Promote Your Photography And Video Work With Video On A Card

Printings In Motion is the force behind Spreengs, greeting cards with a built-in screen that you can download a video to by using USB from any computer.

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While Spreengs is their retail operation, Printings In Motion have their own website and deal with companies to produce customised products, such as interactive brochures and more.

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I can think of any number of uses for these, from an unusual portfolio mailout giveaway to something to offer to your clients if you are a wedding photographer/videographer, for instance.

The Week In Photography 14th January 2013

Here’s what caught my attention on the Internet in the past week about photography:

The Best of 2012 on iPh0! | iPhoneogenic: iPhoneography | Mobile Photography

http://iphoneogenic.wordpress.com/2013/01/11/the-best-of-2012-on-iph0/

How To Prep For Sundance And Become An Indie Sensation | Co.Create: Creativity \ Culture \ Commerce

http://www.fastcocreate.com/1682151/how-to-prep-for-sundance-and-become-an-indie-sensation?partner=newsletter

Panasonic unveils HX-A100 Wearable Camcorder

http://www.gizmag.com/panasonic-hx-a100-wearable-camcorder/25741/?utm_source=Gizmag+Subscribers&utm_campaign=d4b4b53b24-UA-2235360-4&utm_medium=email

Ricoh’s 360-degree, one shot panoramic camera prototype

http://www.gizmag.com/ricoh-360-degree-one-shot-panoramic-camera/25724/?utm_source=Gizmag+Subscribers&utm_campaign=d4b4b53b24-UA-2235360-4&utm_medium=email

Brand new Fujifilm cameras exposed at CES 2013

http://www.gizmag.com/fujifilm-ces-camera-additions/25687/?utm_source=Gizmag+Subscribers&utm_campaign=6b8749f4e0-UA-2235360-4&utm_medium=email

Canon redesigns the compact camera with the square(ish) Powershot N

http://www.gizmag.com/canon-powershot-n-square/25714/?utm_source=Gizmag+Subscribers&utm_campaign=6b8749f4e0-UA-2235360-4&utm_medium=email

Corning introduces laser fiber optic USB cable

http://www.gizmag.com/corning-laser-optical-cable/25692/?utm_source=Gizmag+Subscribers&utm_campaign=6b8749f4e0-UA-2235360-4&utm_medium=email

Grand Prize Winner, and also Winner – Nature | See National Geographic’s Photo Of The Year Winners | Co.Create: Creativity \ Culture \ Commerce

http://www.fastcocreate.com/1682180/see-national-geographics-photo-of-the-year-winners?partner=newsletter#1

Beautiful Microscopic Images Of Fly Brains, Crustacean Claws, And Slime | Co.Design: business + innovation + design

http://www.fastcodesign.com/1671558/beautiful-microscopic-images-of-fly-brains-crustacean-claws-and-slime?partner=newsletter#1

29 New Inspiring Responsive Designs On The Web

http://thenextweb.com/dd/2013/01/13/30-new-inspiring-responsive-design-websites/

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Where Is Photography Going?

Since it is the start of the New Year and also, for me, very much about new beginnings in my photography, it is time to consider where things are going.

Photography is in the process of undergoing changes every bit as large as those of the switch from film to digital. In fact, I would argue that we are still going through that process and the changes that are happening now and will in future are still part of moving from a film-oriented to a digital-oriented way of thinking.

Compact cameras are disappearing and being replaced by smartphones, which not only take great images, but have the massive benefits of always being with you and allowing you to process and modify your shots at or near the time of shooting via apps. Any camera you have with you takes better shots than the one you left at home, and so many of us, me included, who would not usually use a compact camera now do so all the time. And you see more and more well known photographers posting iPhone images online, and wonderful images they are too. The benefit of being able to throw apps at our shots is not to be underrated and in fact the mainstream camera makers need to pay heed to – photographers want to be able to customise their cameras.

Another major equipment shift is in the area of still vs. video. Where we are at right now is that video and still cameras shoot both video and stills. When you choose one over the other what you are doing is choosing where the emphasis is placed with regard to controls and functionality. The fact that cameras like the Canon 5D Mark III and Nikon D800 are being used to shoot motion pictures shows just how capable they are. It gives filmmakers access to all the great still photography lenses, from macro to extreme telephoto, lensbabies and more. And we can see how this capability has already revolutionised filmmaking and commercial areas of photography, like wedding photography. It means that many of us who saw ourselves as still photographers are shooting more and more video. This is an exciting time for photographers, as it is opening up new markets, new services we can offer and new creative possibilities.

