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Move Over Instagram, EyeEm App Allows You To Sell Your Photos

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EyeEm logo

When Instagram (owned by Facebook) tried to claim all rights to an individual’s content, including their photos, they lost a world of users, including me. I immediately closed my Instagram account with no regrets. The following is taken from Instagram’s privacy policy change on Dec 17, 2012:

“To help us deliver interesting paid or sponsored content or promotions, you agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you.”

No thanks, I thought. Sooner or later, someone will develop a better app. Welcome EyeEm. EyeEm is an app developed by photographers, not business people trying to capitalize on a photographer’s images. EyeEm says:

“Your photos will always remain yours and nothing will ever be done with them without your consent. Being photographers ourselves, there’s nothing we value more than our community’s rights and privacy. If a platform makes benefits, it must be through an opt-in program and revenue-sharing with the creators. Period.”

I, for one am very interested. In fact, I am downloading the EyeEm app now.

Technology Threatens Camera Manufacturers

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Joe Murphy Lens Adapters

Joe Murphy’s 3D printed lens adapters

I found an interesting article today. Photographer Joe Murphy has manufactured his own tilt-shift lens adapter using a 3D printer. I paid over $2,000 for my Canon 24mm tilt-shift lens. I doubt I would have done that if I were able to do what Joe Murphy did. Add to that, the designs are available for anyone to download and use for free.

This brings up issues I was discussing with a friend a few weeks back. 3D printing is very expensive now. When home printers first came into being, they were expensive too. It didn’t take long before the prices dropped to an affordable level. This will happen with 3D printers as well.

What does this mean? Well, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that the average person will be able to manufacture equipment at home for a fraction of the cost of buying it from a large company. I can see this happening with all sorts of things: table ware such as plates and utensils, car parts, belts, and even camera equipment. Imagine you have the misfortune of breaking a piece of your expensive camera lens. No worries, just print a replacement part. Need to add a bottle holder for your gear bag? Whip one out in a flash and add it on. The possibilities are endless.

What’s the bad news?  Camera companies may lose sales because anyone will be able to copy their designs and print them out. Manufacturing jobs may shrink due to lost sales. Granted, the size of printing is limited to the size of the 3D printer, and the material may not be a good as that used by say, Canon, but technology will catch up in that regard too. The future looks quite intriguing.

Great Deals on Think Tank Photo Bags

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Think Tank Photo Bag

Hi Photo Friends,

If you are in the market for a new photo gear bag, Think Tank, is offering some great special deals. In my opinion, they are the best gear bag company out there.

Click this link for free shipping.

Click this link for a rebate on the Airport 4-Sight bag.

Click this link to register in the drawing for a free Think Tank product.

Canon Is Developing 35mm CMOS Sensor For Video

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Canon is developing a new 35mm full frame CMOS sensor dedicated to video. It has 7 1/2 times more surface area than the current top-of-the-line Canon CMOS sensor. Read about the new capabilities, including low light improvements at this link.

A Walk On Salt Creek Beach

A Walk On Salt Creek Beach by Gina Genis

This is a photo I took in 2009. I was exploring a Lensbaby to do a series of work called June Gloom about the beaches I grew up on. I took thousands of images. Only 172 made it into the final project which was shown in a solo exhibit at the Porter Butts Gallery at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. This photo is an outtake. I was running through my image library, and the couple walking together caught my eye. Feeling romantic, I guess. I decided to work on it a little in onOne software, adding a graduated lavender filter to the top part of the image. I hope you enjoy this walk on the beach.

If you are interested in purchasing a Lensbaby, contact me first for a discount code.

New Mirrorless Camera From Canon, The EOS-M

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The New Canon EOS-M mirrorless camera.

Big news. Canon has announced its answer to the competition from other manufacturers of mirrorless cameras. It’s called the EOS-M. It boasts 18 MP, a 22 mm f/2 STM lens, a 3″ clear view LCD screen, Canon’s DIGIC 5 Image Processor, ultra-fast focusing is delivered via the Hybrid CMOS AF system. ISO’s from 100-12800 and expands to 25600. State of the art video, and much more are packed into this interchangeable lens camera.

Two M series lenses are available. The 22mm f/2 STM lens is included in this kit. The 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 can be purchased for USD $299.  The new EF-M mount on the this camera is able to use any Canon EF and EF-S lenses with the optional EF-EOS Mount Adapter.

18-55mm lens

Canon has a new Speedlight flash made for the EOS-M. This compact and lightweight flash has enough coverage for use with a 24mm lens.  It can act as a master for other flashes.

The EOS-M is available for pre-order now. Expected deliver date is October 15, 2012, and estimated price is $799 USD.

If you are looking for a compact interchangeable lens camera, Canon is your answer.

 

Having Fun With Instagram

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The Things We Do For Beauty – Instagram Photo

I got my first iPhone 4s a few days ago. I don’t know which I love more, my iPhone or my camera. I find myself reaching for the dang contraption before my eyes even focus in the morning.

One of the things I am having fun exploring is the free Instagram app. If you are not familiar with Instagram, it’s like Twitter for people who think in pictures. You can take a photo and easily click your way to cool effects. Feeling retro? Try the 1977 effect. Want to go B&W? Click on Inkwell. All washed up? Use Toaster.

The selective focusing option is my favorite. You can choose to have a strip or circle shape, and manipulate how much of the image will be sharp, and what will be blurred. Just use your fingers to on the phone screen to pull the size of the circle or strip larger or smaller. In the self-portrait above, I decided to make fun of myself as I was getting my hair colored and sitting under a dryer. I used the Early bird effect and a circular selective focus on my face. Notice how my hair becomes more blurred as it moves away from my face.

Strand Beach – Instagram Photo, Inkwell effect and strip selective focus

The last step in your creation is to write a caption and upload it to the Instagram sharing site. It will automatically post to your other social media sites if you set up your accounts to allow it. You can like and comment on your friend’s photos and build a following, just like Twitter.

Be prepared to get hooked on Instagram because it is so quick and easy to do. If you are standing in line at the coffee shop, make an Instagram. Filling up your gas tank, take an Instagram. It’s an Insta-boredom cure.

The House Above The Harbor – Instagram Photo, Kelvin effect

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