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why the smartphone camera changed photography forever

why the smartphone camera changed photography forever | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
YOUR CAMERA DOESN’T MATTER

The vast majority of imagery is now seen in the exact same places: on smartphones and tablets, via apps such as Pinterest, Facebook, Google+, Flipboard and most importantly, Instagram.


At 1024 x 1024 pixels, who can really tell whether a photo was taken on an iPhone or a Canon 5D? More to the point, who cares?

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This guy has a point even if it is difficult to admit that our SLR bodies and optics are not necessary when it comes to sharing #foodporn

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Qualcomm, Nokia pump $20M into array camera start-up

Qualcomm, Nokia pump $20M into array camera start-up | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

Array camera start-up Pelican Imaging Corp. has closed a $20 million Series C round of funding bringing the total invested in the company to more than $37 million since its formation in 2008. New investors include Qualcomm Ventures and Nokia Growth Partners who have joined existing investors Globespan Capital Partners, Granite Ventures, InterWest Partners and In-Q-tel.

Pelican Imaging has developed an array sensor architecture together with algorithms and software for image reconstruction, gesture recognition and other functions. Instead of using a single, high-resolution but expensive CMOS image sensor, the array camera averages multiple images to produce a single, enhanced-resolution image.

According to CTO Kartik Venkataraman, the principal advantages are reduced z height, superior performance under low light conditions, and the ability to offer 3D functions and gesture recognition. Venkataraman cofounded Pelican Imaging in 2008 with then CEO Aman Jabbi.

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Gary Pageau's comment, June 17, 2013 11:04 AM
Still not sure the benefits are worth the cost.
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Apple Is About To Get A Deep Integration With Flickr & Vimeo

Apple Is About To Get A Deep Integration With Flickr & Vimeo | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

Apple is going to integrate IAC's video site Vimeo and Yahoo's photo sharing site Flickr into the next version of iOS, the software that runs iPhones and iPads, Mark Gurman of 9 to 5 Mac reports.

Gurman says iOS users will be able to upload video straight to Vimeo from their iPhones and iPads, just like they can currently upload straight to YouTube.

The same will be true of Flickr. iOS users will be able to quickly upload their photos to Flickr straight from their devices.

This is going to be really good for Apple, Yahoo, and iOS users.

Yesterday, Yahoo announced a redesign for Flickr, and an increase in storage to 1 terabyte of data. This means that you can pretty much store all of your photos in Flickr.

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Almost unlimited, free photo storage coming to iPhone users?

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Almost unlimited, free photo storage coming to iPhone users?

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Nokia Invests in High-Resolution Cameras to Woo Apple Buyers

Nokia Invests in High-Resolution Cameras to Woo Apple Buyers | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
Nokia Growth Partners, the venture- capital arm of Nokia Oyj, plans to invest in California startup Pelican Imaging as the phonemaker seeks to win back customers from Apple Inc.
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does this amplify or contradict Nokia's PureView approach?

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Incredible Images of the Massive New Tunnels Hollowing New York City

Incredible Images of the Massive New Tunnels Hollowing New York City | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

There is a 22-foot-long, 200-ton steel monster under Manhattan. Dead, resting deep somewhere under Grand Central Station and Park Avenue, this machine and her twin brother excavated the massive tunnels that you can see here, one of the largest public transportation works of our time.

Here's an impressive new look at the amazing tunnels and caverns of the East Side Access, an extension of the Long Island Rail Road.

Together, the two massive earthworms and an army of machines and workers were able to eat 346,607 cubic yards (265,000 cubic meters) of New York's bedrock heart, producing 5.6 miles of tunnels and the massive caverns that will house the new station under Grand Central. A project so big that it prompted—unfounded—fears of a major collapse of some old city buildings, like St. Patrick's Cathedral.

