Star Struck

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If you want a neat DIY lens filter for your camera you can up-cycle an old clear CD case cover.  Using a sharp edged item, scratch some lines onto the plastic.  Points of light will show up as sun stars now.  It’s pretty neat, isn’t it?  Just in time for the Christmas season when you … Continued

Cut a Camera in Half

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Thanks to the Hydraulic Press Channel, People with access to high power dangerous equipment have an entirely new revenue stream thanks to YouTube videos.  That’s just the premise of the WaterJet Channel, they have a high power water jet that they use to cut things in half. Just like the HPC, they seem to know … Continued

This isn’t Necessary

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Marketing people never stop amazing you do they.  The those from Coca-Cola Israel released a short lived marketing gimmick camera that attaches to the bottom of a standard Coca-Cola bottle.  It takes a photo whenever it detects a change in tilt of at least 70°.  That photo is a selfie.  It’s interesting, but as I … Continued

Daily 360

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The New York Times is doing one of those 365 photo projects.  Except it’s video, and it’s 360° video.  And it’s pretty cool. I am a believer in 360°, I think it will be the future.  However, we need to get the bitrate compression better for the videos.  Everything looks like crap. You can check … Continued

The Space Station

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You really do want to spend the next 18 minutes watching this video, you will thank me. I got two things out this tour. 1). There are flashlights everywhere.  I guess it makes some sense, it still seems excessive. 2). It’s more cluttered than a teenager’s bedroom.  And I’m sure like every teenager, they moved … Continued

European Time-Lapse

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Paul Richardson, a photographer from Manchester, UK took this beautifully edited series of time-lapses around Europe.  The music really adds to the experience.  I’ve seen (and made) time-lapses before, and adding music to them makes all the difference.  Adding motion to the time-lapse is another great thing.  I’m just getting started with that, it’s quite a … Continued

Colorful Coral: Time-Lapse

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25,000 individual images shot over a year make up this beautiful time-lapse of coral moving in a way that humans couldn’t see normally.  Part of this project is to bring to light the plight that the Great Barrier Reef is undergoing due to changing climates and industrialization of the world. It’s pretty spectacular solely because … Continued

Astro Core

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Having gotten more into the art of time-lapse, I’ve discovered that adding motion to them makes them that much better.  However, manually panning and tilting a tripod head is difficult and often gives poor results.  There are tons of dedicated motion controls out there.  However, I never really thought about how they are actually supposed … Continued

Hot Wheels POV

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Anyone who grew up with Hot Wheels and/or Matchbox Cars knows the insane tracks that would be put together for them.  I know I made crazy things to run the cars around.  With the advent of the internet, and the ability to bulk order track, people make giant fun things for their kids.  What’s even … Continued

JPEG -> Animated GIF

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Using the magic of technology, the folks over at Plotagraph Pro has come up with a way to turn basic flat JPEG images into animated GIFs.  Sort of like a cinemagraph, instead of needing to take a video though, or use layers in Photoshop, the software will use algorithms to animate the existing data in … Continued