Thursday, March 31, 2011

Blogger and the new Dynamic Views

Blogger created five dynamic views for its public blogs. These views are only accessible if allowed for by the blog author.

The dynamic views are Flipcard,  Mosaic, Sidebar, Snapshot, and Timeslide. The best views for photograpy blogs are probably Flipcard, Mosaic, and Snapshot. To access the different dynamic views use the following syntax:
  • Flipcard: available at [blogURL]/view/flipcard
  • Mosaic: available at [blogURL]/view/mosaic
  • Sidebar: available at [blogURL]/view/sidebar
  • Snapshot: available at [blogURL]/view/snapshot
  • Timeslide: available at [blogURL]/view/timeslide

You can play around with my blog: 

  • Mouse over any of the cards to see the post title and comment count. As you scroll down, additional posts will continue to load.
  • Click on a card to see the post in full view. You can navigate through the posts using J (older post) and K (newer post) or the arrow keys. Hit escape or click Back to all posts to return to the Flipcard view.
  • In the upper left, click to sort by Date, Author and Category.

  • Clicking on an individual tile will expand that post to the full width of the view, and clicking again will collapse the post back into its original position.
  • The exact position of the tiles is randomly determined each time the blog loads, but they will appear chronologically from top left to bottom right.
  • Once a tile is expanded, you can page down by using the "up" and "down" arrow keys as well as J and K.
  • This view is optimized for the tablet viewing, and supports screen rotation.

  • Optimized for quick reading and browsing.
  • Left sidebar is list of chronological posts, with comment counts and thumbnails for individual posts.
  • J and K arrow keys will navigate through the posts, and comments can be displayed on the same page by clicking the Show link.

  • This view will display only the posts which have images.
  • Clicking through any photo will display the full post page, with naviagtion links at the bottom for Newer and Older posts
  • Mousing over any photo will display a post snippet

  • This view breaks the blog content down into three different areas:
  • Left column: Enlarged picture with a post snippet, title, and snipppet displayed in chronological order
  • Middle column: Displays just the post title and snippet
  • Right column: Displays just the individual post titles
  • When searching for posts in this view, the results will be highlighted.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Photo Pro Studioday - March 2011

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on Mar 23, 2011- Video footage from the Photo Pro Magazine Studioday at the Hasselblad Studio in London.

The Studioday was the conclusion to a six-part monthly feature, where readers of the magazine were invited to join a Hasselblad using professional photographer on a shoot.

Category: Science & Technology
Tags: Hasselblad, H4D, Phocus, Photo Pro Magazine, Studioday, Hasselblad Studio, H3D

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Hasselblad and Photo Pro Magazine Team Up for Unique Hasselblad Program

28/03/2011 In response to 35mm photographers who have had the impression that Hasselblad cameras are too large, too heavy or too difficult to handle, Hasselblad set out to allay all their fears and concerns by giving those photographers a chance to try Hasselblad equipment for themselves.

As part of its outreach to photographers, Hasselblad formed a partnership with U.K.-based Photo Pro Magazine, offering its readers a chance to win one-on-one photo shoots with Hasselblad professional photographers using a full Hasselblad camera system. Dozens of Photo Pro readers threw their hats into the ring, so to speak.

The reasoning behind the shoots is obvious: the best way to remove misconceptions about medium-format cameras is to let photographers judge for themselves by shooting with a late model Hasselblad digital camera, right alongside a Hasselblad pro shooter. A second objective of its "Hands on a Hasselblad" campaign is to correct misconceptions about product pricing.
During the photo sessions, photographers learned about the value of second-hand deals, leasing alternatives, and products, such as the H4D-31, which had just entered the marketplace with a price tag slightly above that of high-end 35mm pro DSLRs.

Hasselblad Studio Hosts Beauty Shoot
With the new, two-storey, fully stocked, state-of-the-art Hasselblad Studio becoming one of the hot spaces around London's photography scene, Photo Pro Magazine columnist Christian Hough, a hair and beauty photographer, set up a beauty shoot there. Hasselblad invited a reader who runs a photo studio to join them for the day. A video of the day's photo shoot can be viewed here.

The generously appointed Hasselblad studio offered everything from a huge infinity cove for seamlessly lit backgrounds; Broncolor and Profoto lighting, transformers, and accessories; Apple MacPro workstations; Eizo monitors; polyboards; a well-equipped, well-lit makeup area; to a roller door that opens to give direct access to the road outside so gear and shoot items can be driven in. There's a mezzanine level to relax and watch the shoot, a fully stocked kitchenette, and a knowledgeable, versatile studio manager. A professional model, hair and makeup stylists, and Hasselblad technicians were brought in for the day's shoot.

Hasselblad’s global sales & marketing director and UK MD Chris Russell-Fish explains, “There were huge numbers of people who were, sadly, unable to be part of the series we ran with Photo Pro last year. To make sure that people didn’t miss out, we were keen to set up this day at the London Studio. It’s really interesting to see the wide diversity of people who have come here today and we want to open people’s hearts and minds to the new facility.”

The beauty shoot, as well as the other photo shoots that comprise the "Hands on a Hasselblad" campaign—portraiture with Tim Flach, fashion shoot with Hoss Mahdavi, wedding photographer Mark Bryce, table top with commercial photographer Craig Fraser, and Parisian streets with travel photographer Lydia Shalet—are vividly captured in the supplement "Photo Assignments: Hands on a Hasselblad"—written by editor Terry Hope, Photo Pro Magazine. According to Terry, thanks to "Hands on a Hasselblad, "Preconceptions have been challenged and minds changed, and that’s what it’s all been about. A hugely worthwhile exercise and proof, if it were needed, that the professional workhorse of the film age is still capable of doing a great job."

