Photography Tips and Educational Resources at Photography Bay

I finally put together a bit of an archive that contains many of the educational articles and tips on Photography Bay. You’ll find stuff like the Photography Basics series on aperture, shutter speed and ISO, along with many other posts from a variety of guest authors and yours truly.  As an early resolution for 2011, my goal is to put together several more of these types of articles and tips throughout next year.

You can find the page here or just click on the “Learn Photography” tab at the top of the page.

Digimarc for Images Offers 3 New Editions

Digimarc for Images

Digimarc has unveiled 3 new digital watermarking solutions for photographers with it Digimarc for Images software.  The software features a new “Chroma” technology that embeds ownership and usage rights into the images themselves without affecting the quality of the image.  These digital watermarks as embedded and read with Photoshop software and can be detected with free browser plugins for Windows users.

Digimarc for Images is now available in basic, professional and small business editions at price points ranging from $99 to $499.

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]

High Speed Video Developed for Frame Rates of 250,000 FPS

Scientists at Oxford University have developed a method for capturing extremely high frame rates by expanding on existing consumer-grade photography and video camera technologies. The new capture method works by using a single sensor to capture images simultaneously. According to Dr. Gil Bub,

“This is done by allowing the camera’s pixels to act as if they were part of tens, or even hundreds, of individual cameras taking pictures in rapid succession during a single normal exposure. The trick is that the pattern of pixel exposures keeps the high resolution content of the overall image, which can then be used as-is, to form a regular high-res picture, or be decoded into a high-speed movie.”

The most interesting aspect to this new development is the relatively low cost.  While the scientists developed the technology with medical and scientific applications in mind at macroscopic and microscopic levels, the underlying hardware is primarily what we use in consumer-grade cameras.  As a result, patent licensing of this tech could see future consumer applications but, obviously, at lower than the extreme frame rates required for use by the scientific community.

[Nature Methods via Sideways and UPI]

Pana-Vue Pana-Scan

Pana-Vue Pana-Scan

The Pana-Vue Pana-Scan is a budget-friendly slide, 35mm and 110 negative film scanner.  The Pana-Scan converts film and slides to 5MP digital images, which are stored on an SD card that you can then import to your PC or Mac.  The Pana-Scan connects to your computer via USB 2.0 and includes Arc-Soft Media Impression as editing software.

The Pana-Scan carries a street price of around $100.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]