Autonomous vehicles could automatically assume the right positions for photographic lighting. - Video Below -
In yet another way of feeding on the insecurities of amateure photographers in order to separate them from their money,...a group of researchers from MIT and Cornell University want your next lighting rig to be autonomous and airborne. On display this August at the Symposium on Computational Aesthetics in Graphics, Visualization and Imaging, they've actually developed a drone that automatically and dynamically lights a subject (living or otherwise) for a photographer while he or she focuses on getting the shot.
Announced earlier today through the MIT News website, the prototype the researchers have ready for demonstration focuses on providing perfect rim lighting and a proof of concept using a difficult to produce effect.
Using a continuous light source, a flash and a laser rangefinder, the flying assistant sets itself up based on the position of the subject as well as what the photographer is seeing through the camera, making sure the lighting is always "picture perfect", if you will.
Using the system is extremely straight-forward. First, the photographer tells the drone what side they want the rim light to come from. Then, once the little helicopter is in position, the photographer indicates in the desired rim width they want by typing in a percentage of the current width.
From that moment on, the drone will handle everything else automatically. If the subject moves and the rim width changes, the drone will move. If the photographer moves, the drone uses a 20-images-per-second feed from the photographers camera to adjust its position accordingly.
No moving lights back and forth, the lights move for you.
The long term goal here is to allow photographers to use a whole fleet of drones in their work, never having to set up another light again. Just indicate the desired effect, and your little Sky Net lighting system gets to work creating that effect and then maintaining it automatically until you move on to the next setup.
And while that autonomous lighting future is still a ways away, Ravi Ramamoorthi, a professor of computer science and engineering at the University of California, San Diego, tells MIT that he believes the system is definitely doable given the rapid advance of the necessary technologies.
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Photographer John Hornbeck couldn't find a camera app for his phone that came anywhere close to the high-contrast, black-and-white photographs he makes with his camera, and he wasn't interested in "having to purchase a bunch of add-ons." Hornbeck, who earns money from his photography but also works in the software industry, decided to collaborate with a friend to build an app that would come close to reproducing his style.
After they finished the app, Contrast by Hornbeck, the photographer used it for a few months before he and the developer decided to “push it out to the public and see if there would be any interest from others.” There has been.
Hornbeck has promoted the app—it’s available for free—via his social media channels, and others have shared it. “I know at least a couple of respected photographers who use it and have told others about it, so it’s just word of mouth and people playing around,” he says. The downloads number “in the thousands,” and several hundred images on Instagram are tagged with the #contrast by hornbeck hashtag.
The biggest thing this app offers that others don’t, Hornbeck says, is simplicity. Photographers can use it to make high-contrast, black-and-white shots. “That’s all it does and we have no plans to really change that.”
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The backstory. Prior to the incident on the Hudson River, Stephen Mallon was “surviving” on royalties from multiple stock agencies. He had been photographing landscapes for licensing and exhibition, and personal work. A book editor at a portfolio review had expressed interest in making a book but Stephen felt he didnʼt have the right content that he envisioned for his first monograph. So he set about focusing on his interests in the recycling industry. He engaged a writer to help with a proposal, and, explaining that he intended to make images for non-commercial use, he gained access for two days to a recycling plant in New Jersey, which led to access to others in other states and to a body of work that would come to be titled “American Reclamation.” This was all self-funded by the bits and pieces he was drawing in from editorial and resale.
The break. In New Jersey, in 2008, Stephen spotted a barge loaded full of stripped down subway cars and thus discovered the artificial reef project, wherein these erstwhile MTA cars are shipped to various locations off the US coast and dumped in the ocean to create artificial reefs both for sea-life and for tourism, images of which would become “Next Stop Atlantic.” The company concerned was Weeks Marine, and here began a wonderful relationship. Forward to 2009 and Stephen and his wife are out celebrating her birthday when Chesley Burnett “Sully” Sullenberger, III, makes his amazing landing on the freezing Hudson River. Mallon called Weeks Marine and sure enough they were tasked with retrieving the plane; they commissioned Stephen to photograph the project, bringing him in by tug boat to make an incredible photo essay that made national news. As well as all the licensing, the prints are still selling well in the fine art market.
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For those looking to switch from Aperture To Lightroom Adobe provides this PDF.
With the release of OS X Yosemite later this year, Apple will cease the development of its ‘pro’ photo editing app Aperture. Users of that program will be transitioned to Photos, a new app that was introduced during the WWDC keynote and that will be released next year.
Photos integrates many of the advanced photo editing features that were previously found in Aperture and will replace iPhoto on the new OS X as well.
With the introduction of the new Photos app and iCloud Photo Library, enabling you to safely store all of your photos in iCloud and access them from anywhere, there will be no new development of Aperture,” an Apple spokesperson told TechCrunch. “When Photos for OS X ships next year, users will be able to migrate their existing Aperture libraries to Photos for OS X.”
