Category: Photography/Imaging Technology

Spectacular 3D astrophotos add depth to space

Space. It’s big, and it’s deep, but as far as we humans here on Earth are concerned, it may as well be a perfectly flat picture painted up there across the sky. It’s hard to get much in the way of depth through a telescope, but with a little bit of creativity and artistic license, it’s possible to 3D-ify some truly beautiful nebulae.

Read the complete article at DVice.

Lytro Firmware Update Unlocks Manual Controls: Shutter Speed, ISO, And ND Filter

Click around on different parts of the photo to bring it into focus.

Today the Lytro Light Field Camera is receiving a firmware update that unlocks manual controls such as ISO sensitivity and shutter speed.

But just in case you haven’t heard of it yet, the Lytro is a revolutionary device. Instead of capturing one moment, one angle, and one set of light, you capture everything within frame, and are able to change the focus of the image after the fact.

But there are two major complaints with this new technology: one is that the images taken aren’t that high quality (currently just 1080×1080) and that more serious photographers don’t have any manual controls over the device.

See, the Lytro is a bit like a Christmas present to a photographer. There are a whole new set of rules, an entirely new world of photography to explore with this technology, and changing focus is only the beginning. But to make the Lytro accessible to everyone, from a pro to a novice, the original implementation excluded any manual controls, like ISO or Shutter Speed.

Read the complete article at TechCrunch.


Wearable camera takes shots for you, creates record of your day

The wearable camera “Autographer” provides a new twist on photography by taking the camera out of your hands and intelligently taking the snaps for you. It can capture up to 2,000 high-res pictures per day using its array of tools and then surprises you with a chronicle of your day.

Designed by British stop-motion specialists OMG, the camera is loaded with features. It has a 136-degree wide-angle lens designed to mimic the human eye so the shots would be seen as from your perspective. It also has five sensors — a magnetometer, color sensor, infrared detector, accelerometer, and temperature sensor which helps the camera identify when to take a snap based on subtle changes in the environment.

Read the complete article at DVice.

Are You Ready to Unleash Your 3D.Me? transforms you (and a friend) in a truly unique way – reveal yours with an iPhone, iPad or Android Device – the first app for Facebook of its  kind. Just log into Facebook to get started with the app, pick a couple of  photos, grab your phone and find out if you’re a cowboy, vampire, pop star or something even more fantastic!

The magic of your animated 3D.Me can only be revealed with the free onvert viewer app.

When you use the onvert app your 3D.Me image comes alive with sound and movement, from smoke rising from a campfire, water dripping from your screen or bats flying through your phone.

Read the complete article at QR Code Press.

Polaroid Fans Will Love This DIY Kickstarter Project [VIDEO]


Still longing for the good old days when you were taking pictures with your beloved Polaroid camera? Do you wish you could have those beautiful Instagram pictures in your hands in an instant? Well, it’s your lucky day. Impossible Instant Labs might soon let you turn your iPhone pictures into physical Polaroid-style prints.

The Impossible Project, started by 10 former employees of the historical company, was launched in June 2008 after Polaroid announced it would stop production of instant analog film. Impossible even bought the last Polaroid factory in Enschede, Netherlands, to keep the legacy alive.

Read the complete article at Mashable.

Instagram Who? Creating Vintage-style Photos With A 19th Century Color Photography Technique

We know what you’re thinking… “Where are those 3D glasses I had laying around?” But the images you see here were not digitally manipulated to render that effect. Though American artist Adam Ferriss admits that they are “reminiscencent of 3D images,” his photos are produced by tri-color separation. According to Young-Helmholtz’s theory of trichromatic color vision, the human eye has three types of photoreceptors, each of which is sensitive to a type of light. They were classified as red, green, and blue—and that’s where that RGB acronym used to define color patterns on image software comes from, for instance.

Read the complete article and view the entire gallery at The Creators Project.

@thexavius: portrait of an Instagram Artist

There’s no better sign of something becoming too popular, mainstream, than a parody or satire.

How a Photographer Created Images of Fireworks Unlike Any You’ve Ever Seen

Earlier this month, David Johnson found himself at the International Fireworks Show in Ottawa, Canada. Johnson, being a photographer, wanted to capture images of the proceedings. Being a photographer, though, he also couldn’t resist tinkering a bit with the explosive images before him. When Spain’s delegation began its show, Johnson decided to try an experiment: He took long exposures, then adjusted his focus — in the middle of the shot.

The resulting images, which I first saw on the blog This Is Colossal, are mesmerizing. Fireworks, their familiarity made less so by their resemblance to ordinary images. Ordinary images, made less ordinary by the fact that, in this case, they’re actually fireworks.

Read the complete article and view the full gallery at The Atlantic.

How To Reimagine The Video Game

PSFK spoke to Patrick Runte, a photographer exploring the intricate relationship between the digital world and the physical one. His project, Jump and Run, stages life-sized figures from classic video games such as Pacman, Tetris, and Pong in real-world scenarios. He explained to us how he reimagines the quotidian tree, road and playground by making it his own setting for a videogame. By exploring the wondrous aspects of the everyday he celebrates the act of play as an end in itself.

Patrick, tell us about yourself and what you do.

I work as a freelance photographer based in Hamburg, Germany.

How long have you been doing that?

For a living? Since 2009, but I started to be fascinated by photography in my freshman year in high school, I believe. After my alternative civilian service I decided to study photography. I graduated from university in 2008 and during my studies I worked for several photographers as an assistant to improve my skills. I believe university is really good for gaining theoretical knowledge, but I was more focused on how photography works in real life situations, talking in terms of lighting, setting, choosing a moment of exposure and so on.

Read the complete interview at psfk.

The Anti-Instagram: Normalize Gets Rid of Hipster Photo Filters

Warning: a new app can make you look more pimply and less hipster-chic.

That is, if you’ve come to associate how you look in real life with Instagram-filtered 70s-inspired photos of yourself.

Normalize, a new iOS app from developer Joe Macirowski, restores photos to “what they’re supposed to look like.”

“Normalize is the fast, easy way to bring new life to dull photos! The image-improving techniques used by this user-friendly application make colors more vibrant and hard to see details stand out like never before,” says the app’s description in the iTunes store. “The smart algorithm that powers Normalize automatically improves your photo without you ever having to make tedious manual corrections.”

However, if you take a look at a February blog post from Macirowski, detailing his reasoning for creating Normalize, it’s clear the developer has some pent-up frustration with now-ubiquitous, filtered photos.

Read the complete article at Mashable.