Showing posts from February, 2011

The World's Most Complex Architecture In Cardboard

This is incredible, Michael Hansmeyer uses algorithms invented by Pixar and painstaking handicraft to generate colums with dizzying detail. The columns in these images are made from cardboard stand nine feet tall, weigh about 2000 pounds, and are made out of 2700 1mm-thin slices of cardboard stacked on top of wooden cores. Containing somewhere between 8 and 16 million polygonal faces -- too complex for even a 3D printer to handle, according to "Every 3D printing facility we spoke to turned us down,"Hansmeyer tells Co.Design. "Typically those machines can't process more than 500,000 faces -- the computer memory required to process the data grows nonlinearly, and it also gets tripped up on the self-intersecting faces of the column."   Subdivided Columns - A New Order (2010) An abstracted doric column is used as an input form to the subdivision processes. Unlike the minimal input of the Platonic Solids project, the abstracted column conveys a signific…

Top 10 Photography iPad Apps Of February 2011

There have been some sensational photography apps approved this month in the App Store. We have selected the top 10 most popular most downloaded, most useful and innovative apps to help you select the best apps for your magical device. Take a look at these... HelloPhoto HelloPhoto is here to resurrect photos taken on slides and negatives, reviving an art form that's slowly being overlooked in this digital era.Using the various functions of HelloPhoto, you can simply do the following:
• Use the light table function to view, sort, and photograph your slides and negatives.
• Use the light table's adjustments to enhance your slides and negatives before photographing them.
• Use the camera to take photos of your slides and negatives, thus freeing them from obscurity and allowing you to share and post them.$0.99/Download PhotoSync - wirelessly transfers your photos and videos PhotoSync will transform your photo handling forever. Simple transfer
Just select, choose target and you’re do…

MacBook Pro 480GB SSD Upgrade

MyService has announced a new 512GB (480GB usable) Solid State Drive upgrade for the MacBook and MacBook Pro. These new drives by OWC are the largest laptop SSD drives available. MyService has these drives and the complete line of OWC Mercury Pro SSD drives ranging from 120GB to 480GB in stock. Made from flash memory chips similar to those in digital cameras, iPods and the iPhone, Solid State Drives (also known as SSDs) have a number of advantages. With no moving parts, they are extremely reliable. Compared to mechanical hard drives they are quieter, lighter, use less power and generate less heat, all positives for any laptop.All significant, but the real advantage is performance. Solid State Drives can read data at speeds many times faster than traditional hard drives because there are no spinning parts. Any data, stored anywhere on the drive, can be accessed at any time. Programs start up faster, videos and images load faster, and overall, the Mac will feel remarkably faster.MyServic…

DPOTY Awards 2010 winners announced

The winners of Digital Photographer magazine's DPOTY Awards 2010 have been announced today with the overall Digital Photographer of the Year award going to Emma Goulder. Six further category winners and the runners up feature in a special supplement, free with the current issue (106) of the magazine. For more information please see the press release below. Digital Photographer of the Year Awards 2010 winners announced
Leading prosumer photography magazine celebrates the culmination of its popular annual photographic competition
The winners of the Digital Photographer of the Year Awards 2010 have been announced in Issue 106 of Digital Photographer, on sale today. All the winners and runners up feature in a beautiful glossy supplement, free with this issue of the magazine.
The DPOTY Awards 2010, launched in July last year and has received an unprecedented response, with more than triple the amount of entries than the previous year’s competition.
The category winners for 2010 are:
Overall …

Focus accuracy with AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.4 G

We've had a Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.4G in from Nikon for a while and Datacolor recently sent a SpyderLENSCAL for review, so with the controversy over the AF performance of some copies, we thought we would post some sample shots taken at f/1.4 using the camera's phase-detection (viewfinder) AF mode. The SpyderLENSCAL is a test target for calibrating lens/camera focus accuracy. You simply photograph the target and read-off the point of actual focus from the fixed ruler to the left. This is a close up of the image above, which was a crop at 1:1 taken from a distance of about 3 or 4 feet. You can see some longitudinal chromatic aberration, but the AF accuracy is spot on. The lens was manually set to the minimum focus distance, and then the shutter button was pressed to initiate AF and capture the picture, as you would take a shot hand-held (the D700 was actually on a tripod). The same procedure was repeated with the lens set to to infinity this time (and repeated several times ov…

