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JPEG Compression Test: Google Photos vs. JPEGmini

JPEG Compression Test: Google Photos vs. JPEGmini In this article I will take a look at Google Photos’ new photo compression performance. I’ve been using a program called JPEGmini for a couple years now to compress my JPEG images. Its compression of JPEGs is lossy, but it claims to do so leaving the perceptual image quality virtually unchanged. As far as I can tell, its claims are pretty accurate, and it has literally helped me cut the size of some of my picture folders in half. As I’m sure most of you are aware, Google just unveiled Google Photos, and with it announced unlimited storage space for photos and videos. The...

DIY: Making a Simple but Elegant Leather Hand Strap for a DSLR

DIY: Making a Simple but Elegant Leather Hand Strap for a DSLR I recently went to great lengths to solve a simple problem. I have a Manfrotto monopod that requires a little screw to attach my camera to the monopod. Without it, I can’t use it. The screws are cheap and no big deal… but, they are too easy to lose. My system has been to leave the screw in the camera at all times, which is effective… until I need to use a tripod. So everytime I want to make a time lapse, which is often, that screw has no home and it often runs away. I have left screws in other states because they have fallen out of my pocket and into someone’s...

Battle of the Nifty Fifties: Canon’s 50mm f/1.8 Lenses

Battle of the Nifty Fifties: Canon’s 50mm f/1.8 Lenses This year, the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II, also called the “Nifty Fifty” celebrates its 25th birthday. Yes, that’s right: this lens was released back in December 1990 and is the second oldest lens that’s still in production. Yet it still dominates the list of the most popular Canon lenses, and for good reason: it’s cheap, it’s fast, it’s small and lightweight, and it offers good performance for the price, which makes it the first prime lens for most Canon owners. But of course, being such an old lens does have its downsides, so Canon has just released...

TED Talk: Jimmy Nelson on Shooting Portraits of the World’s Vanishing People

Photographer Jimmy Nelson has spent years traveling the globe in a quest to document the world’s most fantastic indigenous cultures before they and their way of life disappear. In the 17-minute TED talk above, Nelson shares some of his best large format portraits and some fascinating things that he has learned along the way. (Note: there’s a bit of nudity in the photos). [via PetaPixel] [via...

Before and After Comparisons of the Visual Effects in Mad Max: Fury Road

Before and After Comparisons of the Visual Effects in Mad Max: Fury Road One of the big Hollywood blockbusters to hit the silver screen this year has been Mad Max: Fury Road, which has gotten rave reviews, with many praising the insane and complex visual design of the film. If you were wondering what some of the shots looked like when they were originally captured on camera, here are some before-and-after comparison images showing those shots next to the final frames after visual effects were applied. fxguide has published a lengthy piece on the visual effects that went into the film by Australian VFX studio Iloura. Shooting the film was a six-month task that...

Triggertrap Selfie Lets you Snap a Shot by Screaming at Your Phone

Triggertrap Selfie Lets you Snap a Shot by Screaming at Your Phone Camera triggering company Triggertrap has launched a new iOS camera app called Triggertrap Selfie. Its functionality is simple: sound-triggered selfies. Simply point your phone, make a loud sound (e.g. scream at your camera), and the app will take care of snapping a shot for you. The app’s live view will initially show your face as a jumble of pixel blocks: To clear up the screen and snap a photo, just make some noise. “As soon as the shout hits the required number of decibels, the pixelated screen will clear and the camera snaps a selfie,” Triggertrap says. There’s...

Review: The Nikon D7200 is the More Sensitive and Sociable Sibling of the D7100

Review: The Nikon D7200 is the More Sensitive and Sociable Sibling of the D7100 Nikon’s D7000 lineup of enthusiast level cameras is currently the highest one can go before moving onto a full-frame FX series body. The company’s latest creation, the Nikon D7200, provides incremental improvements upon the previous model while also upping the standards for low-light performance in enthusiast DSLR camera systems. In a world of connected mobile devices, Nikon has also added WiFi and NFC for smarter access to photographs. The Upgrades The D7200 presents a number of smaller improvements over the previous model, while heavily focusing on the newly included 24.2 MP sensor...

The Myth of More (Not Just Another Fuji X100T Review)

The Myth of More (Not Just Another Fuji X100T Review) I’ll say this right up front: what you’re about to read is not a review of the Fujifilm X100T. That’s a good thing, because I’m a lousy camera reviewer. So if that’s what you’re looking for, stop reading right now and hightail it over to one of the many excellent camera review sites instead. You know the ones. Just don’t forget to help support those reviewers’ growing families and camera collections by clicking through to one of their fine sponsoring vendors. You see, I’m in this for the pictures. I’m not a paid shill or toady for Fuji or any other manufacturer,...

How to Make a 35mm Pinhole Camera That Shoots Sprocket Photos

How to Make a 35mm Pinhole Camera That Shoots Sprocket Photos Want to play around with pinhole photography by building your own cardboard camera? Photographer Raymundo Panduro of Pixel Análogo has just released a free template for building a 35mm sprocket camera. The camera takes about 40 minutes to built, has a focal length of 25mm, and features an aperture of f/119. You can shoot about 26-30 photos on a 36-exposure roll of film, and the photos will show the sprocket holes of the film. First off, you can download the template here (right click and save as) or here. You’ll need to cut the pieces in the template out of some durable card stock....

Interesting Photo of the Day: Black Rhinoceros at Sunset

Interesting Photo of the Day: Black Rhinoceros at Sunset After waiting seven hours beside a waterhole in Etosha National Park, Namibia, photographer Johan Georget got the shot of a lifetime. The sky was overcast and Georget didn’t have any hopes of even seeing a sunset, but then the sun pierced through the clouds at just the right moment. Around 7pm, as the sun was disappearing below the horizon, creating a stunning sunset, this rhino decided to come out for a drink: “Black Rhinoceros at Sunset” by Johan Georget (Via Imgur. Click image to see full size.) Georget captured the photo with a Pentax K-5 IIs and a 16-50mm f/2.8...
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