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Google’s New ‘Views’ Site Gives Android Users a Place to Share Photo Spheres

Google’s New ‘Views’ Site Gives Android Users a Place to Share Photo Spheres The launch of Android 4.2 in October of last year brought with it the ability to create special 360° panoramas called “Photo Spheres.” But as cool as these panoramas were, there was no real way to share them with the exception of a widget Google released a few months back. Yesterday, all of that changed when Google announced a brand new Google Maps website called Views, built from the ground up for the Android community and their many un-shared Photo Spheres. Since the benefits go both ways here — not only do you get a place to upload and share your panoramas, Google gets...

Journalist Quits Job, Becomes Coder, and Develops Simplistic Stock Photo Site

Journalist Quits Job, Becomes Coder, and Develops Simplistic Stock Photo Site There’s something to say about the curious nature of journalists. Some spend all of their hours researching a particular subject, others go out into the field to experience first-hand, and some others quit their job and take up coding classes. Wait — what? It’s true. Just ask Benji Lanyado. This once full-time Guardian writer and contributor to other publications decided to quite literally quit his day job to pursue building what he thinks is the next big thing in stock photo buying and selling. Benji Lanyado It’s called Picfair, and it’s self-regarded as an...

Business Shares Photo of Thief’s Arrest on Facebook, Sparks Controversy

Business Shares Photo of Thief’s Arrest on Facebook, Sparks Controversy Sweet justice or cruel gloating with disturbing overtones of Trayvon Martin? That’s the debate raging on Facebook after a Philadelphia antique store posted a hard-hitting photo of a young man being arrested last week after being caught in the act of robbing the store. The photo shows the unnamed young black man lying on the dirty floor of the store, in obvious discomfort, as a paramedic examines him and a police officer keeps watch. Accompanying it is the following caption by Philadelphia Salvage: “The Foundry was broken into. But come on. We CAUGHT him. Team Philly Salvage...

Abstract Photography Tips and Techniques

Abstract Photography Tips and Techniques Creating beautiful images is easier when you know a few photographic techniques. This is especially true for abstract photography. Therefore, this short article covers four techniques that work very well for creating abstract images. The techniques that will be covered are selective focus, light and shadows, curves, and texture. Each one of these techniques can be utilized with many different types of subject matter. The real key is to practice these techniques on all sorts of objects. The more you practice, the better you’ll become. “abstract” captured by abeer (Click...

OPPO to Create a Line of Camera-Centric Devices to Rival Samsung’s Galaxy Cam

OPPO to Create a Line of Camera-Centric Devices to Rival Samsung’s Galaxy Cam While smartphones have, especially of late, taken to blurring the lines between camera and phone, “smartcameras” like Samsung’s Galaxy Camera flipped the idea on its head by putting a phone’s operating system on a camera rather than the other way around. Since then, Samsung has announced a few other options in the same milieu, (e.g. the Galaxy NX interchangeable lens camera and the 10x optical zoom Galaxy S4 Zoom) with fairly little in way of competition on that front. But Chinese electronics manufacturer OPPO is looking to move in on Samsung’s...

SmugMug Launches a Major Redesign to Wage War Against Flickr and 500px

SmugMug Launches a Major Redesign to Wage War Against Flickr and 500px As higher resolution photography (and photography in general) has become ubiquitous, photo sharing and storage websites have had to adjust to keep up. From increasing storage capacity and file-size limitations to launching “spectacular” redesigns that offer beautiful browsing experiences, everybody is adjusting in their own way. The latest player in the photography sharing game to make some big changes is SmugMug, who announced and launched a major overhaul earlier today. Here’s a quick video intro before we jump in: This is no small re-design or slight visual improvement,...

Sigma May Be Building a Groundbreaking 24-70mm f/2 Lens for Full Frame Cameras

Sigma May Be Building a Groundbreaking 24-70mm f/2 Lens for Full Frame Cameras Sigma has been on a tear as of late. Since late 2012, the company has put out a highly regarded 35mm f/1.4 lens, a novel USB dock that lets you calibrate lenses at home, and a revolutionary 18-55mm lens with a constant f/1.8 aperture (shown above). It appears Sigma is only just getting warmed up: new rumors suggest that Sigma may be building a 24-70mm zoom lens for full frame cameras that boasts a constant f/2.0 aperture. Canon Rumors is hearing from a new source that Sigma is developing a 24-70mm f/2.0 OS HSM lens for full frame cameras (the 18-55mm f/1.8 was designed for crop sensors)....

Instagram Blocking Third-Party Windows Apps From Uploading Images

Instagram Blocking Third-Party Windows Apps From Uploading Images It would appear as if popular photo sharing service Instagram is potentially blocking the uploading of images through third-party app clients, such as Instance for Windows Phone 8, according to reports surfacing on the web. Reports indicate that images uploaded by Instance users (for example) are disappearing shortly after being uploaded, which leaves Windows Phone 8 users (who do not have access to an official Instagram app, as it were) in the dust. (more…) It would appear as if popular photo sharing service Instagram is potentially blocking the uploading of images through...

Chicago Tribune Accidentally Publishes a Placeholder Cat Photo on Front Page

Chicago Tribune Accidentally Publishes a Placeholder Cat Photo on Front Page This is awesome: someone over at the Chicago Tribune made a hilarious mistake this morning, accidentally publishing a placeholder photograph of a random cat on the newspaper website’s front page. For 16 glorious minutes, visitors to the site were greeted with what’s seen in the screenshot above as the featured headline story. The Tribune is the 8th largest newspaper in the United States by circulation, and its website is one of the top 500 websites in the United States by traffic. Brian Barrett of Gizmodo calls this “the best Internet mistake of the day.” It’s...

Intense Macro Photos of Ants Battling to the Death

Intense Macro Photos of Ants Battling to the Death Want to see some action-packed photographs on a really small scale? Look no further than photographer Alex Wild‘s collection of photos titled “Ants Fighting.” It’s a series of macro photographs showing various species of ants engaged in intense battles to the death. The project captures, “images of conflict among ant societies,” Wild writes. This isn’t some series that was captured over the course of an afternoon in a backyard. The Champaign-Urbana, Illinois-based photographer actually traveled all across the world to make these images. Countries...
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