The golden hour in photography is the first or last hour of sunlight in a day that photographers often aim to shoot in, since the sun’s position produces a soft and warm light with longer shadows. The Golden Hour Calculator is a useful website that can help you calculate the golden hour(s) for your location, telling you exactly when the sun rises and sets.
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Here’s the description on their website:
Fotobabble lets you create talking photos in two clicks. Simply upload a photo and then record your voice directly through your computer to create a talking photo. You can easily share it by e-mail, Facebook, Twitter or embed it into a blog or website.
It’s free and all completely web-based. No software to download, just register and get started in seconds.
Here’s an example Fotobabble found on the website that we embedded into this post:
Update: It looks like many of these courses are no longer available.
In a well known scene from Good Will Hunting, the main character Will drops the following gem as he defends his uneducated friend against a cocky Harvard student: “[...] you dropped a hundred and fifty grand on a f**kin’ education you coulda’ got for a dollar fifty in late charges at the Public Library.”
If you’re looking for some education in photography, another school in Cambridge, MIT, is offering the material of quite a few photography classes for free online. This includes everything from reading lists and assignments to full downloads of course materials and student projects. Here’s a quick list:
4.341 Introduction to Photography
This course also offers practical instruction in basic black and white techniques, digital imaging, fundamentals of camera operation, lighting, film exposure, development and printing. Course provides opportunity for continued exploration.
This course provides practical instruction in the fundamentals of analog and digital SLR and medium/large format camera operation, film exposure and development, black and white darkroom techniques, digital imaging, and studio lighting.
4.343 Photography and Related Media
Fosters a critical awareness of how images in our culture are produced and constructed. Student-initiated term project at the core of exploration. Special consideration given to the relationship of space and the photographic image. Practical instruction in basic black and white techniques, digital imaging, fundamentals of camera operation, lighting, film exposure, development, and printing.
4.A21 Stories Without Words: Photographing the First Year
The transition from high school and home to college and a new living environment can be a fascinating and interesting time, made all the more challenging and interesting by being at MIT. More than recording the first semester through a series of snapshots, this freshman seminar will attempt to teach photography as a method of seeing and a tool for better understanding new surroundings.
11.309J / 4.215J Sensing Place: Photography as Inquiry
This course explores photography as a disciplined way of seeing, of investigating landscapes and expressing ideas. Readings, observations, and photographs form the basis of discussions on landscape, light, significant detail, place, poetics, narrative, and how photography can inform design and planning, among other issues.
21A.348 Photography and Truth
Photographs in anthropology serve many purposes: as primary data, illustrations of words in a book, documentation for disappearing cultures, evidence of fieldwork, material objects for museum exhibitions, and even works of art. This course explores photography as art, research tool, and communication.
Have other links to free online courses? Feel free to share with us in the comments!
(via Your Photo Tips)
If you’ve ever wondered just how much editing goes into a particular photograph, there’s now a super easy way to find out for yourself. Image Error Level Analyser is a simple web application that takes a URL to a JPEG photo and returns an image showing differing “error levels” in the image. Here’s an example they give:
After submitting the image on the left, they return the one on the right.
Error level analysis shows differing error levels throughout this image, strongly suggesting some form of digital manipulation. Areas to note are the lips and shirt, as well as the eyes. All are at significantly different error levels than their surroundings. Presumably, colours have been altered and areas brightened.
Thus, you can now investigate any JPEG you find on the Internet to see roughly how much the photograph has been edited or manipulated. The app even gives you a permalink to the resulting image comparison. Try it out, and post your permalinks in the comments to share your findings with us!
Update: Here’s an interesting article by Wired on how researchers use this technique.
Launched less than a week ago, SpiderPic is a new image search engine for those looking to purchase stock photography. The same stock image is often available through multiple agencies and varying prices, and SpiderPic allows you to compare these prices to choose the cheapest deal.
While this is a win for stock photography buyers, the service will likely mean lower revenue for agencies and photographers, both of which may price stock images differently based on a number of factors to maximize their income. If SpiderPic takes off, photographers will be forced to set identical prices for their images if listed at multiple agencies, and agencies will need to keep their prices competitive.
One of the things I often come across when looking for interesting photography to tweet about is static Flickr image URLs. People seem to like posting these images without linking back to their original Flickr pages, while I prefer linking to Flickr pages so the photographer can get the credit for the photo.
If you’re not sure what I mean by static image URLs, here is an example of a static Flickr URL that links directly to the image and not the Flickr page of the original photograph:
A while back I tweeted a link to an article teaching you how to find the original Flickr page of a static URL. I’ve found this technique very useful, but it’s a big hassle if you need to do it often, since is not exactly something you memorize.
Thus, I decided to make a really simple web application that takes you directly to the original Flickr page of any static Flickr URL. It’s called findr, and here’s what it ended up looking like:
Hopefully some of you will find this useful. It sure beats doing the process by hand. Let me know if you have any thoughts, suggestions, or bug reports.
Update: If you have any suggestions for simple apps that you would find useful, let me know!
It seems like more and more newspapers are launching photoblogs on their websites. It’s an awesome idea, since each of them has a constant stream of high quality work pouring in from their photojournalists. Keeping up with these photoblogs is great for both getting your daily dose of photographic inspiration, and for keeping up with the current events happening around the world.
Here are some top-notch newspaper photoblogs you can follow:
#1. Boston Globe: The Big Picture
The Big Picture is a photo blog for the Boston Globe/boston.com, entries are posted every Monday, Wednesday and Friday by Alan Taylor. Inspired by publications like Life Magazine (of old), National Geographic, and online experiences like MSNBC.com’s Picture Stories galleries and Brian Storm’s MediaStorm, The Big Picture is intended to highlight high-quality, amazing imagery – with a focus on current events, lesser-known stories and, well, just about anything that comes across the wire that looks really interesting.
#2: Sacramento Bee: The Frame
A photo blog by the Sacramento Bee multimedia staff.
#3: New York Times: Lens
Lens is the photojournalism blog of The New York Times, presenting the finest and most interesting visual and multimedia reporting — photographs, videos and slide shows. A showcase for Times photographers, it also seeks to highlight the best work of other newspapers, magazines and news and picture agencies; in print, in books, in galleries, in museums and on the Web.
#4: Wall Street Journal: Photo Journal
#5: Denver Post: Captured
#6: St. Petersburg Times: All Eyes
#7: Austin American-Statesman: Collective Vision
Welcome to Collective Vision, your opportunity to get a little closer to the Statesman photographers whose work you’ve admired throughout the years. Here you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at some of our favorite images and some photos we were unable to fit onto the pages of the Statesman. You’ll get insight into how the photographers practice their craft and thoughts from the photojournalists who create the stunning images and videos. We hope you enjoy this inside look, and we welcome your comments.
Certain newspapers have really good photo websites, but display the photos in periodically posted galleries rather than as a photoblog. Here are some websites that I omitted from the list, though they’re pretty darn awesome as well:
- Daily Telegraph: Picture Galleries
- Los Angeles Times: Photography
- Rapid City Journal: A Wide(r) Angle
- State Journal-Register: Behind the Curtain
- Seattle Times: Best Seat in the House
- Sun Sentinel: Click
- Salt Lake Tribune: Fly on the Wall
- Boston Herald: Freeze Frame
- Free Lance-Star: It Beats Working For a Living
- Wichita Eagle: More Than Meets the Eye
- Cincinnati Post: Photographers
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Pictures
- Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Seattle Outtakes
- Wired: Raw File
- Guardian: In pictures
Know of any others? Leave a comment and I’ll update this list!