Phones don’t have the most sophisticated exposure controls, that’s where the Pocket Reflector comes in handy. Hold it opposite your main light source to bounce light back onto your subject. The white side reflects soft natural light. The silver side bounces back bright concentrated light. No batteries, harsh flashes or fancy pants required.
Also, the last line on the product description made me giggle: What if we told you we know a guy in New York with 7 pet camels? Then, we’d be lying to you, and we’d never do that.
Dale Irby, a retired physical education teacher from Dallas, Texas wore the same outfit in every yearbook photo for forty years. Check out the full slideshow over on news.com.au.
Stories like this one make me happy. So happy.
A hommage to the old analog photo days: Vintage Film Canisters Print by Peter Hamilton.
Take your analogue DIY experience to the extreme and build your own 35mm plastic SLR camera with the Konstruktor set by Lomography.
The Lomography Film Scanner affordably scans 35mm film and slides right to your smartphone. It adjusts to fit any phone. Smart, says the woman hat has a stack of negatives in her closet.
Has anyone of you tried this yet?
Consider me intrigued by the bioscope, a project by Jon Stam & Simon de Bakker. It was inspired by an early movie projector of the same name and is a medium to experience memories in relative time. By rotating the handle, the digital (or digitized home) movie is animated frame by frame, forward or in reverse, relative to the speed and direction that is used to turn the dial.
My seven year old is getting more and more interested in photography. This Pick Digicam might be a fun little camera for her to use on the go. Simply plug it into your USB port to charge or download images. Requires a Micro SD card which will give you hundreds of images on one charge. No batteries needed, works with both Mac and Windows!
The Visual Compendium of Cameras is a meticulously illustrated catalog of 100 landmark cameras, culled from over a century of photographic history. A beauty.
The Crankerator lets you charge you iPod/iPhone/iPad on the go, when you’re far away from any outlets. It includes a micro USB cable so you can charge it up, via your computer or wall socket, before you hit the road! Brilliant!
In this blog post photographer Robert Thomas explains how blend modes work in Photoshop. He shows how to manipulate blend layers through keyboard shortcuts, as well explains the actual mathematical operations that drives each mode.
New York based photographer Andrew Zuckerman just launched a new site featuring his growing library of animal photography. CREATUREbook.com includes over 400 images from the expanding catalogue along with taxonomical data for each of the species.
(Wish there was a keyboard shortcut to switch between the photos. Or did I miss this?)
I find these fashion photos of animals dressed as people by Yago Partal oddly charming.
(Thank you Keef)
Paul Octavious is selling the Kite Hill print. Oh summer, you’re so close!
A collection of antique silk threads. Yes to seeing beauty in the mundane.
In an email earlier today, our Tattly photographer Julia Robbs, told me about her brand spanking new site. (Which has a Tattly section! Yay!) The site is beautiful and shows what an incredible talent she is. But what got me most excited is the fact that she now offers the Double Vision photograph as a print. I think I might be developing a pigeon obsession.
Imgembed aims to establish a new standard for fair, online image use. It makes your photos easily embeddable and monetizable. Happy to see folks trying to innovate in this space.
The 0.99$ I spent on MaddieCam on Sunday have already paid off a hundred times over. Haven’t had this much fun with an app in a while. Maddie is the famous internet coonhound that stands on things and now, you can put her on anything you’d like, thanks to MaddieCam.
There’s also a fantastic book out about her: Maddie on Things. Oh, and she once stood on my desk.
Yes, I am a fan.
Normann Szkop took these stunning photos while flying over Dutch tulip fields.
Photojojo just launched Phoneography! It’s a 4 week class teaching you the fundamentals of photography, through the lens of your phone. Twice a week, you’ll get a simple, fun email with a new lesson, ending with a challenge to help you solidify your new skills.
The Photojojo team took everything you’d learn in a real-world photography class — composition, framing, editing — and re-thought it for the phone. It’s delivered in bite-size chunks over four weeks so it’s easy to digest and practice this stuff. And of course, they made it fun.
I heart Photojojo.
Images by Pol Úbeda Hervàs
The I’m Not There series by Pol Úbeda Hervàs made me look.
A room with a view. Rooms seen from above. Beautiful.
Annie Edson Taylor (1838–1921) was an American adventurer who, on her 63rd birthday became the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel. The desire to secure her later years financially, and avoid the poorhouse, made her came up with the idea. The trip itself took less than twenty minutes. Afterwards she told the press: “If it was with my dying breath, I would caution anyone against attempting the feat… I would sooner walk up to the mouth of a cannon, knowing it was going to blow me to pieces than make another trip over the Fall.”
I am speechless. What a crazily courageous woman.
Update: She was mentioned in this Radiolab series.
Considering how often I drop my phone, I fully qualify to own one of these iPhone Wrist Straps.