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Amazon Prime Air in the UK is stumbling and we’re still waiting for the U.S. version to lift off

Look up in the sky, it’s Prime Air (Credit: Amazon)

The other day I ordered some new batteries for my Sony A600 digital camera. I put in the order on Amazon mid-day and, roughly 24 hours later, I was charging up my new camera batteries. Could an Amazon Prime Air drone have gotten them to me faster? Sure, if Amazon…

When photographers sue after Creative Commons Licenses go awry.

The scam works a little like this:

A photographer posts their work online under an outdated Creative Commons license, such as version 2.0, that does not give licensees the right to fix license problems within 30 days of notice, as do the current CC 4.0 licenses.

The photographers lurk until…

The mapping app can provide surprising solace for grieving loved ones

Photo courtesy of the author.

There are dead people on Google Street View.

“My grandpa passed away a few years ago. We didn’t get to say goodbye to him,” Leslie Yajaira (@yajairalyb) recently tweeted. …

At last, the end of sketchy compression

Credit: Eric Ravenscraft

Social media is ruining the internet, but not in the way you think. (Okay, not solely in the way you think.) Every time an image is uploaded to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, it gets compressed, degrading its overall quality. If an image is downloaded and re-uploaded — which happens constantly…

We went stargazing with product manager Alex Schiffhauer to learn more about the new phone’s astrophotography mode

Illustration: crimson_bones-animations

The stars were up there — that we knew. We just couldn’t see them, much less take their picture.

In my pocket was a brand new Pixel 4, the one with the Snapdragon 855 processor, the F2.4 telephoto lens, 16MP sensor, and enhanced Night Sight mode developed explicitly for capturing…

Old tech like disposable cameras inadvertently reinforced the vitality of real life, but modern cameras now create a superior virtual world we don’t feel good enough for

John William Waterhouse, “Echo and Narcissus.” Public domain.

They always seemed like enchanted objects to me. The disposable cameras we stuffed into our cheap handbags in the late 1990s and early 2000s were really just empty plastic containers with a lens on one side. And yet, within that sealed box, there occurred a kind of alchemy, all the…

Sharing photos outside of social media made me feel good about photography again

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It’s never been easier to share a photo with others than it is today. You can share photos of your vacation with friends on Facebook, perfectly frame that shot for your Instagram followers, or broadcast a moment as it happens live with your audience on Twitter. …

A program just can’t tell what’s ‘interesting’

Credit: The Washington Post/Getty Images

Google just pulled the plug on its Clips camera, a tiny device that was supposed to capture photos of the little snippets of your day that would otherwise slip by.

Maybe it would snap a picture of your baby smiling as you went to pick them up, or your dog…

By systematically distorting the images we see and create, A.I. is shifting perceptions and ultimately changing our relationship with the physical world

Credit: The Washington Post/Getty Images

Earlier this year, I hiked with my family to Claigan Coral Beach on the outer edge of the Isle of Skye in Scotland. We wanted to see the impressive stretch of coral we’d seen on Google searches for the area, but instead of the pristine white beach and turquoise sea…

As smartphones increasingly compete on photography, an additional lens gives the iPhone significantly more information about the world around it

Apple executives present the new photography features on the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro line at the company’s keynote event on Tuesday.

The new iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max now have three big, chunky cameras.

Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of global marketing, announced the new smartphones at a keynote event on Tuesday, boasting that the addition of a new lens adds the potential for greater creativity when shooting images…


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