Posts Published in October 2013

Chinese Government Embarrassed After ‘Miniature Woman’ Photoshop Fail

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If you’re looking to make an argument for the inherent superiority of Western-style capitalism, consider how difficult it apparently is to find a competent Photoshop jockey in the Communist world.

The latest example comes from the Eastern provinces of China, where what was supposed to be a heartwarming record of regional officials honoring the elderly turned into an internationally recognized example of how not to doctor a photograph.
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Neurocam is Like a Google Glass Camera That You Control with Brain Waves

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Google is planning on rolling wearable camera glasses out to the general public in the near future, so we may soon be hearing utterances of “okay glass” all around us as owners snap photos with voice control. If using your voice as a shutter isn’t your thing, you might want to start waiting for the Neurocam. It’s a crazy iPhone-based camera system that uses your brain waves to snap photos!
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Google+ Update Includes Lots of Photo Enhancements

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No doubt feeling pressure from certain other social media sites raking in the dough, Google announced Wednesday a slew of new features for Google+ intended to enhance the way users share, organize and tweak photos.
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The Power of Wikipedia: How I Became Gaming’s Most Popular and Anonymous Photographer

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I’m a very accomplished photographer. My photos have been in magazines, newspapers, textbooks, blogs, online videos, television and any other medium that you can think of. My work has been seen by millions and will be one of the most important resources for the history of video games. The only catch is that I’m almost never credited and don’t get paid for it.
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external “The Full Frame Debate”

— Thom Hogan at DSLRBodies

Do you really need a full frame camera? My answer would be “probably not.” The camera makers want you to buy one probably because their gross product margins are about the same no matter which DSLR you buy, so they want you to buy the most expensive one you can afford. Somewhere along the way, people got it into their heads that full frame was so much better than anything else, that any time a company mentions that they’re coming out with another full frame camera, especially an “affordable” one, the entire Internet gushes with lust over the newcomer.

 
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pixelstick: Print Photos In Midair Using This Magical Light Painting Tool

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Light painting is something that takes a lot of time and patience. Even after many trial and error attempts, nailing the exact look you’re going for can be a challenge. pixelstick is a crazy new tool that aims to change all that, making mind-blowing light paintings something even artistically challenged photographers can create.

A basic description of it is: it’s a stick-like device that lets you print digital images into long exposure photos.
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Photographing a Destroyed Home Diorama Using Dollhouse Supplies

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For the photo above, titled “Dead Little Things,” I wanted to create a scene out of strictly dollhouse supplies. Inspired by many of the weather events that have occurred in recent years: tornados in Joplin and Oklahoma City, Hurricane Sandy and even Katrina.

I was struck by the indelible photos of homes destroyed in various ways that almost make them look fake, a physical upending of one’s life as defined by materialistic possessions.
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Giveaway: Win a $2,000 Sony Alpha a7 Full Frame Mirrorless Camera!

Update: This giveaway is now over. The winner has been announced at the end of this post.


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Howdy y’all! Time for another major giveaway to thank you for reading PetaPixel! This week we’re giving away a brand-spankin’-new Sony Alpha a7. It’s a full frame mirrorless camera that packs a 24.3MP sensor, a 3-inch tilting LCD, and a 2.4M-dot electronic viewfinder. This prize is bundled with a 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 lens, and has a price tag of $2,000!
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Hey, I Need to Know what ISO Means — I’m Shooting a Wedding in an Hour

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I grew up without the Internet.

When I was young and starting out in the business, I had no Internet, although I did have a computer. It was an Apple IIe. I felt very fancy with it, kind of like Matthew Broderick in “War Games.” To me, it was like a big expensive calculator because I only used it to run reports and for record keeping. When it came to photography and the running of a business, I had to obtain information from classes and teachers, and by doing research via those archaic inventions called “books” — you might have heard of them.
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external Adobe Hack Bigger Than Thought, Photoshop Source Stolen —BBC News

[Adobe] said that it now believed usernames and encrypted passwords had been stolen from about 38 million of its active users. [...] The firm had originally said 2.9 million accounts had been affected.

Adobe has also announced that the hackers stole parts of the source code to Photoshop, its popular picture-editing program.

 
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