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Traditionally photography is about preserving a moment in time; you take a picture literally because it’ll last longer. The entire art is built around a quest for permanence, and archival desires. But with Snapchat, you’re casting off those things you photograph almost as soon as you take the picture – in many cases it’s less permanent than just continuing to look at something. For an avid hobbyist photographer, it’s somewhat counterintuitive, but also very liberating.

Part of the appeal of Snapchat seems to be that people don’t have to be too concerned about how they take a photo; the communication is more important here, and since no one’s framing any of your pictures, there’s no reason to sweat composition, lighting or anything else. But I do find myself thinking about those things, resulting in an entirely different kind of art compared to traditional, camera-based photography.

Taking photos for Snapchat is, in many ways, much more about audience than traditional photography is. You’re creating a moment for another person specifically in most cases, and you’ve got constraints including your immediate environs, a limited smartphone camera and a camera interface that’s simple to the point of being like a blunt instrument, even compared to the stock iPhone camera app. Best of all, you’re creating for momentary consumption; the photo has to convey what you need it to in a very brief window of time.

But the best part is the absence of pretense around taking these photos. The snaps aren’t trying to be something they’re not; they’re pictures, and all the fun and the art is uncomplicated by questions of legacy, or of long-lasting quality and memorability. You’re making something without having to worry about how making that thing will potentially cast you in the eyes of history. Not that most people are consciously thinking about what kind of museums their work will appear in later, or how it will be judged by future generations, but the act of capturing, writing down or recording something is deeply entangled with those concerns, conscious or not.

Being free of that allows for more genuine enjoyment – Kurt Vonnegut Jr. comes close to describing how that feels in his novel Galapagos when he talks about the narrator writing the book you’re reading with this finger, in the air: In other words, taking a very long view reveals that both Snapchat and traditional photographic tools are equally ephemeral, as both are of no consequence on a cosmic scale. But having that temporariness brought home and made understandable makes all the difference.

We’re strongly conditioned to believe that if you’re going to make something, it’s worth making something that will last. But Snapchat is a good reminder that sometimes, it’s just fine to make something fleeting, too.

Cooking. Skiing. Magic: The Gathering. Wingsuits?? Yup. For this week’s Shooting Challenge, you shared the tools of your trade (or hobby) in a single shot. The results are as wonderfully eclectic.

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Winner: Steel Tower

I love to cook, and combining food and photography is a real joy for me. This shoot ended up being more than just fun, however. It was a learning experience, as well. I had really wanted to work with dry ice for this shoot, filling the pots and pans in the stack with ice and water to create a dry ice fog that would spill down my “Towering Cocina.” Little did I know that dry ice just disappears after several hours, turning from solid directly into carbon dioxide gas. When I opened the bag in my freezer two days after buying it, imagine my surprise to find it empty. Had fun with this shoot, anyway. Olympus E3, ISO 500, 16mm, f3.5, with a little HDR processing on the backend.
– Constance Parten

16 Layouts Of Your Titan Toolsets

Studenting

Here are my first ever submissions for this week’s Shooting Challenge!
I used a Canon Rebel XS (1000D) with the kit 18-55 lens. Post processing was done in photoshop just to change the lighting a little bit (dorm room lights are never good).
In the picture is my iPhone 5 (useful for texting friends and females), my student ID and wallet, macbook pro 15″, headphones (Sennheiser HD203), keys to my Honda Civic, dorm room, and parent’s house, all of the change I had in my room, a quantum physics textbook, an iPad Mini (on Facebook of course), pens (Pilot G2 .5MM), a 750MM bottle of Jameson, a dart gun (for the occasional nerd fight with the roommate), my beautiful guitar (Oscar and Schmidt OG-2M with dual action capo) and of course, the staple to any college diet, Ramen noodles. Hope you like it!
– Moez Janmohammad

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Sriracha Shrine

For this shot, I raided my pantry/fridge for the things I use in cooking most often: knives/sharpener, green pepper, red pepper, tomato, carrots, onion, cucumber, mushrooms, sriracha. Using my Canon Rebel XS (18-55mm lens – 1/10″ – f5.0 – ISO 400), I carefully assembled my ingredients and tools. Now, I know its hard to argue that food is a tool, however, I use it to better my meals, which is exactly how any tool contributes to a meal. You don’t need fancy kitchen gadgets to make delectable cuisine; you just need a dash of confidence and a little creativity. For instance, I love burgers. I also love peanut butter and bananas. Why not combine them to make an amazingly gourmet burger? BAM!-a delicious meal is born. Being scared to experiment with foods limits your inner-being and stunts your growth as an individual. Be courageous and make the meals you were born to enjoy.
– Matt Gardiner