 

The work—which started in 2006—has been so complicated that the entire project has been delayed. Instead of 2014, it will now be operational in 2019. The tunnels extend from Sunnyside, Queens, to Grand Central, routing 24 trains per hour at peak capacity. That's an amazing 162,000 passenger trips to and from Grand Central per day. These new images by New Yorks' Metropolitan Transportation Authority show the progress as of Feb 12 2013

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Lynx A Camera is the world's first point-and-shoot 3D camera

It's the world's first point-and-shoot 3D camera. It's not a conventional camera, but it's like a camera - particularly when it comes to learning curve and ease of use. If you can use a point-and-shoot Nikon, you'll find the Lynx even easier to use. Instead of outputting 2D images, it produces 3D models of whatever you point it at.

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From the startup screen, you can select from three features: scene modeling, object modeling, and motion capture. Each starts instantly and has a simple start/stop interface

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Extremely Rare Color Photography of Early 1900s Paris

Extremely Rare Color Photography of Early 1900s Paris | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

Although some of these images might look like a modern day photography and some of them like painted pictures, actually it is real colored photographies, taken at the beginning of the 20th century Paris (France).


It is extremely astonishing to look at the world now long gone, the world which you are used to see in black & white images and often with poor quality.


All the images shown were taken using Autochrome Lumière technology. It's an early color photography process, patented in 1903 and invented by the famous French Auguste and Louis Lumière, populary known as Lumière Brothers.

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Who said "The City of Light" ?

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This Amazing Mist Touchscreen Lets You Play Fruit Ninja On A Wall Of Water Vapor

This Amazing Mist Touchscreen Lets You Play Fruit Ninja On A Wall Of Water Vapor | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

A Russian company called Displair has brought its bizarre, wholly innovative vaporizing projector machine to this year's Consumer Electronics Show, and the gizmo is unlike anything else at the enormous tech convention: Basically, you can connect a touchscreen device to a projector, which puts out a touchable image of your device's screen onto a constantly misting wall of vaporized water. You can then interact with the device by running your finger on that wall of mist. It's a strange and totally innovative way to interact with a typical tablet or computer.

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This is true vaporware

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One Billion Cameras Shipped — in phones –

One Billion Cameras Shipped — in phones – | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

One billion cameras were shipped in 2012, ABI Research projects — that is, in smartphones and tablets.

Almost every smartphone shipped today has an embedded rear camera and one in three smartphones have a front-facing camera, the research firm says. The number of media tablets with two cameras is even greater. “Purchasers expect to be able to take photos with their devices, and the popularity of video calling is driving the integration of front-facing cameras.”

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and it will be multiplied by 2.7x in 2018...

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Image Sensors World: Apple Applies for HDR Imaging Patent, Looks for Highly Innovative Sensor Engineers

Image Sensors World: Apple Applies for HDR Imaging Patent, Looks for Highly Innovative Sensor Engineers | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
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Apple applies for US2012/041398 patent titled "Image Sensor Having HDR Capture Capability" by Michael Frank.

"...there exist disadvantages to the process of generating a HDR image from multiple independently captured images. For example, changes may occur when images are captured successively such that a composite HDR image generated therefrom may not be completely aligned. This may generate motion artifacts in the composite HDR image. Further, the images may be affected by local motion in the image scene, e.g., trees swaying in the wind, people and faces shifting slightly, etc. Additionally, the time required for a HDR image to be processed may be delayed based on the images to be captured."

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Notre-Dame de Paris turns 850

Notre-Dame de Paris turns 850 | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
Eight centuries and a half after the beginning of Notre-Dame’s erection, a scientific symposium will be held from December 12th 2012 to December 15th 2012 at the Collège des Bernardins. The lectures will be given by around 30 researchers with different specializations: religious, social, liturgical, artistic, literary and institutional. The cardinal archbishop of Paris, André Vingt-Trois will open this conference at 2:00PM on Wednesday December 12th 2012 before presiding the opening of the 850th anniversary of Notre-Dame de Paris.
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Picture shot from the Pantheon 22 years ago - Canon EOS10

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Strange Exposure Differences Between the Nikon D600 and Other DSLRs

Strange Exposure Differences Between the Nikon D600 and Other DSLRs | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
Gear reviewer Sohail Mamdani over at BorrowLenses was testing the Canon 6D and Nikon D600 last week by shooting nighttime photos of San Francisco Bay, when he discovered something strange: the DSLRs exposed the scene differently even when all the...
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BTS: Building and Using the Largest Film Camera in the World

