April 2016

Curious about Virtual Reality? Here is a guide to your options for getting started

Virtual Reality (VR) may not be directly affecting your photography yet, but there is no doubt it is a major new way to communicate visually, and this year it will begin to impact both still and video shooters. Along with its sibling, 360 photos and videos, it is a powerful new tool. However, it is really early days, and not everyone is cut out for taking the plunge. I put together a guide to the available , that will point you in the right direction based the level of your interest and enthusiasm – and budget.

Sony a6300 compact mirrorless field tested: Amazing tech in a small package

I've spent a lot more time shooting with the new since my first look article, and the experience has reinforced my impressions -- both pro and con. On the pro side, the speed and image quality is really amazing. I covered multiple events at Nvidia's tech conference, in a variety of awful lighting conditions, and the camera performed flawlessly at ISOs up to 3200 (where I had Auto ISO set to top out). However, even after some customization of the interface, I found the controls inefficient, especially in dark rooms.

Did Lytro just build the ultimate movie camera?

Lytro is best known for its consumer and prosumer camera models that allow after the fact refocusing. After generating a lot of media attention, neither product caught on in the marketplace, so Lytro began a well-publicized change in strategy – moving to create products for professional content creators. On the heels of announcing its Immerge, which it plans to be the ultimate VR video capture system, Lytro has just announced Cinema, a movie camera that essentially virtualizes video capture. Instead of only capturing the amount of light falling on its sensor (or sensors), it also captures information about the direction of the light. This, coupled with a an active sensor that creates a depth map, allows movie makers to refocus, automatically green screen, and perform other special effects after the fact. I covered more of the details in a . If any of you are at NAB next week where the unit will be premiered, let us know what you think!