Coastermatic is a brand new service that lets you print your Instagram photos onto round sandstone coasters. I just ordered 4 and I am impressed at the ease of picking the images and the well designed check-out process. My favorite is the confirmation screen (above) that shows my 4 picks in a box.
Coastermatic is a side project by Brooklyn-based SVA MFA Interaction Design Students Tom Harman and Tash Wong. I am impressed!
The Swivl is kinda like having your own camera crew! Just stick your iPhone or Android (under 11mm thick) in the stand, and it’ll follow your every move via a small sensor that you wear. Now, you can shoot video of yourself or your friends without worrying about who’s going to hold the camera.
I just had the most lovely interaction with a photgrapher named Pascal Perich here in my studio. During our photo shoot he shared some colorful stories of his life as a photographer. Definitely the most fun I’ve ever had during a photo shoot. Plus, Pascal’s work is stunning. See for yourself.
Blurb’s Instagram Books make me so happy. Can’t wait until my son’s It’s Hard Being Two Tumblr has enough images to make a book out of it. We live in such an exciting time. The fact, that anyone (with a computer and internet connection) can create books on the fly, is simply amazing.
I haven’t seen an app that made me go “wowwweee” in a long time. Stilla just did.
Stilla’s photo results resemble a crystal, a 3D object made of facets blending into each other as you turn it in your hand. You can share these fully interactive 3D objects with everyone online, in the browser, full screen. It works best with the latest versions of Chrome, Safari or Firefox. (Yes, in this order.)
Stilla is a modern interpretation of the photo you keep in your wallet. A moment to hold in your hand. See for yourself, go to stil.la and rotate the example photo.
At last Friday’s 99% Conference, I had the pleasure to experience the magic of old Tintype Portrait Photography. Michael Shindler brought his tintype studio set up all the way from SF to the 99% conference and set up shop.
In this Cool Hunting video they talk to Michael, co-founder of Photobooth. If you are in SF, make sure to go by and have one of these Tintype Portraits taken. Nothing really compares.
For the Objects of Intimacy project Damien Rudd photographed 5 pillows from 5 different people. Each pillow is at a different stage of transformation relative to its age and frequency of use. Fascinating and disturbing at the same time.
The Canon 5D Mark III has allowed Erin Sparling to create a quite absurd automatic photo workflow: The end result of this madness is that, while shooting in the studio, photos can be immediately reviewed on the ipad, projected on the wall, uploaded to Flickr and entered into his lightroom library, all by just pressing the shutter on his camera.
Polaposts turn regular photos into mailable Polaroid prints by fitting them fashionably snug inside an iconic white bordered sleeve. A built-in seal keeps your print from slipping out and a writable backside makes for easy message scribbling. Just snip your photos to fit, slip ‘em inside then send them on their way. Instant happy!
Photographer/Director Chase Jarvis shares his workflow and backup for every image he shoots, stills and video alike. This in-depth look includes all the steps from capture to archive and gives you a method to ensure that you’ll never lose a single image.
Zach Klein made a beautiful Tumblr Theme that accommodates large images, spanning the entire browser window. You can make it your theme for $49. The price is high to keep volume low (less customer support), and all profits go to Beaver Brook to continue the forest regeneration program Zach started there.
The New York Times has a new Tumblr featuring their archival photo collection, it’s called The Lively Morgue. They will be publishing several photographs each week, some of which will be available for purchase and some of which will be accompanied by a more extensive back story posted on the Lens blog. They will gradually digitize the tip of the iceberg of this enormous trove, guaranteeing its continued utility and accessibility in the future. Wonderful.
Look what just launched over on lovely Photo Jojo: The iPhone Rangefinder is a phoneography system that gives your iPhone all the style of a classic camera. It’ll equip your phone with a shutter button, viewfinder, aperture numbers, two loops for a camera strap, and a tripod mount! Made me smile!
If you are a photo buff then you most probably know about the mothership of all photo stores, B&H, here in NYC. The most fascinating part of B&H has always been their conveyor system. Let’s say you decided to buy a new lens, you’re on the third floor, they’ll put that lens into a basket that then is being transported down to the register at the exit, silently ‘floating’ through the store.
The Lense folks secretly put a camera into one of the baskets to see how it works from the inside. Again, this might be only fascinating if you have actually been to B&H.
Polaboy, a giant lamp-like Polaroid frame, is one of the coolest ideas I have seen in a while. I completely want one for Studiomates.
Polaboys are enlarged Polaroids to a scale of 10:1 (to 88x107cm) and backlit. They are 20 mm thick and use energy-saving LED area lights. The frame is wooden and they are made in Germany. Also good to know: The photographs can be changed at any time and you can even send your custom image.