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Every Picture Tells a Story
Every photograph is a visual narrative. Good composition tells that story well. In order to improve your composition apply storytelling techniques.
netnarr  Storytelling  photography  thruthelens  ds106 
february 2018 by cogdog
The Wait on Vimeo
A journey with photographer Michel D'Oultremont.
photography  thruthelens 
january 2018 by cogdog
How to Take a Picture of a Stealth Bomber From Above - The Atlantic
The first thought that comes to mind staring at the photograph above is: This has got to be fake. The B-2 stealth bomber looks practically pasted onto the field. The flag is unfurled just so. The angle feels almost impossible, shot directly down from above.

And yet, it’s real, the product of lots of planning, some tricky flying, and the luck of the moment. The photographer, Mark Holtzman, has been flying his Cessna 206 around taking aerial images for years, since before the digital-photography days, and he’s developed his technique for just this sort of shot.
photography  thruthelens 
january 2018 by cogdog
Five Things I’ve Learnt in Five Decades Documenting Everyday Life
I’ve spent a lifetime recording British society, trying to capture extraordinary aspects of ordinary life, mainly with photographs but also with audio recordings and short movies. The work I do is collaborative, that is I aim to make media with people, not do it to them.
My website Photobus is an omnibus in more senses than one. The name comes from my early project Free Photographic Omnibus, where I travelled around England in the early 1970s aboard a somewhat ramshackle double-decker bus that I’d converted into my home, darkroom and gallery. But the site has become a repository for many other documentary projects, stretching from the early 1970s to the current day. Here’s 5 things I’ve learned in over 40 years of documenting everyday life
photography  thruthelens  Storytelling 
november 2017 by cogdog
Let's Enhance – free online image upscale and enhancement with neural networks
Image upscaling supercharged.
Remove JPEG artifacts, upscale 4X, preserve quality. One-click and free.
image  photography  cooltech  thruthelens 
november 2017 by cogdog
Browse Photo-Essays — Cultural Anthropology
Writing with Light is an initiative to bolster the place of the photo-essay—and, by extension, formal experimentation—within international anthropological scholarship. As a collaboration between two journals published by the American Anthropological Association (AAA), Cultural Anthropology and Visual Anthropology Review, Writing with Light is led by a curatorial collective that aims to address urgent and important concerns about the sustained prominence of multimodal scholarship. Anthropological projects based in video, installation, performance, etc. take as a given that multimodality changes what anthropologists can and should see as productive knowledge. Such projects compel anthropologists to begin rethinking our intellectual endeavors through an engagement with various media, addressing the particular affordances and insights that each new form of scholarship offers. How, for example, does photography produce different types of knowledge than text and/or film? What criteria might we need to interrogate and evaluate each of these forms of multimodal scholarship? As part of a broader set of questions about the relationship between forms of scholarly work and knowledge production, we explore the ongoing relevance of the photo-essay.

The Writing with Light collective focuses on the photo-essay in the belief that multimodal (or visual) forms are not a singular paradigm and that a consideration of a singular research form might help us to rethink a broader array of anthropological questions. How does the photo-essay configure our engagement through its unique form of mediation and composition? We believe that the photo-essay provides a critical opportunity for reevaluating the word–image relationship. Conventionally known for its narrative qualities, the photo-essay is especially useful in reconsidering the relationship between words and images in photographic storytelling, as well as efforts to generate innovative anthropological knowledge with the capacity to go beyond storytelling. For example, we are especially interested in the photo-essay’s potential to generate insights focused on issues of mediation and representation, as well as methodological questions with the potential to shift how anthropologists conceive of the discipline itself.
research  essay  photography  thruthelens  resnetsem 
october 2017 by cogdog
Google Reverse Image Search on Mobile Phones
Google Reverse Search, available at, lets you search by images instead of keywords. Upload a picture from your desktop, tablet or mobile phone, and Google will show all the other web pages on the Internet that have similar images.
cooltech  thruthelens  catfishing 
october 2017 by cogdog
Photography as a Social Practice – An archive of research and conversations around socially engaged photography
This website was founded by Eliza Gregory, Mark Strandquist and Gemma-Rose Turnbull (who is acting as the current editor). It serves as an archive of research and conversations around photography as a social practice. We tag projects, articles, books and other media that relate to the conversations and issues that surround this kind of work. We conduct interviews with practitioners, and we write about our own experiences navigating contemporary photography with an eye to ethics, representation, power dynamics and social justice.
photography  research  social  thruthelens  resnetsem 
september 2017 by cogdog
80s.NYC - street view of 1980s New York is a map-based street view of 1980s New York City, organizing publicly accessible building imagery into an easy-to-browse glimpse of the streetscape 30 years ago.


