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All photographs taken by Meggan Gould. Used with permission.

How often do you touch your iPad? Twenty? A hundred? Hundreds of thousands times? The average iPad users probably leaves well over a million invisible fingerprints strewn all over their tablet and while most of us would wipe our screen clean before things get too gross, Meggan Gould turns our daily electronics addiction into photographic art.

In the latest volume of her Surface Tension series Gould documents how often we use our touchscreen our devices using a photocopier. Her images start off by passing around two tablets between herself, her husband Bob, and their four-year old daughter. Once the touchscreens have been marked up she scans the tablets using a photocopier. Using Photoshop she extracts these ghostly markings to create erratic images. Read on to read the full story and to see more of Gould’s images. [click to continue…]

Kevin Lee The Phoblographer HD Pentax DA645 28-45mm f4.5E Product Image 1

Ricoh has announced a new 28-45mm f4.5ED AW SR lens offering for Pentax medium format cameras such as the 645D and 645Z. Offering up an equivalent 22-35.5mm focal length range in the smaller 35mm world, it’s a wide-angle zoom lens that perfect for landscapes, a portrait lens on the far end of its zoom range, and somewhat candid street photography.

Internally the lens is comprised of 17 elements in 12 groups, including two high-performance aspherical elements and two extra-low dispersion elements. On the outside Ricoh has also given the lens a HD lens coatings to optimize light transmission and minimize reflection. There’s also an Aero Bright Coating to help improve image quality.

To top it off this piece of kit features a Shake Reduction mechanism to help mitigate vibrations while trying to handhold this big honking camera. Ricoh says its stabilization technology can effectively compensates for camera shake up to approximately 3.5 shutter stops. The lens is also dust and waterproof thanks to eleven special seals, though we still would not dare to leave this expensive lens out in the rain for too long.

The ens will ship later this month with a hefty price tag of $4999.95. See past the break for another look at the lens.

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Kevin Lee The Phoblographer Pentax Q-S1 Product Images 4Meet Ricoh’s latest camera in its Pentax Q-series, the Q-S1. At first glance it’s quite a bit smaller than the last generation Q7. It’s even fair to say this camera is petite and a bit more fashionable sporting a minimalist metal and leather look. Ricoh also says it built the camera with a classic, high-grade design using aluminum dials and old style flash integrated into the body of the camera. It’s definitely got the hot looks of classic rangefinder camera.

Underneath the stylish body there’s a 12.1MP back-illuminated CMOS image sensor that should help the 1/1.7-inch sensor a fair bit with low-light performance. Speaking of sensitivity the ISO tops out at 12800 on this miniature camera. The unit also comes with built-in image via an internal gyro sensor.

Other specs of the camera include full HD 1920 x 1080 pixel movie shooting at 30fps, bokeh control to simulate the shallow depth of field produced by high-aperture lenses, and lots of digital filter options. Around the back of the camera, users will be treated with a three-inch, 460,000-dot LCD monitor.

Lastly for the real fashionista photographers out there Ricoh Imaging will launch the Pentax Q-S1 with a color to order service letting users personalize their digital camera into 40 different combinations. We’re not joking. Interested buyers can custom order the Q-S1 with their choice of 4 standard color options, or pick and chose between an additional 36 boy and grip color such as champagne, khaki green, and charcoal black.

The extremely customizable Q-S1 will be available later this month for $399.95 body only, $499.95 kitted with the 5-15mm lens. Alternatively, the camera comes with a $699.95 price tag kitted with the 5-15mm plus a 15-45mm F2.8 lens. Hit the jump for more images.

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The Heirloom has to be one of the weirder Kickstarter initiatives that we’ve seen in a while. It’s looking to replace a table top tripod, and is also looking to balance your camera on top of its super soft and plushy self. Essentially, it’s a glorified beanbag that’s designed to morph and conform to its surroundings while balancing a camera on top of it. But it’s not only being aimed at mirrorless and point and shoot camera folks–they’re also pitching it to mobile shooters.

To be honest though, I can’t exactly see myself carrying around a bean bag that looks like a tomato just for the purpose of stability. But the idea itself is pretty novel.

The Kickstarter video is after the jump; and we still think it’s a pretty cute idea.

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Google+ seems to be on its way out but on the plus side Google may roll out a better service dedicated to images and photographers. A new Bloomberg report suggests as much, stating Google will section out the Photos section by giving it more autonomy. Supposedly the search company hopes to catch the attention of more users who have since avoided its services thanks to its association with Google+.

One possible direction for the new Photos service is it would turn into a very Flickr-esque site. Like Flickr, Google Plus already displays pictures with an elegant interface and all the important EXIF data. To top it off Google+ Photos has some unique powerful features including the options to edit your videos and images through a cloud editor. However it still lags behind sorely behind in popularity compared many other options including 500px and Instagram.

On the contrary, there are a few improvements we would like to see, namely bumping up the storage from 15GB, space that’s also split between Google Drive and Gmail, to something closer to Flickr’s 1TB of digital storage. Hopefully the rumors are true because there’s a lot we love about Google+ Photos and this could be the kick in the pants to finally make it a darling in the photography world.

Via ArsTechnica

DxO FilmPack 3

Lovers of the film look will want to act fast and grab this free copy of DxO FilmPack 3, a piece of film simulation software that also plugs in seamlessly with Lightroom. The offer is good from now until August 15th and all users need to submit is their email address.

DxO FilmPack 3 isn’t quite as swanky as the latest mark 4 version, but from our time reviewing the application does an excellent job of emulating the look of film. It offers an excellent set of color and black-and-white film presets including Fuji Provia 100. Kodachrome 64, and Kodak Tri-X 400. The software also gave us plenty of controls to fine-tune various film presets and further enhancing the look of our processed image.

For those we want to create the best looking images and even more film styles we recommend users pick up the Nik Collection of plugins from Google. But those just starting out DxO FilmPack 3 is a great way to get your feet wet in the film simulation world and its free! Also for our German readers here’s a free subscription to Digital Photo Magazine you can nab until September 30th.

Via Reddit