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There are major changes afoot with printing/display. The spread of full HD large TVs meant that more and more images were being shown electronically rather than printed. The beginnings of the home 4k TV market will advance this further, as the resolution and size of these TVs is actually allowing more people to see far more detail in their photography than they ever did before, remembering that most people do not print their images large. It is my hope that this might start to get people used to the idea of bigger images hanging on their walls, extending the market for large prints. But they may just decide to use their TVs as image displays. Could there be a market for selling high-resolution images to big TV owners, but how do we avoid piracy?

Camera makers are continuing the decline of the human race by perpetrating the idea that dSLRs will give people better pictures without requiring that they actually engage their brains. They will continue this as all that matters is selling more cameras. Thankfully that creates more opportunities for photographers to run workshops on how to take better pictures.

So what is coming up? Expect better and better video capabilities and more of us to make use of it. Expect someone to integrate apps into a dSLR. I would be great if someone would pair up with Apple and make this iOS but I suspect we’ll be stuck with Android and so have to worry about malware and viruses on our cameras. GPS will become a feature of all cameras (yeah). There will continue to be room for new, niche equipment makers to fill accessory gaps that vastly expand the usefulness of our cameras. Full frame will continue to move down market (yeah).

For me personally, 2013 is a year for a deeper engagement with video and pushing my still photography in new directions and to greater depths. This includes pushing my art further and experimenting with new (to me) techniques, like extreme macro.

 

The Week in Photography 6th January 2013

Here’s what caught my attention on photography out on the Internet in the past week:

How To Create a Motion Blur Effect in Photoshop

http://digital-photography-school.com/how-to-create-a-motion-blur-effect-in-photoshop

An Introduction To Canon’s Wireless Flash System

http://www.thephoblographer.com/2010/10/20/an-introduction-to-canons-wireless-flash-system/

Project: Creating a multispectral camera

http://blog.mingthein.com/2013/01/06/the-multispectral-nex/

Memoto Photographs Your Entire Life, Then Sorts It Too | Co.Design: business + innovation + design

http://www.fastcodesign.com/1671557/memoto-photographs-your-entire-life-then-sorts-it-too?partner=newsletter#1

Photojournalist Launches iPhone App That Lets You Add Watermarks On Photos

http://designtaxi.com/news/355033/Photojournalist-Launches-iPhone-App-That-Lets-You-Add-Watermarks-On-Photos/

Bubblegum pink grass, canary yellow trees and fire orange sky: Breathtaking infrared photos turn pastoral French landscapes into candy-colored wonderland | Mail Online

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2256420/Bubblegum-pink-grass-canary-yellow-trees-orange-sky-Breathtaking-infrared-photos-turn-pastoral-French-landscapes-candy-colored-wonderland.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Paris Photo in Focus – The Market – News & Opinion – Art in America

http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-opinion/the-market/2012-12-26/paris-photo-in-focus/

2012’s Top Photography – Finer Things – News & Opinion – Art in America

http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-opinion/finer-things/2013-01-02/top-10-in-photography-2012/

Fiber Optic Thunderbolt Cables Begin Mass Production, Available Up to 30m in Length

http://www.macrumors.com/2012/12/31/fiber-optic-thunderbolt-cables-begin-mass-production-available-up-to-30m-in-length/

 

Find Your Stolen Images On The Web

All photographers, artists, designers and other creatives have the concern that images that they post on the web, and particularly on social media sites, will be stolen and re-used by other people. You can watermark your images, embed tracking information in them but there is another alternative – reverse image search.

Reverse image search allows you to quickly find other places an image occurs on the web. You can then take action as appropriate.

Plugins exist for most major browsers that will do the reverse image search for you. Here are some:

For Firefox

For Chrome

For Safari

If you do a search on “reverse image search” you will find more.

All these work by allowing you to do a right-click on an image and then do a reverse search.

Once you find them you can do various things, from contacting the person who has used the image and asking them to remove it (often successful) to reporting the matter to the site owner or taking legal action. Facebook has a process for handling takedowns, as do most other social media sites.

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The Week in Photography 31st December 2012

Here’s what caught my attention about photography on the Internet in the past week:

6 Filmmaking Tips From Quentin Tarantino

http://www.filmschoolrejects.com/features/6-filmmaking-tips-from-quentin-tarantino.php

How To Make A True Independent Film: One Artist, One Vision

http://filmcourage.com/content/how-to-make-a-true-independent-film-one-artist-one-vision

Headless Portraits From the 19th Century

http://www.petapixel.com/2012/12/29/headless-portraits-from-the-19th-century/

The out-of-this-world pictures of terrifying storms captured by a daredevil photographer who ran toward dangerous weather instead of away from it

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2254881/Mitch-Dobrowner-Spectacular-photos-terrifying-storms-American-West.html

5 Stages Every Successful Professional Photographer Must Go Through

http://www.photographyblogger.net/5-stages-every-successful-professional-photographer-must-go-through/

Beautiful photography by Michael Marsh

http://www.thedphoto.com/inspiration-fix/beautiful-photography-by-michael-marsh/

Martin Scorsese’s Film School: The 85 Films You Need To See To Know Anything About Film | Co.Create: Creativity \ Culture \ Commerce

http://www.fastcocreate.com/1679472/martin-scorseses-film-school-the-85-films-you-need-to-see-to-know-anything-about-film?partner=newsletter

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What Photographers Really Need For Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner now that we have survived the apocalypse. Photographers everywhere will get all sorts of goodies on Christmas morning, or Christmas Eve, depending on the traditions in play. But most will not get what they really need for Christmas.

