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The folks at Sony have come up with an ingenious method of securing our mobile devices from theft or unauthorized use. They’re developing a new finger vein authentication technology, called mofiria, that could effectively lock up our laptops & cellphones and keep them safe from intruders… only to be unlocked by an near-infrared scan (via a CMOS sensor) of the veins in our finger! This Mofiria technique uses a unique method where a CMOS sensor captures scattered light inside the finger veins. The vein pattern is extracted from the captured image and data from this pattern is compressed to store…

Editors Note: Photography and Backpacking | From Luminous Landscape was originally written by James Chow for Luminous Landscape and has been reproduced with permission. Photography and Backpacking The main advantages of backpacking are not only to get away from the crowds, but also to see rare or unique scenery one can’t find near the road. Everyone has seen and photographed the common sights near the road in national parks. Some parks are more conducive to photography near the road (e.g., Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Teton) while others have very few access roads (Sequoia, Olympic). There is a slightly different approach to photography while backpacking, though. You have to…

Not many companies can boast that sort of longevity. And, to celebrate this milestone, the German paper manufacturer is presenting The Hahnemuhle 425th Anniversary Photo Award Contest. The open international competition (themed For Originals) invites photographers to present their unique visions of people, objects and moods from the most original perspective possible. Submissions will be accepted until June 30, 2009. Hahnemuhle will be awarding non-cash prizes, in several categories, worth €36,000. Winning entries will also become part of the prestigious Hahnemuhle Anniversary Collection, a travelling exhibition scheduled for hanging in the major photo capitals around the world.

At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Canon had a new lineup of camcorders to unveil and, with 5 new High Def  & 5 Standard Def camcorders set to hit the market, they’re making sure they’ve covered all their bases for 2009. In addition to Canon’s core imaging technologies, these newest to the family include some new features for enhanced image quality and added flexibility. A new image processor (DIGIC DV III) is featured in select VIXIA models along with 8.0 Megapixel photo capture, Video Snapshot Mode, Genuine Canon Face Detection Technology, and an advanced Auto Exposure system round out…

Editors Note: Cataloguing – A Work Flow | From Luminous Landscape was originally written by Michael Reichmann for Luminous Landscape and has been reproduced with permission. Cataloguing – A Work Flow In earlier articles I looked at issues related to the storage and archiving of the vast size and number of digital files created, both when we scan film and when we shoot digitally. But there is another aspect that bears examination, and that’s file organization and naming. I haven’t done a hard count, but I’d guess that over the past year I’ve shot about 15,000 frames. Without a consistent filing system…

The next generation of Epson Stylus Pro level large-fromat printers have arrived — and they’re as impressive as the hype surrounding them. The 24″ Stylus Pro 7900 & the 44″ Stylus Pro 9900 both combine the existing MicroPiezo TFP™ print head with the new Epson 10-colour UltraChrome® HDR (high dynamic range) pigment ink system – effectively delivering a higher level of print quality, increased performance (with speeds almost twice as fast as previous models), and the widest colour gamut ever from Epson Stylus Pro printers. So, what’s so new about the HDR inks? Well for starters, all-new orange and green…

No, that’s not a typo. This bad boy really sports 60 Megapixels (60.5, to be exact). It hasn’t hit the shelves yet (late 2008 is what’s been announced), but the new P65+ from Phase one will be the first full frame 645 medium format camera system and digital back. The P65+ has a sensor measuring 40.4 X 53.9mm, which means 20% greater coverage than some previously announced full frames – which, as it turned out, were still sporting a 36 x 48mm sensor. This means 20% higher resolution for the same pixel density, and the ability to utilize existing and…

Acumem is the new kid on the high-end memory cards block that’s exclusively available from Vistek. They have the same exemplary quality and endure the same testing standards as their higher-priced counterparts, but they don’t share the same sticker shock. AND – on top of a lifetime warranty for the card, itself – you can archive your images (the number of images varies based on which card you own) for up to 30 years. The card actually comes  pre-loaded with software to connect you to the Swiss Picture Bank site, where your archived images are kept. Sweet! Varying formats and…

Well, it’s been 2 years since Nikon gave us the D80. And now… amidst much speculation and rumour, along comes the Nikon D90.  This is a camera that will appeal to everyone, from the first-time DSLR user to the serious amateur wanting more in-depth photographic control but without the cost and weight of a D300. While the D90 seems to have some nifty new bells & whistles, it’s more of an update than a full-on replacement. The most exciting and talked about bell (or whistle, depending on how you view these things) is the fact that it’s the world’s first…

If you’re going to pick up the new Nikon D90, you’ll most certainly be interested in the new AF-S 18-105 f3.5-5.6 DX VR lens. Designed to go hand-in-hand with the D90, this DX-format, high-power 5.8x zoom lens has a 35mm format focal length equivalent of roughly 28-160mm. Useful in a broad range of shooting settings (from wide-angle landscapes and interiors to portraits and medium-range sports), it features a built-in Silent Wave Motor, giving you speedy & accurate autofocus while keeping you stealthy & unobtrusive. The built-in Vibration Reduction lets you take sharper handheld pictures while you shoot at shutter speeds…