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Canon SD4500 IS / IXUS 1000 HS Review @ Imaging Resource

Thu March 10, 2011

Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS / IXUS 1000 HS

Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS / IXUS 1000 HS

The PowerShot SD4500IS is a sleek and slender long zoom that should appeal to the casual point-and-shooter.

We’ve added a new Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS / IXUS 1000 HS [QuickPrice Check] Review to our Reviews Matrix.

Imaging Resource has posted their review of the Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS / IXUS 1000 HS, a compact ultra zoom digital camera with 10MP resolution (1/2.3-in. High-Sensitivity CMOS), 10x optical zoom (36-360mm equiv.) with fast F2.0 maximum aperture, optical image stabilization, 3.0-in. LCD (230k-dot), Smart Auto, PASM, Scene Modes, Color Accent, Color Swap, Fisheye effect, Miniature effect, High-Speed Burst of approx. 8.8fps (at reduced resolution), Full HD 1920 x 1080 at 24 fps, and Super Slow Motion Movie at 240fps.

You can read the Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS / IXUS 1000 HS Review at: Imaging Resource.

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Olympus E-PL2 Review @ Imaging Resource

Thu March 10, 2011

Olympus E-PL2

Olympus E-PL2

Where the Contrast detection-based autofocus system on past models was slow [...], the AF on the E-PL2 is smooth, fast, and responsive.

We’ve added another Olympus PEN E-PL2 [QuickPrice Check] Review to our Reviews Matrix.

Imaging Resource has published their review of the Olympus E-PL2, a compact “mirrorless” Digital Interchangeable Lens (DIL) camera. The E-PL2 features 12.3MP resolution (on a large 17.3 x 13.0 mm Live MOS sensor), sensor-shift image stabilization to help reduce camera shake, a direct HD Movie button, a 3.0-in. LCD display screen (460k-dot), a built-in pop-up flash, Art Filters, Scene Modes, and a Live Guide that simplifies exposure adjustments without having to know the technical lingo — all in a compact and light body. It comes with a the new Movie & Still Compatible (MSC) ED m14-42mm f3.5/5.6 zoom lens (28mm-84mm equivalent) which features a high-speed, silent autofocus during still shooting and high definition (HD) video capture.

Read the Olympus E-PL2 Review at: Imaging Resource.

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Videos

Passive Protest Turns Ads Into Art

Thu March 10, 2011

ZEIGER from █▀██▄█▀▀█ on Vimeo.

Fed up with the growing number of projected moving ads in their Berlin subway station, a group of [artists] decided to fight back in a non-destructive way using minimally invasive ad-busting devices made of mirrors, magnets and, of course, duct tape. Those contraptions do not look like they are not going to stay up long and may fall on passers-by.


Videos

Discovery’s Final Mission in Pictures

Thu March 10, 2011


From NASAtelevision

The era of the space shuttle is over and the pictures and video are all that remain of that time. Universe Today showcases some of the most beautiful images from Discovery’s final mission to the Internation Space Station (ISS). The ISS itself is a hodgepodge of international technology that demonstrates what we can achieve when we work together.

View the images at: Universe Today.


Articles, Fun Stuff

The Future of Google

Thu March 10, 2011

I just had an epiphany. No, not an epileptic seizure. And, I am not talking about the religious festival called by the same name or a vision. No, I am talking about a sudden intuition [why didn't you just say so?] about Google and its future.

I have been busy taking a University of Ottawa degree for the past 8 months [yeah, explains lots of things about the freshness of the site, right?] and almost every project and presentation I did included a Google product in one form or another: Google Earth, Google Street View, Blogger, Google Docs, etc. I just don’t know what I would have done without Google! I am about to graduate, so thank you, Google!

What’s the intuition? That Google is about to be in every nook and cranny of our lives.

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Videos

Take A Tour of A Lexar Manufacturing Facility

Thu March 10, 2011


From LexarMediaInc

How is your Lexar memory card made? It’s all incredibly automated. Take a factory tour with this video.

