Five years ago Google launched Google Glass – the futuristic gadget developed by Google X division – the company’s intellectual department where engineers develop way-out ideas. Driven by voice commands, Google Glass had quite impressive functionality and was worn by celebrities and featured a fashion show. However there were two problems with it. The first was quite strange design that could make you look like a dork and the second one was the privacy issue. In the end, Google withdrew the device in January 2015.
You can’t stop gazing at the luminous full moon—you need to share this with Instagram. So you pull out your phone, aim at the heavens, and capture...a fuzzy white blob. The firmament is one of the hardest targets to snap on a phone. Why? A smartphone’s camera lens is wide, and it automatically sets the exposure to capture the dark sky instead of the bright objects in it. To up your phone game, try adding some additional technology. These tips will help you photograph celestial bodies near and far.
Before you adjust the settings on your phone, fix the setting around it. Go to a dark area to avoid light pollution, clean the camera lens with a soft cloth to remove any smudges that might produce a glow effect, and use a tripod and a remote trigger to stabilize the phone. (Did you know you can use your headphone remote to take a photo?) On an iPhone, focus on the moon by tapping on it, and then swipe down to reduce brightness.
As Earth spins on its axis, the stars overhead appear to move in curves. The paths they follow are called star trails. Apps that let you customize your camera settings can take long exposures that will reveal them. The NightCap Pro app is particularly easy to set up because it has “star trails” as a preset mode. As you do for moon photos, minimize light pollution, keep the lens clean, and stabilize the camera.
To nab bright planets such as Saturn and Jupiter, snap them on the eyepiece of a telescope and reveal details with stacking software. First, use an app like ProShot or Manual to take multiple photos in RAW format. Then combine the images with a computer program such as Deep Sky Stacker. This works best if you have a mount that holds your smartphone to the scope. Or hack one together with wood, a hose clamp, and some rubber bands.
GoPro unveiled its debut effort in the world of drones by introducing Karma at Photokina 2016. DJI, a long time player in the drone business and famous for its Phantom series of drones, wasn’t going to take this lying down as on Wednesday, it announced the Mavic Pro, foldable drone. The drone will cost $999 and a will begin shipping on October 15 from DJI’s stores and Apple stores, although you can pre-order one starting Wednesday.
Using a ring light or ring flash helps to produce nice, even light across your subject's face. It is an ideal tool for portraiture or close-up work because there are no shadows cast from the light.
However, a traditional ring light or ring flash can be an expensive tool. Here is how you can create a similar effect with tools you hopefully already own.
At first blush, GoPro’s new Hero 5 Black looks a lot different from the Hero 4 cameras. It’s rubbery and it’s chubbier, mostly because it’s now water resistant out of the box — no more bulky housing necessary, unless you really want to dive deep or give it some extra protection.
Olympus made a bunch of announcements on Tuesday at the Photokina show in Germany. The company added a new camera to its Pen lineup with the Olympus Pen E-PL8. The compact interchangeable-lens camera is a good looking Micro Four Thirds camera with a small and slim design and metal and leather-grained finish. Olympus also announced the development of the EM-1 Mark II to bring alive the DSLR vs Mirrorless camera debate all over again. The company claims the SLR-style mirrorless OM-D E-M1 MK II camera is one of the fastest for sports and professional photography.
Hasselblad’s X1D is one of the most interesting cameras to be announced in years, as it crams a massive, medium format image sensor into camera that’s as portable as a compact DSLR. Today, the company is making things even more interesting with a special edition 4116 version of the camera.
With the arrival of Dual Pixel CMOS AF, a built-in EVF and touchscreen interface, the EOS M5 looks like Canon might have finally come good with a mirrorless camera.
Apple just announced the iPhone 7 camera and iPhone 7 Plus dual camera.
Both smartphones come with upgraded cameras with the widest apertures we've ever seen on an iPhone, as well as machine-learning-assisted shooting.
Apple has also made them a bit more appealing to hardcore photographers, with the ability to shoot raw DNG images like you can get from a DSLR (or some Androids). Raw files offer users finer control when they're editing, but are a bit technical for casual shooters and can't be uploaded straight to Instagram.
Other than in the video game Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell, thermal vision is not something I have any experience with. So when I picked up FLIR’s newest entry-level thermal imager, the Scout TK, I was a little unsure how best to go about testing it. After all, I don’t spend my time in real life sneaking around at night, trying to steal sensitive documents from behind the backs of watchful mercenaries. As it turns out, though, there is a surprisingly long list of things thermal vision is good for, even if not all of them are quite as exciting as being an international super spy.