February 05, 2014

GI Jens: A photographer’s epic self-promotion

What’s with photography-loving German Northern European dudes named Jens making little dolls of themselves?

When I first started beta testing for Adobe, I remember hearing something from GoLive land about a “Jens doll” made to quasi-honor one of the engineers, photography enthusiast Jens C. Neffe. (Why do I remember this after 15 years, and not the location of my car keys?) Of course it popped back to mind when I saw this madness:

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[YouTube]

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February 02, 2014

GoPro mayhem, edited in Premiere Pro

(or, what my sons imagine themselves to be doing in their Cozy Coupe)

GoPro presents Ken Block’s 6th installment of his world famous Gymkhana series. This time, Ken looks to complete his ultimate Gymkhana GRID obstacle course on an abandoned airfield for his most elaborate stunt yet.

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January 31, 2014

NY Times tells stories through cinemagraphs

Remember when cinemagraphs were next big thing—when you could get millions of dollars for your startup that made them? Yeah, probably not, but the subtle visual idiom can still be quite compelling, as the New York Times demonstrates in this feature on North Dakota’s modern-day gold rush.

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[Via John Stevenson]

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January 30, 2014

Nokia: “Goodbye, DSLR.”

Bold talk:

 

I’ve had only brief hands-on time with this DNG-capable camera (er, phone?), but judging from what I’ve seen students at SVA create, it’s a great device. Still, I’m reminded of the automotive adage, “There’s no replacement for displacement.” Let’s see if & when these little pocket computers can synthesize the creamy bokeh of a traditional lens—and whether hybrid systems like the Sony QX family gain traction.

[YouTube] [Via]

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Create photo-walks with Lightroom + Photosynth

Andy Trice shows how to prep a series of images, then knit them together into an interactive piece using Microsoft’s new Photosynth technology:

Here’s the kind of thing he produces:

Check out his post for more examples.

[YouTube]

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January 29, 2014

“Flag” Kickstarter project promises free, museum-quality photo printing

I love the craftsmanship & vibe these guys bring to their project:

To make photo printing fun – for the first time by our reckoning – we’ve designed a photo finishing system ready for the 21st century. Museum quality (Giclée) printers, German 220 gram photo paper from sustainable sources, laser cutters, and robots with carbon fiber arms will allow Flag to deliver prints, for free, that are better than any you can pay for today. We want to turn your memories into mementos you can be proud of.

Our secret to making photo printing free? An advertisement on the back of each print. It will always be tasteful, and we are steadfast in our commitment to never sell or share your personal information with advertisers. [Via]

Tangentially related: The Impossible Instant Lab is a crafty digital-analog Frankenstein:

Select a picture, place your iPhone on the Instant Lab and within seconds it ejects your analog instant photo, ready to develop in the palm of your hand. It doesn’t matter whether your digital image was shot with your phone or created in Adobe Photoshop – any image on your phone’s display can be turned into a real analog instant photo. [...]

Being a real camera, it uses a special four element coated glass lens to take a photo from your iPhone’s display and lets it develop inside the layers of the integral film. It’s a purely photochemical process

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January 28, 2014

New Kidpost service bundles up your pics for family

Interesting news from Khoi Vinh:

[T]he sheer number of venues for sharing has made it difficult for my parents and in-laws to keep up with the images that Laura and I post to Facebook, Flickr, Instagram and other services. […]

Today we’re pre-announcing Kidpost, a service which bundles up your kid-related content from your social network accounts into a private, weekly email that gets sent to family members and friends of your choosing.

I’m glad to learn that I’m not the only one who even misses photos posted by his own wife.

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Photoshop turns moving people into ghosts

Interesting work from Aaron Grimes. Sploid writes,

Aaron Grimes used Photoshop to blend regular footage at a 1/50th shutter speed into a new 24 frames per second with a 1-second shutter speed film. The result is, as he says, eerie.

According to Aaron,

What is done here is taking frames from video captured at 24fps with a 1/50th shutter speed and blending them together using Adobe Photoshop. The final product is a video that’s still played at 24fps but with a 1 second shutter speed.

The effect is eerie, causing things that do not move to remain sharp, but anything with motion to blur. The faster something moves to more faint it becomes. Where this is best shown is when something changes speed such as the shot of the man stopping in the street to check his phone, he almost appears out of nowhere, but when he walks off you can see his shape fade away.

[Vimeo]

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January 26, 2014

You spin me right ’round, Tokyo edition

Daniel Marcos Perujo has created a dizzying animation from 72 pictures taken in 36 different locations around Tokyo Sky Tree:

[Vimeo]

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January 24, 2014

Photography: High speed, gone slow

Hypnotic footage from an NYC subway car from Adam Magyar:

[Vimeo] [Via Josh Ulm]

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January 22, 2014

What annoys people about their photo collections?

Here’s what recently deceased photo-sharing startup Everpix heard from customers they surveyed. (Click for a larger version.)

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We think so much about adjusting images, when for most people (who, by the way, overwhelmingly don’t modify images at all) the greater pain is around curation & sharing.

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January 20, 2014

Short film: “Mountains in Motion”

Gorgeous time lapses (just don’t be put off by the opening minute or two of narration from the lost Mumford son):

Mountains in Motion: The Canadian Rockies is an award-winning short film documenting the life of the alpine landscape through time-lapse photography. In an effort to highlight the wildness of these mountain places and how they have inspired explorers of the past, present and future, time-lapse sequences were patiently gathered from exposed summits, by glacial lakes, and under aurora-filled skies.

Hours and even months of change lapses in a matter of seconds, providing the viewer with a rare insight into the ever-changing nature of the landscape. Weaving throughout the film are reflections of an early mountaineer, who is deeply moved by his own encounter with the mountains and the revelations of explorers who have come before him. “What is this power that lures me upwards, into the unknown,” he wonders, “that pulls me deeper, despite snow, wind and exhaustion?”

Made on a shoestring budget and with entirely volunteer hours, the film brought together artists from two vastly different parts of North America – Banff, Alberta, and Atlanta, Georgia. Strangers at the start, the film team developed strong friendships over the course of production and were united by their common goal of capturing the beauty and essence of a place that inspires them every day.

This 100% human-powered film combines advanced time-lapse photography with an original story and musical score to bring the landscape center-stage and offers a thrilling new perspective that re-establishes the Canadian Rockies among the finest mountains in the world.

[Vimeo]

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January 19, 2014

Funky camera ideas: “Frontback” + Heat vision

Frontback is an offbeat app meant to capture images from both of your smartphone’s cameras simultaneously (showing “You, and what you see”). Evidently Canon is now building two sensors into point-and-shoot cameras to enable this sort of “Dual Capture mode.”

Elsewhere the FLIR One camera case promises to give your iPhone Predator-style heat vision:

The company anticipates that homeowners and contractors will use its thermal imaging system to identify energy efficiency problems, like poorly insulated doors or windows, and to find wall studs or ceiling joists.

It also foresees its technology used by hunters, bird watchers, and campers to observe wildlife, to navigate in darkness, to assess whether campfires have really been extinguished, and to determine whether food has been adequately cooked.

And the company claims FLIR One can “detect intruders in total darkness.”

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January 18, 2014

“The Sound of Taste”

BOOM!

Several tons of black peppercorns, cardamom, turmeric, paprika, cumin seeds, ginger, chilli and coriander were rigged to explode in perfect sync with a bespoke musical composition. Each explosion represents an individual piano note or chord, which when filmed at high speed, creates a surreal three dimensional sound scape.

[Vimeo] [Via]

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January 15, 2014

Nokia introduces DNG color profiles for Lightroom, Camera Raw

I’m excited to see the passionate photographers at Nokia helping people not only capture full-fidelity raw files & support open standards, but also use those images efficiently in their photo workflows. Nokia’s Tiina Jaatinen writes,

The DNG format gives you access to pure and untouched visual information, allowing you to do more with your images using the professional workflow you can use with SLRs. [...]

A raw DNG image file contains a lot of information about the image such as camera details, exposure settings, date, and so forth. A color profile tells even more information about the image – specifically how Adobe Lightroom should convert the colors of the raw image file.

Check out her chat with Juha Alakarhu, the head of imaging technologies at Nokia, for more details plus download links.

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Short film: “The Ox”

“What’s the film about… and then, what’s the film really about?”

I find myself touched by Ben Proudfoot’s “THE OX… a portrait of master woodworker Eric Hollenbeck.” It’s about much more, though—about the kids & veterans whose lives he touches, about how he got “bent,” about the virtual island he built.

[Vimeo]

[Via]

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January 14, 2014

“Frames of Life”

If I had
Just one wish
It would be
To get lost…

  

[Vimeo]

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January 11, 2014

Cubism

 The SwatchMate Cube helps you sample color inspiration from the world. Mashable writes,

Utilizing an inner sphere with a light source and a color sensor, the Cube functions as a swatch grabber, recording the color of virtually any object placed underneath it. The Cube then sends the swatch via Bluetooth Low Energy directly to any smartphone into Photoshop; or if the Cube cannot connect to any device, it will store up to a maximum of 20 swatches locally.

[Via Jeff Tranberry]

Meanwhile Polaroid (which is evidently still a thing) has unveiled the rather adorable, GoPro-y C³ camera. CreativePro writes,

For a suggested retail price of $99, the C³ offers a 5MP CMOS Sensor and 120° wide angle lens. It can capture video in 1280 x720 and 640×480, and still images up to 5.0 MP. It’s even waterproof up to 2M. No wireless, though. Images are stored on a micro SD card. Still, don’t you just want to hold one? Or maybe a handful?

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January 10, 2014

“Ladibird” iPhone case is a cam that promises “DSLR quality”

I share PetaPixel’s healthy wait-and-see attitude, but if this thing works as advertised, right on.

 

[YouTube] [Via]

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January 07, 2014

Instagram vs. The Paradox of Choice

“80% of life is showing up,” Woody Allen said. If you never post your photo or video, you can pretty well guess the number of likes it’ll garner.

Instagram knows that the #1 predictor of whether a photo or video will get engagement (i.e. likes, comments) is how quickly it gets posted. (There’s a reason it’s not called “Latergram.”) The limitations of Instagram are what help people get across the finish line.

I used the nicely executed YouTube Capture app a bit over the holiday break. To my surprise, although it works just as advertised, I never shared anything I made with it, whereas I shared half a dozen videos I made with Instagram.

Instagram battles against “the paradox of choice.” Studies show that for every additional 401(k) plan a company offers, employee participation goes down. Why? Because when people have the option to dig in & do more research (work) to achieve the ideal outcome, they get paralyzed and don’t actually complete the mission.

That’s how I’m finding YouTube Capture: It’s easy to capture a bunch (i.e. more than 15 seconds) of footage, then optionally go back and trim, edit, re I’m on the hook to go back and review/trim it, meaning that I… oh sure, I will, soon… I swear… {life intervenes}.

“A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week,” said George Patton. Same goes for pics & vids, General.

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Zipline madness

Devin Supertramp’s NFL stadium shoot features flying cheerleaders, mascots, and all things ‘murica:

Adobe’s Dave Helmly made the shoot a family affair:

I had Dave Jr. on site working with Devin as a shooter as the shoot was near his college in Florida. He was using a new wearable camera from Panasonic. They also mounted these small cameras all over the stadium for a multicam edit in Premiere Pro – saved them a ton of shooting – camera triggers via WiFi.

Take a look behind the scenes:

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January 06, 2014

365Grateful

365Grateful is a great idea, nicely explained, encouraging us all to practice taking stock (through photography or otherwise) of our blessings:

 

[Vimeo] [Via]

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January 04, 2014

Lions & GoPros, oh my

Zoologist & “lion whisperer” Kevin Richardson has captured some eye-popping (and somehow not yet eye-gouging) footage romping with big cats:  

What an incredible brand GoPro is building up. Margot bought me one for Christmas & we’re having a ball strapping it to the boys. [YouTube] [Via]

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January 01, 2014

Time lapse: “City Lights”

Two years ago filmmaker Colin Rich did the impossible, making me find LA beautiful. Now he’s back with a vengeance. Behold City Lights, created for (and featuring the music of) M83:

Colin writes,

‘City Lights’ is the final chapter from my “Trilogy of Light” series that began a couple years ago with ‘LA Light’ and then followed up with ‘Nightfall’. It was a nightly adventure that took me to almost every angle of Los Angeles.

It was an exercise in patience. A lesson in light. An understanding of what it is to live amongst each other and to understand the system and order of a city, the seemingly complex organics that make it up and the life form that the city truly is. A visualization of sonder. It was a daily jaunt to watch the arterial freeway systems pump car cells through its body and channel them to the capillaric avenues that are our neighborhoods and homes. It was a chance to break away from the 70mph freeway perspective and to observe the sun slip from view and watch the electric dance of nightfall begin. It was challenging. It was frustrating. Definitely dangerous at times. Sometimes it hurt. I was chased. Yelled at. Warned. But the overall context of things learned, people met, things seen, and places discovered over the past three years shaped who I am today.

I didn’t always love Los Angeles but I learned to and discovered that this city is much more than temperate weather, palm trees, pretty girls, and beaches; to me the true beauty behind the city lies hidden on the other end of a rusted fire escape to a view no one else has seen.

Check out more info in an interview on LA Canvas. Colin will be running a limited series of high quality Kodak Endura VC metallic prints. Contact him if interested in purchasing them.

[Vimeo] [Via Rick Miller]

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December 30, 2013

Demo: Hidden cropping tricks in Photoshop

Yeah yeah, you know everything there is to know about this seemingly humble (yet incredibly heavily used) part of Photoshop, right? Maybe that’s so, but see if you don’t pick up a trick or two in this quick demo from Bryan O’Neil Hughes:

[YouTube] [Via Rob Cantor]

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December 29, 2013

The lovely “Sonder”

Beautiful life perspective:

SONDER, noun: “the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own.”

From The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, a compendium of made-up words written by John Koenig. Each original definition aims to fill a hole in the language, to give a name to an emotion we all feel but don’t have a word for.

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[Vimeo] [Via]

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December 23, 2013

Awesome photographic history from NASA

You think *you’ve* had high-pressure photo situations? Spend a couple of minutes watching this great recreation of how the first earthrise photo was captured. (Hurry up with that damn color film!)

From NASA:

Using photo mosaics and elevation data from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), this video commemorates the 45th anniversary of Apollo 8′s historic flight by recreating the moment when the crew first saw and photographed the Earth rising from behind the Moon. Narrator Andrew Chaikin, author of A Man on the Moon, sets the scene for a three-minute visualization of the view from both inside and outside the spacecraft accompanied by the onboard audio of the astronauts.

See more info on the NASA site. [YouTube] [Via Sebastiaan de With]

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December 21, 2013

What’s the last photo on your phone?

And what’s the backstory? This is so weirdly great:

Steak n’ shrimp on the weekends, knowwhatimsayin?

[Vimeo] [Via Bianca Giaever]

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December 19, 2013

25 new video tutorials on Camera Raw

Former Adobe photography evangelist George Jardine has released an in-depth new series

This set of 25 all-new video tutorials contains over 4.5 hours of the most comprehensive training available on the Camera Raw 8 Photoshop Plug-In. In this series we cover the raw processing controls from top to bottom. Starting from the ground up, we guide any professional artist, designer or photographer through a complete understanding of each and every control. Then we dive deeper, digging into important details no other videos touch, such as the intricate relationships between the local and global adjustments, how Smart Objects work, as well as a deep dive on working with RGB files.

Check out George’s site for a complete listing of topics plus a sample movie. Access to the series costs $29.95.

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December 18, 2013

Tastemade: The proverbial 1-inch hole

“People don’t come to us because they want 1-inch drills,” the CEO of Black & Decker is said to have remarked, “They come to us because they want 1-inch holes.”

The beautifully executed app Tastemade (App Store) represents an interesting evolution in creative software. Instead of offering an open-ended toolset for doing any number of projects, it aims to do just one thing well—namely, produce short, highly watchable person-on-the-street reviews of restaurants. The entire interface is built to walk you through making & sharing exactly one kind of content. Through constraint + automation, it tends to quickly produce a very nice “hole” (example).

The app is full of nice design touches. For example:

  • Based on its knowledge of your location & Foursquare data, the app can guess which restaurant you’re visiting, auto-populate the title field, then choose an appropriate font/music combo (which you can then change).
  • You’re prompted to capture a number of shots, and a colored progress indicator helps ensure you shoot enough but not too much.
  • When you go to choose a color look, your existing clips are played back at 2x speed, making it easier to see the impact of the filter on more footage.
  • One of the clips you shoot of the venue is placed behind the title & blurred.

Tastemade

Now, is this particular problem worth solving (i.e. do a lot of people want to record, share, and watch restaurant reviews)? I have no idea. (I’m not allowed out of the house; thanks, kids.) I think, however, that the radically reduced barriers to building & distributing software will keep reshaping the creative-tool landscape, producing more highly focused apps that nicely address one specific need.

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December 15, 2013

“An Instagram Short Film”

Thomas Jullien writes,

Instagram is an incredible resource for all kinds of images. I wanted to create structure out of this chaos. The result is a crowd source short-film that shows the endless possibilities of social media.

The video consists of 852 different pictures, from 852 different instagram users. If you are one of them, shout and I will add you to the credits.

Noting the eerie similarity of the photos, PetaPixel writes, “That’s great when you’re trying to create a seamless, crowdsourced hyperlapse journey around famous landmarks, but it stings a bit when you realize that your photos of *insert famous monument here* probably look the exact same as everybody else’s.”

[Vimeo]

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December 11, 2013

A giant space telescope made from plastic

Normally I’d call a 600mm lens big—but this bad boy dwarfs even the Hubble: 

DARPA says the MOIRE program is currently in its “second and final phase,” and has already been prototyped. When completed, such optical systems could result in more powerful telescopes that fit in smaller rockets and shuttles, with eventual use in tracking weather systems or for reconnaissance. Here’s a clip explaining more about how it works:

 

[YouTube]

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December 10, 2013

The Skateboarding Girls of Afghanistan

Man, hearing about Skateistan is just what I needed this morning:

Here’s more about the group, including their current fundraising appeal:

[Vimeo 1, 2]

[Via]

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December 07, 2013

Photoshop Photography Program extended to Dec. 31

Great news:

We are delighted to announce that we are extending the period that the Photoshop Photography Program is available without restrictions to December 31, 2013. The offer is available to everyone, regardless of whether you have purchased a previous Adobe product. […]

Your response to the initial program has been incredible, well above our expectations, and I am thrilled we are able to extend this program so more of you can take advantage of it.

It’s possible that not all pages on Adobe.com have been updated to reflect this change; that should be resolved shortly.

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December 06, 2013

Demo: How to create great panoramas in Photoshop

Bryan O’Neil Hughes shows how to create great panoramas from multiple photos (including Content-Aware Fill magic) in just under 4 1/2 minutes.

[YouTube]

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December 05, 2013

Phantom 2 quadcopter to add DNG support

This news should make the high-flying Russell Brown very happy:

We are very excited to announce that with a firmware update, the Phantom 2 Vision will be able to capture and store pictures in Adobe DNG raw format in-camera. The update will be released in late December.

Today, the Nokia Lumia; tomorrow, quadcopters; who knows what’s next for DNG?

[Via Bryan O’Neil Hughes]

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December 03, 2013

Photography: Robo-Nikon vs. apex predators

My lion-crazed 5-year-old is going to lose his mind when he sees the shots New Zealand photographer Chris McLennan captured with the help of an (not-so-lucky) RC car:

Nice to see Lightroom make a cameo on the savannah.

[YouTube] [Via]

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December 02, 2013

Last day for everyone to get in on the $9.99/mo. Photoshop-Lightroom deal

The Photoshop Photography Program remains open to everyone (regardless of whether you’ve owned a previous version) through the end of the day. After today & through the rest of the month, you’ll still be able to sign up, but you’ll need to own Photoshop CS3 or higher.

As a reminder, the availability of these deals is what’s limited in time. The $9.99/month price is the ongoing price (i.e. it’s not limited to 12 months).

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December 01, 2013

Demo: Creating shallow depth of field in Photoshop

Bryan O’Neil Hughes quickly shows how to blur backgrounds & make objects stand out with Photoshop’s Iris Blur:

[YouTube]

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November 27, 2013

Demo: Use Camera Raw as a Smart Filter in Photoshop CC

Julieanne Kost puts one of the most popular features in PS CC through its paces: 

In this episode of The Complete Picture, Julieanne demonstrates how to take multiple exposures and combine them into a single 32-bit HDR file that can then be edited nondestructively using Adobe Camera Raw as a Smart Filter in Photoshop. In addition, you’ll discover how powerful using Camera Raw as a Smart Filter can be when working with layered files.

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Nokia enables Lytro-like refocusing

Nokia Refocus creates interactive, refocus-able images. ZDNet writes,

The Nokia Refocus app performs similarly to the Lytro camera. The application allows you to shoot between two and eight photos, dependent on available focal planes in view of your shot.

You can share your captured image to SkyDrive with a unique page at refocus.nokia.com being created. This site hosts the image where people can interact and change focus themselves, right from their web browser. Try it out on the Nokia website, it’s pretty slick.

Adobe showed off homegrown plenoptic imaging tech 6+ years ago (“Why is a wild-haired Eastern European guy walking around our floor carrying a medium-format camera & a hot glue gun?”); Apple has apparently been working in this area; and of course Lytro came and… went? This stuff is undoubtedly cool; whether it addresses problems that people really care about solving remains a more open question. [Via Allen Jeng]

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November 26, 2013

So, *should* you get the new Photoshop/Lightroom bundle?

This chart will help. (Normally I find these things lame, but this one’s actually funny. Click the image to see full res.)

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You can sign up here.

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November 25, 2013

Got Adobe photo deal questions? Scott’s got answers.

President Obama has Bill Clinton as his Explainer in Chief. The photography community is blessed to have Scott Kelby cut through the clutter in a similar way. If you have questions about the $9.99/mo. Photoshop/Lightroom bundle, please check out Scott’s FAQ.

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Wait, what part of Adobe’s new photography deal is “limited time”?

The sign-up window is limited; the price is not.

  • Everyone (regardless of whether you own previous Adobe apps) can sign up by next Monday (Dec. 2) to get Photoshop CC & Lightroom 5 the $9.99/month price.
  • Anyone who owns Photoshop CS3 or higher can sign up by Dec. 31.
  • The price itself isn’t limited. That is, it won’t be going up in a year. (Adobe has no plans to raise the price at all, but we can’t say that it’ll never go up—e.g. for inflation—or down.)
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November 24, 2013

Soaring with arms

To call Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham “wheelchair-bound” seems insane: he seems far less bound by gravity than I am. Check out this madness:

Beautifully shot & edited (in Premiere Pro) by Devin Supertramp.

[YouTube] [Via Dave Helmly]

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November 20, 2013

A new deal for all photographers: Photoshop CC + Lightroom 5 for $9.99/mo.

I’m delighted to say that for a limited time, Adobe’s Photoshop Photography Program is available to everyone. The team writes,

By “everyone” we mean EVERYONE! Sign up before Dec. 2 to get Photoshop, Lightroom, 20GB of storage, and Behance ProSite for $9.99/month

As before, the intention is not to get you in at $9.99/mo., then crank up the price after a year. $9.99 is the expected ongoing price. The difference is that you now don’t need to own a copy of Photoshop or Creative Suite CS3 or higher. Please do note that this is a limited-time deal, so you’ll want to jump in before December 2.

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Russell’s aerial tour continues

Building on yesterday’s video:

In the second video, Russell Brown will guide you though the process of taking an aerial panorama. This video is taken on location along the California coast and will demonstrate Mr. Brown’s technique for aerial tripod rotation.

Lean how to stitch aerial photographs together with the help of Adobe Camera Raw profiles combined with the Auto Alignment, and Blending features, in Adobe Photoshop CC.

[Adobe TV 1, 2]

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November 19, 2013

“Welcome to Aerial Photography” with Russell Brown

Check out Russell’s latest endeavor:

This is an introduction to an aerial photography series that will focus on creating panoramas with small cameras taken into the sky with a quad copter.

[Adobe TV]

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November 18, 2013

Phones adding raw image support

Exciting news for all of us who love wringing maximum dynamic range & quality out of our images:

  • “For the better image quality and flexibility of raw photos,” writes CNET’s Stephen Shankland,
    “Nokia’s Lumia 1520 will shoot with Adobe’s DNG format. Similar raw support will come to the Lumia 1020 in early 2014.” Check out the Nokia blog for more details. Nokia’s head of imaging Juha Alakarhu notes, “If you shoot with RAW, you can take benefit of the continuously developing algorithms in the future. Who knows what these tools will offer in 10 years!”
  • Meanwhile Google is working on a new Android camera API that features raw support. (And sorry, I’m not going to call it “RAW,” as it’s neither a proper name nor an acronym. I can’t read it without hearing “RAW is WAR!!” ;-))

At what point will it seem silly & archaic to call these things “phones,” instead of highly programmable cameras that just happen to make phone calls?

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November 16, 2013

A 72-megapixel, tossable panoramic camera

Looks like a ball (heyo):

From the project’s Indiegogo page:

Now the Panono Camera makes it possible to capture everything in every direction in a very high resolution image. Through your Panono Camera, you can freeze the surprise birthday party, the wedding dance floor, the football game, the best concert ever, or that amazing sunset in a whole new fascinating way.

The results are viewable a la Google Street View.

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November 14, 2013

Photography: Epic Splits

Volvos + Van Damme = Brilliance?

Believe it.

And what’s with the Enya? Insane & wonderful. (Brings back fond memories of an ancient VW commercial.)

[YouTube]

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Galluscam, a brilliant new image stabilization platform

(And by new, I mean “probably dinosaur-old, literally”)

[YouTube] [Via Jim Roche]

[Previously: Rotate Your Owl]

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November 12, 2013

Pixelstick helps you make incredible light paintings

Days of miracles & wonder:

From the Kickstarter project page (where they’ve totally blown past their numbers):

Pixelstick reads images created in Photoshop (or the image editor of your choice) and displays them one line at a time, creating endless possibilities for abstract and/or photorealistic art. Taking this one step further, Pixelstick can increment through a series of images over multiple exposures, opening up light painting to the world of timelapse, and allowing for animations the likes of which have never before seen.

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November 11, 2013

Timelapse Transformation Of A Homeless Veteran

Wow.

Serving 400-500 individuals daily, Dégagé Ministries offers help and hope to homeless and disadvantaged individuals in our community. […] While many of our services may seem “simple,” those who receive our services take nothing for granted. Often, it is the simplest of gestures that brings the most powerful results.

[YouTube]

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November 10, 2013

A gorgeous time-lapse of 500+ hot air balloons

Lovely:

Check out the YouTube page for making-of details. [Via]

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November 06, 2013

Live demo/Q&A tomorrow with Erik Johansson

Erik is a Swedish retouch artist known for orchestrating impossible landscapes that make you question reality itself. This week, he’ll be sharing with us his unique perspective on photography and answering student questions. Tune in live, Nov. 7th, noon Pacific time.

Sign up here.


[Vimeo]

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November 03, 2013

Insane GoPro footage from Red Bull Rampage

¡Dios mío! Mountain biker Kelly McGarry flipped over a 72-foot-long canyon. Go fullscreen & let the emotional distress begin:

PetaPixel aptly notes,

Here’s the kicker. This epic bike run down a course that would have Chuck Norris wide-eyed earned McGarry… second place. Yep, apparently it take more than a back flip over a 72-foot canyon to clinch the gold at the Red Bull Rampage.

[YouTube]

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November 01, 2013

Astrophotography tips from the Photoshop engineers

Alan Erickson & Josh Bury from the Photoshop/Camera Raw engineering team recently conducted a Google hangout with photographer Michael Shainblum. You can check out the recording below as well as written notes & tips over on the Photoshop team blog.

[Via Sharad Mangalick]

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October 31, 2013

A Fully Functional Nikon DSLR Costume

It’s from 2011, but it remains terrific:

Nikon Costume

PetaPixel writes,

For Halloween this year, photographer Tyler Card decided to made a giant Nikon DSLR costume. Not just any DSLR costume, mind you, but a fully functional one. The camera actually takes pictures when the shutter release button is pressed, and the photograph is displayed on the giant LCD screen on the back. The built-in flash also works, and the camera is even capable of triggering Alienbees strobes.

The giant camera body is made out of cardboard and a five gallon bucket. A Nikon DSLR was then placed into the camera and connected to the LCD screen and giant shutter button.

Check it out in action on Vimeo. [Sorry, the blog admins have screwed up my ability to embed vids for the moment.]

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October 29, 2013

GoPro: Vertical Skydiving World Record 2012

Lovely & amazing:

[YouTube]

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October 27, 2013

Would you do this? OKDOTHIS

Here’s an interesting app meant to provide inspiration/challenges and let you inspire/challenge others:

We call ideas “DOs.” Create your own DO and share it. Or, try someone else’s DO and see what happens… [A]ny photo you take can become an idea catalyst. And every idea can become an unlimited number of photos. 

Hmm—I’m intrigued. But will you actually do this? Will anyone? I can only guess (as can the creators, I’d imagine).

Last year I asked, “Would you go to the ‘design gym’ with me?,” proposing to challenge & reward people, helping them sharpen their skills. I still think there’s some promise there, but it’s easy to get quite wrong. It’ll be interesting to see how OKDOTHIS, well, does.

[Via Will Eisley]

[Update: Zero comments in 24 hours? I'm guessing that's a "no."]

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“The inherent awkwardness of cuddling some random dude”

For his Touching Strangers project, Richard Rinaldi pulls random people off the street & poses them together. The results are kind of great:

[YouTube] [Via]

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October 23, 2013

Hoop dreams

I love the gorgeous, understated use of motion tracking (and nice titles & color grade too) in this piece:

A hula hoop floats amidst a stunning location of México city. As it moves, a dancer appears and plays with the hoop. Every movement creates lines, impressive shapes and lights that float in the space as if being drawn to gradually create an impressive sculpture in movement.

