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VTec introduces lenses for iPhone 5

VTec launches a slew of iPhone 5 lenses

iPhoneography is already an art. Users of the iPhone can capture pretty good photos and they are getting a helping hand from dozens of developers, who release great image-editing applications. The quality of photos taken with Apple’s latest smartphone can be increased with the help of VTec’s lenses, which are available now.

Pinhole camera out of a shoe box designed by Benoit Charlot

Photographer builds pinhole camera out of a shoe box

A France-based photographer has decided to do a little experimenting with a pinhole camera. However, his project is truly unique as Benoit Charlot thought that it would be fun to use a shoe box to create his pinhole shooter. The results of this contemporary MacGyver are amazing, as his pinhole camera can take good photos.

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MCP Editing and Photography Challenges: Highlights from this Week.

This week’s editing challenge photo features a darling cutie captured by Jennifer Moses. Here is the original shot: Several of members of the group have shared great edits. Here are a few of the many favorites:  Edited by Amber Bullock Owens with MCP Fusion  Edited by Amy MagnetGirl Edited by Carrie Smith Flanagan Edited by Irene…

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How To Edit Wildlife Photos Quickly With Photoshop Actions

How To Edit Wildlife Photos Quickly With Photoshop Actions Background and Gear In the past year, I have discovered a photography LOVE: photographing wildlife.  When I traveled to Australia and then Alaska in 2012, I discovered my love for taking pictures of whales, kangaroos, and bears. Show me any creature roaming around in the woods…

DxOMark has tested the Nikon D7100

DxOMark rates the Nikon D7100 as the second best APS-C DSLR

DxO Labs got the chance to review the Nikon D7100. The engineers tested the camera’s APS-C image sensor, in order to see how good it really is, according to DxOMark standards. In the end, the Nikon D7100 and its new image sensor came second, as the leader of the APS-C-sized DSLR cameras remained unchanged.

Photographer compiled a 4-gigapixel Mars panoramic photo using images sent back by the Curiosity Rover

Curiosity Rover sends back images to create 4-gigapixel Mars panorama

A photographer, who is renowned for this panoramic photos, has compiled 407 images of Mars, sent back by the Curiosity Rover. The car-sized robot captured those pictures over a period of 13 Martian days. Andrew Bordov has stitched them all together into an impressive 4-gigapixel panorama of the Red Planet.

Nikon Coolpix A reviewed according to DxOMark ratings

Nikon Coolpix A’s DxOMark review revealed

At the beginning of March 2013, Nikon has introduce the company’s first DX-format compact camera. The Coolpix A features an APS-C image sensor without an anti-aliasing filter. DxO Labs’s engineers decided to put this sensor to a rigorous test, and they have finally delivered the final DxOMark results of the shooter.

Eiffel Tower and low rainbow photographed by Bertrand Kulik

Photographer captures rare Eiffel Tower and rainbow shot

Humans have created the Eiffel Tower. It is a beautiful structure, visited by millions of people each year. On the other hand, nature is simply amazing. It produces great displays, such as rainbows.When these two work together, they can produce epic sights, and photographer Bertrand Kulik was there to capture one of them.

SLR Magic Monster Lens II 12-36x50 ED spotting scope officially revealed

SLR Magic Monster Lens II 12-36×50 ED spotting scope announced

SLR Magic continues the tradition set by its powerful digiscoping lenses by launching the Monster Lens II 12-36×50 ED spotting scope. The second generation of the Monster Lens is aimed at Micro Four Thirds camera owners, as the system is compatible with all such shooters, thanks to a special MFT adapter objective.

Panasonic GH3 firmware update 1.1 available for download

Panasonic Lumix GH3 firmware update 1.1 now available for download

Panasonic has finally released firmware update 1.1 for its Lumix DMC-GH3 camera. The mirrorless shooter is now faster when autofocusing, though users will also have to upgrade their lenses. The Micro Four Thirds system can also be connected to WiFi by entering a Mac’s NetBIOS name, as of this software upgrade.