Over 5 years in the mid-1980s, the City of New York photographed every property in the five boroughs. The project had a bureaucratic origin: the photos would be used by the Department of Finance to estimate real property values for taxation purposes. Buildings as well as vacant lots were photographed, as they’re both taxed - and because it was difficult to distinguish while shooting between taxable and tax-exempt buildings like religious institutions or government offices, the photographers just shot everything. The result was a remarkable body of imagery – over 800,000 color 35mm photos in both negative and print formats.
history  map  photography  thruthelens 
september 2017 by cogdog
Photographer Uses the Golden Ratio to Compose Cinematic Images Full of Drama
As an art student, Jon Sparkman was introduced to the Rule of Thirds, which are guidelines for how to compose an image. Essentially, the picture is divided into a grid, and the intersecting points are where the impactful parts of the picture should take place. Sparkman, however, makes use of its “superior, wiser, and elusive brother,” the Golden Ratio (aka the Fibonacci Spiral) to construct his compositions.

The UK-based photographer demonstrates how the Golden Ratio creates a dynamic image that's less static and more engaging than the Rule of Thirds. Its sweeping curve and tight coil is “like a giant subliminal road sign pointing the eyes towards where you want them to go.” To prove his theory, Sparkman has placed the curve over several of his photographs. By doing so, he showcases areas of drama and movement. Even though these aren't action-packed shots, the clever arrangement of the characters and environment makes us feel like we’ve stepped into dramatic and/or emotional moment from a play or film.
photography  ds106  thruthelens 
september 2017 by cogdog
Join multiple photos together and impress your fans with the whole story
cooltech  photography  thruthelens 
september 2017 by cogdog
10 Rules to Follow When Composing a Photo – PhotographyTalk – Medium
You can have the most stunning subject to photograph in the most gorgeous lighting, but if you don’t take care to compose the shot well, no amount of good light and inherent beauty will prevent the image from being a dud.
There are plenty of photography composition tips to help you create a better photo. That’s the good news.
The bad news — if you can call it that — is that it just takes a bit of practice to become adept at using a compositional technique.
What’s more, it can get a bit overwhelming trying to decide which compositional techniques to learn, let alone which ones to implement.
Again, a little bit of practicing a handful of compositional techniques will help you determine what you like to do to give your photos a boost.
Let’s take a look at 10 compositional rules that will help you create a more impactful photo.
photography  thruthelens 
april 2017 by cogdog
Fairytale Prisoner by Choice: The Photographic Eye of Melania Trump
Why won’t the first lady show up for her job? Why? I became obsessed with this question and eventually looked to Melania’s Twitter history for answers. I noticed that in the three-year period between June 3, 2012 and June 11, 2015 she tweeted 470 photos which she appeared to have taken herself. I examined these photographs as though they were a body of work.
Everyone has an eye, whether or not we see ourselves as photographers. What we choose to photograph and how we frame subjects always reveals a little about how we perceive the world. For someone like Melania, media-trained, controlled and cloistered, her collection of Twitter photography provides an otherwise unavailable view into the reality of her existence. Nowhere else — certainly not in interviews or public appearances — is her guard so far down.
instagram  dipp  thruthelens 
april 2017 by cogdog
The music over the ruins of Aleppo | Correspondent
There are some things that bombs and fighting just can’t kill. Like Mohammed Anis and his determination to live, and to begin anew in the ruins that are today his hometown of Aleppo. Even if his home is quite literally a pile of debris. Even if much of what he had treasured -- from his beloved collection of vintage American cars to his trusty pipe -- is today destroyed, mangled, broken. Even if the only thing around him that still works is an old gramophone that he cranks by hand.
Anis had been known in rebel-held eastern Aleppo before it fell to government forces at the end of December. Amid the savage fighting and the accompanying shortages, he refused to leave his home and his collection of vintage cars that he showed off whenever he could. The story that my colleague, Karam al-Masri, told of him became one of the more inspiring ones to come out of the besieged eastern part of Syria’s second city.
photography  thruthelens  backstory 
march 2017 by cogdog
Learning to See: Photography at Black Mountain College
The impact of Black Mountain College on the history of twentieth-century arts is still coming to light. A small, liberal-arts institution that ran from 1933 to 1957 in rural North Carolina, the school brought some of the most inventive minds of a generation—including European intellectuals fleeing the ravages of World War II—into contact with an intrepid student body that was ready to change the cultural gears of history.