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What photographers really need for Christmas is time. Yes, time. Not more camera gear or software or filters or camera bags or whatever. Time.

To be a creative person requires space to thing, time to ponder and consider, and time to really examine the work we have already shot. We need time to browse through books and/or the Internet for inspiration. We need time in our own heads.

All creative bursts come out of a time of stillness. That might be stillness in our photography because we’ve been stuck for some time producing the same type of work. It could be stillness of meditation, or just time alone, wandering in nature. But in busy lives we need to make stillness.

So if you have a photographer that you want to give something to, offer to drive the kids to school so they can spend some time thinking. Or do the dishes, wash the house, send them out for the day with you handling all that they leave behind. Or whatever, but give them the gift they really need, time. And this is true of all other creatives too.

Merry Christmas to all our readers.

The Week In Photography 23rd December 2012

Here’s what caught my attention on the Internet in the past week about photography:

A Study of Light, Shadows, and Framing: Street Photos by Ray Metzker

http://www.petapixel.com/2012/12/21/a-study-of-light-shadows-and-framing-street-photos-by-ray-metzker/

The Ethics of Photographing Random Strangers on the Street

http://www.petapixel.com/2012/12/22/the-ethics-of-photographing-random-strangers-on-the-street/

Remarkable Photos Show Picasso “Painting” With Light | Co.Design: business + innovation + design

http://www.fastcodesign.com/1671475/remarkable-photos-show-picasso-painting-with-light?partner=newsletter#1

SLR Lounge Interviews Mikko Lagerstedt

http://trap.it/#!traps/id/93fd3b2c-5a32-43fd-b76e-3fdadfb217b0/articles/6CxWXDOZB002q6IvMiBt

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The Week in Photography 16th December 2012

Here’s what caught my attention on the Internet in the past week about photography:

Underwater Photography Books

http://www.divephotoguide.com/underwater-photography-scuba-ocean-news/2012-underwater-photography-book-holiday-gift-guide/

Look Lock is an Inspector Gadget-Style Smartphone Holder for Child Photos

http://www.petapixel.com/2012/12/15/look-lock-is-an-inspector-gadget-style-smartphone-holder-for-child-photos/

Why The Canon 6D Is A Groundbreaking New Camera

http://photographyconcentrate.com/why-the-canon-6d-is-a-groundbreaking-new-camera/

For Beginners – Learning to See

http://digital-photography-school.com/for-beginners-learning-to-see

12 Myths About Photography And Photographers

http://digital-photography-school.com/12-myths-about-photography-and-photographers

Originality Is a Conservative Argument

http://www.fototazo.com/2012/12/originality-is-conservative-argument.html

No Difference Between DSLR and iPhone, Says Photographer Jack Hollingsworth

http://www.iphonephotography.net/jack-hollingsworth-iphoneography-video

VIVAX Is The James Bond Of All Notebook Cases Out There, Resistant To All Kinds Of Severe Conditions [VIDEO]

http://www.redmondpie.com/vivax-is-the-james-bond-of-all-notebook-cases-out-there-resistant-to-all-kinds-of-severe-conditions-video/

How to make an animated thumbnail

http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2012/12/how-to-make-an-animated-thumbnail/

Gifts for iPhone photographers: 2012 holiday guide

http://www.imore.com/gifts-iphone-photographers-2012-holiday-guide

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The Week In Photography 9th December 2012

Here’s what caught my attention on the Internet in the past week about photography:

Reuters Announces Its List of Best Photos for 2012; Redditor Breaks Down All the Gear Used

http://www.thephoblographer.com/2012/12/03/reuters-announces-its-list-of-best-photos-for-2012-redditor-breaks-down-all-the-gear-used/

11 Portraits Of Life As A Post-Playboy Bunny

http://www.fastcodesign.com/1671411/11-portraits-of-life-as-a-post-playboy-bunny

Ethereal Macro Photos of Snowflakes in the Moments Before They Disappear

http://www.petapixel.com/2012/12/07/ethereal-macro-photos-of-snowflakes-in-the-moments-before-they-disappear/

How Recording One Second Every Day Could Change Your Life | Fast Company

http://www.fastcompany.com/3003772/how-recording-one-second-every-day-could-change-your-life?partner=newsletter