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Image by Hafiz Ismail. Used with permission

Image by Hafiz Ismail. Used with permission

The trend of creating time slice images is starting to become more and more popular amongst photographers. For those of you who haven’t caught onto the trend that folks are going gaga for, it’s when you shoot images of a scene throughout a long period of time and combine them all into one image with sections of them starting at the earliest part and the other end of the photo conveying the most recent photo.

Doing this literally means working with layer after layer in photoshop and getting just the right amount of blending in the photo. It’s a heck of a lot of work, but Time Slice 1.0 is looking to change that in the same way that timelapses have been made much simpler.

The program compiles your photos and lets you select which ones don’t enter the final image. You can tell it to do things like take every other image. Then you import the photos and fine tune the settings to be radial, linear or you can add in other configurations.

Time Slice is available now for $19 for Windows, Mac and Linux.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Though Olympus Air has already been announced in Japan, the little camera that might is finally coming to the US. Very similar to Sony’s QX series of cameras, the Olympus Air product line is an open source camera that takes Micro Four Thirds lenses and is essentially just the sensor, lens mount, WiFi electronics, and a button crammed into ergonomics that will remind you of a can of Burt’s Bees skin moisturizer. The open source designation means that app developers can actually develop apps for the system to make it better.

The Olympus Air A01 is the company’s first offering and has the same 16MP four thirds sensor that many of the company’s other cameras have. However, it doesn’t have Image stabilization in order to keep the unit small. If you mount Panasonic’s lenses that have IS built in though, you’ll get the image stabilization that your shaky hands crave so badly. When it links up with your phone, tablet or phablet you’ll be able to see what the camera sees on a giant screen.

The camera also has focus peaking, which means that all your manual glass will work fine. Additionally, with the electronic shutter the camera can shoot at 1/16,000 of a second and therefore give the user almost no trouble shooting with a lens wide open in sunlight at a lower ISO setting. The Air A01 can shoot 10 fps, has RAW capture, and uses a Micro SD card.

Pretty much everything that you’d expect with an Olympus Micro Four Thirds camera is transferred to the phone when they let their powers combine.

The Olympus Air A01 will be available in the United States in July 2015 in Black or White for $299.99 (body only) or $499.99 paired with a 14-42mm EZ lens, and in Canada in August 2015 in Black or White for $399.99 (body only) or $599.99 paired with a 14-42mm EZ lens. More photos are after the jump.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 16mm f1.4 first impressions product photos (5 of 7)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 2.8

With the release of Firmware 4.0 for the Fujifilm XT1, we’ve updated our review to reflect the changes. The new firmware brings with it a large number of autofocus upgrades like new tracking, zone focus, and improved speed to single AF focusing.

Indeed, the camera is significantly faster to focus, and we almost want to say that it’s about on par with the fastest of Sony’s APS-C mirrorless cameras and Samsung’s NX series. However, it still isn’t at Micro Four Thirds speed. We tested the camera with the 16-50mm f2.8 lens for the video after the jump.

Also be sure to check out our full review.

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It’s been years since Canon updated their 50mm f1.8 lens. The first version had a metal mount, the second version went cheaper on the build, and the new STM version includes a brand new motor, seven aperture blades, a metal mount and what otherwise seems to be the same plasticky build quality of version two. At the same time, the lens is also just a bit over $100–and it remains to be one of the best bang for your buck lenses that you can possibly get your hands on.

As of the publishing of this post, we’ve spent most of the past weekend with the lens. And so far, it’s proving to be quite the great offering.

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All images by Ken Hermann. Used with permission.

Hollywood has been known to many as a place to go in order to pursue one’s dreams to become a star. But for many, it doesn’t seem to work out. Those people often fall off and do other jobs. They’re the focus of photographer Ken Hermann‘s project called Hollywood Characters. He is the winner of the Hasselblad Masters 2012 for his City Surfer work and has a book out now collecting some of his work.

Hollywood Characters is subtitled as being “The dead-end of the American dream.”

According to the series description:

“Amongst the bustling crowds and chic boutiques on the streets of Los Angeles are a cast of costumed characters, waiting for curious passersby to take a photo.The street characters make a living by letting themselves being photographed together with the thousands of tourists who visit the Boulevard each day and pay them a tip them to take a shot.

Some of the Street characters does a really good job acting as look-alikes and they actually look a lot like some of the big Hollywood stars while others just look like silly grownups in poor and dirty carnival costumes.

Most of the street characters have one thing in common though. They are, or once were, pursuing the American dream of becoming someone special and famous. It is this struggle mixed with the childish fantasy world ken Hermann finds interesting to portrait.”

The project started when he became fascinated by the good look-alikes and the bad ones. Spending time observing them, he found that sometimes a person just needs to have a funny or crazy attitude to be successful. But in this project, Ken tried to show off who the real person was behind the disguise.

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Screenshot taken from the video

Screenshot taken from the video

The Canon 5Ds and 5DsR are two of the hottest cameras on the market right now for the reason that they’ve got lots of megapixels–lots and lots of them. The folks over at DigitalRev got a chance to play with them and seemed to figure that with this many megapixels, you’re probably going to be shooting mostly in the studio. The alternative is that it’s for enthusiasts with way too much money to burn and that just like to pixel peep and do nothing else with their lives.

Kai and the crew set up a special situation in the studio involving a water balloon bursting with a Broncolor light. They did the shoot over and over again until they got really great photos–and for the most part this would be really tough to do but it could have been made simpler if they used Triggertrap’s Sound trigger along with the flash attachment.

The video is after the jump.

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