Monthly Archive: July 2014

How does the Flickr “Explore” feature select photos?

Flickr’s Explore feature provides users with a quick look at photos that have been selected by Flickr for presentation to a wider audience. Many photographers would like to see their photos selected, obviously, to obtain a wider audience for their work. How does Explore select photos? The specific details are not disclosed to avoid “gaming” the selection process. But there are hints in a 2006 U.S. Patent filing by Yahoo: These...

Panasonic 4K video DMC-FZ1000 starting to ship

This is what we used to call a high end consumer camera, or a “bridge” camera in between point and shoots and DSLRs. This camera shoots 4K video and features a 20 megapixel 1″ sensor with a 25-400mm FF equivalent zoom lens that goes from f/2.8 to f/4.0 over the zoom range.

Panasonic and Olympus Micro Four Thirds Deals

I am a big fan of micro Four Thirds because of their excellent image quality yet small size and weight, and affordable lenses. Both the Panasonic Lumix and Olympus cameras are excellent. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera – Body only (Black) Regular Price $1097.99 – $100 instant rebate – $100 using coupon code SUMMERSAVE at checkout Final price $897.99 Free 2 Day Shipping. Expires 7/27 Order here...

Do RealD’s Executive Departures Reflect 3D Fatigue?

Of concern for 3D enthusiasts: Do RealD’s Executive Departures Reflect 3D Fatigue? – Deadline.com. Consumer surveys indicate a fair amount of interest in watching 3D motion pictures in theaters. But this could be foretelling that 3D interest is waning again.

Youtube seeks higher quality content to charge premium ad rates

I will have more to say about Youtube and the business case another time: The talks underscore Google Inc’s desire to complete YouTube’s transition from a repository for grainy home videos to a site sporting the more polished content crucial to securing higher-priced advertising. via Exclusive: YouTube weighs funding efforts to boost premium content – sources | Reuters. Not surprisingly, its all about the ad revenue now. Those that deliver ad...

World’s First 4K 3D Civil War Battle videos

I realized last night that the 4K 3D videos I posted on Youtube are the world’s first ever Civil War era battle re-enactments posted online in 4K 3D format. Kind of cool. The videos were created using dual Lumix GH-2 cameras, each shooting a 1920×1080/30p video stream. These were edited and mastered in Sony Vegas Pro and output as full width side by side videos – meaning 3840 pixels wide by...