Feeling like photographers have been left out of this whole “cloud” discussion from Adobe?
In this special live episode you can go right to the source and ask Tom Hogarty from Adobe your questions about their story for photographers and their photography roadmap. Also, Tom will sneak peek some future products and give us a look into the roadmap for photographers.
I was all set for a standard Kickstarter pitch. That’s when the F bomb & dubstep dropped…
Project creator Peter Basma-Lord writes,
Take your photographs out of the dark and put them in Eternal Light [EL1] – An OSX app that lets you playback, filter, affect & record an infinite number (100,000+) of images & videos at any speed. All synced to sound and controlled (optionally) via iPhone or iPad.
Johansson: I wanted to do something with paper — something more physical, not just a retouch project. Although I obviously use Photoshop quite a bit, I try to do as much as possible in-camera, which makes the illusion look more realistic and makes things easier during post-production.
I once had a Japanese girlfriend who was scandalized that my high-school burnout buddies had always misunderstood the battle cry “Hadouken!!” as a horribly clumsy attempt to say “(hh)I’ll use it.” That has nothing to do with anything, except that I think of it while watching these kids give a fun illustration of how to create “Makankosappo (“Magic Penetrating Killing Ray”!) photos:
“We now snap more photos in two minutes than were captured in the entire 19th century,” and people have already spent more than 900 years working in Photoshop Touch (!).
Check out the talk for more interesting info & demos. Skip to around the 23-minute mark to see camera shake reduction. Around 31 minutes they show that tech being run in the cloud.
Adobe Anywhere was the most important product at NAB 2013 – more amazing than the Blackmagic 4K camera, or anyone else’s product. The reality that “one day soon” (and “one day” right now for CNN) that you can be in Iraq with a WiFi Connection and can access your company server’s 4K media and edit it over WiFi, and don’t need any other equipment – well that just makes me sick.
Anyone that can afford it will buy Adobe Anywhere, and anyone that has Adobe Anywhere will never use any other editing software other than what Adobe provides. […] As this product becomes more accessible to the regular production and post production companies, the only products that will survive will be the ones that tie in with Adobe Anywhere.
Unlike Lytro’s light field camera, which uses innovative new technology that actually captures entire scenes sharply in one shot, FocusTwist “fakes it.” The app doesn’t require any additional hardware because it’s simply based around the idea of stacking multiple photographs.
The app snaps multiple photographs of a scene with different focal planes and then merges them together into a single interactive image that can be refocused. One of the “secret sauces” behind the app is the image stabilization algorithm that it uses to cancel any hand shake that might be present when it shoots the multiple exposures.
What do you think—is the effect legitimately useful, or just a gimmick?
“If people say it’s impossible we have to prove them wrong.”
Design students Anna and Terese took on a giant challenge as an exam project. Something no one had done before. If they could swing it, it would for sure be revolutionary. The bicycle is a tool to change the world. If we use bikes AND travel safe: Life will be better for all.
From your lips to the Adobe brass’s ears. (And yes, there’s a sort of cheesy “push” aspect to the early set of questions, but there are legitimate questions and a free-text entry field at the end.) Thanks for your help!
[Update: I’m sorry that I didn’t read through the whole survey before posting it, and sorry that it comes off as self-promotion masquerading as a real invitation to dialog. I believe that the creators’ intentions were good, and that people really will listen to the answers you supply.]
Check out this neat little piece from BBC Knowledge and Learning. Director Will Samuel of Territory Studio says,
We wanted to create nostalgia; taking the audience back to the days of textbook diagrams and old science documentaries, such as Carl Sagan’s COSMOS and IBM’s POWER OF TEN (1977). Using the double helix circular theme as a core design we focused on form, movement and colour to create a consistent flow to the animation, drawing on references from nature, illustrating how DNA is the core to everything around us.
I’m slow on the draw in mentioning it as I’m traveling this week, but you can see Julieanne Kost’s favorite new features demoed in these quick videos:
Upright (Automatic perspective correction) – Discover how to automatically fix common problems such as tilted horizons as well as converging verticals in buildings using Lightroom’s new Upright controls for perspective correction.
