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Stanford University Pioneers the Bookless Library

Thu July 8, 2010

We know it’s inevitable, that one day, brick-and-mortar libraries as we know — end enjoy — them will be gone, replaced by a virtual online library that can be accessed anywhere, anytime, with books downloadable onto our computers or tablets. The Stanford University’s Engineering school may be entering such an era of bookless libraries.

According to the head of the library, Helen Josephine, it makes sense for the publications to be online: there are no printing costs, a shorter time delay before authors see their articles get published, and a much easier time for students to quickly run a digital search rather than thumbing through indexes.

Seem to me like we are slowly but inexorably entering an online world where paper, at long last, will have lost its hold on us, be it in the form of books or, dare we say it, photographs that we hang on our walls.

Read the article at: FastCompany.

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Nikon To Enter the Mirrorless DSLR Category

Thu July 8, 2010

Will they or won’t they? Nikon has been coy with its intentions to enter the growing Digital Interchangeable Lens (DIL, aka mirrorless DSLR) category, first filing patents for such cameras, then announcing that they have postponed the decision to design and make these cameras, and now suddenly leaking the news that they may introduce one with enhanced movie mode as early as this fiscal year (which ends March 2011). Apparently, this latest news comes directly from Nikon Corp. President Makoto Kimura.

Will Nikon’s DIL challenge the popular micro Four Thirds cameras from Panasonic and Olympus? Canon remains the only major camera manufacturer we haven’t heard from yet on this issue.

Read the article at: Bloomberg.

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Heat Wave Photo Galleries

Wed July 7, 2010

A heat wave is defined as temperatures of 32°C (89.6°F) or above for 3 consecutive days (though there is no universally agreed definition).

Here are a number of photo galleries that show how people around the world are coping:

  • Canada: 1 | 2 | 3
  • US: 1
  • China: 1 | 2 | 3
  • Around the world: 1
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How To Recognize A Drowning Person

Wed July 7, 2010

Summer is here and many of us will be spending time at the pool, cottage lake or beach, waterproof camera a the ready. But, can you recognize the signs of a drowning person? Don’t be so sure. We have lots of assumptions gained from watching movies — but they miss out on the most telling sign of all: A drowning person often does not look like he or she is drowning.

This is probably the most important article you can read today, written by Mario Vittone who has nineteen years of combined military service in the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard and writes and lectures on maritime safety. It is short and you’ll finish it in less than 5 minutes.

When you think that many parents stare at their drowning child without realizing what is happening, you owe it to yourself to read the article.

Read the article at: Mario Vittone.

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Build an Agency-Worthy Portfolio

Wed July 7, 2010

If you are thinking of going pro, getting an agency to represent you and help you get jobs may be a wise move. Frederic Wiggins shares his “My Journey to Build an Agency-Worthy Portfolio” and how to build a portfolio worthy of agency representation within a year.

Read the article at: Black Star Rising.

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The Economist Gets Caught Altering Cover News Photo

Wed July 7, 2010

When will editors learn their lessons: do not, under any circumstances, alter news photos!!!

The latest casualty of digital manipulation is the otherwise esteemed British news magazine, The Economist, which in its June 19 edition brazenly altered “for the sake of design” a photo of President Obama visiting an affected Louisiana beach. Where the original photo by Larry Downing of Reuters shows the President bending down to listen to a local representative, Charlotte Randolph, the photoshopped version seems to depict a dejected and depressed Obama with his head down.

I say, blame Photoshop and its Content-Aware Fill feature! ;)

Read the article and view the photos at: PDN.

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Green Screens: Free Film Event on the Environment

Tue July 6, 2010

If you are interested in the environment, Green Screens will entertain and inform you for free at NFB cinema, Toronto, Ontario, on Wednesday, July 7, 7 pm.

For more info, please check out www.sweetloveable.com

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The Changing Landscape of Pro Photography

Tue July 6, 2010

With affordable DSLRs that can now capture images that previously required pro cameras to do so, professional photographers face a changing market in which amateur photographers are systematically encroaching into. The latter offer their images at a fraction of the cost without worrying about regulations.

A nationwide survey organised by the British Photographic Council highlights these challenges from amateur photographers, and also fingers out copyright infringers and overzealous police officers as additional worries for pro photographers.

Read the full article and survey results at: BJP.

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Successful Travel Photography

Tue July 6, 2010

Travel and food photographer Kathryn Wagner shares five tips for successfully shooting a travel assignment.

[ via Black Star Rising ]

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