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You are not Bono

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More and more photographers, photo editors, and all sorts of experts in the field of photography are turning to public speaking as one of the platforms in reaching out. There’s something that can be said about being heard. Scott Berkun, in his blog, wants to land you a fistful of reminders if you’re someone who’s about to go on stage and mentally engage a group of people, first of which, is to tell you bluntly that you are not Bono.

Great tips!

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July 1, 2011 at 1:11 PM

All about Andy Baio’s pixel art

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Neven Mrgan:

I can’t comment with any credibility on the legal issues involved in Andy Baio’s problems with the Kind of Bloop album cover, but I must address one assumption I’m seeing in comments on the story: That cover is NOT the original photo, downsampled. It’s a hand-crafted, precisely drawn interpretation of the source. Anyone who’s ever seriously put pixels to screen will tell you that this is an actual artistic method, one with its own challenges, tricks, and yes, an aesthetic.

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June 23, 2011 at 10:04 PM

If you’re in New York City …

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Go see Anton Kawasaki, a.k.a. “that guy with crutches”:

Anton will be talking about his iPhone photos, processes and techniques at the SoHo Apple Store in NYC on Friday, June 24th, 2011 at 7 PM.

Apple Store SoHo:

Since the introduction of the iPhone, Anton Kawasaki has been taking up-close and personal photos that capture intimate moments of New Yorkers on the street. Join him for a special discussion, moderated by iPhoneographer Sion Fullana, and see Anton’s recent work, get valuable tips for taking photos with an iPhone—his camera of choice—and learn about ways to reach a wider audience.

Who is he?

Anton has been an editor, writer, comic book store owner, and much more. He is also a music junkie, Apple Inc. devotee, and soy chai latte addict.  Anton has gotten lots of recognition for his NYC street photography (which he takes exclusively with his iPhone). His work has been featured in published magazines, online sites, and photo exhibitions, and he was recently a winner of the “Ten Best Ten” photo contest that included over 10,000 entries.

By the way, Anton will have a solo Hipstamatic exhibitions that will surely be worth watching out for in San Francisco and New York later this year.

Kind of Bloop: A kind of an album art idea

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Andy Biao wrote on Waxy:

If you feel like it, you’re still welcome to buy digital copies of Kind of Bloop (without the cover art) at kindofbloop.com. Donations can be made to the EFF, and you’ll get a rad 8-bit shirt for joining. And if you have any ideas for an alternate album cover that won’t land me in court, bring it on!

How about using all of the same exact pixels from the album art in question but moving them about in a totally different arrangement to create a radically different new image? Rising out of the ashes, so to speak? Or, are all the pixels, as a whole, copyrighted?

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June 23, 2011 at 2:20 PM

Doing it in the dark

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Dave Johnson of PC World (syndicated on Macworld) whipped up a bunch of excellent tips on taking pictures at night.

Darkness is kryptonite to your photos—all cameras thrive on light. As the sun sets, your camera craves slower shutter speeds (which lead to blurry photos) or demands the flash (which creates harsh lighting up close and does nothing for subjects that are farther away).

If you gotta do it in the dark, at least take heed and let Dave Johnson’s advise help you get it right.

In addition, here are a couple of tips that might help too.

  • Take the time to learn and then play around with your camera’s full manual controls (if this option is available). Get off the auto mode or the aperture-priority or the shutter-priority mode, or even the low-light and night modes. The ability to manually determine the exposure with the right combination of aperture, shutter speed, and ISO can yield (surprisingly) interesting images. Doing this takes a little bit more than pointing and shooting, but you’ll most likely get far better results if you’re in total control of the in-camera settings.
  • One accessory that is almost essential in night or low-light shooting is a tripod. Get one of these from your friendly neighborhood camera or gadget-and-gizmo store. A tripod will give you the ability to perform long exposures that will let more light in while keeping your camera steady. And with a tripod, you’d be able to do a couple more things that will result in far more interesting images.

And, as they say, practice makes perfect!

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June 23, 2011 at 10:04 AM

Is a new picture revolution truly upon us?

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Something is going on in the field of photography. A new kind of science in the magic of visuals, both in principle and philosophy, is about to come out of a lab and into your hands. It will be in the form of a new camera that can do what is being touted as the “digital light field photography.”

What is the science of light field photography?

The light field is a core concept in imaging science, representing fundamentally more powerful data than in regular photographs. The light field fully defines how a scene appears. It is the amount of light traveling in every direction through every point in space – it’s all the light rays in a scene. Conventional cameras cannot record the light field.

What can light field photography do for you?

The way we communicate visually is evolving rapidly, and people’s expectations are changing in lockstep. Light field cameras offer astonishing capabilities. They allow both the picture taker and the viewer to focus pictures after they’re snapped, shift their perspective of the scene, and even switch seamlessly between 2D and 3D views. With these amazing capabilities, pictures become immersive, interactive visual stories that were never before possible – they become living pictures.

Ren Ng, Founder and CEO of Lytro on turning the concept of light field photography into reality:

We have something special here. Our mission is to change photography forever, making conventional cameras a thing of the past. Humans have always had a fundamental need to share our stories visually, and from cave paintings to digital cameras we have been on a long search for ways to make a better picture. Light field cameras are the next big step in that picture revolution.

If your head isn’t spinning yet, and you’ve grown marvelously curious in drilling into the core science of it all, you can download and peruse the awesome dissertation from a direct link at Lytro’s website that Ren Ng submitted in 2006 to the Department of Computer Science and the Committee on Graduate Studies of Stanford University “in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.” Clearly, this is where the new imaging science had its genesis.

And now, for that all-important question: What is the art that this science is making possible?

A flickering of daily pictures

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It’s all in every day’s work: the pictures and their captions. Take a look. And if you like it, be sure to let me know.

Oh, by the way, the pictures also tumbles here, day in and day out.

Please feel free to share, and thanks!

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