The backbone of Black Mountain’s curriculum was the arts program, famously shaped and directed by Josef Albers from 1933 to 1949. Before coming to America, Albers had studied and taught at the Bauhaus, where he developed an understanding of Werklehre—the noble, “handicraft” aspect of art. He brought this pragmatic approach to his teachings at Black Mountain College. While at the Bauhaus, Albers created a series of semi-experimental photocollages (a selection of them is currently on view at New York’s Museum of Modern Art). His interest in photography as an art and as a mode of seeing continued upon his move to the States. “Photography,” Albers once observed, “is still a child among the crafts”; indeed, its newness might well have been part of the medium’s allure for him.
photography  thruthelens  history 
february 2017 by cogdog
Every New York Times Front Page Since 1852 Combined Into a Single Minute-Long Video
Data artist Josh Begley has combined every New York Times front page since 1852 into a single minute-long video. The 4K video puts 45 pages in each frame for a quick look at how the front page layout has evolved over time.
photography  thruthelens  news  history 
february 2017 by cogdog
Proposal for a formal way of expressing public license information in Exif
photography  metadata  exif  thruthelens 
february 2017 by cogdog
Jeffrey Friedl's Image Metadata Viewer
Since I'm getting more interested in photography and understanding cameras and techniques, I find myself wanting to know the details under which a photo was taken. Modern digital cameras encode a lot of such data — shutter speed, lens focal length, etc. — into the image file, generally called “Exif Data” (“Exif” stands for “Exchangeable Image File Format” and as an acronym would normally be written as “EXIF”, but the standard creators explicitly say that it should be written “Exif”, which is nice.).

So, I wrote a little online Exif viewer to view whatever data might be encoded. Here's a screenshot using the viewer on a picture from a recent post:
photography  metadata  exif  thruthelens 
february 2017 by cogdog
How to analyze and interpret photos objectively, according to professors of visual communication — Quartz
“When photography was invented,” photo historian Vicki Goldberg once said, “it was thought to be an equivalent to truth. It was truth with a capital T.”
But as viewers quickly learned, seeing isn’t always believing. Even in the early history of photography, hoaxes like the Cottingley fairies taught people to question the validity of the images they saw. Today, we’re well aware that photos can be digitally altered—which means that the public trusts the authority of photos, including journalistic images, a whole lot less.
It is valuable for members of the public to question the authenticity of images that they see. But as contemporary audiences have grown more sophisticated about digitally manipulated images, they are now faced with a new form of manipulation: photos coupled with political propaganda, further pushing society toward the post-truth age.
photography  thruthelens 
february 2017 by cogdog
Chevereto - Image Hosting Script
Chevereto is a powerful and fast image hosting script that allows you to create your very own full featured image hosting website in just minutes.
photography  cooltech  thruthelens 
january 2017 by cogdog
Behind the Lens: 2016 Year in Photographs – Medium
For the eighth and final time, I am presenting my annual Year in Photographs.
All of them were taken either by me or a White House photographer on my staff. For many of the images, I’ve included the backstory behind the image to provide further context or to share why that image was particularly important to me.
As always, the editing for this project is both subjective and personal. Yes, there are some historic moments included but mostly I was looking for behind-the-scenes moments that give people a more personal look at the President and First Lady. And I’ve included a few that I thought were just cool photos.
photography  thruthelens 
january 2017 by cogdog
Detecting Forged (Altered) Images – Forensic Focus – Articles
Are digital images submitted as court evidence genuine or have the pictures been altered or modified? We developed a range of algorithms performing automated authenticity analysis of JPEG images, and implemented them into a commercially available forensic tool.
photography  thruthelens  catfishing 
december 2016 by cogdog
Teaching photography as a visual language
It is by establishing this concept of language that I begin to construct an understanding of photography as a process of visual storytelling in which images are words, series of images are sentences and paragraphs, and bodies of work become completed or evolving stories. The importance of narrative within photography is then aligned to a sense of narrative already learned through more traditional study of language construction and presentation. The successful single image can of course come from a series of images just as a beautifully written paragraph or sentence can come from a chapter, but the pre-conceived idea of what constitutes a successful image will then be seen as a demonstration of technical proficiency or given aesthetic implementation of course learning created to meet a marking matrix.
photography  thruthelens  netnarr 
november 2016 by cogdog
An animated walk through some of the most iconic photo cameras of all time.
photography  thruthelens 
november 2016 by cogdog
Aristotle’s Aperture: An Animated History of Photography, from the Camera Obscura to the Camera Phone – Brain Pickings
In this short film, the Cooperative of Photography takes us on a five-minute animated gallop through some of the 100 ideas that changed photography, tracing the co-evolution of technology, art, and culture
photography  thruthelens  ds106  history 
august 2016 by cogdog
Koken - Creative website publishing
Content management and web site publishing for photographers
photography  portfolio  thruthelens 
july 2016 by cogdog
ExifTool by Phil Harvey
ExifTool is a platform-independent Perl library plus a command-line application for reading, writing and editing meta information in a wide variety of files. ExifTool supports many different metadata formats including EXIF, GPS, IPTC, XMP, JFIF, GeoTIFF, ICC Profile, Photoshop IRB, FlashPix, AFCP and ID3, as well as the maker notes of many digital cameras by Canon, Casio, FLIR, FujiFilm, GE, HP, JVC/Victor, Kodak, Leaf, Minolta/Konica-Minolta, Motorola, Nikon, Nintendo, Olympus/Epson, Panasonic/Leica, Pentax/Asahi, Phase One, Reconyx, Ricoh, Samsung, Sanyo, Sigma/Foveon and Sony.

