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Friday Round-up: The $2.99 Follow Focus, Revolutionary Data Visualization and Mr. Beam Takes On the World

The $2.99 Follow Focus.

I came across this little tidbit last night, a jar opener turned follow focus and am game to give it a try. Thus weekend I’ll be making a trip to Bed Bath and Beyond (probably the only the you’ll hear that on my blog) and pick up one to test. I’ll share my results soon.

$2.50 Follow Focus Assist Solution!! Cheap Awesomeness!! from Tony Carretti on Vimeo.

Revolutionary Data Visualization
Every week seems to uncover more fantastic uses for data visualization. Here’s a video of the tweets and retweets of the Egyptian revolution.

Via: O’Reilly Radar

Mr. Beam Takes on the World
Lastly, in my Agile Photographer presentation, I discuss how creating visual environments could be a promising niche for photographers. Mr Beam, a Dutch team is taking the world by storm doing just that. Very impressive and inspiring.
Coca Cola Happiness Store (Making of) from Mr.Beam on Vimeo.

Via: John Nack’s blog
Strictly Business 3
Don’t forget to sign up for Strictly Business 3 in Chicago April 1-2. Both LA and Philly were inspiring and energizing. There’s nothing like being around 100 of your most motivated peers to kick start your spring.
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Discussion

3 comments for “Friday Round-up: The $2.99 Follow Focus, Revolutionary Data Visualization and Mr. Beam Takes On the World”

  1. I saw your posting on the Olympus site. Good advice about framing. I gather your primary expertise is on “E” series and photoshop…2 questions:
    the SP800 Ultra-Zoom has 30x optical zoom and 14 Megapixel, so it could be good for astrophotography (night sky) yet the maximum exposure is 4 seconds and cheaper cameras go up to 16. The settings are VERY paternalistic and really don’t allow direct control of light gathering. I have so far been frustrated by asking Olympus if they are ever going to fix the firmware and provide more control over the camera. They said they had no plans to improve anything; it’s like they don’t care whether their product is competitive or not. What do you think?

    Related to post-editing…do you know of any software that can un-trail a daylight image? I have a good group shot but the exposure was a bit long and some of my subjects moved a bit, and if I could remove some of the trailed images it might turn back into a great shot worth giving as a gift.

    Posted by tracy | March 19, 2011, 6:01 pm
  2. Tracy, thanks for your comment. You are correct, I have a lot more experience with the E-system cameras than the point and shoots. I don’t know about any firmware updates to that specific camera. You might visit the GetOlympus facebook page on Thursday from 3-4 EST for their Tech Thursday. You can ask the technical folks at Olympus directly to get answers to your questions.

    As to their competitiveness, I see Olympus on the cutting edge of innovation. Dust reduction, in-body image stabilization and the micro 4:3 system are just three examples of major technological innovations that Olympus pioneered and other companies have copied in their attempt to keep up technologically. I’ve always been particularly impressed by the image quality in their lenses. They consistently test sharper and with fewer imaging artifacts than other cameras.

    To your Photoshop question, have you tried using Smart Sharpen in Photoshop CS4 or CS5? You can select the Motion Blur option and choose the direction of the motion to remove. It won’t remove significant ghosting, but it might help you create a useable image.

    Best of luck with the motion blur!

    Posted by Jay | March 20, 2011, 5:17 pm
  3. Also read your latest article on the Olympus site. I would like to see an article on the subject of backgrounds–everything about a photo except the subject. That area so often breaks an otherwise great photo opportunity. Thanks from another SLC native.

    Posted by Mark Collier | March 21, 2011, 7:56 am

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