[Vimeo]

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October 22, 2013

350 people lip-synching a single video

It took director Darcy Prendergast of Oh Yeah Wow “7 days to shoot 350+ faces, 10 days to assemble 4000+ photos.” I find the results fascinating, if hard to watch at length, and I keep hitting the spacebar to pause.

 

You can peek behind the scenes on Facebook. [Vimeo] [Via]

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October 21, 2013

Photography: Lighting for Liquids

Creating the eye-popping Liquid Series* required Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz & team to get creative with high-speed lighting. They share behind-the-scenes details on their blog and in this short video:

[Vimeo] [Via Iván Cavero Belaunde]

*Note: Includes tasteful nudity, in case that’s problematic for you

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October 20, 2013

Photography: The World of Neil Leifer

The Baltimore Sun checked in on the legendary sports photographer‘s 54-picture exhibit at Baltimore’s Sports Legends at Camden Yards. In this brief piece Neil shares his thoughts on hard work & luck:

[Via FotoCare]

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October 17, 2013

Time lapse: Mauna Kea Lasers

Beautiful work from Sean Goebel:

This montage was filmed on three nights in April (I was observing on one of the telescopes and would walk outside when things got boring) and four nights during summer 2013. More information (i.e. “What’s up with the lasers?” “What gear did you use?”) can be viewed here.

Colossal notes, “The lasers you see are called laser guide stars and they help astronomers correct the atmospheric distortion of light by creating an artificial “star” to use as a reference point. ” [Vimeo]

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October 15, 2013

Demo: What’s new in Camera Raw 8.2

Good stuff from Julieanne Kost: 

In this episode of The Complete Picture, Julieanne takes a close look at the feature enhancements and refinements made to the Crop tool, workflow settings, and batch saving capabilities in Adobe Camera Raw. In addition she also covers improvements made to the Spot Removal Tool, Noise Reduction, Local Adjustment Brush, and Histogram. Note: For more information about the Features in Camera Raw 8.0 including the new Upright perspective correction, Radial Filter, and Spot Removal features please see “Adobe Photoshop CC: Favorite Features for Photographers.”

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October 14, 2013

Seene: a “3D instagram”?

It’s easier seen (heh) than described, so just check it out. The Verge writes,

With less than 30 seconds of setup after installing the app, you can record and manipulate an object in real-time, and in 3D. It’s like iOS 7 parallax gone wild…

Even with poorly done Seenes, the app’s 3D effect is breathtaking since it uses the iPhone’s accelerometer to alter the perspective of the image accordingly when you move your hand. On the web, moving your mouse on an image alters its perspective.

[Via Tomas Krcha]

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October 10, 2013

Stock footage + creepy inserted guy = Music video magic

Keith Schofield’s work for Darwin Deez is rather brilliant:

[Vimeo] [Via Neven Mrgan] Something tells me we’ll see more like this from my teammate Dave.

[Previously: “There’s a reason stock video doesn’t have sound.”]

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October 02, 2013

“There’s a reason stock video doesn’t have sound.”

The guys behind GettyCritics.com have excellent, juvenile fun adding their own dubs. Enjoy, before lawyers drop the hammer.

(“The [heck]‘s with these bubbles…??”)

[YouTube] [Via]

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October 01, 2013

Demo: Creating camera & lens profiles for Lightroom & Camera Raw

Last week Benjamin Warde from the Lightroom team showed off how to create lens & camera profiles for use in Camera Raw & Lightroom. By popular demand, here’s the session recording as an illustrated how-to (PDF).

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September 21, 2013

Time lapse: Building One World Trade

Pretty impressive, even without the Inception horns:

[YouTube]

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September 20, 2013

Someone stuck a camera on the back of an eagle

Awesome.

[YouTube] [Via]

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September 15, 2013

An entire family time-lapsed as one individual

Hasselblad portraits -> After Effects -> pixie dust: A “person” ages 65 years in 5 minutes.

Last Thanksgiving, Cerniello traveled to his friend Danielle’s family reunion and with still photographer Keith Sirchio shot portraits of her youngest cousins through to her oldest relatives with a Hasselblad medium format camera. Then began the process of scanning each photo with a drum scanner at the U.N. in New York, at which point he carefully edited the photos to select the family members that had the most similar bone structure. Next he brought on animators Nathan Meier and Edmund Earle who worked in After Effects and 3D Studio Max to morph and animate the still photos to make them lifelike as possible. Finally, Nuke (a kind of 3D visual effects software) artist George Cuddy was brought on to smooth out some small details like the eyes and hair.

[Vimeo] [Via]

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September 14, 2013

Enfojer: A portable smartphone photographic enlarger

It’s sort of the anti-Instagram: Deliberately slow, old-school image-making, but augmented with one’s smartphone.

From the Kickstarter Indiegogo page:

Enfojer bridges almost 200 years of photographic history, from the first camera to the most recent hybrid camera phones that made photography ubiquitous. It is our hope and desire that with this little gadget we preserve the old art of photo development and help you, and you, and you rediscover the magic that happens in a darkroom.

[Vimeo]

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Why don’t more camera companies license this tech?

I just bought a Canon 70D largely on the promise of finally capturing good-looking video thanks to its new autofocus prowess. Unfortunately noise from the lens (a 24-70mm L series) is very audible (here’s a bit I just recorded). I suspect the problem is common to other cameras/lenses, though I’d welcome suggestions about quieter glass.

In the course of researching how I might nuke this crap via Adobe Audition, I stumbled upon the oddly named VideoZizzle, technology that profiles lens noise & scrubs it from recordings. Here’s an unglamorous but effective little demo:

It seems the tech has been around for a while, and while I’m disappointed that it apparently isn’t integrated into my camera, hope springs eternal that it or something similar will proliferate.

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September 12, 2013

Burning Man: A drone’s eye view

Eddie Codel used a GoPro Hero3 on a DJI Phantom with an Arris CM2000 motorized gimbal (which… all sounds very impressive) to create an interesting look at Burning Man 2013:

Check out more examples & time lapses here.

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September 07, 2013

Thomas Knoll talks Photoshop & Creative Cloud

From Luminous Landscape

In early June 2013, Michael Reichmann & Kevin Raber sat down with Thomas Knoll, co-inventor with his brother John, of Adobe Photoshop. Thomas tells the story of two young brothers and the beginnings of Photoshop.

Later in the video, Thomas talks about the controversy surrounding Adobe’s Creative Cloud and the solution he proposed for photographers.

I can’t embed the clip, so check it out on Vimeo.

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Photography: Wakeskating through cranberries

“Along with amazing imagery,” writes director Alex Horner, “you get to learn how cranberries are harvested.” True enough, and lovely:

“No berries were destroyed while making this,” Alex notes. “Cranberries are tough as hell, there was zero waste of food. As far as sanitation goes, it’s an open body of water. A few dudes in wetsuits won’t hurt a thing.” [Vimeo] [Via

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September 06, 2013

New Sony QX cams: Possibly brilliant (?)

I’m deeply intrigued by the new Sony QX10 & QX100 cameras, which use your smartphone as a viewfinder:


[YouTube]

Big zoom plus real bokeh from an iPhone, especially during video? You have my strict attention.

DPReview finds the cams “a bit underwhelming,” and a bunch of questions remain unanswered for me (e.g. can one transfer video wirelessly? how long does it take to transfer stills?). Even so, I’m optimistic, and I’ve asked Photojojo to let me know when they’re ready to order.

In other Franken-phone news, “Hasselnuts is an Adapter that Turns Your iPhone into a Medium Format Digital Back.”

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September 04, 2013

Photographers: A great new deal on Photoshop CC + Lightroom

I’m pleased to say that if you own Photoshop CS3 or higher, you’ll be able to get Photoshop CC, Lightroom 5, and more for $9.99 per month.

Photoshop VP Winston Hendrickson writes, “One common request was a solution specifically tailored for photographers. We listened, and at Photoshop World we’re announcing a special offer for our loyal Photoshop customers.” The new package includes:

  • Photoshop CC
  • Lightroom 5
  • 20 GB of online storage
  • Behance ProSite (custom site/portfolio hosting)
  • Access to the online video tutorials in Creative Cloud

The Photoshop team provides some details

To be clear, $9.99 is not an introductory price. It is the price for those of you who sign up by December 31, 2013. This offer will be available at the same time we introduce the new version of Lightroom 5.2 in a couple weeks.  Visit the FAQ to learn more and follow Photoshop on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ to find out when the offer goes live.

To reiterate: the intention is not to get you in at $9.99/mo., then crank up the price after a year. $9.99 is the expected ongoing price.

I know that this change won’t address every concern, but I’m happy that the offer makes it much easier for photographers who want just two Adobe apps to get the benefits of Photoshop CC & the Creative Cloud. As time goes by the cloud component will grow more & more valuable, and I’m excited that more people will be able to get new capabilities the moment they’re available.

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Photoshop + GoPro = Aerial pano

Russell Brown compares panorama creation via stills vs. video capture, then imports video frames to Photoshop layers & works his magic (color- and lens-correcting via Camera Raw):

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September 03, 2013

Photography: Atom-Lapse

Beautiful time lapse work from Richard Bentley. (And yes—previously unbeknownst to me—Atomium is a real building.)

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September 02, 2013

The sleeper hit in iOS7 (?)

[Update: I'm not taking about making it possible to transfer photos wirelessly to iPads/iPhones. That kind of works today, but it's laborious. I'm talking about making it Just Work.]

For the last 3+ years, customers have clubbed me over the head with the following request:

I want to go on a hike, vacation, etc. and toss my iPad in my bag. I want to pair my nice camera (SLR, Micro 4/3rds, etc.) with the iPad just as easily as I could any Bluetooth device. As I shoot (or later), I want to beam my raw files right into the iPad. I want to review those images on a 10″ rather than a 2″ screen. I want to swipe through to pick the good ones & hide the crap. I might want to apply some edits & share the output directly, but when I get home, I want all the images & their edits appear in Lightroom, ready for any further work.

I want that, too. Everyone wants that. Could we finally be getting there?

AirDrop in iOS7 makes it easy to have nearby iOS devices share photos and videos. Will this extend to pairing cameras with iPhones & iPads, particularly if the former support Wi-Fi Direct? I don’t know—but man, my fingers are going blue from being crossed so long. (Meanwhile we’re not just sitting around, either.)

In tangentially related news, it’s rumored that Sony is about to announce “lens cameras” that connect to & augment smartphones, communicating via Wi-Fi. They promise to combine more powerful optics with immediate access to processing & sharing.

It’ll be fascinating to see how all this plays out. Here’s hoping Apple is working to extend the connective tissue & help make things seamless.

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September 01, 2013

Neat event photography idea: A slow-mo photo booth

What a cool concept from Seattle’s excellently named Super Frog Saves Tokyo: a photo booth set up at a wedding featuring a RED Epic camera capable of shooting at 160fps.

As PetaPixel reports, the creators had this to say:

We just made sure the look was clean in camera and then did color correcting afterwards. Blaine Ludy (Director/Editor of this project) is just really great at getting people to do stuff. In the beginning, people were timid, but as he showed them takes they began to understand what we were doing. Also, it was a wedding with an open bar. The video is edited (mostly) chronologically so you can see people get progressively less inhibited as the night went on.

Super cool. Here’s hoping the necessary camera tech keeps coming down in price, putting this kind of production into more people’s reach.

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August 31, 2013

Amazing imagery from Red Bull contest winners

Were you feeling productive and/or photographically self assured? Here, let me fix one or both of those problems: check out winners of the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest 2013.

skater

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August 30, 2013

Terrible Beauty: The Yosemite Rim Fire

The Atlantic rounds up some amazing images of the fire & those fighting it. Here’s a time lapse of what’s been happening:

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August 28, 2013

Should I abandon DSLRs entirely?

Answer: No. (Not yet.)

I tried, man—especially after lugging my 5D & big lens around Legoland (and, through constant effort, somehow not accidentally braining my young sons with it). I tried a whole pile of Micro Four Thirds cameras & talked to all the brainiac shooters who build Camera Raw & Lightroom. In short these new small cams, while impressive overall, are just not DSLR-quick at focusing & firing the shutter, meaning I’d inevitably miss shots of the kids & curse every time. Getting there? Absolutely. There yet? Not for me.

Meanwhile autofocus during video on the Canon 70D worked pretty darn well in my limited tests, and AF for still work at least matched the 5D. Video AF is the big draw for me: I struck out completely trying to shoot video with a (manually focusing) 5D Mk. II & Rebel I’ve borrowed, but object-tracking AF Servo promises to make all the difference—and it works with my existing lens. Verdict: 70D is better for stills, and at least as good for video.

Thus a 70D is winging its way from B&H to me. God-willing Wi-Fi connections between cams & phones/tablets will only improve (I’m looking at & pulling for you, AirDrop in iOS7!), so I can start spamming your Instagram feeds with bokeh-rich kid-vids. (You may commence holding your breath in 3, 2…)

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August 27, 2013

From NASA: “The Best of IceBridge Arctic ’13″

Here’s a rather beautiful aerial tour of the arctic:

According to Universe Today, “IceBridge… is the largest airborne survey of Earth’s polar ice ever flown, and it will provide an unprecedented three-dimensional view of Arctic and Antarctic ice sheets, ice shelves and sea ice.”

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August 26, 2013

“shoot NYC” scheduled for October 24th & 25th

I know it’s a ways off, but if you’ll be in New York in October, check out free photography seminars from Photoshop PM Bryan O’Neil Hughes and many others:

One-time opportunity to see FREE seminars at shoot nyc with the following industry professionals: Beth Taubner. Brian Smale. Jodi Jones. Roberto Valenzuela. Skip Cohen. Lindsay Adler. Peter Hurley. Rick Friedman. Michael Grecco. Rafael “RC” Concepcion. Andre Rowe. Lara Jade. Catherine Asanov. Matt Karas. Paul Mobley. R Lee Morris. Erik Valind. Bryan O’Neil Hughes. Scott Markewitz. Adam Sherwin. Alexandra Niki. Clay Patrick McBride.

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August 22, 2013

“Riding the New Silk Road”

The NY Times makes interesting use of very short videos, mixing them together with stills & tying them to a scrolling map. The long-predicted “Vine-ing” of the world is well underway, with animated GIFs & looping vids fully blurring the lines between “still” and “video.”

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August 21, 2013

National Geographic’s glorious “Serengeti Lion” presentation

Just go check it out (and max out your browser window), though know now that you can’t bill me for all the time you’re about to lose. (The whole thing makes me wish we had Google Fiber so the video didn’t have to be a bit soft. But still, it’s lovely.)

[Via Veronique Brossier]

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August 14, 2013

Short film: “Experiments in Speed”

“Inspired by those great men of the salt flats, those men that in the 60s pushed the Land Speed Record from the 300s up towards the 600mph mark in jet-propelled cars built in their sheds,” write the creators of this beautifully shot piece, “we decided to do what we do: build a bicycle, but this time, in the spirit of those pioneers of speed, build it to see how fast we could go…”

[Vimeo] [Via]

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August 10, 2013

An artist’s trippy 3D painting technique

I’ve heard Photoshop layers referred to as “sheets of acetate,” but Juan Miguel Palacios’s work takes that literally:

A recent transplant to Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighborhood, Spanish artist Juan Miguel Palacios is making a splash in the New York art scene with a series of work focusing on the human form. Palacios uses a unique technique which involves layering a series of paintings on top of each other to create stunning three-dimensional pieces. We spent some time with Palacios in his studio to discuss his influences, his background and the complexities of his creative process.

[Vimeo] [Via Bryan O'Neil Hughes]

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August 07, 2013

“Shark Dream”: Gorgeous footage from a 5K RED Epic

Let’s get hammerheaded with Andy Brandy Casagrande.

[YouTube] [Via Jim Goldstein]

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August 06, 2013

Let Russell Brown help you make gorgeous aerial videos, like this one

This is nice, right?

 

If you like that, check this out: Russell will be teaching a pre-Photoshop World workshop in Las Vegas on Sept. 3:

If you’ve always wanted to learn how to fly the remote quad-copter and take aerial photography then this is the class for you. With advances in helicopter technology combined with small lightweight cameras, the age of aerial photography is easy to learn, and at reasonable prices. With the help of some expert flight instructors you will learn the basics of flight and some of the techniques for capturing images with the DJI Phantom. Representatives from DJI Innovations and GoPro will also be available for questions, answers and advanced tips and techniques.

After landing the unit safely back on the ground, Russell Brown and his team of experts will discuss some of the best ways to work with your still, and video images from the GoPro cameras.

The early bird price is $89 (regular price $99), and participation is limited to 65 students.

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August 01, 2013

Demo: Lens-correcting GoPro quadcopter footage

Russell Brown’s life does not, from all I can tell, suck in the least. He was recently flying a GoPro camera around the Golden Gate Bridge & the ghost town of Bodie, CA, and here he shows how the new lens profiles built into Camera Raw 8.2 can work on both stills & video. (Jump ahead to 2:40 or so if you want to see the video portion.)

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Camera Raw 8.2 RC adds features, new camera & lens support

A preview (release candidate) version of ACR is now available on Adobe Labs for Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CC.

In addition to supporting 10 new cameras (including the new Canon 70D) and adding several lens profiles (including for the GoPro Hero 3), Camera Raw 8.2 makes a bunch of welcome nips & tucks: The Spot Healing tool gets feathering control; the histogram is now interactive; the Detail panel gets a color smoothness slider; workflow presets are now available; and the Local Adjustment brush has been refined. Check out the Lightroom Journal’s post for full details.

As a reminder, compatibility updates come to both CS and CC, but new features show up only in CC. (That’s the promise of Creative Cloud: New features roll out all the time.)

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July 24, 2013

Poppy: “Turn Your iPhone into a 3D Camera”

This Kickstarter-funded project like some good high-low tech fun:

[Via]

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July 22, 2013

DSLR footage for the rest of us?

“Encourage [your kids] to play somewhere well-lit,” they say. Riiight… and the rest of the time, a big aperture (with corresponding shallow depth of field) is your friend. This has meant, unfortunately, that on the relatively few occasions I’ve tried it, I’ve gotten pretty miserable results shooting video with a DSLR: kids run in & out of focus with abandon, and without any sort of autofocus, I’m lost.

Now, however, the Canon 70D promises great things in that regard:

At present I’m shooting with an original 5D (passed on to me by Bryan O’Neil Hughes when he upgraded to the 5D Mark II, and still one of the nicest gifts I’ve ever gotten), but I’m starting to feel sorely tempted to upgrade, even sight-unseen. Any reason I shouldn’t? Yeah yeah, there’s the whole not-full-frame thing, but I think people get a little irrationally fetishistic about that one, and I doubt I’ll die as my 24-70mm f/2.8 lens ends up effectively zooming in a bit. (By the way, it’s the investment in that thing that’s keeping me in the Canon camp, but I’m open to hearing ideas from Nikon & other shooters.)

In any case, I’m excited that the technology is evolving to this point, and at a fairly attainable price point to boot. Viva competition.

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July 19, 2013

Instagram video -> Legos

Zorana Gee talks about writing a coffee table book called “…For San Jose,” which would bestow the left-handed compliment of saying, for example, “Yeah, that’s a great restaurant… for San Jose.”

I’ve wondered this about Instagram videos (and Vine, for that matter): Good, or just hard? Is this stuff worthwhile, or only “good” if you lower your expectations?

I realized, though, it’s like people building with Legos*: It is cool to see what people can do within certain constraints. One doesn’t judge a watercolor using the same criteria as for an oil painting. Different media, differently beautiful. Hey, I didn’t say it was a profound insight, but it’s made me feel better about these ultra-short-form videos as their own genre—and at last I’ve captured one I quite like.

By the way, I’m curious: Do people actually watch videos, and do they capital-L Like them? I’m finding that the vids I’ve posted draw only about one half to one third the likes of a typical photo of mine. Hopefully the companies will someday reveal numbers on actual consumption (and not just sharing) of these vids. I’d love to see whether it increases or decreases over time.

*fine, “LEGO,” pedants

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An Instagram video, but not the way you’d think

Here’s an interesting project from our friends at Bandito Brothers, assembled in Premiere Pro:

Over 200 Instagrammers gathered to join us in a world’s first creative collaboration. The goal? To make a film featuring the 2014 Lexus IS F SPORT, one Instagram photo at a time.

[Via Dave Helmly]

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July 11, 2013

Ultra-cheap “Bullet Time”: GoPro + ceiling fan

Not having dozens of high-speed cameras, Jeremiah Warren got crafty with a GoPro & some inexpensive materials. Results*:

The making-of:

[YouTube]

*All edited in Premiere/After Effects, Jeremiah notes

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July 09, 2013

Shake Reduction vs. Smart Sharpen in Photoshop CC

How do the various improvements to sharpening in Photoshop CC relate to each other? PM Zorana Gee posted a blurb I found helpful:

Shake Reduction is to remove blur caused by subtle shaking of your camera. Smart Sharpen is about sharpening the existing pixels (2D blurs) – no analysis of image or how the blur happened. They do actually work quite well together. Start with Shake Reduction as it requires the most original data in order to find the blur trace and then use Smart Sharpen.

Update: Zorana points out a detailed article on shake reduction (showing numerous before/after examples) from Andy Trice.

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Warm photos, warm hearts

I’ve always said that Instagram isn’t about photography, but rather about making people feel loved & validated. Perhaps the warmth of “vintage” effects is more than figurative. The NYT, writing about the benefits of nostalgia:

It has been shown to counteract loneliness, boredom and anxiety. It makes people more generous to strangers and more tolerant of outsiders. Couples feel closer and look happier when they’re sharing nostalgic memories. On cold days, or in cold rooms, people use nostalgia to literally feel warmer.

Alternatively, guzzle sepia-hued video clips until your phone toasts your palms. [Via]

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July 08, 2013

Love—or at least animation—is in the air

Projecting animation onto human breath? That I hadn’t seen, at least until Matt Robinson and Tom Wrigglesworth of Wriggles & Robins created Love Is In The Air. Check it out:

[YouTube] [Via]

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July 07, 2013

“Duct Tape Surfing”

Hey, mind if I duct-tape your mom to my back and go surfing? Crazy, inspiring, beautiful stuff. Via Kottke:

Pascale Honore enjoyed watching her sons surf but couldn’t participate because she’s been a paraplegic for the past 18 years. But then Tyron Swan, a friend of her sons, duct taped her to his back and took her out on his board.

[Vimeo]

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July 06, 2013

A trippy Tokyo timelapse

Gorgeous work from Japanese photographer “DarwinFish105“:

According to dvice, the video was shot “using a [Panasonic DMC-GH3] in continuous-shot mode at 1-second shutter speed. The artist then took the footage into Adobe Premiere and applied mirroring and other effects that resulted in visuals that are rooted in reality, yet appear incredibly psychedelic.”

[Vimeo] [Via Stuart DeSpain]

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July 02, 2013

Time lapse: A love letter to SF fog

Simon Christen calls his new film Adrift “a love letter to the fog of the San Francisco Bay Area,” writing,

I chased it for over two years to capture the magical interaction between the soft mist, the ridges of the California coast and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. This is where “Adrift” was born.

If you like this short film, please consider using the tipping jar, proceeds will go towards the next project.

[Vimeo] [Via Mischa McLachlan]

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July 01, 2013

No words

On the NY Times, Nick Bilton talks about photographs becoming a ubiquitous, disposable form of communication:

Photos, once slices of a moment in the past — sunsets, meetings with friends, the family vacation — are fast becoming an entirely new type of dialogue. The cutting-edge crowd is learning that communicating with a simple image, be it a picture of what’s for dinner or a street sign that slyly indicates to a friend, “Hey, I’m waiting for you,” is easier than bothering with words, even in a world of hyper-abbreviated Twitter posts and texts.

Apparently text messaging is in (slight) decline, while SnapChat (y’know, self-destructing junk shots for the kids) is reputedly worth $800+ million. This is the part where Old Man Nack officially feels he has no idea what’s going on.

There’s got to be some great Orwell quote about losing the language to make sense of experiences, but, eh, who wants to read all that?

Elsewhere Dave Pell muses about how imaging can separate us from experiences:

We’ve ceded many of our remembering duties (birthdays, schedules, phone numbers, directions) to a hard drive in the cloud. And to a large extent, we’ve now handed over our memories of experiences to digital cameras. [...]

We no longer take any time to create an internal memory of an event or an experience before seeing, filtering, and sharing a digital version of it. We remember the photo, not the moment.

In a world of social media, we can all exist in a droll, above-it-all sugary crust (like Seinfeld talking about how in a cab, everything on the other side of the plexiglass, no matter how dangerous, is amusing & unreal). It’s a good time to remember that Facebook likes, like design, won’t save the world

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June 30, 2013

Russell Brown demos his favorite features in Photoshop CC

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June 26, 2013

“Instagram Video and the Death of Fantasy”

Products sell people a better version of themselves, and Instagram is a highlight reel. It’s not about photography; it’s about getting liked. Photos are just the vessel by which people exchange affirmation.

In the NYT Jenna Wortham thoughtfully considers how video punctures the fantasy-bubbles that Instagram photos create:

But while that shaky video that I took on the roof was definitely steeped in reality and definitely true to the moment, it wasn’t the version of the night that I wanted to remember or share with my Instagram friends.

That’s because Instagram isn’t about reality – it’s about a well-crafted fantasy, a highlights reel of your life that shows off versions of yourself that you want to remember and put on display in a glass case for other people to admire and browse through. It’s why most of the photographs uploaded to Instagram are beautiful and entertaining slices of life and not the tedious time in-between of those moments, when bills get paid, cranky children are put to bed, little spats with friends.

If you want facts & figures to back this up, here are a bunch.

Can technology make people feel more comfortable sharing their videos? Maybe. In many cases it’s by moving the goal posts—simply reducing what’s possible (and thus what can be expected) to the point that people say “Well I could do that.” (Cue the old “Lowered Expectations” jingle.)

I wonder whether (or when) Instagram & Vine will let people upload video from their camera rolls. Omitting that feature certainly made it easier to get to market (as they could eliminate features for trimming, sizing, etc.), but there’s another key difference: Insisting that video be captured via the apps limits the content to things you yourself captured. Thus your feeds can’t (yet) become dumping grounds for whatever animated GIF people have found.

We shall see.

[Via]

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Photography: Google takes on the Burj Khalifa

Here’s a neat use of Google’s backpack-mounted, spherical-photo-capturing rigs. The Next Web writes,

Without venturing anywhere near the United Arab Emirates, you can explore the world’s tallest observation deck on the 124th floor, dangle from the building’s maintenance units on the 80th floor (which are reserved for cleaning windows, apparently), and also visit the highest occupied floor in the world, on floor number 163.

It’s funny: I’m reminded of the QuickTime VR (hey, remember that?) projects we did circa 1996. I thought that spherical panos were brilliant, but they fell into disuse for years. I never anticipated that they’d reemerge & prove so common, even mundane, all these years later.

[YouTube]

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June 17, 2013

Epic slow-mo balloon fight

Working on a shoestring budget, Johnny Han has created a captivating video for Irish musician Bressie’s “Silence is Your Saviour”. He used an intensive, all-Adobe workflow, but I’ll save that write-up for another time.

Coincidentally, my Father’s Day looked a ton like this–except that every swarming, pint-size thrower was targeting me alone. My shoes are still drying out…

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June 16, 2013

“Making a difference. One app at a time.”

This piece from Apple is the best kind of advertising, and damn if it isn’t beautiful, informative, and moving. (Tell me the kid becoming verbal doesn’t grab your heart & I’ll check you for a pulse.)

[Via]

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June 15, 2013

Beautiful, steampunk-ish “Heartbeat” pinhole cameras

Korean photographer & metalworker Kwanghun Hyun built a pair of brass pinhole cameras, powering their timing mechanisms with watch parts:

Lovely, though I wish my initial misreading (that it was somehow powered by one’s heartbeat) proved accurate. [YouTube]

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June 14, 2013

Time lapse: The birth of a supercell

Check out this work from Mike Olbinski:

He writes,

It took four years but I finally got it.

A rotating supercell. And not just a rotating supercell, but one with insane structure and amazing movement.

I’ve been visiting the Central Plains since 2010. Usually it’s just for a day, or three, or two…but it took until the fourth attempt to actually find what I’d been looking for. And boy did we find it. [...]

We chased this storm from the wrong side (north) and it took us going through hail and torrential rains to burst through on the south side. And when we did…this monster cloud was hanging over Texas and rotating like something out of Close Encounters.

The timelapse was shot on a Canon 5D Mark II with a Rokinon 14mm 2.8 lens. It’s broken up into four parts.

Check out the Vimeo page for more details. [Via Richard Morey]

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June 13, 2013

Free new Lynda.com course: B&W in Photoshop & Lightroom

Photohop PM Bryan O’Neil Hughes has posted a new 42-minute course that’s free until June 21:

Shoot in color, but think in black and white. In this course, Adobe Photoshop Senior Product Manager Bryan O’Neil Hughes shares his favorite techniques for transforming color photographs into black and white, a technique that provides more creative options than using your camera’s black-and-white mode. Learn how to prepare and fine-tune your photographs in Lightroom, and then move them into Photoshop to take advantage of its nondestructive adjustment layers. The course also introduces techniques for using Photoshop to adjust the color of video clips.

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June 11, 2013

“Virtual motion graffiti” in an abandoned monastery

Lovely work from Daniel Silva:

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June 07, 2013

Pranking people on the street with live Photoshopping

Brilliant, and well worth the two minutes:

[Via Dave Helmly]

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Kids these days

PetaPixel writes about 14-year-old photographer/Photoshopper “Zev” (aka Fiddle Oak).

Zev

Elsewhere Miguel Campos has his 5-year-old (!) posting Photoshop tutorials:

I of course now feel inadequate because I’ve yet to interest Finn in using & teaching Photoshop. He does seem intrigued by the idea of making laser beams shoot out of his brother’s eyes. To be continued!

