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Bokeh Tutorial

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For those who have never heard of the term "bokeh", it's basically the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens, and defined as "the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light". Some would say that to achieve this effect, a quality lens and / or studio is required, but Laya Gerlock shows us why aluminum foil is all you need. Other supplies required include: a camera w/large aperture lens, speedlights, a wireless trigger, gels, aluminum foil or silver wrapping paper, and scissors / tape. Continue reading for the full tutorial.

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Luna Camera

Unlike other 360-degree cameras, Luna boasts two 190° fish-eye lenses for full high-definition wraparound video and 5.0-megapixel still images. That's not all, gyro-stabilization tech was added for increased stability. To send content to your devices, simply use its built-in WiFi. It's waterproof, and can stick to a docking station, a monopod, or even a keychain, thanks to its magnetic surface. You can pick one up for $349. Click here to view more pictures. Continue reading for two more demo videos and the Indiegogo page.

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Nokia Ozo VR Camera

More than just a camera, the Nokia Ozo is the world's first commercially available VR camera. That's right, this device enables content creators to use products like the Oculus Rift seamlessly with Ozo. It comes equipped with 8 synchronized global shutter sensors working in conjunction with 8 integrated microphones to capture stereoscopic 3D video, as well as truly immersive audio for an unrivaled virtual experience. The included software allows for real-time viewing. Continue reading for more.

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Slingshot Camera

There are compact cameras, DSLRs, action cams, and then this SlingShot Camera, which ditches the traditional shutter button in favor of an elastic band. That's right, users will need to pull back on the elastic band to take photos, and possibly launch something at a co-worker / friend / etc. while they're at it. A flash is built into one of the arms and to download the images, simply plug it directly into your computer via USB. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Canon Snap

Don't want to lug around a pocket camera, and don't have a smartphone handy? The Canon Snap aims to fill that gap, by putting a functional 12-megapixel camera on your finger. It's made from a flexible gel to ensure a comfortable and secure fit, while still having enough room to pack a touchscreen display, memory card slot, and a shutter button to make life easier. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Olympus Air Pistol Grip

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The Olympus Air looks like a simple camera lens, but it's actually an all-in-one camera that works in conjunction with smart devices via a companion app. One fan has created the Open Platform Grip, a 3D printed pistol-style grip that lets you shoot to take pictures, literally. It's more than just looks, as the aim of this project is to help photographers aim and frame shots without having to look at any display when using the viewfinder-less Olympus Air. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Canon 250-Megapixel

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Say goodbye to low-resolution cameras, and hello to Canon's new insane 250-megapixel CMOS sensor. When a photographer mounts an 800mm lens on a compatible DSLR, you're able to make out signs on skyscrapers located over 9-miles away. That's not all, pair the 250MP sensor with a super-telephoto lens as well as Turbulence Removal technology, and you'll be able to clearly see a woman waving on the Eiffel Tower from approximately 1.9-miles away. Continue reading for more fascinating images.

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Sony RX1R II

First came the RX1R, now Sony has followed it up with the 42.2-megapixel RX1R II. This model delivers the highest picture quality of any Sony compact camera ever made, thanks to its large aperture, fixed focal length ZEISS Sonnar T* 35mm F2 lens, paired with a powerful BIONZ X image processing engine. What really sets it apart is its optical variable low pass filter, enabling hat shooters to manually adjust the balance of image resolution and presence of moire or color artifacts to match the subject. Continue reading for a hands-on video, more pictures and additional information.

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TinyMOS Camera

Forget paying thousands for expensive astrography cameras, and say hello to TinyMOS's Tiny1 Astronomy Camera, which pairs an exceptional low-light sensor with advanced image processing to create striking images of space. That's right, you'll easily be able to capture stars, whole constellations, and even entire planets far quicker than with a traditional DSLR. Users can also take time-lapse videos in 2.5K resolution, complete with up-to-date star charts in live preview mode. Continue reading for two more videos and additional information.

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Polaroid Snap Instant Digital Camera

Most instant cameras do not have ways to save images, but the Polaroid Snap has a built-in SD card (up to 32GB) slot that does just that. This 10-megapixel shooter creates 2x3-inch prints in under a minute, thanks to Zero Ink (ZINK) technology, which uses special heat-activated dye crystals. It features a photo booth mode for shooting 6 photos in 10 seconds, and the option to remove Polaroid's classic border logo on your instant prints. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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