ExifTool is also available as a stand-alone Windows executable and a Macintosh OS X package
photography  metadata  exif  thruthelens 
may 2016 by cogdog
Yes, androids do dream of electric sheep | Technology | The Guardian
Google sets up feedback loop in its image recognition neural network - which looks for patterns in pictures - creating hallucinatory images of animals, buildings and landscapes which veer from beautiful to terrifying.

What do machines dream of? New images released by Google give us one potential answer: hypnotic landscapes of buildings, fountains and bridges merging into one.

The pictures, which veer from beautiful to terrifying, were created by the company’s image recognition neural network, which has been “taught” to identify features such as buildings, animals and objects in photographs
art  ai  photography  thruthelens  google 
february 2016 by cogdog
Photographic education for all - BBC News
"I don't think a classroom is an appropriate place to teach any more."
This is not the sort of thing you'd expect a National Teaching Fellow and award winning university lecturer to say, but Jonathan Worth has backed his words up with actions and his latest photography class has removed itself from educational institutions completely.
Instead he is using the techniques learned from running open classes to raise awareness of the muscle wasting disease Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) which is the biggest genetic killer of young boys in the world.
photography  thruthelens  phonar 
october 2015 by cogdog
'A Moment in Time Showcase' - 10 Stunning Photographs of Shadows & Silhouettes
"This weeks showcase of mobile photography features a selection of images on the theme of shadows and Silhouettes Featured mobile photographers and artists including work from Jose Luis Barcia, Jennifer Bracewell, Matthew Wylie, Bruno Ribeiro, Jerzy Jachym, shinnya umetsu, Millo Salgado, Grace Brignolle, Jack Mallon and Keisuke Takahashi."
photography  visual  ds106  thruthelens 
august 2015 by cogdog
In Focus: The Evolution of the Personal Camera · DPLA Omeka
"For many Americans today, snapping a photo is as easy as pulling out a smartphone. However, that digital photo is the result of decades of experimentation and development, from first forays into bulky and difficult-to-use professional cameras to instant-photo Polaroids.

Since the advent and eventual commercialization of photography throughout the nineteenth century, cameras have continuously redefined the American public’s conception of how images and history can be captured and shared. Looking to the early cameras of the 1800s to today’s cell phones and social networking apps, this exhibition explores how the personal camera has shaped American consciousness and culture over the course of its development."

This exhibition was created as part of the DPLA’s Digital Curation Program by the following students as part of Dr. Joan E. Beaudoin's course "Metadata in Theory and Practice" in the School of Library and Information Science at Wayne State University: Ellen Tisdale, Rachel Baron Singer, Amanda Seppala, Michell Geysbeek, and Jay Purrazzo.
photography  thruthelens 
august 2015 by cogdog
" makes it easy to search for information about photographs you see while browsing. Authors, titles and licensing information is available for any photograph part of the catalog (currently 22 million images from Wikimedia Commons)."
attribution  photography  thruthelens  creativecommons 
february 2015 by cogdog
Awesome: GIF’jes van oude zwart-wit foto’s die ingekleurd worden |
Animated GIFs showing the difference between original black & white photos versus colorized versions
ds106  youshow  visual  photography  thruthelens 
january 2015 by cogdog
jack-radcliffe | Alison
"When my daughter Alison was born, in the tradition of a new parent, I began to photograph her, initially in a separate and private body of work. However, in the process of documenting Alison's growth, I developed a passionate interest in human relationships and capturing intimate moments in the lives of family and friends. This affected my photography in a profound way. Rather than the isolated subjects of my earlier work, I became interested in the strength of relationships, oftentimes using personal environments to amplify those conditions.
The significance of these pictures emerges in retrospect. I realize as I look at them, that I created a visual life story of Alison, capturing moments in her metamorphosis from infant to woman-her relationships with friends, her rebellion, and underlying it all, her relationship with me, a constant throughout her life. I wanted to photograph her in all her extremes, and to be part of these times in her life without judging or censoring. Only in this way would I have a true portrait of Alison.
The significance of these pictures emerges in retrospect. I realize as I look at them, that I created a visual life story of Alison, capturing moments in her metamorphosis from infant to woman-her relationships with friends, her rebellion, and underlying it all, her relationship with me, a constant throughout her life. I wanted to photograph her in all her extremes, and to be part of these times in her life without judging or censoring. Only in this way would I have a true portrait of Alison."
photography  thruthelens  digitalstorytelling 
december 2014 by cogdog
What If Your Computer Could See Like You? (Intel IQ magazine)
RealSense showed us that we can build personal devices that begin to have human sensibilities. Once our computers can perceive depth, shift their focus and read human emotions or gestures, it opens up new possibilities for our devices to become even more helpful in our lives.

