Ian McClatchie, the Ambivalent Engineer, reminisces about his time on the Google Street View project.
"At the time I was hired, we had two copies of the first camera set, which I dubbed R1. These had been assembled by bolting five 11 megapixel CCD based book-scanning cameras (shown below) to a plywood board, and bolting that to the roof of a car, much of which was accomplished by Elliot Kroo when he was, if I'm not mistaken, 14 years old (youngest intern ever at Google). Neither R1 worked much, due to problems with the cameras, not Elliot!"
posted by daisyk
on Jul 3, 2014 -
This past October, just before the leaves changed, I went on a six-day hike through the mountains of Wakayama, in central Japan, tracing the path of an ancient imperial pilgrimage called the Kumano Kodo. I took along a powerful camera, believing, as I always have, that it would be an indispensable creative tool. But I returned with the unshakeable feeling that I’m done with cameras, and that most of us are, if we weren’t already.
Author and designer Craig Mod
asks if we're seeing the end of the non-networked, standalone camera
posted by Horace Rumpole
on Jan 3, 2014 -
Practical Ethics: Enlightened Surveillance?
Surrendering on surveillance might be the least bad option – of all likely civil liberty encroachments, this seemed the less damaging and hardest to resist. But that’s an overly defensive way of phrasing it – if ubiquitous surveillance and lack of privacy are the trends of the future, we shouldn’t just begrudgingly accept them, but demand that society gets the most possible out of them. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns
on Apr 18, 2013 -
capture the entire photonic information of a scene
with essentially infinite depth of field, meaning that pictures can be focused after
the photo is taken, and low-light conditions do not require a flash. Lightfield images are also “3D” without the need for stereo lenses.
Lightfield (aka “plenoptic”) technology was developed in the 90's: the first working prototype required dozens of separate cameras and a supercomputer. Professional plenoptic cameras
have been available for the past year; the Lytro
startup intends to release a consumer-ready shirt-pocket lightfield camera later this year. [more inside]
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul
on Jun 22, 2011 -
The "Brown Stabilizer" - better known as a Steadicam
- had its first commercial use
35 years ago in Bound for Glory
, Hal Ashby's biopic of Woody Guthrie. Later that year, it was used to film the iconic
shot of Rocky Balboa running up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. But it was this
shot in The Shining
- which even Kubrick-hater Pauline Kael deemed "spectacular" - that showed the technology's full potential. (previously)
posted by Joe Beese
on Jan 16, 2011 -
DSLR News Shooter
is a new photo site featuring the use of the latest HD-dSLRs like the Canon Eos5DmkII, 7D and Nikon D300s for news, documentary and factual shooting. By Guardian news photographer Dan Chung
, it's a place for professionals, educators, students and industry figures to discuss the practice and the art of cinematic photography in documenting the real world. For example, the time-lapse and slow-motion film of the recent 60th anniversary parade of the PRC
. Other places to look for information and discussion of DSLR video are the Planet5D blog
, and filmmakers such as Vincent Laforet
and Phillip Bloom
. (previous 1
posted by netbros
on Oct 7, 2009 -
is a 12.6 megapixel digital film/HD camcorder developed by Jim Jannard
, founder of the Oakley sunglasses company. The camera
will retail for $17,500, and is alleged to outperform HD and digital film cameras from established companies like Sony, Arri, Panavision and Dalsa (whose offerings all cost well in excess of $100,000). The general consensus among pundits in media production circles is that Jannard's camera will be a true disruptive technology
Last night, no less than 24 hours after the very first publically available sample images
from the camera's "Mysterium"
sensor were posted to the RED Digital Cinema website, the company's development offices were broken into
According to Jannard, "Everything they took was camera and camera file related...there is no question all they came for was RED camera stuff."
(Additional obligatory and annoying YouTube links: First public demonstration
of the RED camera at the IBC convention in Amsterdam and the RED Q & A session
posted by melorama
on Sep 24, 2006 -
How to make your own wireless camera remote.
Man buys Minolta 5-D, can't find a remote for less than $30 on eBay; can't find any that are wireless; goes to an electronics store, buys the parts; makes his own wireless remote; then takes pictures of himself skating, using the remote!
I love diy stories like this. (Warning: popups at the linked site.)
posted by Lynsey
on Jul 9, 2006 -
Ban on Camera Phones in Iraq
Q: What do you do if your troops take pictures of physical and sexual abuse in American-run prisons in Iraq?
A: Ban cameras, of course. What the people can't see don't happen.
posted by dayvin
on May 23, 2004 -
are something i've never really understood, but should. This was the best stab at explaining I've ever read.
posted by mrben
on Mar 28, 2004 -
The Kodak vs. the King
of the the Belgian Congo (aka the Congo Free State) from it's heyday under the personal rule of the very evil King Leopold
. The contrast between the photographs used by Leopolds apologists
and those used by his enemies
(lead by the remorseless E.D. Morel
) is probably unsurprising but interesting as evidence of perhaps the first propaganda war to be dominated by photography. Also, the first genocidal atrocity to be, very partially, documented photographically.
The kodak has been a sore calamity to us. The most powerful enemy that has confronted us, indeed.... Every Yankee missionary and every interrupted trader sent home and got one; and now -- oh, well, the pictures get sneaked around everywhere, in spite of all we can do to ferret them out and suppress them.
Mark Twain, King Leopold's Soliloquy
(most links go to the excellent boondocksnet
site which takes as its starting point Mark Twain and his anti-imperialist campaigns and branches out most impressively from there)
posted by thatwhichfalls
on Mar 20, 2004 -
is nothing new
. 300 years before there was film people were using the idea of the Camera Obscura
to project images onto nearby surfaces. Using the process to capture the images onto film was a simple progression. But camera cases break, and leak light exposing the film to early.
Enter Thomas Hudson Reeve
who folds his own one time only cameras with the very photo-paper he presents as his finished work
. Only a simple brass plate pinhole shutter is reused and developing is done in the camera by pouring the chemicals directly in.
Go check out PaperCams
posted by KnitWit
on Jan 3, 2003 -
"It's a terrible thing, but it's time to embrace Big Brother"
A high school in Santee California has implemented "security procedures" that would do Mr. Orwell proud. Wireless cameras the face and license plate of every driver and car entering the parking lot. If you go to the bathroom, your picture gets logged. Hall monitors will soon carry wireless computers that can pull up a student's school picture and class schedule. And they are considering implementing face recognition software. Installed over the summer, a few parents complained to the school system - NOT
that it was being done, but that they hadn't been notified. (LA Times Link - metafilter99/metafilter99
posted by Irontom
on Sep 9, 2002 -