender with its wealth of features and sub-$1000 price point. It’s not going to walk on water or anything, but it makes for a very compelling alternative to, for example, my own Canon… Read More

  • Canon adds two tilt-shift lenses to their stable

    Canon announced two new tilt-shift lenses yesterday, a 25mm and and 17mm. Tilt-shift lenses are typically used for landscape or architectural photography, and have very specialized uses. Read More

  • Video: D700 video hack

    Ever wonder whether you could just intercept that Live View stream and save it? Well, you can. It’s just no one thought to actually try… until now. Click for video and an explanation of the hack. Read More

  • Eight "features" point and shoots need to lose


    Oh man, this guy totally read my mind. Although I shoot with a Rebel XSi so I don’t have to deal with this stuff on a regular basis, point and shoots are full of useless and/or legacy features that really ought to go. This list over at Photography Bay gets it right, and I’ve got a couple of my own. Read More

  • Sony releasing 12-megapixel CMOS sensor in March

    Starting in March of next year, Sony will be pushing out cell phone CMOS sensors in excess of 12 megapixels. While my initial reaction would be to bring up the fact that more megapixels doesn’t necessarily equal better image quality, it looks like Sony will be using these "Exmor" sensors in not only cell phones, but "digital SLR cameras and high definition digital… Read More

  • Eye-Fi wireless SD card gets bumped up to 4GB

    Everyone’s favorite wireless memory card is now available with four gigabytes of storage. The Eye-Fi Anniversary Edition has just been announced to commemorate one year of wireless photo slinging from the Mountain View, California-based company. The card is selling with an MSRP of $129.99 but Costco members can get it for $99 on Costco.com – not too bad for a 4GB SDHC card with… Read More

  • Mamiya's medium format digital: the 28-megapixel DL28


    I feel safe in my conviction that I’ll never be using one of these Mamiya beasts, or its Leica, Leaf, or Hasselblad cousins. They’re just too… big. As medium-format digital photography becomes more capable and affordable, it eats away at the hearts of the last die-hard filmies (which I’m one of at times). After all, when you can hit the shutter and get a 160MB 16-bit… Read More

  • 1080p HDTV photo viewer acts as HDMI switcher too

    Here’s an interesting little device out of Hong Kong. It’s basically a memory card reader that hooks up to your HDTV, allowing you to see your own pores in glorious 1080p. However, it’s also got a built-in HDMI switching function so you can place it in between, say, your Blu-ray player and your TV and still just only lose one HDMI input. The HD-0310, as it’s called… Read More

  • Guy hacks Nintendo DS to work with his DSLR

    Wow, this is a pretty cool setup right here. A professional photographer was sick of lugging his laptop around to photo shoots, so he rigged up his Nintendo DS and custom-coded some software to do the heavy lifting instead. He even leveraged the microphone on the DS to make his camera snap photos when triggered by sound. It also does other stuff that I don’t understand like providing… Read More

  • Kodak announces $999 OLED photo frame

    Kodak will be showing off a fancy OLED photo frame in Germany next week. I bet it’ll look really nice. I also bet it’ll be prohibitively expensive for most people. Yep, there we go — it’ll cost $999. I hope you have some really good looking friends and family. If you have beautiful acquaintances and deep pockets, here’s what you’ll get: a super thin… Read More

  • Camera for the blind captures images in braille

    Ho-lee crap. Now I’ve seen it all (no pun intended). This camera, called the Touch Sight, was developed by Chueh Lee of Samsung China. The basic short and sweet is that you hold the camera against your forehead and when you snap a photo, the camera grabs the image and converts it to braille. So you can actually feel the image against your forehead. It also grabs three seconds of… Read More

  • Camera works 200 feet underwater, on land too

    The DC800 from SeaLife is an 8-megapixel digital camera that works underwater in that housing apparatus on the left and then works on land as that little guy on the right. Perfect for taking photos of majestic sea creatures during the day and exotic cougars at night. It’s got five special underwater modes to adjust to the color of water that you’re diving in, plus a continuous… Read More

  • Olympus E-420 DSLR 'world's smallest and lightest'

    Olympus has announced a new entry level DSLR camera called the Evolt E-420. The price is right — starting at $499 in May — and it’ll weigh in at well under a pound (13.4 ounces). Other features include a 2.7-inch LCD screen, ISO levels of 100 to 1600, face detection, pop-up flash, and compatibility with CompactFlash (I and II), xD cards, and Microdrives. John and Peter… Read More

  • Eye-Fi to get 'Smart Boost', inks deal with Ritz Camera

      Eye-Fi has announced that its Wi-Fi SD cards will get a “Smart Boost” update on February 12th. With Smart Boost, your card will be able to tell whether or not your computer is on and in range of your camera and, if it is, photos will be offloaded from your camera to your computer over your home network and then your computer will handle the heavy lifting of uploading the… Read More