“We kept asking ourselves: What would be different if your computer could see like a person?”
We’ve captured some of this fascination in a special edition of iQ we’re calling Science of Seeing, where you can learn how RealSense went from idea to reality. You can also explore how the technology works and how you might use it in your life. Along the way, you just might gain a deeper appreciation for the power of seeing.
visualization  photography  thruthelens 
december 2014 by cogdog
flickr downloadr - Batch download your flickr photos!
"A cross-platform desktop application for Windows, Mac and Linux to download (all or selected) photos from your photostream in their original size along with their description, title and tags."
flickr  photography  thruthelens 
december 2014 by cogdog
Bill Fink's Time and Matter Photography | Oddity Central - Collecting Oddities
"Artist and photographer Bill Fink is the creator of ‘Time and Matter Photography’, an amazing art form that involves producing photograph-like images out of virtually any material or matter. So instead of conventional materials like silver halide or inkjet, the 60-year-old artist uses hair, human ashes, soil and anything else you can think of to painstakingly create photo-like images.

Some of Bill’s most notable works include a portrait called ‘My Eye’ – made entirely from his own hair, ‘Flowers’ – made entirely from the pollen of those flowers, ‘Quaker Oats’ – a picture made with Quaker Oats, and the image of a man named Bob, made using his ashes. These pictures look just like vintage photographs; nothing betrays the unique technique used to produce them."
photography  thruthelens 
november 2014 by cogdog
"No Caption Needed is a book and a blog, each dedicated to discussion of the role that photojournalism and other visual practices play in a vital democratic society. No caption needed, but many are provided. . . .

photography  thruthelens 
november 2014 by cogdog
The Story of Photography | People, Events, Art & Technology - PhotoBox
"A look at how photography has influenced and shaped society
through people, art, events and technology."
photography  history  thruthelens 
november 2014 by cogdog
Park or Bird?
"Want to know if your photo is from a U.S. national park? Want to know if it contains a bird? Just drag it into the box to the left, and we'll tell you. We'll use the GPS embedded in your photo (if it's there) to see whether it's from a park, and we'll use our super-cool computer vision skills to try to see whether it's a bird (which is a hard problem, but we do a pretty good job at it)."
technology  photography  flickr  thruthelens  cooltech 
november 2014 by cogdog
photofoundation is a community for people with a passion for photography who want to use their images to support good causes.

Photography is everywhere. 500 billion photographs will be taken this year – a testament to our collective desire to take pictures and to understand the world through a lens. We think there’s a great opportunity to make the most of this and create a new way to support good causes.

We seek contributions of inspiring images through our website or mobile app. We then curate these contributions to create a valuable library of original images. Charities can access these images for free, and commercial organisations can also buy them, supporting good causes at the same time.

Your images are yours forever, but you can share the rights to your images with us. This is what makes photofoundation work. Upload your images to the platform and we can put them to work on your behalf.
photography  thruthelens  sharing 
november 2014 by cogdog
Create beautiful photo narratives - Exposure
"You’ve got tons of photos and stories. Don’t they deserve better than hashtags and slideshows?

With Exposure, you can easily create beautiful photo narratives that look amazing on computers, tablets, and mobile phones.

Exposure is also a community of passionate photographers and storytellers just like you. "
storytelling  photography  thruthelens  web2storytelling 
september 2014 by cogdog
"Photogrammar is a web-based platform for organizing, searching, and visualizing the 170,000 photographs from 1935 to 1945 created by the United State’s Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information (FSA-OWI)."
history  photography  thruthelens 
august 2014 by cogdog
The Emerging Open Source Camera | Photofocus
"Projects like SnapPiCam represent a potential sea change in camera software because they are built on an open source platform, wherein lies their real potential. Open source means that anyone can design their own camera and the software to run it. This opens the door to cheaper purpose built cameras like camera traps, beetle cams and aerial drones. It is a platform on which developers can build innovative camera applications … in both form factor and software control … that no one has considered before."
open  source  photography  thruthelens 
august 2014 by cogdog
Teenage boy creates an entire miniature world - BBC News - YouTube
"What started as a simple project to sharpen his photo editing skills has turned into an online sensation for 15-year old Zev Hoover from Massachusetts.

Imagining the world from the angle of what he calls "little folk", Zev conceptualises, photographs and then edits his visions - and ultimately posts them on his Flickr page where they receive hundreds of thousands of impressions.

The internet fame has brought him onto national TV shows, requests to design movie posters and some free photo equipment. "
ds106  photography  visual  thruthelens 
july 2014 by cogdog
On Judging the World Press Photo Multimedia Awards 2014: Part Two: 20 Tips When Making A Documentary Film | The United Nations of Photography
"The process of viewing so many pieces of documentary film work created by so many people from so many countries for so many different reasons inevitably but somewhat bizarrely produces repetitive themes of construction, approach and delivery. I hate using the word ‘zeitgeist’ but it seems appropriate as somehow or other global aesthetic trends to visual storytelling do seem to come in chronological waves; this was certainly the case with this year’s World Press Photo Multimedia Awards."

