Monthly Archive: August 2016

Learning to “see in 3D” to improve 2D photos

As a 3D stereographer, I am always aware of the 3D space in front of me. And when shooting 2D, I often wish I was shooting 3D! The key idea, in this linked column, is that by learning to see in 3D, we can improve our 2D photos. You might think “seeing in 3D” is obvious – after all we see a 3D world around us. But truly, as 3D photographers...

The demographics of camera users

The author, at the link below, notes that those under 30 predominately use their smart phone to take photos. Older travelers use compact point and shoot cameras, and middle aged and older often shoot with higher end DSLRs. One thing I noticed on my trip to the UK , specifically London, was the abundance of cameras. Source: Cameras, Cameras, Everywhere | Garden Walk Garden Talk A recent Nikon item said that 55% of...

Using 2 cameras to create fake narrow depth of field images

Small sensor cameras – such as smart phones and point and shoot cameras – are unable to create significant blurring of the background or foreground. Narrow depth of field is mostly limited to large sensor cameras – or to long telephoto shots. But, two camera sensors may be used to measure depth in the scene. One camera is used for the actual photo and the second for depth. Parallax, or the difference...

Noise Reduction using Neat Image

I took the following photo using a Nikon 1 V2, 1″ sensor camera, at ISO 800. This is a big enlargement of a tiny section of a photo of a Titan II rocket launcher (from underneath). This was a very dark location, in the basement of the Evergreen Aviation Museum building. I processed this image using Neat Image 8, the latest version of the Neat Image noise reduction software. You can...

DPReview suggests Nikon 1 development has ended

DPReview, mentions in a review about the Canon EOS-M mirrorless camera, that DPReview thinks Nikon has ended development of the Nikon 1 system. Dpreview believes Nikon 1 is no longer in development Nikon Rumors quotes DPReview saying that DPReview believes the Nikon 1 is no longer in development. DPReview does not provide a source – seems like its a guess, and as good as any other guess that we are making....

Olympus OM-D-E-M1 for US $799 – 24 hour sale

Olympus is having a 24 hour sale on the OM-D E-M1 Body Promotion expires 11:59pm EST on 8/15 Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Camera Body + $31.96 in Adorama Rewards $799 with Free shipping Black: http://adorama.evyy.net/c/77972/51926/1036?u=http://www.adorama.com/iomem1b.html Silver: http://adorama.evyy.net/c/77972/51926/1036?u=http://www.adorama.com/iomem1s.html I shoot with an E-M10 – for still shooting, the Olympus cameras are fantastic! Related articles Mirrorless Night Sky Photography, Milky Way and Perseids The 10 Best Cameras for Summer Travel...

Point n shoot photography

Recently, I have been experimenting with what I can achieve with a mere “point and shoot” camera. Both of these photos were taken with an Olympus XZ-2, which ranks at the high end of point and shoots, but has only a 1 / 1.7″ sensor.   This photo was also taken with the Olympus XZ-2. While the originals are 12 MP images, all of these have been resized to 640 pixels...

4K 3D Stereoscopy VR 360 camera for US $399 (not yet available)

Source: STEREOSCOPY :: Arcinteractive, Inc. presents TwoEyes #VR – 4K 3D Stereoscopy 360 camera (1/1) – This product is not yet in production and the release date has not been provided. However, this is an intriguing product for spherical VR 360 in 3D, compared to the complexity of and time consuming processing of combining numerous cameras together to create VR 360 or 3D VR 360. Hope it comes to market!