BTS: Building and Using the Largest Film Camera in the World | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
Here’s an update on photographer Dennis Manarchy‘s Vanishing Cultures project, which we featured at the beginning of the year.
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Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom hands-on: 10x telephoto, 100x intrigue (video)

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom hands-on: 10x telephoto, 100x intrigue (video) | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
It's easy enough to describe the Galaxy S4 Zoom, since it's essentially a Galaxy S4 Mini with a 10x zoom lens stuck on the back. But that sort of summary doesn't do it justice. When you hold the phone-slash-camera and look at the optically stabilized image captured by its 16-megapixel, point-and-shoot grade sensor, you begin to realize that -- at least for those who do a lot of snapping and sending -- this combo of components holds some serious power.
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Samsung's Galaxy S4 Zoom official: 16-megapixel cameraphone with 10x optical zoom

Samsung's Galaxy S4 Zoom official: 16-megapixel cameraphone with 10x optical zoom | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
Samsung is taking the wraps off its new Galaxy S4 Zoom variant today, the latest in a series of spinoffs for its flagship handset. The phone features a 10x optical zoom lens in front of its...
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So is this a camera or a phone ?

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It's a phomera.

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It's a phomera.
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A Boy And His Atom: The World's Smallest Movie

A Boy And His Atom: The World's Smallest Movie | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
You're about to see the movie that holds the Guinness World Records™ record for the World's Smallest Stop-Motion Film (see how it was made at http://youtu.be...
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No atoms were harmed during the making of this movie
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What is the most amazing photo you have ever taken? | Quora

What is the most amazing photo you have ever taken? | Quora | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

Planespotting in St Marteen is an interesting one among several other shots worth a look too

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Planespotting in St Marteen is an interesting one among several other shots worth a look too...

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Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Sony FS100, and Canon 5D Mark II Face off in a Hair and Skin Tone Test. By Joe Marine (03:14)

Posted by Joe Marine on January 17, 2013 • 

 

"Color is just about the most subjective aspect of any visual creation. Everyone sees color a little differently, so it’s no surprise that we talk endlessly about color science and about which cameras we prefer. Certain looks are too much for some people, and others are not enough. Blackmagic spent a great deal of time developing their color science with Australian Director of Photography John Brawley, and I think working with an actual shooter in developing their camera has made a significant difference in the visuals of the final product. Adam Roberts got a hold of the BMCC and performed a thorough test to compare the camera’s skin tones to that of the FS100 and the Mark II. Click through to check it out."

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Read more on NoFilmSchool.com


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color tests on some high-end cinema cams...

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Beautiful 2 Gigapixel image of Khumbu Glacier - Mt. Everest

This gigapixel image of the Khumbu glacier was captured during the spring of 2012, from the Pumori viewpoint near Mount Everest.

-- http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2012/dec/19/mount-everest-gigapixel-zoom-photograph

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It's a famous view, but few have ever seen Everest as up close and personal before. Filmmaker and climate-change campaigner David Breashears spent this spring taking around 400 images of Everest and its near neighbours from a vantage point above base camp through a 300mm lens. Now he's released them digitally stitched together to form one 2 GigaPixel image.

 

The result is a stunning panoramic photograph of the Everest region – with a twist. You can zoom in on specific areas and see the roof of the world in extraordinary detail. From a distance small colourful dots mark the location of base camp. Zooming in, you can pick out each tent clearly – and a man bending down as he washes his face.

 

The high definition also allows viewers to examine the mountain's icefall – and even pick out climbers descending between terrifying ice cliffs and crevasses. Think of it as an extreme, alpine version of Where's Wally.

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Who needs a television four times sharper than HDTV?

Who needs a television four times sharper than HDTV? | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

At the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, talk of Ultra HD was on everyone’s lips. A handful of Ultra HD sets were even on display. No question, Ultra HD provides stunning images—at least when displaying content created in the new “4K” video format. Unfortunately, 4K content is virtually non-existent.

So far, only a handful of feature films have been shot with cameras capable of 4K, including “The Amazing Spider-Man”, “Prometheus” and “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”. That is hardly surprising given the amount of work involved. Insiders reckon making a full-length digital feature in 4K is equivalent to producing six ordinary 2K films.

