Google seems to be broadening its visual search capabilities with the latest acquisition of iOS app Jetpac. Jetpac uses public information from Instagram photos to create image-driven city maps and guides. The app’s technology can create hangout spots like “hipster hangout” by identifying photos with high numbers of mustaches.
Google Acquires Image-Based City Guides Company Jetpac —Digital Trends
Photographer Shares The Heartbreaking Realities of Living With ALS and Takes the #ALSIceBucketChallenge
Over the past week, the #ALSIceBucketChallenge has gone above and beyond viral, bringing people from all over the world together to support and raise awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, more commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
Ever wonder what it’s like to fly with the Blue Angels? Well, this photograph, taken from inside one of the planes during the Blue Angles’ practice last Thursday in Chicago, should give you some idea. Read more…
Trying To Contain Ebola In Liberia —NY Times
I learned later that they looted the facility, including highly infectious mattresses. The epidemic deniers had just unwittingly and immensely aided the spread of the Ebola virus in their community. Let’s hope they were right that it is all just a hoax, but I think not.
American freelance photojournalist James Foley was allegedly executed yesterday, an atrocity that was revealed in a horrifying video released by the militant group ISIS (The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria). Read more…
270 photographs and a total exposure time of two hours and fifteen minutes went into creating this stunning composite photograph of an Indonesian landscape complete with an erupting volcano, a steaming caldera, a meteor, copious amounts of fog and beautiful light trails created by cars traveling below the fog. Read more…
MIOPS is a new smartphone-controlled camera trigger that combines all of the features photographers want in a high-speed camera trigger into one convenient device.
VSCO has just released a free update for all five VSCO Film packs for Lightroom 5.6 and ACR 8.6 for Photoshop CC that is tailor-made for specific Sony, Nikon and Canon cameras. The custom camera profiles are designed for greater accuracy in developing film emulated images.
You know what they say: see a need, fill a need. Or, in the case of Sony’s upcoming perfume bottle-shaped selfie camera, “see a fad, create a product.” We assume that’s written somewhere in the internal memo that first gave life to the camera you see above, a seemingly very real and definitely very strange camera that trusted sources tell Sony Alpha Rumors will be one of the first to feature Sony’s revolutionary curved sensor. Read more…
It’s no secret now that modern cameras have taken photographers to new heights with their ability to shoot at and above ISO 1600. Personally, I can now shoot in situations where previously, I ‘had no choice’ but to use flash or put the camera down, so it’s no surprise many photographers are taking advantage of high ISO to be able to shoot in poor existing light.
The key word here is ‘poor’, so I’ll elaborate. The rule of light is that when a light source is large and close, it is at its softest, but when a subject becomes further away from a light source, the quality of that light deteriorates at a fast pace. So much that it gets to a point where the light ends up looking muddy and horrible, because the contrast ratio of light on the subject compared to the background is almost non-existent. Read more…
This Is What A Media Blackout Looks Like —National Journal
“We’re gonna put you under arrest if you don’t leave the area. This is your final warning,” an officer told us.
“We don’t want to have to take you to jail but we definitely will, OK?” one said.
We didn’t go to jail, we didn’t get arrested, but we also didn’t get the story.