digital photography

VSCO Collections ushers in curated photos

VSCO Collections ushers in curated photos

VSCO offers what is arguably one of the best mobile camera apps available — it allows filtering like Instagram and other camera apps, only the filters are aggregated into packs and are both higher-quality and less in-your-face than many filter options. The app comes with manual adjustments, too, and features like manually selecting a focus point. Today the company behind VSCO Cam made a big step in making the service more appealing, adding in a new “Collections” social feature.

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PENTAX K-3 II and Nikon D750 service advisories issued

PENTAX K-3 II and Nikon D750 service advisories issued

In April, Ricoh introduced its Pentax K-3 II DSLR camera, and now a couple months later it is issuing a service advisory: some owners may experience issues with the camera failing to shut off even when toggled to "OFF". That presents some obvious issues, but appears to be fairly limited in scope. The camera company has detailed which owners may be affected, and will proceed with repairs if necessary. In addition, Nikon has issued an advisory regarding a shutter problem with some of its D750 cameras.

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Lytro releases major update to ILLUM light field camera suite

Lytro releases major update to ILLUM light field camera suite

It's been more than a year since Lytro launched its ILLUM camera, an innovative and, at the same time, somewhat contentious digital camera that seemingly made photographs jump to life thanks to the magic of light field photography. Since then, some smartphones have claimed some, or at least one, of those features, namely, the ability to change focus after the fact. The ILLUM, however, still retains an edge and, to keep up with the times, Lytro has announced its first major update that adds new viewing and editing powers to both the camera and to its desktop software.

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Canon PIXMA MG3620 prints straight from Instagram

Canon PIXMA MG3620 prints straight from Instagram

Canon has a new PIXMA printer and it’s the first one that can print directly from Instagram accounts. This gives mobile photographers with a fondness for printed photographs a way to print out their favorite Instagram shots without having to use their laptop or third-party software. It’s the Canon PIXMA MG3620 Wireless Inkjet all-in-one printer, and it works in conjunction with Canon's mobile PRINT app. If Instagram isn't your cup of tea, the printer and app are also compatible with Facebook, Twitter, Evernote, and a bunch of other services.

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Xiaomi leak hints at smartphone with rear dual cameras

Xiaomi leak hints at smartphone with rear dual cameras

Rumor has had it for a while that Apple is looking to introduce a dual camera setup with an upcoming iPhone model, and according to a source Xiaomi might be planning the same. An image has cropped up showing a Mi handset with two cameras on the rear, each near the other and positioned in the upper right corner. The idea behind dual-camera tech is that with it a smartphone's photography capabilities increases, producing photos that have a quality eclipsing present-day mobile photos.

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White House (mostly) ends its ban on social media and photos

White House (mostly) ends its ban on social media and photos

After 40 years of banning photography -- and later on social media -- during White House public tours, the Obama administration has decided to lift the limitation. Michelle Obama announced the change today on the White House's Instagram page, showing the White House's photography ban sign and saying those rules no longer apply. She ripped the sign in half, and thus ends an era, at least for the most part. There are still some limitations on what you can use to snap your pictures.

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olloclip Studio turns your iPhone into the ultimate creativity tool

olloclip Studio turns your iPhone into the ultimate creativity tool

Mobile photography have become the thing in smartphones, if the recent generation of devices is any indication. But while we have a long way to go before they can even match DSLRs, some have come close, especially with the help of accessories. olloclip has been one of those at the forefront of that wave, inspiring creativity no matter where you go. And now the team is back again with another ingenious creation, a entire system, not just a single accessory, that turns your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus into a walking recording studio. And it's aptly called olloclip Studio.

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iBlazr 2 is a wireless adjustable LED flash for your iPhone

iBlazr 2 is a wireless adjustable LED flash for your iPhone

When it comes to a smartphone’s camera, many users side-step the flash — for day time and incognito snaps, it doesn’t serve much purpose. There are times when the built-in flash is needed, though, and in those times it usually proves inadequate, perhaps just strong enough to illuminate nearby subjects but not much else. iBlazr presented a solution to that with its first external smartphone flash by the same name, and now it is back with a refined version called the iBlazr 2.

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Researchers create creepy, hyperrealistic CGI skin

Researchers create creepy, hyperrealistic CGI skin

A newly developed CGI rendering technique is about to take CGI renditions of human skin to an "uncanny valley" level of creepy. Until now, rendering only created "mesoscale" details such as pores and wrinkles. This new CGI method captures details on a "microscale" which includes the texture within pores and extremely fine lines. Normally, skin microstructures that are under one-tenth of a millimeter are not reconstructed in CGI, even though they have a large impact in the way we perceive facial expressions.

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Instagram search supercharged with new Explore page

Instagram search supercharged with new Explore page

Instagram has introduced a revamped Explore page and improved search, enabling users to more easily find and explore content uploaded to the service. Instagram says these are “major updates”, and will make it easier for users to find trending content, such as videos of popular recent events. The trends show up in real time, but there are also curated collections based on topic, making it easier to explore what is on the service and narrow down content based on interest.

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