January 8, 2013 |
Those who knew Huell Howser, both personally and as a regular presence in their homes illuminating the far-flung corners of our state as the host of "California's Gold," are sending their eulogies to email@example.com. Howser died Monday at age 67, following his sudden retirement from television in November. My first exposure to Howser was as a middle school student sitting through a classroom lesson on Islam. Our teacher turned on the TV and let Howser do the explaining. In this episode, he visited a group of California Muslims and conducted several one-on-one interviews.
September 17, 2011 |
How the tiny Sony NEX-C3 digital camera takes such sharp photos and high-def videos has everything to do with great lenses (which are interchangeable) and a big, super-sensitive sensor (great for low light) that's about the size you would get in most bulky SLRs. It measures 4.3-by-2.4-by-1.3-inches (without a lens), the camera comes with an 18-55mm zoom lens or 16mm wide-angle lens and includes a snap-on flash. There's also an optional 18-200mm zoom lens. The screen can be tilted up or down for overhead or down-low shooting. You also get Sony's Sweep Panorama mode: Sweep the camera in an arc, and it takes a slew of continuous pictures, then stitches them together to produce a 202-degree panoramic image. The camera's pricey but you'll pocket plenty of change for the better.
June 29, 2013 |
The latest in the quest for a better camera strap is the Leash. The two-piece quick-connect system from Peak Design is composed of an “anchor disk,” which attaches to any camera's loop or D-ring. The strap, which can be used as a neck or sling strap, snaps onto the anchor disk with a built-in clip. Removing the leash from the anchor clip requires a one-handed push of a button. The strap, made of seatbelt-type nylon webbings, is adjustable from 19 to 60 inches, is made of sturdy seatbelt-type nylon webbing.
February 27, 2012 |
There's a saying among photographers that "the best camera is the one that's with you," and for many of us nowadays, that camera happens to be a smartphone too. That's where Nokia's 808 PureView smartphone and its 41-megapixel/1080p camera plans to come in. The Finnish phone-maker is looking to raise the bar in smartphone photography far past what currently passes for a good camera-phone. Most high-end smartphones are currently packing 8-megapixel cameras or 5-megapixel cameras, which has resulted in millions of fantastic, detailed shots taken and uploaded to the likes of Facebook, Flickr and Instagram.
July 9, 2010 |
Six thousand yards of red carpet has arrived in Anaheim, ready for the big night. Fashion consultants and makeup artists will be on hand as the celebrity guest list fills out, publicists calling to secure tickets for their A-list clients. If it sounds as if baseball's annual All-Star game — which comes to Angel Stadium on Tuesday evening — has gone Hollywood, that's no mistake. Over the last decade or so, Major League Baseball has expanded its "Midsummer Classic" from nine innings to five days that include rock concerts and a high-tech carnival, the popular home run derby and a softball game pitting former players against actors and musicians.
September 26, 2012 |
The first major hardware issue with the iPhone 5may be surfacing as users and news sites are reporting a possible glitch with one of the cameras on the new smartphone. Mashable and TechCrunch on Wednesday reported that photos taken with the phone's rear camera show a band of purple when the photo is taken with the light source just outside the camera's view. We tried this out on one of the iPhone 5s we have and can also confirm the problem. This is an issue that we couldn't replicate on an iPhone 4 or that was ever reported on the iPhone 4S. Check out the two pictures we shot above.
March 30, 2012 |
The cameras on generation after generation of iPhone have gotten increasingly better. So much so that it's often the only camera owners carry these days. What could Apple have in mind for the future? The next dimension in iPhone cameras just might be 3-D. Photos and video on upcoming iOS devices could be shot with what Patently Apple is calling "a killer 3D imaging camera. " According to an Apple patent filing discovered by PA, the cameras would incorporate laser, RADAR, light-detection and ranging (LIDAR)
November 19, 2012 |
Writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" is an intimate look at a troubled drifter played by Joaquin Phoenix. To make it even more intensely personal, Anderson decided to shoot much of the film in the oversized 65mm format. That rarely used large-frame format -- especially when projected in theaters equipped to show such films -- allows the tightest close-ups to become that much more revealing, which didn't always make Anderson's actors comfortable. In this excerpt from The Envelope Screening Series, Anderson talks about the challenges of using 65mm film, which by necessity requires an enormous camera -- about the size of a chair, Anderson says.
July 10, 2009 |
Eddie Adams made me weep long before I knew his name. With his camera he caught the faces of the Vietnam War: soldiers hardened too young, barefoot children with dead eyes, burned villages with smoke still hanging in the air, mothers collapsed around their dead. His photos seared the front pages of newspapers around the world, making the war painfully real.
November 4, 2013 |
Odds are the picture you posted on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr was taken with your smartphone. With the popularity of “smartphone photography,” fewer consumers are using portable, point-and-shoot cameras. But smartphones are limited and don't have the picture-taking functionality of a regular camera. It's difficult, for instance, to take a post-worthy “selfie,” a close-up or a long distance shot with our cellphones. Enter the detachable lens. The Sony Cybershot QX10 and its more expensive sibling the Sony QX100 are the latest camera lens attachments for your smartphone.