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The Antithesis of Instagram, or its Essence? Yes.

"Most photography books talk about depth of field and depth of focus, but few of them give a formula for it. Here it is. N is the F-number, f is focal length, C is pixel size, and U is distance to the scene. We'll study this formula in lecture, and you'll be invited to experiment with depth of field in weekly photographic assignments."
Lectures on Digital Photography: How Cameras Work, and How to Take Good Pictures Using Them. A free 18-lecture course taught by Marc Levoy, Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at Stanford, and Principal Engineer at Google. Via. [more inside]
posted by Rykey on Sep 6, 2016 - 17 comments


[EXIF] Metadata: MetaUseful & MetaCreepy [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Apr 30, 2015 - 20 comments

"a new aesthetic of digital decay has started to emerge"

But if you look at a Shitpic, you can instantly tell the level of virality by how worn it looks, how legible its text is, how many watermarks adorn it. You can count them much like you would rings on a tree. A pristine-looking meme engenders skepticism—“This can’t be that funny, it hasn’t been imperfectly replicated enough.”
The Awl on the rise of the shitpic.
posted by prize bull octorok on Dec 17, 2014 - 60 comments

In the Ikea catalog, the humans are probably real. The rest is CGI.

Ikea migrated from product photography to digital rendering in V-Ray and Max so 75% of its catalog is virtual - down to the afternoon sunlight filtering through soft NORDIS curtains across SLÄTTEN floors near that framed BILD print resting against the BILLY bookcases...
posted by viggorlijah on Aug 28, 2014 - 71 comments

the scientist, the poet, the primitive seer, the watcher of fire and shooting stars

Expedition 31 Flight Engineer Don Pettit relayed some information about photographic techniques used to achieve the images: “My star trail images are made by taking a time exposure of about 10 to 15 minutes. However, with modern digital cameras, 30 seconds is about the longest exposure possible, due to electronic detector noise effectively snowing out the image. To achieve the longer exposures I do what many amateur astronomers do. I take multiple 30-second exposures, then ‘stack’ them using imaging software, thus producing the longer exposure.”
posted by xod on Jun 14, 2012 - 16 comments

GigaPan Time Machine

Not to be confused with a hot tub time machine, the GigaPan Time Machine enables simultaneous exploration of space and time across massive datasets that could not previously be interactively explored at full spatial and temporal resolution. Here is a short demo of the GigaPan Time Machine website. [more inside]
posted by AElfwine Evenstar on Dec 14, 2011 - 0 comments

"Enhance 15 to 23. Give me a hard copy right there."

Image Error Level Analyser [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Apr 5, 2010 - 30 comments

Dad, why does Gramma look so blue?

I might be doing some more-serious-than-snapshot photography soon, so I figured I'd better read up on how to balance my whites. [more inside]
posted by device55 on Jan 10, 2009 - 22 comments

FStop Magazine

Think that all photography has gone digital? Well, output probably has, but read a few of the detailed articles and interviews, each about an individual image, over at The FStop and you'll see that for professional photographers going digital, perhaps more than anything else, means unlimited control over all mediums of photography and unlimited combinations. (via the always wonderful Strobist)
posted by ztdavis on Aug 3, 2007 - 18 comments

You say you want a revolution, well, you know... we're all doing what we can

Revolution: by Ben Whitehouse. Revolution is a series of 24 hour high definition digital art works that record every movement, change of light, weather and mood that takes place at the chosen composition in a 24 hour period - one revolution of the planet. Artist Ben Whitehouse took digital videos of various landscapes that are 24 hours long and are viewed in real time. On this site are 3 minute edited clips created to show some of the transitions that take place within them. Included, among others, are North Bar Lake, Central Park and Lake Michigan.
posted by psmealey on Mar 27, 2007 - 4 comments

An 8.6 gigapixel stitched image of an Italian fresco

This [very slow loading, but persevere, it's worth it] website "probably" contains the biggest digital image in the world. Some details are here.
posted by tellurian on Oct 23, 2006 - 56 comments

Photo tips in your inbox or RSS

"Photojojo scours the internets, rips pages out of magazines, ransacks their friends' closets, and goes through dumpsters to find the very best Photo tips, DIY projects, and Gear." Subscribe and get it by email or RSS. Some archives here.
posted by dobbs on Aug 17, 2006 - 10 comments

All The Pretty Women Look The Same

Step-by-step magazine cover photo retouching. (Flash)
posted by fandango_matt on Dec 18, 2005 - 53 comments

See, They Aren't Perfect!

Glenn Feron - The Art of Retouching
(warning, site is potentially NSFW)
The site is slow but his work is impressive, taking fairly dull celebrity shots and shining them up to magazine quality perfection.
Previous retouching post with a link to a site with a much nicer interface but nowhere near as much content.
posted by fenriq on Aug 24, 2005 - 70 comments

Cambridge in Colour

Cambridge in Colour... long exposures during twilight or moonlit conditions can produce other-worldly images. Be sure to check out the digital photo tutorials, too.
posted by crunchland on Aug 1, 2005 - 35 comments

the google empire expands

Picasa is now part of Google. Download Picasa version 1.6 for Free! The question: why? What does Google want with digital photo organiser software?
posted by reklaw on Jul 16, 2004 - 33 comments

shooting in the digital age

Behind the scenes of National Geographic's first all-digital shoot.
posted by starscream on Jan 14, 2004 - 20 comments

Digital Cameras and their noise

This excellent overview of pixel noise in digital images also offers up some plugins to help make your photos look better and print cleaner. I'd noticed the effects and noise in much of my digital photos, but had no idea how to remove it -- until now.
posted by mathowie on Nov 2, 2003 - 22 comments

Digital Photography Challenge

Like digital photography? Think you're good at it? DPChallenge offers amateur photographers the opportunity to compete in a free weekly challenge. Users submit digital photos of a certain challenge topic, taken that week, and then vote (and leave feedback) on all the other submissions during the following week, allowing aspiring digital photographers to find out just where they rank, and how to improve their skills. (And if you'd like, you can buy prints of some of your favorite entries.)
posted by Wingy on May 2, 2003 - 8 comments

Has hell frozen over?

An article at robgalbraith.com, a digital photography site, has sparked a fascinating discussion of the merits of Macs vs. those of PC's, as they apply to digital photography. Actually, the article and discussion aren't terribly interesting, but the fact that the discussion is a mutually beneficial exchange of ideas and opinions and not a take-no-prisoners flamewar, is.
posted by Mr_Spook on Jan 13, 2003 - 9 comments

You cannot take pictures of a ghost with a digital camera.

You cannot take pictures of a ghost with a digital camera. And if you're not careful with that 35mm, you might mistake dust, sunlight, or fog for ghosts. Then again, maybe there are no ghosts on film at all, especially since there's a handy guide to faking ghost pictures right on the Internet. I guess when it comes to the paranormal, it pays to be objective and balanced. Boo.
posted by headspace on Oct 7, 2002 - 31 comments

I knew this had to happen eventually. Someone finally developed a digital camera in the form factor of a roll of 35mm film. That means you can just pop it in your regular ol' film camera, and boom, it's digital.
posted by endquote on Jun 8, 2000 - 5 comments

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