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Cool Tool: Easily Scan your Photos using a Mouse.

Cool Tool: Easily Scan your Photos using a Mouse.
The title pretty much says it all. Using LG's new LMS-100 mouse scanner you are able to scan pictures by depressing a button and swiping across an image with a few quick flicks of the wrist. You can save PNG, JPEG, TIFF, and PDF and the device also features Optical Character Recognition that converts text from said images into an editable Word document. The potential convenience of this mouse is enough to make me want to get my hands on one for testing... hint hint LG. Promo video and discussion inside the post.

Short Videos Go a Long Way

Short Videos Go a Long Way
We are seeing it more and more these days. Short films being produced by amateurs and pros alike, sometimes with the most minimalist of equipment, that are making it big. Whether it be Drake Doremus's "Little Crazy" (which was shot on the Canon 7D and won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival this year and was later bought by Paramount for 4 million bucks) or this latest short done by Portal fan/filmmaker Dan Trachtenberg, there can be no doubt that all you need to "make it" is some creativity, dedication, know how and sweat. Portal: No Escape "A woman wakes up in a room with no memory of who she is or how she got there... This is a short set in the world of the Portal video games created by Valve Software." With more than 2.3 million views, "Portal: No Escape" has raised the question as to whether or not it should be turned into a feature length film and has been getting a resounding, "Hell yes!" from viewers. See the "Little Crazy" trailer and add to the discussion inside the post.

Stellar Animated Photos: Inspired by Dead Stars & Cosmic Matter

Stellar Animated Photos: Inspired by Dead Stars & Cosmic Matter

Ignacio Torres puts together a series of animated photos that are nothing short of cool. You maybe put off by the motion at first, thinking: "Just another set of animated gifs." but the more I look at these shots the more I like them, especially once you understand the concept behind them. The technique Inacio used to create galaxies, though simple, was surprisingly effective. Take a good look inside.

See NYC Days and Nights Combined into One Glorious Frame

See NYC Days and Nights Combined into One Glorious Frame

Every now and then a cool photo series makes the rounds on the internet and it's hard to miss. But because I like to play it safe and Stephen Wilkes's "Day and Night" exhibit is too awesome to miss I had to post it. Stephen spends no less than 10 hours shooting each New York City landmark until he captures the perspectives of both day and night, to be combined into a single frame. The results are inside.

Splicing Family Genetics Together with a Camera

Splicing Family Genetics Together with a Camera

Once again I find myself impressed and vexed all at the same time. When am I going to produce a creative body of work like Croix Gagnon and Frank Schott's "12:31" or something as intriguing as Ulric Collette's "Genetic Portraits" where he virtually, splices family members together? The genetic similarities between family members allowed Ulric to create a portraits that almost look like normal people when together.

Annie Leibovitz's Lighting, from the eyes of a Photo Assistant

Annie Leibovitz's Lighting, from the eyes of a Photo Assistant

Assistants, aka "voice activated light stands", can be a wealth of knowledge and experience if you are fortunate enough to have access to one that's been around. It's not entirely unheard of, to meet an assistant that knows their lighting better than the photographer they are working for. If only one of them would create a blog about their BTS exploits... wait a minute. What do we have here?

A Website Dedicated to Outing "Photographers"

A Website Dedicated to Outing "Photographers"

You may find YouAreNotAPhotographer.com (a site dedicated to outing supposed professional photography businesses) entertaining, educational and yes even offensive. But one thing is for sure, if you don't get why these pics should be making you shake your head with the occasional chuckle, then you need to be looking at these photos as examples of things NOT to do or consider a new line of work. Vids, Pics & Comments.

Makeup Ads Banned in UK for Too Much Photoshop

Makeup Ads Banned in UK for Too Much Photoshop

I just read on PetaPixel that the "Advertising Standards Authority, the ad industry watchdog in the UK, has banned an advertisement by Lancome featuring Julia Roberts for being misleading, stating that the flawless skin seen in the photo was too good to be true." I'm curious to know how fellow photographers and retouchers feel about standards and regulations governing our practices where advertising is concerned. How would it effect the way we do our jobs or how we look at things aesthetically, creatively and socially? Discussion inside.

Canon and Nikon Take Their Lens Battle to the Chessboard

Canon and Nikon Take Their Lens Battle to the Chessboard

The guys at LensRentals.com got bored during their move to a new work space. So they dug up some tiles and a $%!^ ton of Canon and Nikon lenses in order to created a chessboard. What started out as idol play is now a camera geek's dream come true. You can rent this chess set for $9,221 per week or shell out the $151,202 in lenses to possess your very own and always have back ups. See the photos.

If a Monkey Takes a Photo, Who Owns the Rights?

If a Monkey Takes a Photo, Who Owns the Rights?

I'm sure you've all read the story about David Slater and how he left his camera unattended, only to have a monkey snap self-portraits with it. When this story came out many jokingly questioned the monkey's copyrights to the photos. A question that has become a legitimate concern after Caters News Agency claimed to have been given said rights and demanded that Techdirt remove the photos from their site. More...

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