Could the Moon be about to break the internet? On August 21 this year our satellite’s slightly tilted orbit just happens to coincide exactly with the Sun to cause that rarest of natural events: a Total Solar Eclipse. For two minutes observers along a narrow path from Oregon to South Carolina in the USA will be able look skyward and see, for only two minutes or so, the rare splendour of totality; an awesome sight of the solar corona displayed as a vast, ice-white halo around the New Moon. Cue millions of spectators, many of whom will take photos and videos on phones, tablets, DSLRs, action cams and 360 cams, and immediately upload them. Hotels are largely sold out, but there are lots of eclipse campsites and RV parks. Since totality sweeps across the USA in 90 minutes, there is likely to be long surge in uploads to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat. So should you join in and attempt to take photos and video of nature's greatest spectacle? Zoom-lens … [Read more...] about How to photograph and video the USA’s total solar eclipse on August 21
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At the beginning of March, right after the Italian film The Great Beauty won an Oscar, visitors to the homepage of one of the country's largest newspapers were greeted with a large advert celebrating "the great beauty of Italy's artists". Anyone clicking on the advert ended up on a website — CopiaPrivata.it — which hosted a petition signed by more than 500 well-known Italian artists in support of the compenso per copia privata, a levy applied to all blank storage media. The levy applies to any piece of hardware that can hold photographic or video material – whether that's stand-alone storage or the hard drive of a device. In exchange for the fee, consumers are able to make private copies of copyrighted works they own — films, music and so on — for their own personal use. The money raised by the levy is subsequently handed over to the Siae, an organisation which supports artists and publishers, which then distributes the revenues among … [Read more...] about Italy’s artists line up to support the piracy tax: How much should you pay for the right to copy?
Perhaps more mysterious than the stealthy look of Apple's upcoming Mac Pro desktop is its price tag, which has yet to be announced. Apple detailed some of the specs, and even showed off prerelease versions of the hardware to attendees at its annual developers conference earlier this month, but there are still many unknowns as to just what Apple will put inside the machine -- details that have a dramatic impact on what it costs to buy one. So how much will the machine -- previous models of which have, for a decade, hovered around a $2,500 entry-level price tag -- cost when it arrives later this year? CNET reached out to IHS iSuppli to find out, and the answer is not so simple. Based on some rough estimates of comparable hardware, components, and labor, just the raw cost of the machine could total $2,800, the firm said. That's $300 more than the price Apple sells its existing, entry-level model for. Ramp it up with a higher-end processor, more SSD storage and RAM, and that could climb … [Read more...] about How much will Apple’s new Mac Pro cost?
When the announcer screams out "Goooooooooooal," Richard Heathcote will have already sprung into action.A photographer for Getty Images, Heathcote is in Brazil this week, shooting his fourth World Cup. Loaded down with three $6,800 Canon 1DX cameras (plus lenses), a laptop, at least six batteries, and an equal number of memory cards, Heathcote will be equipped to bring the most important moments -- at least those involving Team England, which he's following -- from World Cup turf to publications around the world. Heathcote and the rest of Getty Images' team of 46 photographers, plus 13 editors and other support staff, will collectively shoot about 15,000 pictures a week during the quadrennial monthlong tournament, the world's largest single-event sporting competition. Given the near-hysteria attached to the games in some countries, there can be little doubt that a lot is riding on the work he and his colleagues will produce as the Cup progresses. But though the basics of the job … [Read more...] about How modern tech makes photographing the World Cup a snap
Is USB 3.0 really that much faster than USB 2.0? And where does eSATA fit in? Those are questions I've been wondering about since USB 3.0 drives started coming out earlier this year. I did some tests a few months ago on an early external drive, but Seagate's new FreeAgent GoFlex line gave me a new chance to really compare. That's because these external drives allow for independent cables and interfaces to connect with the computer. The basic drive comes with a USB 2.0 connection, but you can snap it off and plug one of several other choices, including eSATA, FireWire 800; or a USB 3.0 connection (which comes in a kit with a USB 3.0 ExpressCard interface for your laptop computer). Since I had a notebook available that had USB 2.0, eSATA and ExpressCard slots (for USB 3.0), I was able to compare performance of the drive across all three, using the same drive. The bottom line is that I did see a notable performance increase using USB 3.0 (and eSATA), but claims that USB 3.0 will be … [Read more...] about How Much Do External Drive Interfaces Matter?