Dr. Amir Amedi, brain researcher and Neurobiology professor from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, developed a technology that lets blind people ‘see’ with their ears. In this TEDx talk (TEDxJerusalem) he shows how he managed to use a simple camera, and transform the video captured into sound waves that quickly become visual images in the brain. It’s amazing to see how they can ‘see’ when someone smiles at them, just by listening to the video they capture with that small camera. [more]
DIY photo/video gear projects can almost always save you a few bucks if you have the skills and time to make it. But there are a few DIY gems out there that can save you hundreds of dollars, if not more. One of these gems is stillmotion‘s tutorial on 3 point lighting for video interviews made from a whopping total of $26! They did a great job of pinching every penny while still yielding a great DIY product. If you end up trying this (or variations of it) we’d love to see your outcome in the comments below. Enjoy! [more]
Australian Fashion and Commercial Photographer Peter Coulson with Arterium Creations put together this video from one of his fashion shoots in Melbourne. Not your typical studio setup, Peter is out with his crew shooting in the open streets, complete with the public watching and potentially ruining some of his shots. See as he works with his model and they have a great time creating some stunning street-fashion images. [more]
Marvel’s ‘The Avengers’ is the top grossing movie of 2012 and the third of all time, ensuring that the superhero genre of movies are here to stay. Industrial Light & Magic have finally released the behind the scenes and walkthrough for the post production on one of the most amazing scenes in the movie, a long take of all the heroes fighting off the Alien horde that is uninterrupted and seamless with New York City as its backdrop.
I woke up this morning to an iPhone picture from my dad. It was a picture of a wall that said “Mario Testino In Your Face.” Ok dad, you did it, I am intrigued. Upon further investigation my dad and my little sister had gone to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston to check out the exhibit today and told me it was amazing. Well I live exactly 2,725.2 miles from the MFA, so I had to just do some online research for myself. If you live in the New England area though, this looks like an amazing exhibit you don’t want to miss.
This past week I was conversing with a taxi driver while in Jamaica. At one point I noticed a slum of houses and quickly shot a picture of it as we drove by. He responded abruptly, “Why are you shooting the ugly parts of our country. All of you media do the same. You should focus on the beautiful areas, not the ugly ones.” He was absolutely right! I had fallen into a trap that so many of us tend to when traveling. This video from Devin Graham addresses this and other issues and gives some great tips on ways to get wonderful photos and video while traveling in foreign countries. [more]
“In A New Light” is non-profit that uses nature photography to empower, teach, guide, and ultimately change the lives of it’s students- students whose background often includes struggling in school, abusive homes, and general hopelessness. Both the photos captured and stories told are simply inspiring. Read on for an interview with Ben Thwaits, pro photographer turned teacher for IANL, and to see some of the students’ impressive work. A Kickstarter to publish a photobook along with stories of the students is in the making as well. [more]
Two years in the making and with a Kickstarter budget to start them off, Realm Pictures has finally released the indie epic The Underwater Realm. The five part series that was released on Christmas Day sets you on a cinematic journey through time and under the waves as you follow the mysterious underwater Atlanteans. [more]
In the last several years camera development has taken huge strides in giving photographic capabilities of stills to video. Non film makers now have the capability of taking cinematic quality video without needing to upgrade from their dslr. In this video, Untitled Film Works unpacks the continual merging of stills and video.
Several years ago Richard Schneider of PictureCorrect.com decided his new years resolution would be to begin training to be able to fly a wingsuit. This dream along with his passion for photography eventually led him to Dubai, where he captured the footage you’ll see in this video. Learn more about Richard and the work it took to get to this point in the full post. [more]
The New York Times just released an absolutely incredible piece of journalism titled ‘Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek,’ which is a story told through the use of still images, video, computer animations and one hell of a piece of writing. I have to say that this looks like (I at least hope) the future of editorial journalism. It’s been a long time since I’ve read, watched, or looked at a piece that captivated me like this one. [more]
Earlier today we posted this video of an Eagle lifting a baby in the park, and it started a massive debate whether its real or not. Now we have the answer: its FAKE. Check out this BTS video showing how 4 animation students from Montreal created this viral video. Did you get it right?
The folks at Candy Glass Productions have posted a cool tutorial on how to spin a camera around a building, using the CN Tower in Toronto as an example. This would be an awesome technique to highlight a landmark from a vacation if you’re throwing together a video for friends and family. You could also scale down this technique for use on a portrait subject for any mixed media projects. [more]
Meet the Decelerator Helmet, it is quite a ridiculous experiment in time and space dreamed up by German artist, Lorenz Potthast. The DH is made up of a camera that leads to a notebook computer which is connected to 2 monitors, all of which is mounted to a bicycle helmet that is encapsulated inside an XL silver globe. The wearer controls the speed of what they see via a wireless hand control. The helmet allows the wearer to view their surroundings at 0.1x-3.00x. Enjoy?