Photography

Watch Beyonce get in formation as Primitive app creates vector magic

Watch Beyonce get in formation as Primitive app creates vector magic

The app Primitive has been released today for OS X, turning photos (or whatever other images you like) into arrays of shapes. The process begins with a single image, provided by the user. The user selects bounds within which the program must operate - circles, rectangles, quadrilaterals - then the fun begins. This app selects shapes that best fit all areas of the image - size, color, placement - and fits them in, one at a time.

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Vimble S gimbal keeps your phone steady when your hand isn’t

Vimble S gimbal keeps your phone steady when your hand isn’t

We’ve all been there. We’ve used our smartphones, no matter the camera quality, to capture some of the fleeting moments of life, only to realize later how unsteady and dizzying the resulting footage is. “Shaky cam” is so common these days that it has even become a (rather contentious) cinematic technique. Whether intentionally or not, and especially the latter, you can say goodbye to shaky cam on your phone with the Vimble S, the latest three-axis gimbal that promises to produce smooth, steady photos and videos, regardless of the jitters.

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The best photo scanner app is now Google’s PhotoScan

The best photo scanner app is now Google’s PhotoScan

An update to the Google Photos app collection has suddenly made Google the master at capturing long-lost memories in vintage photos. Google's newest app in this collection of photo-friendly apps is PhotoScan, an app that's set for action on both Android and iOS. This app allows users to "scan" their photos with their smartphone in a way which allows the device's processor to edit out curves, bends, glossy reflections, and other oddities.

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Canon EOS Rebel T6 with gray design quietly launched in U.S.

Canon EOS Rebel T6 with gray design quietly launched in U.S.

Canon has quietly launched a new EOS Rebel T6 camera with a gray body and a brown textured grip. Rumors of the camera first surfaced days ago followed by some leaked photos showing the model. Though Canon hasn't made any big formal announcements about it, the new option is officially available from the maker's website for $549.99 USD, marking a somewhat inexpensive option for those serious about getting into photography.

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Nikon D5600 entry-level DSLR comes with Bluetooth

Nikon D5600 entry-level DSLR comes with Bluetooth

When you mention DSLRs, or digital single-lens reflex cameras, you usually think of professional, not to mention expensive, photography equipment that no amateur or hobbyist has business of owning. That, of course, is a vicious cycle that prevents these future pros from getting acquainted with the technology. Nikon’s solution? The D5600, a “entry-level” DSLR that, despite the relatively lower price tag still packs enough features to endear it to budding photographers. Including the ability to immediately copy shots to a smartphone and upload them in an instant.

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Adobe Lightroom for Android gets full RAW support

Adobe Lightroom for Android gets full RAW support

Adobe Lightroom for Android has been updated with full RAW support, bringing it up to the same level as the company's Lightroom for iOS app. While the Android app received a form of RAW support earlier this year, it was only for the maker's own DNG RAW format and therefore of limited usefulness to photographers. This latest version, though, supports the RAW photos taken by your camera, making the software a far more useable mobile photography solution.

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Leica TL is a modest update to the ‘T’ mirrorless camera

Leica TL is a modest update to the ‘T’ mirrorless camera

Leica has launched a modestly updated version of its Leica T mirrorless camera, the new Leica TL. This model brings some notable but relatively small changes over the previous model, including a higher storage capacity and a new color option that sets it apart. Some of the great aspects from the Leica T remain, however, including the 16-megapixel APS-C sensor and the same general body design.

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Loupedeck is a physical console for Lightroom photo editing

Loupedeck is a physical console for Lightroom photo editing

A new product called Loupedeck aims to revolutionize post-processing for photographers, offering physical controls that work with Adobe Lightroom. The console, as they call it, is similar to a keyboard, but with dials, knobs and buttons that correspond to various things in Adobe’s image-editing software. Rather than having to waste time scrolling, clicking through menus, and dragging on-screen items, photographers can edit their images using a simple, yet feature-heavy, console.

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Olympus reveals OM-D E-M1 Mark II pricing and release details

Olympus reveals OM-D E-M1 Mark II pricing and release details

Back in September, Olympus announced a whole bunch of details about its new OM-D E-M1 Mark II camera at Photokina 2016. Two of the most important details were missing, though: pricing and release date. Today Olympus is back with those very details, letting photographers know that they can get their hands on the OM-D E-M1 Mark II at the end of December.

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Glide CMRA strap adds two cameras to the Apple Watch

Glide CMRA strap adds two cameras to the Apple Watch

Some owners of the Apple Watch lament the fact that the wearable has no cameras on it for taking selfies or other images on the go. A company called Glide has a new product that will fix that omission and won't impact the runtime of the Apple Watch itself. The product is called the CMRA strap.

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The cool new tools Instagram won’t let you use

The cool new tools Instagram won’t let you use

Instagram has ramped up its efforts to monetize the photos users upload to their photo-based social network. Instagram is currently testing a system where brands are able to insert tags in photos. These tags link direct to a product page, which in turn allow the user to buy. Consumer-ready and aimed at making certain you're able to buy things as easy as possible.

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When to use Portrait Mode on iPhone 7 Plus iOS 10.1

When to use Portrait Mode on iPhone 7 Plus iOS 10.1

If you’ve updated your iPhone 7 Plus to iOS 10.1, there’s a cool new tool you can take advantage of. In the camera app, a new ‘Portrait’ mode adds a faux bokeh effect to your images that can really make your images pop like never before. It’s a fun feature, but many are complaining the feature blurs parts of the image that shouldn’t be. It’s a fair criticism, but the real problem is that Portrait mode isn’t good for every circumstance, and there are some heavy caveats we’re not paying attention to.

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