The Advanced Healing Brush – Discover the new enhancements to Lightroom’s advanced Healing Brush including the ability to heal and clone non-circular brush spots as well as remove easy to miss sensor dust with using the new Visualization slider.
The Radial Filter – Learn how easy it is to apply any and all of Lightroom’s existing local adjustments including dodging and burning, adding vignettes, selectively sharpening and more to one or more completely customizable, non –destructive, circular Radial filters – anywhere in your image.
The folks over at Red Bull are currently holding a photography competition called Red Bull Illume which is billed as “the world’s premier international photography competition dedicated to the world of action and adventure sports.” One of the latest entries to the competition is this awesome set of photos captured by photographer and light painter Patrick Rochon.
Wow—talk about rapid iteration & being close to customers. In this short piece, Nordstrom’s Innovation Lab team shows how they conducted the 1-week experiment of building an iPad app that helped customers (and sales reps) pick the best sunglasses for them. The team set up workstations inside the Seattle flagship store so that they could tweak designs and code immediately based on customer feedback.
While every product being marketed out there was about making the image better and more beautiful, or the workflow easier and more automated, Adobe Anywhere was the only thing I saw that enables better collaboration and communication on a fundamental and crucial part of the filmmaking process. Although I’ve been a die-hard Adobe fan since I started editing, I’m trying to say this as best I can without bias – this idea of collaborative editing is one who’s time has come. Even though the current Adobe Anywhere may require be a little too much for small shops to implement right now, I have no doubt Adobe or whoever will find a way to bring this idea to everybody.
It’s only a matter of time for this paradigm shift.
All of Roscover’s calligrams are driven by pure passion, and each takes 40 to 60 hours of painstaking craftsmanship to render. “These days, it is easy to make things quickly and get them out the door,” he says. “But with this type of work, every image is special and a labor of love.
Check out Adrià Navarro’s Processing-powered Inkscapes project. The Verge writes,
“Inkscapes” is a sprawling installation that turns tablet doodling into something more profound. Created by Adrià Navarro and DI Shin, the system streams live iPad drawings across a giant, 120-foot-long display, located inside New York’s InterActive Corps building. The result is a hypnotic, undulating mural that’s equal parts painting and performance.
The interactive light sculpture is made from 12,000 suspended spheres that act as three dimensional pixels, or voxels. Surrounded by 3D cameras the piece can sense viewer’s motions which are then translated into light patterns, but amazingly the light supplied to the individual voxels is fully external. An array of high-speed lasers project into the cloud to create the dynamic visuals in real-time.
Find the perfect design assets without ever leaving Photoshop… Once you find the perfect asset for your project, it’ll auto-install in a single click. No more unzipping downloaded files, manually installing content, or restarting Photoshop.
Free goods each week: Pop open the extension each week to grab new free graphics, templates, fonts, brushes, add-ons and more.
All of your Creative Market purchases and saved collections are available inside of Photoshop.
If you’re not an administrator responsible for deploying Adobe apps, you can skip this one. If you are an admin, however, you may well be excited. According to PM Karl Gibson, “This new tool lets admins download all Creative Cloud products & updates; define custom installation behavior; and at the end have a native MSI or PKG that you use with your deployment tool.” See Karl’s post and product docs for more details, and check out the demo below:
Upon joining Adobe our designer Dave pinned up a simple list of five rules. We consult them frequently while crafting our new app:
As you may well know, it’s much easier to meet some of these qualities while sacrificing the others than to maximize and balance them. We’ve already killed off a number of concepts that fell into the “Pepsi Challenge” trap (very appealing at first, but quickly cloying). But hey, if this stuff were all easy, it wouldn’t be fun, and they wouldn’t need to pay us to do it.
I’m so proud that my wife Margot gets to help deliver the next generation of collaborative awesomeness. Adobe Anywhere helps editors, VFX artists, and other video pros simultaneously access, stream, and work with remotely stored media. As the product site says, “There’s no need for heavy file transfers, duplicate media, or proxy files.”
