We said farewell to Polaroid Instant Films last December because the company had decided to stop the production due to the inevitable transition to digital photography. Many, myself included, thought it was the final end of an era. Now, according to the Time article, the instant film is making a comeback thanks to two men who still see great market opportunity for instant film.

Their endeavor is what they called Impossible Project, which looks very possible now. If everything goes as planed, monochrome version of the new instant film will be available before Christmas and the color version will be available in year 2010.

If you cannot wait to dust off your old Polaroid instant camera, don’t worry. There are still instant films available.They are not cheap though. The cost of single exposure seems to run between 1 to 3 dollars. It doesn’t take a math genius to figure out how fast you can pay for the fancy DSLR camera you have got by not shooting with the Polaroid Instant Film. 😀

Posted in Miscellaneous on July 25th, 2009. No Comments.

Do you have photos on your iPhone or iPod Touch that you’d rather nobody else but you can see? You may be scared by the possibility that your iPhone or iPod Touch may get lost or stolen and the private photos fall into the wrong hands.

If so, you may want to consider this interesting app called My Eyes Only Photo for iPhone and iPod Touch. Using this software, you can encrypt existing photos from the library or take new photos directly within the software. The software uses a strong 256 bit RSA encryption algorithm to ensure your photos are for your eyes only. It also has a data wipe feature. If someone tries to enter the wrong password more than 6 times, the software will delete all encrypted photos.

Posted in Software on July 21st, 2009. No Comments.

Do you have a Nikon D5000 on hand that won’t turn on even with a fully charged battery? You may not be alone. Nikon has issued a service advisory for the hot new entry level DSLR camera. Apparently a bad component in the power control circuit caused the problem. Nikon will be offering free fix to all affected users. However the problem seems to be either quite wide spreed or requires special handling that they need to setup a special facility for it. People will have to wait until July 23 to find out if his/her D5000 belongs to the pool of affect ones by checking the serial number against Nikon’s to-be-published list. If you have questions, you can check out the frequently-asked-questions (FAQ) page or contact Nikon.

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Posted in Digital SLR Cameras on July 17th, 2009. No Comments.

The story behind this Nikon D300 is a testament of legendary Nikon build quality. The Nikon D300 and the mounted Sigma 10-20mm lens was knocked over and tumbled down the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

After days of exposure to the nature elements (including several days of heavy rain), the camera was retrieved and returned to its owner. Amazingly it could still power up.

Posted in Other on July 15th, 2009. 4 Comments.

North America is well into the summer season. It is the fun time with sun, beaches, pools, and parties. Are you ready to capture the moment? Nikon Canada has offered some summer photography tips in the article titled Top 10 Summer Photography Tips.

At the end the article Nikon strongly suggests that the Nikon D5000 has all the features to make the tips work but your Canon, Sony, Pentax or other cameras will work just well.

Posted in Tips and Techniques on July 14th, 2009. No Comments.

Digital photography is not just an art form. It can be a very practical tool for documenting every moment of your life. It can even help you get organized. Whenever you see something you want to remember but have no time for taking notes, just take out your camera phone and snap a photo.

It sounds simple but it can quickly get out of control if you have thousands of unorganized photos on your camera. That’s when the sophisticated software such as Evernote comes in handy. It does more than just organizing your snapshots. It organizes what you like to capture, keeps track of your notes and tags, allows you to search or filter when you want to find something. It supports a neat recognition feature that can turn words found in images into searchable text.

It doesn’t tie you to your desktop or laptop computer. There is software for your PC but it is quite functional with just a web browser. It also works on-the-go on supported mobile phones. To learn more, check out the following sites:

Posted in Digital photography on July 3rd, 2009. No Comments.
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