Windows: As good as our camera phones have gotten, they can still produce some blurry images, especially of moving subjects or in low light. While you could try to sharpen them up in a feature-rich app like Photoshop and futz around with a bunch of sliders and settings to get decent results, SmartDeblur does a great job with less fuss.
Invented by photographer Elvis Halilović, Ondu are durable and easy to use wooden pinhole cameras. Each camera is handmade by Elvis and his brother Benjamin. Available in six different designs.
Architectural photographer Dieter Leistner was born the same year East Germany began construction on the Berlin Wall. He was 37 when it fell. Maybe that's why his interest in North and South Korea feels so personal—he spent forty years in another divided country.
Leistner's new book, Korea - Korea, is a compendium of images that were shot in 2006, in Pyongyang, and 2012, in Seoul. Each spread compares two different public spaces in each city, including bus stops, subway cars, and public squares. In a foreword to the book, curator Klaus Klemp explains his perspective as a German:
Up until 1989, Koreans and Germans shared the same fate, although for quite different reasons. While the division of Germany was the result of a terrible war unleashed by Germany across the whole of Europe, the creation of a capitalist South and a communist North Korea was the result of Japanese occupation and a proxy war that the former World War II allies and later Cold War antagonists carried out on Korean soil. German division into West and East and the Korean division into South and North are thus not entirely comparable. But this constellation of the division of a nation, with people cut off from each other, families torn apart, a total blackout on all contact, and the suffering of many victims who paid with their lives or years in labor camps for any attempts to flee is particularly painful for the German observers who can remember their own similar experiences.
The side-by-side image comparison could've easily become gimmicky (or even exploitive). But Leistner manages to avoid that pitfall—mainly because of his talent as a photographer, but also because he focuses on the everyday experiences that the two cultures still share. [Gestalten via It's Nice That]
Google+ is getting some mind-blowing new features to make your images awesome and help you manage your incredibly large photo library. Using advanced algorithms, Google+ will now pick your best photos, auto-enhance images, and more.
At the Google I/O keynote in San Francisco, Google VP Vic Gundotra demonstrated a ton of new features for the company's social network, Google+. Among these is a bevy of photographic capabilities, chiefly Google Photo Highlights. If you've ever uploaded a massive cache of photos to a social network and had to sort through to pick out the best ones, you may appreciate this.
Google's algorithms can cut down a large group of imperfect images and pick out the best-looking ones, reducing potentially thousands of image to a smaller collection of only the very best.
We're still covering the event live from Moscone West, so stay tuned for continuing coverage.
The Raspberry Pi Camera Module is now available for order. The add-on module, which costs $25, adds a 5 megapixel camera to your Pi for use in all sorts of projects.
iPhone: Apple's Photo Stream, which automatically backs up and syncs your last 1000 photos for up to 30 days, is a boon for iPhone photographers, but Amazon just rolled out an app that tops it with lots of free storage.