Here’s how it works, in under 3 minutes:
And check out how CNN & others are putting Anywhere into action:
It’s fun for me to see some of these customers at last. Many are based in Europe, so I’ll often wake up to the sound of Margot dialing into early morning conference calls. One day Finn, age 4, asked me, “Dad-O, is Mom-O talking to Germans?” Yes, I told him. “No!” he said, “Nein nein nein nein!” 🙂
Hmm—I’d never heard this metaphor when discussing the quantity vs. quality of pixels on a sensor, but I like it. Here’s HTC’s Symon Whitehorn talking about their move from 8 to 4 megapixels:
This debunks the so-called “megapixel myth,” which says that more megapixels equals a better image. “The old analogy that the industry uses is called pixel rain, so you can imagine photons coming down as rain—with photon rain being collected in buckets with the buckets being the pixel,” says Whitehorn. “Now you could put a lot of little cups out and try to collect the same amount of rain and you wind up getting noise between the cups as opposed to it all falling into one big bucket.”
Of course, now I kind of want to see some cheeky artist take this idea to its absurd extreme, producing a sensor that’s just 1 pixel in resolution—but oh man is that pixel’s quality ever high.
Filmmaker* Vincent Laforet writes, “The completely silent device weighs under 3.5 pounds bare and can be operated solo, or with the help of a second ‘gimbal’ operator with a joystick to pull off some incredible moves.” Check out his blog for more details. [Via Patrick Palmer]
Check out this great collaboration between Photoshop PM Bryan O’Neil Hughes & Lynda.com. Bryan writes,
When Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast last fall, I remember reading stories about the survivors, and one theme kept popping up – people facing great danger to retrieve their family photos…
I needed a way to help. It was unbearable to see these victims fight to recover their most prized photographs, only to find them damaged by the storm. Knowing Photoshop’s tremendous power for retouching and restoration, I looked everywhere for tutorial content to share, but nothing seemed right…
Luckily, the team at lynda.com came to the rescue. They offered me one of their studios to record a video series about using the tools in Photoshop to recover photos.
The video series (25 clips, 70 minutes) is now available to everyone through the “Like to Learn” tab on the Lynda.com Facebook page. Here’s a sample:
You might already know LiveSurface, a stock-image library that featured preset grids optimized to work with Photoshop’s Vanishing Point feature. Now the crew behind it has announced the beta of LiveSurface Context, a unique 2.5D app with a built-in artwork store.
Founder Joshua Distler writes,
The app makes design exploration & visualization (for both designer and client) much faster and more fluid by acting as a kind of next-generation WYSIWYG tool. Designers can work naturally inside Illustrator and visualize their concepts rendered photographically with a click. With it you can:
Work inside Illustrator and preview ideas rendered in photographic realism with just a click.
Simulate a variety of inks and materials (such as foil, emboss, fluorescent) by simply choosing swatches in Illustrator.
Download surfaces by drag and drop; surfaces are automatically re-rendered at hi-res when the download completes.
Resize and/or rotate Plus Surfaces with a few clicks.
Output very hi-res renderings in the background, without interruption to workflow.
Complexity is the coward’s way out. But there is nothing simple about simplicity, and achieving it requires following three major principles: empathizing (by perceiving others’ needs and expectations), distilling (by reducing to its essence the substance of one’s offer) and clarifying (by making the offering easier to understand or use).
It’s interesting to hear that Trader Joe’s curates their selection, offering 1/10th the product diversity of other supermarkets (though that still means 4,000 different items for sale) and produces twice the revenue per square foot as Whole Paycheck. Such an approach has worked wonders for Paper in beating back the paradox of choice. [Via Dave Howe]
Martin Cooper changed the world when he made the first cell phone call 40 years ago.
The former Motorola vice president and division manager made the call on the company’s DynaTAC phone while standing in front of the New York Hilton on Sixth Avenue. His first call: to the head of research at Bell Labs, a company that also was attempting to build the first cell phone.
Hmm—interesting to hear via the NYT that social media are cutting out the middleman, and thus reducing the price paparazzi can command:
“The old school way was that you would get an e-mail that said, ‘I was on vacation and saw so-and-so and I’d like to sell it to you,’” she said. “Fans are far less likely to do that now. They’d rather share it themselves first on Twitter and Instagram than sell it immediately. People are dedicated to gaining their own followings and that’s the best way to do that.”
Photos can go for a fraction of their historically high cost, she said. “It’s certainly devalued by the fact that it’s already out there,” she said.