There’s a Sony a7S II on the Outside of the ISS Capturing Earth in 4K

The Sony a7S II has become the first commercial camera to be mounted on the outside of the International Space Station. Sony today released footage from the camera, which is currently whizzing around the Earth at 7.66 km/s (~4.76 miles per second). It features the Japanese islands, with footage taking both during the day and at night showing majestic snow-covered peaks and metropolitan lights.
The largely unmodified camera was taken up to the ISS on December 9th, 2016, and was later installed in its position on February 8th, 2017.
The camera enclosure with an opening for the lens.
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Nikon D850 Could Be First DSLR with a Hybrid Viewfinder, Rumor Says

The first photos of the upcoming Nikon D850 leaked yesterday, and quite a few features and specs were gleaned from them. But there’s one speculation that could be huge if true: some think the D850 might soon be the first ever DSLR that has a hybrid viewfinder with OVF and EVF. After seeing the press photos leaked by Nikon Rumors, a Flickr user named anankephi observed that there appears to be an unusual switch on the redesigned (and unusual looking) top of the DSLR near the diopter, possibly for toggling the viewfinder between EVF and OVF: What’s more,
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Godox Made an Off-Camera Flash and Transmitter for Smartphones

Have you ever dreamed of using an off-camera flash with your smartphone? Godox wants to make it happen. The Chinese lighting brand is teasing an upcoming product called the Godox A1. It’s a “phone flash system” that’s both a flash and a transmitter. On the lighting-side, the product will offer both a flash unit and a LED light, giving you flexibility for how you light your scene and subject. There are three built-in LED lights and a flash unit that can be triggered with the A1 away from your phone camera. The A1 will also work as a transmitter for
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Explorest Lets You Browse the Favorite Photo Spots of Other Photographers

In need of new photo locations? The new iOS app Explorest might be the answer for you. By curating locations from photographers local to an area, the app aims to provide a real insight into unknown photographic opportunities. If you’re stuck for inspiration, and have frequented all your favorite photo haunts a little too often, then open up Explorest and take a look at the hidden gems other photographers have shared. Once you’ve chosen a place, Explorest will give you the exact GPS coordinates of the location. No need to endlessly wander looking for a vague location; with this you
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Explorest Lets You Browse the Favorite Photo Spots of Other Photographers

In need of new photo locations? The new iOS app Explorest might be the answer for you. By curating locations from photographers local to an area, the app aims to provide a real insight into unknown photographic opportunities. If you’re stuck for inspiration, and have frequented all your favorite photo haunts a little too often, then open up Explorest and take a look at the hidden gems other photographers have shared. Once you’ve chosen a place, Explorest will give you the exact GPS coordinates of the location. No need to endlessly wander looking for a vague location; with this you
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Nikon Patents 35mm f/2 Lens for Full Frame Camera with Curved Sensor

Nikon has patented a new 35mm f/2 lens… for a full frame curved sensor. The news has sparked speculation that Nikon could be planning to use a groundbreaking curved sensor in its upcoming mirrorless camera. The patent, P2017-125904A, was spotted by the Japanese blog An Image on a Sensor. It shows and describes a new 35mm f/2.0 prime lens designed for a camera containing a full frame curved sensor. “Because the sensor is curved, the angle of view is slightly wider than the plane sensor,” An Image on a Sensor writes. Here’s one of the illustrations from the patent
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Apple to Bring 3D Laser Autofocus to iPhone Cameras, Report Says

Apple is reportedly adding a rear-facing 3D laser system to coming iPhones as part of the hardware improvements necessary for full utilization of its recently announced augmented reality development kit (ARKit). As well as depth-sensing for augmented reality application, the laser system will improve autofocus for iPhone photographers. Since the iPhone 6, iPhones have used what Apple calls “Focus Pixels”, which is its term for phase detection AF. Fast Company reports that system will be replaced with laser autofocus possibly as soon as the next iPhone, which is set to debut this fall. Laser autofocus works by emitting low intensity
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Your Photos May Have Colors Screens Can’t Display

Did you know that some colors in the world are too intense for an average consumer computer screen to display? In this 3-minute video by Tom Scott, see how one really intense pink is just too pink for your screen. Meeting up with artist Stuart Semple, Scott tests out his creation: The World’s Pinkest Pink. Lo and behold, the color is just so intense that screens can’t properly replicate it for you to see, so it appears duller than what you’d see with the naked eye. When an image, or video, reaches your screen, colors are interpreted as a
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This Cute Camera Drone Now Lives on the International Space Station

There’s a new camera drone floating around on the International Space Station, and it’s adorable. Called the Int-Ball, the drone shoots photos of the crew and their activities, freeing up the astronauts to do other work. Int-Ball was delivered to the ISS by SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and a reusable Dragon cargo capsule back on June 4th, 2017, and Int-Ball currently spends its time inside the Japanese “Kibo” science experiment module. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) writes that Int-Ball can move around and shoot both still photos and videos onboard the ISS while being controlled by a remote photographer
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Google Uses AI to Create Professional Photos from Street View Shots

Can machines be trained to create photos that most people would think were shot by a professional human photographer? That’s what Google is trying to figure out with a machine learning research project. Whether or not a photo is “beautiful” is a highly subjection question, and Google wanted to see how machines can be taught subjective concepts, so it created “an experimental deep-learning system for artistic content creation.” The artificial intelligence Google built aims to mimic the workflow of a real professional photographer. It roams landscape panoramas found in Google Street View and hunts for the best compositions. Once
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Did You Know: Flash Memory is Named After the Camera Flash

