Image “Cloaking” for Personal Privacy
: “an algorithm and software tool (running locally on your computer) that gives individuals the ability to limit how their own images can be used to track them. At a high level, Fawkes takes your personal images, and makes tiny, pixel-level changes to them that are invisible to the human eye, in a process we call image cloaking. You can then use these ‘cloaked’ photos as you normally would […] if and when someone tries to use these photos to build a facial recognition model, ‘cloaked’ images will teach the model an highly distorted version […] when someone tries to identify you […] they will fail.”
Lens and camera variation
: “A funny thing happened when I opened Lensrentals and started getting 6 or 10 copies of each lens: I found out they weren’t all the same
Bell Labs Creates Lensless Single-Pixel Camera
Scientists at Bell Labs have built a prototype camera that uses no lens and a single-pixel sensor. This rather counter-intuitive idea is based around a grid of small apertures that each direct light rays from different parts of the scene to the sensor, and can be opened and closed independently. […] Because there’s no lens to focus the resultant image has infinite depth of field, rather like a pinhole camera.
allows you to extend your Canon camera’s functionality by loading a program from the memory card. It makes no permanent changes to firmware and is completely reversible. You can add a battery meter (strangely absent on some Canon models), live display of overexposed areas, and much more. You can even write scripts to control your camera.
: Articles and detailed demonstrations
of techniques and topics in various areas of photography.
: A bit heavy on the advertising, but plenty of great articles and photography.
Jonesblog does NYC
: I enjoyed Bryan Jones’ photo-essay about Manhattan. It features strong compositions, interesting captions, and clever uses of the geometrical distortion of a fisheye lens to create a framing device.
: A “tool for photographers
to trigger cameras or flashes based signals from various sensors”.
Cameras and Lenses
: Wonderful interactive tutorial about optics, sensors, and the physical and technological process of photography. Well done and well written.
The Online Photographer
: “Our mission: to help connect today’s photo enthusiasts to photography’s culture: its tradition, history, industries, best practices, accomplishments, literature, theory, legal issues, and current events.”
Ethical Questions Raised by Photographing for NGOs
: James Estrin’s discussion of the potential conflicts of interest that arise when photographers accept remuneration from advocacy or aid organizations features some arresting images, especially those of Khaled Hasan
(spelled incorrectly as “Hassan” in the Times’
caption) documenting the stonecrushing industry in Bangladesh.
Strobist: Welcome to Strobist.
: “This website is about one thing: Learning how to use off-camera flash with your DSLR to take your photos to the next level.”
: Tracking Imagemagick’s security vulnerabilities and offering work-arounds.
Panorama scripting in a nutshell
: This is a short document describing the various Open Source tools and techniques available for working with panoramas in a non-GUI environment. The examples are based on Linux experience, but most of them should work on OS X or Windows with minor modifications at most.
A look at darktable 2.2.0
: The latest version of the free and open-source photography workflow tool is a jump in sophistication and usefulness.
: James Estrin’s 2012 interview with Mickey H. Osterreicher, the general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association.
Dance Photography Tutorial
: Peter Norvig has put together a guide
to photographing indoor events that’s likely to be useful for the beginner. But he leaves out one crucial thing.
Multicolr Search Lab
: Find images from Flickr that contain the color combination of your choice. This is a slick, fun, and possibly even useful tool.
Who’s the Dick?
: Guy uses a photograph without permission to promote his commercial album, which is itself a re-performance of someone else’s music, and the photographer he ripped off gets called a “dick”
for not lying down.
New Kertész Book
: 500 images from one of the best photographers of all time. In a related note, I was in a bookstore today (September 11, 2011) and took a look at an enormous tome of Ansel Adams’ photographs of the American West. I own some briefcases that this book would not fit in. I glanced at the price, expecting something over $100 — it was $40. How is this even possible? Have prices for photography books dived precipitously while I wasn’t paying attention?
Monkey Selfie Issue Resolved
: Some entities specifically mentioned by the US Copyright Office that can not create copyrighted works are the ocean, the supernatural, plants, and monkeys.