How to Do HDR Photography Using Microsoft Excel

There are a number of popular HDR photography programs out there. Microsoft Excel isn’t one of them. Photography enthusiast and software engineer Kevin Chen came up with the strange and hilarious idea of using Excel to create an HDR photo, and he presented his results in this 12-minute presentation he gave at !!Con 2017 (pronounced […]

A Mantis Shrimp-Inspired Camera That Sees Polarized Light

Researchers from theUniversity of Illinois have managed to create a new camera called the Mantis Cam that can see polarized light. This technology provides possible solutions for everything from unlocking the mysteries of the underwater world to early cancer detection.

Apple Acquires Camera Sensor Startup Behind QuantumFilm: Report

Apple has quietly acquired Invisage, the camera sensor startup company behind QuantumFilm, according to a new report. Image Sensors World reports that Apple closed a deal to acquire InVisage back in July 2017, and that some of the employees of InVisage have joined Apple while others were let go. We first covered InVisage back in […]

This is the Power of Googles New Fused Video Stabilization

The new Google Pixel 2 smartphones announced yesterday has a new feature called “Fused Video Stabilization. ” The short side-by-side comparison video above shows how effective it is at smoothing out extremely shaky footage.

Why Your Phone Shoots 4K But Your Camera Still Doesnt

The new iPhone will shoot 4K at 60 fps and 1080p at 240 fps. But why is it that smartphones seem to be shooting “better” video resolution than most “serious” cameras?In this 8-minute video,Max Yuryevlooks into the technical reasons behind this.

Why Documentary Photography Needs to Fundamentally Change and Evolve

Years ago, photojournalists were creating images that changed the world, our opinions on life, public policies, etc. The photo was powerful; and it arguably still is. But the inherent problem with the photo's power these days has to do with a myriad of changes in society where the photo just hasn't been able to keep up.

This DIY Globe Helps You Browse Your Travel Photos with Taps and Spins

Have you ever found yourself sitting and watching someone browsing through their travel snaps, flitting between endless folders on their computer? No one likes looking at someone else’s holiday snaps, but Caroline Buttet wants to change that with her interactive globe project.

Google Will Soon Be Able to Remove Unwanted Objects from Your Photos

Google made a bunch of interesting and exciting camera-related announcements at I/O 2017, and we’ll cover them all, but one of the most intriguing was also one of the shortest. Google briefly showed off a powerful “content aware fill” feature that left people wide-eyed and clapping furiously. You can see the capability in this GIF. […]

ISO 12,800. Huh! What Is It Good For?

Absolutely nothing? Ten years ago, a Nikon D3 saved me while shooting a gig in a dimly lit club. Its expansive ISO range of 200-6400 allowed me to shoot with a 24-70mm f/2. 8 at about 1/20th of a second.

5 Essential Tech Items For The Modern Working Photographer

In this day and age being a photographer is more than just carting around some cameras and lenses, technology has become an integral part of the photography equation. This means that beyond your standard photography gear such as lenses, cameras, tripods, and such you also have this array of technology tools that can and do help make a photographer's life that much easier and hassle free. Today we wanted to highlight some of that tech.

A Look at the Lytro Illum, The Camera of the Future That Failed

Back in 2014, the light field camera company Lytro unveiled the $1,600 Illum, a camera of the future that shoots 40 “Megaray” photos and lets you refocus photos after they’re shot. The tech specs were fancy, but no one bought the camera, leading to massive price cuts and eventually a complete change of direction by […]

Adobe Working on Letting You Rotate Faces in Static Portraits

In addition to working on a voice assistance for photo editing, Adobe Research has a number of other image editing projects brewing that it’s showing off demos for. The 30-second video shows one technology that allows you to rotate faces in static photo portraits.

Revolutionary Metalens Can Focus All Visible Light on One Point

Researchers have created the first “metalens” that can focus the entire visible spectrum of light onto a single point in high resolution. The breakthrough brings metalenses one step closer towards replacing bulky camera lenses with much smaller chips.

Adobe Scribbler Can Auto Colorize B&W Photos

Adobe is teasing an impressive new technology called Scribbler. It’s an “interactive deep learning-based image generation system” that you can use to automatically colorize black-and-white photos.

This is How Google Built the Pixel 2s Best Ever Camera

Google’s new Pixel 2 phones boast the best smartphone camera ever tested by DxOMark. In this 9-minute video byNat and Friends, learn how Google created this bar-raising camera. The video includes a number of interesting interviews with the Pixel 2 team.

Googles New Algorithm Makes JPEGs 35% Smaller Without Hurting Quality

Google has just released a brand new, open-source JPEG encoder that can do two very neat things. First, it can decrease JPEG file size by 35% without a noticeable decrease in quality, and second, it can increase the quality of an image without increasing file size at all. Editor’s Note: The image above is an […]

StyleShoots Robotic Studio Lights and Shoots Fashion Photos All by Itself

Fashion photographers now have a very real reason to claim that robots are taking their jobs. A company called StyleShoots has designed a fully-robotic fashion photography studio that can set up its own lighting and capture its own pictures and video while poor unemployed photographers stand by and watch. Okay, maybe it’s not quite that […]

Internet Addiction is Killing Your Photography

What Im getting at in the headline is that the Internet is most likely the cause of your impotence when it comes to productivity. How many people pick up their smartphones and check something online or in an app in the morning, instead of picking up a camera and capturing a sunrise? I bet 99% […]

Canon Granted More Patents in 2016 than Google, Microsoft, and Apple

If you look at patents awarded as a measure of innovation, Canon is one of the most innovative companies on Earth. In 2016, Canon was granted the third most US patents of any company, beating out the likes of Intel, Microsoft, Apple, and even Google. The news was part of the annual IFI Claims ranking, […]

Filters, Do We Still Need Them?

With the advent of better camera technology and clever processing software, do we really need neutral density filters any more? Cant we just replicate the effect of filters in Photoshop or even in camera? Isnt the dynamic range sufficient in my shiny new Sony camera? Well, yes and no Graduated Neutral Density Filters I used […]

Apples Future Keyboards Could Have E Ink Keys and Photoshop Shortcuts

There are stickers and covers out there that can overlay Photoshop shortcut icons over your keyboard, but those may soon be unnecessary. Apple is reportedly interested in the dynamic E Ink keyboard created by Sonder, a keyboard that can instantly change what’s displayed on each of the keys. 9to5Mac reports that Apple is in talks […]

Googles Image Captioning AI Can Describe Photos with 94% Accuracy

Well, you can add “captioning photos” to the list of jobs robots will soon be able to do just as well as humans. After some training, the latest version of Google’s “Show and Tell” algorithm can describe the contents of a photo with staggering 94% accuracy. Show and Tell is in the news today because […]

This Simple Animation Shows You How an SLR Works

Here’s a neat little animation from Harman Technologt, the folks behind the Ilford brand of film, that breaks down exactly how a basic film photography SLR (single lens reflex) camera works. This video will reveal nothing new or ground breaking for the seasoned photo nerds out there, but it’s one of the simplest and shortest […]