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Wingsuit

his is everything you need to make a wingsuit skydive: a wingsuit (blue, on the ground), a parachute (the black backpack-looking thing), a helmet (complete with GoPro to fuel your narcissism), gloves, an altimeter, rubber bands to hold the deployment bag closed and organize the lines, an orange pull-up cord to close the parachute container, a log book to keep track of it all, and a United States Parachute Association license. I suppose a plane is helpful, too, but I couldn’t fit a Twin Otter in my living room. Canon Rebel T4i, f/3.5, Exposure: 1/80, ISO-6400
– Alex Swindle

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Roller Derby

I shot the pic with my iPhone. Though I did use a couple lamps to help with the lighting. This is a collection of my roller derby clothes, gear, pads and tools. I’m on the Wreckers, Rose City Rollers’ (Portland, Oregon) recreational derby league.
– Megan Lehar

Mountain Climbing

I really like mountains and I also liked climbing since my friends let my try it with them. Now I’m attending course to get more skills and to become member of climbing club. It’s my hobby and this is some of the stuff I own. I pick each piece very carefully, because there is one very accurace saying that: “Cheap climbing stuff lasts till your death”. Canon 60D – 100mm f/2.8 L IS, ISO 100 , f/7.1, 6s
– Matej Sokol

Brass Ensemble

Myself and my friend and colleague Kevin are the two brass players for a National Broadway tour. We have to travel all of our stuff from city to city (mutes, valve oils, mouthpieces, tuners, instruments, etc) and use any and all of it during our shows which we perform 8 times a week. When we both began learning to play as kids we started with a single instrument and a beginning band book. Now we have all this! Nikon D7000 with a Tokina 11-16 lens. F 2.8 and Exposure 1/30
– Jeremy Brewer

Missing Supplies

I chose to photograph my art supplies. I only started really doing drawing and painting type art as a hobby within the last month or so, after moving to Belgium with my husband. I found myself with a lot of free time while waiting for my paperwork to get cleared. Originally, I laid the actual supplies on the paper but the image looked like a little boring so I thought, I have nothing to do today, I’ll draw the supplies onto the paper. The whole thing took a little under five hours, all the objects are to size. The pencil I used for the entire drawing is the only real object in the picture. I photographed the paper on the floor next to a glass door, which is the best I can do right now, and then cropped and adjusted in photoshop so the drawing was readable. Equipment: Nikon D60, AF-S Nikkor 18-55 lens, ISO 400 1/60 F9, Window
– Samantha Rosa

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E-Bench

Although it’s a part-time job and not a hobby I’ve had to buy all my tools for work myself and have quite a collection. Everything in this shot is relevant and necessary to working on Macs. It seems I have every kind of small precision screwdriver tool invented – torkx, phillips, standard, trilobe, pentalobe – my favorite driver is the Kobalt DoubleDrive from Lowe’s and the list goes on from what you may expect to what may surprise you. Everything has a purpose from the hand sanitizer I use to prevent getting sick from the germs hiding in the machines I work on — to the air compressor to remove dust I use when re-assembling the display and glass on aluminum iMacs. Suction cups to remove glass panels. Putty knifes to open casings on older Mac minis. Even the post-it notes are used to shim spacing around trackpads in MacBooks during the re-assembly process -or- the ice trays I use to hold and track screws as I disassemble and reassemble machines when making repairs.

Sometimes you come across a part in a machine that makes a better tool. For instance I have re-purposed hard drive bays from the old PowerMac G5s to hold bags. One holds plastic bags for screws, another holds anti-static bags for 2.5-inch hard drives. The metal PCI expansion bay covers from the PowerMacs and Mac Pros, strangely called spoons are used to open catches on other machines.

I have four different kinds of tape I regularly use – packing tape for shipping, masking/scotch to temporarily tape parts during instillation, special kapton tape for securing circuit boards, connectors and wires, a metallic foil tape for taping to facilitate heat exchange near fans and heat syncs or for use to ensure continuity across various faraday cages inside machines.

