I posted the “Portraits of Melissa” a couple of days ago and here is the video the iOS 12 “For You” feature came up with for our wedding last December in Australia. I made a few tweaks to this one but it’s still damn good right out of the device.
More “For You” Videos – Our Australian Wedding! (portrait version)
More “For You” Videos – Our Australian Wedding! (landscape version)
I am mesmerized by Fado. I’d never heard of the music style until I started researching this Lisbon trip. The contrast of the vibrancy of Lisbon – with its sunshine, beautiful tiles, and magnificent, expansive views – to the melancholy of Fado is fascinating. I can’t wait to hear it in a small, dim pub in Lisbon!
History of Fado:
Attempting to explain fado is pointless. Those who have tried, have tangled themselves up in contradictory references and dates and lost the trail completely. Some say its origins lie in the songs of the Moors, the people who founded the Mouraria quarter in Lisbon after the Christian reconquest. Others believe that it replaced the medieval chanson de geste, while others speculate whether it evolved out of modinha, a popular form of song in the 18th and 19th centuries and the result of a fusion with Angolan lundu.
But does its origin really matter? Why, if its mystique is so appealing? Listen to it, and preferably in its local habitat, the streets of Lisbon’s traditional quarters, and lose yourself in the improvised guitar playing. That’s how you find it.
I never used “Moments” from the iOS Photos app but, under iOS 12, “For You” pops up with these little videos now and again. I’m fairly impressed. Without me having named any of the pics or videos, the phone has identified my lovely wife and created this little video of her.
Watch the video all the way through. I included both the portrait and landscape orientations that Apple created. What I find really interesting is that it looks different and has a different “tone” and feel in landscape vs portrait mode. Landscape includes people and things to either side of Melissa that take the focus off of her.
The differences are especially notable in the last shot – in landscape mode, you can’t see the lower half of Melissa and can’t see she has a beer in her hand. 🙂
It’s also interesting that the software was “smart” enough to know to group all of our wedding shots together – the last 15 seconds of each segment are from our wedding in Australia last December.
PS: I had to edit some of the photos out because Melissa has “final cut” and she didn’t approve of some of my shots. 🙂
He’s offering good advice – not about how to hold the camera or use software or the best gear but about how to think about photography and your photographs. What he describes is one of the biggest hurdles I had to get over.
Like other fighter jet manufacturers, Lockheed Martin has a team of photographers and videographers to record images of the planes it produces. They pose them at dawn and dusk, against mountains and over oceans.
Photographers such as Liz Kaszynski chase the jets in trail planes, documenting test flights and training missions—at high speed and altitude. But at other times, she calls the shots, a director with a camera, calling for a barrel roll here, a dive there, all documented in a sequence of prepared moves.
Wow. Talk about a photographic dream job!
F-22 Raptors at Hickam AFB, Hawaii. (Source: Lockheed Martin)
One of the huge advantages DSLRs and many point and shoots have over the iPhone or other smartphones is the ability to adjust, manipulate and control Shutter, ISO, White Balance, Focus and Exposure Bracketing.
In the latest iOS update, Apple has allowed developers access to those abilities of the iPhone and we are starting to see apps take advantage of them.
Dave Hill and crew have put together a behind the scenes documentary video to showcase their latest collaboration with Fiat for a unique four concept ad in Vanity Fair. Watch as they break down the concepts and show you in detail the amount of work and production that went into each image!
I love watching these behind the scenes videos of photo shoots. The work that goes into them is amazing and at a level of photography I will never reach, let alone aspire to.
Ignoring the beginnings and endings and his philosophical meanderings, “What Is The Resolution Of The Eye?” is a question many have asked and wondered about. His science-y explanation is very interesting and informative.