Nik software starts shipping Silver Efex Pro 2

Nik Software Releases Silver Efex Pro™ 2Powerful new features build on Silver Efex Pro’s legacy of offering the best tool for creating stunning black and white imagesHamburg – February 24th, 2011 – Nik Software today begins shipping Silver Efex Pro 2, a major upgrade to its award-winning Silver Efex Pro software. Many photographers regard Silver Efex Pro as the leading solution for creating black-and-white images, delivering new features, better performance, and an improved workflow. Silver Efex Pro 2 offers a unique darkroom-inspired workflow and the ability to fine-tune images with precise selective adjustments powered by U Point technology. To learn why Silver Efex Pro is the leading black-and-white imaging software, users can watch training videos, download a free trial, download visual preset styles, and join live online training sessions here.“Nearly every pro I know already uses Silver Efex Pro to create their B&W conversions, but I can tell you this: they'll all be upg…

Apple shows preview of Mac OS X Lion

Apple Releases Developer Preview of Mac OS X LionCUPERTINO, California—February 24, 2011—Apple today released a developer preview of Mac OS X Lion, which takes some of the best ideas from iPad and brings them back to the Mac for the eighth major release of the world’s most advanced operating system. Lion features Mission Control, an innovative new view of everything running on your Mac; Launchpad, a new home for all your Mac apps; full screen apps that use the entire Mac display; and new Multi-Touch gestures. Lion also includes the Mac App Store, the best place to discover, install and automatically update Mac apps. The Lion preview is available to Mac Developer Program members through the Mac App Store today, and the final version of Lion will ship to customers this summer.“The iPad has inspired a new generation of innovative features in Lion,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Developers are going to love Mission Control and Launchp…

Apple updates MacBook Pro

Apple Updates MacBook Pro with Next Generation Processors, Graphics & Thunderbolt I/O TechnologyCUPERTINO, California—February 24, 2011—Apple today updated the industry-leading MacBook Pro family with next generation processors and graphics, high-speed Thunderbolt I/O technology and a new FaceTime HD camera. Featuring the very latest dual-core and quad-core Intel Core processors, the entire MacBook Pro line is up to twice as fast as the previous generation.* “The new MacBook Pro brings next generation dual and quad Core processors, high performance graphics, Thunderbolt technology and FaceTime HD to the great design loved by our pro customers,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Thunderbolt is a revolutionary new I/O technology that delivers an amazing 10 gigabits per second and can support every important I/O standard which is ideal for the new MacBook Pro.”Starting at £999.00 inc VAT (£832.50 ex VAT) the new 13-inch MacBook Pro o…

Canon pulls out of Focus on Imaging show

UK magazines AP and BJP have both reported today that Canon has pulled out of this year's Focus on Imaging show, the largest UK photography show and the second most important show in Europe after Photokina. This is not the first time Canon has pulled out from Focus, which takes place over the 6-9th March at the NEC Birmingham, the camera giant missed the show in 2008. Source AP, BJP

OnOne Software Update DSLR Camera Remote Professional iPhone Edition

OnOne Software now have three iOS DSL Camera Remote Professional apps in the app store, these include one full iPhone version, one lite iPhone version and an iPad HD edition too. OnOne have just updated the iPhone versions and we have detailed what's included below. This app allows you to connect your camera to a WiFi enabled computer so that you can instantly adjust its settings, fire the shutter, review images, get a live viewfinder preview, even start video recording (in-app purchase required) using your Apple iOS device. With its advanced bracketing and intervalometers, makes shooting for animation and HDR incredibly simple. What's New Added support for new cameras
• Canon 60D
• Nikon D7000Improved preview zoom and pan
Save a low res version of an image to your device
Start, monitor and stop video recording on supported cameras (in-app purchase required) Important Note DSLR Camera Remote requires the free server software on a Mac OSX or Windows host computer. You can downlo…

