Weekend Humor isn’t meant to be taken seriously. So don’t, ya rube.
Shortly after the highest court in Massachusetts declared upskirt photos fair game, smartphone companies responded by releasing a firmware update that would brick devices that took such photographs. There was a sharp uptick in upskirt images uploaded to the likes of Facebook and Instagram, but there was just as steep a falloff the firmware updates were pushed out. [click to continue…]
With today’s news of the Sony A7 and A7r suffering from light leaks, we decided to answer the question about what exactly they are without totally confusing everyone. First off, light leaks are little white tinges that you see on an image which was significantly more common when photography was primarily done by shooting film. What they often look like is just like what you see above. Photographer John Angelone said that this happened when he was shooting with his Fuji GW690III + Fuji Pro 160S film. Typically, light leaks were often seen to be unacceptable and that they tainted image quality until it started to happen in such a way that it appeared beautiful to some artists.
Today, we often think about it being associated with Hipster trends. But for what it’s worth neither VSCO, Instagram or Hisptamatic give you light leaks as a filter or modification option. The only way to actually accomplish them though post-production is through Photoshop Touch. But you can still get them through the camera.
Light leaks occur when seals on the lens or between the lens and camera body aren’t properly closed. This is a bigger problem due to the construction of digital sensors but it wasn’t as horrifying when it came to shooting film. When a camera takes a picture, it only sees the light that comes in from its eye: which is essentially the sensor. Everyone’s eyes have a lens, which is represented by the lens of a camera. When the lens isn’t working correctly, it starts to get blurry and sometimes the world may be too bright in certain areas–this is a common complaint amongst many folks who suffer from extreme astigmatisms.
What I also found out later on while using film is that sometimes, light leaks can occur when the back of the camera isn’t closing correctly too. This is far more rare and more than often the images just end up completely washed out, but it’s still an interesting problem to have. This won’t happen with digital cameras at all.
With everyone and their mother trying to make the move to 4K right now, it was only a matter of time until reports of Sony coming out with a 4K DSLR style camera emerged. Since Canon released the C Cinema style cameras, we’re sure that companies like Sony have been looking at the success and now want to get into the game themselves. Sony Alpha Rumors is reporting that the company may be launching one sooner or later–which makes perfect sense since this year is also a Photokina year.
However, Sony may be announcing it a bit before NAB 2014–which means very soon. The camera is said to have an FZ mount; which an adaptable system that lets you put PL, A or E mount lenses on. Even further is that the camera may have 2 axis stabilization–which borrows from the technology in the Sony A99.
Recently, Sony hasn’t been making huge waves in the pro video scene. It’s been all about Canon and ARRI instead. Years ago though, everyone loved Sony’s offerings and this may be the company’s way of trying to push back at everyone else. One of the biggest complaints that videographers and editors have though is the company’s codec and the versatility of the files.
What we’re also wondering though is when 4K video may come to their regular DSLRs and mirrorless cameras.
Alpaca’s are cute, fuzzy, and sometimes funny animals. And with lots of stylish camera straps these days being made from leather or canvas, these new addition from the Cecilia Gallery is quite a welcome surprise. The company has today announced a new line of 14 camera straps made of Alpaca wool and leather accents. Each strap comes with its own unique design and range somewhere in the $85 to $95 price point.
The company tells us that the straps are all handwoven in Peru and that they’ve got nylon built into them to help them support up to 250lbs of weight. Yes–we just said 250lbs, that’s what they’re claiming at least. In a situation like that, you can probably tote your 8×10 camera around your neck with one of these things.
Taking photos with an iPad or any other tablet is a guaranteed way to make yourself look like a tool and to also probably get you punched in the face at a concert let alone ridiculed to complete shame–where you’ll then crawl into a corner and cry then blame your parents.
While it really isn’t that serious, you should know that Hipstamatic’s Oggl has updated to v2.1, and that it’s now on the iPad. The app, while quite excellent at rendering and editing images, is best used on a phone of some sort.
Amongst the new features are:
SurfMode: Sit back, relax and watch the show. With SurfMode, simply turn the device sideways to immediately see a beautiful cascade of images.
SurfMode on AirPlay: Weddings, concerts, dinner parties and beyond — present any Oggl feed to Apple TV for a live photo feed during events and occasions.
Notifications Ticker: Discover details about how many loves, reposts, and curations your photos get, including information from Instagram, Facebook, Flickr and more.
New Gear Shopping: Selecting new gear is easier than ever, with better previews and suggested Favorite combos.
New Live Previews: Select a new favorite combo, edit photos and browse presets more quickly and easily than before.
Improved Feed Browsing: quicker access to more information about photos you love.
While checking out photos from your iPad via Airplay is kind of cool, we’re not sure how many folks really do it and beam it to their Apple TV. I know for a fact that I’m usually too busy freaking out at the latest episode of House of Cards.
Please, for all that is holy, don’t take photos with an iPad. Instead, beam them to your device from your camera, and then edit on the iPad.
It’s okay, you can breathe now! The news that you’ve been waiting for is finally here. Who needs the D4s when you can have a Leica?! Let alone a Leica in silver!
Joking aside, today the company is announcing that their X Vario camera is available in silver. When it was first announced, we kind of laughed. Then we tested it and liked it. There is nothing else special about this camera except for the color. It houses the same 16.2MP APS-C sized sensor, same 18-46mm f3.5-6.4 lens, and can still take all the accessories of the original.
The price will be the same as the other one: $2,850.