Software company GhostBird has made itself a reputation for making apps that have powerful editing tools like layers and curves, even on a relatively restrained platform like iOS. Both KitCamand PhotoForge are widely used and popular mobile photo tools. Now Ghostbird has been acquired by Yahoo!, and those apps will be no more. Continue reading →
Photographer Brian Smith has built himself a reputation as one of the foremost celebrity portrait photographers currently working (not to mention netting himself a Pulitzer Prise along the way) Continue reading →
The Pentax Q7 is a small, 12-megapixel compact system camera with a new 1/1.7″-type back-illuminated CMOS sensor, improved low-light auto focus and an upgraded Shake Reduction mechanism. Compared to the existing Pentax Q and Pentax Q10 models, the new Pentax Q7 offers a larger sensor promising “the finest image quality in the Q series.” Because of its larger sensor, the angle of view of any given lens is wider on the Pentax Q7 than on its sister models – for example, the Pentax-02 Standard Zoom Lens now covers a 35mm equivalent focal range of 23-69mm instead of 28-83mm as on the Pentax Q or Q10. Continue reading →
A haboob is a type of intense dust storm carried on an atmospheric gravity current. Haboobs occur regularly in arid regions throughout the world.
They have been observed in the Sahara desert (typically Sudan, where they were named and described), as well as across the Arabian Peninsula, throughout Kuwait, and in the most arid regions of Iraq. African haboobs result from the northward summer shift of the inter-tropical front into North Africa, bringing moisture from the Gulf of Guinea. Haboob winds in the Arabian Peninsula, Iraq, Kuwait, and North America are frequently created by the collapse of a thunderstorm, while haboobs in Australia may be frequently associated with cold fronts. The deserts of Central Australia, especially near Alice Springs, are particularly prone to haboobs, with sand and debris reaching several kilometers into the sky and leaving up to a foot of sand in the haboob’s path. Continue reading →
In 1933, a small laboratory dedicated to making high-quality cameras was set up in a simple apartment room in the Roppongi area of Tokyo. At the time, all high-quality cameras were European with the majority coming from Germany.
It was in this small room that young people with a big dream earnestly began their work on producing a high-quality Japanese camera, marking the beginning of Canon. Continue reading →