Sixty years after the iconic photo of an American Girl in Italy, by Ruth Orkin was taken, Ninalee Craig, now 83, has decided to speak up about the photo. She says that, despite what the photo may have conveyed, she was actually having “an absolutely wonderful time.”
She was only 22 at that time and was touring Europe alone when she met photographer Ruth Orkin. Together, they concocted the idea of filming the experience of visiting a foreign country alone. They took pictures for 2 hours on the streets of Florence and the iconic image was not staged, though Orkin did tell her to go back and walk down the street one more time.
A survey conducted by Bime gives an interesting peek at how Google is going about opening up access to Google+ — or perhaps in spite of its effort, through invites. The most surprising stats has to do with how students are now taking over the social network site, perhaps in an effort to distance themselves from parents and other unwanted “friends.” It also found that, though Google reached an impressive 25 million users less than 1 month after its launch, only 17% of these users are “active,” a mere 2.5 million people.
Google has its fingers in every pie, it seems, not content to stay with its core search offerings. “Learn With Google” is a site targeted to small businesses and features “All you need to know to grow.” It includes basic but important information for creating your business plan, learning about marketing, running AdWords to promote your business, etc. You get my drift: it is really a big infomercial for Google products and services. Even the URL gives you a hint it’s an ad: http://www.google.com/ads/learn/
So I’m not sure how much you’ll really learn about running a successful small business, but it is nevertheless choke full of information on how you can tie Google products and services into your small business, which seems to be really the purpose of the site (as all call to actions lead to these products/services) — and which is not a bad thing considering that you really kind of need to do these things.
Craig McMahon has created the Arch Rig Follow Focus System for DSLR [QuickPrice Check], a simple folow focus system that allows cinematographers to always maintain in-line sight with the action taking place, and thus allowing them to know when to pull focus. Note that because of the design, the Arch Rig is primarily meant for use with fixed-focal (Prime) lenses, though it may accomodate some zoom lenses.
The Arch Rig is a Lockable Follow Focus system designed for DSLR cinema production. The rig allows for tripod or jib mounting. The wide rig design is to maintain an improved peripheral sight leveling, thus increasing a leveled picture by 48% to 70% in handheld usage. The two upper handgrips are designed for fluid handheld low tracking, and great vertically plumb high low-moves.
The Arch Rig allows for in-line-sight focusing. Cinematographers can finally have control over their cameras without relying on assistants to pull focus for them. Because of the Arch Rig’s in-line-sight design, point and shoot is back for the operator’s view.
The rig fits Canon T2i, T3i, 60D, 7D, 5D, Panasonic GH2, Nikon D90 and others of similar size.
The Arch Rig comes with 3 Lens Levers for 180mm to 285mm circumferences (approx. 2 ½ – 3 5/16 across) lenses. Although the Arch Rig can work with many zoom lenses, it is primarily designed to work with fixed-focal (Prime) lenses. The rig comes with the standard size arch that accommodates standard DSLR height (without additional Battery Grip add-on).
Most of the rig is hand crafted and may have minor imperfections. The Rig has been designed from many years of movie production elements and excels in simplicity and durability. Camera, lens and any third party accessories pictured are not included with this rig.
How does Disney redesign a magical world? Apparently by borrowing some magic from iPads. The engineers at Disney (called “Imagineers”) take their design onsite on the iPad tas they visualize adding new attractions, restaurants and other guest areas that will make up the expansion to Fantasyland.
You’ll notice that though the Imagineers are not shy to call technology by its various names, such as Webex, they all to a person refuse to name the iPad, which they refer to as “tablet.”
In the video, you’ll see 3D imaging software running on a desktop and we don’t think that software runs on the iPad. The iPad simply does not have the power to run such 3D visualization software. Instead, snapshots of problem areas are transferred to the iPad and brought onsite to show the contractors where the problems are. Magical! (Is there a sarcasm emoticon?)
Anyone who have ever attempted a panorama featuring moving people knows that this is probably the most challenging aspect of panoramas. You either end up with lots of twins or even triplets — or ghosts (half people).
In this video, Richard Harrington over at Triple Exposure shares his technique of dealing with crowds and movement in a panorama.
You know you are in trouble when users have to ask what is it, what does it do different, how do I use it, and other questions about its usefulness. Unlike Flickr and Instagram where people jumped on the bandwagon as soon as they came out, it is not the case for Google Photovine. The name gives us a clue: like a vine, there is growth involved.
Google’s video says that Photovine is about helping people get to know each other better [don’t we know more than we’d ever want to know already?], about getting your “wonderful” snapshots discovered by the rest of the world [who presumably wants to discover them], about returning an image search based on a caption [each caption is potentially a new vine].
Wait a minute, Google! I see what you are trying to do here. Get us to caption our pictures properly so you can index them easier, sneaky, sneaky. Photovine is simply a giant photo indexing project online.
Of course, this is fraught with potential pitfalls. What if someone adds an inappropriate photo in your vine? Can a vine be private? Can’t we already get all related photos in a search? Who controls a vine? And how do my photos really get discovered when thousands of other photos crowd into the vine? And it simply looks like a lot of work.
But I know you’d want to give it a try, so download the app here.
BJP has published their review of the Canon EOS Rebel T3i / 600D digital SLR camera with 18MP resolution on a large APS-C CMOS image sensor, a large 3.0-in. high resolution (1.04 million dots) Vari-angle LCD display screen, ISO range of 100-6400 (expandable to 12,800), and Full HD Movie 1920×1080 at 24fps. It is targeted to Families, as well as beginner and serious amateur photographers.
ePHOTOzine has published their review of the Fujifilm FinePix XP20, a super-slim waterproof digital camera in a metal uni-body chassis with a tactile grip finish. The XP20 features 14.2MP resolution (1/2.3-in. CCD), 5x optical zoom (28-140mm equiv.), Sensor-shift image stabilization, a 6.9-cm (2.7-in.) LCD display screen (230k-dot), SR AUTO, Motion Panorama, and HD 720p movie 1280×720 pixels @ 30fps with monaural sound. Besides being waterproof down to 16.4 feet (5m), the XP20 is also shockproof from a fall of to 1.5m (4.9ft), freezeproof with temperatures down to -10°C (14°F) and dustproof.