photography

Windows 10 Photos: cross-device simplicity

Windows 10 Photos: cross-device simplicity

The team behind Microsoft's presentation of Windows 10 have done a fair job in making it appear that the entire experience will be slick. Not only easy, that is to say, but looking VERY similar no matter what device you're using. The Photos app will exist in Windows 10 for desktop, Windows 10 for mobile devices (phones at least), and on desktop-like devices in-between. That's convertible devices, tablets, and so forth. One system will provide cross-device browsing of photos and videos no matter where you happen to be.

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The largest ever Hubble photo shows Andromeda’s glory

The largest ever Hubble photo shows Andromeda’s glory

Taking high-resolution photos of your neighbors is usually frowned upon, but not when the neighbor in question is the Andromeda galaxy and the camera is the Hubble Space Telescope. NASA has shared the sharpest large composite image ever taken of the sprawling mass of stars, space dust, and more, a vast 1.5 billion pixels that together cover a 61,000 light year long section of the galaxy. It's a shot that gets more and more involving even as you zoom in closer, but NASA is hoping that it will do more than just amaze people.

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Panasonic LUMIX GF7 gives selfie lovers another camera choice

Panasonic LUMIX GF7 gives selfie lovers another camera choice

Despite the growing sophistication of smartphone cameras, camera makers are relentless in coming up with ways to sell their wares to the crowd. They primarily do this by combining some professional quality features and hardware inside very portable bodies. Sometimes, however, they also advertise some niche features to appeal to a very specific group, like Panasonic's new LUMIX GF7 that has just enough features that will make selfie lovers and casual digital photographers want to reach for this camera instead of their smartphone.

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PowerLite: a battery charging external flash for smartphones

PowerLite: a battery charging external flash for smartphones

Since we're constantly pushing our phones to do a little more than they previously could, it only make sense that we've seen the number of accessories expanding their usefulness increase. The PowerLite is one example, bringing with it a couple of different features wrapped up in a thin square wafer small enough to fit on a keychain. Those who frequently partake in mobile photography will find the unit's embedded LED lights to be particularly useful, with the effect it provides being less harsh than a phone's integrated flash.

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Adobe Lightroom Mobile app launched for Android

Adobe Lightroom Mobile app launched for Android

Adobe has been steadily busying itself with migrating its photography-centric software to mobile platforms, and as is common it first turned its sights on iOS. Speaking of Lightroom in particular, the company first brought the mobile version to the iPad, then made it available for the iPhone, as well. Now the wait for Android users has finally reached its end, with Adobe launching the app in the Google Play Store on Wednesday. As with the desktop version, Lightroom mobile lets users edit photographs.

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Marriott teams with GoPro to offer guests HERO4 cameras

Marriott teams with GoPro to offer guests HERO4 cameras

No vacation is complete without a camera to record every moment of it, and as such Marriott and GoPro have teamed up to provide guests at select hotels a complimentary HERO4 action cam. This'll benefit guests in obvious ways -- they'll have access to a rugged camera able to handle rough environments, and it'll serve as a way for GoPro to get its tiny action cameras into consumer hands. Marriott, on the other hand, might find a bit of favor in consumer eyes again following it ill-fated WiFi-blocking petition.

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Fujifilm FinePix S9900W, S9800 zoom to where the action is

Fujifilm FinePix S9900W, S9800 zoom to where the action is

If you always see yourself in a situation where that perfect shot is simply just out of your reach, then one of Fujifilm's latest digital cameras might be the perfect tool for you. The FinePix S9900W and S9800 are fine cameras in themselves, but their real vocation is in taking you, or your eyes, to where the action is happening. With a 50x optical zoom, plus Fujifilm's digital zoom, these two new FinePix cameras ensure that no subject is too far, or too near, for you.

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Fujifilm FinePix XP80 lets you shoot anytime, rain or shine

Fujifilm FinePix XP80 lets you shoot anytime, rain or shine

With the growing use of smartphone cameras, people are becoming more accustomed to shooting pics and recording videos anytime, anywhere. But not all smartphone cameras are designed to be used in all situations, especially those that involve the elements. For those, you'd either need a super rugged smartphone or, better yet, aim for an even more rugged and dedicated camera. The XP80, Fujifilm's latest entry to the FinePix line, is one such camera that has been designed with both quality and extreme activity in mind.

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Harman hits Vegas with KISS: a photo journal

Harman hits Vegas with KISS: a photo journal

To give an extra punch to the release of their several new pairs of headphones and speakers this week, Harman employed The Hottest Band in the World: KISS. A miniature concert took place at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, and with the HTC Desire EYE, we went about capturing it. What follows is a brief account of the power of the audio brand Harman and a microcosm indicator of the year they expect to have with the products they've revealed this week - massive, that is to say.

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Beastgrip Pro hands-on: your phone needs this

Beastgrip Pro hands-on: your phone needs this

“Phoneographers”. That’s who Beastgrip is for, according to their website. It’s clever, and oddly endearing for people like me who like taking photos with their phone, but sometimes want to take it a step further. After reviewing the original Beastgrip, I was pretty excited to get word of the Beastgrip Pro, the iterative progression from the original. Still in its beta stage, we caught up with the man behind Beastgrip while he hoofed through CES. What we found was another reason to get excited about smartphone photography.

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