Digital Photography Review: LensKit is a new iOS app that helps you pick the right camera, lens for your next video shoot

Digital Photography Review: LensKit is a new iOS app that helps you pick the right camera, lens for your next video shoot. “Zak Ray, a cinematographer, colorist and developer who creates apps for filmmakers, has released LensKit, a new tool that makes it easy to plan a video shoot. LensKit consists of a comprehensive database of adapters, cameras and lenses that work together to show you what lenses can be used on what cameras, what their equivalent focal length will be based on the camera’s format and more.”

The Verge: Snapchat’s Flying Camera

The Verge: Snapchat’s Flying Camera. “Yes, Snap made a drone. Called Pixy, the small yellow puck takes off from your hand, follows you around, and captures video that can be sent back to Snapchat. It’s Snap’s attempt at making a drone that’s friendlier and more approachable than other products on the market — and it may hint at the more advanced, AR-powered future Snap is building toward.”

PsyPost: Having your camera on during virtual meetings promotes “Zoom fatigue” — especially among women and newer employees

PsyPost: Having your camera on during virtual meetings promotes “Zoom fatigue” — especially among women and newer employees. “Experimental findings published in the Journal of Applied Psychology revealed that employees who had their cameras on during virtual meetings experienced greater fatigue and, in turn, reduced performance during meetings. This was especially true for women and newer employees, suggesting that a heightened need for self-presentation may be the cause of this fatigue.”

Gandhara: The Amazing Rise And Fall Of Century-Old Afghan Box Cameras

New-to-me, from Gandhara: The Amazing Rise And Fall Of Century-Old Afghan Box Cameras. “Irish ethnographer Sean Foley and Austrian photographer Lukas Birk also were fascinated by the kamra-e-faoree photographers they saw during their repeated visits to Afghanistan from 2002 to 2012. Birk and Foley co-authored a book in 2013 called Afghan Box Camera. They also launched an online archive about Afghanistan’s photographic history and culture called The Afghan Box Camera Project.”

WWF: Google’s AI technology to identify animals impacted by bushfires

WWF: Google’s AI technology to identify animals impacted by bushfires. “Artificial intelligence and an army of new sensor cameras will be used to track the recovery of animals impacted by bushfires in one of the most extensive post-fire surveillanceprograms ever undertaken in Australia. WWF-Australia and Conservation International, supported with a USD 1 million grant from Google’s philanthropic arm Google.org, have launched An Eye on Recovery, a large-scale collaborative camera sensor project.”

TechCrunch: Many Canon cameras can now automatically back up pictures to Google Photos

TechCrunch: Many Canon cameras can now automatically back up pictures to Google Photos. “Canon and Google today announced a new software integration that enables automatic Google Photos backup of pictures taken with select Canon cameras — a full list is available here, but it’s most of their recent interchangeable lens cameras dating back basically to when they started getting Wi-Fi on board.”

EurekAlert: I spy with my digital eye … a tiger’s breathing, a lion’s pulse

EurekAlert: I spy with my digital eye … a tiger’s breathing, a lion’s pulse. “A pilot study undertaken by researchers from the University of South Australia at Adelaide Zoo, has developed a new way to undertake basic health checks of exotic wildlife using a digital camera, saving them the stress of an anaesthetic. Filming animals using a high-resolution digital camera installed on a tripod could offer another way for veterinarians to take an animal’s pulse or check its breathing rate.”

TechCrunch: Ring’s new security ‘control center’ isn’t nearly enough

TechCrunch: Ring’s new security ‘control center’ isn’t nearly enough. “On the same day that a Mississippi family is suing Amazon -owned smart camera maker Ring for not doing enough to prevent hackers from spying on their kids, the company has rolled out its previously announced ‘control center,’ which it hopes will make you forget about its verifiably ‘awful’ security practices.”

How to take better photos for genealogy: Part Five: Cameras (Genealogy’s Star)

Genealogy’s Star: How to take better photos for genealogy: Part Five: Cameras. “It is important to know, as is commonly repeated, that the best camera is the one you have when you need to take a photograph. What is happening today is that the quality of the images being produced by all types of cameras is increasing dramatically and the difference in the quality of the photographs being produced is collapsing in that almost any newer camera will take a very adequate looking photograph. Essentially, all newer cameras are computers as well as cameras.”