Planning a trek to faraway places to capture those fabulous landscape shots? Luminous Landscape has an article for that. Bernard Languillier covers cold and warm weather, what to pack, shoes, tents, and other equipments.
The big news over at TechCrunch is that Google has invested $100+ million in social gaming behemoth Zynga. If you use Facebook and have played FarmVille, you know Zynga. Now Google wants you to play FarmVille and other games right on its own website as it prepares to launch Google Games later this year.
Professional photographers almost always post process their images. The pictures you see on their sites have been heavily processed to bring out the detail and colors in the images. Some spend hours (or even days) working on a single image. This post processing is perfectly legal and ethical for the most part, and absolutely necessary for pictures with bright highlights and dark shadows. In the latter case, a technique called HDR (High Dynamic Range) is essential. [Note that we are here talking about real HDR, not the “color-me-bright-with-candy-colors HDR” that is also a great technique and style, but does not result in a photograph that reflects the real scene as you shot it.]
HDR Expose is a 32-bit HDR Editing application for Adobe Lightroom and Apple Aperture that allows photographers to retain detail in the highlights, midtones and shadows. HDR Expose enables merging HDR images in 32-bits and also provides a
complete suite of color editing tools, allowing photographers to fully process
HDR images in a native 32-bit workflow without having to down sample the
image to 8 or 16-bits first.
If you have been taking pictures for some time, it is easy to forget how we all started into photography, a complete noob (newbie) who perhaps did not even know what the various knobs and buttons were on our spanking new camera and always asking for a more knowledgeable friend to “reset everything for me because I fooled around in the Menu and messed it all up.”
We look back to those days and shake our head. Then, someone at a dinner party table asks the inevitable question, “What are the 5 top tips to become a better photographer?” And you start with exposure, metering, ISO, … and find that you have totally lost your audience. They smile politely and steal furtive glances at one another to see if anyone else is understanding your technical mumbo jumbo.
You sit back, collect your thoughts, seize up your audience and start all over again: Continue Reading »
Imagine if you could see every picture everyone took in a 24-hour period. No, not just on one particular day like the New York Times did with A Moment in Time, which got everyone to take pictures last May 2, but every day. Imagine being able to choose a day and an exact time and see what others saw at that very instant in time, whether it was day or night, rain or shine, and, sadly, peace or war, abundance or hunger. This time will probably come as storage moves away from a physical memory card and onto the Cloud. When every click of the camera’s shutter sends a picture onto a “Twitter”-like account in the Cloud, humanity [and gleeful historians] will have an incredible worldview from every angle imaginable. That would be an incredible project.
But that time is not here yet.
Life in a Day
Meanwhile, YouTube is taking a step toward it with its “Life in a Day” project, dubbed as “a historic global experiment to create the world’s largest user-generated feature film: a documentary, shot in a single day, by you. On July 24, you have 24 hours to capture a glimpse of your life on camera. The most compelling and distinctive footage will be edited into an experimental documentary film, executive produced by Ridley Scott and directed by Kevin Macdonald.” In other words, what the NYT did with still pictures, YouTube is, appropriately, inviting you to do on video.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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! 😉