December 26, 2007

Sharks eating cameras, Infrared shooting, & more

Holiday break = catching up on photography online:

  • The Nikon D80: Great camera/delicious shark meal (i.e. lousy shark-be-good stick). [Via]
  • The NYT features a great perspective on a slide, showing ballplayer Luis Aparicio coming into third in 1962.
  • Photojojo has a solid round up of resources on shooting holiday lights (with a camera, thankfully).
  • Gear:
    • PopPhoto talks up The New Infrared Revolution, made possible by digital cameras.  Too bad that for most cameras the process of removing the IR filter is somewhat expensive & renders the cams unable to shoot regular photos.  The accompanying gallery of IR shots includes some good (and some sorta marginal) stuff.
    • The Zigview S2 Digital Viewfinder “clips onto the optical viewfinder of your DSLR, adding a swiveling live 2.5-inch LCD display that can not only be extended on a cable as a remote, but can also automatically trigger the camera when it detects motion.” [Via]
    • "Your popup flash doesn’t have to suck," reports Adobe’s Terry White in reviewing the $30 Lightscoop.  My wife tried to score one of these for me for Christmas, but thanks to publicity from David Pogue & others, they’ve been sold out.
  • Artistry:
    • Patrick Winfield achieves a kind of fragmented impressionism in his Polaroid composites (not entirely safe for work). [Via]
    • The Nocturna installation uses stereoscopic imagery to unusual effect (ditto on the warning).
    • For whatever reason, gigantic “people pictures” were all the rage in the early 20th century.  [Via]
    • Speaking of large images, Nils Nova’s Opposition of Memory uses very large inkjet prints to create an interesting optical illusion. [Via]
  • Matt Kloskowski shares an omnibus list of 28 Lightroom Resources. [Via]  On a related note, Carlo from South Africa writes in to note that he’s uploaded a set of B&W presets.
  • I get a kick out of Sony’s new ad campaign, illustrating the importance of timing by showing famous photos ruined by some intruding object.  Unfortunately I can link to just this one example, though others appear in banners, etc.
Posted by John Nack at 11:42 PM on December 26, 2007


  • Petra — 2:50 AM on December 27, 2007

    If in Washington DC, check out the Art of the Snapshot exhibit at the National Gallery of Art. An excellent collection of great images from “amateur” hands in pre-digital days. An on-line overview is at
    [Cool–checking it out now. Thanks. –J.]

  • Zandr — 5:31 PM on January 06, 2008

    Actually, you can take regular photos with an IR converted camera if you put a hot mirror over the lens. (depending on how the conversion was done) But what most people do is convert an older camera. I have a converted G5 that I love.
    There’s a bigger problem though. Most RAW processors, Adobe included, are totally incapable of achieving the white balance set in camera. Dcraw and it’s derivatives do fine, but ACR and Aperture fail totally.

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