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Taking the Old Gigapan Out for a Spin

cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Alan Levine It’s been quite a while since I created a Gigapan panorama, the last one maybe in June of 2011 in Golden Colorado. A few weeks later I was at Grand Teton National Park, and after tossing my truck, I realized I must have left my trusty Canon Ixy 3000is camera in my hotel room back in Golden. I think I got one of the last beta versions of this camera rig from Charmed Lab sin Austin. My colleague at the time, Keene Haywood, knew the developer and was “keen” (ugh) about the large navigable scenes that one could make with it. It is a motorized, computer controlled camera mount you put on a tripod. You set the top left and lower right corners, and the Gigapan device takes an overlapping series of images with your camera, its robot […]

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Thirds in Your Photographs

This week in ds106, my class starts a week of looking at visual storytelling, primarily in working with their own photographs. For me, this is some of my favorite stuff since I love taking photos. I’d like them all to get better at taking interesting photos, moving from snapshot mentality to be composing in their mind. Many have already gotten bit as they are energized by the challenges of the Daily Create. I know in the past is what happens is they start looking differently at the world around them, noticing the patterns of those paving stones on campus rather than just walking over them, looking up, down with their camera, looking for interesting shadows, and objects that are juxtaposed. I am trying a new activity this week- as in years past, I have a collection of resources and shared suggestions on how to beocme a better photographer, I have […]

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Compfight Makes Happy Dog

cc licensed ( BY NC ND ) flickr photo shared by Stuart`Dootson I remain a big fan of compfight as my favorite tool for finding creative commons licensed photos from flickr. Just tonight I noticed the interface is updated- previously, clicking one of the small icon results launched the photo in flickr, now you get a preview (at a useful size) and quite a bit more: You get direct links to the license, and the available flickr downloads but also a cut and paste attribution code suitable for quick copy/paste. I also would prefer to see the photo title and/or caption, maybe the photographers name larger, it sometimes help me pick or appreciate the image more when I see that info. I may not use this right now- for my flow, that still means several stops, download image, find it, upload to blog, paste in caption… What I (now) is […]

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Getting Your Own Meta Data in Your Own Photos

You may not be aware of it, but your digital photos have more in them than colored pixels, modern cameras, mobile phones attach extra information that travels with the photo. This came up with discovery because a commenter on my site about returning a found camera asked about finding her own lost camera. I came across two services that provide a search online for photos with meta data containing the serial number from your camera – many might be your own, but there is a chance that a camera their might post photos taken with “their” new camera – these sites are and Flickr stores a lot of photo meta date, just look at any images’s page, select under the “Actions” menu, View EXIF info. Its a lot of meta data. I’ve used a process the last 3 years with Apple Aperture for managing my photos that includes […]

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Generating an HDR Image from One Photo

I’m sure someone who knows more about HDR or High Dynamic Range will shoot my stuff down, but I ran a fun photo experiment today (FWIW probably the best HDR tutorial is from Stuck in Customs). Basically it is a way to enhance photos that have a rane of dark and light values that are beyond what your camera sensor can handle. If you have every taken a photo of a tree in the foreground and the background is washed out, well there was too much light for the sensor to deal with. in HDR you generally take multiple exposures, one exact, one over exposed one underexposed, and combine them in software to get the full range in one image. So today, i was taking a photo walk and took a shot of a darkish road and noted how the mountains in the background were washed out. I wanted to […]

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[almost] Daily Photos 2012

This year marks the fifth I have run my own “daily photo” project (2011 , 2010 , 2009 , 2008), going back to that first year when D’Arcy Norman had invited others to join along with him. The act of focusing time every day, for over these 5 years, has very much helped me improve my photography by the simple act of doing it every day, trying new things, and reflecting on it. All three of those are essential. I have progressed in that time through 3 DSLRs, one compact digital camera, maybe 3 iphones. But that’s just gear. I got sloppy or busy or inconsistent this year. I sat down last night while watching a movie and tried to fill in some gaps, I got up to day 110… and asked myself, what does it matter if I have 366 or not? Actually, I have an all time low […]

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My Biggest Published Photo

It was more than a year ago that I got an email request from Millenium Press asking about license to use one of my Gigapan images for what sounded like an interesting project- they have published the world’s largest atlas of the world. Earth Platinum is a printed atlas that is 6 feet high! The bog book is currently on display at the British Library, and if you ask for assistance (apparently it takes special training to flip the pages) at go to the section on PLate Tectonics pages 24-25, my image fills the lower frame of these pages: That is quite a thrill. For what it’s worth the original imagemof Thingvellir in Iceland they found is in the zoom and pan from of Gigapan at I was a bit surprised when they asked, because this image has all that ugly banding around the sun. That was because it […]

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Thanks to a tweet from Doug Belshaw I found a nifty service for moving photos between different photo sharing sites- while functionally useful, pixelpipe or is an interesting model to look at data transfer. Messing about with to transfer photos/videos/files from one service to another without going via my laptop. — Doug Belshaw (@dajbelshaw) August 4, 2012 You authenticate with the service via either Facebook or a Google account (I hear you cringing), and then in you authenticate again the photo services you use, in my case, I enabled flickr, Instragram, Picasa, and 500px (which I never have used) It’s a straight forward process, you pick the source (I started with Instagram), choose the images you want to copy (I chose all 60 it provided), and lastly, choose the destination (I chose Picasa, which I giess is Google Plus Photos). I did not clock how long it […]

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Geotagging Photos With Duct Tape

cc licensed ( BY NC SD ) flickr photo shared by sgrah I’ve had mixed success at keeping up with geotagging my trip photos, usually when chided by someone like @windsordi ;-) Frankly, the technology seems 90% there, but for me, has always required just that smidgen of extra effort that makes it a barrier to be more consistent (I see the barrier in the mirror). In a few minutes, someone will comment with their perfect gps tagging tool. I believe you. Its baked into a few cameras, yes, and of course mobiles. I tried last year to use a photo tracker, but I would forget to turn it on, or found the process if exporting the data files and syncing with photos in Aperture cumbersome. I got a million excuses. Few valid. The map tool in Aperture defies me. Maybe I have not given it a fair shake. But […]

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be Free. be Creative. be Opposite

cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by Capture Queen â„¢ I find myself surprised to see people expecting rules and structure when not explicitly there- are we that “trained” to act by rules and expect rule makers? Huh? I am talking about the Daily Shoot, man. Frequent CDB readers will know I am an addict to the daily camer assignments- I’ve done 432 of ‘em (hey, did you know you get your own gallery on THEIR site? cool!) I love the challenge, and have ventured that is a supreme model of informal learning, of learning by doing, of working the 10,000 hour gig. But I hear whinging (maybe I have muttered it myself) when assignments are repeated, even people saying it has caused them to quit. For example water- it was featured in number 9, number 51, number 293, number 479. Keep in mind that just because YOU […]

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