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Tag Archives: Photography

Outex Waterproof DSLR Housing Seems A Little Ghetto, Gets The Job Done

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DSRLs are great, but they’re also delicate machines that don’t put up so well with rugged conditions. Or with being underwater. There are housings on the market to allow you to do your photography Bear Grylls-style, but they generally cost a pretty penny. And it’s not that the Outex Waterproof Housing you see above is dirt cheap, but with prices starting at $190, you can start taking pictures under 30+ feet of water for 1/10th of the price that some of the more professional grade housings cost. It works on pretty much any brand of camera and is a modular system that can be adapted for accessories, if you chose to use any. The fact that they’re opaque does mean you’ll have to remember where all the buttons are, but assuming you do, you can operate your camera at 100% functionality.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Uncrate ]

Mounting A Smartphone Onto A Tripod Doesn’t Get Much Easier Than This

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The camera on many of today’s phones is decent enough that some people feel the need to prop them up on a tripod and use them as semi-serious video/photography tools. There is, obviously, no tripod mount on phones, so the marketplace is dotted with an array of devices meant to remedy this. By far the simplest we’ve seen is the JackPod pictured above. One side screws on to a standard tripod, the other simply plugs into the audio jack present in pretty much any phone out there. Depending on the model of mobile you’ve got however, this may cause orientation issues, as would be the case with any iPhone before the 5. Still, if you have $10 to spare and the device you own has its jack in a place that doesn’t force it upside down when shooting, then head on over to the Kickstarter link for a pledge. If all goes well, it’ll ship by May.

Incidentally… maybe one of our readers can set us straight. If you take a video with, say, an iPhone 4 upside down, and try to play it back on a PC, will the video right itself up? Does the accelerometer in the iPhone orient videos, and does it work on PCs, or just Macs?

In any case, head on over after the break for a couple more pictures and links.

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Super Slow-Mo Of A DSLR’s Shutter

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Ever wonder what it looks like inside an Nikon D4 as it’s shooting at 10 frames per second? Our puny little eyes would be hard pressed to discern anything at all, but the Phantom camera set at a leisurely (for a Phantom) pace of 1,920fps reveals a fascinating ballet of mechanical parts performing their dance at dizzying speeds.

For each photo, the mirror flips up and the first curtain drops, exposing the image sensor for 1/200th of a second. Then, the second shutter drops to complete the exposure.

Seeing this action in a GIF is fine, but to get a better sense of the speeds involved, you should hit the jump and check out the video with sound.

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Viewfinder Accessory Lets You Take Shots From Awkward Angles

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If you’re planning on putting your fancy dSLR on the floor to take a shot, you better have an LCD viewfinder that swivels out. Or a flexible neck. Heck, even if you do have a swivel screen, if it’s really bright it’s not always possible to see what’s on it. The above accessory attaches to your HDMI-equipped Canon camera and lets you see what it sees from a distance. There’s an eye-cup so you’ll see everything even in the brightest environments. It needs power of its own, which it gets from a power adapter or, Canon’s very own LP-E6 battery or equivalent.

It’s $265 (24,800 Japanese Yen).

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[ Product Page (Japanese translated) ] VIA [ DamnGeeky ]

The Hipster Is Strong With This One: The dSLR Wheel Of Filters

Filters… we’re starting to really hate them. Popularized by Instagram, they’ve spilled out of the hipster bandwagon and onto the mainstream, where everybody’s breakfast now looks like it was shot in 1969. Why is this cool? Are we just… old? Old fashioned? In any case, these kind of pictures have mostly originated from smartphone cameras, with the dSLR crop so far retaining a modicum of class and elegance. This won’t be the case for long if the dSLR Wheel Of Filters takes off. You’ll be able to take crappy, “artsy” pictures with your $1,000 camera that look just the same as those coming from that $30 plastic Holga from Urban Outfitters. And that, that, my friends, is what the hipster spirit is all about. We feel the same about paying $100 for a T-Shirt that looks like a $5 thrift store reject that we do about taking lo-fi pics with professional level photography equipment. But maybe it’s just us.

Of course our cynicism is going to fall on deaf ears. When something is trendy, it’s trendy. So for those of you that (gasp) are contemplating this purchase, know that the device will fit onto your Nikon or Canon camera, and features a 10-color wheel, and a prism and macro wheel.