Even so, some 17,000 cinemas around the world now have digital projectors capable of showing 4K films. So, if and when Hollywood upgrades wholesale to the new video standard, cinema-goers will be able to decide whether 4K is worth the premium they are bound to be charged.

The recent flood of 3D films largely failed that test. The lacklustre sales of 3D television sets suggest they are now doing the same. Will 4K suffer the same fate? It is far too early to say. But, for sure, 4K television—far more than 4K cinema—faces some formidable challenges.

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It's all about size and bandwith

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Some of us need HD reading glasses first
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Free Version of Adobe Revel Now Available

Here is a summary of the changes we are making to Revel:

We are eliminating the 30-day trial and replacing it with a free version of Revel that you can use for as long as you like.You can still upgrade to Revel Premium as an in-app purchase in the Revel App.

With the free version of Revel you get:

The ability to import as many photos as you want in the first 30 daysAfter that you can import up to 50 photos every month

With Revel Premium you get:

Unlimited photo import for US$5.99 per month – import as many photos as you want, anytime you wantThe ability to automatically import new photos added to the Camera Roll on your iPhone and iPad

Revel still lets you:

Access your photos almost anywhere you goBack-up your photos to the cloudOrganize, edit, and share all the photos you haveShare beautiful web galleries that update automatically
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Presque 2 ans après son lancement, la Freebox Revolution ne supporte toujours pas le standard WDS

Presque 2 ans après son lancement, la Freebox Revolution ne supporte toujours pas le standard WDS | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

Ce projet correspond aux anomalies ou aux demandes d'évolutions logicielles pour le Freebox Server.

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Le WDS (Wireless Distribution System) est un protocole de la norme WiFi qui permet à des bornes de travailler ensemble et d'étendre un réseau sans fil unique. Par exemple d'ajouter des Airport Express et autres Time Capsules à un réseau Freebox existant plutôt que d'en créer un deuxième ou de bidouiller avec du CPL

 

Or pour une raison incompréhensible, et très peu commentée, Free n'a toujours pas activé cette fonctionnalité dans le firmware de sa Freebox alors qu'apparemment sa carte WiFi Marvell le supporte parfaitement ?

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Le WDS (Wireless Distribution System) est un protocole de la norme WiFi qui permet à des bornes de travailler ensemble et d'étendre un réseau sans fil unique. Par exemple d'ajouter des Airport Express et autres Time Capsules à un réseau Freebox existant plutôt que d'en créer un deuxième ou de bidouiller avec du CPL

 

Or pour une raison incompréhensible, et très peu commentée, Free n'a toujours pas activé cette fonctionnalité dans le firmware de sa Freebox alors qu'apparemment sa carte WiFi Marvell le supporte parfaitement ?

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Lytro adds shifting to its "light field" camera

Lytro adds shifting to its "light field" camera | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
As you know, Lytro’s new-fangled camera takes shots with depth: you can alter the point of focus, and subtly shift the point of view.

Unless you have the camera however, you can’t have a “light field” shot of your own… until now. For a few days, selected shots — even old treasured images — will be “Lytro-ized.”
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A Peek Inside the Canon EOS 6D

A Peek Inside the Canon EOS 6D | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

Where the other Canon cameras tend to come apart in modules (you can take off the back, or take off the front, etc.) the 6D was a bit more interconnected. To get the back off required removing the sides and a bit of the bottom for example. A bit of a pain for the exploring types, but I would imagine it also gives more structural support.

 

The body is basically plastic, but like most modern plastics it’s thick and solid. Never a thought that a screw was going to strip out during disassembly. Anyway, after a bit the back was off, and looks, from the inside, pretty similar to all the other Canon backs.

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Rumor: Canon 7D Mark II Geared Toward Nature and Sports Photographers

Rumor: Canon 7D Mark II Geared Toward Nature and Sports Photographers | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
Murmurings of an upcoming Canon 7D Mark II, which we first wrote about back in October, are starting to heat up. It was suggested that the camera, which may mark the merger of the 60D’s and 7D’s lines, was to offer a high continuous shooting rate.
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