• Photographs Are No Longer Things, They’re Experiences
Stephen Mayes: I think cellphone photography marks the transforming moment.
The transition from analog to digital photography was a pivot point, but it is a pivot that wasn’t fully recognized in that working with these large DSLR cameras we’ve been able to mimic [analog] photography as we know it.
The cellphone is a pretty pure implementation of the digital phenomenon.
Cameras vs. The Human Eye
Why can’t I just point my camera at what I’m seeing and record that? It’s a seemingly simple question. It’s also one of the most complicated to answer, and requires delving into not only how a camera records light, but also how and why our eyes work the way they do. Tackling such questions can reveal surprising insights about our everyday perception of the world — in addition to making one a better photographer.
Je ne sais pas si c’est vieux ou connu mais c’est très intéressant.
Très bien expliqué, super exemples.
J’aime bien celui là (avec l’explication qui va avant) :
Qualitative representation of visual detail using a single glance of the eyes.
Pour moi, ça explique la « saveur » particulière des photos prises avec une faible profondeur de champ, une « saveur de premier regard » ou de concentration.
Beloved High-Speed Film Camera Faces Extinction | Raw File | Wired.com
For more than five decades, the Charles A. Hulcher Co. filled an important niche in the camera world. Their cameras, which shot up to 100 frames per second, were used to make photos of everything from Space Shuttle launches to Major League Baseball games.
But as digital cameras came to dominate, Hulcher saw business decline steeply, and today the company is down to just four employees.
Film cameras in general are headed the way of the dinosaur, but it’s a sad thing to have specialist cameras like these go away as well. There was a lot of craft in figuring out how to build these machines that directly transcribed light to chemicals, with no virtual intermediaries.
At one time, the camera shop on the Paramount lot (staffed by expatriate German camera makers!) could build any kind of camera to get any kind of shot. Now they get the standard rigs from PanaVision like anyone else.
Auto Exposure Bracketing by camera model
The Descriptive Camera works a lot like a regular camera—point it at subject and press the shutter button to capture the scene. However, instead of producing an image, this prototype outputs a text description of the scene. Modern digital cameras capture gobs of parsable metadata about photos such as the camera’s settings, the location of the photo, the date, and time, but they don’t output any information about the content of the photo. The Descriptive Camera only outputs the metadata about the content.
Censorship is inseparable from surveillance | Cory Doctorow (The Guardian)
There was a time when you could censor without spying. When Britain banned the publication of James Joyce’s Ulysses in the 1920s and 1930s, the ban took the form on a prohibition on the sale of copies of the books. Theoretically, this entailed opening some imported parcels, and it certainly imposed a constraint on publishers and booksellers. It was undoubtedly awful. But we’ve got it worse today. Jump forward 80 years. Imagine that you want to ban www.jamesjoycesulysses.com due to a copyright claim from the Joyce estate. Thanks to the Digital Economy Act and the provision it makes for a national British copyright firewall, we’re headed for a system where entertainment companies can specify URLs that have “infringing” websites, and a national censorwall will block everyone in the country from visiting those sites. In order to stop you from visiting www.jamesjoycesulysses.com, the national censorwall must intercept all your outgoing internet requests and examine them to determine whether they are for the banned website. (...) Source: The Guardian
Censorship is inseparable from surveillance | Cory Doctorow
In order to stop you from visiting www.jamesjoycesulysses.com, the national censorwall must intercept all your outgoing internet requests and examine them to determine whether they are for the banned website. That’s the difference between the old days of censorship and our new digital censorship world. Today, censorship is inseparable from surveillance.
Toute la délicatesse du modèle économico-social américain.
Bankruptcy and the “new” Polaroid Corporation - “Chapter 11” controversy
The original Polaroid Corporation filed for federal bankruptcy protection on October 11, 2001. The outcome was that within ten months, most of the business (including the “Polaroid” name itself and non-bankrupt foreign subsidiaries) had been sold to Bank One’s One Equity Partners (OEP). OEP Imaging Corporation then changed its name to Polaroid Holding Company (PHC). However, this new company operates using the name of its bankrupt predecessor, Polaroid Corporation.
As part of the settlement, the original Polaroid Corporation changed its name to Primary PDC, Inc. Having sold its assets, it was now effectively nothing more than an administrative shell. Primary PDC received approximately 35 percent of the “new” Polaroid, which was to be distributed to its unsecured creditors (including bondholders). As of late 2006, Primary PDC remains in existence under Chapter 11 protection, but conducts no commercial business and has no employees.
Significant criticism surrounded this “takeover” because the process left executives of the company with large bonuses, while stockholders, as well as current and retired employees, were left with nothing.
Polaroid Corporation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia