Archives for December 4, 2012

Lytro re-shoots pics as 3D clay scenes


Okay, this strikes me as one of the better marketing ideas I’ve seen in the photo business in, like, ever.

As you know, Lytro’s new-fangled camera takes shots with depth: you can alter the point of focus, and subtly shift the point of view.

Unless you have the camera however, you can’t have a “light field” shot of your own… until now. For a few days, selected shots — even old treasured images — will be “Lytro-ized.”

But wait, you’re asking — how could Lytro recreate the depth from an old 2D picture? What new magic have they come up with?

Well, the secret sauce here isn’t new magic — it’s an old technique: claymation!

Lytro is working with Screen Novelties, the demented brains behind the satirical Robot Chicken show [really — it’s demented] who will model the people and settings of a photo — and then shoot that with a new Lytro camera!

You can see the funny photos here. Don’t forget to alter the depth of field, or wiggle the point of view for a semi-3D effect.


Year-end’s best journalism photos


If I have to see a bear, I want it like this: asleep, and falling out of a tree.

The Atlantic’s website features a great collection of pictures: 2012: The Year in Photos.

“2012 was an eventful year,” the magazine site says, “from big events like the London Summer Olympics and the U.S. presidential race, to regional conflicts in the Middle East and Africa, to smaller issues closer to home.”

Part 1, up now, covers the first four months.

And if I take a cruise, I hope it doesn’t end up like this!

Eye-Fi expands to offer online image storage and syncing


Eye-Fi was the pioneer in connected cameras, providing storage cards that also added WiFi to off-the-shelf cameras from major manufacturers. But as more of us take photos with already-connected phones, the company needed to seek new territory — and now it has, with Circ, a storage and syncing service.

“Circ was created for anyone looking to easily access photos and videos anytime, anywhere, using their favorite devices,” the company says. “With every photo & video on every device, your best stories and favorite memories are ready to share anytime — not trapped on your computer at home or spouse’s phone. Storytelling has never been this fun.”

The “completely new photo service” has an app for Windows, iPhone and Android that collects photos and videos from your devices, automatically organizes them, and uses the cloud to keep everything in sync. Storage in the cloud is free and unlimited, and your photos are kept in original resolution. And, your content is available anywhere, without huge memory or performance demands on your devices.

“Original resolution” isn’t quite the case if you’re thinking unaltered image capture files — but Eye-Fi is promoting its compression as highly efficient and all-but lossless. “Circ’s intelligent recompression safeguards photos & videos in original resolution, yet delivers a smaller file size for faster, more efficient upload and sync,” the company says. “Original resolution means you can confidently print a recompressed image and won’t notice any difference to a print from the original file.” This image show a 5MB vs. a 1MB image.

“It’s been five years since we launched our first Eye-Fi wireless SD card,” CEO Yuval Koren says. Since that time, “one of the fundamental changes we’ve all experienced is the proliferation of smartphones, tablets, and other devices we rely on to capture, view and share our memories.”

Circ is free for two devices; $50/year for up to 20.

More information is here.

Canon provides new Pixma printers


Canon says its three Pixma printers and CanoScan photo scanner “represent a significant update.”

The printers feature a new snap-edge design that improves the overall look and feel of the machine, Canon says. As all-in-ones with scanning abilities, the new units have a low-height body to reduce the space needed to open the scanner, the company adds.

The printers feature WiFi and support for mobile device connectivity. Each model can produce a borderless edge-to-edge 4×6-inch print in approximately 21 seconds at a maximum color resolution of 9600×2400 dpi.

The MG6320 features a 3.5-inch touchscreen, and is $200. The MG5420 is $150. The iP7220 is a single-function printer with WiFi. It’s $100.

The CanoScan 9000F Mark II can scan a 35mm film strip with a maximum optical resolution 9600 x 9600 dpi, or 4800 x 4800 dpi for other media. It’s $200.


Discounts expire tomorrow on rooms at Bally’s for 2013 PMA@CES and Conferences

Suzi Barger just emailed me a reminder that that discounted rates on rooms at Bally’s Las Vegas for PMA@CES 2013 and the 2013 DIMA , 2013 AIE Future Imaging Summit and PSPA/SPAA Conferences, are expiring tomorrow, Dec. 5.  Book now, and save some money!