Up close and personal: Combining up to 10,000 images to create microphotographs of insects

Most images are captured in a split second, processed for maybe a few minutes or so, if at all, and then that's the end of it. But for commercial photographer Levon Biss, his new Microsculpture series relies on a very different and much more intricate process. By using a microscope lens, Biss captures between 8,000 and 10,000 images of a single insect specimen, moving his equipment by just one-hundredth of a millimeter after each shot. Each image takes between two and three weeks to finish, but the end results are astounding. You can see incredibly rich...
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Sony A6300 Field Test: Mirrorless camera offers many improvements and great all-around performance

The Sony A6000 was a very popular camera indeed; the best-selling interchangeable lens camera over $600 and the best-selling mirrorless camera. The Sony A6300 is a very good follow-up to the A6000, besting its predecessor in basically every way. During my field test with the Sony A6300, I found it to be a great mirrorless camera overall. It is compact, but includes many controls. It has an APS-C sensor that delivers really good image quality, even at higher ISOs. Many of its best improvements are subtle in nature, such as the redesigned APS-C CMOS sensor and...
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CameraBag Cinema offers powerful standalone 4K video editing for OS X

App developer Nevercenter has developed a new all-in-one video editing application, CameraBag Cinema, which is aimed at professionals. The app offers a variety of features, including video filtering, color correction and film emulation. CameraBag Cinema is built upon the same core principles as Nevercenter's CameraBag photo editing application which was selected as runner-up for Mac App of the Year by Apple. Offering 32-bits-per-channel Analog Engine video processing, the lightweight app offers over 200 presets and custom preset import and export features....
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Amazing aurorae: NASA films scintillating light show in 4K from the International Space Station

Seeing the Aurora Borealis (or the Aurora Australis) from Earth is already spectacular enough, but seeing it from space? That's a very different experience, and one which NASA provides us with in a new ultra-high definition time-lapse video. The images used to create the video below were shot from the International Space Station and show both the Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis dancing across Earth's upper atmosphere. From the video's description, aurorae "occur when electrically charged electrons and protons in the Earth's magnetic field collide with...
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A quiet shift in AF: LensRentals investigates the linear autofocus trend

Roger Cicala, Aaron Closz, and Erick Marquez of LensRentals have put together an in-depth look at electromagnetic focusing, discussing how it's used in modern lenses, what some of its weaknesses might be, and what it might allow lens designers to do in the future. Autofocus systems come in a variety of forms, including early geared direct current motors, ring ultrasonic motors, and more. Recently, though, several manufacturers have started employing voice-coil actuators to move focusing elements inside lenses. These VCA lenses are notable in that they moved...
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