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Digital Photography 1 on 1: Episode 58: Autofocus Points: Adorama Photography TV

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on Mar 27, 2011- Adorama Photography TV presents: Autofocus Points. The reason for all of these autofocus points is to make it easier for photographers to create off-center compositions and still get the focus right. In this episode Mark will give you tips on how to use the autofocus points.

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Category: Howto & Style
Tags:Autofocus Mode, Autofocus points, photography,Mark Wallace, snapfactory, adorama, camera, digital, DSLR, Canon, Nikon

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Anne Hathaway : Digital Painting

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on Mar 19, 2011- : my artwork, mp3, free tutorials, free wallpapers and free brushes to download ...

Category: Film & Animation
Tags: anne, hathaway, actress, digital, painting, drawing, art, music, violin, song

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Nikon Podcast 39: Nikon at WPPI 2011

Host Scott Sheppard speaks with photographer Marcus Bell and Nikon’s Mike Corrado

Nikon Podcast 39: Nikon at WPPI 2011

Join host Scott Sheppard at the annual Wedding and Portrait Photographers International show in Las Vegas, NV. Guests include photographer Marcus Bell and Nikon’s Mike Corrado discussing the benefits of Nikon Professional Services (NPS).
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Monday, March 7, 2011

Nikon Podcast 38: Nikon Launches Eight New COOLPIX Cameras

Host Mark Ellwood and guest Steve Heiner talk about Nikon's most recent COOLPIX announcements.

Nikon Podcast 38: New Announcements – Eight New COOLPIX Cameras for 2011

Join Mark Ellwood as he sits down with Nikon’s Steve Heiner to discuss some of Nikon's most recent COOLPIX offerings including the COOLPIX P300 which combines amazingly fast lens with and a back-lit CMOS sensor to bring outstanding low-light capabilities.  In addition, super-zoom models such as the COOLPIX P500 and S9100 are discussed among the full line-up of new releases.

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NewswireToday - /newswire/ - Singapore, Singapore, 03/06/2011 - There's a new photo editing service in town. And with just one look at the home page you would know that it is a photo editing service like no other. provides a venue for 2 groups of people to come around and share their passion:

1) the photographers who wanted a perfect picture

2) the editors who considers each project a masterpiece

According to the website, how it works is very easy. If you are a photographer and wanted to enhance your picture: you simply have to upload the photo, describe the enhancement you want to be done and specify the amount you are willing to pay for the service. Now the photo editors will do their magic and publish their masterpieces with the amount for the service they rendered. If you like their output then you just have to pay for the service. If you do not like the output, then you don't have to pay at all. This way, you've actually seen the results before you even pay. And upon careful scrutiny of the site, Photo editors are not restricted and can edit all the pictures they want. This means if there are 10 editors who like to edit your photo… then you would have 10 choices on the best picture that captures what you really want for your picture. And again, you've seen the result -- all those 10 -- without having to pay anything. Isn't that amazing?

Now if you're a person who's good in editing/enhancing pictures, you just have to go to the marketplace, where all the pictures for enhancement are kept. You download the picture you wanted to edit, do the post-processing, upload the edited version and specify how much is your service for editing the picture. If the photographer likes your picture -- you will then get paid. The best part of it is you are not limited to any number of photos to edit. You can even edit all the pictures in the marketplace. And remember, the more edited pictures you have, the more chances that photographers will get to pick your version of the photo and pay you. That is equally amazing, isn't it?

Indeed, is a venue where photographers and editors meet.

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GOLDEN, CO (March 2, 2011) …PENTAX Imaging Company announced the PENTAX Optio S1 digital compact camera with advanced, easy-to-use features and an eye-catching, gem-like finish. Available in striking Chrome or a glossy Black or Green, the Optio S1 is a fashionable and elegant digital camera with an ultralight body featuring:

• A high resolution 14 megapixel sensor for exceptional image detail.
• Wide angle 5X optical zoom lens (28-140mm) for flexible image framing.
• Ample 2.7 inch LCD for easy capture and playback of images and video.
• Sensor-shift PENTAX Shake Reduction (SR) system for sharp low light and telephoto images.
• Widescreen 720p HD video capture.
• Powerful PENTAX Auto Picture mode for set-it-and-forget-it shooting convenience.
• Fast Face Detection, Smile Capture, and Blink Detection for perfect portraits.
• High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode for outstanding detail in wide exposure images (new to PENTAX digital compact cameras).
• PENTAX infrared remote control (remote purchased separately).

With meticulous attention given to every design detail, the ultra-compact Optio S1 is the perfect choice for digital photographers who want a very capable, yet elegant and classy, digital camera.
The PENTAX Optio S1 is available for pre-order now on the

PENTAX Imaging Company is an innovative leader in the production of a variety of digital cameras including weather resistant digital SLRs and stylish, compact, waterproof cameras, as well as lenses, flash units, binoculars, scopes, and eyepieces.  For more than 90 years, PENTAX has developed durable, reliable products that meet the needs of consumers and businesses.  With headquarters in Golden, Colorado, PENTAX Imaging Company is a division of PENTAX of America, Inc.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Trey Ratcliff Reliquary Vol 1

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stuckincustoms - My first creation with Animoto - for full review, see

Category: Travel & Events
Tags: animoto, review, hdr, video, tutorial, photo, photography, trey, ratcliff, anim

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MostlyPhoto Beta 1

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twit - Leo Laporte, Lisa Bettany, and Trey Ratcliff in the first beta of MostlyPhoto

Flickr group MostlyPhoto

Category: Science & Technology
Tags: Leo Laporte. Lisa Bettany, Trey Ratcliff, MostlyPhoto

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