TWiP #207 – Final Cut, Google, and Lytro

On this episode of TWiP, is Apple's Final Cut Pro X ready for photographers, Tennessee outlaws emotionally distressing images, there's a new Lytro camera that lets you shoot first and focus later, Google rolls out reverse image search, and Sony & Pentax race to be the smallest.

Hosts: Frederick Van Johnson, Alex Lindsay, Derrick Story, Jeffery Totaro

Jeffrey will be teaching at a PhaseOne workshop in July called Podas. Participants will get a new PhaseOne IQ digital back to use for the duration of the workshop. To learn more you can visit


Is Final Cut Pro X for Photographers
Apple this week released the latest version of Final Cut Pro – Final Cut Pro X which has been completely re-written from the ground up. Several reviews are out and most of the pro users are not happy with it. Alex things however that it offers a huge opportunity for photographers who want to get into video. It shares some of the DNA with iMovie so many editors are not happy about it because there are a lot of things that have been removed from the product. Derrick really likes using it and thinks it's a great piece of software for photographers who are starting to work with video.

Tennessee Makes Posting Emotionally Distressing Images a Crime
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed a new law last week that makes it a crime to post images to the Internet that “frighten, intimidate, or cause emotional distress.” Violators found guilty of doing so now face up to one year in jail and $2,500 in fines. Jeffrey thinks it's crazy legislation and wonders who will make decisions on what is deemed to be an emotionally distressing issue. Derrick also thinks it's a crazy story and as a journalist thinks this could be a way for the government to take away freedom of speech. Alex also thinks that this is a blatant cross over of the first amendment and believes that it won't go anywhere.

New Lytro Camera Lets You Shoot First – Focus Later
At the All Things D conference, a new camera was revealed from Lytro that has a new sensor that will capture all of the light in a scene and will allow you to decide what items you want in focus after the photograph has been taken. The panel discusses the implications for photography and how they would each use such technology in their photography workflow.

Google Rolls Out Reverse Image Search
This week, Google rolled out it's reverse image search feature which allows you to upload or link to an image and GIS will search the web to find similar images or exact matches. This service is similar to other services offered by companies like Tin Eye and PicScout. Alex would like to see this extended to allow him to upload a photograph and found out where it was taken. Derrick thinks it's great and is interested in using it to find where people have used his photographs in a good way and not from strictly an enforcement standpoint.

Sony & Pentax Race to be the Smallest
Sony recently unveiled a number of new hardware items including the A35 translucent mirror camera, and the NEX-C3. The NEX-C3 is supposedly the world's smallest APS-C interchangeable lens camera. It packs the same 16.2 megapixel sensor found in the A35, and will be available in August for $600 with a 16mm lens or $650 with a 18-55mm lens. Not to be outdone, Pentax introduced their Q camera which is even smaller than the NEX-C3 but features. The launch of the Pentax Q means it is now the smallest mirrorless but neither the Panasonic or the Pentax GF3 use an APS-C sensor.

MIT Study Reveals What Makes a Photograph Memorable
A new study from MIT neuroscientists shows that the most memorable photos are those that contain people, followed by static indoor scenes and human-scale objects. Landscapes? They may be beautiful, but they are, in most cases, utterly forgettable.


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Derrick – Lowepro Pro Roller Attache x50

Jeffrey – LR/Enfuse, and TetherTable Aero, XtremKey

Frederick – SlideShowPro


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