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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Google creates slick time-lapses from images on Flickr and elsewhere

Google creates slick time-lapses from images on Flickr and elsewhere

Google researchers are constantly working on cool things that we can all enjoy. The latest cool bit of tech that Google researchers have developed is a way to automatically create time-lapse images of tourist landmarks using photos that are found on image sharing sites like Flickr, Picasa, and others. The process begins with sorting somewhere in the area of 86 million photos by geographic location.

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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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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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Polaroid Zip Review: the best tiny photo printer on the market today

Polaroid Zip Review: the best tiny photo printer on the market today

The following review will give you a brief overview of what it'll mean to use the Polaroid Zip Instant Photoprinter. This little device can fit in your pocket (if you've got a wallet-sized pocket) and is able to print a collection of photos from your smartphone using NFC to connect and Bluetooth to send data. This device prints 2-inch x 3-inch prints with glossy fronts and instant-dry ink. This device takes the fun of the original Polaroid Instant Camera and jams it in to our modern age, with a sticky back to boot.

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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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Radian 2 Bluetooth time-lapse controller pans, tilts, and slides

Radian 2 Bluetooth time-lapse controller pans, tilts, and slides

Photographers who like to take time-lapse images and want to be able to control their camera from a distance will want to check out the Radian 2. The device is a time-lapse controller that allows the creation of still, panning, tilting, and sliding time-lapse footage using your camera. The controller connects to the camera via the USB or trigger port and is programmed wirelessly from a smartphone.

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Android photography favorite Camera51 hits iOS

Android photography favorite Camera51 hits iOS

Recently, Carousel launched an educational series dedicated to helping you snap better photos with your smartphone. By offering up a few simple primers on best practices, you’ll (hopefully) end up with a better jumping-off point before you edit your photos. To help with that knowledge, Camera51 has landed on iOS after a long, successful run on Android. The app helps you do things like frame a shot, and can even tell you if peripheral items on-screen will interfere with framing boundaries.

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Flickr redesign brings new look, powerful new features

Flickr redesign brings new look, powerful new features

Flickr, Yahoo’s photo storage app and service, is reborn. Not only just rebranded or given a facelift, Flickr is downright new. And exciting. On all fronts — the web, mobile, and desktop — Flickr has a slew of new features, and a new look that may have it competing with popular photo-dump social sites like Instagram. With a full terabyte of storage, and features like bulk upload, better organization and snappier photo sharing, Flickr might be worth a second look if you’re not currently using it.

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