You may agree with what I have to say, recognize your self and work in some of what I have to say or feel that my observations are either too harsh or not harsh enough. Whatever your feelings are I hope that the following twenty observations are enjoyable, useful and points from which to continue the debate that leads to the creation of great work.
photography  thruthelens  documentary  webvideo 
july 2014 by cogdog
Through the Glass: Now & Then: Seeing the Future from the Past
"I've always been fascinated by the Then & Now photos you see on the internet, where a person is holding an old photo up to the same scene today. After writing a series of then and now pictorials for the blog, I was thinking about a way to do combine then and now photos that's a little different than what I've already seen.  What resulted was a project where I hold photos of the present against scenes of the past.  It's interesting to look at a scene as if you were seeing the future from that moment.  My hand is meant to be in the scene from the past, therefore I tinted or colored it for each photo to match the scene.  Before creating the scenes, I photographed my hand against a white background (to make it easier to mask), and gathered public domain photos from WikiMedia Commons that were similar to photos I already had."
photography  thruthelens  visual  ds106 
july 2014 by cogdog
NEWFOTOSCAPES | Photographic Encounters
Photography has never been a more dominant and embedded part of contemporary culture than it is now. The Internet, digital technology and social media have amplified our ability to connect and build communities, and sharing and communication of images has facilitated an exponential growth in picture capture and digital distribution.

NEWFOTOSCAPES seeks to navigate the evolving topography surrounding the image in the twenty-first century; offering a focused eye on the contemporary creative author-curator and image-maker and on the possibilities afforded by an increasingly complex professional landscape. Jonathan Shaw advocates a new way of thinking about photographic production and education in a post-digital era.

