Posts Tagged ‘sound’

See Airflow on Camera in This Awesome Harvard Demonstration of Schlieren Optics

Schlieren flow visualization and photography is one of those things that is just too cool. Using an optical trick, it allows a camera to capture, “small changes in the index of refraction in air.” In other words, it can see anything that affects airflow: heat, sound waves, or just plain old air currents themselves.

And the video above, uploaded at the beginning of this year by the Harvard Natural Sciences Lecture Demonstrations YouTube channel, is one of the most fascinating demonstrations of Schlieren optics we’ve ever seen. Read more…

Music Video Uses Various Scientific Tricks to Capture Sound on Camera

Cymatics is the study of visible sound. It is also the title of a recently viral video that takes that study and turns it into a captivating music video featuring everything from ferrofluid, to a Chladni plate, to Tesla coils, and shows you what sound actually ‘looks’ like. Read more…

Explaining the Fascinating Photographic Trick that Lets You See Sound Waves

NPR just released a fascinating video that does a fantastic job of explaining something called Schlieren Flow Visualization or Schlieren Photography: a photographic trick that allows you to see density changes in air and, therefore, actually capture sound waves on camera.

Starting off with a simple diagram and heat as an example, producer Adam Cole breaks down how this type of photography works, after which he shows you several examples of actual sound waves captured using a high-speed camera and Schlieren Flow Visualization.

Gorgeous Food Shots in French Coffee Ad Will Leave Your Mouth Watering

I hope you don’t mind enjoying a bit of eye candy on your Tuesday evening, because that’s what you’re going to get with this video. At the direction of creative agency, Proximity BBDO Paris, coffee brand Carte Noire has a beautiful new video advert out that will tease your senses to no end. Read more…

Radiant Light: Beautiful Light Paintings Try to Capture that Which Cannot Be Seen

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Inspired by that which we cannot see — such as the shapes of sound, the feelings we experience, the relationships of the various patterns in this world, and the energy constantly emitted by matter — photographer Patrick Rochon has created a beautiful series of light-painting photographs called Radiant Light. Read more…

Chirp Lets You Send Photos from Device to Device Using Sound

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The thinking behind the new Android and iOS app Chirp is that if animals in nature communicate through sound, machines should too. And so, the four person Animal Systems team created an app that does just that: no bluetooth, no email, no ‘bumping’ — images and other files are sent using only 2-second sound clips. Read more…

Mhoto Automatically Generates Music for Your Pics Based on a Photo’s Content

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It might not be quite a trend yet, but associating sound with photos isn’t new either. Whether we’re talking about interesting photographs created with sound (like Martin Klimas’ paint photos) or about a camera that captures both sound and light, the idea of pairing sight and sound in photography has come up before.

Mhoto is a company with an idea along those same lines, only instead of capturing the sounds happening at the moment you take a photo, the company’s tech creates music based on a photo. Read more…

Eighty Dollar DIY Sound Blimp Doubles as a Poor Man’s Underwater Housing

A couple of days ago, we shared a great little DIY project by Phoenix-based photographer Dan Tab├ír. Since he sometimes has to shoot on quiet soundstages where camera noise is not an option, he created a makeshift sound blimp for his Nikon D800 for only about $80 — a professional sound blimp would have run him closer to $1,000.

As it turns out however, his DIY creation has another function. As you can see from the test video above, it doubles as a poor man’s underwater housing! Read more…

This Handheld Camera Captures Sound In Addition to Light

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You’ve probably heard of cameras that can detect wavelengths of light that human eyes can’t, and also cameras that can detect heat in a scene, but have you ever heard of one that can capture sound? That’s right: scientists at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology have created a portable sound camera that’s sensitive to sound waves.
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Leica M: The Standard for Silent Shutters in United States Courtrooms

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If you’ve ever shot with a Leica M rangefinder, you probably know how effective the camera can be for stealthy shooting. After all, there’s no mirror that needs to swing out of the way like there is in a DSLR, so the main sound you’ll hear is the soft click of the shutter curtain flapping open to expose the film or sensor.

It’s not just Leica aficionados that appreciate the silent shutter: did you know that the Leica M is held as the standard for silent photography in courtrooms across the United States?
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