September 14, 2013

Enfojer: A portable smartphone photographic enlarger

It’s sort of the anti-Instagram: Deliberately slow, old-school image-making, but augmented with one’s smartphone.

From the Kickstarter Indiegogo page:

Enfojer bridges almost 200 years of photographic history, from the first camera to the most recent hybrid camera phones that made photography ubiquitous. It is our hope and desire that with this little gadget we preserve the old art of photo development and help you, and you, and you rediscover the magic that happens in a darkroom.

[Vimeo]

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Why don’t more camera companies license this tech?

I just bought a Canon 70D largely on the promise of finally capturing good-looking video thanks to its new autofocus prowess. Unfortunately noise from the lens (a 24-70mm L series) is very audible (here’s a bit I just recorded). I suspect the problem is common to other cameras/lenses, though I’d welcome suggestions about quieter glass.

In the course of researching how I might nuke this crap via Adobe Audition, I stumbled upon the oddly named VideoZizzle, technology that profiles lens noise & scrubs it from recordings. Here’s an unglamorous but effective little demo:

It seems the tech has been around for a while, and while I’m disappointed that it apparently isn’t integrated into my camera, hope springs eternal that it or something similar will proliferate.

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