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Free digital photo course

One of the biggest news in photography this past week is the free 11-week digital photo class by former Stanford professor and Google engineer Mark Levoy. Levoy has put up a site containing his complete course material for a class he has taught at Stanford five times and once on Google. The course is based on the CS 178 (Digital Photography) class at Stanford, which we featured back in 2011, but the resources on Levoy’s site are the latest updated materials that were used to train Googlers in 2016.The course presents 18 lectures starting with “Image Formation” on week 1 to “History of Photography (Part 5) on week 11.The class is set up like any college class would be, with two classes a week and each class covering different topics, …

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Facebook censors iconic Vietnam war photo over nudity

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, was criticized by one of Norway’s largest newspapers after the social network deleted a post that included a Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph from the Vietnam War of a naked girl fleeing napalm bombs. In an open letter to Zuckerberg published Friday, Espen Egil Hansen, editor in chief of Aftenposten, asserted that Facebook and its chief executive were harming press freedom by limiting what could be published on the social network. The criticism of Facebook’s perceived heavy hand toward the news media comes soon after the technology giant was accused of intentionally suppressing conservative news articles in the United States so they did not appear in its “Trending Topics” listing. Many of the world’s largest newspapers, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, increasingly rely on Facebook …

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Breathtaking views

Photography may have lost most of its magical mystery with the demise of spontaneity and the element of surprise involved in shooting in analog and film. However, long exposure photography has continued to create some amazing results that stun, disarm, and lend sophistication despite the instant gratification that has become the norm in digital photography and LCD screen viewing. Jeremy “Jer” Sandel, is a skillful lensman who is keen at waiting for what he sees as would-be perfect conditions for a spectacular long-exposure photograph. His method is about illumination and that surreal feel which delivers an image that is nothing short of phenomenal. “There’s something remarkable about long exposures. Perhaps, it’s the development of compressing time into an image that excites me. You could show motion and the passing of time or …

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Must love pets

Images by Cheremy Vienes Cheremy Vienes, or simply Che, introduces herself as a professional canine and feline portraitist.  As an advocate for animal causes, her chosen field became her favorite subject because as a pet lover and owner, she can execute artistic concepts naturally and comfortably with these creatures. With her aim to provide clients “with beautiful concepts and lasting imagery through hard work, creative mind, and style,” Che shines in her field with her dedication to providing a visual artistry in animal photography. “As a visual artist, my ultimate goal is to share my photography and its purpose.  When I started shooting canine and feline portraits, I transformed them into something much more intimate and emotional.  I fell in love with photography because I can make people happy with my photographs,” she …

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IPA extends deadline

The International Photo Awards Philippines is extending the deadline for submission of entries to September 9. If you submit one entry today, your second entry submission is free. Send personal message to IPA Philippines Page on Facebook to know more. This could be your chance to ignite your career into the next level if you win the “International Photographer of the Year Award” at the Lucie Awards in New York this October. Send your entries to www.photoawards.ph. If your camera battery has been disappointing you, this breakthrough in battery technology should put a big smile on your face.A new company, SolidEnergy Systems, is poised to commercialize a variant of the widely-used lithium ion battery that will double existing Li-Ion battery life or (equally exciting) can deliver the same amount of power of …

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Ready to shake your world?

These are exciting times. New lenses and new cameras have come out that promise to make life more interesting for image makers. Your favorite camera makers have come out with new announcements and the big third-party lens manufacturers have capitalized on the public’s clamor for less costly but stunningly sharp lenses. For the recent past, Sigma has been rocking people’s worlds with their Art lenses. Many people will recall, however, that Sigma is but one of three major lens makers that have provided alternatives to the usually more expensive Canon, Minolta, and Nikon lines. The other members of the usual triumvirate are Tokina and Tamron. Tamron has been known to produce excellent zoom lenses that have made life easier for events photographers and the casual traveller. Enter the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di …

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Photo finish

For those who have ever wondered about the cameras used to record those track events at the Olympics, PetaPixel’s recent article, “This Camera Ensures a Photo Finish at the Olympics” by Allen Murabayashi, gives us a peek into the devices that determine who really wins in a race. Since 1932, the renowned Swiss watchmaker Omega has served as the official timekeeper of the Games on 26 occasions. Omega’s latest camera for the Rio Olympics dubbed Scan ‘O’ Vision version Myria is capable of 10,000 scans per second. The camera scans the first 6mm of the finish line at 10,000 scans per second to create highly detailed time slices.In the women’s 400m final at Rio, a diving Shaunae Miller beat favorite Allyson Felix by a mere 0.07s. The finish line camera …

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Face Recognition in Lightroom

There is this new feature in Lightroom 6 and Lightroom CC that makes it easy to identify and tag specific persons in photographs –  it’s Face Recognition [Fig.-1]. The feature is useful when you want to organize or categorize photos by people. It also makes it easy to find specific photos of people when you need to. It’s effective, and the more you use it, the smarter it gets. But before you dive into it and activate Face Recognition, be sure you have the time and the patience to make the feature fully work. The reason is that Lightroom has to first build the initial face index of the faces in your catalog, and if you have a very big catalog, this will take time. What you want to do instead is …

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Tips on Composition

By Cecilia Angeles Shoot at the most effective perspective andvantage point Some pictures shot at an inappropriate perspective or vantage point create humor because of distortions. If humor is the objective, well and good. Sometimes the distortion does not do justice to the subject, so this is questionable. For example, a three-year-old boy embracing his father’s front legs curiously looking at his father’s camera aimed at him has distorted image. His head and face are big, elongated, disproportional to his small torso, short legs, and still shorter feet because his father is standing tall as he clicks the camera. This is a bird’s eye view of the child. On the other hand, comics character Voltes V is often seen at worm’s eye view, or he is higher than the normal level of the …

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Soaring Artistry

By Arlene Donaire ‘Capture what is true and real but set your artistry free, let it soar.’ — Adel Samson Watching him perform live with his band, the Midlife Crisis, with each melodious or pulsating note wafting through the room, one senses right away the energy and charm that Adel Samson exudes—coaxing the audience to sing and dance with him. When offstage, he not only tends to his patients, but also scuba-dives, competes in triathlons, does his socio-civic advocacies, cares for his family, and creates beautiful images, all done with same zeal and dedication. Adel does everything in his life knowing full well that each moment is unique and meant to be savored. His view of photography echoes his life philosophy: “Photography is capturing moments that will never happen again. Capture what is …

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