For pictures of it, and pictures taken with it, hit the jump.

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Look Lock Makes It Easier To Get Those Tricky Kid Shots

Taking a professional photograph of an infant is about as easy as getting half a dozen cats to sit still for 5 minutes. If you manage to get them to look into the lens (the kids, that is), they’ll be crying because they’re in an unfamiliar environment. And if they’re not crying, they’re being distracted by the butterfly on the window, or some such. A possible solution is something like the Look Lock above, which is an articulated arm attachment that lets you dangle a smartphone from just above your camera’s lens, hopefully capturing the child’s attention while directing his gaze in the right direction. You can play a fun video, put up pictures of cats or whatever it is that passes for acceptable child entertainment these days. It comes in a 7 or 11-inch version and both of them attach to the hot shoe of the camera or to an extension rail. The former costs $75, while the slightly longer version is just $5 more.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

Stow-Away Lens Cap Holder Is Convenient

Being out taking pictures is fun, but there’s always the pesky problem of the lens cap. What do you do with it? Let it dangle from a string? Gets in your way. Put it in a pocket? That’ll be fun when you sit. Forget to bring it? Scrat-ahoy, matey! No, what you need is the Stow-Away Lens Cap Holder. This plastic accessory attaches to the underside of a dSLR and accommodates lenses in 52mm, 55mm, 58mm, 62mm, 67mm, and 72mm sizes. Its graduated design means you just have to push the lens in, and it’ll click in place right where it belongs, without you even having to look. It’s simple, and convenient and at $14 on pre-order, a no-brainer. This is a project on Kickstarter, but they’re almost fully funded, so if you pledge now, you’re promised a December ship date.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ GearHungry ]

CSI’s Stupid “Enhance” Feature For Photos Now A Possibility

How many times have you face palmed while watching a show like CSI because of technicians magically “enhancing” an image, somehow finding digital information where there clearly isn’t any? Well it turns out that if software designed by one Vladimir Yuzhikov works as advertised, we might have been wrong to laugh. It’s called SmartDeblur and it uses some pretty advanced mathematical algorithms to try and minimize blur that comes from three sources: shots that are out of focus, shots that were taken while moving and something called gaussian blur, which Wikipedia assures us is different than the other two. But as they say, the proof is in the pudding and the image you see above was restored using this very application. Color us impressed.

Matter of fact, it gets better. Not only are there quite a few more such shots for you to look at after the break, there’s also a link to download Vladimir’s software! Yes, it’s free and as long as you have a PC, you can go ahead and try and save all those shots that you thought were ruined forever. It won’t produce images that are as sharp as a proper picture, but hey, this is some cool tech right here. Also after the jump, a link to a detailed explanation of what’s actually going on here. Math-phobes might want to abstain.

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This Gadget Can Save You From A Traffic Ticket

You might have seen the Mythbusters episode where they try several methods to foil traffic cameras. If you didn’t, here’s a spoiler: they don’t work. However we think the above product, the NoPhoto, would be an exception… as long as the infraction occurs at night or the traffic cam uses flash during the day as well. The device is installed around your license plate, and detects when a flash is triggered, presumably from a traffic cam. It then triggers a precisely timed xenon bulb of its own which has the effect of overexposing the shot, ruining the picture and making your car unidentifiable. In principle, this should work. And in practice it does too. As a matter of fact, we’ve written about a product that uses the same principle before.

Jonathan Dandrow, the creator of the NoPhoto claims that

Traffic cameras are unconstitutional, because “if you do commit a traffic violation, you should have your constitutionally guaranteed right to face your accuser – and that your accuser should not win by default just because it happens to be a camera that can’t talk in court.”

His device is made in the USA, and (he says) it is legal to use in the US.

The NoPhoto’s basis for legality is that nothing is physically covering the plate. Yeah… we suspect that particular loophole might work for a while, at least until lawmakers re-write the bills to adjust for this technology. Still, until then, if you want yours, you can pledge to the Indiegogo project and get a NoPhoto for $200. This is $150 less than expected retail pricing.

[ NoPhoto Project ] VIA [ BoingBoing ]