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Monterey Bay Aquarium uses GoPro to create new open source research camera

DPReview News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 13:54

The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute has created an open source camera system for use underwater to aid in research projects. The rig is composed of a GoPro camera and other easily sourced components, and is cheaper than commercially available oceanographic camera systems. Learn more

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Open Mike: Getting the Gist of Neil Young (OT)

The Online Photographer - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 08:14
Neil Young is a prolific, peripatetic artist who has recorded and toured at a breakneck pace for five decades. He's afraid of nothing, makes almost a fetish out of experimentation, and has released dozens and dozens of records—the sheer number... Michael Johnston
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2014 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: Things

DPReview News - Sun, 01/25/2015 - 09:43

Picking favorites is hard. Nevertheless, our readers were up to the task when we asked them to submit their best shots of 2014. We received over 1400 submissions, and it was no small job picking favorites. We didn't need the reminder, but it underscored just how talented our readership is. Photos were divided into three categories and we settled on a small selection to feature in each.

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DPReview Readers' best shots of 2014

DPReview News - Sun, 01/25/2015 - 09:43

As the calendar flipped to 2015, we asked DPReview readers to look back at their photographic year and send us their favorite shots from 2014 so we could feature some standouts on our homepage. The response was overwhelming. We've sorted through 1400+ submissions and made selections of our favorites in three categories - people, places and things. Take a look at some of our readers' best work from the last year. See galleries

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2014 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: Places

DPReview News - Sun, 01/25/2015 - 09:42

Picking favorites is hard. Nevertheless, our readers were up to the task when we asked them to submit their best shots of 2014. We received over 1400 submissions, and it was no small job picking favorites. We didn't need the reminder, but it underscored just how talented our readership is. Photos were divided into three categories and we settled on a small selection to feature in each.

Categories: Photo Gear News

2014 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: People

DPReview News - Sun, 01/25/2015 - 09:42

Picking favorites is hard. Nevertheless, our readers were up to the task when we asked them to submit their best shots of 2014. We received over 1400 submissions, and it was no small job picking favorites. We didn't need the reminder, but it underscored just how talented our readership is. Photos were divided into three categories and we settled on a small selection to feature in each.

Categories: Photo Gear News

Project from war-torn Ukraine wins Terry O’Neil Award for Italian photographer

DPReview News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 05:00

The winners of the 2014 Terry O’Neil Award have been announced, with Italian photographer Giorgio Bianchi collecting the first prize with a documentary series covering the crisis in Ukraine. Behind Kiev’s Barricades won Giorgio £3000 and a commission for the UK’s Guardian newspaper. Take a look at some of the winning images. See gallery

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Sigma promises firmware fix for Pentax mount 17-70mm f/2.8-4 lens

DPReview News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 16:30

Sigma has acknowledged a problem that Pentax users are suffering from when the company’s 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro HSM Contemporary lens is used on Pentax DSLR bodies with in-camera image stabilization activated. To rectify the issue the lens manufacturer has promised a firmware update for the lens, but hasn't yet specified a release date. Read more

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Tamron announces SP 15-30mm F/2.8 release date and $1200 price point

DPReview News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 13:01

Tamron has announced availability and pricing for its much-anticipated 15-30mm F/2.8 stabilized wide angle zoom. Set for availability on January 30th in Canon and Nikon mounts with Sony to follow later, the lens will retail for $1199. Read more

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Sports Illustrated lays off last remaining staff photographers

DPReview News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 12:04

On the eve of the Super Bowl, legendary US-based sports publication 'Sports Illustrated' has laid off its remaining six full-time staff photographers. According to Sports Illustrated director of photography Brad Smith, speaking to News Photographer Magazine, the decision was made due to 'economic circumstances'. Click through to read more, including an interview with Jordan Stead, staff photographer for the Seattle Post Intelligencer.

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Samsung NX1 firmware v1.2 now available

DPReview News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 10:14

Samsung has released a major firmware update for the NX1. Announced earlier this month, firmware v1.2 bring additional features, increased customization and several menu refinements. DPReview was one of the organizations that provided Samsung with feedback on the camera and shooting with the new firmware over the past couple of weeks has shown us that several of the requests we made have been incorporated. Read more

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Macro Lenses (Lens Dilemma)

The Online Photographer - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 07:34
I'm often surprised that photographers these days seem to think that macro lenses can only be used for closeups. That's far from the case; macro lenses can be used as all-purpose lenses easily. John Loengard, the former LIFE magazine photographer... Michael Johnston
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Adobe details OS support for next version of Lightroom

DPReview News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 12:02

In a new blog post, Adobe has said Lightroom 6 will require a 64-bit operating system, meaning it will only run in 64-bit versions of Windows 7, or OS X 10.8 or newer. The announcement suggests Lightroom 6 will continue as a stand-alone application, rather than being swallowed into the company's subscription-only Creative Cloud program. Read more

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'Lisbon Portfolio' Free Today!

The Online Photographer - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 11:50
You all know our friend Kirk Tuck, of Austin, Texas, who runs the Visual Science Lab blog and has written several posts for TOP. He'd like you to know that the Kindle version of his thriller novel The Lisbon Portfolio... Michael Johnston
Categories: Photography

Light and Motion launches Sidekick companion light for GoPro on Kickstarter

DPReview News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 11:04

Light & Motion has introduced a new GoPro companion light called the Sidekick, and is seeking funding for its production on Kickstarter. The Sidekick is designed to attach directly to the GoPro's existing mount, eliminating the need to carry an external light, though it retains some flexibility via an optional armature for positioning the light. Read more

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Herzog's Life Advice

The Online Photographer - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 06:18
Robin Holland's great portrait of German film director, producer, screenwriter, author, actor and opera director Werner Herzog Twenty-Four Pieces of Life Advice from Werner Herzog, some of them pretty well applicable to photography too. Just three plucked from the list... Michael Johnston
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Kernels of Nourishment

The Online Photographer - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 05:28
Just a brief thank you to everyone who commented on the two "scenic" posts. So many thoughtful comments and such a wide and interesting variety of perspectives. It reminds me to mention that Internet discussions are never deciding anything—we're not... Michael Johnston
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Rode unveils RodeLink wireless audio system

DPReview News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 16:06

Australian microphone maker RØDE has announced a new digital wireless system called RØDELink. It uses 2.4GHz transmission with 128-bit encryption while transmitting on two channels simultaneously. The system can monitor and change frequencies as needed to maintain the strongest signal, transmitting a 24-bit/44.1k signal up to 100 meters. The first product based on the system, the RØDELink Filmmaker Kit, will be of interest to digital filmmakers. Read more

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Color and Light in Nature

The Online Photographer - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 10:14
What is a rainbow? Why are there always two of them? Can mirages be photographed? Why do stars twinkle? How many ice crystal haloes are there? Is it really darkest just before dawn? Why is the sky blue? Why is... Michael Johnston
Categories: Photography

Glory Be! (Data Recovery Update)

The Online Photographer - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 06:36
I'm happy to report that SanDisk RescuePRO Deluxe worked like a charm, in the end, on my accidentally overwritten SD card. To recap: I had a few travel shots I wanted on a 32 GB, 30 MB/s SanDisk Ultra card,... Michael Johnston
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