Archives for February 14, 2012

Scalado removes unwanted objects in mobile images

Scalado reports its upcoming “Remove” mobile imaging technology automatically highlights and removes any unwanted object from a captured photo. “It is the world’s first object removal software to be released on a mobile device,” the company says.

Remove solves common photographic problems with unwanted objects in captured images, such as people getting in the way of our camera shot, Scalado adds. Remove detects and selects the unwanted objects which simply can be removed automatically or by touching the selections on the screen, or after capturing the image.

Scalado is headquartered in Lund, Sweden.

More information is here.

Engadget reviews the software here.

Alien Skin exposes effects

Alien Skin Software says its Exposure plug-in provides accurate film simulation and a wide range of creative effects in a simple interface — and version 4 is “the most significant update to Exposure since its creation,” and is faster and easier to use.

The $249 Exposure brings all the creative tools of film photography to the world of digital, the company says, such as discontinued films, dark room tricks, and lo-fi camera quirks.

New texture overlay effects are built from high resolution photos of light leaks, dust and scratches, and borders. This adds detail to new presets for alternative photographic processes like cyanotype, lith printing, and wet plate photography, say the developers.

More information is here.


Walnuts makes albums from Facebook friends’ photos

While services for creating custom photobooks from Facebook images abound, most work only with your own images. Walnuts’ new Facebook app also automatically builds digital or printed books — but it can do so for your friends, using their images.

“You can either create a book from your most popular photos, or select your favorite albums,” the company says.” “Each book contains a mixture of photos, photo comments, and status updates. You can delete unwanted photos or status pages. The content will automatically be replaced by your next most popular photo.”

The $10-20 books look like hand-written journals instead of standard slick-looking albums.

Techcrunch has more here.


Lensbaby selective focus provides tilt shift imaging

Lensbaby claims its new Edge 80 Optic “allows photographers to create images with quality that is on-par with some of the best lenses…” The lens can work “like a great lens mounted on a view camera bellows,” to make ‘straight’ photos, or, for “a different look altogether, fluidly tilt the lens to create a razor sharp slice of selective focus through your image.”

Tilting the Edge 80 allows photographers to create vertical, horizontal and diagonal slices of focus through the image. Objects in both the foreground and the background can be in focus within that slice. Photographers can control the size of the slice of focus by changing the 12-blade aperture.

The $300 optic is the latest addition to the company’s Optic Swap system and is compatible with its Composer Pro, Composer, Muse, Scout and Control Freak bodies. It will “transform any of these bending lens bodies into a tilt lens that delivers a selective slice of sharp focus through an image.” Photographers can change the aperture from f2.8 through f22 by rotating the dial on the front of the optic.

The company has a cool simulation of the effects here.

The Imaging Resource has a review here.


Ricoh reorganizes camera business

Ricoh Co. Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, announced an organizational change to its imaging system business including security system business and consumer digital camera business. Since the Oct. 1 establishment of Pentax Ricoh Imaging Co. (PRI), Ricoh managed the businesses under two brands, with Ricoh brand digital cameras designed, developed and sold by Personal Multimedia Product Company (hereinafter PMMC), an internal organization of Ricoh, while PENTAX brand digital cameras were designed, developed and sold by PRI.

Effective April 1, PRI will be charged with consumer businesses, such as digital cameras, while Ricoh PMCC will support b-to-b businesses like security systems and imaging solutions business.