Posts Published in March 2010

3-Year-Old’s Photos on Display in SF

The San Francisco Chronicle has a neat story about Ruby Ellenby, a 3-year-old photographer who is celebrating her first photography exhibition. 22 of her photographs are mounted as 8×10 prints on the walls of Moshi Moshi restaurant in San Francisco.

Here’s a sampling of Ruby’s work:

Ruby’s parents, Peter and Jeanne Ellenby, are both photographers specializing in music photography.

She has a personal website too, which includes a gallery of her photos. On the about page, she writes,

I’m Ruby and I’m three and a half.
My mom and dad didn’t help me take these photos. I do it all by myself.
They do let me use their cameras. I took these pictures with a Nikon Coolpix, an iPhone and a Vtech kid’s camera.
I hope you enjoy the pictures that I made for you.

If you’re in the San Francisco area, Ruby’s work will be only display through April at Moshi Moshi.

Image credits: Photographs by Ruby and Peter Ellenby and used with permission

Dress Shirt with Built-In Microfiber Cloth

I don’t know about you, but I often find myself wiping off the LCD on my DSLR or point-and-shoot with my clothes. The unseemly but common practice of wiping gadgets with clothes is exactly what FIFT, a husband and wife design team in Japan, had in mind when they designed the ‘Wipe Shirt’.

This practical (but probably unfashionable) button down shirt has microfiber built into either the cuff or the shirttail, and allows you to clean your gadgets (and glasses) as you naturally would:

While cleaning your LCD screen might be perfect for this unique shirt, you probably wouldn’t want to touch anything more sensitive (i.e. your lens) with this, despite it being microfiber.

You can buy it for yourself or as a gift for ¥13,650 (~$148.5) straight from Japan.

(via Engadget)

SnapKnot Offers Visual Browsing of Local Wedding Photographers

SnapKnot is a new service that aims to make it easy to search for and compare local wedding photographers.

Wedding photographers can list themselves on the website by creating a “SnapKnot”, which is a widget-style box containing such things as sample photographs, company name, years of experience, professional affiliations, price range, and location. These SnapKnots are then displayed on the main page and can be filtered by location and price range.

Photographers that interest you can be bookmarked by adding them to a private “My SnapKnots” page with a single click.

Launched just over a month ago, the service currently has just under 400 photographers listed, and aims to have 1000 listed by this summer.

Check it out and let us know what you think! Does this service hit the nail on the head for wedding photography?

13 Gigapixel Photo on a 22 Megapixel Interactive Display Wall

Students at the University of Tromso in Norway have created an interactive display wall using 28 separate projectors, which creates a 7168×3072, or 22 megapixel, display. Interactive with the display simply involves placing your hands in front of it. Touching the display itself is not necessary, and multitouch is supported. What better way to demonstrate the capabilities of such a system than zooming through a gigapixel photograph?

Gigapixel images are great, but navigating them on a regular sized display through a slow web browser isn’t such a great experience. This video shows how we navigate a 13.3 gigapixel image of Tromsø, Norway on a 22 megapixel display wall, using a custom, camera-based multi-touch interface and a custom system for high-performance navigation and visualization of high-resolution datasets.

Here’s an amazing video demonstrating the wall in action:

Ah… A glimpse of the future. We may soon find ourselves post-processing our photographs on our walls at home.

(via Engadget)

Test Shots with New Polaroid Instant Film

The Impossible Project’s new instant film for Polaroid cameras will go on sale later this week, but the British Journal of Photography has already gotten their hands on a pack of PX100. They were mailed a comprehensive press kit that included a box of the black and white film, and promptly exposed the film with a SX-70, publishing the results on their blog.

Of the eight exposures they had to play around with, only a few of them produced semi-recognizable images. Olivier Laurent writes,

But my initial impressions are that PX100 behaves like a expired pack of 669 or Time-Zero. You’re never sure of what you will get. To be fair, Impossible did warn us about this during its press conference yesterday. A slight change in temperature or pressure can ruin or enhance your image. One thing is sure, do NOT use this film outside in the winter or early spring, when there is still a cold breeze. Also, in some situations, you will need to keep your ND filter on.

