photography

Instagram monthly active users hits 400-million

Instagram monthly active users hits 400-million

The team at Instagram have announced that they're now working with more than 400-million monthly active users. Up from 300-million monthly active users nine months ago, Instagram appears to be growing at an increasingly quick rate. Instagram representatives also made clear that more than 80 million photos are being shared per day and that a whopping 75% of the entire community is international - that's outside the United States, in this case.

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Airnef utility supports Nikon WiFi cameras

Airnef utility supports Nikon WiFi cameras

Many of the newer generation of digital cameras from companies like Nikon offer WiFi to make it easier to share and download images. Getting those images wirelessly off your camera may involve software that you don’t like for one reason or another. It's always good to have a choice when it comes to the software you use and the new Airnef utility is able to download images from Nikon WiFi cameras.

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Epson PM-400 personal photo lab is small and wireless

Epson PM-400 personal photo lab is small and wireless

Some printers are big and bulky items that are hard to find a place to store in your home or office. Epson has a new compact photo printer called the PictureMate PM-400 Personal Photo Lab and it is designed to print high quality photos without taking up much space. The PM-400 can print 4x6 and 5x7 photos with no borders using smudge, scratch, and water resistant inks and paper.

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National Geographic Mediterranean Medium Sling Bag Review

National Geographic Mediterranean Medium Sling Bag Review

This month we've been working with the Mediterranean Medium Sling Bag (NG MC4550) from National Geographic and Manfrotto. This bag is one of a collection of heavy-duty bags made for devices. The bag we've got here is made for your camera, your laptop, and all your tiny bits and pieces. Compartments on top of compartments combined with a smart set of colors making for a masterful sling without a doubt.

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Hobie turns any smartphone into a time lapse camera

Hobie turns any smartphone into a time lapse camera

Overlab Designs has introduced its time lapse tool for mobile photographers, Hobie. This device holds a smartphone that measures less than 8cm wide, and can be affixed to a tripod. Hobie can be adjusted to aim the phone in different directions, and either rotate or remain stationary while time lapse photos are taken. The device is mechanical, eliminating the need for batteries. The device is being funded in a campaign that ends on September 26.

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Olympus updates OM-D range with feature firmware

Olympus updates OM-D range with feature firmware

This week the folks at Olympus have updated a number of cameras with brand new firmware. This sort of thing isn't unheard of in the smartphone or tablet universe - in fact it's expected. In the smart camera environment, on the other hand, it's still sort of new. Olympus appears to be leading the way with their OM-D lineup with two firmware updates that are bringing on advanced macro shooting and video capabilities for their cameras already out in the field.

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SteadXP stabilizes images and video on almost all cameras

SteadXP stabilizes images and video on almost all cameras

Shaky video and blurry images caused by movement during shooting or filming can ruin your shots and be very annoying to the viewer. A new project has turned up on Kickstarter called the SteadXP that is a new type of video stabilization platform featuring 3-axis stabilization in a light and easy to use package. The team behind the SteadXP says that it is compatible with nearly all digital cameras from your GoPro to a DSLR or cinema camera.

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GoPro on a balloon found after 2 years with stunning Earth shots

GoPro on a balloon found after 2 years with stunning Earth shots

The GoPro line of action cameras, especially when paired with drones, have yielded a massive library of photos and videos that would have been otherwise impossible to take using commercial equipment. But when paired with a weather balloon, things get even more dramatic. In 2013, a group of five students from Arizona did just that and launched the GoPro into the atmosphere. Sadly, they lost track of the camera during after its reentry. Good thing they recovered it two years later in good condition because the footage it had stored is truly a sight to behold.

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Sony Alpha 7s II arrives with 4K video, ultra-high ISO

Sony Alpha 7s II arrives with 4K video, ultra-high ISO

Sony has just announced its latest camera, the Alpha A7s II. As a follow-up to the original Alpha A7s, the new full-frame mirrorless shooter maintains the same 409,600 ISO setting, but adds support for internal 4K video recording. The first model relied on an external recorder for 4K, making it the camera's biggest weakness. Those who passed on the original A7s may find themselves tempted to upgrade, as the new model includes several other refinements in addition to better video features.

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Camera Restricta concept speculates about future of censorship

Camera Restricta concept speculates about future of censorship

A designer has used a 3D printer and other technology to create a camera concept he calls “Camera Restricta”, a name that is derived from camera obscura. The concept has an interesting take on unique photography, but also hints at a way photography in the future may be censored -- by blocking certain locations from being photographed at the software level, leaving photographers -- or anyone with a smartphone -- with a useless camera.

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