Here's an interesting riddle: If integrated cameras on smartphones and cell phones are so much better than what they were just a few short years ago, why are there so many crappy mobile photos on the Internet? Figure that one out and we'll assign you a similar case related to YouTube videos. But we digress. The real point here is that smartphone cameras are continuously improving and are now responsible for snapping more than a quarter of photos and videos.
MIT's Media Lab has taken slow motion video to a whole new level by building a system capable of capturing moving subjects at 1 trillions frames a second, fast enough to capture pulses of light parading through a 1-liter soda bottle. Light travels at about 671 million miles per hour, but it can't outrun MIT's custom camera setup, nor can anything else in the universe.
Facebook. Flickr. Picasa. Photobucket. Even those who still consider the Internet the work of demons and wizards know the names. And chances are virtually everyone in your posse has used at least one or more of these giants to host and share their personal photos.
But this is no longer the dawn of the digital camera era, and online photo hosting is no longer limited to just a few key players. Today, you can't swing a 500mm lens without hitting a business that wants nothing more than to store your pics.
The question is: Do you dare stray from the familiar entities? We can't give you that answer, but we can tell you that truly excellent sites, perhaps just right for you, do indeed exist in other corners of the Web. And it's our intention here to point you in some of those directions.
Google announced last May that it intended to begin adding business interiors to Google Maps Street View. Now the first test images are rolling out. Users browsing maps will be invited into shops and offices that make use of the same 360-degree panning view that we’re used to with street view. Considering the very different nature of the content, Google has changed the way they acquire these images.
It takes a serious commitment to photography to drop $6,800 on a DSLR camera body with no lens, and if ever you might be tempted, Canon's EOS-1D X is it. Canon calls it a "high-speed multimedia juggernaut replacing both the EOS-1Ds Mark III an IOS-1D Mark IV models." We call it a smarty pants camera fully loaded with funtastic features, and a new body to boot.
With so many cameras available, figuring out how all the specifications and options translate into your everyday use is complicated. For our first lesson in the Basics of Photography, we're going to learn how cameras work and make sense of what that means in terms of choosing a camera to buy and how it affects your photographs.
If you're a hockey fan, you either watched in euphoric excitement or nauseating horror as the Boston Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals (this displaced Bostonian Editor falls into the former category). Showing the uglier side of sports, some disgruntled Vancouver 'fans' (a term we use loosely here -- Vancouver's real fans acknowledged a hard fought series and took the loss in bitter stride) took to rioting, and from the unfortunate scene a photo of what appears to be a kissing couple emerged and quickly went viral, only things are not as they appear.
If you've been patiently holding out for Nikon's swivel screen D5100 digital SLR camera, you now have a decision to make. Should you wait until the April 21, 2011 (this Thursday) launch date and order one from an online vendor that won't hit you with sales tax, or should you succumb to impatience a pop over to your local Best Buy (or snag one online)? The choice is yours to make, but here's what you need to know.
Been waiting for something new from Nikon? Your wait is over. The camera maker on Tuesday announced its new D5100 Digital SLR with a 16.2 megapixel sensor. Nikon says it packed the D5100 to the brim with "new and innovative features aimed at giving photographers the tools to shatter creative constraints." It also boasts the ability to shoot HD video.
As far as we know, you can't make a career out of taking pictures with your cell phone, but you can take a college course teaching you how not to take crappy photos with one. All you have to do is attend Immaculata University in Philadelphia where communications professor Sean Flannery has made it his goal to teach students how to take the best pictures possible with their mobile phones.