Photobucket Facelift is Filled with New Features for Photographers

above: DP’s preview of the new Photobucket experience


Photobucket is back in the game. The company announced today that their revamped image hosting site (which is gradually rolling out to the public) will feature solutions to common issues that photographers face regarding organization and backup. They say the new experience will help shutterbugs “take back control of the entire photo and video lifecycle.”

These changes are in response to the results of an exhaustive survey conducted by Photobucket, from which they learned that photographers’ biggest frustrations are lack of options and tools for secure backup in a single place, organization across multiple devices and sites, and improved creative tools.

To address those issues, the new and improved Photobucket allows you to:

 *   Automatically upload photos and videos from PCs, mobile phones and social sites
*   Control what is shared, when and where
*   Utilize diverse creative tools, including fast and easy-to-use editing
*   Preserve all original images, maintaining the complete picture
*   Ensure safe, secure storage of all photos and videos, forever

In addition to the revamped site, next month Photobucket will debut the Photobucket Stories site, which will allow users to add a narrative element to their photography. “With Photobucket Stories,” the company says, “you can easily create, curate, and collaborate with friends, combining photos, video and text all on a single canvas that can be easily shared. No longer are you confined to sharing images one at a time or in structured album formats; with Photobucket Stories you can tell your complete story with context and meaning.” Sign up here to be invited into the public beta when the site goes live.

(via Photobucket)


Curiosity Rover: Thumbnails from Mars

photo: NASA/JPL

Being a proud space geek, I of course sat up in bed with my iPad late Sunday night, watching the live USTREAM of the Curiosity Rover’s landing on Mars. I’ve been to NASA’s Jet Prepulsion Labratory (JPL) in Pasadena before, and on this night I was as thrilled by the successful touchdown as I’d have been if I was in the JPL control room at that moment. I held my breath and then erupted in cheers along with the geniuses in blue shirts. And then I cheered some more at the “We’ve got a thumbnail!” announcement. As a photo junkie, I never thought I’d be so excited in 2012 to see photos captured by a 1-megapixel camera. But on Sunday night I couldn’t take my eyes off that first image shot by the rover’s Hazard-Avoidance camera (in which you can see Curiosity’s wheel).

Curiosity has since sent higher resolution versions of those initial photos, as well as its first color photo of the Red Planet. You can see those here. Still, I will never forget the thrill of that first thumbnail image.



Documentary Photography: Humans of New York

photo: Humans of New York


I can’t get enough of the amazing photo project Humans of New York. Brandon Stanton, the photographer behind the site, has a colorful past (he’s been arrested for taking photos inside Gianni Versace’s South Beach mansion and has been a bond trader in Chicago). He now finds himself in New York, where he photographs and tells stories about the strangers who make the city vibrant. Strangers of New York is a stunning collection of those 5,000 portraits and 50 stories.

(A Cup of Jo)


Watch Gabby Douglas Fly: Incredible Time Lapse Still Photo of the Olympic Gold Medalist

Mitchell Haaseth / NBC Olympics, Getty

We couldn’t be more thrilled that the “Fab Five” USA women’s gymnastics team took the gold this week, and also that today spritely 16-year-old Gabby Douglas won the Gymnastics All Around title. As shutterbugs, we’re also pretty amazed by this time lapse still photograph of Gabby soaring through the air during her winning balance bar routine.

What’s the best shot you’ve seen from the Olympic games so far?

(Just Jared Jr)


EOS M: At Last, Canon Announces Compact Mirrorless Camera

The last of the major camera makers to unveil a mirrorless camera, Canon today announced the compact interchangeable lens (ILC) EOS M. With an 18-megapixel APS-C size CMOS image sensor (familiar to Canon DSLRs) and a Powershot-size body, the EOS M is both recognizable and entirely new to Canon shooters.

The first Canon ILC to abandon the mirror box, the EOS M operates with an entirely new lens system, designed specifically for this format. So far the system includes two lenses—the EF-M 22mm f/2.0 STM kit lens and the EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, and, fortunately, with a mount adapter the camera can also use any Canon EF and EF-S lens. The EOS M features an ISO range of 100-12800 (expandable to 25600 in H mode) for stills and ISO 100-6400 (expandable to 12800 in H mode) for video. It uses the Movie Servo continuous AF function for shooting video that was first unveiled with the Canon T4i DSLR, which allows you to lock focus on subjects as you pan around a scene or track a single, moving subject and keep it in focus. The camera also features a 1,040,000 dots smudge resistant, 3-inch touchscreen LCD with pinch-to-zoom and swipe scroll controls.

The Canon EOS M—with the new EF-M 22mm f/2.0 STM kit lens—will be available in October for $799.99, and the EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens will be available at the same time for $299.99.


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