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June 04, 2013

Startling infrared war photography

Irish photographer Richard Mosse uses 16mm Aerochrome film to make us see the invisible—literally & figuratively—in the Congo’s ongoing war. He says,

How much more constructed is a pink photograph than a black-and-white photograph? … [Viewers are] confused, and angry, and disoriented. And this is great! Because you got them to actually think about the act of perception and how this imagery is produced and consumed.

 

In a marginally related vein, on Popular Photography Debbie Grossman writes about creating Fake Infrared Photography Using Adobe Camera Raw. [Via John Dowdell]

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June 02, 2013

A photographer’s 360º wedding proposal

Via PetaPixel, this one’s too charming not to share. Photographer Brady Dyer writes,

After having the most amazing day ever, we were on the deck of our penthouse apartment drinking Veuve at which point Emma said “this moment couldn’t get any more perfect”… She was wrong! I told her to do a big 360 degree video of the sunset finishing on me and I would wave and say hello.

[Via]

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May 23, 2013

Demo Using Smart Previews in Lightroom 5

The freely downloadable beta of Lightroom 5 introduces the ability to work with files that reside on disconnected drives—even modifying their Develop module settings:

[Via Andrew Kavanagh]

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May 19, 2013

Clever 360º Building Capture

The resourceful kids at Candy Glass Productions show how to use Google Street View + Photoshop to create an animation that spins around a reference building (in this case the CN Tower):

[Via Ben Hansen]

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May 11, 2013

Time lapse: Two months breaking ice

“I’ve been on an icebreaker for almost two months now,” writes marine scientist Cassandra Brooks, “traveling through the Ross Sea, Antarctica… To share the incredible experience of an almost infinite variety of scenes, I’ve compiled a time-lapse montage shot over the last two months, condensed into less than five minutes, with a surprise at the end. Enjoy!”

Check out more from Cassandra’s travels on the NatGeo site.

[Via]

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May 08, 2013

Sneak Peek: Perspective Warp in Photoshop

If I may echo Rainn Wilson, “Oh my God, that’s ridiculous.”

Note: This is a technology demo, not a feature that’s quite ready to go in Photoshop CC. With the move to subscriptions, however, Photoshop and other teams are moving away from “big bang” releases & towards more continuous deployment of improvements.

[Update: I know that a number of people aren't digging Wilson's schtick. Hats off to Sarah for being such a pro under pressure.]

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May 02, 2013

Tutorial: Displaying a Photograph within a Shape in Photoshop

In this quick demo, Julieanne Kost shows three different ways to display an image with in a shape in Photoshop including vector masks, clipping masks and layer groups.

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April 30, 2013

Eternal Light: Touring your photo collection at breakneck speed

I was all set for a standard Kickstarter pitch. That’s when the F bomb & dubstep dropped…

Project creator Peter Basma-Lord writes,

Take your photographs out of the dark and put them in Eternal Light [EL1] – An OSX app that lets you playback, filter, affect & record an infinite number (100,000+) of images & videos at any speed. All synced to sound and controlled (optionally) via iPhone or iPad.

For more info see the project site.

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April 29, 2013

Photography: High-speed owl attack

This clip from BBC Earth Productions was way, way up my owl-loving 3-year-old’s alley, though now I’m dreading the possible resulting nightmares:

[Via]

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April 27, 2013

The impossible photos of Erik Johansson

Adobe’s Inspire magazine features Photoshop hoss Erik Johansson, his process & his work:

Johansson: I wanted to do something with paper — something more physical, not just a retouch project. Although I obviously use Photoshop quite a bit, I try to do as much as possible in-camera, which makes the illusion look more realistic and makes things easier during post-production.

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Hadouken!

I once had a Japanese girlfriend who was scandalized that my high-school burnout buddies had always misunderstood the battle cry “Hadouken!!” as a horribly clumsy attempt to say “(hh)I’ll use it.” That has nothing to do with anything, except that I think of it while watching these kids give a fun illustration of how to create “Makankosappo (“Magic Penetrating Killing Ray”!) photos:

[Via]

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April 24, 2013

The Adobe keynote from Photoshop World 2013

“We now snap more photos in two minutes than were captured in the entire 19th century,” and people have already spent more than 900 years working in Photoshop Touch (!).

Check out the talk for more interesting info & demos. Skip to around the 23-minute mark to see camera shake reduction. Around 31 minutes they show that tech being run in the cloud.

[Via Andrew Kavanagh]

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April 22, 2013

FocusTwist brings Lytro-style imaging to iPhone

The new $2 app lets you refocus images after capturing them:

PetaPixel writes,

Unlike Lytro’s light field camera, which uses innovative new technology that actually captures entire scenes sharply in one shot, FocusTwist “fakes it.” The app doesn’t require any additional hardware because it’s simply based around the idea of stacking multiple photographs.

The app snaps multiple photographs of a scene with different focal planes and then merges them together into a single interactive image that can be refocused. One of the “secret sauces” behind the app is the image stabilization algorithm that it uses to cancel any hand shake that might be present when it shoots the multiple exposures.

What do you think—is the effect legitimately useful, or just a gimmick?

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April 14, 2013

Gorgeous light paintings done via wakeboards (!)

Colossal reports,

The folks over at Red Bull are currently holding a photography competition called Red Bull Illume which is billed as “the world’s premier international photography competition dedicated to the world of action and adventure sports.” One of the latest entries to the competition is this awesome set of photos captured by photographer and light painter Patrick Rochon.

Check it:

[Via Kim Pimmel]

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April 06, 2013

Neat MōVI video stabilization rig

Oh, this looks cool:

Filmmaker* Vincent Laforet writes, “The completely silent device weighs under 3.5 pounds bare and can be operated solo, or with the help of a second ‘gimbal’ operator with a joystick to pull off some incredible moves.” Check out his blog for more details. [Via Patrick Palmer]

* and Premiere Pro convert, I might add

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April 05, 2013

A free new series on Photoshop photo restoration

Check out this great collaboration between Photoshop PM Bryan O’Neil Hughes & Lynda.com. Bryan writes,

When Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast last fall, I remember reading stories about the survivors, and one theme kept popping up – people facing great danger to retrieve their family photos…

I needed a way to help. It was unbearable to see these victims fight to recover their most prized photographs, only to find them damaged by the storm. Knowing Photoshop’s tremendous power for retouching and restoration, I looked everywhere for tutorial content to share, but nothing seemed right…

Luckily, the team at lynda.com came to the rescue. They offered me one of their studios to record a video series about using the tools in Photoshop to recover photos.

The video series (25 clips, 70 minutes) is now available to everyone through the “Like to Learn” tab on the Lynda.com Facebook page. Here’s a sample:

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“Roadtrip USA”

“2 Weeks
3,000 Miles
5,000 Photos
in 3 Minutes.”

The irritatingly* talented Mike Matas & his girlfriend produced the beautiful & charming Roadtrip USA:

[Via Tim Marshall]

*not really, of course!

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April 03, 2013

Social media & paparazzi

Hmm—interesting to hear via the NYT that social media are cutting out the middleman, and thus reducing the price paparazzi can command:

“The old school way was that you would get an e-mail that said, ‘I was on vacation and saw so-and-so and I’d like to sell it to you,’” she said. “Fans are far less likely to do that now. They’d rather share it themselves first on Twitter and Instagram than sell it immediately. People are dedicated to gaining their own followings and that’s the best way to do that.”

Photos can go for a fraction of their historically high cost, she said. “It’s certainly devalued by the fact that it’s already out there,” she said.

Update: Design Taxi has a story about the NY Times running an Instagram photo on their front page. I found this comment from photographer Peter Krogh interesting:

What’s crazy to me is that the Times is granting a perpetual, sublicensable, royalty free, fully-indemnified license to its images to Mark Zuckerberg. Who cares which camera and software was used.

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April 02, 2013

Creative Cloud: What’s in it for photographers?

Quite a bit more than you’d think, it turns out. Terry White explains.

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March 31, 2013

“Back To Me”: A cinemagram-style music video

Dark, heavy, bizarre—but visually arresting.

[Via Durin Gleaves]

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March 29, 2013

Photography: Downtown Jerusalem, backwards

PetaPixel writes,

Messe Kopp sent us this awesome and mind-bending video he shot on the streets of Downtown Jerusalem. It it’s a backward-is-forward video that shows a man getting up from bed and taking a stroll down a city street, interacting with various people and objects along the way. The entire 2.5-minute video was shot in a single take.

 

Wondering how the original capture looked (i.e. running frontwards), some thoughtful soul downloaded, reversed, and uploaded the piece:

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March 27, 2013

Photography: Stupidity at 2500fps

Normally I’d insert an ironic “U-S-A!” chant, but this mayhem comes from the Danish show “Dumt & Farligt” (i.e. “Stupid & Dangerous”).

[Via]

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March 23, 2013

Real-time Photoshoppery punks pedestrians

Magician Rahat Hussein and prankster Jack Vale performed a little switcheroo and fooled Hollywood pedestrians–no digital editing necessary:

[Via]

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March 21, 2013

“A Room With Many Views”

Russell Brown is the master of creatively misusing (or at least bending) Photoshop features. Here he manually aligns a series of photos, then blends them to create an elongated structure not found in nature.

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March 20, 2013

“Instagram Is Too Hard”

Seriously? I must politely say that if you’re not willing to take a few seconds to think about improving your image & possibly giving it a caption, I likely don’t need to see it.

I don’t accept that simply maximizing active use, consumption, etc. is an unquestionable good. (That’s how cancers operate.)  You want quality, and if Instagram further reduced friction (e.g. by enabling batch upload from desktop apps), it would turn into an unwashed Facebook stream.

Instagram makes me a better photographer in that it induces me to slow down just a tiny bit & try to craft an image/caption pair that my audience will like (literally). It’s an incredibly simple form of gamification, and dang if it doesn’t work.

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March 18, 2013

Tutorial: Russell Brown’s light painting

Russell Brown has been killing it lately with long-exposure photography.

Kilns

Here he shows how he lit charcoal kilns in Death Valley, then stacked the results in Photoshop:

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March 15, 2013

An interview with Photoshop prodigy Taylor McCormick

Check out the Photoshop.com blog:

In only two years, Taylor McCormick has transformed herself from a budding photographer into a one-of-a-kind artist.  Through an involved and self-driven process McCormick matured from a high-school student with a camera and an imagination into a gallery-sponsored artist, traveling to Atlanta, Washington D.C., New York and Los Angeles for her work. Her journey can be described by the same word used to describe most of her published images: dreamlike.

Taylor

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March 11, 2013

Stunts & Octane: Robbie Maddison’s Air.Craft

Great cinematography + aircraft boneyard nerdery? Sign me up–and that’s even without the brilliant motocross stunts:

[Via Colin Stefani]

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March 04, 2013

Short film: “The Innovator”

Tristan Stoch of Cineastas created this beautifully shot profile of athlete-turned-creator Mike Friton:

Mike Friton is a freelance shoemaker, weaver, paper sculptor and innovator with over 30 years of experience at Nike. His innovations are responsible for many elements of athletic footwear that people wear today. Each of his crafts informs one another and he is constantly exploring the fringes of his field. Mike’s work is a great example of how non-traditional methods of exploring one’s craft can lead to unique end results.

[Via]

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March 02, 2013

Beautiful timelapses

PetaPixel features Jess Dunlap’s “Gorgeous Landscape Time-lapse Created Over 1 Year and with 17,000 Photos.” [Update: Dammit, somewhere in the time since I queued up this post, the video went password-protected. Hopefully it'll come back.]

Elsewhere, look to the skies: Gavin Heffernan writes,

“The skies cleared and showed us an incredible galactic palette! Star Trails shot at 25 sec exposures. No special effects used, just the rotation of the earth’s axis. Photography Merging: STARSTAX. Used Canon 5D & 7D, with a 24mm/1.4 lens and a 28mm/1.8. The Geminids get crazy as the sun comes up (2:20-2:35) but you can spot a bunch more throughout, if you look closely — or here’s a nice shot (bit.ly/SkZGdw). There’s also some passing planets (1:15-1:30 and 2:15-2:25). I believe the first big one is Jupiter.”

[Via]

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February 26, 2013

Photoshop Touch comes to iPhone & Android!

I’m delighted to see that following up on the very popular tablet version, Photoshop Touch for phone is available on the Apple App Store and Google Play for $4.99. PM Stephen Nielson writes,

Much like the tablet version, Photoshop Touch on the phone has core Photoshop features like layers, advanced selections tools, adjustments and filters. We also packed in features exclusive to Photoshop Touch, like Scribble Selection for high-precision selections using only your finger, and Camera fill for real-time creative blending of your camera feed with layers. This app features the same creative filters as the tablet version, like Color Drops and Acrylic Paint, and also a new Ripple filter.

With Photoshop Touch and the Adobe Creative Cloud, I can start a project on my phone, continue it on my tablet, and polish it off at my desk in Photoshop CS6. Photoshop Touch will automatically keep my projects in sync on each device, at the full resolution and with all the layers intact. This capability is available to every customer with a free Creative Cloud account. There is no paid subscription requirement for syncing.

Give it a whirl & please let us know what you think.

pst

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A look into Julieanne Kost’s creative process

It’s refreshing to see an artist trade slickness for candor, and that’s just what Julieanne does in showing off the trial, error, and production techniques that went into creating her still life piece “Cyclical”:

jk

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February 23, 2013

Ken Burns 2.0

I really enjoyed hearing master storyteller Ken Burns discuss how his personal history helped give rise to his life’s work, and more:

You can read much more detail in this interview on The Atlantic.

Just as interesting to me, from a geeky perspective, is the way the famous & simple Ken Burns effect has morphed into something richer & more ambitious, imparting parallax movement to the various pans & zooms. In fact, the clip above prominently credits After Effects artist Elliot Cowan. Let’s hear it for Content-Aware Fill, “postcards in space,” and more.

[Via Troy Church]

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February 20, 2013

HTC debuts simultaneous photo/video capture, more

Interesting developments in mobile photography:

“We invented a way of dual-path encoding where we would shoot still and video simultaneously with no data loss,” Whitehorn says. “We wouldn’t drop data yield down at all. We would bring in full-resolution video and full-resolution stills at the same time… What that means is you have this living asset, that moment will be alive — you can always scrub that moment and get that perfect smile.”

The camera trades away megapixels (coming at 4, vs. a more typical 8+) for quality: “What we realized is that megapixels is just a metric for blue shirts in Best Buy.”

Another neat feature: Zoe mode starts recording video before you even press the record button so you don’t miss a moment. “Think of it as TiVoing your life.”

Video also can be shot in an “always on” HDR mode at full 1080p resolution or in slow motion.

[Via]

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New VSCO film pack for Lightroom, Camera Raw

Looks interesting (literally):

Whether inspired by the clean, commercial look of films like Fuji FP 100c or the sun-drenched vibe of Polaroid 690, VSCO Film 03 for Lightroom 4 and Adobe Camera Raw 7 represent the most diverse VSCO Film pack yet. With over 115 presets, VSCO Film 03 is overflowing with both present day film stock, as well as expired vintage films. The pack also includes a custom Toolkit specifically created to help you emulate the varying looks of instant films. This is not an update or an upgrade. It is a completely new VSCO Film pack with completely new film emulations and tools.

Check out the site for examples, pricing, and discounts.

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February 19, 2013

Adobe Camera Raw turns 10 today

…and Lightroom turns 6, and Photoshop 23!

What was born during Thomas Knoll’s vacation to Italy (wherein he was so frustrated by his camera’s raw conversion software that he downloaded their SDK & wrote his own) has come a long, long way. PM Tom Hogarty says, “I count 42 official releases over those 10 years or 1 update every 2.8 months. However, when you include all of the public RC builds you could easily double that!”

Click through to the Photoshop team blog to see an infographic that marks this milestone. Thanks to all the engineers & QE who’ve made this engine so invaluable, and to all the passionate photographers who help the team keep doing what they do. Here’s to the next 6, 10, & 23 years!

ACR

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February 18, 2013

“These people want to die, but God has not chosen their time”

I’ve previously linked to the incredible aerial photography of George Steinmetz, much of it captured while dangling from an ultralight wing over Africa. I think you’ll enjoy this 20-minute talk about his life of adventure, replete with fantastic images, as much as I did:

 

[Via]

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Foliobook syncs Lightroom, iPad via Dropbox

Foliobook Is My New Preferred iPad Portfolio App,” writes Adobe evangelist Terry White:

I use Lightroom to publish to folders in Dropbox via the built-in Hard Drive Publish feature. This is also one of the ways I go from Lightroom to my iOS devices.

In this latest update to FolioBook, FolioBook Now “Syncs” with Dropbox. That’s right! Real syncing. Simply choose the folder on your Dropbox.com account that you wish to sync with as a gallery in FolioBook and it will “sync” the new photos to FolioBook and remove the old ones. Hooray!

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February 16, 2013

Film: Styleframes NYC Opening Titles

Disturbing, but beautifully shot & executed:

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February 14, 2013

“If you’re not scared you’re gonna lose it, it’s not that great a picture”

Okay, I’ll admit it: my first reaction was basically “Man, the world needs to wax Jay Maisel’s proverbial car even further about as much I need a hole in my head.” But dang if this 7-minute piece by The Big Picture isn’t totally charming. (If only it were higher res! But still, the images & personality come right through.)

[Via Kelly McCathran]

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February 13, 2013

Does Instagram make people better photographers?

This subject came up at lunch as we chatted about whether tools can & should aspire to help people be better illustrators, storytellers, etc.

My initial reaction was that no, Instagram doesn’t make you better, but it makes a great many people feel better (giving photos some flair, paving over flaws like crappy lighting). Making people feel cooler than they are is nothing to sneeze at, but one could argue that a shortcut to “interestingness” detracts from doing harder work around composition, lighting, etc.

On second thought, though, I think Instagram does make me a better photographer—or at least it makes me work harder to make interesting images. People love to put on fancy conferences about gamification & incentives, but the game here’s simple: When my photos draw likes (especially from, say, photographers I respect or some cute girl I knew 20 years ago), I feel good; when they don’t, I feel bad. (Hey, I’m human.) Thus I’m highly motivated to share only my most interesting work.

What do you think?

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Photojojo University arrives

Photojojo—the effortlessly, inimitably charming little photo newsletter/store—has just introduced Photojojo University. Site creator Amit Gupta explains, “It’s photography fundamentals, taught for people discovering photography for the first time with a phone.”

Each lesson is lovingly crafted for the small screen and sent straight to your email for anytime reading. Each week, you’ll get two bite-size lessons complete with photo challenge to practice your skills.

Looks fun; I’ve just signed up.

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February 06, 2013

Film: “A Day In India”

Sustainable-food company The Perennial Plate has captured a visually sumptuous look at India:

It’s hard to put your camera down in India. With so much beauty and filth, food and poverty, happiness and stress: its an overwhelming (and wonderful) place to film. We came back exhausted, full and still overwhelmed (this time with the task of editing all the footage into a short video). Because India is a big place, and each area varies dramatically, we attempted to construct a day across India: from north to south, from dawn till dusk.

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February 04, 2013

Storytelling through (almost) just photography

PetaPixel on the Paul Harvey Super Bowl “Farmer” ad:

One of standout commercials during the Super Bowl yesterday was the above ad by Chrysler promoting its Dodge Ram line of trucks. The 2-minute ad pays tribute to farmers across the nation, and is composed entirely of photographs showing various facets of the farming industry.

Note that the images aren’t entirely static. Watch for bits of parallax, clouds that stream by, particles that float, and more. I love that kind of subtle enlivening, creating something in the cinemagram vein (not quite a photo, not exactly video).

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January 31, 2013

Dorks On A Plane

What happens when you strap a couple of GoPros onto the bottom of the B-24 you’ve talked your way aboard? There’s only one way to find out!

Last Memorial Day my friend Bruce Bullis (Adobe video engineering) and I managed to ride a vintage bomber out of Moffett Field. Bruce charmed the GoPro folks into lending us a couple of cameras that we could mount on the outside of the plane, and we carried a Canon 5D Mk II and our iPhones aboard the plane.

Lessons learned, in brief:

  • Wind is a bitch. The tail-mounted GoPro got blown upwards almost immediately. I’ll spare you 15 minutes of extremely close-up footage of an airplane’s tail.
  • SLR video is hard. I’m not used to the Mk II (my “vintage” 5D doesn’t shoot video), and I found it really hard to compose & focus shots via the LCD panel. That’s especially true in tight quarters, like the rear plexiglass gun turret where I kept bonking with my lens. (This was all while trying not to fall out the open windows, or through the bomb bay doors, etc.) At least I’m happy with the stills we captured.
  • Video stabilization can work wonders but isn’t a silver bullet. The video embedded above was greatly improved by the Warp Stabilizer in Premiere Pro CS6, but some movements still produce that “jelly cam” effect.
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January 30, 2013

DARPA tech: Cool with a side of creepy

Generating 600 GB of data per second (eat your heart out, RED cam), the 1.8-gigapixel ARGUS camera will hitch a ride on drones, spotting targets as small as six inches from an altitude of 20,000 feet. TechCrunch reports,

The camera uses 368 five-megapixel camera sensors aimed through a telescopic array to pick out birds in flight and humans on the move on the Earth’s surface. ARGUS stands for Autonomous Real-Time Ground Ubiquitous Surveillance Imaging System.

Elsewhere, acronym-lovin’ DARPA wants you to design an amphibious Fast, Adaptable, Next-Generation Ground Vehicle (FANG). Somehow I’m kinda weirded out by their appropriating a breezy whiteboard aesthetic more often seen in TED talks:

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January 22, 2013

A film scanner for your smart phone

Yes, really. Check out this Kickstarter project from Lomography:

The Smartphone Film Scanner was conceived as a way to offer photographers and enthusiasts a quick, easy and portable way to scan 35mm films. It offers unrivaled speed and convenience when compared to other film scanners. In addition, the scanner will work with a free integrated Lomoscanner App, which allows you to easily edit and share your scans.

[Via]

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January 16, 2013

Slow-mo photography: Top 10 Ways To Destroy A Snowman

Chilling.

Now I have to debate whether to show this to our lads (who just built their first snowman) or whether it’s too… how do you say… cold-blooded. [Via]

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January 12, 2013

Is is real, or is it After Effects?

That’s what I found myself wondering as I watched Supralude‘s That Night In Williamsburg. He won’t spill many beans, but what do you think? Were those lights added in post, and how can you tell one way or the other?

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January 10, 2013

Russell Brown: Stacking images for enhanced nighttime photography

Russell’s a master of combining often obscure parts of Photoshop in new & useful ways. Here he shows how to combine multiple exposures via one of his scripts:

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January 09, 2013

Photography: Julieanne Kost’s “Moments Alone”

Every day, Adobe evangelist Julieanne Kost shares a set of beautiful captures via Instagram. As she did last year, she’s compiled her favorites into a short video:

I’m sure that the images will mean more to me than they do to you, but I would encourage you to create a collection of your own images and look at them as a complete body of work for the year to see what you can discover about yourself.

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January 07, 2013

“Further Up Yonder”: Views of Earth from the ISS

Giacomo Sardelli used Photoshop & Premiere Pro to edit eye-popping visuals taken aboard the International Space Station, then combine them with clips of the crew addressing all of us down here:

Some making-of nerdery courtesy of PetaPixel:

Pictures were downloaded from the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center and edited with Photoshop CS6. Even if they were Hi-res images shot with Nikon D3S cameras, a lot of noise removal and color correction was needed, especially for those shots at ISO 3200, which was the highest ISO speed limit I’ve allowed myself to use, exception made for the last sequence of the spinning world, which comes from a sequenze of shots taken at ISO 12800. [...]

Editing was made with Adobe Premiere CS6, with a 2K workflow, which allowed me to scale, rotate and pan image sequences whose native resolution is 4K.

Tangentially related bonus: NASA’s Captain Sunita Williams gives a 25-minute tour of the International Space Station—what Kottke calls “the nerdiest episode of MTV Cribs.”

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January 01, 2013

Photography: “Chasing Ice”

Photoshop engineer John Peterson (who’s been behind Photomerge, various vector improvements, and more) highly recommends the new documentary Chasing Ice:

It follows photographer James Balog as he travels the Arctic documenting the massive meltdown of the glaciers.  Among other things, he and his crew set up over two dozen time-lapse cameras to capture the melting ice over a period of years.  The footage they capture of the glaciers – in some cases melting completely out of frame – is amazing. Another team, camped out on a freezing ledge for over two weeks, were rewarded with footage of an ice shelf the size of lower Manhattan collapsing into the sea.

It’s some of the most stunning, dramatic landscape photography I’ve seen on a movie screen.

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December 30, 2012

Short film: Old Norse

Filmmaker Andrew Telling followed street artist Conor Harrington around Vardo, “a half-abandoned fishing village” off the coast of Norway, “one of the most Northerly and isolated parts of Europe.” I dig the minimal, meditative results.

Old Norse from on Vimeo.

[Via]

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December 27, 2012

Cycloramic app uses vibration to auto-rotate your iPhone

Seriously? Neat! The app captures a 360º panoramic image:

[Via]

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December 22, 2012

“The Real Thing”

“There’s no replacement for displacement,” especially in this short film:

THE REAL THING is a short documentary about custom hot rod builder Bodie Stroud and his re-imagining of a classic Mustang by way of an extremely rare and powerful motor built specifically for legendary racer Mario Andretti’s 1969 Can Am series race car.

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December 21, 2012

2012 Mayan Apocalypse Photo Survival Tips

Well, there’s still an hour and a half on the ol’ doomsday date, at least where I sit, so you never know… Maybe file these tips from Jim Goldstein away for horrible future reference:

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December 18, 2012

Adobe Revel Goes Free, Adds Premium Level

Adobe Revel lets you organize your photo library, sync your photos among devices (Mac, iPhone, iPad), apply non-destructive edits, and share Web galleries. Whereas you previously had to pay a $5.99 monthly subscription, you can now use the app for free—or pay a subscription for premium service.

Everyone can now download the app & import their entire photo libraries for free. You pay only if you use the app enough to import more than 50 photos per month. Details from the team:

Here is a summary of the changes we are making to Revel:

  • We are eliminating the 30-day trial and replacing it with a free version of Revel that you can use for as long as you like.
  • You can still upgrade to Revel Premium as an in-app purchase in the Revel App.

With the free version of Revel you get:

  • The ability to import as many photos as you want in the first 30 days
  • After that you can import up to 50 photos every month

With Revel Premium you get:

  • Unlimited photo import for US$5.99 per month – import as many photos as you want, anytime you want
  • The ability to automatically import new photos added to the Camera Roll on your iPhone and iPad

For more details see the product FAQ. You can download the new version of Revel from iTunes and from the Mac App Store.

[Via]

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December 10, 2012

Interested in photography? Adobe research wants to talk to you.

If you have an interest in photography, the Adobe research team would like to talk to you. Here’s a quick screening survey. Thanks in advance!

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December 09, 2012

Amazing Anamorphic Illusions

Ready for your brain to hurt? PetaPixel writes,

YouTube illusion and science channel Brusspup recently did an anamorphic illusion project in which he photographed a few random objects resting on a piece of paper (e.g. a Rubik’s cube, a roll of tape, and a shoe), skewed them, printed them out as high-resolution prints, and then photographed them at an angle to make the prints look just like the original objects.

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December 05, 2012

Design: “The Most Badass Tumbleweed I’ve Ever Seen”

“At first I though it was going to be about a 14 yr. old kid escaping the country by riding inside of a tumbleweed,” my friend quips. It’s even better than that. Upworthy writes,

Massoud Hassani was smuggled out of Afghanistan when he was 14-years-old. Watch his story about returning to Kabul and putting his product design skills to work to build a tool for cheaply surveying and raising awareness about the hundreds of thousands of land mines still hidden in Afghanistan.

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December 03, 2012

Event: Inside “Waiting for Lightning,” the new Danny Way documentary

[Update: Here's the recording. Also, check out this post for lots of details from the Bandito Brothers team.]

Oh, this should be interesting: On Thursday, December 13 at 10:00am Pacific, filmmaker Jacob Rosenberg will be talking about creating Waiting for Lightning, the new documentary about skater Danny Way. You can register here.

See how the video pros behind Waiting for Lightning used high-performance Adobe post-production tools to document the life of Danny Way, one of the world’s most visionary skateboarders. This presentation will cover Bandito Brothers’ digital workflows which relied on After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, and other Adobe Creative Cloud tools to tell the story about how much abuse the body can sustain, how deep you have to dig to survive family troubles, and how high and far dreams can fly.

Join director, filmmaker, author, and digital media expert Jacob Rosenberg of the studio Bandito Brothers for a webinar where he walks you through the making of this remarkable new, feature-length documentary and some of the breakthrough cinematography used in its creation.

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November 30, 2012

Incredible high-speed cheetah footage

National Geographic and the Cincinnati Zoo teamed up to create some captivating footage:

Using a Phantom camera filming at 1200 frames per second while zooming beside a sprinting cheetah, the team captured every nuance of the cat’s movement as it reached top speeds of 60+ miles per hour.

Stick around ’til 5:40 or so to see the contraption used to drive the camera. Watching the cat pursue the stuffed target, my wife sat next to me & quietly whispered “Get it, get it, get it!” [Via Danny Smythe]

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November 29, 2012

Photography: Rainbow time lapse

Simple & lovely: photographer Roderick Lee Mann got lucky & captured the formation of a perfect end-to-end rainbow in Hawaii.

Check out Petapixel for more details. [Via]

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November 28, 2012

“The First Ever Music Video Filmed Entirely Using Instagram”

Oh good Lord. Petapixel says, “Director Arturo Perez Jr…. snapped a total of 1905 iPhone photos around San Francisco to capture the story.”

