Posts Tagged ‘interesting’

TEDx: Photographer Fabian Oefner Talks About Combining Art and Science

Swiss photographer Fabian Oefner recently gave this short 10-minute talk at TEDx Warwick 2013 in which he shares about how he tries to use photography to explore the two worlds of visual art and scientific principles. Many of his personal projects revolve around making natural phenomena visible, showing them in “previously unseen and poetic ways,” and “encouraging viewers to pause for a moment and appreciate the magic that constantly surrounds us.”

We’ve featured his work a handful of times before — projects that involve using fiber glass lamps to create the appearance of space nebulae, using a drill to photograph paint being flung outward, capturing soap bubbles as they pop, and shooting high-speed photos of paint-covered balloons popping.

We Are Unlike You is a Modeling Agency that Looks for Characters, Not Models

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When the term model is thrown around, there’s a fairly typical image that probably comes to mind for most people. In the male department, six-pack abs or a clean-cut look might fit the bill. And the female department more often than not involves the descriptors tall and slender.

Modeling agency We Are Unlike You isn’t interested in any of that. Like the UGLY MODELS agency we shared with you a little over a year ago, they are more interested in representing unique “characters.” Read more…

Uploading Too Many Photos to Facebook Makes People Like You Less, Study Finds

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Those of you who have been waiting for a scientific reason to tell some of your friends to stop cluttering your Facebook News Feed with a new photo every 5 minutes need wait no more. A new study out of the UK examining the effects of sharing photos on social networks recently found that uploading too many photos (as well as the wrong type) can actually make people like you less. Read more…

WWII Prisoners Built Improvised Cameras to Document Their Lives

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Ever since photography was invented in the 1800s, there have been people willing to risk life and limb to bring images to the public eye. Among the craziest examples are prisoners of war during World War II — people who built makeshift cameras out of smuggled parts in order to capture what life was like inside their prison camps.
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What Happens When You Fire a Camera Flash at a Carnival Shooting Gallery

You know those shooting gallery games you find at carnivals? The kind in which you try to win prizes by hitting targets with a rifle? Sometimes the gun and target systems use light rather than air or pellets — if the target detects a specific flash of light emitted by the gun, it will count as a “hit.”

Know what else emits flashes of light? That’s right: a camera flash. In the video above, Jay Ashland shows what happened recently when he used his DSLR’s popup flash to illuminate a carnival shooting range.

Thanko’s APOLLO2 is a Tiny Camera that Packs a 30x Optical Zoom

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We’ve seen some interesting gimmicky cameras come out of Japan in the past — from Japanese anime special editions to a donut camera — but this latest one might come in handy a bit more often. Dubbed the APOLLO2 and created by the company Thanko, it’s a compact camera strapped to a whopping 30x telephoto lens. Read more…

Sony Patent Reveals Plan to Start Tagging Photos with Vital Signs

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Have you ever looked back at a photo and wondered “what was my heart rate and blood pressure when I took this photo?” Yeah, neither have we. But on the off-chance that you have, a new Sony patent application might pique your interests.

The technology specified in the application intends to enable the company’s cameras and mobile devices to tag your photos with vital sign information — allowing you to not only ask those questions, but have them answered as well. Read more…

Slow-Speed Photography: Pitch Tar Drop Caught on Camera After 69-Year Wait

There doesn’t seem to be any shortage of high-speed cameras out there, doing work to slow down footage of fast moving objects enough for us to study what’s happening in that short, short time frame. But what about using a camera to capture what could potentially be the slowest moving substance of all time? Yep — someone’s doing it.
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CrowdMedia to Disrupt Photojournalism Industry with Crowdsourced Social Pics

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Attention photojournalists: As if times weren’t tough enough already, a new startup wants to replace your work with Twitter-based crowdsourcing.
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Google Considered ‘Pew Pew Pew’ As the Activation Phrase for Google Glass

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One of the neat features in Google’s Glass wearable computer (and camera) is voice commands. Say “okay glass,” and the device will start listening for an instruction from you. Here’s an interesting (and humorous) piece of trivia: did you know that Google considered using “pew pew pew” as the activation phrase?
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