Posts Published in January 2011

PBS Feature on Photographer Alec Soth

PBS NewsHour recently aired this interesting and inspiring video profiling photographer Alec Soth, providing a glimpse into what it’s like to work as a fine art photographer. Here’s an interesting quote by Soth in the video,

In a world where there are 500,000 pictures a second being uploaded onto Facebook, what does it mean to be a photographer in that environment?

Soth’s career got a jump start after he was selected for the 2004 Whitney Biennial, and he became a member of Magnum Photos in 2008. Visit Soth’s website here.

(via duckrabbit)

Flickr User Protests Deleted Pro Account

Flickr member Deeepa Praveen 4-year-old pro account was deleted recently without any warning or explanation, and in response she created this graphic showing what she lost in the blink of an eye. While Flickr is undoubtedly one of the best photo-sharing services on the web right now, the fact that pro accounts can be permanently deleted without any warning doesn’t sit too well with many users. Even if the deleted accounts deserved to be removed, it would be much nicer if they followed a notice and were temporarily removed at first.

What are your thoughts on how Flickr handles account deletions?

(via Thomas Hawk)

Shooting Leo the Lion for the MGM Logo

You know that roaring lion in the logo shown before MGM movies? That’s Leo the Lion, and the behind-the-scenes photograph shown above provides an interesting glimpse into how they shot him. He must have been a pretty well-trained lion to have the discipline to stand on boxes, face a camera, roar into a microphone, and not attack the crew.
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Rise of the CanonBot: Canon and the Robot Apocalypse

By 2053, cameras are going to become so automated that they start thinking for themselves, and then realize that humans are a threat to great photography. This photograph leaked from the future shows a couple CanonBots duking it out.


Image credit: Rise of the CanonBot by ari mahardhika photography and used with permission

Wireless Viewfinder Interchangeable Lens Concept Camera

You’ve probably heard of EVIL cameras already, but how about WVIL? The Wireless Viewfinder Interchangeable Lens is a concept camera design by Seattle-based design firm Artefactgroup. What’s novel about the design is that the imaging sensor is situated in the back of the lens rather than in the camera body, allowing the lens to be detached and used apart from the body wirelessly.
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Third Person Point of View Camera Rig Turns Your Life into a Video Game

The Third Person Point of View Camera Rig is a unique project by UTSI PhD student Jason King that aims to create a wearable camera that allows users to view life through a third-person, video-game style point of view. A camera is mounted to a backpack, which then feeds the video into the goggles of the wearer. There’s even an Instructables tutorial that teaches you how to make your own, if you’re so inclined.

Regardless of whether or not this has practical applications for life, if it’s commercialized in the future a lot of video-game addicts will finally have a way to feel more comfortable in the real world.

(via PhotoWeeklyOnline)

Organize and Rename Your Photos Based on EXIF Data

AmoK Exif Sorter is a program written for photographers obsessed with organization, allowing a collection of photographs to be renamed and organized based on the EXIF data embedded in each photo. In addition to the obvious choices for details to include in the file name (e.g. time and date), you can also use any other piece of EXIF info you wish, including things like camera model, aperture, ISO, and shutter speed. For organization, the program allows you to copy or move files into whatever folder structure you’d like (i.e. /year/month/day/image.jpg). The program is free, Java-based, and can be downloaded here.

AmoK Exif Sorter (via Lifehacker)

What Circular Polarising Filters Are For

A brief explanation (and examples) of what circular polarizers do and how they’re used in photography.

Find the Golden Hour of Your Location with the Twilight Calculator

The Twilight Calculator is a free and useful web app that takes in your location and spits out a table with when you should photograph if you want to shoot during golden hour.

Music Video Tells Beautiful Story About a Magical Polaroid 636

This is a low budget music video directed by sixtwelve for the song “The Better Man” by Cayetano, and filmed with a Canon 5D Mark II. The story centers around an old Polaroid 636 received as a birthday present.
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