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CSSgram Brings Instagram Filters to Your Browser, Leica X-U Leak! {Daily Roundup}

By Anthony Thurston on November 22nd 2015

Welcome to our roundup series where we will hit on several gear news and rumor topics each day. This gives you a chance to get caught up on all of the day’s news and rumors in one place. Make sure to check back daily for the latest gear news, rumors, and announcements.

CSSgram, Instagram Filters In Your Browser

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Have you ever wanted to use some Instagram filters, but found yourself too lazy to load up Instagram or go through the process of getting a photo off your computer and onto your phone? I actually haven’t, but if you have, then this could be a godsend for you.

As the website states, CSSgram is a tiny CSS library for recreating Instagram filters using CSS filters and blend modes. Una Kravets, CSSgram’s Texas-based developer, says that “Simply put, CSSgram is a library for editing your images with Instagram-like filters directly in CSS.

She goes on to describe how it all works, “What we’re doing here is adding filters to the images as well as applying color and/or gradient overlays via various blending techniques to mimic these effects. This means less manual image processing and more fun filter effects on the web!

CSSgram is currently supported by all major browsers (including Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Opera) with only Internet Explorer being left out. But let’s be honest, if you are still using IE you have bigger problems than how to add Instagram effects to your images.

I don’t see a ton of professionals using filters on the images that they upload to Instagram; that said, for the amateur crowd or Instagram junkies, this could be a fun and easy way to recreate some of your favorite Instagram pics for use outside of Instagram.

If you would like more details on CSSgram, or if you would like to try it out, you can head on over to their website here.

Leica X-U Leaks Online

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It seems that Leica will continue its string of 2015 announcements with the addition of this rumored X-U, a rugged underwater camera that is fairly far outside the realm of normal Leica announcements.

According to the Leica Rumors report, the camera is expected to be announced before the end of 2015, though no availability was mentioned. Given the proximity to Christmas and the end of the year, I would think an early 2016 availability is most likely. You can find the rumored specs below:

  • Waterproof to 15m / 49ft
  • Shockproof up to 1.22m / 4ft drop
  • 35mm f/1.7 ASPH lens with manual focusing ring
  • Built-in flash
  • Anti-skidding rubber armoring for better grip
  • Made in Germany

No pricing was mentioned, though given the manufacturer, you can be almost assured this will run for many thousands of dollars.

Leica seems to be throwing a lot of new things at the wall and waiting to see what sticks. I will be curious to see if there is much of a market for such an expensive underwater camera. Regardless, we should see more details within the next month if this rumor is correct. Stay tuned.

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Family Photo Tips!

Many families around the country will be gathering together this week for Thanksgiving celebrations, and for a good many of them, this is also time for the yearly family photo and holiday card snap.

Below I found a fun video for getting the most out of these family photo ops.

What are your thoughts on today’s roundup? What news/rumors did we miss? What would you like to see covered in future roundups? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Ralph Hightower

    Is the Leica X-U a rangefinder?

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  2. Stephen Glass

    Love this series.

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  3. John Cavan

    Interesting design choice by Leica on the flash location… Looks like a good choice for the underwater work, but less useful outside that I would think unless that lens has very good macro capability.

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