Category Archives: Photography

“Meet the Photographer Single-Handedly Putting Zimbabwe on Google Street View”

Tawanda Kanhema is a Zimbabwe-born PM working in Silicon Valley who’s spending his own time & money using equipment borrowed from Google & Insta360 to help map his home country. According to NPR,

In 2018, Kanhema applied to borrow a 360-degree camera through Google’s Street View camera loan program, and in the fall, he took a two-week trek through Zimbabwe with the equipment. There was a speedboat ride across the Zambezi River and a safari trip through a national park. Most of his time, though, was spent driving down the streets of Harare and the highways that connect Zimbabwe’s major cities. […]


Most recently, in March, the Mushkegowuk Council, in northern Ontario, paid him to document the network of ice roads that connect indigenous communities in the area… Next up, Kanhema says he might head to Greenland, or maybe Alaska or Mozambique — and you’ll be able to see everything he has seen by clicking on Google Maps.

Rock on, man!



Adobe shows off auto-reframing video tech

This slick tool helps retarget “cinematic 16:9, square 1:1, or vertical 9:16, without losing track of your subject.” PetaPixel writes,

If you’re working with a timeline that includes multiple clips, there’s also an “Auto Reframe Sequence” option that allows you to select the aspect ratio you want and apply it to every clip in your timeline at once. Best of all, the effect isn’t only applied to the video footage, titles and motion graphics are also resized to fit the new aspect ratio.

Check it out:


Photographers remember 9/11

  • Photojournalist James Nachtwey grabbed his camera and ran towards Ground Zero. He captured incredible images, nearly paying for them with his life. You should read his story.
  • Tom Junod’s article The Falling Man, about Richard Drew’s famous 9/11 photograph, is long, very difficult, and rewarding.
  • The Thousand-Yard Stare” : Peter Turnley talks about meeting Sal Isabella, the fireman whose image he captured the morning after the attacks.


The tiny Insta360 GO looks clever

Back in 2013 I was really taken with how Microsoft’s PhotoSynth technology could generate interactive hyperlapses for reliving walks, bike rides, etc., and I was sad when the tech died pretty soon after. Wearable cameras just weren’t ubiquitous, affordable, and high quality at the time.

Are those times a-changin’? Maybe: The incredibly tiny, albeit not incredibly cheap, Insta360 GO wearable cam promises to capture stabilized hyperlapses, as shown in the demo below. It seems that most commentators are focusing on the device’s 30-second video limit, but that doesn’t bother me. Honestly, as much as I really love the DJI Osmo I got at the end of last year, I’ve barely put it to use: I just haven’t needed a handheld, non-phone, non-360º way to capture video. The GO, by contrast, promises ultra lightweight wearability, photo capture, and a slick AirPods-style case for both recharging & data transfer. Check it out: