Layout is a New App from Instagram for Combining Photos

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Instagram has launched a new app, called Layout, which lets you combine multiple photos into a single, square image.

That’s something we have all done since nearly the beginning of Instagram. However, we have done that without the help of Instagram and, instead, used apps like Diptic and other collage-making apps to export images to our phones’ camera rolls and then upload to Instagram.

While Layout is still a separate app that you must install, it does include a share to Instagram feature within to make it a quicker process.

Layout also has a facial recognition features that will allow you to choose photos with only faces of people from your camera roll. Additionally, a Photo Booth feature lets you capture photos that instantly fill your layout.

For now, Layout is only available for iOS devices with support for Android promised in the coming months. You can get Layout for free here on the iTunes App Store.

Canon 5D Mark III for $1999 – Deal Alert

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This solid deal is back again… ebay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon 5D Mark III for $1999 (compare at $2499) in limited quantity and with free shipping in the US. Check it out while it lasts here on ebay.

Please note: This is probably a grey market camera and/or it was part of a kit that the seller broke up to sell separately at a discounted rate. At the time of this post, ebay seller getitdigital has a 99.5% positive rating on ebay.

Legendary Lighting Inventor Paul C. Buff Dies at Age 78

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Remembering Paul C. Buff (via Paul C. Buff, Inc.)

Alien Bees, White Lightning and Einsteins were just three of the incredible product lines Paul C. Buff brought to the photography industry but each are still workhorses among many professionals every day.

The Paul C. Buff name has carried a reputation of performance, reliability and affordability in lighting products over the past several years. With products invented and manufactured in Nashville, Tennessee since 1980, it is one of the most respected brands in the industry.

I learned earlier today that he died last week on March 14, 2015 at age 78. The Paul C. Buff, Inc. website released a statement on his passing. [Read more…]

Canon 5Ds vs. Canon 5D Mark III Comparison

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When Canon announced the new 5Ds and 5Ds R cameras, it stoked the megapixel war flames once again by thoroughly trouncing the resolution of the Nikon D810 and Sony A7R cameras, both of which offer a mere 36MP full frame sensor.

While the 5Ds and 5Ds R are the latest to the 5D line, Canon is leaving the very popular 5D Mark III in the line-up. The Canon 5D Mark III was introduced in March 2012. By Canon’s prior timelines, the 3-year point is the proper upgrade timeframe. However, DSLRs have plateaued somewhat over the past few years and the need to upgrade every 2-3 years is less compelling for photographers and, by extension, camera manufacturers.

Additionally, the 5D Mark III and 5Ds/5Ds R are, in many ways, very different cameras for very different purposes. Even though the cameras are very similar from the outside, what’s inside makes them very different indeed. [Read more…]