The band writes, “This is the very first music video done entirely on Instagram without any third party alterations. Every single frame of this music video is an actual picture that we ran through Instagram. We never shot any video. We only shot still photography.”

I’m getting a repetitive-stress disorder just thinking about the creation process.

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November 22, 2012

Chicago in miniature

A great city finally gets its tilt-shift due. I can’t wait to take our lads there for Christmas.

[Via Terri Stone]

Bonus miniaturized water traffic: The “Toy Boats” of Sydney harbor, which Nathan Kaso created by applying a tilt-shift effect in Photoshop, then compiling in LRTimelapse & After Effects, and finally editing in Premiere Pro CS6.

[Via]

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November 19, 2012

Lytro cameras add “perspective shift”

Remember that Wayne’s World “Camera one, camera two!” scene where he opens & closes one eye at a time? (No, you probably weren’t born when that came out; but I digress.) Lytro’s “perspective shift” feature works a bit like that, letting you switch among two subtly different points of view on the same scene:

It’s cool, though my big hope here remains that such technology offers a better way to select elements in a photo by detecting their varying depths. [Via]

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November 14, 2012

Demo: Processing a Space Shuttle Photo in Lightroom

In September I mentioned some great photos of the Shuttle Endeavor flying over San Francisco, captured by Lightroom team member Ben Warde. Now Ben shows some of his techniques for turning a flat image into something much more impactful.

[Via Andrew Kavanagh]

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November 09, 2012

City Rising: A Toronto time lapse

Tom Ryaboi has made a lovely homage to a beautiful city:

[Via Pete Green]

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November 07, 2012

A Photoshopper meets POTUS

This is so great. 24-year-old A. J. Brockman can move only his facial muscles and three fingers of his left hand, yet he just got to give his portrait of the First Family to President Obama:

“He ducked out of the security area and came over to us. He said, ‘Did you do that magnificent painting?’” recalled Brockman, who lives in Palm Beach Gardens.

The president lingered a few minutes, asking about Brockman’s computer painting technique. The president posed for photos and signed Brockman’s copy of the painting: “Thanks for the wonderful portrait…you make us proud! Barack Obama.”

“He told me he hoped it would one day hang in his personal library. He was such a dude,” said Brockman.

Five days later, the “New York Times” ran a half-page photo of a presidential aide carrying Brockman’s painting off Air Force One.

Check out the whole story.

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November 06, 2012

Artist Liu Bolin erases cars from photos, no software required

 “Waldo was a chump at hiding compared to Liu Bolin.” The artist sort of Content-Aware Fills himself out of photographs, disappearing into background via elaborate make-up. Now Ford has cleverly commissioned him to highlight its competitors’ blandness, making them melt into their backgrounds. Check it out:

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Behind the scenes of that amazing photo of Manhattan

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Dutch photographer Iwan Baan hopped aboard a helicopter with his 1DX to capture this striking photo of a half-darkened Manhattan:

Darkness

He tells Poynter,

“[It was] the kind of shot which was impossible to take before this camera was there,” Baan said.

It was more difficult to rent a car than a helicopter in New York the day after Sandy, Baan said. And because there was such limited air traffic so soon after the storm, air traffic control allowed Baan and the helicopter to hover very high above the city, a powerful advantage for the photo.

[Via]

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November 03, 2012

Amazing 360º video from a Formula 1 car

You know what you see every day? Not this.

[Via]

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October 31, 2012

Incredible pumpkin stop-motion video

Can this possibly be real? In any case, Happy Halloween!

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Tutorial: Toning Black and White Photographs in Lightroom 4

In this episode of The Complete Picture Julieanne explains the best way to add a color tone to an image using the Split Tone and Tone Curve panels and shows how to save presets to increase your productivity. You can download the presets discussed in the video via Julieanne’s blog. Note: although this video was recorded in Lightroom, the same techniques are available in Adobe Camera Raw in Photoshop CS6.

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October 30, 2012

Fascinating dog photography (no, really)

  • Tim Flach (mentioned last year) has returned with more striking, sculptural work in his “Dog Gods” series.
  • How visually cool are Underwater Dogs? Cooler than I’d have thought! Petapixel writes, “His process involves using an underwater housing to bring his camera into a pool, and then training each dog to slowly fetch balls deeper and deeper into the water. When the dog becomes confident enough to plunge its entire body into the pool, that’s when the magic begins to happen… He says that he has now photographed over 300 dogs”–and one wolf!

Check it out:

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October 29, 2012

Drone octo-copter + goggles = Aerial photography radness

“A million dollars isn’t cool. You know what’s cool?…” Um, this? Core77 writes,

Danish shooter Ebsen Nielsen has made the latest advancement: After cobbling together an octo-copter from several different manufacturers’ kits, he rigged up a way to send a live feed from the camera to a pair of goggles he wears, enabling him to fly it from a first-person POV.

In a related vein, how about a climb up Pakistan’s 20,000ft Trango Towers? Stick around (or skip) to about 1:30. #HNL

[Via]

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October 27, 2012

Pilot’s-eye views, human & seagull

Pilot Jakub Vlk captured & accelerated footage out the front of his aircraft:

[Via]

Better still, a seagull kept pace by taking off with a running GoPro!

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October 22, 2012

Adobe photography events in NYC this week

Photo Plus Expo is drawing a range of Adobe folks & expert artists (Julieanne Kost, John Paul Caponigro, Dan Marcolina, Bryan O’Neil Hughes, and many others) to New York. Check out some of the interesting talks going on all week.

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Richard Koci Hernandez on photography

“The simplest way to describe Richard [Koci Hernandez],” says my friend Michael Ninness, “is that he is the ultimate evangelist for new storytelling tools.” Richard spent many years working as a photojournalist for the SJ Mercury News before becoming a professor at Berkeley.

Now he’s put together a full-throated defense ostensibly of using Instagram, but really more about democratized image-making, the value of filtering/manipulation, and more. I think you’ll find it interesting:

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October 19, 2012

The new GoPro looks amazing

It’s said to be “30% smaller, 25% lighter & 2X more powerful than previous models. New resolutions and frame rates include 4K @ 15fps, 1080 @ 60fps, and 720 @ 120fps. It also offers 12MP burst photo capture at 30 fps.” Oh, and it has built-in WiFi, for $399 (or down to $199 minus some resolutions/rates). Wild.

fxphd writes,

While much of the popular press may focus on the jump to 4K, we wanted to flag the incredible shift from being a ‘straight to YouTube’ camera to a camera that now also offers a very real alternative for those wanting to intercut GoPro footage – a pipeline that assumes there will be grading, that there will be post, and outputs from the camera in a format that lets you maximize both.

[Via Colin Stefani]

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October 18, 2012

A beautiful “Berlin Hyper-Lapse”

Shahab Gabriel Behzumi shot for six days, then produced this rather eye-popping piece.

He writes,

I had to import and customize the NEF files before I equalized them with the great LR-Timelapse from Gunther Wegner. (Adobe Lightroom is necessary) The observed JPEG had then to be droped into virtual dub and were rendered as AVI. When this was done, I had to stabilize the sequences manually frame by frame (AE motion tracker) and rendered each of them in 3 different sizes: (4928×3264 pixels, 1920×1080 pixels, 1024×768 pixels) Last but not least the snippets were edited fitting to the beautiful title “Diving Through The Blue” by the respectable composer and musician Valentin Boomes.


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October 16, 2012

“Empty America”: A San Francisco Time Lapse

“Ross Ching, the director,” writes Gizmodo, “used Adobe Photoshop, After Effects and Premiere to delete every human and moving car from all the timelapse sequences. His short, the first of a series called Empty America, shows every landmark from the Golden Gate Bridge to Fisherman’s Wharf to Lombard Street to Ghirardelli Square to the Bay Bridge, ‘wiped empty of tourists and traffic.’”

Here’s a peek behind the scenes:

Pro tip: You can shoot videos like this any day of the week here in San Jose (population 1 million) and never need to do any post-processing. “It’s more necropolis than metropolis,” says my wife. [Via Dave Helmly]

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October 13, 2012

Red Bull Racing tears through Lincoln Tunnel

Getting the weekend off to a rather fast start:

[Via]

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October 12, 2012

Demo: The Graduated Filter and Adjustment Brush in Lightroom 4

Julieanne Kost writes,

In this episode of The Complete Picture (The Graduated Filter and Adjustment Brush), discover the power of making selective adjustments like dodging and burning, color corrections and noise removal using the Graduated Filter and Adjustment Brush. Note: although this video was recorded in Lightroom, the same techniques are available in Adobe Camera Raw in Photoshop CS6.

[Via Jeff Tranberry]

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October 08, 2012

The DNG format evolves to support HDR, more

The Digital Negative format lets you convert your proprietary-format raw files (NEF, CR2, etc.) into a format that’s fully publicly documented (more future-proof). Now the standard has been extended to support 32-bit floating point data (capable of representing hundreds of f-stops of dynamic range), plus optional lossy compression (JPEG-like sizes with the flexibility of raw), and more. Check out the DNG 1.4 specification notes on the Lightroom Journal for more info.

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October 04, 2012

Backyard shenanigans at 2,400fps

“So what do you do,” asks Brad Kremer, “when you have a day off and a $300,000 camera package sitting at your house? Invite all of the neighborhood kids and throw a water balloon party of course! Duh!”

Having enjoyed this sort of thing with stills, I’d love to try it with high-speed video. [Via Mark Kawano]

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What’s new in Photoshop Elements 11?

Power or simplicity? How about both? PSE 11 features a totally overhauled interface & much more. Here’s a 1-minute tour:

And if you’re up for trying a bit of filmmaking, check out the new Premiere Elements:

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September 30, 2012

Power drill + 5D MKII = Queasy fun

Don’t worry: no DSLRs were, to my knowledge, harmed in the making of this music video—though boy does it test the viewer’s tolerance for motion sickness.

The filmmakers write,

The device is powered by an electric drill, constructed from bicycle and drum parts, wood and metal plates, which was strong enough to allow us to rotate the heavy weight of a Canon 5D MKII stably and at a very high speed. The drill was plugged to a variable speed controller, allowing us to adjust the speed of the cameras rotations by turning a dial.

The setting of the video is the band preforming live in a studio set. The main camera rotates at a selected speed as the band performs. While the camera is rotating, objects such as the skin of the bass drum start to rotate at the same speed as the main camera, giving the effect of those objects becoming static in the frame while everything else is spinning. When a person stands in front of these objects it gives the effect of the person spinning rather than the background.

Other circular boards with graphics are turned on and off running in and out of sync with the main rotating camera. Each of these graphics have variable speed control dials to adjust their speed.

Here’s the making-of:

[Via]

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September 27, 2012

Google Maps takes Street View underwater

Days of miracles & wonder…

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September 26, 2012

Animation: A building’s windows as pixels

The 11 floors tower of the HESAV (Health High School Vaud) has been animated as a rudimentary screen whose pixels are, in fact, all the windows and shutters that students, staff and friends shake for hours

The second half of the vid features making-of content, and a participant writes,

[It took] Just a couple of hours with the instructions. We NEVER did all the combos you can see in the video, just twice or three times all windows / shutters positions, all together at the same time. The rest is all post production.

[Via]

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September 24, 2012

The iPhone 5 Ultra Widescreen

I know it’s absurd, but… don’t you kind of want to try a 3-ft-long iPhone?

[Via]

[Update: See also the papercraft iFaux 5.]

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September 23, 2012

Stanley Goes To Space

Well now I feel bad: Not only have I failed send any of our guys’ innumerable Thomas engines to space, I’ve also neglected to learn After Effects well enough to animate their faces. Big props all around, Ron Fugelseth.

More info about the project is on PetaPixel.

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September 22, 2012

Video: The Instagram Song?

Silly, corny? Sure. But stick with it for the weird little details—and then for the crazy descent into darkness. #prisonwife

[Via Andreas Wurf]

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September 21, 2012

Beautiful Shuttle-over-SF images from Lightroom’s Ben Warde

I couldn’t quite catch the show overhead this morning (dammit), but Lightroom team member Ben Warde more than made up for it. Check out his shots.

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Photoshop Touch named PC Magazine’s Editors’ Choice

Thanks, guys!

Adobe has done an excellent job fitting its leading image editor to the tablet form factor… Snapseed may offer more effects and photo fine-tuning, but Photoshop Touch is a different animal, offering a fuller set of image-manipulation tools, which earns it our Editors’ Choice for tablet-based image-editing apps.

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September 20, 2012

The Girl With The Photoshop Tattoo

How great is this?? Designer Megan Orsi writes,

When I was in high school, I spent every waking moment in Photoshop creating websites and collages for my favorite show, The X-Files (don’t laugh!). Thankfully, all of the time I spent paid off and now I’m able to use my Photoshop skills on a daily basis doing a job I love. Photoshop’s been a big part of my past, and now, it will always be a part of my future. Thanks, Adobe ;-)

Hope everyone enjoys the Photoshop Toolbar Tattoo =D

Fantastic. (Your move, Goran Peuc. :-)) [Update: Tom Hogarty has posted more info about & from Megan on the Photoshop team blog.]

[Via Mike Giordano]

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September 12, 2012

Kubrick’s use of one-point perspective

The editing & soundtrack verge on the assaultive, but it’s still cool to see so many examples of this technique overlaid in quick succession:

[Via]

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August 30, 2012

“Why Adobe Revel 1.5 Just Became My Favorite Way to Show My Photography”

Photographer/evangelist Terry White talks about how he uses Lightroom’s “publish to Revel” feature to keep an up-to-date set of photos on his iPad & iPhone, ready to display. Check out the full story.

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August 29, 2012

Video: Using Photoshop’s Lens Blur across an image sequence

Julieanne Kost shows how to apply a tilt-shift look to a series of images:

[Via Jeff Tranberry]

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August 25, 2012

“Flam Wenders: The Andy Warhol of Instagram”

“I instaGRAM, I don’t instaF’AROUND!!

[Via Sharad Mangalick]

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August 24, 2012

Instacube: “A Living Canvas for your Instagram Photos”

A neat, simple Kickstarter project:

Dig that heart-shaped button.

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August 23, 2012

Adobe Revel 1.5 arrives on Mac, iOS

Adobe’s photo-sharing & -editing tool, Revel, introduces a range of features in the new version 1.5:

  • Albums to organize photos:
    • Create an album on one device and it is automatically updated and accessible everywhere you have Revel.
    • Share albums on AdobeRevel.com as web galleries.
  • Captions – Add context to memories with text descriptions.
  • Library grid view – Browse photos in track or grid view.
  • Sign in with Facebook or Google ID – New Revel users can skip the hassle of remembering a new password by simply signing in with an existing ID.

Check out how Revel is great for families, and browse a sample gallery here.

Get the app from the Mac App Store and the iTunes App store and start your free 30-day trial. (Even if you’ve done a trial in the past, you can start a fresh one today.)

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John From Cincinnati titles

Apropos of nothing, I’ve always loved the titles for HBO’s late & un-lamented John From Cincinnati. What a great evocation of time, place, and flavor. RIP Joe Strummer.

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August 17, 2012

New Mixel for iPhone promises “the easiest collage tool ever”

I was enthusiastic about the “social collage” tool Mixel when it launched last fall, and I was sad to hear last week of its impending demise. It didn’t stay down long, though, reappearing today as an iPhone app:

The previous incarnation emphasized more open-ended creativity, and in many users’ hands it often produced ugly results. This new version emphasizes more constraint & automation (“It does all the hard work of making your collages for you”), producing more attractive (if less flexible) results.

The notion of visual conversations has changed as well. It seems the team has moved away from the notion of remixing others’ artwork & is instead supporting replies (e.g. you share a collage, & I and others can add on our own–but we don’t start those by messing around with your creation). That’s probably a smart pivot, though some part of me still wants to think that when it comes to collaborative art-making, there’s a “there” there.

All in all it’s great to see Mixel continuing to evolve, and I like what I’ve been able to make so far.

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August 11, 2012

“(Re)touching lives” in the wake of Japan’s tsunami

Self-proclaimed “pale, gray creature” (i.e. photo retoucher) Becci Mason spent three weeks helping in Japan in the immediate aftermath of the tsunami. Soon after she turned to restoring photos lost & found in the wreckage. PetaPixel writes,

Within 2 weeks after putting out a call for help, she found herself with 150 volunteers willing to offer their time and services. Half a year later, the Photo Rescue volunteer count had ballooned to 1,100.

In the end, Mason’s efforts led to over 135,000 photographs being cleaned, and hundreds were retouched and returned to their owners.

Fantastic work.

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August 10, 2012

Fascinating fluids photography… in space

To be a 57-year-old, highly regarded astronaut-scientist in orbit at this moment & yet to bring this level of boyish wonder to appreciating the natural world—well, I think Don Pettit must be doing something right.

[Via]

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August 07, 2012

New Instagram actions for Photoshop

From photographer Casey Mac:

After the success of my Lightroom Instagram Presets, which led to multiple requests for Photoshop actions, they’re finally here! All 17 of Instagram’s filters are available to simulate the Instagram filters. They’re easily applied and just $5, the price of a latte or an app on your phone. Any money that I make from these sales will fund my travels to photograph beautiful places around the world.

And no sooner did I queue up this post than I saw that Petapixel has created their own set of Instagram presets & templates. Truth be told, I haven’t had a chance to try either set of tools, so I can’t speak to their relative strengths.

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August 04, 2012

Robo-cams at the Olympics

Here’s a neat peek inside the AP’s ongoing hunt for new, fresh perspectives. I’m kind of charmed by the (now obsolete) approach of having some farmer-tanned dude jump into the pool to retrieve memory cards. Check out Wired for more details.

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August 01, 2012

Video: Why Does the Photograph’s Preview Change in Lightroom and Bridge?

Julieanne explains what’s going on with embedded previews, etc.

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July 27, 2012

Gorgeous macro photographs of snails and insects in the rain

Russian photographer Vadim Trunov may well have the best-lit back yard/Jurassic Park Nano in the world, judging by his terrific macro photographs of snails and insects in the rain.

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July 25, 2012

Slow Motion Footage of Lightning Shot at 7,207 FPS

Amazing capture from Tom Warner:

Check out NASA’s Astronomy Site of the Day for more details. [Via]

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July 23, 2012

Nighttime views from the ISS

“Every frame in this video is a photograph taken from the International Space Station,” writes creator Knate Myers. “All credit goes to the crews on board the ISS. I removed noise and edited some shots in Photoshop.”

[Via Jim Goldstein]

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July 22, 2012

Photography: Deliberately horrible self portraits

“For the past five years,” writes the Daily Mail, “photographer and adjunct professor at Virginia Commonwealth University Gordon Stettinius has been sending intentionally awful portraits of himself dressed as one of more than two dozen creepy-looking characters, as follow-ups to industry professionals.”

In related news, Gordon Stettinius is the man. [Via]

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July 21, 2012

Things made notable by their absence

A pair of interesting little Photoshop-powered projects:

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July 20, 2012

Video: Ski Shredding

Check out a lovely bit of filmmaking (dig those close-ups & sparks) featuring dirty-snow aerial mayhem (you’ll see):

[Via Justin Cole]

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July 16, 2012

Tip: Cropping Two Images to the Same Size in Photoshop CS6

Photoshop’s venerable Crop tool got a major overhaul in CS6. In this 2-minute Quick Tip, Julieanne Kost demonstrates how to quickly crop two images to the same size using the Front Image option as your source.

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July 15, 2012

Time lapse: Night Skies

The folks at T-RECS shot some lovely nighttime time lapses around the US this spring.

The creators have also created a tutorial on how to make your own star trails in After Effects. [Via]

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July 13, 2012

Video: Photographic Toning Presets in Photoshop CS6

Julieanne shows a powerful but totally hidden photographic enhancement new to Photoshop CS6:

[Via]

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July 08, 2012

New MOO uploader for Lightroom

Nice:

If you use Lightroom to edit the photos you use to create MOO Business Cards (or MiniCards or Postcards), your life is about to get just a little bit easier.

With our newly created Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Plugin you can now export your photos directly to MOO. Yay!

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July 05, 2012

CS6 Demo: Russell Brown deep-dives on Adaptive Wide Angle

The master demos some amazing lens-correction tech:

I had fun using the feature the other day, warping a little panorama I’d first stitched in Photoshop.

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War photography tonight in SF

Sorry for the late notice, but if you’ll be in San Francisco this evening, you can meet photojournalist Bruce Haley & view his work at Carte Blanche gallery (973 Valencia) 6pm-8:30pm tonight. The Facebook event page features more details.

Taken between 1994 and 2002, Bruce Haley’s photographs reflect the complexity of land and life in the former Soviet Bloc. Decaying industrial sites and toxic landscapes, rich farmland and traditional villages: his images capture the joys and challenges facing these newly independent nations, as they struggle to leave behind the legacy of Communism for an unknown future.

Bruce Haley

Bruce Haley is the recipient of the Robert Capa Gold Medal, one of the most prestigious photography awards in the world. Haley received this honor for his coverage of Burma‘s bloody ethnic civil war.

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July 04, 2012

Popsicolor app turns photos into watercolors

The $.99 app does what it says & does it nicely, if rather slowly. Check out some example images.

Aside: I continue to wish Apple would make it easy for apps like Instagram to slot in other apps for round-trip filtering (sending them a grid of pixels & then getting one back). It seems that Windows & Android remain well ahead in this regard, but hope springs eternal.

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June 29, 2012

Echographs: An easy app for creating cinemagraphs

Looks like fun:

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June 25, 2012

Video: BMW Bullet

“The world’s fastest sedan,” say the creators, “recreates super slow-motion bullet footage on a much grander scale. The result: High Performance Art.” Works for me:

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June 21, 2012

Photoshop makes a Quarter Pounder more “Royale”

I found this peek into the making vs. photographing of McDonald’s food surprisingly down-to-earth & refreshing:

[Via Adam Pratt]

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June 20, 2012

Creating 32-bit (HDR) images in Lightroom 4.1

In this Quick Tip, Julieanne Kost quickly demonstrates how to create a 32-bit file from multiple exposures in Photoshop and then, using the Develop module in Lightroom 4.1 refines the image’s color and tonality both globally and selectively – all while still working in 32-bit!

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June 18, 2012

Photography: “Fora do Tempo”

Our friend Mike Hill shot 2043 photos at 1-second intervals on New Years Day at Xangri-la, Brazil, producing this lovely result:

He gives a hat tip to Lightroom & Premiere Pro for the adjustment & editing.

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June 17, 2012

Blown Away

“Turns out that video of people in front of really powerful fans,” writes Kottke, “is better than just photos.” I can’t disagree:

From Tadao Cern.

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June 14, 2012

Video: Multi-GoPro skateboarding mayhem

“What would you do with 50 GoPros at the touch of a button?” Hopefully (though not likely) something this cool. Check out Ryan Sheckler in action, and if nothing else, check out the neat burst effects that show up about 1:33 in:

A couple of weeks ago my friend Bruce & I did strap a couple of GoPros to the belly of a B-24 bomber that took us for a spin. I’ll try to share the footage soon. [Via Bryan O'Neil Hughes]

[Previously: A Skateboard's-Eye View of Manhattan]

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June 06, 2012

Time lapse: Venus flies past the Sun

Who just happens to have specially modified binoculars sitting around his office when Venus flies by the Sun for the last time in our lifetimes? Yes, Russell Brown, of course.

Yesterday afternoon I started hearing a growing crowd of Photoshop folks gathering near my door, excitedly chattering as they peered upwards. Below is a radically higher-res version of what we saw:

[Via]

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Photoshop CS6′s “‘Cool Little Secret Features’ That Nobody is Talking About”

Scott Kelby provides a tour of his favorite hidden gems (and dang if I didn’t learn a couple of things):

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June 04, 2012

Snapseed is free until Thursday

I really enjoyed using Nik Software’s Snapseed while traveling in Guatemala, and now I see that it’s free for iPad & iPhone until Thursday. It’s a great companion to Adobe Revel & Photoshop Touch.

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May 27, 2012

Whatever happened to all my design links? (Hint: Pinterest.)

You might remember that I often used to featured bulleted lists of links about photography, illustration, typography, etc.  I still share links when possible via Twitter, but I just haven’t had time in recent months to amass collections as I once did. (Could I now be working for a living? Perish the thought!) I still pine for an automated solution that apparently doesn’t exist.

A silver lining, though: Now I find that my Pinterest boards absorb what would otherwise have been tweets. I can’t add quite the same context/commentary there, but the site offers a beautifully visual presentation, and you might want to follow me there.

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May 23, 2012

Photosmith 2 enhances Lightroom-iPad integration

I’m delighted to see that Photosmith has released version 2, enabling multi-image tagging, bidirectional sync with Lightroom, native Eye-Fi support, and more.

According to their site, new features of the $20 app include:

  • Wirelessly sync your unsorted backlog from Lightroom with our free plugin
  • Sort and filter your photos
  • Organize them into collections
  • Apply star ratings and color labels
  • Apply keywords and IPTC metadata individually, in groups, or with presets
  • Share highlights and rough selections to Facebook, Flickr or by e-mail
  • Support for RAW, JPG, or RAW+JPG
  • Support for 100% zoom for many cameras
  • Native support for Export and Publish Services in Adobe Lightroom
  • Directly receive from Eye-Fi cards
  • Very powerful sync options, allowing workflow customization

I can’t wait to try it out when I get home. If you’re using the app, what do you think of it?

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May 22, 2012

View to an eclipse

Photographer Cory Poole captured 700 images from a telescope with “a very narrow bandpass allowing you to see the chromosphere and not the much brighter photosphere below it,” then used them to create this video:

Or, as my Photoshop-centric brain saw it, “He’s moving two overlapping paths with a Boolean operation & red stroke/inner shadow layer style applied.” Because, yes, I need to get out a lot more.

Elsewhere, the Atlantic features a gorgeous gallery of images that capture the event from points all around the world.

[Via]

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May 20, 2012

“The 112-Megapixel Camera You’ll Never Get to Shoot With”

Check out this $100,000 bad boy. PopPhoto writes,

They are looking to create a one-off version of the 1110 series, a black and white only camera with a 95x95mm sensor (medium format sensors are typically 48x36mm). That massive sensor is cooled down to -100 degrees Celsius, which means it can take exposures that last for hours without overheating, which can lead to noise. The 112-megapixel CCD has no Bayer mask or AA fliter so the images will come out super sharp.

Yeah, but does it work with Instagram?

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May 14, 2012

Demo: Selectively Blurring Images in Photoshop CS6

Julieanne Kost demonstrates how to soften select areas using the Tilt-Shift blur, uniformly blur your entire image and then sharpen a single focal point with Iris blur, or select multiple focal points and then let Field blur vary the blurriness between them.

[Via]

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May 08, 2012

Ikea makes a cardboard camera (?)

Cue up the “How Bizarre” :

 [Via]

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May 03, 2012

Triggertrap: Control your SLR from an iPhone

Triggertrap Mobile,” write its creators, “is the best way to trigger your camera based on sounds, magnetism, movement, or the number of faces in your image – all from your iPhone! How bloody awesome is that…”

[Via Bryan O'Neil Hughes]

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May 02, 2012

ACR 6.7 for CS5 supports D4, 5D Mk III, more

Camera Raw 6.7 [Win|Mac] and DNG Convertor 6.7 [Win|Mac] are now available as a final releases on Adobe.com and through the update mechanisms available in Photoshop CS5.  This release includes bug fixes, new lens profiles, and new camera support:

  • Canon EOS 1D X
  • Canon EOS 5D Mk III
  • Canon PowerShot G1 X
  • Canon PowerShot S100V
  • Fuji FinePix F505EXR
  • Fuji FinePix F605EXR
  • Fuji FinePix F770EXR
  • Fuji FinePix F775EXR
  • Fuji FinePix HS30EXR
  • Fuji FinePix HS33EXR
  • Fuji FinePix X-S1
  • Nikon D4
  • Nikon D800
  • Nikon D800E
  • Olympus OM-D E-M5
  • Pentax K-01
  • Samsung NX20
  • Samsung NX210
  • Samsung NX1000
  • Sony Alpha NEX-VG20
  • Sony SLT-A57

 

For more details about lens profiles supported & bugs fixed, please see the Lightroom Journal. [Via Dave Howe]

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May 01, 2012

Photography: Forget pixels, gimme glyphs

  • Matt Richardson’s Descriptive Camera captures images, uses real people to describe them, and then prints out only the descriptions they create. “The technology at the core of the Descriptive Camera is Amazon’s Mechanical Turk API. It allows a developer to submit Human Intelligence Tasks (HITs) for workers on the internet to complete.” [Via]
  • Adobe researcher Dan Goldman notes, “This is not just a nutty art project: the same general idea is actually being used to help blind people.” He points out VizWiz, “an iPhone app that allows blind users to receive quick answers to questions about their surroundings. VizWiz combines automatic image processing, anonymous web workers, and members of the user’s social network in order to collect fast and accurate answers to their questions.”
  • Text-Only Instagram is spot on. Hip hip cliché! [Via Mark Kawano]
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April 28, 2012

Gorgeous photos from New York’s history

Alan Taylor has selected some terrific images from NYC’s history & shared them at high res on In Focus.  The images are drawn from more than 870,000 pictures recently put online by the city’s Department of Records. [Via]

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April 27, 2012

Interesting recent collages

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April 26, 2012

Lightroom 4.1 adds HDR toning, improved defringing

Check it out:

  • Lightroom 4.1 RC2 now includes the ability to process HDR TIFF files.  (16, 24 or 32-bit TIFF files)  This can be quite useful if you have merged multiple exposures into a single 32-bit image using Photoshop’s HDR Pro.  Using the new basic panel controls can be a very effective and straightforward method of achieving an overall balance across the tonal range.
  • Additional Color Fringing corrections have been added to Lightroom 4.1 RC2.  Please see this blog post for additional details.
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Photoshop CS6: What’s in it for photographers?