It seems as if every year Apple comes out with newer designs that require newer tools to collect and new skills to learn. When I’m not working on machine I’m always researching and learning to catch up with the newest techniques and trends. FujiFilm FinePix S4500, Super EBC Fujinon Lens (Built-in), ISO 100 F/3.1 1/34 4mm
– James Hamilton

TOOL

For this weeks challenge I thought about a lot of my hobbies and I came up with the top 4 that I liked the best. I created the word TOOL with each hobby.
T= Cooking
O=Games
O=Movies/Shows
L=Work out tools
The camera I used was a EOS t4i rebel. ISO 800, 20MM, F/3.5, 1/30 sec.
– Hiral Patel

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Magic: The Gathering

My Son and I enjoy the Game of Magic The Gathering. Tools are a deck of the trading cards but we also use Playmats, Dice, and in this case a set of PlaneChase cards seen to the left. He was beating me on this particular outing with his Simic Blue/Green deck beating my BOROS Red/White deck. The PlaneChase Cards allowed him to gain the upper hand through our match. This Took Place at the Kitchen Table although we do play at local tournaments as well. Thanks for the Challenge! Panasonic DMC-LZ3, Settings ISO-80, Fixed lens.
– Jonathan Sterling

The Joy of Scrapbooking

I shoot with a Nikon D7000 using a Sigma 18-50mm F/2.8 lens. The picture was taken at a shutter speed of 1/50s, an aperture of F/3.2, and an ISO of 200. I also used a speedlight flash and 42″ reflector.
– Marcel Shivers

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Microscopy

I worked for a year when I was going to college as an assistant in a microscopy lab. My subsequent career was in computer programming and accounting but I still love to putter with microscopes and optics. I got the ones in the picture by searching the web for surplus/used equipment. The picture is of my microscopes arranged with some of the tools and supplies I use to prepare microscope slides. I tried to use lighting and shadows to make the picture as dramatic as I could using a small flash light and a 2 second exposure. The camera was a Nikon D90 with 17-35mm Nikkor f/2.8 lens as ISO 400. Aperature was f/8 with a 2 sec exposure.
– Duane Sager

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Coffee

What could be better than grinding fresh coffee from local roaster and pulling it through one of the oldest and possibly finickiest espresso machines? Enjoying it… perhaps. The 15 minute morning ritual started this Sunday and I knew I had to try and take a picture… But it was not easy with the Pulling of the lever with one hand and the other hand operating the camera. After a few shots of coffee and jittery fingers, this is what I got. Shot with a 550D and 17-55 lens. Adjusted in canon DPP, with monochrome and red-filter.
– Rahul Nair

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Skiing

When I heard about this week’s contest I immediately thought of skiing — everyone in my family skis and we’ve amassed quite a collection of new and old gear over the years. In a separate conversation, my friend who I ski with (and the photographer of this photo) and I were talking about the Game of Thrones books and TV show when I came up with the idea to emulate Ned Stark sitting upon the Iron Throne. It took us about 45 minutes to set up the ski throne and another 45 minutes to get all the photo elements dialed in. It may be March, but Winter is Coming.
Canon 5d Mark II
Lens 35mm, iso 400, 1/200th at f stop 5.6
– Aaron Bernstein

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This shot is of the ‘tools’ for shodou, or Japanese calligraphy. The kanji written means ‘calligraphy tools’ ( shodou dougu). Instead of referring to brushes, paint, etc. as ‘art supplies’ they are referred to as ‘art tools’ in Japanese. Traditional shodou is done on the floor, and in this picture you can see the traditional Japanese tatami (straw) floor (which is actually my daughter’s bedroom). I must give credit to my wife for doing the calligraphy, who has pre-instructor calligraphy certification. I have taken training and can do it myself, but most people don’t realize how complex this art is. True masters must study for over 30 years. Panasonic GH1, late 1970s Nikon 55mm 1.2 A.I., @ f/1.2, ISO 100, 1/30s, softbox and wireless flash.
– James Rogers

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Winner (full sized): Steel Tower

I love to cook, and combining food and photography is a real joy for me. This shoot ended up being more than just fun, however. It was a learning experience, as well. I had really wanted to work with dry ice for this shoot, filling the pots and pans in the stack with ice and water to create a dry ice fog that would spill down my “Towering Cocina.” Little did I know that dry ice just disappears after several hours, turning from solid directly into carbon dioxide gas. When I opened the bag in my freezer two days after buying it, imagine my surprise to find it empty. Had fun with this shoot, anyway. Olympus E3, ISO 500, 16mm, f3.5, with a little HDR processing on the backend.
– Constance Parten

It can be easy to forget how diverse Gizmodo’s are—thanks for reminding me with all of your photos, and for taking the time to dig through a mess of tools to organize these images. Find all the full-sized shots on flickr.

YouTube is clearly the place most people go to post their videos… at least for now.

Historically, it has been a multiple step process. However, Google has released an app called YouTube Capture to simplify the process. After you shoot your video, all you have to do is edit by trimming, stabilizing, color correcting or adding a music track, then send the video to your YouTube channel. That’s it. Can you say Easy?