NEWFOTOSCAPES is a collection of curated texts arising from a series of in-depth conversations with key stakeholders in, and influential commentators on, photography; including Andy Adams (Flakphoto), David Campbell, Charlotte Cotton, Dónall Curtin, Nathaniel Pitt, Mishka Henner, Francis Hodgson, Dewi Lewis, Stephen Mayes and Katrina Sluis. Perspectives and views cover a wide range of topics such as; agencies, appropriation, archives, community, curation, governance, licensing, mobile, networked-image, open education, photobooks, power and value.
photography  storytelling  thruthelens 
june 2014 by cogdog
Vietnam War Photos That Made a Difference
More than a century after the first murky photographs of soldiers on horseback were made during the United States’ 1846-48 war with Mexico, the depiction of conflict by the camera finally came into its own in Vietnam. By then, the once-static snapshots of men in camps or posing with their cannons had become museum curiosities.
photography  visual  ds106  thruthelens  storytelling 
march 2014 by cogdog
How photography connects us - David Griffin - YouTube
The photo director for National Geographic David Griffin knows the power of photography to connect us to our world. In a Talk filled with glorious images, he discusses how we all use photos to tell our stories.
photography  thruthelens  storytelling  ds106  visual 
march 2014 by cogdog
Gigapixel ArtZoom
Explore Seattle via a navigable Gigapan, zoom in to find art and artists.
panorama  art  photography  thruthelens 
march 2014 by cogdog
Don't Just Shoot
A brief illustration of five photographic composition techniques: the rule of thirds, framing, fill the frame, lines and forced perspective.
ds106  visual  thruthelens 
february 2014 by cogdog
Selfiecity investigates selfies using a mix of theoretic, artistic and quantitative methods: We present our findings about the demographics of people taking selfies, their poses and expressions. Rich media visualizations (imageplots) assemble thousands of photos to reveal interesting patterns. The interactive selfiexploratory allows you to navigate the whole set of 3200 photos. Finally, theoretical essays discuss selfies in the history of photography, the functions of images in social media, and methods and dataset.
visualization  research  socialmedia  photography  thruthelens  netnarr  selfie 
february 2014 by cogdog
Use the Creative Commons to nurture photojournalists - Boing Boing
In 2009, when my undergrad class started, I just didn’t know. So I opened it out online, for free, and open-sourced the problem. The latest iteration just finished up. Every version has had stuff to take away, about photography or teaching or learning online versus learning onsite. But this time it was something bigger. This time, the most interesting piece of work didn’t come from someone in the room. (Sure, there was awesome work from my paying students, who kick all kinds of ass). Instead, something came in after the classes finished, and it blew me away. It was from a young woman called Priyanka Ghetia, who hoped one day to attend university. She’d been doing the Web versions of Phonar quietly, on her own, either drawing on her schoolteacher for help or teaching herself. She’d used her phone to make sound recordings; her old camera; and even a torch when light was short. What she’d made just stopped me in my tracks.
education  open  photography  thruthelens  ds106 
february 2014 by cogdog
TP-LINK TL-MR3040 wireless field monitor with DSLR controller
Finally had a chance to sit down and hack the TP-Link TL-MR3040 Wireless unit. In case you missed it, with a little bit of work you can setup the  TP-Link TL-MR3040 to work with the DSLR controller android app. This basically gives you a wireless control as well and monitoring capabilities for less than $40.
photography  thruthelens 
december 2013 by cogdog
Looking at Our Hometowns -
What would happen if you asked high school students to help create a 21st-century portrait of the country by turning their cameras on their neighborhoods, families, friends and schools? You would have “My Hometown” — a vibrant document of 4,289 images submitted by teenagers in school- or community-based photography programs across the United States, including rural villages and urban neighborhoods, wealthy suburbs and blue-collar Rust Belt towns. While participants only photographed their own communities, together, the images create an important and lasting document of America today as seen by teenagers. They are published today in an interactive feature that opens with a selection of 145 photographs and is also searchable by state and by photographer. Many of the images will be archived at the Library of Congress in the Prints and Photographs Division. The project was inspired by our belief in the power of photography as an educational tool, and by a desire to help young people co
visual  ds106  thruthelens  photography 
september 2013 by cogdog
Mastering Photo
MasteringPhoto is powered by Focal Press – our authors, photography industry colleagues, and our editorial and marketing team who live and breathe photography every day. Like you, we are photographers – either by profession or hobby. We believe creativity has an endless shelf life, and we are passionate about providing the best resources for you to reach your creative vision.
ds106  visual  thruthelens  photography 
september 2013 by cogdog
Photography for Enhancing Social-Emotional Learning | User Generated Education
I spent the day attending a full day workshop on Phototherapy by Judy Weiser.  This post is not about how to use photos for therapy, but the workshop reinforced the power of images for building social emotional skills in our students.  There are many resources online about using digital cameras and images in the classroom.  The focus of this post is having our learners use photography and digital images to make personal connections with themselves, the content, each other, and other “cultures” with the ultimate goals of increased self-awareness, cultural awareness, and empathy.
thruthelens  education  photography 
august 2013 by cogdog
iPhone Photography
This being said, there is much more to taking a picture than just clicking a button. There are certain concepts and rules, that, when applied, help create an even more beautiful picture. These rules usually beg to be broken, and that’s fine, because iPhone photography, and photography in general, is more about your creativity than your technique. The way is see it, technique teaches you the basics of iPhoneography, while creativity unleashes the real potential of your photographs. If you’re here to learn about iPhoneography, then you came to the right place. Whether you are an experienced photographer or a beginner, you will find this page to be a real wealth of information. From iPhone photography tutorials, to the best apps for iPhone photography, we cover a wide range of topics to help you become a better photographer.
thruthelens  iphone  photography 
august 2013 by cogdog
Camera Rocket
Finding the perfect camera can be hard; with so many out there how do you choose? We built CameraRocket to make buying your next camera simpler. We aggregate reviews, benchmarks and specs from around the internet to cut through the hype and help you understand the real life performance of cameras before you buy. CameraRocket helps you: Compare performance of cameras head to head Understand the real life performance of cameras using benchmarks and specs See what people are saying about the camera from reviews collected from around the internet Search for cameras by specific criteria (e.g. price, battery life and image quality in low light)
thruthelens  photography 
june 2013 by cogdog
Pop Chart Lab — A Visual Compendium of Cameras