A. TONS.

I’m sure you already know about Camera Raw 7, and you’ve probably seen bits about selective blurring & adaptive wide-angle lens correction–but what about Skin-Aware Masking, smarter Auto Curves, 64-bit Bridge, an improved Print dialog, and more?  Check out this comprehensive overview from photographer & Photoshop PM Bryan O’Neil Hughes.

On a related note, photographer & author Martin Evening has posted a great in-depth piece on DP Review covering extreme contrast edits in Lightroom 4 and ACR 7.  I love being able to get more of the benefits of HDR from a single frame, and without introducing garish haloes.

 

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April 23, 2012

MBA’s: Come join the Revel team

The Adobe Revel team is hiring a summer intern with a passion for photography to work on this exciting, transformative product. Job responsibilities include:

  • Defining the next version of Revel
  • Understanding the market and customers
  • Structuring experiments and research to forge ahead in uncharted territory
  • Driving the definition of features, working with the experience design and engineering teams
  • Defining metrics for success to guide further feature development across multiple releases per year

Check out the job listing page for more info: MBA Product Manager Intern for Adobe Revel (14949). [Via Sumner Paine]

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April 22, 2012

“The World’s Most Downloaded Man”

Frustrated by a growing lack of respect in the ad world for original work, Brazilian photographer Fernando Martins of the Câmera Clara Photography Studio travels to Copenhagen to meet with the World’s Most Downloaded Man: A handsome, 6’3″ Danish stock photography model named Jesper Bruun who has been seen “in more places than the Olympic torch.” [Via]

It’s more interesting in concept than in execution, maybe, but I love that it actually happened.

[Via Zorana Gee]

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April 21, 2012

Adobe Revel 1.2 adds Retina support & more

The latest rev of Adobe’s mobile photo editing & sharing platform makes a number of improvements, including:

 

 

In addition, the team writes,

If you already tried Revel in the past and want try these new features, we have great news for you! Anyone with an expired trial as of April 12 has ANOTHER 30-days to try Revel. To restart your trial, simply get the latest version from the app store, sign-in, and start another complimentary 30 day subscription.

Happy shooting,
J.

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April 19, 2012

Slow-mo mayhem at 2,500fps

I cannot wait to show this to our tiny sons–which probably puts me on a path to being this guy.

[Via]

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April 18, 2012

Amazing footage from a tiny RC plane

About five seconds into this clip, I have to repeat: There’s no other time in history when I’d rather live.

[Via]

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April 16, 2012

Demo: Faster retouching via Content-Aware Move in CS6

Retoucher Glyn Dewis calls Photoshop CS6 a “game changer.” Here he compares lengthening a neck in CS5 to a new & much faster method enabled by CS6:

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April 12, 2012

The visual style of The Wire

Erlend Lavik explores the show’s subtle, nuanced photography, making me miss it all the more. Even if you don’t have the full 30 minutes to spend, I think you’ll enjoy the piece:

[Via]

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April 11, 2012

Demo: Correcting GoPro video in Photoshop CS6

I’ve always loved seeing the clever & unexpected ways people combine Photoshop features. Using the CS6 public beta, Stéphane Baril corrects fisheye distortion in video from a GoPro camera using Photoshop’s new Adaptive Wide-Angle Correction feature. Check it out:

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April 08, 2012

A ride on the Space Shuttle’s booster

Boom:

From the upcoming Special Edition Ascent: Commemorating Space Shuttle, a movie from the point of view of the Solid Rocket Booster with sound mixing and enhancement done by the folks at Skywalker Sound. The sound is all from the camera microphones and not fake or replaced with foley artist sound. The Skywalker sound folks just helped bring it out and make it more audible.

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April 06, 2012

Demo: Adaptive Wide-Angle Correction in CS6

As I’ve said before:

Artificial intelligence: Good.
Your intelligence: Better.
The two together: Best.

Building on the automated lens correction features we introduced in CS5, Photoshop’s Adaptive Wide-Angle Correction makes it easy to specify constraint lines based on your real-world knowledge:

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April 05, 2012

Animation: Luminaris

Crazy-lovely French Argentine (?) stop-motion:

The Vimeo page claims “Only available for 2 days,” so you might not want to wait to watch. [Via Matthew Connell]

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April 03, 2012

A trippy “Shining”

Topi Kauppinen creates a really uncanny effect, turning 2D stills from The Shining into 3D:

He explains the process on Vimeo:

“The overlapping parts must be photoshopped [*Cough* -- Adobe brand cops] so that in the end everything comes together without any seams or texture repetition. The Content Aware Fill feature found in Photoshop CS5 is a godsend for this type of work.”

[Via]

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April 01, 2012

Advanced Book Features in Lightroom 4

Julieanne Kost drills into the details of this long-awaited & much-requested feature:

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March 29, 2012

Video: Ballet at 1,000fps

Lovely: Marina Kanno & Giacomo Bevilaqua from Staatsballett Berlin fly in ultra slow-mo, captured at 1000 frames per second.

[Via]

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March 24, 2012

Experience human flight

[Filed under "The Farthest Possible Thing From What I'm Doing While Watching Saturday Morning Vids with Kids"]

[Via ]

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March 20, 2012

Video: Base jumping in Singapore

“What could make the view from the infinity pool atop the Marina Bay Sands casino, soaring some 55 stories above Singapore, even more surreal?,” asks Core77. “Human bodies jumping off of the roof behind you.”

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March 18, 2012

Jumping rope, from the rope’s point of view

Oddly fascinating (and non-sickness-inducing):

[Via]

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March 11, 2012

Japan’s tsunami zone, now & then

The Big Picture features a striking set of images comparing the tsunami/earthquake/nuclear zone exactly one year after the disaster. Click on each image to see the scene today compared with the moments of chaos. [Via John Dowdell]

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March 06, 2012

Aching for better iOS app integration

[Disclosures: If I had any inside info, I obviously couldn't share it here, and I've been hopeful/disappointed on this subject before.]

Poor integration leads to bloated apps: if jumping among apps/modules is slow, customers gravitate towards all-in-one tools that offer more overall efficiency, even if the individual pieces are lacking.

Today I saw Neven Mrgan writing, of iPad photo apps,

[I]t’s just so much more convenient to stay in the canonical photo store; importing and exporting photos to and from another app is clumsier.

 

I experienced the pain, over and over, on my trip to Guatemala.  Having taken just my iPad & Camera Connection Kit, I was eager to put a variety of photo tools to the test.  Moving among apps was far & away the crappiest part of the experience.  For example:

  • I’d review images in Photos, where I can see them nice and large. But I can’t say “Open in App X,” so…
  • I’d leave Photos, launch Snapseed, bring up the tiny, default image browser component, navigate to the same point in my photo library, and then try to pick the same image I’d just been looking at in Photos.
  • After editing, I’d hit Save, and images would go into the Camera Roll (not Imports, where I’d been browsing them).  Thus I couldn’t see the edited images alongside the originals.
  • After repeating the process many times, I’d go to Flickr Studio, then carefully & laboriously add photos from various albums.  (The app doesn’t let you re-order images, so I had to dive into the albums again & again just to get the sequence right.)
  • At last I’d upload.

 

This really, really sucked.  Far more desirable:

  • Browse the images in the browser of my choice (Photos or something else–one that could, say, flag/sort/whittle down images, local or remote).
  • Tap one or more images and say “Send to App X” (to build a panorama, composite in PS Touch, apply a tilt shift blur, whatever)–no manual navigating to the other apps, no navigating back to the photos.
  • Be able to save, return to my browser, and see the edited image alongside the original.
  • Hand off one or more images to the sharing tool of my choice.

 

Let’s not bloat PS Touch with every damn filter we can think of; rather, let’s have a great way to pass data back and forth, so that apps can function as plug-ins to one another. (PhotoAppLink is a nice start, but we need something universal.)  And let’s not all bloat our apps reinventing the image browser, integrating the same sharing services over & over, etc.  There’s a far more elegant way to proceed.

Tangential: Neven also writes,

The iPad is too big to shoot with; the iPhone is too small to edit on. Bridging the two is fine in theory, but in practice there’s the hairy matter of extremely large file sizes.

But why is it that my phone or tablet can send HD video streams instantly to my TV, yet they can’t send photos or video to each other (or to my Mac)?  To put a phone video onto my Mac, I have to upload the whole thing to something like Dropbox, then download it again; isn’t that kind of bizarre?  I really thought that AirDrop would sort things out; hope springs eternal.

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March 04, 2012

Design: Truthful posters, Saul meets Spider-Man, & more

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March 02, 2012

Import photos from Android into Adobe Revel

Check it:

Take photos with an Android phone? To easily add them to your Adobe Revel photo library, put the Adobe Revel Importer app on your Android phone (OS2.2 or later) and then choose photos to import or set the app to auto-import all your shots. The app is free with your Adobe Revel subscription—get it today in the Android Marketplace.

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March 01, 2012

The City of Samba

“Just when you think tilt shift may be overdone,” Todd Dominey writes, “this comes along. Glorious.” If nothing else make sure to see the Carnival section that starts around 2:20.

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Stop-motion Lego pizza delivery

I really can’t overstate the pleasure our lads have taken in watching these clips. Props & thanks to Michael Hickox.

(It probably shouldn’t have been a “teachable moment” for learning the term coldcock–but c’est la guerre.)

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February 26, 2012

Photo juxtapositions

Sometimes the simplest ideas are the most fun:

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February 25, 2012

(rt) Photography: Space, Battles, & Terrible Stock

 

 

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February 21, 2012

Scalado Remove promises handheld tourist-zapping

About five years ago we gave Photoshop the ability to stack multiple images together, then eliminate moving or unwanted details. Similar techniques have appeared in other tools, and now it appears you’ll be able to do all the capture & processing with just your phone. Here’s a quick preview:

The Verge has a bit more detail on the user experience. [Via John Dowdell]

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February 20, 2012

Timelapse: Yosemite HD

Well, that’s just not hard on the eyes (or ears), then. More info on the project is here.

[Via]

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February 15, 2012

A camera so fast, it can see photons moving

Oh my:

MIT Media Lab researchers have created a new imaging system that can acquire visual data at a rate of one trillion frames per second. That’s fast enough to produce a slow-motion video of light traveling through objects.

[Via]

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February 14, 2012

Brief impressions of the Nikon V1

I’ve recently returned from my Guatemala trip, on which I carried a Nikon V1 borrowed from the Photoshop team.  If you want a long & crazy-detailed overview, check out Rob Galbraith’s review. What follows is explicitly not that. Rather, it’s off-the-cuff impressions from a guy who normally carries a 5D and who didn’t have the new cam’s manual to consult.

On the whole it’s a camera I quite like.  With a few improvements it could be one I love.

 

Highlights: Quality, silence, size.

  • I found image quality to be excellent. (Here’s a totally untouched shot taken from a very bumpy van.) Granted, I was looking at reduced-res images on my iPad (making it harder to judge noise & sharpness), and I was relying on Apple’s built-in raw conversion (making it harder to judge flexibility of dynamic range), but still I was quite pleased. Even photos taken in a dark museums & caves came out well when using Auto ISO (a feature my 5D lacks) and the 10mm f/2.8 lens.
  • I loved the cam’s total silence.  People couldn’t tell that it was on or firing, making it great for candid shots. At one point a colleague asked me, “Are you actually going to take any photos?,” as she didn’t realize I’d been snapping away.
  • The presence of a dedicated video start/stop button alongside the shutter release is a cool idea, making it easy to unambiguously capture video (i.e. no need to check or switch shooting mode first).  Overall video quality is great.

 

Lowlights: Battery, lags.

  • I found battery life on the whole to be somewhere between mediocre and awful.  Even with the rear display turned off, I’d knock a fully charged battery down to 1 bar in maybe 150 shots.  Unlike an SLR, you can’t just leave the cam on & ready to shoot at a moment’s notice. There’s no way to just leave it on (max setting is 10 min), meaning you can’t just raise the cam to your eye & know it’ll be ready to go. Weirdly, I found that when left on, the body grew quite warm to the touch. Even with access to my recharger every night, I stressed about battery life; without it (e.g. if backpacking), I’d have had to carry at least one or two spares.
  • When you raise the cam to your eye, there’s a very slight delay before the digital viewfinder comes to life–nothing outrageous, but annoying for street photography.  One can hack this by taping over the proximity sensor, but presumably that would just exacerbate the battery life issue.
  • As noted in the Galbraith review, the camera insists on briefly showing the last-taken photo in the viewfinder. Again, it’s not horrible, but I often want to keep concentrating on what I’m shooting, not chimp at the shot I just took.
  • Minor: I found it a bit too easy to turn the shooting mode wheel by accident.  Suddenly I’d find myself in some odd burst mode, having nudged the wheel with my right hand.

 

For pop-up street photography, I found the Nikon 1 a good camera–just not quite a great one. Cutting out the lags, letting me leave it on, and adding a flip-out screen (so that I could compose & fire from waist height) would make it nearly ideal for the kind of work I was doing.  As it was, I learned to work around the camera’s limitations, and I’m very happy with what it let me capture.

A few galleries, in case you’re interested:

 

Of all these, I think this is my favorite.

 

 

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February 11, 2012

Time & Tide

Canada’s Bay of Fundy features a high tide that can be 50+ feet higher than low tide. Check out this time lapse:

In an old, obscure corner of my career, I was a Navy Midshipman who spent a month on the USS Zephyr. (Would you have guessed?) I sat on a dock in Alaska, sketching the aft 25mm cannon (below), which I’d just unsuccessfully shot at some seagulls (thankfully I missed). I tend to draw each part methodically, and I kept kicking myself as I failed to get the perspective right among the various pieces. Finally I realized that the tide was lowering the ship so fast that the lines were rapidly changing. Not a great place to draw in pen!

[Via]

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February 07, 2012

Feedback wanted for Adobe Revel (formerly Carousel)

From PM Sumner Paine:

Calling all active and enthusiastic Revel users!

The team at Adobe is looking for people to join our prerelease program. We’re working on new features and we need your feedback and help with testing.

If you are a Revel subscriber and you have it on all three device types (iPad, iPhone, Mac) just send an email to sumner@adobe.com with a brief explanation covering 4 things:

  1. Your favorite thing about Revel
  2. The most important thing that’s missing from Revel today
  3. List of devices where you have Revel installed (e.g., MacBook Air, iPhone 4, etc.)
  4. Names of other photo apps you use on your desktop computer, if any

There’s limited space in the prerelease program so we can’t accept everyone who applies, but we look forward to your submissions.

Sumner Paine, product manager

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January 31, 2012

Julieanne Kost’s “Passing Time”

Our globetrotting photo evangelist has created a slideshow of images taken during her travels.

I would not expect the images to hold the same significance to you, the viewer, as they did for me. But that is not the point.

I am sharing this slideshow to encourage every image-maker to begin a visual journal for themselves – as a personal project. I am a firm believer that you have to exercise your creativity and you have to practice in order to improve.  So when I found myself in a rut last year, I started capturing images that were meaningful to me –  purely because I wanted to, for my own reasons – not because I think someone else is going to “like” it. And I had a delightful time.

[Via]

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January 26, 2012

Russell Brown on night photography

Russell speaks highly of Jim Goldstein’s work:

The next next thing is going to be Long Exposure Night Photography! I recently attended one of Jim Goldstein’s night photography workshops and I was influenced to take the path to the DARK SIDE. Night photography is really amazing and Jim’s latest book lays out all the details for the beginner, to the advanced geek, who hangs around large telescope arrays. I’m not a super techno nerd, and I love a book that show you how to do something without a lot of magic incantations that make your brain explode. I highly recommend Jim’s latest digital book.

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January 20, 2012

Astrophotography: Comet Lovejoy

Here’s a “Night Time Lapse of Comet Lovejoy (C/2011 W3) rising above the Andes near Santiago de Chile, 23rd December 2011, just before sunrise. Set of 4 sequences taken with different lenses “zooming in” the scene.” The sequences grow more visually impressive over time, though having just watched “Melancholia,” I found the object’s steady growth a bit unnerving.

[Via]

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January 19, 2012

A Muybridge homage done with stock photos

Clever:

The creator writes,

“After Muybridge” is a loop made from 12 stock photographs that are sequenced to re-create the locomotion of a galloping horse. The animation was modeled after one of Eadweard Muybridge’s most famous motion studies called “Daisy”. I sifted through over 5,000 digital images to find 12 that matched his original photos.

The Internet allows me to access the over-abundance of everyday photographs, taken of everyday things, in every possible position. By collecting enough images of any one thing, including a running horse, I can place them in an order to re-invent or re-animate life.

[Via Jim Heid]

Ostensible bonus, sort of conceptually similar:

[Via]

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January 18, 2012

Alien Skin announces Exposure 4

Alien Skin’s plug-in for Photoshop & Lightroom can create all sorts of interesting film looks, and now they’ve announced v4. “This is the most significant update to Exposure since its creation. Across the board everything is faster and much easier to use,” they say. Check out their blog post for details & screenshots.

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Photojournalism & the power of time

One of the great pleasures of my job is getting to meet kickass artists of all stripes. This past summer I got to visit SWAT-cop-turned-photojournalist Bruce Haley at his home at the bottom of Big Sur’s Bixby Canyon. When I asked his advice about photographing people during my upcoming trip, he pointed me to an interview in which he provides some solid perspective. I’ve bolded a line that distills some of my hopes.

BH:  We spoke earlier about doing projects on my own dime…  what this buys me, in addition to the aforementioned freedom and independence, is time  -  the time I need to make people comfortable with my presence…

I don’t sneak any of my images, I never use a telephoto, I don’t do the “spray and pray” thing…  I spend time with the people I photograph, I hang out with them, get drunk with them, they invite me to their weddings, to funerals, whatever…  in extreme cases, like working in very closed societies like the most marginalized of the Roma, it took even more of that luxury of time…

First of all, I had to locate the camps or settlements that I wanted to shoot…  then I had to approach the camp, as a most unwelcome outsider, and not only try to convince them to allow me to shoot there, but to be relaxed enough with my presence that I could be that proverbial fly-on-the-wall that I aspire to be when I’m working…  and with the Roma especially, all of this was difficult, and I had some failures, but in the end I found some places where it all clicked…

Once I had the initial permission, I would ease into the situation very slowly, hoping to raise the comfort bar as high as possible..  I would show up without a single camera and just hang out…  maybe come back the next day with my camera bag, but never take a camera out…  next time come back and wear a camera around my neck, but not shoot anything… and all the while learning about the people, as individuals, so that my images would hopefully depict them as individuals, and not just as symbols of some sort of marginalized group…  then, finally, after all of this, beginning to shoot…  this easing in, getting extremely wary people accustomed to my presence prior to my making a single image, is a luxury of time, certainly, but better to have this level of trust and comfort as opposed to just walking into a situation, motor drive blazing, then beating a hasty retreat and hoping you got something…

Here Andrei Codrescu & Bruce speak about Bruce’s Sunder project:

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January 17, 2012

So, what camera would you take to Guatemala?

I usually shoot with a Canon 5D plus a 24-70mm lens. Given the size & weight of that setup, I’m looking for an alternative. I also have a Canon S95, but I don’t love its shutter lag, and I wish I could get closer to the quality offered by a large sensor. Considerations:

  • I don’t want to look like an ostentatious jerk.
  • I don’t want to hang a “rob me” sign around my neck.
  • I’d like great low-light performance for shooting people indoors.
  • Zoom is fairly unimportant.

The Photoshop QE team has quite a few cameras to choose from, including a new Nikon 1. A friend seems quite enamored of his Fuji X100, and the local camera store guys like the Lumix DMC-GX1. I’m open to suggestions, especially if there’s something really solid I should consider renting. Thanks in advance for any ideas.

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January 13, 2012

VSCO Film for Lightroom & Camera Raw

VSCO Film promises to emulate classic film looks with minimal effort. The product “utilizes camera specific film profiles to alter the way Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw sees your RAW file.” Check it out:

Photographer Jeremy Cowart writes, “I consider myself to be a Photoshop purist. I hate all things actions/filters/presets, etc. But because I liked these guys so much, I decided to look into it more. Then I was blown away…” His post features numerous sample images produced with these tools.

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January 11, 2012

Adobe Carousel renamed “Adobe Revel”

From the Carousel Revel team:

We originally chose the name Adobe Carousel because it was descriptive of core functionality in the product – access to all your photos on any device (i.e., viewing photographs in a circular manner, like a carousel).

Revel means to take great pleasure or delight…and that’s what we hope to do in the future as we continue to add more functionality and fun to the app. In the future, you can expect we will also be able to offer additional photography solutions on the newly named Adobe Revel platform.

The app has also been updated to v1.1, enabling automatic photo import, adding Flickr sharing, and polishing a few other details.

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January 08, 2012

Around The World Time Lapse

“17 Countries. 343 Days. 6237 Photographs.” Financial analyst turned photographer Kien Lam has created a high-speed tour of the world:

Check out his site for tons of additional information on the project. [Via Martin Bunyi]

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January 07, 2012

Sharpening up your Facebook Timeline

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January 06, 2012

Instagram improves Facebook integration

Ah, this sounds nice:

Starting today, when you choose to share Instagram photos to Facebook, your images will automatically be added to an “Instagram Photos” Facebook album visible to your Facebook friends!

The photos will appear full-sized in the News Feed along with the caption that you’ve added to the Instagram photo, and a link to the image’s public URL. This change will also display your Instagram photos beautifully in your timeline.

I’d been pestering my former Lightroom colleague Troy Gaul (whose Instagallery for iPad you should download) to try to hack together some mechanism for making this work. Instead he tipped me off to this enhancement.

Now, if only I could find a solution to keep my Instagram-originated tweets from appearing alongside Instagram-originated FB postings… (My tweets are replicated on FB, but that method doesn’t provide inline photos, so I choose to share via both and thus get duplicates.) It’s hardly a big deal, though.

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Video: Nikon D4′s iPad integration

Nikon’s newly announced D4 camera offers what looks to be cool iPad integration:

[Via Mark Kawano]

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January 05, 2012

Upside-down photography from beneath a frozen lake (!)

“J. Mettälä took a camera under a frozen lake in Finland,” writes PetaPixel, “and captured this beautiful (and mind-bending) footage of his friends fishing in an upside-down world.”

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January 02, 2012

(rt) Photography: Powerful images, rebel fashion, & more

December 16, 2011

The Germans must have a word for this

Here’s the blog post I was drafting Wednesday:

Dear 5D & 24-70: I don’t know what I did to make you disappear, but on the off chance you read this blog, please come back. I miss you very much.  – Love, J.

I was utterly bewildered by it, but I’d begun slowly coming to terms with the disappearance of my camera and big, stupid-expensive lens. The pair had been MIA since Halloween, and all the king’s horses, children, wife, babysitter, and cleaning lady could not find them again.

Thus on Wednesday evening I found myself at San Jose Camera, checking out 60D’s, 7D’s, and stupid-expensive lenses. I was all set to ask your advice on the matter (how’s the 17-55 2.8 lens? are live view and/or a swiveling screen worth a damn? should I maybe go Nikon overall?), and I’d secured a cam or two to borrow from the Photoshop QE locker (one of the best perks of this job). After mourning my loss, I’d started getting excited about having features like video capture.

And then, what do you know, as I was talking to my wife about it at home, my eyes wandered into the china cabinet (never lit except, oddly, at this moment), into a crystal serving bowl… and to the camera!!  Our elderly sitter later remembered that she’d stowed it there while the boys were roughhousing–then utterly forgot about it.

And thus we come to the Germans*: Doesn’t it seem they should have a term for “Relieved delight in one’s good fortune, tinged with vague disappointment, seasoned with guilt regarding the disappointment”?

In any case, I’m looking forward to getting the big rig back in action. It’s true I shoot much less with the SLR these days, and yet when you need to nail a shot (e.g. with family visiting for the holidays), “accept no substitutes.” I just can’t miss any more kid photos when the iPhone or even the S95 takes its sweet time to fire the shutter.

Welcome home, boys.
J.

*Interesting read: “A Joyful & Malicious History Of ‘Schadenfreude’“: “By leaving Germanisms untranslated, one always points to the sentiment expressed by the word as fundamentally and even organically German. My favorite, ‘Vergangenheitsbewältigung,’ means roughly to overcome or to come to terms with the past… In Gravity’s Rainbow, Pynchon notes ‘the German mania for name-giving, dividing the Creation finer and finer, analyzing, setting namer more hopelessly apart from named.’ Naming is not only a form of identification or labeling, but also of creation. To the eye, mouth, and ear, capacious German words seem to embody and externalize the weight of difficult emotions.”

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An HDR time lapse of Brno

From Jan Minol:

[Via]

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December 14, 2011

Lightroom 3.6, Camera Raw 6.6 updates now final

Lightroom 3.6 (Mac|Win) and Camera Raw 6.6 (Mac|Win) are now available as final releases on Adobe.com and through the update mechanisms available in Photoshop CS5 and Lightroom 3. These updates include bug fixes, new camera support and new lens profiles.

New camera support in these releases:

  • Canon PowerShot S100
  • Fuji FinePix X10
  • Leica V-LUX 3
  • Nikon 1 V1
  • Nikon 1 J1
  • Panasonic DMC-GX1
  • Ricoh GR Digital IV
  • Samsung NX5
  • Samsung NX200
  • Sony NEX-7

  

In addition, the releases add support for numerous lens profiles while squashing a number of bugs. Please see the Lightroom Journal for details. [Via]

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Video: Ho Chi Minh City

Rob Whitworth makes frenzy look lovely:

[Via Kevin Connor]

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December 13, 2011

Video: MWAC Attack

Kinda fun, though the YouTube comments really make it (“Did you know that just like how DSLR’s have a P for Professional mode, Minivans also have an R for Racecar mode? #coolfacts”; “DANG and to think I have been shooting in ‘M’ for ‘Moron’”).

“MWAC,” incidentally, is “Mother With A Camera.”

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December 06, 2011

Demo: Making a time lapse in Photoshop

Russell Brown puts Photoshop Extended through its paces:

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December 05, 2011

Film: “Address is Approximate”

Absolutely lovely work from Tom Jenk­ins (just trust me & take the two minutes):

Update: Here’s some great making-of info from Digital Arts.

Apropos of very little, I saw a Google Street View car sitting alongside Page Mill Road last week, its little optical turret spinning away. I hoped it was secretly one of their self-driving robots in disguise. [Via]

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Love for Photoshop Touch

I’m delighted to see reviews like this continue to roll in. A few recent quotes:

  • “Photoshop Touch is a triumph of mobile computing, allowing for deep image manipulation, with very usable touch screen controls.” – Nick Moore, Galaxy Tabs
  • “Photoshop Touch, a nearly perfect paring-down of its desktop counterpart… packs in almost all of the things I need for on-the-go photo editing.” – Liam Spradlin, Android Police
  • “All in all, Photoshop Touch provides a wide array of useful and easy-to-use tools for manipulating images on the go.” – Michelle Mastin, PCWorld
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December 01, 2011

Vincent Laforet talks about switching to Premiere Pro

The noted photographer & filmmaker & his team talk about producing their latest film via Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Story, and Photoshop:

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November 30, 2011

“Photoshopped or Not? A Tool to Tell”

My longtime boss Kevin Connor left Adobe earlier this year to launch a startup, Fourandsix, aimed at “revealing the truth behind every photograph.” Now his co-founder (and Adobe collaborator) Hany Farid has published some interesting research:

Dr. Farid and Eric Kee, a Ph.D. student in computer science at Dartmouth, are proposing a software tool for measuring how much fashion and beauty photos have been altered, a 1-to-5 scale that distinguishes the infinitesimal from the fantastic. Their research is being published this week in a scholarly journal, The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Check out the interactive presentation of before & after images. Details are on the NY Times.

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November 29, 2011

Cameras + Choppers

Small, ubiquitous video capture & aviation make a potent combo. The NY Times features a story about amateur video helping in air crash investigations. Elsewhere, clashes in the streets of Warsaw have been captured by small, remote helicopter:

I find the effect both exciting and unnerving. “Sunlight is the best disinfectant,” and capturing misbehavior begets exposure, outrage, and action. Or does it? I wonder whether the aerial footage introduces a “cinemification” element, a sense that real life is simply more TV, more entertainment. I don’t know; I’m not complaining, just wondering aloud a bit. [Via]

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November 25, 2011

A year-long time lapse of the sky

Another time lapse, really?? But check it out–Ken Murphy has created a really novel piece:

A camera installed on the roof of the Exploratorium museum in San Francisco captured an image of the sky every 10 seconds. From these images, I created a mosaic of time-lapse movies, each showing a single day. The days are arranged in chronological order. My intent was to reveal the patterns of light and weather over the course of a year.

Here’s more info on how it was done, the rig used, and more. [Via]

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November 22, 2011

Midnight Sun

“For 17 days,” writes Joe Capra, “I travelled solo around the entire island shooting almost 24 hours, sleeping in the car, and eating whenever I had the time. During my days shooting this film I shot 38,000 images, travelled some 2900 miles, and saw some of the most amazing, beautiful, and indescribable landscapes on the planet.”

Joe used Lightroom (with an assist from LRTimelapse) and the new After Effects Warp Stabilizer to create this piece. For more info on the project, check out this interview with Michael Levy Studio.

[Via]

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November 19, 2011

Video: Flying Rhinos

Filmmakers Green Renaissance created this beautiful, inspiring short piece. Our 2- and 3-year-old boys watch it obsessively and now know the “characters” by name (“There’s Cathy in the green hat! There’s old Jacques!”).

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November 18, 2011

Adobe Carousel surpasses a million downloads

“On October 27th we launched Adobe Carousel,” writes PM Sumner Paine, “and within a few short weeks we’ve already surpassed 1,000,000 downloads! We’re happy to see such a tremendous response — and want to thank everyone who jumped on board and downloaded the app on their iPhones, iPads and Macs.”

Though the team isn’t yet ready to talk in detail about future plans, check out Sumner’s post to hear about some areas they’re considering.

