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Different Generations and prototype of Liteblades

All images by Patrick Rochon

If you’re looking for a new tool to paint with light and play with long exposures, then photographer Patrick Rochon has just what you need. They’re called the Liteblades–and they’re not anything like what you may see out of Star Wars. In fact, Patrick used them to make the Super Chromatic photos that we featured a while back.

The Liteblades are new brushes for photographers assembled (handmade and lasercut) in Canada, and have seven different configurations: GODSPEED, WINGMAN, PHOENIX, SPACETIME, BLACKDIAMOND, MONOLITH, and FIREFLY. They’re all unique tools that have different shapes and sizes for whatever your imagination can think of.

You can head on over to his shop to check them out now where each goes for $99. More images are after the jump.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Nikon D810 review lead product image (1 of 1)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 4.0

Though this seems to not have hit America just yet, Nikon Europe recently issued a product advisory notice on the D810 camera. It’s a strange problem that occurs during the shooting of long exposures and when the camera is in the 1.2x crop mode. Apparently what happens is that the camera’s images will show bright spots. Only certain serial numbers are affected and you can see if yours is subject to a free repair from Nikon.

For the most part it seems like a very rare problem and one that only occurs is a very unusual circumstance as we don’t see many folks doing long exposures in that specific crop mode on the camera.

The full product advisory notice is after the jump, but also be sure to check out our full review of the camera.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Nikon 35mm product images (3 of 6)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 3.5

The cries and pleas of Nikon fanboys everywhere may finally be answered. According to Nikon Rumors, the company will be releasing another full frame DSLR coined the Nikon D750. It will sit below the D810 and above the Nikon D610. And for many that stated that the D800 and D810 weren’t true successors to the D700, the D750 will feature a more modest 24.3MP full frame sensor according to reports.

More analysis is after the jump.

Also check out our Nikon D810 review.

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There are more than a couple of web spaces photographers can call home including Flickr, 500px, Instagram, and now a new site called Pics.io hopes to become the new spot for your online photo collection. The startup out of Ukraine just put Pics.io into beta and it promises its cloud-based image banks will let users access, manage, edit, and share photos from virtually anywhere and on any device.

The biggest thing of note about Pics.io is that it’s a RAW capable, meaning users can publish their images in JPEG, RAW, or DNG formats and work of them on the web. Pics.io has some more ambitious goals to unseat Adobe from its throne in the RAW photo processing world.

Currently web solution lets you upload files and edit them in a browser working off of previews from decoded RAW files. The software take a bit of time to load and get going but once users do they can start tuning their images’ brightness, contrast, and adjust curves to name a few settings photographers can tweak.

Pics.io piggybacks on Google Drive for storage so users will have 15GB of space for all their photos. For now sign up is free but you can bet as the service matures there will be a subscription fee.  Pics.co looks promising as a catch all photo space that will let users save, share, and edit their images all on a web browser. Check out a video on Pics.co after the break.

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Kevin Lee The Phoblographer Viddy Product Images 2

Photographers looking to get into using a pinhole camera have no shortage of options but Viddy may be the cutest DIY kit solution we’ve seen yet. Viddy is a do-it-yourself camera kit that comes screen-printed on a slab of cardboard. Upon receiving the kit camera users can pop out all the parts and assemble it in just a half hour.

Viddy comes in green, black, blue or red and is patterned to resemble a vintage film camera down to a faux leather finish. The camera can take medium format or 35mm film and it’s been made with a laser cut pinhole for extra precision. Other than a few drops of glue, the stickers and split pins users need to assemble the camera are included.

Once assembled users can take out their cardboard pinhole camera out to shoot exposures ranging from just a few seconds to hours. Of course this depends on the speed of film users have inside and what sort of look shooters want to go for. Viddy also has a Pop-Up Pinhole app to help users figure out their exposure and exactly how long they should keep the shutter open.

The best thing about Viddy is it’s relatively inexpensive at £30 (about $50), making it cheap enough to take on a little side project to mantle piece for photographers. Currently Viddy is up on Kickstarter and has blow completely past its funding goal and cameras should begin shipping to backers this November. Read on to see more images of the Viddy as well as the actual photos it can produce

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Attention film photographers, Lomographers, and people who just happen to like quirky stuff in general, Vienna-based company Revolog has finally landed in America.

If you don’t know who or what Revolog is, that’s probably because up until now, their products were only easily accessible in their Europe-based online shop (shipping to US/Canada would take up to 23 days), some parts of Asia, or on eBay. And what, pray tell, are their products? Well, Revolog makes special effects 35mm films that somehow purposely mimic things like film imperfections, results of camera defects, and even effects of flatbed scanner glass dust to yield different results from mulit-colored lines and light flashes to rainbow color shifts and splatter-like dots, all neatly packed in brightly-colored bubble gum labels with names like Volvox, Tesla, Lazer, Rasp, and Streak.

So the European duo behind those weird but apparently crowd-pleasing special effects films, Michael Krebs and Hanna Pribitzer, has partnered up with who-else-but trendy analogue photography company and well-known avid experimental photography supporter Lomography to make their special 35mms now easily accessible in the US and to the rest of the world. That way,  no lo-fi photography fan will ever have to wait a month to take his or her perfectly imperfect shots again.

The Revolog 35mm special films are now available in the Lomography online store. Prices range from $9.90 to $11.90 a roll. Depending on the type, a roll may come with 36 or 12 exposures.