Kodak Launch New Film - Professional Portra 160

Today Kodak introduced the new Kodak professional Portra 160 film, featuring a significantly finer grain structure in a 160-speed colour negative film.  The new Kodak professional Portra 160 film incorporates Kodak's advanced cubic emulsions to achieve this finer grain. Like the new Kodak professional Portra 400 film, Kodak professional Portra 160 film also employs Kodak vision film technology and antenna dye sensitisation in the magenta emulsion layers. photographers can trust the new Kodak professional Portra 160 film to deliver exceptional skin tones, the hallmark of the Kodak professional Portra film family.  Kodak showcased the new film today at the annual WPPI trade show in Las Vegas. “as film making technology evolves, we continue to seek ways to improve our films to better serve the professional film shooter,” said Dennis Olbrich, general manager, film, paper and output systems, and vice president, film, photofinishing and entertainment group, Kodak. “Kodak is leading the w…

PhotoVoice add extra dates to 2011 workshop series

PhotoVoice, the UK based charity, has announced three further dates for their workshop series on designing and running participatory photography projects. For more information please see the mail out below.Designing and running participatory photography projects March 23-25th 2011Due to overwhelming demand we have decided to add an extra set of dates to our workshop programme for 2011. 'Designing, running and facilitating a participatory photography project' is for photographers, social change practitioners and other professionals. We focus on the key things you need to consider to design and deliver a participatory photography project, and provide resources, games and activities that can be used in workshops.The workshop will cover:
What is participatory photography
The benefits and limitations of participatory photography
Facilitating participatory workshops 
Designing participatory photography projects and the project cycle
Exploring participation
Risk and safety
Ethics and inform…

Top 10 Price Drops In The iOS Photography App Store - 02/21/11

Price drops are always occuring in the App Store, we're here to help you know what they are so you don't miss out on a bargain, take a look at these photography apps for example... Xtrafolio Photo Portfolio Professional This application provides you the possibility to personalise and the control to use your iPad as a professional photo Portfolio. With the Xtrafolio application your iPad will look as if it were designed especially for you.Only you will be able to enter the hidden edit menu, with an optional passcode. You can change the way it looks, so it will fit your personal style. Change Background colours, change Folder colours even change Folder text colours. Add your Company Logo, use the optional Home Page where you can provide your client with information about you or your projects. Add a Watermark to the emailed images, add info to each image, change the sequence or delete images within Folders, the list is endless.This is a must have app for any serious creative profes…

No More MacBook Pros Until Thursday - Apple

So, you're desperate for an Apple MacBook Pro, well who could blame you. Apple are not accepting anymore orders until Thursday this week. Don't despair it means you could get your hands on a brand new model. If you take a look, as we have on the Apple US Store, you will see that the current models are shipping within 3-5 business days, usually these laptops ship in 24 hours. That's because of course the new models are due out Thursday and Apple have just adjusted the time schedule right now on their site, but not the specs. That's something still to look forward to and if the rumor mill is anything to go by, it's going to be good. With SSD 'hard drives' and Sandy Bridge chipsets amongst others, we can't wait.

Leica X1 review

Along with the 35mm M9 rangefinder and űber-expensive medium format S2, the X1 reviewed here is the more affordable of the three digital cameras designed and made by Leica in Germany.

Adopting a 12-megapixel APS-C format CMOS sensor with a fixed focal length Leica 35mm equivalent f/2.8, that retracts into the camera body the X1 is by far the smallest of the trio too, boasting a design and similar dimensions reminiscent to that of the original pre-war Leitz rangefinder cameras.

It has the same rounded body that can be found on the modern day classic 18-megapixel full-frame M9, each harking back to the days of the 35mm cassette, but thereafter the similarities end. It lacks a rangefinder system for focusing, or indeed any built-in optical finder, relying instead on the large 2.7-inch LCD to the rear for composition and a contrast-detection system for AF.

If you’re feeling flush, though, the X1 boasts an excellent, bright and clear optional optical viewfinder, but it will set you back …