photography

Microsoft Photosynth adds super-high res graphics and new Spin scenes

Microsoft Photosynth adds super-high res graphics and new Spin scenes

Microsoft's Photosynth 3D photo tool may not be the company's best-known product, but it probably deserves to be, with new features today that add high-resolution graphics for immersive 60-megapixel scenes. The update, which Microsoft promises are as smooth as the footage you'd get from a Steadicam rig, uses intelligent processing of multiple frames of the same scene, so that for instance "spin" videos - where the photographer walks around shooting all angles of an object - are clean of extraneous detail like birds or people when you watch the video, but have all of that detail visible when you pause.

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iPhone does sole music video duty for Leann Rimes

iPhone does sole music video duty for Leann Rimes

Smartphone cameras are convenient but "proper photographers" need proper equipment, or so the advice has traditionally gone, but following news of Nokia powering celebrity weddings, now the iPhone weighs in with country singer Leann Rimes. The artist's next single, Gasoline and Matches, has a video completely filmed using Apple's iPhone, including stop-motion video pieced together from more than 8,000 stills.

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Nokia Lumia 1020 used as exclusive camera for wedding by celebrity photographer

Nokia Lumia 1020 used as exclusive camera for wedding by celebrity photographer

To show off the camera on its iPhone 5s, Apple partnered with Burberry to be the exclusive recording apparatus for the runway show. Nokia has revealed that it did something similar for its megapixels-packing Lumia 1020, which was used exclusively by famous photographer Joy Marie Smallwood to photograph and record a real wedding. Taking a look at the pictures, we'd say the little handset did a mighty big job.

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olloclip Macro 3-in-1 clip-on iPhone lens hands-on

olloclip Macro 3-in-1 clip-on iPhone lens hands-on

Olloclip has been busy empowering the iPhone's camera for a while now. This past January we got our hands on its iPhone 5 lens clip, which enabled one to shoot in fish eye, wide-angle, and macro. Fast-forward nearly a year, and we've been testing olloclip's latest offering: the Macro 3-in-1 clip-on lens for the iPhone. We've got a gallery and video for you in our SlashGear hands-on after the jump.

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Disposable quadcopters could democratize aerial panoramas

Disposable quadcopters could democratize aerial panoramas

High-quality aerial photos taken with sub-100g quadcopters and from cameras mustering less than a megapixel in resolution could make panoramic photography far more accessible, affordable, and flexible, one researcher has discovered. Whereas traditional approaches to aerial imagery have relied on heavy, high-resolution cameras which demand professional operation, Camille Goudeseune of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign went to the other extreme, using near-disposable quadcopters that are effectively toys and software cleverness to stitch together multiple frames from cheap video cameras around 640 x 360 in resolution.

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VSCO Cam Android release brings iOS-friendly editing

VSCO Cam Android release brings iOS-friendly editing

As soon as tomorrow the folks behind VSCO Cam will be pushing the app to Android, this after many moons in Beta and quite a few more months on the likes of iOS. This app will bring top-notch editing abilities for photos for those Android users that want to get the very most out of their single machine. At this very moment the pricing and exact timing for this app is not yet known.

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Apple Lytro-like camera system patent looks to iPhone for size

Apple Lytro-like camera system patent looks to iPhone for size

There's a system for shooting photos out there in the world of Apple patents, one that looks to take the light-field camera and make a version of it much, much smaller. Small enough to fit inside an iPhone, as it were. The patent for this system describes the likes of a plenoptic camera, better known as a light-field camera, going so far as to cite the Ren Ng "Lytro" camera as prior art.

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