A meticulously illustrated catalog of 100 landmark cameras, culled from over a century of photographic history, depicting both professional and consumer models and tracing photography's history from the first models to today's digital wonders.
camera  thruthelens  photography 
april 2013 by cogdog
MōVI - This New Camera Stabilizer Could Change Cinematography Forever - YouTube
A new piece of filmmaking gear was just announced that could completely re-invent the complex process of camera stabilization. It's currently being tested and endorsed by Vincent LaForet, who's given us a little taste of what it's capable of. The product is called MōVI, created by Freefly, longtime maker of crazy camera-drone equipment and stabilizers. LaForet is presenting a short film and behind-the-scenes video to illustrate its abilities, which consists of a completely custom-made gimbal and 3-axis gyroscope that digitally stabilizes the camera (a Canon 1DC in this case). It looks to be very light and portable, a far cry from giant metal arms, vests, and weights that almost the entire camera support world is based on.
thruthelens  video  photography 
april 2013 by cogdog
I'm Google
Dina Kelberman's "ongoing tumblr blog in which batches of images and videos that I cull from the internet are compiled into a long stream-of-consciousness. The batches move seamlessly from one subject to the next based on similarities in form, composition, color, and theme. [... ] I feel that my experience wandering through Google Image Search and YouTube hunting for obscure information and encountering unexpected results is a very common one. My blog serves as a visual representation of this phenomenon. This ability to endlessly drift from one topic to the next is the inherently fascinating quality that makes the internet so amazing."
search  thruthelens  images  photography 
april 2013 by cogdog
Vivian Maier Photographer
A riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. Piecing together Vivian Maier’s life can easily evoke Churchill’s famous quote about the vast land of Tsars and commissars that lay to the east. A person who fit the stereotypical European sensibilities of an independent liberated woman, accent and all, yet born in New York City. Someone who was intensely guarded and private, Vivian could be counted on to feistily preach her own very liberal worldview to anyone who cared to listen, or didn’t. Decidedly unmaterialistic, Vivian would come to amass a group of storage lockers stuffed to the brim with found items, art books, newspaper clippings, home films, as well as political tchotchkes and knick-knacks. The story of this nanny who has now wowed the world with her photography, and who incidentally recorded some of the most interesting marvels and peculiarities of Urban America in the second half of the twentieth century is seemingly beyond belief.
photography  history  thruthelens 
february 2013 by cogdog
320-gigapixel photo of London is the world's largest panoramic photo: Digital Photography Review
A 320-gigapixel image taken from top of London's BT Tower has set the world record of the largest panoramic photo. It breaks the previous record set by a 281-gigapixel electron micrograph of a zebrafish embryo taken in 2012. The London image was shot by panorama specialists 360 Cities and is made up of 48,640 individual frames. To get an idea of just how large this photograph is, BT says if it was printed at 'normal resolution' the photo would measure measure 98 x 24 metres.
thruthelens  photography 
february 2013 by cogdog
BT Tower 360 Panorama of London
a 360 gigapixel image to explore, the level of zoom is amazing
ds106  thruthelens  photography 
february 2013 by cogdog
FML // Filter My Life
All you need to be a photographer si FILTERS
ds106  thruthelens  photography 
february 2013 by cogdog
Bulkr: Backup, download flickr photos, videos, sets & more
Bulkr is a desktop app to backup, browse & download photos & videos on Flickr. Install it free.
flickr  thruthelens  photography 
february 2013 by cogdog
The Best Camera by Chase Jarvis
Yep, it's not about gear, it's about the camera in your hand
ds106  thruthelens  photography 
february 2013 by cogdog
Pgogy Kevin - Picture attribution
Kevin is a picture attributor - allowing you to add licensing information to a picture. Kevin is named after the photographer, Kevin Carter.
ds106  thruthelens  creativecommons  attribution  photography 
february 2013 by cogdog
CameraSim | SLR Photography Demystified
This is a place to learn how to use your SLR camera and take better photos. My goal for you is the same that I have for myself: “Take great photos that I can be proud of!” It’s really as simple as that.
ds106  thruthelens  photography 
february 2013 by cogdog
Photography Basics - Understanding the 4 basic Camera Exposure Modes
On the subject of photography basics – it is crucial to learn and understand what the 4 basic camera modes do and not only how, but when to utilize them.  Many times when you first get your new expensive camera you want to just start shooting and expecting to find magical and majestic images but often you are intimidated by all of the buttons, dials and modes and you aren’t sure where to start.  It is my goal to fix that for you today and get you down the right path!
photography  ds106  thruthelens 
january 2013 by cogdog
CameraTrace: Camera Registration & Recovery by GadgetTrak
Thieves beware. CameraTrace scours the internet searching for photos that were taken with your camera to help police track it down and get it back for you.
thruthelens  camera  photography 
january 2013 by cogdog
Stolen Camera Finder - find your photos, find your camera
stolencamerafinder uses the serial number stored in your photo to search the web for photos taken with the same camera
thruthelens  cooltech  camera  photography 
january 2013 by cogdog
35 Fantastic HDR Pictures | Smashing Magazine
Applied carefully, High Dynamic Range-technique (HDR) can create incredibly beautiful pictures which blur our sense of the difference between reality and illusion. In graphics HDR imaging is a set of techniques that allow a far greater dynamic range of exposures than normal digital imaging techniques. The intention is to accurately represent the wide range of intensity levels found in real scenes, ranging from direct sunlight to the deepest shadows. This is usually achieved by modifying photos with image processing software for tone-mapping. And the results can be really incredible; in fact, many artists and designers come up with some pretty fancy results.
ds106  thruthelens  photography 
january 2013 by cogdog
HDR Tutorial | High Dynamic Range Tutorial
HDR is short for High Dynamic Range. It is a post-processing method of taking either one image or a series of images, combining them, and adjusting the contrast ratios to do things that are virtually impossible with a single aperture and shutter speed. I would say that about 75% of my images use the technique, and if you are new to it, then you may notice a slightly different “look and feel” to my photographs. You should also probably note that HDR is a very broad categorization, and I really hate categorization. My process starts with using basic HDR techniques, but then there are many more steps to help the photos look more… let’s say… evocative.
ds106  thruthelens  thru  photoshop  howto  photography 
january 2013 by cogdog
Doppelganger Series by photographer François Brunelle • Selectism
Canadian photographer François Brunelle puts together this series of strange coincidences. Unrelated, total strangers to each other, he sought out pairs who looked uncannily alike and shot them side by side. The series entitled, ‘I’m Not a Look-Alike!’, came from an obsession with the idea that everyone on earth has a doppelganger, with the hope of shooting 200 couples and turning the results into a book and exhibition.
thruthelens  photography 
january 2013 by cogdog
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