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Social Media Done Right: Hoover Makes Autistic Boy’s Dream Come True

Mon March 24, 2014

Marcus Bartlett is very fond of vacuum cleaners and Hoover, often drawing vacuums in his high school media arts class. Teacher Kathy Howlett thought the drawings were too beautiful to stay hidden and so she sent four of them to Hoover. Luckily, Hoover has a social media manager who knew a good thing when he saw it:

“We thought it was great. We wanted to do something really cool for Marcus in return.”

Since Marcus wrote that he wanted to be a famous artist someday, Hoover decided to start a media campaign to encourage its consumers to print out an image of the drawing, hang it up, then snap a picture and post it to its Facebook or as a tweet (tag it #hooverusa). Result: Marcus’s artwork is now posted on refrigerators, office cubicles and high school lockers all over the world.

You can download a pdf of the drawing here.

via cbc.ca

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The Leica Oskar Barnack Award announces addition of first-ever “public award”

Thu March 20, 2014

Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2014: Vote on I-SHOT-IT.COM

Solms, Germany (March 2014) – The Leica Oskar Barnack Award announces the addition of a third category: the first-ever “public award,” in honor of 100 years of Leica photography. The winner of this category will walk away with a cash prize of 2,500 euros, and will be selected by the public, who can vote for free online at www.i-shot-it.com, the world’s leading website for photography competitions. Voting takes place April 1 – 30 and those who vote online will be entered in a raffle to win Leica compact cameras.

In celebration of 100 years of Leica photography, Leica Camera is honoring Oskar Barnack – the pioneer of photography who invented and constructed the first successful Leica camera – by doubling the cash prizes for his photography competition. The winner of the main category of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award will receive a cash prize of 10,000 euros and Leica M-System equipment valued at 10,000 euros. A second winner in the newcomer category, for entrants under age 25, will be awarded a cash prize of 5,000 euros, as well as a Leica rangefinder camera and lens.

From more than 2,500 entries, the members of the international jury have selected a shortlist that can now be viewed on www.leica-oskar-barnack-award.com. All three awards will be presented in the course of the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie photography festival held in Arles, France, July 7-13, 2014. A special issue of LFI magazine in July will present the winners and finalists along their work.


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New Samsung NX Mini SMART Camera: The World’s Slimmest and Lightest Interchangeable-Lens Camera

Wed March 19, 2014

The Samsung NX Mini is a new style of mirrorless camera from Samsung, playing on the successes of its connected, SMART point-and-shoot models with the added benefit of interchangeable lenses. Targeted towards a consumer seeking a sleek compact camera that will function as a compliment to their mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets, the NX Mini places emphasis on portability and image quality. The new NX-M lens mount introduces 3 new lenses, a 9mm pancake lens, 9-27mm zoom lens and a 17mm lens to cover a range of focal lengths. In addition, the NX Mini can also accept NX Lenses for Samsung other interchangeable lens cameras via an adapter. It will be available in 5 colors, including white, black, brown, mint green, and pink. It will be available in April for $449, including the 9mm lens, or $549, including the 9-27mm lens and an external flash.

This video presents “[Samsung SMART CAMERA NX mini] Official Commercial.”

  • Weighing in at 158g and measuring only 22.5mm thin, the new Samsung NX mini is the world’s slimmest & lightest interchangeable lens camera.*
  • But don’t let the size fool you.
    • Packed with a 20.5MP BSI CMOS Sensor, a flip-up display, and Tag&go (NFC/WiFi) that uploads photos directly to your mobile devices or favorite social networks, the NX mini is truly a camera that’s small in size and big on picture quality.

*March 19, 2014, Result of Samsung internal research.

“Carry the Style, Capture the Best. Samsung SMART CAMERA NXmini”

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‘Carry the Style, Capture the Best’ with the new Samsung NX mini SMART Camera

Leading a new ‘Selfie’ trend, shoot outstanding images in style with the world’s slimmest interchangeable-lens camera

RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J. – March 18, 2014 – Samsung Electronics America, Inc. announced today the launch of the NX mini, the world’s slimmest and lightest interchangeable-lens camera. The portable and stylish design of the SMART Camera NX mini, along with its stunning image quality makes it the “go-to” device for great photography, allowing users to capture special moments in stunning detail. With NFC and Wi-Fi capabilities, it allows users to take impressive shots that can then be shared quickly and easily, for friends to enjoy in real time.

