This week on TWiP: Are photographers becoming post-production artists, controlling your camera with an Android, and shooting kids in public places – is it legal and is it cool?
Hosts: Alex Lindsay, Catherine Hall, and Ron Brinkmann
Before diving into the news, Alex, Catherine, and Ron geeked out about how cool Autodesk’s Project Photofly is and how it can generate 3D renderings from a set of 2D images, how it’s important not to pre-visualize your shots too much, how there might be a distinction in the future between the photographer who captures the initial image data and the person who creates the final image, and the trend of photographers out-sourcing post-production editing after the shoot.
NEWS & DISCUSSION
Control Your Canon DSLR with Your Android Device
There’s a new Android app, appropriately called “DSLR Controller”, that turns some Android devices into remotes for Canon DSLRs. Once connected via a special USB cable you can access live view, make changes to settings, and take the shot from your Android device. You can view a brief demo of how it works at the link above. The app is still in beta and unfortunately, according to the specs, it only works with some Android Honeycomb tablets and only one phone, the Galaxy S2. We previously saw the onOne version of this for iOS devices and Ron says this ability to control your camera from your mobile device will only become more ubiquitous. Catherine really wishes this device would be cordless, otherwise it’s just too much trouble to add to her shoots. Alex sees a lot of growth opportunity for a camera manufacturer who realizes they should stick to just building the sensor and hardware and let more experienced software/UI teams from other companies design a killer interface.
Frederick recently had a chance to chat with Ren Ng and Eric Cheng, who are, respectively, the CEO and Director of Photography at Lytro. You may have heard the company is developing a new camera sensor which will let users adjust the depth of field in images and even video after capture. Ren and Eric tell us how this technology works and what it could mean for the future of digital photography and cinematography. To learn more about Lytro, check out their site, their blog, or find them on Facebook.
Time to answer questions that have come in from our audience on our Facebook group or via Twitter hashtag #TWiPQuestions.
Question 1: Mark Cole was at a carnival practicing his shooting when an angry parent confronted him for taking photos of their child on a ride. Mark’s understanding was that he was in the clear since it was a public event. Any suggestions on how to handle this kind of situation? What are Mark’s legal rights? None of the TWiP hosts are lawyers, but if it’s a public carnival, then legally, yes, Mark should be able to take these photos. At the same time, even though the photographer has the right to take these photos, it’s probably a good idea to be sensible and sensitive and not take pictures of people who don’t want photos taken of them or their children. It’s pretty understandable that people are so protective of their kids.
Question 2: Mac user “Fred” says he is frustrated that Firewire 800 seems to no longer by supported by any CF card reader manufacturers even though high-end cameras still have huge files and still use CF cards. Is USB2 really the only option? Alex recommends the Sandisk Extreme Firewire card reader which is not cheap, but for now it’s still available on Amazon.com.
PICKS OF THE WEEK
Alex – See Sandisk Extreme Firewire card reader mentioned above.
Catherine – Rick Sammon’s creativeLIVE workshop coming up in October.
Ron – PhotoRescue image recovery software.
Catherine Hall – her blog
Alex Lindsay – twitter.com/alexlindsay
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Producer: Suzanne Llewellyn
Photo above by Jakob Montrasio
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