digital photography

Olloclip debuts new ultra-wide/telephoto ‘Active Lens’ for iPhone 6

Olloclip debuts new ultra-wide/telephoto ‘Active Lens’ for iPhone 6

Olloclip is at it again, transforming ordinary smartphone cameras into professional-grade devices with its clip-on lenses. We went hands-on with the Olloclip 4-in-1 lens last fall, shooting photos and videos through the accessory. Olloclip's latest offering is the Olloclip Active Lens which includes just two lenses. A telephoto and an ultra-wide lens fit over both rear and front facing cameras at the same time; it's designed specifically for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Another draw for this model is portability, as it comes with a new system of pendants to keep Active lens safe when out of use.

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Layout from Instagram arrives on Android

Layout from Instagram arrives on Android

Instagram introduced its “Layout” collage photo app for iOS back in late March, and now Android users are finally able to enjoy it. As of today, Android users can download Layout from the Google Play Store and remix their photos into collages of various sizes and arrangements (up to 9 photos). In order to use it, though, you’ll need to be running Android 4.1 or higher. It’s not required to sign up or have an account to use the app, however.

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Fujifilm announces X-T10 with new AF system, high speed EVF

Fujifilm announces X-T10 with new AF system, high speed EVF

As expected, Fujifilm has finally revealed the latest member in its long line of X-series interchangeable lens cameras. And as expected, the new X-T10 is pretty much a minor upgrade from last year's X-T1. That said, if you're a digital photography enthusiast who's still in the market for a lightweight companion, Fujifilm wants you to direct your gaze to the X-T10 host of features, which include a new 77-point AF system and an electronic real time view finder with an almost unnoticeable small 0.005 second lag.

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Restaurants are arranging meals to look good on Instagram

Restaurants are arranging meals to look good on Instagram

You've likely seen it numerous times -- and perhaps have done it yourself: someone pulls out their smartphone while eating and snaps a picture of their food, then uploads it to a social network. More often than not anymore that social network is Instagram. How food looks in a picture has a big effect on those who choose to eat it -- if it looks ugly in a photo, odds are high you wouldn't be inclined to order it when at the same restaurant. It's not surprising, then, that some chains have started designing their meals deliberately to look attractive on Instagram.

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Rhino Slider & Motion review; a must-have movement in photography

Rhino Slider & Motion review; a must-have movement in photography

I have a confession: I love House of Cards. Part of the reason for my obsession is the opening sequence (and probably Kevin Spacey’s oddly passable/terrible accent). The time-lapse, gently rolling through various points of Washington D.C., is just magical. I’ve always wanted to do something like that, but it seemed like an investment beyond the scope of what I was willing to spend (HoC uses a RED Camera!). Rhino isn’t asking much of me, though. Motion pairs a slider with a simple motor for fine-tuned live motion time-lapse, and — spoiler alert — it’s awesome.

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MIT reseachers remove unwanted reflections from photos

MIT reseachers remove unwanted reflections from photos

Taking photographs through a window can be a mess. Anything behind the camera could be reflected, infiltrating the photograph. It can be difficult to see the intended image due to the photographer's own reflection obscuring the image. In the fictional, TV world of CSI, you could just say, "enhance!" But, until now, it hasn't been so easy to erase photographed reflections in the real world. Thankfully, a group of MIT researchers have figured out a complicated algorithm which can remove undesired reflections from photographs.

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QromaScan digitizes, organizes your physical photographs

QromaScan digitizes, organizes your physical photographs

Digital photographs have become the norm, but the odds are high you've physical photographs still stuffed into shoeboxes somewhere. Digitizing the photographs is ideal for preservation's sake, but cumbersome and lengthy -- scanning individual photographs takes a lot of time, and after a couple dozen of them, having digital copies doesn't seem so important. Enter QromaScan, a small photo booth of sorts with a related app that, when combined, aim to make the entire scanning and tagging process fast and simple.

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Leica M Monochrom Type 246 camera takes black-and-white photos

Leica M Monochrom Type 246 camera takes black-and-white photos

Leica has announced a new camera, the Leica M Monochrom camera for taking black-and-white photos. This is the followup to the first-ever digital camera specializing in black-and-white photography, and it includes the expected improvements over the last model. The camera won’t be available until May 7, but we’ve got all the details ahead of time, counted among them being the inclusion of a 24-megapixel sensor and three new color filters. To properly show it off, Leica has already revealed a gallery of sample photos.

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Galaxy S6, S6 edge have the edge over iPhone 6 in DxOMark

Galaxy S6, S6 edge have the edge over iPhone 6 in DxOMark

Smartphone cameras are getting more capable and in each generation, there is a race to compete with more professional and dedicated digital shooters. For the past years, DxOMark's rankings have become the litmus test of the smartphone world when it comes to that particular feature set. For a while, Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus held the top scores in the photography benchmarking site's list. Now, however, the crown has been passed back to Samsung thanks to its latest twins, the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge.

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