Here’s an interesting piece of trivia: did you know that flash memory is named after the camera flash? The memory cards used in digital cameras are a type of flash memory, or “electronic (solid-state) non-volatile computer storage medium that can be electrically erased and reprogrammed.” Flash memory was invented back in the 1980s by a Japanese electrical engineer named Fujio Masuoka who was working for Toshiba. Writing data to flash memory involves changing certain bits from 1 to 0, and erasing data involves resetting all the erased bits back to 1. After seeing how the erasing process works,
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RED Unveils a $1,200 Phone That’s a ‘Holographic Media Machine’

The cinema camera company RED just made a huge announcement: its first smartphone. The new RED Hydrogen One is an Android OS smartphone that’s being referred to as a “holographic media machine” for viewing and capturing “multi-dimensional” imagery. The phone features a 5.7-inch “holographic” display that makes bulky glasses obsolete for viewing multi-dimensional content. “This incredible retina-riveting display advancement features nanotechnology that seamlessly switches between traditional 2D content, holographic multi-view content, 3D content, and interactive games,” RED says. In addition to displaying content, the RED Hydrogen One will also be a camera for capturing content. A “modular component system,”
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3D Copypod is a Sphere of 100+ DSLRs That Can Digitize You

Creating a digital copy of yourself from all angles allows for high-resolution 3D-printing using the photos as a reference. A company in Beijing, China has developed the 3D Copypod, which does just this. Based on the “Hoberman Sphere” (a geodesic dome which folds down to a much smaller size due to a plethora of joints), this dome can pop-up in an instant holding an army of DSLR cameras. Potentially over 100, if you were wondering. “Objects are surrounded by a spherical array of over one hundred fixed focal length DSLR cameras,” the People’s Industrial Design Office says. “With minimal adjustment,
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VISIO Turns Your Camera Lens Into a Photo Projector

If you want to show off your photos, nothing looks better than projecting them huge onto a wall. VISIO is a mobile photo-projector that works with your camera lenses to make a big statement. Recently launched on Kickstarter, VISIO has already smashed through its $17,000 target with over 3 weeks still to go. But it’s no surprise, really. It looks totally awesome. The device has two key components: the 35mm lens and the projector light. Between these two things are a series of different mounts, rings, and the unique slide holder ring. They all combine to create one complete unit.
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Caltech Made a Sensor That Could Be the Lensless Camera of the Future

The brainiacs at Caltech have produced something really cool: an imaging chip that produces an image from light sensors… without lenses. It’s a chip that could be the birth of the future of photography. The camera has an arsenal of light receivers, each of which can individually add a tightly controlled time delay to the light it receives, allowing you to “look” in different directions and focus on different things in the scene in-front of the chip. “We’ve created a single thin layer of integrated silicon photonics that emulates the lens and sensor of a digital camera, reducing the thickness and cost of digital
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Visual Engineering is Where Photo Art Meets Technology

In its best form, art can lead major innovations in science and technology. The earliest photographers were more like scientists and chemists than artists. Much of their image making process revolved around the technical process of exposing an image correctly. The subject matter in front of the camera was in many ways less important than the process of taking a technically correct photograph. Nonetheless, these early photographic technologists had a major role in pushing the art and science of photography forward. Technologists who are artists are capable of pushing the boundaries of technical innovation while also creating interesting visuals. When
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Facebook is Testing a Photo Protection Feature

Facebook is rolling out new tools to its users in India that will protect profile photos and help combat image theft. “We’ve heard that people want more control over their profile pictures,” says Facebook. “We’ve been working over the past year to understand how we can help.” “Some women choose not to share profile pictures that include their faces anywhere on the internet because they’re concerned about what may happen to their photos.”
The new protection will be an opt-in feature, which will surround a profile photo with a blue border and a shield symbol to signify that
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Apertus AXIOM, The Open Source Cinema Camera

The AXIOM Beta is an open source camera developed by Apertus, which was successfully funded on Indiegogo in 2014. Progress went a little quiet, but they’ve now released an update. If you don’t know what the AXIOM camera is, then don’t worry – you’re probably not alone. It’s a project started by independent film-makers looking to create a cinematic film camera that would last and keep ahead of rapidly advancing technology. This open source camera allows you to swap out the lens mounts, the sensor, and filters. That’s rather impressive, and it’s no surprise then that this camera raised $230,000 during
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PSA: No, Blockchain Doesn’t Replace Copyright Registration

If you’ve heard of Bitcoin, then you’re peripherally familiar with blockchain. Blockchain is a distributed database technology that creates a public ledger of every transaction within the system – perfect for cryptocurrencies that lack a central issuing bank. The foundational technology has also gained the interest of creative industries that believe in the power and potential of blockchain-based digital rights management and copyright registration. Such is the case with Binded (formerly Blockai), which aspires to be the “World’s First Copyright Platform.” When a photographer uploads an image to Binded, it is digitally “fingerprinted” and a blockchain block is created.
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Startup Promises VR with ‘Human Eye Resolution’

Virtual reality is an up and coming industry. Big jumps are being made, with many genres of photography and film getting on board. But VR has always been limited in its resolution, with the experience feeling a bit pixelated to the user. Finnish startup Varjo wants to change this with “human eye resolution.” Having emerged from stealth mode this week, Varjo is making bold claims about its virtual reality software and headsets. Codenamed “20|20” after perfect human vision, the prototype headset was created by a team of optical scientists, creatives, and developers, some of which occupied top positions at Microsoft,
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