Blurry photographs–we all know them. We’ve all had them occur to us one time or another. And while we probably all agree that in theory they shouldn’t happen–because you’re either using a tripod or choosing a shutter speed that is fast enough to prevent shake-induced blur–, we still end up with blurry shots every now and then. But there is hope yet! Intelligent Imaging Solutions has developed a Photoshop plug-in that uses a sophisticated algorithm to un-blur your blurred shots. Yes, that’s right. Run your ‘lost’ pictures through piccure, and it’ll do its best to salvage the shots. So no more worrying about shaky hands or low shutterspeeds. And if you accidentally left your tripod at home, don’t sweat it.
The software is available as a Photoshop Elements plug-in for US-$ 49 (without multi-core support), and as a Photoshop plug-in for US-$ 99. But in all honestly–we wouldn’t recommend that kind of sloppiness to any professional photographer out there. While piccure does an amazing job, the results are far from what one can sell to a client. So better make sure you don’t take blurred shots in the first place. There’s no plug-in for proper shooting technique thus far.
One of the drawbacks of studio lights (if you want to call it a drawback) is that there is no TTL integration to make metering easier. For that reason, many studio lights are reserved for those that want to get serious about their lighting. If you’re a Profoto Air-Remote light user and/or a Phase One DSLR user, you’re in luck today. The two companies are announcing a type of TTL system using the Capture One Pro software.
If the photographer is using a Phase One DSLR with Profoto lights and is tethered to a computer with Capture One Pro open and running, then any aperture changes or ISO changes made to the camera will automatically adjust the light intensity. For example, if you’re shooting at f8 and open up to f5.6, then the light will automatically adjust itself based on your changes and the camera’s meter reading. This is because Capture One Pro can also wirelessly control Profoto lights that have air-remote control.
Sorry PocketWizard users, but you’re out of luck in this case. The update is available for free download from the Capture One Pro website.
Heard of life-logging yet? It’s the latest thing where you wear a tiny camera around your neck and record everything that’s going on in your life. Sounds creepy to you? Well, that’s because it is. But apparently that doesn’t stop people from creating new life-logging products, such as the new ParaShoot camera which is currently on Kickstarter. It’s a wearable HD camera that can be optically customized, offers social sharing and promises long battery life.
The Kickstarter campaign is running through July 23rd and can be backed with as little as US-$ 1, while backing it with at least $ 120 will gain you a ParaShoot camera. For more info on the camera’s specs as well as background info about the project, head over to the Kickstarter page.
Westcott has been known for their Apollo softboxes for a very long time and are used by many professionals that want excellent quality for a good price. Their umbrellas are pretty awesome too. The company is once again trying to make a mark with the announcement of their brand new Pro Softboxes. They’re pitching the new modifiers at both photographers and videographers, and come with a 5-year warranty.
As for the construction, they feature double layer heat shield fabric (which is essential for tungsten lights), sprung steel rods to keep the shape and form, and tent style vents. The softboxes come in a 36 x 48 for $169.90, 24 x 32 for $129.90, and a 16 x 22 for $99 at the moment. But there are more in the works with silver and white interiors.
Also be sure to check Adorama for their listings.
Though lots of the more experienced and knowledgable camera users know that mirrorless cameras have loads of advantages, the stigma that you need a DSLR to shoot professional grade images is still present in most of Europe and the USA. Vitaly from Personal View analyzed the sales of cameras and found some really startling declines. The sales in Japan grew overall, but not so much in the US and Europe. DSLRs are the only camera type that really saw growth though and there was an overall decine in sales from the previous year.
What’s the reasoning for this? Well, people honestly don’t want to have to buy a new camera every year. And many folks don’t ever purchase more than one lens. Combine the fact that smartphone sales are eating into camera sales overall and you’ve got the results of this study.
It seems like Facebook is trying to create a Vine competitor. The sharing service from Twitter is centered around sharing short videos and has been seeing quite a bit of growth as of late with its release for the Android platform. But apparently, on June 20th the company will be unveiling video integration into Instagram.
Twitter and Facebook (who owns Instagram) have never really gotten along very nicely, so this seems like a logical update to the platform although we believe that it may change the community forever and not necessarily for the good. The beauty and appeal of Instagram has to do with the fact that it captures split second moments freezes them with a vintage appeal. If this does indeed happen, we hope that some new filters come out to mimic the look of Super 8 film or something along those lines. That might make the flood of cat videos look a tad better.