Photography

Instagram Stories adds geostickers for NYC and Jakarta

Instagram Stories adds geostickers for NYC and Jakarta

Instagram has launched new geostickers for its Instagram Stories product, the company announced today, describing the products as an ‘early version’ of its geostickers. The first geostickers are for Jakarta and New York City, with each city getting more than 12 stickers each. The stickers, of course, can be used on content captured in the cities to add extra style.

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iPhone 7 and Pixel owners need this Lightroom Mobile HDR update

iPhone 7 and Pixel owners need this Lightroom Mobile HDR update

Adobe has given iPhone, Google Pixel, and Samsung Galaxy S7 photographers a must-have reason to get Lightroom, with a new HDR mode that promises DSLR-style results. The update to Lightroom Mobile - version 2.7 for iOS, and version 2.3 for Android - released today includes a raw HDR capture mode, for high-dynamic range photos that should far exceed what the native HDR feature in the default camera app can deliver. However, not everyone can enjoy it.

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Prisma will soon let anyone create their own photo filters

Prisma will soon let anyone create their own photo filters

Prisma, the photo app that enables users to turn images into works of art, is planning to give users one of their top requested features: the ability to create their own filters. This feature is only available online and to superusers at the moment, though it should eventually make its way to everyone. In addition, the app has been updated with a new filter store that, despite the name, provides free access to new filters.

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OPPO’s 5x optical zoom smartphone camera officially revealed

OPPO’s 5x optical zoom smartphone camera officially revealed

Shortly before MWC 2017 kicked off, OPPO said that it would be showing off new camera technology at the show. More specifically, this new tech would center around brining 5x optical zoom to smartphones, which is a pretty big deal. Sure enough, OPPO's MWC 2017 reveal has come and gone, and we now have promises of a 5x optical zoom smartphone camera to look forward to.

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Honor VR Camera is a custom-made Insta360 Air

Honor VR Camera is a custom-made Insta360 Air

It’s actually been a while since we’ve seen new equipment that tries to actually create VR-related content rather than just consuming them. Professional VR cameras still cost an arm and a leg and probably more, but there are always cheaper and more portable solutions around. Some of those come from Insta360, a company that specializes in smartphone-compatible 360-degree cameras. It has revealed that Huawei has chosen it to help create the Honor VR Camera for Android smartphones.

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Sony’s new SF-G memory cards claimed to be world’s fastest

Sony’s new SF-G memory cards claimed to be world’s fastest

We are living in a 4K age, with TVs, monitors, and even some smartphones capable of display such high-resolution content and cameras, and, yes, smartphones being able to create hi-res images and videos. The bottleneck, however, is the intermediate holding place for 4K content captured by cameras. In other words, memory cards. While handy and compact, SD cards aren’t exactly the fastest storage medium around, but they’re the only ones you can use with digital cameras. Well, worry no more, because Sony has just announced its new SF-G line of SDXC cards which it boasts is the world’s fastest memory card.

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Olympus ‘Capture the Action’ social contest seeks adventure shots

Olympus ‘Capture the Action’ social contest seeks adventure shots

Olympus has announced the launch of a new social contest called ‘Capture the Action,’ and it seeks action sports photography that, for a lucky person, will result in a three-day trip to Whistler, British Columbia. The contest is open to professional photographers and enthusiasts alike, and allows photographers to submit up to five images taken with Olympus gear. These images are to be uploaded to either Instagram or Facebook.

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Meitu T8 boasts of a 12MP Dual Pixel selfie camera

Meitu T8 boasts of a 12MP Dual Pixel selfie camera

Chinese manufacturers have always been quicker to jump on the latest fads, unlike the larger companies that are more wary of missing earnings forecasts. So when the smartphone world decided that selfies are the next big thing, many of these OEMs came out flashy gimmicks and features. The newly unveiled Meitu T8, however, probably takes the cake. Sure, it might not have the highest megapixel count around, but it boasts of having the first, and probably only, smartphone with a front camera with Dual Pixel technology.

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OPPO’s MWC 2017 show to focus on 5x optical zoom for phones

OPPO’s MWC 2017 show to focus on 5x optical zoom for phones

There’s still a lot that can be done for cameras on smartphones. You can make them smaller to get rid of that dastardly bump. You can improve their low-light performance. And you can improve their overall quality. At MWC 2017, OPPO will reveal one more area of improvement: zooming. It may not have a smartphone to show off next week. Instead, it will be revealing a smartphone camera technology that will allow these mobile devices to achieve 5x optical zoom.

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Canon EOS Rebel T7i, 77D put the focus on the Autofocus

Canon EOS Rebel T7i, 77D put the focus on the Autofocus

Earlier than expected, Canon is now unveiling two new members of its EOS DSLR family. While the DSLR camera category has always been marketed for professionals, the camera maker hasn’t forgotten that every expert, at one point, started out as a newbie. That is why its is offering the EOS Rebel T7i for amateurs that want to graduate from entry-level DSLR cameras and their program modes. The EOS 77D, on the other hand, is geared towards “advanced amateurs” trying to level up their skill levels.

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Canon EOS M6 digital release date, pricing, and hands-on

Canon EOS M6 digital release date, pricing, and hands-on

This week the folks at Canon have shown the EOS M6 digital for the first time officially, along with release and pricing details. This camera rolls with a 24.2-megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and a DIGIC 7 image processor with ISO 100-25600 capabilities. Inside is combination IS with five-axis image stabilization and the ability to capture video at 60p with Full HD resolution. This camera is also able to capture photos with high-speed continuous shooting at up to 7 frames per second (fps) or up to 9 frames per second with AF Lock.

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Forget Lightroom: 3 Must-Try Professional Photo Editing Alternatives (2017)

Forget Lightroom: 3 Must-Try Professional Photo Editing Alternatives (2017)

Ask anyone for photo editing software recommendations, and you’re likely to hear “Adobe Lightroom” as the first suggestion. That’s because the app is, by and large, a great piece of software, though it’s not without its downsides. Competing companies have made great strides in developing their own Lightroom alternatives, though, and there are several options on the market that are absolutely worth giving a try. Some of them, arguably, have outpaced Lightroom in both usability and features.

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