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November 16, 2011

Time lapse: Earth from above

Michael König edited together beautiful imagery captured by the crew aboard the International Space Station (see the Vimeo page for more details):

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November 12, 2011

Video: Bullet-time surfing

Rip Curl and Time-Slice Films used GoPro HD cams to build a “’30 camera Array’–a line of cameras firing consistently as surfers ride towards and past it.”

The same team erected an in-water scaffolding in Malaysia’s Sunway Lagoon Hotel to mount 52 full-sized DSLR cameras:

Core77 features more details & photos of the rigs, along with behind-the-scenes videos.

[Via]

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November 10, 2011

GroundBot, a self-propelled ball camera

Another from the “Ah, What Could Go Wrong?” Files:

It denies any family connection to Imperial interrogation droids, but I’m not sure I buy its story. [Via]

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November 06, 2011

Video: A love letter to NYC

Andrew Clancy’s “A Year in New York” is just lovely. Go Irish.

The song ‘We Don’t Eat’ by James Vincent McMorrow is available as a free download from Amazon. [Via Laine Fast]

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November 04, 2011

Video: Collision study

A lovely little somethin’ somethin’ for a rainy Friday morning:

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October 29, 2011

Photoshop CS5 automates lens correction

Here’s a one-minute tour from PM Bryan O’Neil Hughes:

He provides a deeper overview with examples (including iPhone shots automatically improved via this technology) on the Photoshop.com blog.

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October 24, 2011

Fotolia adds stock photo search to CS5 apps

Check it out:

14 million photos & vectors right inside InDesign, Illustrator & Photoshop!

Search stock images, save to lightboxes, create galleries, insert comps & automatically update to high res versions making stock image integration what it was always meant to be!

To build your own panels like this, grab the Creative Suite Extension Builder.

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October 20, 2011

Video: Photoshop Touch & Blending Modes

Russell Brown shows how to avoid lots of tedious image extraction tasks, simply by making good use of various blending modes:

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October 19, 2011

“World’s First Mobile Photography Conference,” this Saturday

Check out the 1197 Conference, happening this Saturday in San Francisco and streaming online:

The first camera phone photo was taken on June 11th, 1997. In honor of that date, 1197 is a one-day conference dedicated to mobile & iPhone photography, presented by Bolt | Peters and Blurb.

The site lists speakers, registration prices, and more.

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Gorgeous Arizona time lapse

Dustin Farrell’s work is so beautiful, I almost can’t deal with it.

“Every frame of this video,” he notes, “is a raw still from a Canon 5D2 DSLR and processed with Adobe software.” Check out the Vimeo page for additional technical details. [Via John Dowdell]

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October 18, 2011

Eye-popping tech for inserting 3D objects into photos

“With a single image and a small amount of annotation,” writes researcher Kevin Karsch, “our method creates a physical model of the scene that is suitable for realistically rendering synthetic objects.” Fascinating:

Check out the project site for much more detailed info. [Via Zorana Gee]

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October 17, 2011

Adobe demos amazing deblurring tech (new video)

Last week over a million people (!) watched a handheld recording of this demo. Here’s a far clearer version*:

And here’s a before/after image (click for higher resolution):

Now, here’s the thing: This is just a technology demo, not a pre-announced feature. It’s very exciting, but much hard work remains to be done. Check out details right from the researchers via the Photsohop.com team blog. [Update: Yes, it's real. See the researchers' update at the bottom of the post.]

* Downside of this version: Bachman Turner Overdrive. Upside: Rainn Wilson.

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October 16, 2011

The Throwable Panoramic Ball Camera

Interesting concept:

The Throwable Panoramic Ball Camera captures a full spherical panorama when thrown into the air. At the peak of its flight, which is determined using an accelerometer, a full panoramic image is captured by 36 mobile phone camera modules.

[Via Jeff Tranberry]

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October 15, 2011

Video: Waves in slow motion

Sixty seconds of beauty. (Full screen HD is a must, naturally.)

[Via]

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October 05, 2011

Video: Image search in Photoshop Touch

“Grab two images, cut the background off one, and blend the results.” If I had to boil Photoshop Touch down to one capability or scenario, it’s that.

Acquiring images is therefore critical. That’s why we made it simple to drag & drop in images from Facebook, Creative Cloud, and even Google Images. Here Russell Brown composites some public-domain NASA imagery using different blending modes:

We want to help customers do the right thing (i.e. not rip off others’ work), so we paid particular attention to making it easy to search only for images that have been tagged for reuse. By default PS Touch limits search results to those creators have marked as okay to use.

[By the way, I'm still in LA, working the MAX show all day. I'll get busy answering PS Touch-related questions when I get home.]

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October 03, 2011

Introducing Photoshop Touch

Combine, Edit, Share. I’m delighted to introduce Adobe Photoshop Touch, a new tablet app for creative imaging. With PS Touch we’re bringing Photoshop fun & power not only to new platforms, but to a whole new audience.

Here’s my brief overview:

To see the app in action, check out Russell Brown’s 10-minute feature tour:

So, when can you get it, and what does it cost?

We plan to release Photoshop Touch for Android shortly, after which we plan to bring it to iOS. When we talk about reaching new audiences, we’re not kidding: Photoshop Touch is priced at just $9.99.

So (to anticipate an inevitable question), why Android first? Many Adobe apps (Adobe Carousel, Ideas, Photoshop Express, Eazel, Color Lava, Nav) have already been released on iOS first, and it’s good to support customers across platforms. We’re busily coding for iOS as well, so I wouldn’t make too much of this particular detail. No matter what tablet(s) you use, we can’t wait to get Photoshop Touch into your hands.

One last thought for now: We’re still very, very early in the evolution of mobile devices for creative work, and Photoshop Touch–along with the many other Adobe touch apps announced today–is just a beginning. We’re eager to hear what you think, and I’m looking forward to hearing ideas & questions here and on Twitter (@PhotoshopTouch). (Today I’ll be largely offline, showing the app in person at Adobe MAX, so I apologize in advance if I’m slow to respond.)

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September 26, 2011

A lovely L.A. time lapse

Colin Rich has done the nearly impossible: He’s made me find Los Angeles beautiful.

[Via]

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September 24, 2011

Time lapse: Earth from above

James Drake downloaded 600 photos from the International Space Station, then stitched them together to create this fly-over. Check it out in fullscreen HD & watch for the lightning storms.

[Via]

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September 21, 2011

(rt) Photography: Giant photos and… oh, dear God, *bees*

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September 19, 2011

(rt) Photography: Jokes, plus people falling

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September 18, 2011

PhotoAppLink improves iOS app communication

To avoid bloated software, I wrote months ago, we need better ways to connect small apps (so that each can focus on just what it does best). Android “intents” enables this (e.g. in Photoshop Express), and it sounds like Windows Metro “contacts” are similar. On iOS this has been more problematic. From iPhoneography:

[G]etting an image from one app to the next is tedious. When switching apps the user must save the edited image to the camera roll, quit the current app, launch the next and then load up the intermediate image before continuing to edit it.

So a group of app developers got together and found a way to solve this problem with PhotoAppLink:

I can’t make any commitments on behalf of Adobe apps, but I certainly find this development interesting & encouraging. [Via Dave Howe]

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September 17, 2011

Video: I’m Crushing Your Head (kinda)

I find Junebum Park’s little videos totally charming.  Sadly it seems the longer, better-quality ones have been pulled from YouTube, but here’s a little taste:

Via Core77, ArtNews says,

In his short films… June Bum Park plays around with… shifts in scale: everyday scenes such as parking a car, constructing a building, or crossing a road are animated by gigantic hands (the artist’s own), and people and objects turn into playthings of a higher power. The manipulations appear tiny, their movements seem pre-determined, and all the figures do not let themselves be distracted from their goal. Cleverly they evade the intruder’s hands and continue on their way with the determination a column of ants.

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September 16, 2011

The Adobe Carousel team answers reader questions

How does it work with Lightroom? Who exactly can see my photos? (And where are they, exactly?)

Check out this post from the Adobe Carousel team for good answers to top questions.  You can post comments here, but you’re more likely to get questions addressed via that post’s comments.

Meanwhile, here’s a cute little video they did to capture the zen of the product:

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September 15, 2011

Video: Experience Zero Gravity

More amazing aerial filmmaking from the folks who brought us Experience Human Flight:

Or, if you prefer your extreme sports photography to feature spraying blood and wildly overdriven guitars, try this on for size:

[Via]

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September 12, 2011

Watch Adobe Carousel demoed in the PS World keynote

Check out the multi-user/multi-device functionality demoed by Sumner Paine & Julieanne Kost. They show one-step import, direct capture into Carousel, the Develop engine, sharing ratings, and more. Unfortunately the video doesn’t allow embedding, but the link jumps you right to the start of the demo.

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September 11, 2011

Photographers remember 9/11

  • Photojournalist James Nachtwey grabbed his camera and ran towards Ground Zero. He captured incredible images, nearly paying for them with his life. You should read his story.
  • Tom Junod’s article The Falling Man, about Richard Drew’s famous 9/11 photograph, is long, very difficult, and rewarding.
  • The Thousand-Yard Stare” : Peter Turnley talks about meeting Sal Isabella, the fireman whose image he captured the morning after the attacks.
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September 10, 2011

CineSkates: “Roller skates for Your DSLR”

Clever Kickstarter project CineSkates offers “a set of three wheels that quickly attach to a tripod and enable fluid, rolling video in an ultra-portable package.”

Uses:

  • Arcing shots that rotate around objects
  • Sliding shots that push or pull the subject into focus
  • Rolling shots that glide over the subject
  • Time-lapse shots that move the camera slowly and smoothly
  • Panning shots that scan a wide area
  • “Worm’s eye view” shots that slide just above the floor

[Via]

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September 09, 2011

Adobe Carousel demo/Q&A recording

For a more in-depth demo of Adobe Carousel, check out this recording of yesterday’s presentation/Q&A session. (Just skip past the first 90 seconds or so of dead air.)

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September 08, 2011

My fondest hope for iOS5?

Frictionless camera-to-Carousel hand-off.

I really, really want to think that AirDrop will enable truly seamless integration with Eye-Fi and similar wireless networking/storage cards. Pairing a Wi-Fi-enabled camera with a phone or tablet needs to become as trivial as pairing two Bluetooth devices. Once it’s done once, the camera needs to be able to transfer images the nearby devices anytime, regardless of whether they’re in use, running a special app, etc.

Then–and only then–can we lay to rest the current dilemma: good dedicated camera with laborious transfer/editing/sharing experience, or lousy(-ish) phone camera with immediate editing/transfer? And with the proliferation of 4G phones & tablets, camera->-device->-cloud->desktop will become slick as hell.

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Reminder: Photosmith for iPad

I’ve heard a few comments to the effect of “Adobe Carousel looks great, but I really want to pull my raw photos into my iPad, apply flags, ratings, and keywords, and they sync everything with Lightroom on my desktop.” Happily, that’s just what Photosmith ($17.99) already offers:

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September 07, 2011

Introducing Adobe Carousel

“Lightroom for iPad” has been the clearest customer mandate I’ve heard in 10+ years at Adobe. Photographers are clamoring to transfer photos wirelessly to their tablets, review & tweak them there, and then sync the results with their desktops.

Adobe Carousel (press release) embraces that vision–and takes it further.  This new app–announced today for iOS and Mac OS X (with Android & Windows versions in development)–brings a highly tuned version of the Lightroom/Camera Raw engine to mobile devices, combining it with excellent multi-device syncing. Key coolness:

  • You get access to all your images on all your devices.
  • All edits are non-destructive: tweak a setting on one device & you’ll see the edit ripple through your other devices.
  • It’s easy to collaborate with friends & family: people you invite to share a photo catalog can view photos, add new ones, apply adjustments and preset “looks,” and flag favorites.
  • You can easily publish to social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.


What does it cost, and when can you get it?  The iOS and Mac versions should be available shortly. The iPad, iPhone, and Mac apps are free, and the syncing/storage service costs $9.99 a month (or $99/year), with a special introductory price of $5.99 a month (or $59.99 a year). Storage & number of photos are unlimited.

When you pay for an Adobe Carousel subscription, you’e investing in one complete solution, enabling you to import as many photos as you want, adjust and improve those photos, and then share those photos with family & friends.

This first version of the app is ruthlessly focused on simplicity & on meeting the needs of a very large group of photographers. As it evolves there’s plenty of room to grow, including adding support for raw file formats and integrating with Lightroom & other desktop apps.

When we introduced Lightroom, we likewise started small, listened hard to photographers, and rapidly iterated based on their feedback. I’m extremely excited to see what develops.

PS–You may know that I’ve been working on mobile imaging apps at Adobe, so can I take credit for Carousel? I’m afraid not: I was the PM early on, helping get things rolling, after which I moved to another effort. More on that soon enough.

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September 06, 2011

Video: Soap bubbles & ferrofluid

When he’s not designing interfaces at Adobe, Kim Pimmel makes short films:

I combined everyday soap bubbles with exotic ferrofluid liquid to create an eerie tale, using macro lenses and time lapse techniques. Black ferrofluid and dye race through bubble structures, drawn through by the invisible forces of capillary action and magnetism.

See more of his projects on Vimeo. [Via]

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August 31, 2011

(rt) Photography: Canine Love

  • I’ve really enjoyed Carli Davidson‘s fantastic portraits of dogs as they shake off water.
  • If you like those, I think you’ll dig the work of Tim Flach (requires Flash) [Via]
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    August 30, 2011

    (rt) Scientific photography: Escher in water, eggs exploding, & more

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    August 28, 2011

    (rt) Odd camera materials (Lego, paper, & wood)

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    August 27, 2011

    Video: Skating, rendered beautifully

    So, you liked the Danny MacAskill thing, then? Now peep this:

    [Via]

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    August 23, 2011

    Video: A Day in California

    Perfectly lovely:

    Bobby Solomon writes,

    Photographer Ryan Killackey and his wife decided to document California, mostly the Los Angeles area, through photos, taking over 10,000 in total, and then compiling them into this beautiful video.

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    August 22, 2011

    Hints about Adobe’s future mobile photography tools

    Managing your photos across a range of devices (phones, tablets, computers, cameras) really starts to suck. We’re exploring some interesting solutions that go beyond what others have announced:

    No matter which device is in your hand, you see your entire photo library. So those hundreds of photos you took while touring through Italy with your smartphone would also appear in the library on your tablet device and at home on your laptop…just like that.

    At Adobe, we’re exploring solutions to get you there. And it should come as no surprise that we will also leverage the power of Photoshop editing technology for quick fixes along the way.

    A tad vague, maybe, but stay tuned. Good things are on the way.

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    August 17, 2011

    Video: Danny MacAskill

    Beautiful filmmaking showcases incredible athleticism:

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    August 12, 2011

    Slow-Mo Owl Show

    Oddly intense! (especially full screen)

    One of these winged victors tried to make off with my parents’ elderly wiener dog during a midnight outing. Advantage: Older Irish lady using her bathrobe to look bigger! [Via]

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    August 11, 2011

    Video: A Skateboard’s-Eye View of Manhattan

    Filmmaker & skater Josh Maredy killed a pair of GoPro cameras en route to capturing this madness:

    [Via]

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    August 07, 2011

    Video: World’s largest stop-motion animation

    Not content with having made “the world’s smallest stop-motion animation,” the folks at Aardman set out to crush it with the world’s largest–and once again, they shot it with a telephone:

    As usual I find the making-of video even more interesting than the final piece:

    [Via]

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    August 05, 2011

    “Metropolis”: Enormous Matchbox kinetic sculpture

    If you played with Hot Wheels as a kid, this is what you saw when drifting off to sleep:

    Hypnotic & terrific. Here’s more about artist Chris Burden.

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    July 28, 2011

    Exhibit: Photo Tampering Throughout History

    You can build a business manipulating photos; how about building one by detecting those manipulations?

    My longtime boss Kevin Connor was instrumental in building Photoshop, Lightroom, and PS Elements into the successes they are today, and he taught me the ropes of product management. After 15 years he was ready to try starting his own company, so this spring he teamed up with Dr. Hany Farid (“the father of digital image forensics,” said NOVA). Together they’ve started forensics company Fourandsix (get the pun?), aimed at “revealing the truth behind every photograph.”

    Now they’ve put up Photo Tampering Throughout History, an interesting collection of famous (and infamous) forgeries & manipulations from Abraham Lincoln’s day to the present. Numerous examples include before & after images plus brief histories of what happened.

    I wish Kevin & Hany great success in this new endeavor, and I can’t wait to see the tools & services they introduce.

    Related/previous:

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    July 27, 2011

    Free Lightroom webinar on bookmaking, tomorrow

    Photographer Jerry Courvoisier is presenting online tomorrow at 10am Pacific time:

    How to Use Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 3.0 to Develop, Sort and Sequence Your Images for Blurb Bookmaking: In this free webinar, world-class Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom specialist Jerry Courvoisier will take you through great Lightroom tips and tricks including how to prep your photos for your book. He’ll also show you how to use the new Blurb Bookify™ plug-in for Lightroom. Plus, stay for an exclusive Lightroom discount at the conclusion of the webinar.

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    July 26, 2011

    Come join me for a photo walk on Friday!

    First we talk (mobile imaging), then we walk.

    Photographers & mobile-imaging experts Dan Marcolina (author of iPhone Obsessed) & Knox Bronson (founder of P1xels, “the site of record for the emergent and global iphoneographic artist community”) will be speaking at the Photoshop store in San Francisco this Friday at 1:30pm. Afterwards (3:30-5pm) we’ll be taking pictures outside:

    Join Dan, Knox, and members of the Photoshop team for a photo walk through Union Square. The only caveat is: NO CAMERAS ALLOWED. That’s right, you’ll only take photos with your mobile phone.

    For me it’s a chance to see how you work & to hear more about what you want Adobe to do in mobile imaging.

    Afterwards Blurb is throwing a little party in the store, showing off books while supplying drinks & appetizers. Not a bad little Friday afternoon/evening, eh?

    The store is at 550 Sutter.  See the schedule for details on these events & everything else happening there. Hope to see you there!

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    Cool DIY aerial filmmaking

    I’ll say it again: I’m oddly thankful that incredible technology like this didn’t exist when I was a kid, as otherwise I’d have lost my entire adolescence to it. First, here’s what happened when filmmaker Joe Simon mounted a Canon 7D to an RC helicopter:

    [Via]

    If you prefer more the rock-n-roll grunge tip, check out the work of 19-year-old Jeremiah Warren and his rocket-mounted spy cam:


    [Via]

    Previously: DSLR video + RC helicopter = awesome

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    July 21, 2011

    More Photoshop-as-Instagram

    Abduzeedo shares tips on replicating Instagram’s Nashville color effect via Photoshop. (Seems like it’s kind of begging to be turned into an action.) Previously: Instagram filters as PS actions.

    Tangentially related: A band called The Vaccines is planning to use Instagram to create a crowd-sourced music video. [Via]

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    July 17, 2011

    Great NASA resources commemorating the Shuttle & Shepard

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    July 16, 2011

    iPhone rolling shutter + guitar strings = interesting effect

    Fascinating (though, the creator notes, apparently not representative of how strings actually vibrate):

    [Via]

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    July 14, 2011

    dbox: Instagram Filters as Photoshop Actions

    If you’re a fan of Instagram-style photo effects & would like to apply them easily in Photoshop, check out Daniel Box’s Instagram Filters as Photoshop Actions.  I stumbled upon these randomly, not as the results of a search, so if you’ve seen other cool ways to apply these or similar effects via PS, please feel free to point them out via comments.

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    New Lightroom Website builder plug-in released

    Matthew Campagna has released TTG Pages CE for Lightroom:

    TTG Pages CE is not an image gallery. It is a website construction tool used to create a home in which your image galleries may thrive. It creates pages — Home, Services, Info, About and a Contact page with email contact form — and a self-populating Gallery Index for your image galleries.

    Whether you’re building your first photo website or your hundredth, TTG Pages CE is the tool you’ve been waiting for to streamline your Lightroom-to-website workflow, and to create a website you can take pride in.

    The tool is $25 from Matthew’s site.

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    July 13, 2011

    360-degree cockpits, new & old

    Tangentially related: Don’t miss Shlomi Yoav’s eye-popping, wide-angle Shuttle launch photo.

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    July 12, 2011

    Video: The Incredible Rube Goldberg Portrait Photography Machine

    I kind of can’t even talk about this:

    Hats off to David Dvir and the team at 2D Photography. Here’s more info about the project, plus a making-of video:

    [Via Harrison Liu]

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    July 11, 2011

    Feature request: Instagram->Facebook

    I often say that if I could code, I’d never leave the basement*: I know what I want, but I have to rely on others to make it real.

    At the moment I’m wishing for a way to suck up some or all of my Instagram-hosted images, then repost them on Facebook.  I already share each individual image via Twitter (and thus Facebook), but these don’t end up residing on FB, where family members would be much more likely to see them.  This can’t be a hard thing to implement, but I’ve yet to see it done.

    Update: Thanks to Noah Mittman for pointing out Instaport, a free site that lets you download some/all of your images as a ZIP archive. It’s a great start, though just to get greedy, let me also request a way to retain image captions. For me those are often as critical as the images themselves.

    * Thus it’s probably like my not being more muscular (which would lead to my getting into lots of fights): probably a blessing in disguise.

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    July 06, 2011

    Disappearing acts: Content-Aware Fill in motion & more

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    July 02, 2011

    Video: Striking a cymbal at 1,000fps

    Bah-dum, tssch!

    Spoiler: Not much changes after the initial strike. [Via]

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    June 30, 2011

    Carousel (Instagram on Mac) gets new features

    The beautiful Carousel for browsing/commenting on Instagram feeds ($5 on the Mac App Store) has been updated with a number of new capabilities, including searching, support for gestures, and the ability to see all the images you’ve liked. I highly recommend it.

    Also very nice (and free): the Screenstagram screensaver.

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    June 29, 2011

    Video: “Bullet time lightning”

    A Tesla coil plus a 10-camera array of custom-programmed Canon cameras = Rob Flickenger’s 70 megapixel bullet time lightning.

    More info is here. [Via Iván Cavero Belaunde]

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    June 25, 2011

    (rt) Photography: Blackbirds & cursing & migrants, oh my

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    June 21, 2011

    Instagallery enhanced

    Our friend Troy Gaul has revised his excellent Instagallery iPad app with a host of improvements. For v1.2:

    In short: Grid. AirPlay. AirPrint. Liked photos. Twitter. Facebook. Open in Safari. Open in Instagram. Email, save, and copy yours. Video out. Favorite sets. Recent sets. Better comments. Easy tagging. Entire caption. Filter display. Unnamed locations. Tap to advance. TextExpander. Faster. Bugs fixed.

    Check out the App Store page for more details.

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    A tour of Earth from space

    Dr. Justin Wilkinson from NASA provides a beautifully unhurried tour of Earth from above, as shot by astronauts in orbit.

    [Via]

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    June 19, 2011

    Stitching moments together

    Photographer Peter Langenhahn combines hundreds of photos into huge, hundred-gigabyte monsters that show numerous moments at once–for example, depicting all the fouls in a soccer match. Here’s a brief piece (light on technical details, I’m afraid) on how he does it:

    Kottke also points out the Peter Funch’s New York composites (mentioned previously).

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    June 18, 2011

    Amazing first-person skiing/parachuting/avalanche video

    Completely tremendous. Give it the two minutes, and in full screen. [Via]

     

    Offbeat bonus first-person vid: Eli Stonberg’s “Extremities” straps multiple cameras to skater Aryeh Kraus, then shows the results simultaneously. [Via]

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    June 16, 2011

    Props for the After Effects Warp Stabilizer

    Well-known cinematographer Vincent Laforet has some kind words for the new tool in AE CS5.5:

    What truly inspired me was the ability to shoot handheld footage at a high resolution, knowing full well that I could later stabilize it with technology such as Adobe CS 5.5′s Warp Stabilizer… Warp Stabilizer is truly AMAZING – and I’m not exaggerating here. This technology has the potential to change the way many of us shoot – allowing us to rely less on complex stabilization devices – and more on smaller less complex camera support platforms. This will allow filmmakers to shoot with a bit more freedom – which is exciting.

    Vincent promises to share more details soon. In the meantime, enjoy the work he’s been capturing with the RED Epic 5K camera, bits of which were stabilized in AE:

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    June 15, 2011

    Video: A DIY Space Balloon

    Luke Geissbühler & his kids sent their homemade weather balloon & camera rig (packed inside a foam take-out container!) up 100,000 feet, right to the edge of space. It makes for some surprisingly captivating filmmaking.

    [Via]

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    June 12, 2011

    Adventures with mini cams

    Planting a GoPro camera inside a hula hoop produces oddly watchable results:

    [Via]

    On a much less stable front, the $60 Hot Wheels Video Racer shoots at up to 60 frames per second, creating what Autoblog calls “nausea-inducing fun”:

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    June 08, 2011

    Time lapse: Manhattan in Motion

    Lovely work from Josh Owens:

    [Via]

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    June 04, 2011

    Breakfast, interrupted, at 1,000fps

    Bruton Stroube captured high-speed mayhem using a Phantom HD Gold shooting at 1000fps:

    The making-of video makes the shoot look like some messy fun. [Via]

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    June 02, 2011

    A nifty twist on time lapse videos

    You spin me right ’round, baby, right ’round like the earth, baby…

    [Via]

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    May 30, 2011

    (rt) Photographic history: Abbey Road to Mt. Rushmore

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    May 29, 2011

    Video: Skaters on fire

    Is it pyrotechnics, or is it Memorex? Hard to say, maybe, but I like the effect:

    The filmmakers have posted a behind-the-scenes feature for the subsequent video in the series. I highly applaud their use of “FM.” [Via]

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    May 27, 2011

    iObsessed for iPad

    Photographer Dan Marcolina used InDesign CS5 to create iObsessed, an interactive compendium of over 30 apps. The book complements his iPhone Obsessed photo book, and he writes:

    This interactive format allows you to see video tutorials right in-line with the featured images, along with the ability to pinch and zoom any image to see its full detail. Additional surprise links are found on each chapter page.

    Here’s the quick demo:

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    May 25, 2011

    Adobe TV: Lightroom coloring techniques & shortcuts

    Recent vids of possible interest:

  • The Complete Picture with Julieanne Kost: Selective Coloring Techniques in Lightroom

    In this Episode of the Complete Picture Julieanne Kost explains two different methods for selectively colorizing an image to differentiate the subject from the background using Adobe Camera Raw.

  • Creative Suite Podcast: Photographers – 5 Lightroom Keyboard Shortcuts that will Speed up your Workflow

    In this episode I’ll show you 5+ Lightroom Keyboard shortcuts that will definitely speed up your day-to-day Lightroom workflow!

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    May 24, 2011

    (rt) iPhone bits & content-aware fails

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    May 23, 2011

    (rt) Photography: Finding art in nukes, tulips, & more

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    May 21, 2011

    Origami sculptures transform in water

    Etienne Cliquet’s fascinating “Flottille” micro-origami sculptures are 2-3 centimeters long and open based on capillary action.

    [Via]

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    May 20, 2011

    (rt) Useful online photo tools

    • Neat idea: SLR Camera Simulator teaches the effects of camera parameters. [Via]
    • StolenCamera Finder “uses the serial number stored in your photo to search the web for photos taken w/the same camera.”
    • Bigger camera sensors generally offer better performance. Sensor-Size.com lets you “Compare & Convert Digital Cameras.”
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    May 19, 2011

    Lee Varis lecture recording now available

    By popular demand, we recorded photographer Lee Varis‘s talk in San Jose Tuesday night (see previous overview). There was a break during the session, so here are Part One (an overview of Lee’s career) & Part Two (the “’10 Channel Workflow,’ a radical new image enhancement routine”).

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    May 18, 2011

    Screenstagram: A screensaver of Instagram images

    Check out this groovy (and free) Mac screensaver from the Barbarian Group. And props to them for one of the world’s most succinct demo videos:

    Weirdly, I got a blank screen when testing the screensaver yesterday, but today it works fine. [Via]

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    May 17, 2011

    iPhone photo seminar at 5pm Pacific today

    Photographer & designer Dan Marcolina is “iPhone Obsessed,” having used his phone + apps to produce a coffee table book (with up-resing courtesy of Photoshop). Now I see that he’s presenting a seminar just over an hour from now (sorry, just saw the invite):

    His new book, iPhone Obsessed, covers over 47 apps and the post-processing steps you need to know to achieve works of art right in your iPhone. Dan will cover many of these apps during this live Peachpit Photo Club event.

    Having met Dan & discussed the book last summer, I can vouch for him being a really interesting, creative guy; should be a good session.

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    May 12, 2011

    After Effects stabilization in the real world

    Photographer Uwe Steinmueller has posted a set of samples made using AE CS 5.5. They’re not crazy-dramatic, but that may well be the point: the new feature improves even what was already decent footage.

    In the accompanying article Uwe write, “This may be a situation where a new tool is really up to its hype and exceeded our expectations. Hard to describe how excited we are.”

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    May 08, 2011

    64-bit DNG Codec & other updates

    If you’re a Windows 7 user, you can now grab a preview version of the DNG Codec, in both 32- and 64-bit versions.  The codec lets you browse DNG files in Windows Explorer and Photo Gallery.

    In other news, techie photographers can grab beta 3 of the Adobe Lens Profile Creator and beta 3 of the DNG Profile Editor. [Via]

    9:20 AM | Permalink | Comments [8]

    May 06, 2011

    High-speed gelatinous action

    Modernist Cuisine has fun at 6200 frames per second:

    [Via] See also “Exploding Christmas Ornaments Filled with Various Things.” [Via]

    8:31 AM | Permalink | No Comments

    May 03, 2011

    (rt) Photography: Surreal composites, underwater history, & more

    3:52 PM | Permalink | Comments [1]

    April 29, 2011

    Parisian time lapse

    Student Luke Shepard used 2,000 still images to create a time lapse of Paris.

