Posts Published in April 2012

A Unique Medium: Photographs Printed on String

We’ve run into some cool ideas over the years — most of them involving a new way of taking photos or an interesting mix of established photography techniques — but Hong Sung Chul‘s work with photographs printed onto string is definitely different, if not unique. His choice of medium is said to represent our human connection to our mothers through an umbilical cord.

Check out the samples below and be sure to head over the Hada Contemporary Gallery for more examples his work. Read more…

Never-Before-Seen Project Gemini Photos Now Available Online

There’s been a lot of nostalgia over the space program lately; as NASA is relegated to memories and museums, the general public is rediscovering why space once had us at such rapt attention. And the most recent relic to surface from the space program is a collection of never-before-seen photos from NASA’s project Gemini. Read more…

New Imaging System Captures 3D Interiors in Minutes

If it looks like a Kinect, and the prototype was once a Kinect, you’d think the result would be Kinect-like; but the Matterport system is much cooler than that. It can’t record you dancing with your friends in front of your TV, but what the it can do is render 3D interiors in minutes — something that was once a painstaking many-hour process.

The implications of easy-to-use 3D technology like this are limited only by your imagination: from something as simple as revolutionizing real estate photography and interior tours, to possibly introducing us to “virtualized” parts of our world we’d otherwise never get to see. There’s no substitute for going places, but just like Google’s 3D tours of popular landmarks, this kind of technology could bring far away places to us in a very realistic three-dimensional way.

Matterport (via Visual News)

Behind the Scenes on a Creative Fight Scene Band Photo Shoot

This behind the scenes video of Benjamin Von Wong‘s photo shoot with the band The Agonist is a great example of how creative band photography can really get when you have a band that’s willing to get dirty, paired with a phenomenal photographer. The video shows the process involved in taking a cool action shot band picture from idea to finished product, and should serve as great inspiration for anybody into band photography — or photography in general for that matter. Enjoy!

Benjamin Von Wong

Judge Won’t Let Pearson Off the Hook in Massive Copyright Infringement Case

Copyright laws get pretty specific. A photographer can not only give a green light on a work, he or she can license a work for use only during specific years, or in a specific area, or for a specific publication medium (i.e. print vs electronic); and now it looks like massive publisher Pearson Education is in trouble for breaking these sort of terms one too many times. Read more…

Camera Phones Used for Augmented Reality Presentations in London Museum

Typically, augmented reality falls somewhere between technological breakthrough and really cool thing to show your friends; but in the Science Museum in London’s Making of the Modern World exhibit, augmented reality also takes up the mantle of education.

Using the $3 Science Stories app, visitors to the museum can point their iOS or Android devices at markers set in front of particular exhibits, and prompt a 3-dimensional James May (one of the hosts of BBC’s Top Gear) to appear and explain the particulars of the display. Read more…

Michael Wolff on Seeing Creatively

Admittedly, Michael Wolff is not a photographer, but this six minute Intel Visual Life documentary is still worth watching for any and all creative types — especially photographers. Our favorite part is his ellaboration on the muscles of “seeing” and creativity: curiosity (or questioning), appreciation (or noticing) and, lastly, imagination. He explains each so beautifully; and as a bonus, if you’re interested in branding and design, there’s few people better suited to tell you about it than Mr. Wolff.

Intel Visual Life — Michael Wolf (via MultiMediaShooter)

SquareBounce — A Different Take on the Collapsible Reflector

The SquareBounce is a pretty innovative rethink of the traditional collapsible reflector used by photographers everywhere. Shaped like a “flat umbrella,” it’s easier to hold and orient in almost any photography situation and, as their website points out, it can actually double as an umbrella if need be. Read more…

Inspirational Time-Lapse of Yosemite and the Sierra

Here’s a little bit of weekend inspiration for you. When photographer Shawn Reeder was 18-years-old, he won a trip to Yosemite and fell in love with the national park and what he describes as its “changing beauty.” This time-lapse, which took almost two years of shooting to make, is a manifestation of Reeder’s love of the area and his desire to share it with others.

Nothing brings me more joy than to share this life changing beauty with others. Ever since I became fascinated with timelapse photography almost two years ago, after seeing the work of Tom Lowe, I’ve wanted to do a piece on Yosemite and the Sierra. Now after almost two years of shooting, I’m thrilled to share. I hope you enjoy my vision of my home, the majestic Yosemite and Sierra.

Full-screen and high definition are highly-recommended.

(via The Atlantic)

VSCO Cam Brings Professional Filters and Precision Editing to the iPhone

You may remember Visual Supply Co as the company that brought you VSCO Film, a fancy schmancy film emulation add-on for Lightroom and Camera Raw. Now, after months of waiting, the company has finally announced its newest endeavor: the VSCO Cam iPhone camera app. Read more…