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September 21, 2013 | By Catharine M. Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
If you want to improve your vacation photos, read on, but we give a hall pass to the readers who submitted photos for the Travel section's annual "What I Did on My Summer Vacation. " They can stop reading here because they've obviously mastered photo basics - and beyond. In fact, they made it difficult to whittle down the 1,500 submissions to something manageable, which you'll see in the Sunday print Travel section and online. These days, with cellphone cameras, everybody is a photographer.
September 18, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Jennifer Garner turned the camera lens on a paparazzo tracking her and her family. The "Dallas Buyers Club" star recently confronted the shutterbug who was shooting video of the actress and her three children during a casual trip to the Pacific Palisades farmers market, according to E! News . Garner, 41, pointed her camera phone at the photographer, who had been filming the quartet head-on, and documented the incident, reportedly snapping a shot of him. PHOTOS: 50 most beautiful female celebrities How's that for a taste of his own medicine?
September 15, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
The most common question I've gotten since Apple's iPhone event last Tuesday is this: Should I buy the iPhone 5s or the iPhone 5c? The answer is easy: the iPhone 5s. At the iPhone event Apple touted three major advances in the iPhone 5s. The first was the 64-bit processor, which makes the phone twice as fast as the iPhone 5. And the second was the fingerprint scanner, which offers added security. These are fine evolutions, but not the sort of thing that I think will inspire most folks to rush out the door for a new iPhone.  PHOTOS: Biggest tech flops of 2013 so far But the clear difference in my mind is the new iSight camera on the iPhone 5s. It's a huge upgrade.
September 11, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
September 10, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple unveiled its latest iPhone model Tuesday, and it'll feature a better camera than before as well as a fingerprint scanner for security. The new version of the device, called the iPhone 5S, will feature a camera with a larger sensor than before for higher-quality images. It will also use two LED lights for its flash. Besides hardware improvements, the camera will also be able to shoot in more modes than before. IPhone 5S users will be able to shoot in burst mode, to take multiple pictures in rapid succession.
September 10, 2013 | By Joel Rubin
Steve Soboroff did not wait long before making his presence felt in the Los Angeles Police Department. About 2 1/2 minutes into his opening remarks after he joined the city's Police Commission and was elected as its president, Soboroff called bluntly for the department to outfit officers with small video cameras that attach to their uniforms and would record potentially controversial encounters. The technology, he said, needed to be in place "soon. " And, by that, he said, "I mean within 18 months, not 18 years.
September 7, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
When it comes to selling TVs, LG isn't above scaring the bejesus out of you. The electronics giant took to Chile recently to shoot a hidden-camera prank commercial, which can be seen above. In the ad, LG replaces the window in an office of a high-rise building with one of its Ultra HD TVs. Ultra HD TVs, or 4K TVs as some call them, are supposed to offer a clearer image than any other types of TV currently on the market. The sets offer a resolution four times greater than that of regular HD TVs. PHOTOS: Biggest tech flops of 2013 -- so far But showing off that kind of clarity in commercials can be tough, especially when the potential customer is watching the ad on an HD TV, their smartphone or a computer screen.
September 6, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
Just about everything that takes place on an NBA court will be quantifiable starting this season thanks to motion-tracking cameras that will be installed in every arena. How long does it take Kobe Bryant to get back on defense in his first month back from a torn Achilles' tendon? What is the field-goal percentage of the Clippers' opponents with center DeAndre Jordan inside the lane as opposed to outside the lane? What's Steve Nash's success rate in defending Derrick Rose one on one? OK, so maybe you don't need a phalanx of cameras to figure out the answer to the last question, but the system of six cameras and related software in every arena will provide a whole new slew of data for NBA teams to analyze.
September 4, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Filming on the next installment of "The Hunger Games" won't begin for another month, but Paul Holehouse already is assessing the risks. Holehouse will fly to Atlanta this week to check for asbestos in an old warehouse - one among many sites that will be used during filming of the "Hunger Games" sequels. He'll also meet with stunt coordinators to review action scenes, plans for pyrotechnics and training for actors to ensure they are prepared to film various fights and chase scenes.
September 4, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Mounted on cars, bikes and even snowmobiles, Google Street View cameras have been scouring the globe taking panoramic pictures of roads, alleys and buildings. The images have redefined the way people navigate, turning two-dimensional maps into a virtual tour guide. But Google is seeing even more possibilities for one of the most popular Web tools. The search giant wants to turn your smartphone into a Street View camera and help it take 360-degree, interactive pictures of every nook and cranny on Earth.
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