    [Via]

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    April 28, 2011

    Video: Experience Human Flight

    To create this captivating short film, the filmmakers note, “All footage was shot on a GoPro and slowed down with Twixtor.”

    [Via]

    8:02 AM | Permalink | Comments [8]

    April 26, 2011

    Photography: Chernobyl, 25 years later

    It’s a season of sometimes grim anniversaries (e.g. 150 years since the start of the American Civil War, 100 since the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, one since the Gulf oil spill), and today marks 25 years since the beginning of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.  The Big Picture hosts a haunting image collection, and the NYT’s Lens blog goes into more detail on the few who’ve stayed behind.

    2:59 AM | Permalink | Comments [1]

    April 25, 2011

    A giant wooden xylophone plays Bach

    Amazing & rather excellent:

    [Via]

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    April 23, 2011

    Video: High-speed mountain climbing

    I share this not just because of the inordinate badassery of speed climber Ueli Steck, but to showcase the filmmakers’ amazing visual storytelling (full-screen HD recommended, naturally).

    If you’re short on time, make sure to jump ahead around 2 minutes & at least see him running up that mountain (Kate Bush-style). [Via]

    8:53 AM | Permalink | Comments [8]

    April 22, 2011

    Photosynth panorama maker for iPhone

    I haven’t played with a lot of mobile panorama-creation apps, but I find Microsoft’s free Photosynth app for iPhone pretty amazing. It captures still images as you pan around, automatically stitching (and optionally uploading) the results.

    <br/><a href="http://video.msn.com/?mkt=en-us&#038;vid=286219d4-1988-4479-816f-12e36d18b514&#038;src=SLPl:embed:&#038;fg=sharenoembed" target="_new"title="Microsoft Photosynth App – April 2011">Video: Microsoft Photosynth App – April 2011</a>

    The example of an aviation museum is especially well chosen: I distinctly remember my deep, painful frustration trying to photograph rockets at the Air & Space Museum as a kid. I’d have found something like this unspeakably wonderful.

    Aside: How do companies like Microsoft & Adobe profit by developing advanced technology & then simply giving it away? It’s like First CityWide Change Bank: Volume.

    9:22 AM | Permalink | Comments [4]

    April 19, 2011

    Time Lapse: “The Mountain”

    Terje Sorgjerd (see previous) has produced another lovely time lapse, this time taken atop Spain’s highest mountain:

    He writes,

    A large sandstorm hit the Sahara Desert on the 9th April and at approx 3am in the night the sandstorm hit me, making it nearly impossible to see the sky with my own eyes. Interestingly enough my camera was set for a 5 hour sequence of the milky way during this time and I was sure my whole scene was ruined. To my surprise, my camera had managed to capture the sandstorm which was backlit by Grand Canary Island making it look like golden clouds.

    [Via Mark Kawano]

    8:32 AM | Permalink | Comments [1]

    April 18, 2011

    (rt) Scientific Photography: Sunspots, satellite images, & more

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    April 13, 2011

    Eye-Fi enables direct-to-tablet transfer

    As I noted last year, photographers have been incredibly clear in wanting wireless tethering between their cameras & tablets. Forget about using tablets for storage: the big win is using a tablet’s big screen for “chimping” (reviewing & flagging one’s shots).

    Thus I’m happy to see that a new 8GB Eye-Fi card enables a direct connection between cameras & tablets.  I’d love to put my iPad in my backpack & transfer to it while hiking around.  Two snags, though:

    • The card is SD format, and my SLR uses Compact Flash. Something tells me a solution isn’t imminent.
    • Wireless transfer requires one’s tablet to be switched on. Long battery life or no, I’m not going to leave the iPad on constantly while hiking, driving, etc. Solving this problem very likely requires support from Apple, Google, and hardware makers.

    Still, the development is very encouraging.

    5:02 PM | Permalink | Comments [11]

    Photography: Shallow depth of field on iPhone

    Stanford professor & occasional Photoshop team collaborator Marc Levoy has created SynthCam, an interesting tool for simulating large-aperture photo effects using a tiny-aperture cell phone camera:

    For more examples, tutorials, etc., see Marc’s site. [Via]

    11:22 AM | Permalink | Comments [4]

    April 12, 2011

    Video: Meet digital camera inventor Steven Sasson

    I enjoyed David’s Friedman‘s brief but engaging chat with digital photography pioneer Steven Sasson, including his remarks about fitting a pitch into the culture of an organization:

    [Via]

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    April 04, 2011

    (rt) Photography: War, science, & enormous panoramas

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    March 29, 2011

    Video: Ten Things I Have Learned About The Sea

    Even if you watch just for a minute, I think you’ll find Lorenzo Fonda’s ode oddly captivating:

    Seeing these giant containers, it’s funny to think: all this stuff around you–the screen on which you’re reading this, maybe the car you drive, the shirt on your back–it’s all been there, creeping over untold expanses of water.

    At one point I planned to join the US Navy. I spent three years in NROTC and generally loved it. Seeing dolphins race ahead of the bow quickens my pulse & takes me down a deep memory hole. The endlessness of the water, the blankness of the horizon, the ceaseless beating paired with beauty (think bioluminescent algae twinkling down the bridge windows after every 13-foot wall of green water)–strange to think of it all again. And strange where life takes us. [Via]

    10:38 AM | Permalink | Comments [3]

    March 28, 2011

    (rt) Photography: Strange history, beautiful Antarctica, & more

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    March 25, 2011

    A beautiful Aurora Borealis time lapse

    “Norwegian landscape photographer Terje Sorgjerd,” writes David Pescovitz, “spent one week around Kirkenes and the Norway-Russia border, in -25 Celsius temperature, to make this magnificent time-lapse video of the Aurora Borealis.”

    On a related note, “Terje Sorgjerd” is one pretty solid name. He needs to join the Photoshop team & take up residence next to Seetharaman Narayanan, Iouri Tchernoousko, & other greats. [Via]

    9:07 AM | Permalink | Comments [10]

    March 23, 2011

    Video: Growing Is Forever

    Three minutes of delightful woodland photography from Jesse Rosten:

    [Via]

    9:01 AM | Permalink | Comments [1]

    March 22, 2011

    Artsiest. Melting ice cube. Ever.

    Right? (Vid’s just a minute long; fullscreen recommended.)

    [Via]

    2:54 PM | Permalink | Comments [4]

    March 19, 2011

    Video: A Blood-Red Eclipse

    Happy supermoon. In the lunar spirit, here’s a lovely time lapse from last December:

    Check out the Vimeo page for brief making-of info on the piece (stabilized in After Effects CS5) from photographer William Castleman. [Via]

    8:48 PM | Permalink | No Comments

    March 18, 2011

    Interactive photos: Japan Before and After Tsunami

    The NYT’s satellite photo feature, Japan Before and After Tsunami, is amazing & deeply sobering. [Via]

    10:04 AM | Permalink | Comments [1]

    March 17, 2011

    A photographic (non-CGI) fly-by of Saturn

    The IMAX film “Outside In” is produced from “hundreds of thousands of still photos” taken by the Cassini orbiter. I have a hard time believing that the footage is real, but I’m hardly an expert. Check it out:

    The filmmaking is a non-profit effort being supported by individuals & a few companies. [Via]

    Update: See comments for some technical details from the filmmaker & others.

    8:42 AM | Permalink | Comments [6]

    March 16, 2011

    Photoshop Express 2.0: Powerful noise reduction on iOS

    After more than 20 million downloads, the free Photoshop Express app has added its first paid features. As PM Jordan Davis explains, Adobe Camera Pack in Photoshop Express 2.0 for iOS* adds three new features:

    • Reduce Noise: Even the best phone cameras can introduce small amounts of grain and speckling—called noise—into images. The Reduce Noise feature quickly smooths out those flaws to improve your photos. (See screenshot with aggressive settings applied.)
    • Self Timer: Set a camera timer to 3- or 10-second intervals before the photo is snapped. Now you can be in the picture too!
    • Auto Review: Use the Auto Review mode to make sure you get a good shot and delete it if you don’t. Auto Review gives you a quick look at your picture before the action passes you by.

    The app remains free, and the Camera Pack is a $3.99 in-app purchase.

    The noise reduction code is based on the outstanding technology introduced in Lightroom 3/Photoshop CS5.  Squeezing very computationally intensive algorithms to run well on handheld processors was no easy feat, and I think you’ll be pleased with the speed & quality of the results.  We look forward to hearing your feedback.

    * Photoshop Express for Android has not yet been updated

    1:32 PM | Permalink | Comments [19]

    March 13, 2011

    (rt) Photography: Outstanding Star Wars, True Grit, & more

    9:53 AM | Permalink | Comments [2]

    Instagallery for iPad now available

    Our friend Troy Gaul (formerly of Lightroom & ImageReady) has created Instagallery, a sleek Instagram client for iPad, offering slideshow support & more. I’ve found it great for following & commenting on friends’ photos from my tablet.

    8:05 AM | Permalink | Comments [1]

    March 04, 2011

    Old-school Daily Show clip on digital cameras

    This Ed Helms bit features a special guest appearance by Photoshop 7 on OS 9:

    [Via]

    4:40 PM | Permalink | Comments [1]

    March 03, 2011

    Photoshop Express: 20 Million Downloads & Counting

    Wow–quite a milestone. PM Jordan Davis reports:

    Photoshop Express for iOS and Android devices hit 20 million customer installations today. We want to thank all our customers who have downloaded and used the app to shoot, edit, apply fun effects, and share photos from their smartphones and tablets. If you haven’t yet tried it, Photoshop Express is available for free on the Apple iTunes Store and Android Marketplace.

    Thanks for your support, and your feedback is always welcome.

    6:06 PM | Permalink | Comments [4]

    March 01, 2011

    Video: Space Shuttle launch as seen from an airplane

    A lovely bit of low-fi aerospace footage:

    [Via]

    9:35 PM | Permalink | Comments [2]

    Photograph Iceland with Julieanne Kost

    If you take this trip in August, you’re going to make me seriously jealous.  Adobe photography evangelist Julieanne Kost writes:

    I’m hoping that YOU will be able to join me this summer (August 21 – August 27) on an incredible journey through the Icelandic landscape. This really is a unique opportunity to experience Iceland and all that it has to offer – glacier lagoons, Icelandic horses, waterfalls, and mud flats  are just a few of the things we may see on our excursions.  We will follow the weather and the light, photographing Iceland’s ever changing landscape with long hours of exquisite sunrise and sunset while the Focus on Nature team takes care of every little logistical detail  so that we can photograph in a relaxed, low pressure, unhurried, environment. We will come home not only with improved technique, but reenergized and inspired.

     

    7:57 AM | Permalink | Comments [3]

    February 25, 2011

    Interesting 3D Photo app

    I can’t readily pronounce it “endlessly useful,” but 3D Photo‘s ability to map a live camera feed onto 3D shapes is rather cool:

    [Via]

    It can be hard to take tablet hardware, which is largely designed for low-power media consumption & gaming, and make it perform well for general-purpose imaging operations. Lately I’ve taken to joking that, “Well, my year-old iPad can run a beautiful 3D pinball game fullscreen at 30+ FPS, so maybe we should let people draw with friggin’ 3D pinballs, because apparently those can be made to go fast.” Look for Adobe Avian AngerPaint™, coming soon to an app store near you!

    1:32 PM | Permalink | Comments [4]

    February 23, 2011

    NYC session next week: Hidden Gems in PS CS5

    If you’ll be in New York next Wednesday, you might want to drop by Foto Care 10am-12pm for a free class covering Hidden Gems in Photoshop CS5 featuring PM Bryan O’Neil Hughes.

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    Photography: The sacred & profane in Eastern Europe

    I’ve spoken admiringly in the past of Bruce Haley‘s photojournalism. Now he’s produced a new monograph called Sunder:

    Produced between 1994 and 2002, the images in SUNDER sweep the viewer along on a far-reaching journey through numerous former USSR and Iron Curtain countries, stopping at landscapes of ruin and moments of grace in equal measure. Haley’s explorations were intuitive, responding to a deep curiosity to taste the last drops of the would-be Utopian ideology that dominated global politics during the first thirty years of his life.

    Bryan Hughes & I have been trying for ages to get down to the bottom of Bixby Canyon to visit Bruce & his beer fridge*. Hopefully we can do that soon & maybe share a trip report.

    * But not, presumably, “goddamn barbecued monkey leg”

    9:55 AM | Permalink | Comments [1]

    February 20, 2011

    (rt) Photography: Ali’s greatness, retro re-creations, & more

    4:25 PM | Permalink | Comments [7]

    February 18, 2011

    (rt) Photography: Photographing one’s own murder & more

    9:46 AM | Permalink | Comments [1]

    February 13, 2011

    Aerial NYC for iPad

    Photographer Cameron Davidson is offering Aerial New York City, a 60-image iPad portfolio depicting the city from above, for free for a limited time.  Lovely. [Via Ellis Vener]

    [Irrelevant personal side note: I used to look out a window just below the "Y" in "York" on the opening screen. 20 Exchange FTW.]

    10:23 AM | Permalink | Comments [1]

    February 12, 2011

    Video: The Wilhelm Scream

    James Blake picks a bizarre (and apparently unrelated) name for beautifully atmospheric visuals & vocals:

    [Via]

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    February 10, 2011

    Crazy 360-degree dodgeball video

    Photographer Ryan Jackson strapped together four cheap GoPro video cameras into an interesting Frankenstein, shooting a cool 360-degree panoramic video. “The short version of this story is that I shot with four GoPros, extracted still images from video, stitched the stills together into panoramas then recombined them back into video. For the much more detailed and nerdy answer, read on.” [Via Manu S. Anand]

    7:49 AM | Permalink | Comments [1]

    February 07, 2011

    (rt) Photography: Vertigo, bisected bunkers, & more

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    January 25, 2011

    Photoshop Express 1.5 arrives for iOS

    I’m delighted to report that Photoshop Express, Adobe’s free photo capture & editing tool that’s been downloaded over 15 million times (!), is now available in enhanced version 1.5 form via Apple’s App Store.

    This release reworks the photo capture experience, adding support for batch capture of photos plus a highly useful review mode, and it includes full Retina display support. iOS 4.2 compatibility brings benefits like an improved ability to upload images in the background.

    After going a bit quiet (publicly, at least) following the previous release, the Express team is now cooking with gas, and we have other cool enhancements queued up for the near future. In the near term, please let us know what you think of the new release, and what you’d like to see us do going forward. Thanks for your interest & support.

    7:00 AM | Permalink | Comments [13]

    January 24, 2011

    A few interesting iOS apps (video & utility)

    • Video-recording app Precorder takes a cue from the world of reality TV production: rather than recording everything to disk in hopes of getting some good nuggets, it buffers a video stream (a la DVRs).  It’s constantly saving the few seconds of video before you hit record, so if something interesting happens, hit record & capture it.  If not, no worries: there’s nothing to delete.  I tried it with the kids yesterday & it worked nicely.
    • 8mm Vintage Camera brings the trendy retro aesthetic to handheld video, “capturing the beauty and magic of old school vintage movies. By mixing and matching films and lenses, you can recreate the atmosphere of those bygone eras with 25 timeless retro looks.” [Via]
    • Written by Lightroom team vets Troy Gaul and Dustin & Dylan Bruzenak, Handoff “simplifies sending things from your computer’s web browser to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch” via a combo of app + desktop browser extensions.  Looks clever and useful.
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    January 18, 2011

    New Adobe TV videos for photographers

    As always, good tutorials are making their way onto Adobe TV. Some recent examples:

    • Photoshop Basics Series: Creating an image reflection

    Presenter Dennis Radeke says, “Many times, I’ve seen great work that was somewhat spoiled by the fact that it employed a reflection as part of the design. Creating a reflection on any image is a fairly easy thing to do and in this episode we’ll look at some techniques to make a convincing and realistic reflection within Adobe Photoshop.”

    • Sync Your Photos from Lightroom 3 to Your iDevices

    In this episode I’ll show you how to set up the Hard Drive Publish Service to allow you to continue to manage your photos in Lightroom, but also sync them to your iDevices via iTunes without using iPhoto.

    • Photographers – Mini Bridge

    Every now and then it’s much easier to show someone than to try to explain it to them. After a few emails from Beau about how to use Mini Bridge? I just decided to make it the topic of this week’s Creative Suite Podcast.

    Adobe Lightroom 3: Needle in a Haystack

    When you need to find a specific image among a huge number of images, filtering can provide an excellent solution. This jump-start will provide you with a sense of the power of filtering to find an image within Lightroom.

    Photoshop User TV – Episode 206

    The countdown to the new set is winding down. In the meantime, check out this interview with Adobe’s Julieanne Kost.

     

    8:32 AM | Permalink | Comments [4]

    January 14, 2011

    New Lightroom presets from Julieanne Kost

    Our friend/Adobe evangelist Julieanne has whipped up some great new Lightroom presets.  You can view the whole list of presets on her blog, or use these links to jump right to those you find most interesting.  Each entry includes an explanation & download links:

    7:59 AM | Permalink | Comments [1]

    January 13, 2011

    Videos: Russell Brown on HDR, iPad portfolios

    By very popular demand, Russell Brown has recorded & posted his tutorials on creating tablet-ready portfolios & great-looking (non-cheesy) HDR images. Enjoy.

    Mobile portfolios:

    HDR

    1:56 PM | Permalink | Comments [8]

    (rt) Photos: Bokeh & Polaroids on iPhone, more

    • Bokeh from an iPhone? So promises SynthCam from Stanford prof Mark Levoy. [Via Jeff Chien]
    • Nifty: the Polaroid iPhone Decal.
    • I saw a square, brownish 70′s family photo at Tom Hogarty’s house the other day and thought, “Oh, they used Instagram.” Man, I’m losing it.
    • Evil Pregnant Natalie Portman (artist’s conception).
    • Happy Family Slim-Slim #5; don’t trust it @ 99 cent store.
    11:36 AM | Permalink | Comments [2]

    January 12, 2011

    App Idea: Photo Defiler

    The other day while using Instagram, it occurred to me: To really do proper retro photos, I need a way to obscure half the image with my dad’s finger.  In that vein, how about an app that would fill your images with cliched errors?  A few ideas:

    • Head Clipper: Use face detection to identify people in an image, then partly lop off their domes.
    • Shadow Caster: Hey, where’s the photographer? Ah, there’s his handy shadow!
    • Back Lighter: Fill light/Shadow-Highlight is passé; we need a way to silhouette subjects into oblivion.
    • Grass Expander: Auto zoom out, then use Content-Aware Fill to surround one’s subject with even more grass & extraneous details.
    • Blink Synthesizer: If society has figured out how to put human eyes onto Muppets, surely we can shut the eyes of at least some people in a group photo.
    • Face Blurrer: A bit o’ witness protection.
    • Digital Intruder: My dad’s finger on millions of handsets around the world. You’re welcome.

    Not quitting my day job,
    J.

    7:37 AM | Permalink | Comments [16]

    January 11, 2011

    Time Lapse: The Pale Blue Dot

    Carl Sagan reads a short excerpt from his book, “The Pale Blue Dot” in this lovely time lapse from filmmaker Michael Marantz:

    [Via]

    8:22 AM | Permalink | Comments [1]

    January 06, 2011

    (rt) Photography: Images of the year, “Crouching Child, Hidden Mother,” & more

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    January 04, 2011

    Eye-Fi enables direct camera-to-iPad transfer

    Ah, I’ve been waiting for this one for some time: Eye-Fi is enabling direct photo transfer from cameras to iPads–something I’ve heard photographers request over and over again.  Now, if only I could get a WiFi-enabled card that would work in my 5D. (Eye-Fi strongly discourages the use of an SD-to-CF adapter.) [Via Sean Parent]

    2:37 PM | Permalink | Comments [5]

    January 03, 2011

    UNDERCITY: A guerrilla exploration of NYC

    This is one of the most captivating, weirdly suspenseful short films I’ve seen in ages, and it’s essentially just one dude walking (or rather, sneaking) around New York City:

    You can read more about these unsanctioned underground adventures in the NY Times and on NPR. [Via]

    11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments [6]

    January 02, 2011

    Time Warp: Liquid Sculptures

    I dig the work of “liquid sculptor” Martin Waugh (see previous). Check out this behind-the-scenes segment from Time Warp:

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    December 30, 2010

    What if you mounted a video camera on a sword tip?

    “Super dizzying,” our man Finn might say–though oddly less so than you’d expect:

    [Via]

    7:59 AM | Permalink | Comments [12]

    December 29, 2010

    (rt) Photos of the year, lost wookies, & more

    8:27 AM | Permalink | Comments [3]

    December 27, 2010

    Video: Blizzard timelapse

    This one goes out to all the East Coast peeps:

    [Via]

    1:32 PM | Permalink | Comments [6]

    December 23, 2010

    Photography: Flying liquids, stuck in time

    Shinchi Maruyama creates amazing “sculptures” (see photo gallery) by tossing water & capturing the results with a high-speed camera:

    [Via]

    8:42 AM | Permalink | Comments [3]

    December 19, 2010

    Magic Shutter enables light painting with an iPhone

    What’s an “epoch-making creative iPhone camera”? One that lets you do long exposure & paint with light, apparently. Magic Shutter looks pretty cool:

    [Via Nic Couillard]

    9:06 AM | Permalink | Comments [6]

    December 18, 2010

    Clever “Elf Cam” photography app

    Of the new app Elf Cam, Mark Frauenfelder writes, “It allows you to set up your camera on Christmas Eve to record Santa coming out of your fireplace (or walking into room if you don’t have a fireplace), so you can show it to your child in order to prove that Santa Claus is real.”

    12:58 PM | Permalink | Comments [1]

    December 08, 2010

    Video: Lovely Aurora Borealis timelapse

    Tor Even Mathisen rocks it:

    [Via]

    6:16 AM | Permalink | Comments [2]

    December 06, 2010

    Lightroom 3.3, Camera Raw 6.3 now available

    Lightroom 3.3 (Mac|Win) and Camera Raw 6.3 (Mac|Win) for CS5 are now available as final releases on Adobe.com and through the update mechanisms available in Photoshop CS5 and Lightroom 3.  These updates include bug fixes, new camera support and new lens profiles. Cameras added:

    • Canon         PowerShot G12
    • Canon         PowerShot S95
    • Nikon          D7000
    • Nikon          Coolpix P7000
    • Nikon          D3100
    • Olympus     E-5
    • Panasonic  DMC-GF2
    • Panasonic  DMC-GH2
    • Pentax        K-5
    • Pentax        K-r
    • Ricoh          GXR, GR LENS A12 28mm F2.5
    • Samsung    NX100
    • Samsung    TL350 (WB2000)
    • Sony           A560
    • Sony           A580

    For a complete list of lens profiles added & bugs fixed, please see Tom Hogarty’s post on the Lightroom Journal.

    Remember that if you’re using an older version (Lightroom 2.x, Photoshop CS4, etc.), you can use the free DNG Converter (Mac|Win) to save disk space (losslessly compressing your proprietary camera files) while making images compatible with your app.

    11:21 PM | Permalink | Comments [4]

    (rt) Photography: Ansel does iPad, Mon Calamari, & more

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    December 03, 2010

    A “Pointless, action-free and totally mesmerising” video

    Graeme Taylor pointed his inexpensive, high-speed Casio Exilim FH20 out a train window, then slowed down the results:

    He writes,

    The ‘trick’ is the camera collects images at a rate of 210 per second – but the film is played back at 30 frames per second. So, every seven seconds of footage that you watch corresponds to 1 real second. At least at the start, one real second is plenty of time for someone to move into, then out of, the camera’s field of view, but isn’t enough time for them to really do much: hence, the frozen effect. It breaks down towards the end not because I’m doing something clever with the frame rates (captured or replayed), but simply because the train was stopping!

    [Via]

    1:56 PM | Permalink | Comments [5]

    November 26, 2010

    Happy Thanksgiving

    “Are you going to stuff me into the bird, Dad-O??”
    “Absolutely, my boy!!”

    Whether or not you celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, I hope you had a great day today. For the first time in as long as I can remember, I’m giving myself a little break from daily blogging. Thanks for reading & for giving me the chance to do this job.

    All the best to you & yours,
    El Tryptophan

    12:26 AM | Permalink | Comments [6]

    November 24, 2010

    Photography: Buildings in motion

    11:16 AM | Permalink | Comments [1]

    November 20, 2010

    Wi-Fi Direct promises wireless tethering

    Not really newsworthy, but encouraging: A few months ago I wrote about the need for wireless tethering, whereby your camera could discover transfer photos right into a tablet or laptop. (Today’s setups–e.g. setting up a portable hotspot while on the go–are too neckbeard-a-riffic to get mass adoption.)  The customer demand is so strong that I’ve assumed that a bunch of hardware manufacturers have been working on solutions. Now I see that the Wi-Fi Direct spec is apparently inching its way towards shipping products.  I’m eager to see what results. [Via Sean Parent]

    9:40 AM | Permalink | Comments [4]

    November 15, 2010

    Video: TimeScapes Rapture

    Speaking of beautiful time lapses, here’s another worth seeing:

    Come on, who doesn’t love a Zeppelin? Other installments are at TimeScapes.org. [Via]

    5:52 PM | Permalink | Comments [3]

    Video: NYC timelapse

    Alexandre Favre, Pierre Dumont, and David Mignot fire up the Beethoven in this bombastic tour of the city:

    New York City – Timelapse from stimul on Vimeo.

    [Via Rob Cantor]

    10:59 AM | Permalink | Comments [1]

    November 13, 2010

    Alien Skin starts an interesting blog

    “In the end, we shall all be dead!” Anyone who pairs a statement like that with cheerful astronauts on their marketing materials is my kind of weirdo. :-)

    With that in mind, I’m happy to see that Jeff Butterworth & the Alien Skin Software crew have started their own blog.  Like mine it mixes product info with interesting bits about photography, design, and more (e.g. one involving iPhones, suction cups, and plane windows).  I look forward to bogarting their finds like it’s my job.

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    November 11, 2010

    (rt) Photography: Frozen explosions, toxic sludge, & more

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    November 07, 2010

    (rt) Photography: Strange Cargo from the skies

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    November 01, 2010

    Photography: X-ray pinups, pinhole experiments, & more

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    October 30, 2010

    Lightroom 3.3, Camera Raw 6.3 available on Adobe Labs

    Lightroom 3.3 and Camera Raw 6.3 are now available as Release Candidates on Adobe Labs, fixing bugs while adding new lens profiles & new camera support:

    • Nikon D7000
    • Nikon Coolpix P7000
    • Nikon D3100
    • Canon PowerShot S95
    • Canon PowerShot G12
    • Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2
    • Samsung NX100
    • Samsung TL350 (WB2000)

     

    According to PM Tom Hogarty,

    This release also introduces the Adobe Lens Profile Downloader.  The Lens Profile Downloader is a free companion application to Photoshop CS5, Photoshop Lightroom 3, and the Camera Raw 6 plug-in. It allows customers to search, download, rate and comment on the online lens correction profiles that are created and shared by the user community.

    See Tom’s entry on the Lightroom Journal for complete details.

    7:02 AM | Permalink | Comments [11]

    October 21, 2010

    New Lightroom Develop tutorial series from George Jardine

    Our friend & former Adobe Photo Evangelist George Jardine has published a new 15-video tutorial series on the Lightroom Develop module, giving special emphasis to features that are new to Lightroom 3, including the new sharpening and noise reduction controls, the all-new Lens Correction panel, and the new 2010 raw processing options.

    [Previous: Asset management tutorials from George.]

    6:36 AM | Permalink | Comments [3]

    October 20, 2010

    Shoot NYC next week

    If you’re a photographer who’ll be in NYC next week, you might want to check out Shoot NYC, an event running Thursday and Friday in parallel with PhotoPlus Expo.  On Friday PM Bryan O’Neil Hughes will be presenting an Adobe Lightroom Review, 12:30pm–2:00pm on Friday. Check out the full session listing here.

    [Update: Author & PS expert Katrin Eismann also notes that SVA's Optic Nerve photography show will be running during the show, with a reception being held on Wednesday the 27th.]

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    October 16, 2010

    Hardcore photography: Volcanos & sandstorms, oh my

    Think you’ll go far for a shot? Not this far, I hope:

    Elsewhere, NatGeo photographers get hammered by a wall of sand–and just keep shooting:Staggering power and beauty.

    2:05 AM | Permalink | Comments [3]

    October 13, 2010

    What’s your favorite photo-capture app?

    I’m pleased to say that I’ve just taken on product management responsibilities for Photoshop Express, Adobe’s photo capture, editing, and sharing app that’s been downloaded some 13 million times for iOS and Android devices. We’re excited about the interesting directions we can go with Express, and I look forward to sharing more details soon.

    In the meantime, I thought I’d ask: What app(s) do you use for capturing images with your mobile devices? What’s missing, and what could be improved? (I’ll leave the question open-ended to avoid leading the witnesses.)

    Thanks,
    J.

    11:23 AM | Permalink | Comments [16]

    October 07, 2010

    DSLR video + RC helicopter = awesome

    Man, is it a great time to be alive or what? I can’t tell you how badly I wanted a radio-controlled helicopter as a kid. I think I would have sold myself into slavery to get something like this rig:

    Check out HeliVideo.com for more details. [Via]

    7:58 AM | Permalink | Comments [14]

    October 02, 2010

    7D + After Effects -> Ultra slow-mo

    Oton Bačar used After Effects plug-in Twixtor and a Canon 7D to create 1,000-frame-per-second video:

    [Via]

    3:21 PM | Permalink | Comments [10]

    (rt) Photography: Vintage space suits, lenses, & more

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    September 30, 2010

    3D light painting with an iPad

    What a fascinating technique & beautiful result:

    We use photographic and animation techniques that were developed to draw moving 3-dimensional typography and objects with an iPad. In dark environments, we play movies on the surface of the iPad that extrude 3-d light forms as they move through the exposure. Multiple exposures with slightly different movies make up the stop-frame animation.