There are more sophisticated apps for editing and adding effects to your video, but if you want to get a decent video online quickly and easily, you can’t get much simpler than this.

 

 

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Singer, musician, creative tech genius-and Intel’s Director of Creative Innovation-Will.i.am thinks his soon-to-be launched i.am+ iPhone camera attachment will be what can make your iPhone into a much better camera. And he’s done it all with Apple’s blessing.

Due to be unveiled on November 28th (next Wednesday) in London, this new dock/accessory device will employ its own sensor and flash to push the built-in hardware to 14MP:

The first product from his new consumer electronics and app venture i.am+ is an accessory that clips onto an iPhone and transforms the eight megapixel smartphone camera into a 14 megapixel camera, which it is claimed dramatically enhances the clarity and definition of your photographs. Speaking exclusively to The Daily Telegraph, he says: ‘We have our own sensor and a better flash. You dock you phone into our device and it turns you smartphone into a genius-phone. We take over the camera.’
From: Will.i.am’s iPhone accessories to ‘turn smartphones into genius phones’ – Telegraph

Assumedly since Apple granted Will.i.am a dev license, we’ll see a 30-pin and Lightning version of the device when it launches. While I think the device idea is great, sign me up now, I’m a little hesitant about yet another camera app on my phone. Maybe, though, like the Pogo Connect, others can license an API to tap into so maybe apps like Camera+ or Blux Camera can take advantage of the i.am+ as well. Since this is just the start of Will.i.am’s device line, I wouldn’t be surprised if that doesn’t happen:

Apple has granted i.am+ a development licence to produce and sell the camera accessory and camera app for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5, but Will.i.am says that a larger range of tech hardware will follow.

With the device let to launch next week and be available to UK shoppers in early December (and hopefully other places soon afterward) we’ll update you on the details.

The debut series of i.am+ camera accessories will be officially launched at a press conference in London on Wednesday 28 November. Selfridges will sell the products exclusively from early December.

Here are my thoughts on some things I’d hope to see in the i.am+:

  • Nice replacement for a case or at least easy on-easy off. I like my Olloclip, but I hate having to pop my phone out if its case to use it.
  • Tripod mount. It’s a little detail that could make a use difference if you want to take advantage of 14MP worth of oomph
  • Flash filters. I have diffusers for my Nikon flash and ofter use a paper napkin or piece of semi-transparent tape to diffuse camera flashes. It would be great if we could do the same on the i.am+
  • Simple, clean, no bling design. The picture above is supposed to be Will.i.am holding a i.am+. I really hope it doesn’t look like that.
  • Around $100. Tech is expensive. Great photography tools are expensive (I had a few lenses worth more than the camera body I was shooting with), but to catch on (like the Olloclip did) you need to make it something that people don’t wonder if they should just buy a decent point-n-shoot instead.

What are your thoughts? And no beaming them in as a hologram!

HT: Slashgear

Photo from Getty Images

Nikon has officially announced its new D5200: a mid-range DSLR targeted at consumers, but with guts inspired by its more expensive stablemate, the D7000.

The D5200 packs a 24.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, EXPEED 3 processor, 5fps continuous shooting, a 1-pound lightweight body, and an ISO range of 100-6400. It benefits from the exact same 39-point autofocus system as the D7000, as well as its 2,016-pixel RGB metering sensor—which should go some way to improving white balance over the old D5100.

Elsewhere, the D5200 capable of shooting 1080i video at 60fps, has two stereo microphones embedded just behind the flash, and there’s an external microphone input to boot, for budding film makers. It can also handle wireless transmission to iOS and Android devices—though you’ll need an optional wireless adapter. That might be worth it though, because as well as data transfer it opens up the possibility of remote control, too.

While packing in as many new features as possible, however, the new DSLR does keep a lot of the physical hallmarks of the old D5100, including its articulating 3-inch LCD. It’s also worth pointing out that there are plenty of features that the D7000 offers that haven’t made it here: there’s no weather sealing, it only has one SD slot, the viewfinder’s considerably smaller, and it’s slower in burst mode, to name a few.

But hey, that’s not really the point. The point is that it borrows some high-level specs and pumps them into an accessible camera—you only need check out the D5200’s built-in effects and scene modes, and the fact that’s available in back, red and bronze, to work that out. The D5200 will hit the shelves in December 2012 , and is expected to cost around $1100 for the body only. [Peta Pixel]

Nikon's D5200: A Beginner's Camera With Some Advanced Specs

Nikon's D5200: A Beginner's Camera With Some Advanced Specs