Archive for November, 2011

Mobislyder is a Moving Track for Camera Phones

Since there are so many smart phones capable of taking photographs, as well as video, we shouldn’t be surprised to see accessories geared towards these devices. The mobislyder is a small track which allows you to easily create smooth movements while filming. It comes with 5 different mounts, so chances are it will accommodate your phone no matter what the make or model. It costs about $135 and shipping starts December 12th, 2011.

CamOne Infinity Miniature HD Video Camera

We received some details about the new CamOne Infinity, which is a miniature HD camera made by ACME. As you can see from the photo above, it is incredibly small, but still capable of recording 1080p video. It has an interchangeable lens, as well as two Micro SD card slots. My guess is they are looking to compete with GoPro and Contour. The CamOne Infinity has an MSRP of about $330 US. No word yet on when it will be available.

Nikon Small World Calendar 2012

Nikon Small World has a calendar for sale featuring 12 microscopic photographs. They are available on ebay for $12 each.

Olympus Cameras in Jeopardy?

Since admitting they hid previous losses with business acquisitions, Olympus has had to face the reality that they need to pay off previous debts. Reutres is reporting that in order to raise $3.3 billion over the next 3 years, Olympus will need to sell off some of it’s assets. What I didn’t know is that Olympus’ main business is endoscopy related, to which they apparently have a near world wide monopoly. Their camera & microscope divisions on the other hand, operate at a loss. I’m sure many people, investors and camera enthusiasts alike, will be closely watching the news for further developments.

EZ Steady DSLR Stabilizer

The EZ Steady is a stabilizer for your DSLR or camera phone. The rig stabilizes itself via an arm with two adjustable counterweights. If you watch the video below, it appears to work incredibly well, which would explain why they have already generated 700% of their goal on Kickstarter. If you pledge $225 (plus s&h), you will get an EZ Steady for $100 less than the expected retail price.

Should Retouched Photographs Be Labelled As So in Publications?

There is an interesting article in the NYTimes regarding photo manipulation. Hany Farid, a professor of computer science at Dartmouth is working on software that is able to detect when a photograph has been modified, then assign a number value (from 1 to 5) depending on how much that image has been edited. Not only would the world be a little wiser as to how much a photograph has been doctored, but models could also stipulate in their contracts what level of manipulation they are comfortable with. This seems to be an important issue to many people considering this is not the first time we have seen software designed to show us how much a photograph has been edited.

One Second Film Festival

How much can be said in one second? Not much in terms of words, but certainly a lot in terms of emotions. The following video shows the first round submissions of the One Second Film Festival. Submissions for the 3rd round are open from November 16th – December 13th, 2011.

Beagle Photograph Recreated Using 220,000 Sprinkles

Joel Brochu reproduced a photograph using only candy sprinkles, 221,184 of them to be precise. He placed the small candies using tweezers, double sided tape, and glue. He started the project while he was studying pointillism in University, but it continued on for 8 months before being completed.

Vintage Camera Mobile

Roses are red,

Violets are blue,

If you want your baby to love photography,

then this camera mobile’s for you!

Atlantis Smoke Plume Shadow Intersecting a Full Moon

More than 10 years ago, shuttle Atlantis took off for one of it’s 33 missions. This launch was different from all the rest however, as a dark blue shadow caused by the launch plume crossed the sky and intersected a full moon. This photograph is literally one in a million.