December 26, 2007

Sharks eating cameras, Infrared shooting, & more

Holiday break = catching up on photography online:

  • The Nikon D80: Great camera/delicious shark meal (i.e. lousy shark-be-good stick). [Via]
  • The NYT features a great perspective on a slide, showing ballplayer Luis Aparicio coming into third in 1962.
  • Photojojo has a solid round up of resources on shooting holiday lights (with a camera, thankfully).
  • Gear:
    • PopPhoto talks up The New Infrared Revolution, made possible by digital cameras.  Too bad that for most cameras the process of removing the IR filter is somewhat expensive & renders the cams unable to shoot regular photos.  The accompanying gallery of IR shots includes some good (and some sorta marginal) stuff.
    • The Zigview S2 Digital Viewfinder “clips onto the optical viewfinder of your DSLR, adding a swiveling live 2.5-inch LCD display that can not only be extended on a cable as a remote, but can also automatically trigger the camera when it detects motion.” [Via]
    • "Your popup flash doesn’t have to suck," reports Adobe’s Terry White in reviewing the $30 Lightscoop.  My wife tried to score one of these for me for Christmas, but thanks to publicity from David Pogue & others, they’ve been sold out.
  • Artistry:
    • Patrick Winfield achieves a kind of fragmented impressionism in his Polaroid composites (not entirely safe for work). [Via]
    • The Nocturna installation uses stereoscopic imagery to unusual effect (ditto on the warning).
    • For whatever reason, gigantic “people pictures” were all the rage in the early 20th century.  [Via]
    • Speaking of large images, Nils Nova’s Opposition of Memory uses very large inkjet prints to create an interesting optical illusion. [Via]
  • Matt Kloskowski shares an omnibus list of 28 Lightroom Resources. [Via]  On a related note, Carlo from South Africa writes in to note that he’s uploaded a set of B&W presets.
  • I get a kick out of Sony’s new ad campaign, illustrating the importance of timing by showing famous photos ruined by some intruding object.  Unfortunately I can link to just this one example, though others appear in banners, etc.
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What’s Russian for “Photoshopping”?

Ah, Russia–home to 50-rouble copies of your favorite Adobe apps.  Photoshop team member Heather Dolan recently returned from a service trip there & reports that pirated software remains ridiculously easy to obtain.  When a street merchant learned that she was from Adobe, his response was to double his asking price for the Creative Suite!  (You’ve kind of got to admire the chutzpah…)

Even so, Adobe’s business grew by 260% in Russia this past year.  And what’s more fun, Photoshop was honored at the KinoBlender film awards.  Moscow-based Adobe marketer Olga Manannikova writes, "This award was conferred on the brand ‘Adobe Photoshop’ for most often and successful unintended mentioning in Russian movies in 2007."  The team attended the event & got a groovy little trophy & everything. [Via Winston Hendrickson]

We have quite a few Russian folks on the Photoshop team (Irina, Domnita, Nikolai, Iouri, Alex, plus others who’ve moved on).  I asked localization czar
Iouri Tchernoousko how to render the product name in cool-looking Cyrillic characters.  Ta-da:

ФОТОШОП

Iouri noted, "In Russian, you say it pretty much just like you would in English, but in a much lower tone of voice. :)"

As long as we’re on the subject,

  • I dug this illustration in the NYT, from artist Valentin Kalininskiy.  Achieved with the help of ФОТОШОП, maybe?
  • Check out this crazy monitor-testing routine.  (Do Russian Circuit Cities keep crossbows lying around?  And whose consumer electronics need to survive ball-peen hammer attack?)  I’m sure I could ask a friend to translate, but the language barrier adds to the inexplicable fun. :-) [Via Ellis Vener]
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