“The NX mini has both style and substance, perfect for trendsetters looking for a fun way to capture their life in outstanding photo quality,” said Myoung Sup Han, Executive Vice President and Head of the Imaging Business Team at Samsung Electronics. “Samsung introduced the first flip up touch display camera in 2011 as a leader of the selfie trend, and has designed the device in response to evolving consumer demands. This approach is exemplified by the NX mini, with features such as a 3.0-inch Flip up Display and wide angle lens exclusively designed to address the global passion for selfies. Its lightweight design also means that it can slip in a pocket, for photography anywhere and everywhere.”



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Nokia Refocus Camera App Released for Lumia Smartphone

Wed March 19, 2014

The Nokia Refocus camera app allows you to shift the focus after you have taken the photo, similar to what the Lytro camera does. The big difference is that, unlike the Lytro which basically is a hardware implementation with software to back it up, the Refocus camera app works by simply taking several different images at different depths of field when you press the shutter release button on your phone. When you then click on the image to select where you want to reposition focus, the app (software) simply select one of the images which have the object you clicked in sharp focus. It’s a clever implementation and avoids the costly physical implementation of the Lytro.

Read more at: phys.org.

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Me & My Leica X Photo Contest’s Winners: 10 for X Vario & 10 for X Prime

Wed March 19, 2014

This is an update to the previous blog, “Me & My Leica X” Photo Contest: Upload Your Leica X Photos Before Midnight, February 28, 2014.

Here are the 20 winners of the Me & My Leica X Photo Contest.

LEICA X VARIO

LEICA X VARIO

10 Winners Using the Leica X Vario Camera:


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Did Hungary Just Outlaw Street Photography?

Tue March 18, 2014

From 15 March, the expanded law on consent now includes the taking of photographs and their publication. Hungary’s photographers call the new civil law vague and obstructive, and that it is tantamount of outlawing taking pictures without the permission of everyone who is identifiable in the photograph and who are not waving in protest, nor trying to hide or run out of shot. Suspicion is that it will also make it impossible to photograph police without first obtaining their permission.

Read the article at: theguardian.

via @NewbiePhoto

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Vintage Selfies

Sun March 16, 2014

Selfies may seem like a recent fad, but long before modern celebrities obsessed with themselves and a U.S. President snapped one, selfies have been a staple diet of famous and not so famous personalities for many years past. Case in point, these vintage photos of a general, an artist, an ex-President of the U.S., an astronaut, a singer, etc. show that given a camera and a mirror, a selfie is snapped.

View the slide show at: abcnews.

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The Ultimate Shooting Perch

Sun March 16, 2014

Imagine being able to shoot from a perch way, way, waaaay up in the sky — some 250 miles up — seated in a cramped but otherwise out of this world cupola, camera and long lens in your hands.

This is NASA astronaut and flight engineer Chris Cassidy sitting in the Cupola of the International Space Station taking aim at the Earth below with a Nikon DSLR and 400mm lens attached.

I can’t imagine a better shooting perch, with windows every which way you look. It’s surreal looking at the astronaut in T-shirt and shorts. Of course, since everything is weightless and floats in the ISS, the camera and long lens are not heavy.

How many cameras do they use on the ISS? Lots, judging by the following pictures and video:

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NASA on Flickr – Real ‘Gravity’ Space Photos

Sat March 15, 2014

The Gravity movie has generated lots of interest on space missions. However, as Hollywood would have it, it is over-dramatized and no astronauts could survive accidents of the sort depicted in the movie.

Not to be outdone by — and taking advantage of — the interest and popularity of the movie, NASA has posted “Real-Life Images from Space” on Flickr for our enjoyment.

Visit our Featured Site: ‘Gravity’ – NASA’s Real-Life Images from Space.

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