    For more info, check out the makers’ blog post & the resulting book.

    4:35 AM | Permalink | Comments [2]

    September 22, 2010

    Video: Beautiful SF Timelapse

    Lovely work from Simon Christen. The zipping planes & moon nail it for me.

    [Total non-sequitur counterpoint, aviation-wise: American Airlines wants eight bucks for the use of a pillow and blanket. Eight bucks, AA? Two words: Die screaming.]

    7:04 AM | Permalink | Comments [11]

    September 21, 2010

    (rt) Photography: iPhones as Leicas, Photoshop disasters, & more

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    September 20, 2010

    (rt) Photography: Space, power, and iPhone funkiness

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    September 18, 2010

    Video: Giants->Jets in a 53-hour timelapse

    Neat, and rather hypnotic:

    [Via Jeff Tranberry]

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    September 07, 2010

    Waiting for wireless tethering

    Could photographers be clearer in wanting their images sent wirelessly & immediately to iPads and similar tablets, turning these devices into extensions of the back of the camera?  I seriously doubt it.

    At the moment you can kinda-sorta do some interesting things, as long as you have a traditional Mac/PC in the loop.  Here’s a 3-minute demo from Brent Pearson:

    More details about the setup are on Brent’s site. [Via]

    Relying a regular computer largely defeats the purpose of using the tablet, of course.  Photogs want to be shooting with a tablet-wielding assistant on the red carpet; checking lighting on set by reviewing raw image data; and just chimping on vacation.  The whole point is to avoid lugging a 5-8lb. laptop & to carry a ~1lb tablet instead.

    Here’s hoping that device makers are working on a Bonjour-like solution that’ll let cameras, computers, phones, and other devices in close proximity locate one another, then exchange data (stills, live video streams, etc.).  If nothing else I’d stop wishing that my iPad included a camera for capturing raw materials for sketching, as I’d instead just use my phone as an extension of the tablet.

    3:47 PM | Permalink | Comments [10]

    September 06, 2010

    (rt) Photography: Giant imaging, great silhouettes, & more

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    September 02, 2010

    Introducing Photoshop’s new PhotoBomb tool (parody)

    Heh heh. This is doubly funny as I watch this in a hotel room with the actual Bryan O’Neil Hughes. (Note: Contains some minor nudity & dirty hand gestures, in case that sort of thing offends you.)

    In case the embedded video doesn’t work for you, here it is on its original page.

    5:04 PM | Permalink | Comments [14]

    August 31, 2010

    Lightroom 3.2, Camera Raw 6.2 arrive

    The Lightroom 3.2 update (released in preview form a couple of weeks ago) is downloadable for Mac & Windows and adds direct publish functionality to Facebook. Along with the latest release of Camera Raw for CS5 (Mac|Win), it adds new camera support:

    • Casio EXILIM EX-FH100 (DNG*)
    • Leica S2 (DNG*)
    • Panasonic DMC-FZ100
    • Panasonic DMC-FZ40 (FZ45)
    • Panasonic DMC-LX5
    • Pentax 645D
    • Samsung NX10
    • Samsung TL500 (EX1)
    • Sony A290
    • Sony A390
    • Sony Alpha NEX-3
    • Sony Alpha NEX-5

    *The DNG raw file format is supported in previous versions of Lightroom and Camera Raw. This update improves the color and noise profiles for these models.

    Numerous lens profiles have been added & bugs squashed, so please see the Lightroom Journal site for more details.

    8:31 AM | Permalink | Comments [7]

    August 28, 2010

    Video: A Walk in Paris

    A lovely evening chill-out courtesy of Rodrigo Bressane:

    (Full-screen viewing with speakers on recommended.)

    10:06 PM | Permalink | Comments [17]

    (rt) Photography: From Iceland to Insects

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    August 26, 2010

    64-bit Alien Skin Bokeh filter now shipping

    People sometimes ask for a faster, easier-to-control version of Photoshop’s venerable Lens Blur filter.  Alien Skin’s just-released Bokeh 2.0 is a great answer, providing fast on-image control, compatibility with both Photoshop and Lightroom, and interesting creative effects like spiral blurs.  I’ve just taken it for a spin and am impressed.

     

    Bokeh costs $199. See their press release for more details.

    11:38 AM | Permalink | Comments [8]

    August 25, 2010

    Photoshop Express online editor gets upgraded

    Sync your images with the cloud; organize your Flickr, Facebook, and other images in one spot; and edit them more easily through the new Photoshop.com.

    According to a post from project PM Jordan Davis, highlights of the new release include:

    Photoshop Express Editor: Redesigned to be faster and easier to use. As an added bonus, you can now edit files directly from your hard drive (no Photoshop.com account needed).

    Photoshop Express Organizer: Now a standalone application that serves as an online hub for all of your media on Photoshop.com. It also gives you easy access to your images on Facebook, Flickr, Photobucket, and Picasa.

    Photoshop Express Uploader: A lightweight, installable application that enables two-way syncing between files stored on your computer and those stored online on Photoshop.com.

     

    Check out the site to get started (and to get 2GB of online storage free).

    10:16 AM | Permalink | Comments [14]

    August 23, 2010

    Video: Camera strapped to Space Shuttle boosters

    Man is this cool:

    Just before the 6-minute mark, you can see the parachutes deploy, followed by splash down some 30 seconds later. [Via]

    By the way, on the off chance you’re wondering what this possibly has to do with Adobe or this blog, I’ll just note that I have a soft spot for the overlap of science & imaging (see related category).

    3:25 PM | Permalink | Comments [6]

    August 22, 2010

    Video: “The world’s fastest 3D film”

    Filmed via two gullwing SLS AMGs doing a buck sixty around the Isle of Man. (I’m getting flashbacks to a classic Mac ad.)

    The making-of video is genuinely fascinating, too:

    [Via]

    7:20 AM | Permalink | Comments [3]

    August 21, 2010

    Photography: Intense storm images, video

    Ever seen a house impaled by a child’s bicycle? That and more are in the Big Picture’s gorgeous, terrifying storm gallery. In a similar vein, would you really drive towards this thing?

    [Via]

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    August 20, 2010

    Photography: From Great Heights

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    August 10, 2010

    Barbie vs. the 7D

    Silly, but kind of fun. (Man, as a kid I’d have gone bananas for/with an affordable video camera.) [Via Stephen Shankland]

    Creator Brandon Bloch notes, “This is also a spoof of another video that compared the Canon 7D and iPhone 4: ‘iPhone 4 as good as the 7D? No, but it’s amazing for what it is.’”

    6:46 AM | Permalink | Comments [5]

    August 09, 2010

    Scientific art: Macro eyes, colorful brains, & more

    • Phil Hart has posted a lovely gallery of Bioluminescence and Weather Phenomena.  For me the two will always be associated with my one cruise in the US Navy, watching bioluminescent algae spatter the bridge windows of our ship all night during heavy seas–then puking my guts out (rinse & repeat). [Via]
    • Your Beautiful Eyes: I kinda can’t deal with this macro photography by Suren Manvelyan. (I feel a T.J. Eckleburg reference coming on.) [Via]
    • The Beautiful Brain: Artist, former lawyer, and MS patient Elizabeth Jameson colors images of her own & others’ brains, using her art to “make medical imaging and its representative humanity more accessible.” [Via]
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    August 07, 2010

    Video: High on London

    Matt Gosden and Rob Rackstraw give the old city the “New York in Miniature” treatment:

    [Via Margot Nack]

    4:10 PM | Permalink | Comments [7]

    August 06, 2010

    (rt) Photography: Exploding aircraft, baby daydreams, & more

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    August 01, 2010

    The Van Halen of cameras

    Apparently people are digging Samsung’s two-screen compact camera, which features a now-larger front-facing screen for compositing self portraits (and hypnotizing babies).  Interestingly, in “Jump Mode,”

    The front LCD will provide a visual cue to those in front of the camera to jump in unison, and immediately trigger the ST600 or ST100 to take three consecutive images to help users capture an image that essentially freezes their subjects in mid-air.

    Also interesting:

    The Smart Gesture UI allows for the quick access and use of key features with either a simple tilt or a hand gesture. Users can quickly scroll through photos by slightly tilting the device in either direction, swiping their finger across the screen, or by selecting the appropriate photos for a slide show.

    6:32 AM | Permalink | Comments [1]

    July 31, 2010

    Photography: The Longest & the Largest

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    July 30, 2010

    The “Make My Photo Good” button draws closer (?)

    Andrew Kupresanin’s Nadia project claims that “The camera that thinks, so you don’t have to.”  Instead of showing an image on its viewfinder, the camera leverages ACQUINE, the “Aesthetic Quality Inference Engine,” in order to display an aesthetic rating

    As I’ve said previously, developments like this makes think of the Robin Williams character in Dead Poets Society excoriating a textbook that rated poetry along two axes:

    Excrement! That’s what I think of Mr. J. Evans Pritchard! We’re not laying pipe! We’re talking about poetry. How can you describe poetry like American Bandstand? “I like Byron, I give him a 42 but I can’t dance to it!”

    Or, as The Online Photographer put it, “If You Think You Need This, Kill Yourself.”

    I start wondering whether the art project here is a bit more “meta” than it appears: The point is to make photographers flip out–a sea of (largely) angry old white guys as the medium, unknowingly engaged in mass performance art. If so, touché! [Via Tobias Hoellrich]

    Previously: “A computational model of aesthetics

    12:24 PM | Permalink | Comments [4]

    July 28, 2010

    “Computational Rephotography” helps marry new & old

    Remember the Historypin project I mentioned recently? Creating that kind of historical overlay is about to get easier.

    “Computational rephotography,” says Wired, “is a fancy name for photos taken from the exact same viewpoint as an old photograph. Actually, that’s just rephotography. The ‘computational’ part is when software helps out.”

    Adobe researcher Aseem Agarwala, together with MIT’s Frédo Durand and Soonmin Bae, are developing some interesting tech here:

     

    According to New Scientist,

    The team’s software runs on a laptop linked to a digital camera. The software compares the camera’s view to a preloaded historical scene and provides instructions to adjust the camera’s position and zoom to best match the scene.

    The laptop is a temporary measure, however: “We envision the tool running directly on the camera,” the team says.

    For more info, check out the project site and papers (including a 135 MB PDF!).  [Via Thorsten Wulff]

    4:42 PM | Permalink | Comments [3]

    Video: Lightning in ultra slow-mo

    Neat: two seconds of lightning slowed down to a minute and a half.

    [Via]

    7:47 AM | Permalink | Comments [2]

    July 27, 2010

    Video: Stop-motion excellence from Levi’s

    I love the flavor of this cross-country roadtrip video from Levi’s:

    It gets cooler when you check out the behind-the-scenes video (featuring things like a “MacGyver-style” protractor made in Photoshop):

    [Via]

    [Tangential, inside-baseball note: A big, wet, sloppy kiss to the folks at YouTube for now allowing one to specify the dimensions for embedded video. I can't tell you how many times I used a blank document in Photoshop to calculate how to scale object height to match a certain width. Adios to all that!]

    9:14 AM | Permalink | Comments [2]

    July 26, 2010

    Lightroom 3 “like switching to a new camera,” says DPReview

    In giving Lightroom 3 a Gold award, Digital Photography Review says:

    The difference between high ISO images converted using the new 2010 process compared to the older 2003 algorithm is remarkable, both in terms of detail and noise reduction. It’s not much of an exaggeration to say that at high ISO settings, switching to the new RAW processing engine is like switching to a new camera.

    Elsewhere, Bright Hub gives the software a perfect 5 out of 5 “Excellent” rating and concludes, “This product stands head and shoulders above the competition in an increasingly crowded sector.”

    Excellent; thanks, guys.

    In other news, the LR/Enfuse multi-exposure blending plug-in has been revved to version 4. The concept is similar to HDR imaging, but the plug-in authors say their approach produces more natural-looking images.

    9:42 AM | Permalink | Comments [9]

    (rt) Photography: Summer storms, giant Russians, & awkward stock

    8:25 AM | Permalink | Comments [1]

    July 22, 2010

    (rt) Photography: Great & terrible images, Holgas & spacemen

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    July 20, 2010

    Video: Canon Wonder Camera Concept

    There’s some interesting food for thought here (the merging of video & still imaging, terabytes becoming the new megabytes, etc.). Skip forward 3 minutes or so if you’re short on time.

    For more on research Adobe’s been doing around infinite-focus imaging, see previous. [Via Tom Hogarty]

    10:49 AM | Permalink | Comments [5]

    July 17, 2010

    IPTC-PLUS Toolkit extends Bridge, guides photographers

    The IPTC and the PLUS Coalition have created a free Photo Metadata Toolkit for Adobe CS3-CS5 applications. Together with the downloadable user guide, these tools help photographers & agencies store detailed descriptions of their content and data relevant for managing image copyrights.

    According to the press release,

    The IPTC-PLUS Photo Metadata Toolkit for Adobe CS includes easy-to-use IPTC-PLUS Metadata panels for Adobe Bridge CS3 and CS4, plus comprehensive user guidelines for these panels and the File Info panels already built into all CS5 products. The panels for Bridge include the granular metadata fields of the IPTC Photo Metadata and also a set of fields for the communication of image rights metadata, based on industry standard developed by the PLUS Coalition. Creating these panels was a joint effort of both organizations.

    I saw Jeff Sedlik from PLUS speak here in LA yesterday, and long story short, if you care even a little about preserving ownership of what you create, take two seconds and add your copyright info. These tools make it easy, and if you’re in doubt about what to do, the guide explains things.

    [Update: To clarify, the downloadable panels are usable/needed only in CS3/CS4, as the functionality ships in the box with CS5. The guide is relevant to users of all three versions.]

    6:59 AM | Permalink | Comments [1]

    July 14, 2010

    Historypin: Old photos overlaid on the modern world

    What a totally cool project:

    Historypin uses Google Maps and Street View technology and hopes to become the largest user-generated archive of the world’s historical images and stories.

    Historypin asks the public to dig out, upload and pin their own old photos, as well as the stories behind them, onto the Historypin map. Uniquely, Historypin lets you layer old images onto modern Street View scenes, giving a series of peeks into the past.

    11:45 AM | Permalink | Comments [3]

    July 06, 2010

    The Lightroom 3 Learning Center

    On the off chance that you’ve got some free time this week (as I do), check out the Lightroom 3 Learning Center, created by Scott Kelby & the crew at NAPP. You’ll find interesting bits about uploading to Flickr, adding sharp watermarks, and more.

    1:54 PM | Permalink | Comments [3]

    (rt) Photos & Illustration: Tetris everywhere, the Hand of God, & more

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    July 04, 2010

    (rt) Photography: Utterly non-Fourth-related miscellany

    In any case, despite the thematic disconnect, Happy Fourth of July!

    1:20 PM | Permalink | Comments [2]

    July 02, 2010

    SlideShowPro does HTML5, Flash

    Todd Dominey & co., the makers of the excellent Flash-based SlideShowPro, have created a visually rich alternative version that uses HTML5 instead of Flash.

    This is a good thing.

    Why?  Because it’s putting customers ahead of technologies, and it’s using both Flash & HTML to maximize viewers’ ability to see rich content, including on i-devices.  As the site explains:

    SlideShowPro Mobile is an entirely new media player built using HTML5 that doesn’t require the Flash Player plugin and can serve as a fallback for users accessing your web sites using these devices. But it’s not just any fallback — it’s specially designed for touch interfaces and smaller screen sizes. So it looks nothing like the SlideShowPro player and more like a native application that’s intuitive, easy to use, and just feels right. [Demo]

    I’d love to see this support added to the Lightroom version of SlideShowPro, as I rely on it for all our family shots.  I want to generate two presentation layers (one Flash, one HTML) that both provide a rich, beautiful presentation of the same image files, and I want the gallery to auto-select the correct presentation layer based on viewers’ devices.  Make the whole tedious Flash-vs.-HTML thing a non-issue for customers.

    2:05 PM | Permalink | Comments [6]

    June 28, 2010

    Huge multitouch wall at the World’s Fair

    The Wall of Chile  at the 2010 Shanghai World’s Fair features a 4-by-1.2 meter (13-by-4 foot) display wall that enables visitors to access more than six hours of high-definition video and thousands of photographs.


    Here are more info & more projects from the creators.

    2:54 PM | Permalink | Comments [3]

    June 20, 2010

    Photography: Augmented reality, vintage strobism, & more

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    June 17, 2010

    NYC photowalk with Adobe PMs next Saturday

    On June 26th, Lightroom and Photoshop product managers Tom Hogarty and Bryan O’Neil Hughes will be leading a morning photo walk around New York’s Madison Square Park and Flatiron district. Meet up at Foto Care 41 West 22nd (between 5th & 6th Aves.) at 10am sharp. The walk is scheduled to last until 2pm and includes a free lunch and software tips/demos. Feel free to bring your disc camera & crampons whatever camera you’d like & comfortable shoes.

    Space is limited to 50 participants, so please RSVP via the event page.

    Other NY/next week-related reminders:

    • On Friday the 25th from 4:30-7:30 pm, Scott Kelby & crew will be joining Adobe folks for a free Photoshop CS5 Summit.
    • Tom and Bryan will be presenting LR3 and PS CS5 at Fotocare on the 28th and 29th; see details.
    4:36 PM | Permalink | Comments [2]

    From great heights: Cool weather balloon + camera project

    Colin Rich used a homemade weather balloon to carry cameras to an altitude of 125,000 feet:

    According to PetaPixel,

    After purchasing two Canon compact cameras on eBay, Rich programmed them to take 3 photos every 3 minutes, and shoot a minute of video every fourth minute. The cameras were then insulated in styrofoam, and sent up to 125,000 feet before the balloon burst. With the help of a parachute, the cameras descended for 35 minutes and landed about 15-20 miles away.

    It’s a great time to be alive. [Via]

    9:16 AM | Permalink | Comments [6]

    June 16, 2010

    Adobe Lens Profile Creator updated

    The Adobe Lens Profile Creator, a free utility for creating lens profiles that work in Photoshop CS5, Lightroom 3, and Camera Raw 6.1, has been updated to fix a couple of bugs and improve batch processing. You can download the update from Adobe Labs, and you can read more details on the product user forum. [Via]
    Update: In case you haven’t seen the lens correction tools in action, or if you’d like more info on how to use them, check out this brief overview from Julieanne Kost:

    9:10 AM | Permalink | Comments [4]

    June 12, 2010

    Interesting device: AirStash wireless flash drive

    Hmm–this seems kind of promising: the AirStash lets you plug-in SD memory cards, then broadcast their content to wireless devices (e.g. iPads, iPhones, etc.). Here’s a demo:

    Photographers I meet really, really like the idea of shooting freely & having their images immediately, painlessly displayed on a tablet–effectively turning the tablet into an extension of the camera. I haven’t yet seen an example of this working, but I have an Eye-Fi card on order and am motivated to experiment. It’s apparently possible to use an iPhone as an iPad camera, but not having a 3GS, I can’t try that approach.
    The AirStash doesn’t offer camera-to-tablet syncing, but it seems like the next best thing, and it might enable more flexible import than Apple’s Camera Connection Kit presently enables. With 16GB memory cards going for as little as a hilariously low $30, it’s easy to imagine taking a card or two on vacation, leaving all photos on it, backing them up to a tablet, and performing reviewing/culling/adjusting/sharing on the tablet.
    Unfortunately the AirStash is sold out at the moment, so I haven’t gotten to try it. If anyone has kicked the tires on this or related devices, I’m curious to hear your feedback. [Via Simon Chen]

    2:48 PM | Permalink | Comments [8]

    June 11, 2010

    Of Lightroom, iPads, and muffins

    When asking customers about possible Adobe tablet apps, I’m reminded of the experience of trying to get our toddler to count bites of dinner en route to a chocolate muffin:

    Mom: “Okay, what number comes before six?”

    Finn: “Muffin!”

    Mom: “Five…then what’s next? Not three but…”

    Finn: “Muffin!”

    It’s like this:

    Me: “So, we’re thinking of building app X…

    Everyone: “Lightroom!”

    Me: “Yes, cool, we hear you. But back to X…”

    Everyone: “Lightroom!”

    Me: “Right, I know, but…”

    Everyone: “Lightroom!”

    I find this kind of charming and encouraging. Building a great iPad app for mobile photo review, editing, and sharing is (presently) tougher than one might think, but customer desire is very clear. (Feedback about non-LR/photography workflow apps is welcome, too.)

    10:33 AM | Permalink | Comments [45]

    June 06, 2010

    Video: HDR from Lightroom 3 to Photoshop CS5

    Terry White shows how to use LR3 together with CS5 to create high dynamic range images:

    I had fun using this workflow to produce some very-poor-man’s Ansel Adams wannabe images in Yosemite.

    6:57 AM | Permalink | Comments [9]

    May 31, 2010

    Video: Handmade Content-Aware Scale

    “Taking photos of multi-lane monstrosities all around Los Angeles,” says Photojojo, photographer David Yoon “wielded the power of Photoshop, and he narrowed LA.” Check out his novel technique, which includes drawing lines on his camera’s LCD:

    Find more images & projects on his Narrow Streets: Los Angeles blog.

    6:52 AM | Permalink | Comments [3]

    May 30, 2010

    Video: Athens Timelapse

    Beautifully smooth imagery from Alexandros Maragos:

    [Via Katrin Eismann]

    2:28 PM | Permalink | Comments [3]

    May 18, 2010

    (rt) Photography: Lightroom layouts, photographic history, & more

    6:57 AM | Permalink | Comments [5]

    May 15, 2010

    Video: Volcanic time lapse from Eyjafjallajökull


    Great stuff from Sean Stiegemeier, particularly in the use of a motorized dolly. [Via Tom Moran]

    2:15 PM | Permalink | Comments [3]

    May 11, 2010

    (rt) Photography: The Sistine Chapel, Darth Vader, & more

    8:16 AM | Permalink | Comments [6]

    May 09, 2010

    Work travel + toddler + iPad paraphernalia…

    I swear I didn’t pose this. Our little guy was a little sad that I finally got back in the work-travel saddle this week. His response on the other end of the trip made homecoming pretty sweet.

    7:18 AM | Permalink | Comments [8]

    May 07, 2010

    (rt) Photography: Historic NYC, war, & more

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    May 02, 2010

    (rt) Nature Photography: Apocalyptic vulcanism & more

    7:06 AM | Permalink | Comments [2]

    May 01, 2010

    Adobe Lens Profile Creator now available

    I’m pleased to report that Adobe Labs is now hosting Adobe Lens Profile Creator, a free utility that enables the easy creation of lens profiles for use in Photoshop, Lightroom, and (very shortly) Camera Raw.

    Lens Profile Creator characterizes three common types of lens aberrations, namely the geometric distortion, the lateral chromatic aberration and the vignette.
    The general process of creating a custom lens profile for your lens involves capturing a set of checkerboard images using your specific camera and lens, converting the set of raw format images into DNG format, and importing the DNG files to generate the custom lens profile.
    You can also submit the lens profiles to share with the rest of the user community.

    Check out the Labs page for more info, and see the Lens Profile Creator user forum to discuss the tool & profiles.

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    April 26, 2010

    Remaindered Links, pt.1: Photography, science, etc.

    We’ve had so much CS5-related news to share lately that I haven’t gotten to spend much time posting unrelated interestingness. In case you dig that type of thing, I’m going quick n’ dirty (er, cheap n’ cheerful) and unloading some of my recent finds:

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    April 17, 2010

    Scott Kelby on what CS5 offers photogs, more

    Scott Kelby has posted a couple of good Photoshop CS5 FAQs on his blog. Handy sample:

    Q. As a photographer what is the most compelling reason to consider an upgrade from CS4 to CS5?

    A. That’s a tough one, because it will be different for different photographers. I think a lot of folks will naturally want it to create HDR images, but I think the built-in masking features (using Refine Edge) is even more compelling for most photographers. Content-Aware Fill is big (and it works amazingly well), but then the Noise Reduction in Camera Raw is just insane, so it’s a tough call to make. Luckily, any one of those is worth the upgrade alone, so if you get all four, this is an easy decision for a lot of photographers.

    He’s also got a funny (and useful) take on upgrade questions.

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    April 16, 2010

    Sigma announces compatibility with Lens Correction in CS5

    The Photoshop team has had a great relationship with lens maker Sigma, and they’ve issued a short press release:

    The Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce that, through collaboration with Adobe Systems Incorporated, Sigma lenses will be compatible with the Lens Correction feature of the professional digital imaging standard, Adobe Photoshop CS5…

    Photoshop CS5 has applied the aberration information of the current Sigma lens lineup. When the improved Lens Correction filter is selected, it will provide accurate correction of aberrations automatically in accordance with each lens parameter.

    We look forward to sharing more details about how lens correction works in CS5, how you can create and share your own lens/camera profiles, and even how you can use some as-yet-unannounced goodness. [Via Bryan O'Neil Hughes]

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    April 10, 2010

    The iPad dirt pile

    “That a big dirt pile back there!,” says our two-year-old in-house photo critic Finn eyeing the iPad’s default background image. “How did that dirt pile get back there??” ArtInfo has the story. (Apologies to photog Richard Misrach; it really is a nice image.) [Via]

    Related/previous:

    [Update regarding a couple of the comments: Guys, I was just passing along a (to me cute) thing my kid said about this new device, as I've been doing. I'm not trying to yank anybody's chain, and I find that we can all handle most thing better with a sense of humor. Let's not let the enjoyment of Apple products turn anybody into a scowling Defender of Faith and Morals, eh? :-)]

    4:44 PM | Permalink | Comments [12]

    April 06, 2010

    (rt) Photography: Gorgeous insects, Star Wars, & more

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    April 03, 2010

    (rt) Photography: Shooting wars, giant waves, & more

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    April 02, 2010

    Sneak peek: Puppet Warp in Photoshop

    Russell Brown has posted a demonstration of the Puppet Warp technology being developed for Photoshop:

    Cool as everyone seems to agree the technology is, I know there’s a tendency to worry that it’s kind of frivolous–maybe useful only occasionally, and then for making some extreme change to an image. Fortunately that’s not the case. Stick with the demo to see Russell show (around the 5-minute mark) how the features can also be used to make subtle adjustments to photos. (Taken together with Content-Aware Fill, automatic lens correction, and the ability to address huge amounts of memory thanks to 64-bit, I think panorama creators will be very happy with what’s cooking.)

    9:15 AM | Permalink | Comments [22]

    April 01, 2010

    (rt) Photographic Extremes: Giant panos, putrid water, & more

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  • Wow–check out this 26-gigapixel Parisian panorama. See the project blog for perspective from the photographer, notes on the stitching process, and more. [Via]
  • Axel Mellinger has constructed a giant 648-megapixel panorama of the Milky Way.
  • Hard core photography: Wildlife photographer Greg du Toit spent 270 hours submerged in a putrid African watering hole for this. [Via Winston Hendrickson]
  • A Human Liberty Bell? Ridonkulous.
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    March 20, 2010

    (rt) Photography: Darkness, distant underpants, & more

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    March 19, 2010

    (rt) Photography: Stormtroopers, deer-skipping, and more

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    March 14, 2010

    (rt) Photography: Curves, Frankencameras, & more

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    March 12, 2010

    Video: Time lapse from Mauna Kea

    And now for a hypnotically chill counterpoint, where nothing blows up. Photography by Charles Leung.

    [Via]

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    February 25, 2010

    Ansel Adams works in San José through Sunday

    Photoshop tech writer Eric Floch points out that the SJ Museum of Art is hosting an Ansel Adams exhibition that runs through this Sunday. He & some other team members checked it out, and he writes:

    The photographs on display are quite stunning. It’s mostly small-scale prints Adams made from the 1920s through the 1950s. You can see the full evolution Adams made from the soft-focus “Parmelian Prints” of the 20s through the sharper works to come out of the f/64 school to the “classic” cooler, high-contrast prints we’ve all seen on so many posters.

    Check out the museum site (link above) for a video & more info.

    2:54 PM | Permalink | Comments [1]

    February 24, 2010

    (rt) Photography: Plane crashes, laser-eyed babies, & more

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    February 20, 2010

    (rt) Photography: Volcanoes, Olympians, lasers, & more

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    February 11, 2010

    Motion: Tokyo Sky Drive

    Captivating:

    [Via]

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    (rt) Photography: Everest 360 & more

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    February 09, 2010

    “Digital Analogue”: Stop motion photography of photography gear


    [Via]

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    January 24, 2010

    Behind the scenes of the Bird book

    I just picked up a copy of Andrew Zuckerman’s gorgeous Bird book, mentioned here a couple of months ago. It would be a great deal at the cover price of $60, but I found it locally for 50% off, and it seems Amazon & others are matching that price. I was reminded to mention the book when I spotted this short behind-the-scenes video shot during production. [Via] Next up: I’d like to check out his Creature book.

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    January 23, 2010

    Haiti earthquake: 360° video

    CNN is documenting the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake by offering 360° video clips. As the site says,

    Use your mouse to click and drag around the video to change the view. You can also zoom in and out. Pause and explore at any time by pressing the play/pause button under the video to stop and look around.

    Note the arrows at upper right that lead to additional videos. I find the second one most interesting in that it was shot via a person’s backpack, enabling a view that’s pedestrian in both senses. That feels to me like an interesting counterpoint to most photojournalism (e.g. the heartbreaking images on The Big Picture) which emphasizes some amount of technical excellence (composition, focus, lighting, etc.). The 360° videos are inherently more raw.

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    January 20, 2010

    Rollin’ on the River

    Having grown up by the Mississippi, I often make fun of the feeble Guadalupe River (aka “The Mighty Guat”) that trickles past Adobe HQ. Then there are the days (like today) when I see why the city lavished money on a huge flood-control channel: