Posts tagged: Photos

Next Dream Portrait

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By , April 28, 2008 8:13 am

The latest dream portrait as been released (right click the thumbnails on the right). This one has Arial and a merman portrayed by  Julianne Moore and Michael Phelps. Annie Leibovitz keeps knocking them out of the park.


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By , March 13, 2008 8:32 am

This would be a potentially interesting exercise for a social studies class that is looking at how the world looks at itself. Flickrvision has two modes, a 2D and a 3D version that both take a bit of time to load and could present images that are not kid safe, but with that caveat, it is a great tool.

Aperture 2.01 Installed and Poked

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By , March 11, 2008 6:17 pm

Well the install went well and the library conversion was actually reasonable quick. I couldn’t get the software update to come down for the 2.01 patch first, otherwise it might have happened faster. Hopefully updating my vault goes quickly as well.

The first thing that I’ve noticed – other than the speed when editing as mentioned in the trial, is how nimble my 88GB library feels. The other big kicker is how much better the 2.0 converter deals with noise.

I’ve only played around with some of the snaps that I’ve taken this week, but I hope to get the chance to play more later.

Aperture 2 – first impressions – on an old Mac

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By , February 17, 2008 2:01 pm

Well, Aperture 2 is certainly impressing me so far on my old mac – Power Mac G5 (Dual 2 with 2GB RAM and a 64MB video card). There is still a lag when you want to start into some of the more processor intensive tools, but the wait is considerably shorter than what it was for Aperture 1.5.6. I’m certainly impressed – comparatively, it almost flies! The new RAW engine is also very good – able to recover details from what was pitch black. Being able to see the cold pixels certainly helps in that regard as well. Being suitably impressed with the trial, I just hope the process for upgrading libraries is painless as well. The interface is also pretty snappy, though the loss of some of the icons that helped people understand the sliders may introduce a bit of a learning curve. Exports are also pretty fast – at least if it is slower, it lets you do stuff while exporting.

Here is a quickly edited version of a file that I had a go at with Aperture 2. You can find the 1.5 version in the gallery.


Aperture 2 is out

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By , February 12, 2008 9:28 am

Apple has got Aperture 2 out now. There is an upgrade price for us Aperture 1.5x users, so I’m thinking that the Education price on this is going to be pretty good as well. It looks like the minimum specs are about the same, so older hardware should be able to run it… not fast mind you, but it should be usable.
Thankfully there is also a free trial available so you can try before you buy.

The improvements seem to be the typical second gen list – better interface, better workflow, better integration. The ones that I am looking forward to include highlight recovery, vignetting support as well as “cold pixel” spotting (all black, so you can balance with all white hot pixels).

Hopefully I can get my order in soon.

It’s not just me worried about Flickr

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By , February 1, 2008 12:20 pm

It seems that there is quite a bit of buzz online over this,

Newest Disney Dream Portraits

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By , February 1, 2008 9:37 am

There is a new set of high res shots available now. If you want the entire high res set, click here.

Rebel XSi

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By , January 24, 2008 8:54 am

Well, the 40D was the first to have Live View on the Canon side of things, and it was only a matter of time before it hit the entry level Rebels. I’m sure this is as much an attempt to get more people into the DSLR space as anything else, but it feels like they are trying to make two worlds collide – the point and shoot and the SLR. True, you have the best of both worlds on this these new bodies. You can have amazing lenses, full control and see what you are going to get on the file/on film before you shoot. But you also get the worst – chunky body, poor ISO performance (I can’t imagine what the 800+ ISO performance is going to be like) and poor battery life. So why even bother with these bodies? Well now there is a great route to move from the P&S world into the DSLR world. Making these bodies a great tool for teaching and learning photography – getting people to move from their cell phones to a real camera.

I just hope High Schools and Jr. High/Middle Schools out there can afford to get at least a couple of these bodies.

If Flickr was crack for shutterbugs… this is why you would go Pro

By , January 16, 2008 9:43 am

photophlow is the super concentrated crack filled with chocolate and then drenched in ambrosia that you get paid for even thinking about… ok, maybe that is a bit over the top. But this tool is an amazing addition to the mashups that surround flickr. Yahoo bought up flickr as likely as not to gain access to a strong community and through the commenting (that was there before) allows people to explore and comment on the work of others. But this has been asynchronous and largely a slow process. The time that it took to get exposure to a photo was, or could be, significant. The community element was something that would give some incentive to purchase the Pro account to give/get more exposure and store more images.

But now, this all can happen in real time with people interested in a wide range of photography, facilitating faster feedback to the work that you have posted. But because things happen much quicker, all of the sudden, you have a reason to go pro. I’m thinking Yahoo should give these people a massive cheque pretty quick.

So, why would your average Jack/Jill be interested? I’m not sure, unless they want to learn… and being an edtech blog… this is the kicker for me. This system allows you to create your own rooms, creating a great learning environment that would allow a group of students to collaborate on an assignment (photo or art based) or for an instructor to provide feedback to student work.

Now this is not the first, and it won’t be the last collaboration system for photos or any other kind of content, but the big difference here is the nature of the interface. It works very well for images, just as wikis are ideal for text, this, especially now that there are systems/accessories that will allow automatic uploading of images to flickr, feels like a real milestone. You can now collaborate in real time without investing in a system to facilitate it.

Yeah, it’s certainly turned on lights and I had to rip myself away from it to write this and get on with my day. But as the closing comments… if you are teaching anything that deals with images and that would benefit from the conversation that might surround them, sign up for this system. Oh yeah, the developer is from Edmonton (I think).

Crumpler Karachi Outpost, One Bag Limit

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By , January 7, 2008 1:47 pm

One of the things that I was really worried about flying out of Heathrow was the one bag limit (which as of today is relaxed to the usual two bags). So because of this, back in September, I picked up the KO. I was sure that it was within the requirements for traveling on Air Canada and I took it to Seattle without any issues. The annoying part about that experience was that they changed the aircraft that I was on so the bag would not fit into the overhead bins, so I had to gate check. But the Heathrow test was still to come.

One of the things that I like about Crumpler is that if you email the company, they will actually have a real person respond (or one heck of a trained helper monkey… might not be a stretch based on the website). I emailed them to see if they had any additional or first person experience of being able to take the KO through Heathrow. The rep didn’t have experience with LHR, but she did say that she’d seen them move through Toronto and Sydney without any issues as the bag sits within the cage for the larger bag allowed on the plane.

Getting to LHR on Sunday, I had no issues taking the bag through security – they just wanted one bag and didn’t even bother to consider the size. So now, even though it’s a mute point, the KO travels very well, don’t worry about flying with this bag.

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