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The Selfie Stick is One of Rollei’s Bestselling Products, And Now There Are Four New Ones

The Selfie Stick is One of Rollei’s Bestselling Products, And Now There Are Four New Ones Now that Rolleiflex cameras have gone the way of the dodo, Rollei needs to find a new segments of the camera equipment market to serve. It turns out one of the company’s promising new niches is the selfie stick. The company has just launched four new selfie stick models to help smartphone users capitalize on the booming trend. Rollei’s new selfie sticks come in a variety of colors. Selfie sticks may elicit many groans and find themselves banned from museums and sporting venues around the world, but the negative press doesn’t seem to be fazing Rollei. “The Rollei...

Olympus Built a 3D Stacked Image Sensor That Can Shoot 10000FPS

Olympus Built a 3D Stacked Image Sensor That Can Shoot 10000FPS Olympus researchers have created an innovative new “3D stacked” CMOS image sensor that has both global-shutter and high-speed capturing modes. It is able to capture photos at up to 10000 frames per second. The development will published in a paper and presented at the upcoming 2015 Symposia on VLSI Technology & Circuits (a conference on semiconductors and circuits) in Japan in June 2015. Olympus will share their new 16-megapixel sensor that can either shoot 16MP photos with a global shutter (i.e. the entire frame is captured at once instead of line by line as with rolling...

Minecraft Player Constructs a Camera That Correctly Captures Perspective

If you’re a fan of the game Minecraft, then you may appreciate what SethBling has done. The Seattle-based player/inventor has created a working in-game camera using command blocks. His explanation is that the system uses ray tracing by shooting out armor stands from the camera, detecting when the stands hit another block in the scene, and copying that block onto a 2D canvas behind the camera. The camera is therefore able to correctly capture correct perspective by exactly recording its point of view. Impressive. [via PetaPixel] [via...

Photos of Abandoned Places Found in New York City

Photos of Abandoned Places Found in New York City For the past few years, photographer Will Ellis has been locating, exploring, and documenting obscure abandoned places in New York City. His images show everything from the ruins of old hospitals to abandoned subway terminals — and sometimes the photos are one last glimpse of those spaces before they’re reclaimed or reduced to rubble by developers or the government. The photo above shows the Gowanus “Batcave,” which was a thriving squatter community in the early 2000s. More recently it was purchased by a millionaire who seeks to turn it into a artist studio and...

Nikon Hackers Making Progress on Using Live View Data for Shooting RAW Video

Nikon Hackers Making Progress on Using Live View Data for Shooting RAW Video Unofficial RAW video functionality could be coming to a Nikon DSLR near you in the not-too-distant future. The Nikon hacker community appears to be making progress in using the live view feature of cameras to obtain RAW footage from the sensor. EOSHD reports that members of the Nikon Hacker forums have successfully converted a single frame from a Nikon D5100’s live view buffer into a DNG photo. One of the forum members named a1ex managed to obtain a 1664×1102 RAW image from the buffer using a prototype DNG converter created using Magic Lantern tools. EOSHD says that any RAW video...

Why Having Your Portrait Made Is Important

Why Having Your Portrait Made Is Important My friend Matthew Simmons and I did recently did a photo shoot with an amazing little girl named Desi Robinson. After sending Renee, Desi’s mother, the finished images and talking to her a few days after, something really hit me. Renee thanked me for asking Desi to do a shoot with Matthew and I, because she had “come so far” since having that experience. After hearing this, I wanted to explore this idea a little more. I had always believed that it was important to have your portrait made at least once, but I didn’t have any solid, real life examples as to why until...

‘Exposure’ Now Legal Tender For Photographers

‘Exposure’ Now Legal Tender For Photographers A change in the law will allow photographers to pay rent on their homes and studios with ‘exposure’ instead of money. They will also be able to buy coffee, shampoo, and other essentials by mentioning to the checkout assistant that they did a big job last week for nothing and are hoping it will bring them some paying clients. Landlords and supermarkets are protesting this move on the grounds that “Well what the hell am I supposed to do with ‘exposure’? I can’t pay my bills with fresh bloody air! Why can’t you just give me money like every bugger else?” The controversial new...

This is How Much Diamond is Extracted from Massive Diamond Mines

This is How Much Diamond is Extracted from Massive Diamond Mines In the world of diamond mining, huge open pits are dug into the Earth in order to find and extract a relatively small amount of usable diamonds. For his new set of images in his ongoing For What It’s Worth project, photographer Dillon Marsh created a series of photos showing this dramatic comparison. For each pair of images, the first shows a huge pit created in the ground by diamond miners, and the second is a zoomed-in view that includes a CGI rendering of how much diamond has been extracted in the history of that mine. The Kimberley Mine Was Mined Between 1871 and 1914 14.5 Million...

The Online Depth of Field Simulator is Now Available as a Free Android App

The Online Depth of Field Simulator is Now Available as a Free Android App A couple of months ago, we featured a helpful little web app called the Bokeh Simulator and Depth of Field Calculator. The website allows photographers to quickly visualize what different options in a particular shot (e.g. aperture, focal length, distance to subject) do to the bokeh and depth of field in the resulting photo. The app has now gotten even better: in addition to some nifty feature upgrades, it can now be downloaded as a free app for Android devices. Developer Michael Bemowski, the man behind the site, tells us that he has been working on improving the app since the first wave of...

This Website Will Guess Your Age and Gender Based on a Photo

This Website Will Guess Your Age and Gender Based on a Photo How Old Do I Look? is a simple demo website created by Microsoft engineers who are working on information management and machine learning. Given any photo showing a face, the system will do its best to guess the age and gender of the people in the shot. The engineers write that they had originally created the website to test out Microsoft’s newly released Face detection APIs, and had sent out the invite to several hundred people for testing and feedback. Within hours of that email, tens of thousands of users were visiting the page from all over the world, uploading their photos to see...
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