Posts Tagged 'digital camera'

Cat-Shaped Camera

Why would I need a small camera in the shape of a camera, you ask? Good question.

It allows you to take photos and movies like a cat is taking them. The camera does not carry a monitor, so you cannot see what you are about to take. But it is not as complicated as it may seem. All you need is, a little effort to, be a cat.

Source: Superheadz (via Gizmodo)

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Inventor Portrait: Steven Sasson

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/22180298]

As part of photographer David Friedman’s series on contemporary inventors, he talks to Steven Sasson about his 1975 invention — the digital camera. Sasson’s explanation is a little clunky, but basically he had the foresight to know that when you’re introducing something so foreign and revolutionary, you need to ease people into it so as not to overwhelm and frighten them.

“I like to say to inventors that, be aware that your invention is in an environment where the rest of the world’s inventing along with you, so by the time the idea matures, it’ll be in a totally different world. I think that was the case with the digital camera.”

(via Swiss Miss)

Digital Has Done in the Pros

To piggyback on the New York Times article from last week (our post on it is here), the Guardian weighs in on the challenge professionals photographers are facing from the surge of amateurs in recent years. But instead of blaming Flickr, the writer of this piece feels it’s the point-and-shoot digital camera that’s made the most impact since it, he says, has “levelled the playing field.”

Incidentally, I always bristle at the mindset from digital enthusiasts that all these outmoded industries — music, movies, journalism, photography — just need to adapt to the changing landscape. There is a part of that assessment that’s true, sure. But the other part of it is, content providers need to be paid in order to produce high-quality work. When we expect that everything be free, fast and downloadable because, hey, that’s just modern times, get used to it — then quality will suffer. There’s just no way around that.

Article from the Guardian


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