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MeFoto Shows Off New Colorful & Compact Monopods

MeFoto, makers of my most favorite travel tripod, today announced a new addition to their product line: the WalkAbout monopod, which also looks like it could be used as a general walking stick. It comes in a host of colors, similar to the tripod line, and also sports a removable compass for when it’s not attached to a camera. [more]

Google Glass May Be Able to Help the Visually Impaired

Although Google Glass has, and is still getting a lot of negative attention for privacy concerns there are two OpenGlass projects that could deliver some amazing benefits. The video accompanying this article shows user trials of two different OpenGlass projects designed to inform users who can’t see about what they are “looking” at. The first is “Question-Answer” which is pretty self explanatory. The user simply takes an image [more]

Winners of the 2013 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

Last night, National Geographic Traveler announced the winners of their 25th annual photo contest, and as you can imagine, the images are nothing short of amazing. The prizes weren’t bad either – the winning photographer received a 10-day Galápagos expedition for two – so one could assume there would be a lot of competition. The contest received over 15,500 entries. Of those, here are the top 11… [more]

Is This the Rumored Sigma 24-70 f/2 Lens?

Most of the time, we leave rumors to the rumors sites. However, in this circumstance we thought it would be worth showing you a “leaked” image of the recently rumored Sigma 24-70mm f/2. If true, this lens would be something truly special. But is it real, or just some guys making a fuzzy-yet-believable fake? [more]

Meet Fuji, The Three Year Old Photographer

When I read the article about Onafujiri “Fuji” Remet on Huffington Post I was excited for this kids future. At just three years old his father placed a Sony DSLR camera in his hands and with it he has created over 3000 photos already. This article hit home for me because I had a similar experience as a kid and it helped me see the world in a new way. [more]

Winning Tips For Submitting To Photo Contests, Free Webinar From Ami Vitale & PhotoShelter

Ami Vitale is an award-winning photojournalist who has traveled across the globe covering assignments for major publications.

Vitale’s bio states that her work has been exhibited around the world in museums and galleries and published in international [more]

Invented In 1840, Reloaded In 2013, The Petzval Lens

Ready to stand out in a crowd of photographers? Today the site Lomography.com announced the Kickstarter project for the Petzval lens. As they say on their website, “Invented in 1840, Reloaded In 2013 By Lomography & Zenit.” This lens will surely look nothing like any lens in your bag today as they are crafted from brass just like the original Petzval lens was back in the 19th century. Looks aside though what is it that has photographers clamoring over the Kickstarter project? [more]

Licensing News Photographs Off Twitter & Instagram, Is This The Future Of Instant Media?

When scooping other sources, being the first is king. Everyone knows that and the race is constantly moving faster and faster to do so.

There has been some buzz around companies like CrowdMedia, Scoopshot, Rawporter and Blotter whose sole purpose is to get imagery out to major news outlets that have been scraped off of Twitter and Instagram. [more]

The Hasselblad Stellar is Real & Touted as Being Unlike Any Other Camera Ever

Are you ready to be star-struck by Stellar? That’s the tagline to Hasselblad aforementioned rumored RX100 reskin. Apparently, according to the Hasselblad Chairman and CEO, “The world has never seen a compact camera like this before.” Weird, I could swear I saw a camera pretty similar to this last year. It’s called the RX100. [more]

When Kickstarter Works, It REALLY Works: CineSkates Now Distributed by JOBY

Almost two years ago we wrote about an interesting idea for a rolling DSLR rig we found on Kickstarter. The concept was a small, compact and heinously simple design called CineSkates. Fast forward to today, and CineSkates has evolved not only into a whole line of products under the name “Cinetics,” but is one step closer to great success. Now distributed by JOBY (owned by Daymen who also distributes Lowepro bags), CineSkates shows that when Kickstarter works, it can really work. [more]

Video From an Electron Microscope Just Made The World Cooler

When I read about this earlier today I nearly dismissed it as being another blurb about ultra-macro photography. Thankfully it’s not, kind-of. Don’t get me wrong things through an electron microscope are insanely cool, but I’ve seen them. What’s the cool part then? German photographer Stefan Diller, after 3 years of hard work, has figured out how to create some incredible video with these monstrous magnifying glasses. [more]

An Example of a Social Media Contest Done Right!

As many of you know I am a big fan of social media. Search for me on Google and I hardly show up in the results, you won’t find me at a bridal show, nor in paid ads inside a magazine. Instead all my business comes from word of mouth referrals and exposure via social media. When I heard about Mercedes-Benz launching a new campaign focused around social media, particularly Instagram, I decided to look into it. What I found is a perfect example of how companies can use social media contests to market themselves. [more]

Hasselblad To Release Expensive Re-Skinned RX100 as the “Stellar”

Apparently all the bad press surrounding the Lunar hasn’t deterred Hasselblad from their present course of skinning current Sony cameras with the expensive “H” logo and wood accents. PhotoRumors is reporting that Hasselblad will be releasing a compact camera called the “Stellar” that will just be the RX100 with some fancy aesthetic additions. Well, at least they aren’t toting megapixels, right? [more]

Shloosl Can Copy Your Key From a Smartphone Photograph

How would you feel if I told you that you could take two pictures of a house key with your phone, send them off and receive an exact copy in the mail a few days later? If you’re anything like me then it makes you a bit uncomfortable. Security concerns aside, Shloosl is making it happen. The company is so good at duplicating keys this way that it even nailed LifeHacker writer Adam Dachis’ key when nobody [more]

This DSLR Add-On Will Bring The Power of a Lytro (And More) to Your Camera

Researchers from Saarland University in Saarbrücken, Germany have proposed quite an awesome attachment for the standard DSLR that would bring the power of a Lytro and more to the cameras already in the marketplace. Their design proposes a configurable, removable camera add-on for high dynamic range, multispectral, polarization, and light-field imaging called the KaleidoCam. And it works. [more]

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