Apart from some disappointing results (especially when shooting outside), it feels good to load a SX-70 with some new film.

$21 a pack means this is some seriously expensive experimentation. However, lets wait until the film is in the hands of the masses before coming to a verdict on this new film. Here’s to hoping the film is a success!

Image credit: Photographs by 1854.

Stock Photography Books Recycled to Teach Reading

As online stock photography services and libraries have expanded in recent years, stock photography books have become more and more obsolete.

Advertising and communications corp JWT recently came up with an idea to breath new life into these dying books by transforming them into tools to help teach disadvantaged children to read.

My First Book Project” started in JWT’s Cape Town, South Africa office, and has spread worldwide through the organization.

To help solve the massive literacy problem the country faces, we have created “learner books. ” By writing descriptions of what is displayed on each page we can help children in these communities learn to read. For example if there is a photo of a man sitting on a chair, we simply write “man” and “chair.” JWT has partnered with the worldwide organization, The Global Literacy Project (GLP) to bring these educational materials to children and adults in Africa as well as India. It’s a simple, yet impactful solution that allows us to give these books full of beautiful images a second life.

As the Internet becomes more and more accessible for those around the world, the same concept could be applied to Creative Commons photographs online, which can be used as a learning tool to improve literacy.

(via PDNPulse)

Image credit: Photograph by My First Book Project

Cable Management with Binder Clips

If you’re like me, then you have a bazillion cables lying on and around your desk for various gadgets, including laptops, cameras, cell phones, Bluetooth headsets, and the like. Here’s a tip for organizing all those cables to always have them neat and ready for action: use binder clips.

You can attach the clip to the side of your desk, and use the loop handles to hold your cables. When lifted up, the handles provide a large enough opening for most cables to slip through, and when closed, the loop holes the ends of the cable neatly in place.

(via Boing Boing)

Image credit: Photograph by David Rudolf Bakker

Surprising Underwater Photo Revives Investigation of Missing Teen

American vacationers John and Patti Muldowney took a snapshot during a snorkeling excursion off the coast of Aruba last fall, and turned up a photo that shows what appears to be human skeletal remains.

Five years ago, 18-year-old Natalee Holloway went missing while on vacation in Aruba. Aruban authorities suspected the remains may belong to Holloway, and have renewed their search for a missing girl’s body last weekend with little luck. However, forensic experts do not think the photo is of a body at all, but might be a product of rock formations and overactive imaginations.

In any case, this mystery might have been easier to solve if the Muldowneys’ camera was equipped with a GPS capability.

(via CBS News)

Now It’s Official: Lightroom 3 Beta 2 Released on Adobe Site

After a bit of confusion, Adobe has released and confirmed the Lightroom 3 Beta 2.

Some highlights of the new free beta software are:

  • Faster import and loading for images
  • Native tethered capture for Nikon and Canon cameras – upload and see images while you shoot, segment them by session. This is extremely useful for commercial and studio photography.
  • Luminance noise reduction – another way to reduce color noise in an image — and it looks great in this video demo at about 4:00.
  • Import and manage video files
  • Customizable watermarking capabilities

Lightroom 3 Beta 2 is available for download from the Adobe Labs site. Adobe encourages and emphasizes its response to user feedback from the Adobe community forums, as well.

Adobe has also extended the beta expiration date from April to June 30, 2010, leaving plenty of time to take the beta for a spin.

BBC Offers Nature Photo Masterclasses

If you’re yearning to take photos of the great outdoors, the BBC Wildlife Magazine website now offers free downloadable Masterclasses.

Each PDF contains a simple, topical lesson written by a pro wildlife photographer who provides tips and photo techniques, gear recommendations, and beautiful example photos.

The Masterclasses are archived pages from past issues of the magazine, but the tips they offer are timeless. These lessons are an inspiring read for photographers of any level.

(via Nature Magnified)