Here are some trivia:

  • The clean room is 100x cleaner than a hospital operating room. [Don't you think hospital operating rooms should be that clean?]
  • It takes more than one month to make a memory chip.
  • Each wafer goes through more than 800 processes.
  • It’s 24x7x365.
  • Manufactured in USA, assembled in Asia. [How about that?]
  • Yes, those orange filaments around the chip are solid gold threads.
  • Each final product is assembled and tested by hand before shipped.
  • The final packaging in boxes for shipping is surprisingly so manual.

How did they film this video? Some of the footage almost looks like it was a CGI work, especially the part where the camera zooms (or travels) between narrow spaces for a long distance.

source professionalphotographer


Featured Site

Spectacularly Beautiful Sun Plasma Photo

Thu March 10, 2011

Featured Site:

AvertedImagination

AvertedImagination

How about this for an out-of-this-world photography? Alan Friedman uses his Little Big Man 90mm hydrogen alpha telescope connected to a Mac to take some seriously spectacular pictures of the… Sun. The “camera” (image sensor) is a Point Grey Research Scorpion camera. His setup is not for the faint of heart.

Click on thumbnail to visit Alan Friedman‘s site.

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Articles

Use Metacognition To Become A Better Photographer

Thu March 10, 2011

Before you turn away in disgust at another use of a fancy word, consider that “metacognition” is a big word today in our schools. This means that our kids are being taught everyday about it and how it will help them succeed in life. So shouldn’t you and I also take a few minutes to find out what it’s all about and why it’s so important?

Metacognition is defined many ways, but the one terminology we are interested in is this one: “thinking about thinking.” We might also say, “learning about learning,” “knowing about knowing” or simply “being aware of my thinking and learning process.” Compare this to “metadata,” defined as “data about data”: in our camera, metadata is the data [EXIF info: aperture, shutter speed, etc.] about the data [the light intensities recorded] in our pictures.

You use metacognition all the time. When you are aware that you do not know something, you are using metacognition. When you tell yourself you need to get help with a project, you are using metacognition. When you realize you’re not as good with portraits as you are with landscapes, you are using metacognition. When you finally, grudgingly admit that “ït’s not the camera, but the shmuck behind it that makes the photograph,” you are using metacognition.

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Featured Site

Sleeper Photography

Thu March 10, 2011

Featured Site: Naomi Leshem – Sleeper's Series

Naomi Leshem - Sleeper's Series

Naomi Leshem - Sleeper's Series

In Street Photography we take pictures of people going about their daily business unaware that we are photographing them, capturing and preserving a slice of their lives on celluloid, oops, I mean image sensor. But how do you call this kind of photography when that venue is the bedroom, the subjects are teenagers [photographed with their consent], and the time is when they are in deep [dream] sleep? Naomi Leshem refers to it as her “Sleepers series,” capturing a slice of their dream “lives.”

View the Sleepers Series at: Naomi Leshem.

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10 O'Clock Smile, Fun Stuff, Videos

10 O’Clock Break: What If… Cats Had Thumbs?

Thu March 10, 2011

If we dare to admit it to ourselves, we don’t know what our cats do all day at home while we’re away at the office. If you let your cat roam outside freely [oh, perish the thought], you really don’t know where they go as they disappear discreetly after breakfast and mysteriously reappears at supper time. The only thing, it seems, keeping our aloof cats from taking over our planet is their lack of… thumbs. So implies this funny video:

Cravendale – Cats with Thumbs from Visually Pithy on Vimeo.

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Videos

Joel Meyerowitz, Street Photographer

Thu March 10, 2011

“The photographer was a guy named Robert Frank…” from Olivier Laurent on Vimeo.

In this video, award-winning photographer Joel Meyerowitz talks about working for Robert Frank and taking his own first steps as a street photographer. The sound is, unfortunately, not the best.

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