hacks
Hardware Hacker Designs and Builds His Own Digital Camera Sensor – Sony Has Nothing To Worry About

Making your own digital camera sensor isn’t as complicated as you’d think, as YouTube hardware hacker Sean Hodgins discovered. But you’ll need a solid understanding of electronics, an immense amount of patience, a steady soldering hand, and very low expectations of how your homebrew hardware will perform. Read More >>

environment
Australia’s Terrifying Bushfires Are Turning New Zealand Glaciers Pink

For weeks now, Australia has been dealing with severe bushfires. They’ve engulfed the country’s largest city in smoke, threatening air quality throughout New South Wales and destroying key koala habitat. In New South Wales alone, more than 100 bush and grassfires were burning as of Friday. Read More >>

photography
Why Did the Sloth Cross the Road? To Pose For This Year’s ‘Capturing Ecology’ Photo Contest

The British Ecological Society has announced the winners of its annual ecology-themed photo competition. From boas, birds, and birches, through to a three-toed sloth trying to cross the road, this year’s crop is a wondrous celebration of our planet’s remarkable diversity. Read More >>

art
Banksy’s Former Agent Reveals Artist’s… Shoes

A former agent and assistant of Banksy – who used to be friends with the artist but we suspect is not swapping banter via WhatsApp any more – has a book coming out about his years with the street artist, in which photos of the mysterious stencil expert are revealed. Of course there's a catch in that the images are all from behind or show the man with something over his head, as the art world doesn't really want to know that Banksy looks like a normal, mortal man. Read More >>

google
The Pixel 4’s Astrophotography Mode Is Pure Witchcraft

One of the biggest upgrades to the Pixel 4 has been the camera, and it's about time. Read More >>

photography
The Year’s Best Wildlife Photos Remind Us Why Nature Is Worth Fighting For

Nature can be glorious, miraculous, and sometimes downright brutal. Not all of us get to witness the amazing feats of the natural world happening in the flesh, though. Luckily, we have wildlife photographers whose riveting images can help bring the wilderness into our living rooms. Read More >>

google
How Google’s Pixel 4 Is Trying to Stay Ahead in the Smartphone Camera Race

There was only one stand-out feature on the Pixel 3 phones: that fantastic (single-lens!) camera, which got better over time and made the Pixel 3a the best mid-ranger on the market too. Now Google has revealed the follow-ups, the Pixel 4 and the Pixel 4 XL – so can they keep the Pixels on top of the pile in terms of phone cameras? Read More >>

science
Researchers Created Lenses a Thousand Times Thinner to Hopefully Eliminate Ugly Smartphone Camera Bumps

Smartphones are currently plagued by a host of ugly design features that compromise aesthetics for functionality, including holes and notches in their screens, and protrusions on the back to accommodate camera optics. But those bumps might soon go away thanks to a team of researchers at the University of Utah in the US who’ve developed a radically thin camera lens. Read More >>

apple
The iPhone XS and XR Are Getting One of the iPhone 11’s Best Features Too

If you’re on the fence about upgrading your iPhone, there’s another great reason not to. Multi-camera recording, one of the most impressive features of the iPhone 11 line debuted at an Apple event last week, is also coming to the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max when iOS 13 arrives later this week. Read More >>

space
Howl in Delight at Some of the Best Astronomy Photographs of 2019

The winners of the 2019 Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year have been announced. This year’s crop features stunning images, from auroras and sunspots to galaxies and nebulas – along with a perspective of a lunar eclipse unlike anything we’ve seen before. Read More >>

photography
The Best Wildlife Photos of 2019 Reveal Nature’s Beauty and Ferocity

The finalists have been announced for this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. This year’s crop features some stunning – and gut wrenching – images. From animals fighting for their lives to the subtle beauty of a bird drinking from an icicle, these photographs are nothing short of remarkable. Read More >>

apps
Roland’s New iOS App Turns a Bunch of iPhones Into a Multi-Camera TV Studio

One thing that sets your home movies apart from what you see on TV and in the movies is that professionals film a scene from multiple angles to add drama and complexity to the final edit. It’s an extra step that can add a lot of impact, and with Roland’s new 4XCamera Maker app you can take advantage of all your friends’ iPhones instead of renting or buying multiple cameras for a shoot. Read More >>

polaroid
New Polaroid Prints Photos Off Your Smartphone’s Screen Without Bluetooth, Wifi, or Cables

Focusing on the one feature smartphones don’t offer yet, Polaroid’s new Lab instant photography device creates hard copies of any digital photo on your phone without the need for wires or fiddling with wireless settings. Instead, light from your smartphone’s screen is projected and used to directly expose Polaroid’s instant film. Read More >>

photography
The Most Extreme Way to Take a Selfie, According to xkcd Creator Randall Munroe

The following is an excerpt from How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems, a new book from cartoonist and science communicator Randall Munroe. How To is available on Amazon here. Read More >>

cameras
Why Would You Even Want a 6K Camera When Nothing Can Play 6K Video?

Just when you think you’re safe and secure in your camera buying choices – ready to pick up a new model with state-of-the-art 4K video recording – along come the likes of Blackmagic and Panasonic with new 6K-capable models. Have you missed the 6K TV revolution, you might be wondering? Where have an extra few million pixels come from? Here’s what you need to know about these new 6K cameras. Read More >>