Apple says that it will provide compatibility updates to Aperture that allow it to run on OS X Yosemite, but will not continue to develop it. Adobe says that it will ‘double down’ on Lightroom support and offer Apple users a way to migrate: Put simply we’re doubling down on our investments in Lightroom and the new Creative Cloud Photography plan and you can expect to see a rich roadmap of rapid innovation for desktop, web and device workflows in the coming weeks, months and years. We also continue to invest actively on the iOS and OSX platforms, and are committed to helping interested iPhoto and Aperture customers migrate to our rich solution across desktop, device and web workflows.
Here's a new image of Photos on OS X Yosemite:
Apple will also provide update paths that help users transition from Aperture and iPhoto to Photos for OS X. This does not, Apple says, signal a move away from servicing pro customers with other apps like Final Cut Pro and Logic, which will stick around.
As a long-time Lightroom user and ex pro photographer, this news doesn’t surprise me in the least. Lightroom did a killer job of siphoning Aperture customers, especially as Aperture endured long periods of languishing without a lot of major updates. Now, Apple is formalizing that shift by unifying its photos apps into one offering. And Photos, unlike Aperture, integrates Apple’s new iCloud Photo Library, which should make things easier for people with multiple Apple devices.
I would also not be surprised if Apple discontinued iPhoto on iOS in favor of one photos app there, as iOS 8 will introduce new editing tools to the stock app. But I have no information on whether that will happen or not; it’s just a hunch.
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Dior recruited director Harmony Korine (Spring Breakers) for its latest perfume spot, featuring Russian model Sasha Luss in a through-the-looking-glass scenario set to a Die Antwoord soundtrack.
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This is what creative people do when they are stuck at the Las Vegas airport overnight; Shoot a music video on your iPhone.
All by myself from Richard Dunn on Vimeo.
The following is an interview with Richard Dunn from CBC radio Canada
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A campaign film featuring the Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2014 Collection, directed by Steven Klein and featuring Kate Moss.
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Sia - Chandelier (Official Video)
It's pretty hard to tell which is better: the productions value and DP skills for this video, and the room and mood specific lighting, or the young women dancing. The "Official video" is really well done; and then the recreation live at the ELLEN show the dancer changes things up really nicely. Start your weekend early and wacth both videos.
In a little more than two weeks online the music video for "Chandelier" by Sia, featuring 11-year-old dancer Maddie Ziegler, has become a minor pop-culture phenomenon, generating more than 12 million views on YouTube and being recreated live on-stage for Ellen 9See below). Sia co-directed with Daniel Askill; the DP was Sebastian Wintero and the choreographer was Ryan Heffington.
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Hensel and Chimera
Hensel will be touring around the country bringing the "Hensel Experience" to all attendees of the Hensel Test Drive Events.Playboy / Fashion photographer Jarmo Pohjaniemi will highlight some of his lighting methods during a dedicated session. Come by to get a hands-on experience with Germany's quality, yet affordable lighting tools. It will change the way you think about lighting!
At Fotocare, New YorkTuesday, June 3rd: Assistants and Dealer Sales People Training on Hensel / Chimera Products9am - 12 Noon: - Session 11pm - 4pm: - Session 2Hands on training to be conducted for Hensel by Guido Puttkammer the Managing Director of Hensel Germany and Peter Levitt.Hands on training to be conducted for Chimera by Lynn Bryson from Chimera.Wednesday, June 4th from 5-8pm Evening Open House Event5pm-6pm: Social Meet and Greet with Hensel and Chimera representatives and photographers, assistants, companies, etc. Light refreshments will be served. 6pm-7pm: Keynote Speaker Photographer Jarmo Pohjaniemi. Long time Playboy Photographer and owner of "Shoot the Centerfold" seminar and workshops.7pm-8pm: Overview of the Hensel and Chimera Products with company representatives.For more information and registration for both of these events, please visit the events pages below.
Please RSVP so that we know how many snacks to provide for each event!Open house: http://www.fotocare.com/HENSEL_AND_CHIMERA_OPEN_HOUSE_p/14651.htmAssistants training: http://www.fotocare.com/ASSISTANT_TRAINING_WITH_HENSEL_AND_CHIMERA_MORNIN_p/14644.htmAssistants training (session 2): http://www.fotocare.com/ASSISTANT_TRAINING_WITH_HENSEL_AND_CHIMERA_AFTERN_p/14938.htm At Unique Photo, Fairfield, NJ Thursday, June 5th: 5pm-8pm Evening Open House Event5pm-6pm: Social Meet and Greet with Hensel and Chimera representatives and photographers, assistants, companies, etc. Light refreshments will be served. 6pm-7pm: Keynote Speaker Photographer Jarmo Pohjaniemi. Long time Playboy Photographer and owner of "Shoot the Centerfold" seminar and workshops.7pm-8pm: Overview of the Hensel and Chimera Products with company representatives. Friday, June 6th: Assistants and Dealer Sales People Training on Hensel / Chimera Products9am-12 Noon: - Session 11pm-4pm: - Session 2Hands on training to be conducted for Hensel by Guido Puttkammer the Managing Director of Hensel Germany and Peter Levitt.Hands on training to be conducted for Chimera by Lynn Bryson from Chimera. For more information and registration for both of these events, please visit the events pages below. Please RSVP so that we know how many snacks to provide for each event!Open house: http://www.uniquephoto.com/event/350Assistants training: http://www.uniquephoto.com/event/351
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