New Transcend 64GB microSDXC UHS-I memory card available for purchase now

New Transcend 64GB microSDXC UHS-I memory card now available

Transcend has introduced a new storage card for digital camera, smartphone, and tablet owners. The brand new 64GB microSDXC Ultra-High Speed Class 1 memory card has been designed to provide data transfer speeds of up to 45 megabytes per second, while providing enough space for ten thousand photos.

North Korea photoshopped its navy, to appear more menacing

North Korea used Photoshop to make its hovercraft fleet bigger

North Korea is making serious efforts, in order to be taken seriously by the United States and South Korea. However, the Asian country is making some key mistakes which decrease its credibility. The latest in a long line of blunders consists of photoshopping an image of its hovercraft fleet, to make it appear bigger in numbers.

Jessops website and stores relaunching today

Jessops officially opening six stores and online shop today

UK Dragons’ Den TV star, Peter Jones CBE, has announced that he became the Chairman and Chief Executive of Jessops. Six stores will be opened as of today, while the online shop is also scheduled to go live in the following hours. The camera merchant will create hundreds of jobs out of 50 stores opening by the end of the year.

Canon 7D Mark II test camera specs leaked online

Canon 7D Mark II “test” camera specs revealed

It seems like the rumors about Canon 7D’s replacement are intensifying. Usually, this is a good sign, as it means that we are approaching a product launch. The latest gossip talk about the EOS 7D Mark II says that the DSLR will feature a lot of novelties when compared to Canon’s other cameras, including a new AF system.

Former Olympus CEO is facing a five-year jail sentence

Former Olympus CEO facing five-year jail sentence

Japanese prosecutors have asked a Judge at the Tokyo District Court to hand a five-year jail sentence to the former Olympus CEO, Tsuyoshi Kikukawa. The company’s top executive has pleaded guilty for being the mastermind behind a series of wrongdoings, including covering up $1.7 billion losses over a period of four years.

Jeff Cremer captured a 16MP panoramic photo of Machu Picchu

Photographer captures 16-gigapixel panorama image of Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is one of those historic sites which deserve to be seen during one’s lifetime. However, not all people have the means required to travel to Peru. Fortunately, photographer Jeff Cremer is offering the next best thing with the help of a huge 16-gigapixel panorama image of the Inca site, a photo taken with the Canon 7D.

Stocksy stock photo service launched

iStockphoto creator announces revolutionary Stocksy photo service

Bruce Livingstone became a popular internet figure after founding iStockphoto. He sold the stock photo service to Getty Images about seven years ago, but he is back with a new platform, which promises to reshape the industry. The new image service is called Stocksy and it is the first of its kind to put the photographers above all things.

Canon 7D Mark II rumor

Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm IS II lens coming this year

Canon will keep itself busy in 2013, as the company is preparing an event for late summer or early fall. The special occasion will consist of two new product announcements: one for a camera and the other one for a lens. An inside source has revealed that Canon will launch the 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm lens replacement this year.

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How To Soft Proof in Lightroom for the Best Possible Colors

How To Soft Proof in Lightroom for the Best Colors When you edit in Lightroom, you are in a very large color space called ProPhoto RGB. In simple terms, you get a very large color space which gives you the most flexibility and colors to choose from while editing.  On the surface this sounds like…

Leica M (Type 240) firmware update 1.1.0.2 released for download

Leica M firmware update 1.1.0.2 released for download

Leica has released a firmware update for one of its most popular current cameras, the M (Type 240). The full frame rangefinder system can be upgraded to firmware update 1.1.0.2, in order to fix an issue which caused a lot of headaches to photographers who purchased the German-engineered camera.

The top of the Great Pyramid of Giza offers an impressive view, as the landscape is breathtaking

Rare photos of the view from the top of Egypt’s Great Pyramid

Three Russian photographers pulled a stunt like no other by climbing up to the top of the Great Pyramid of Giza. The youngsters were foolish, but brave enough to pursue their dream of capturing rare photos of the view from the top of the biggest pyramid in Egypt, and they dully delivered, as the images are breathtaking.

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