Why the world's best photo startup is going out of business


Really sad, the service was awesome. But good example that building an awesome product is not enough:

While the team obsessed about perfecting the service, the founders paid less attention to the subject investors care about most: growth. […]

And so at a time when successful photo apps were attracting users by the millions, by March the company had attracted fewer than 19,000 signups. Everpix had spent almost nothing to advertise the service.

Crossdressing, Compression and Colliders: The First Photo on the Web


Great piece about the first photo on the web, not only interesting from a technical point of view:

de Gennaro had been toying around with a scanned .gif version of the July 18th photo, using version one of Photoshop on his color Macintosh. The .gif format was only five years old at the time, but its efficient compression had made it the best way to edit color images without slowing PCs to a crawl.

The photo is quite horrible but so emblematic for a lot of stuff the web is used for today. As the article states, this was basically the beginning of fun on the web. But, although really not great, I don’t think Niépce’s photo was that horrible.

How Yahoo Killed Flickr and Lost the Internet


Great insight article into what and how exactly Yahoo managed to screw this up.

It is a case study of what can go wrong when a nimble, innovative startup gets gobbled up by a behemoth that doesn’t share its values. What happened to Flickr? The same thing that happened to so many other nimble, innovative startups who sold out for dollars and bandwidth: Yahoo.

As a year long Flickr user I’m just sad about this but hey, we got 500px which probably wouldn’t exist without Flickr’s decline.

The Definite Guide To Watermarks In Apple Aperture

I received quite a few mails in the last days from Aperture users asking for the best way to add your copyright information or any other so called watermark to your images in an Aperture 2 workflow. Especially new users to Aperture find it quite confusing why there isn’t something like a text brick in the Adjustments panel. So Aperture itself lacks the ability of quickly adding some lines of text to your images but nevertheless it has a watermarking feature.

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Canon EOS 50D And New Lens Officially Announced

EOS 50D back The successor of the EOS 40D is (almost) here: Canon officially announced the Canon EOS 50D along with the new lens Canon EF-S 18-200/3.5-5.6IS. The EOS 50D and the new lens will be both available in October 2008, Canon says.

The EOS 50D comes with an CMOS APS-C sized sensor (crop factor 1.6) with 15.1 megapixels. Being Canons first DSLR with the new DIGIC 4 image processor the EOS 50D can burst 6.3 shots per second with improved image quality.

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HowTo: Create A Mobile Encrypted Aperture Vault

Niepce's Aperture Vault When on the road I always take a little mobile hard drive with me where all my referenced Aperture Masters from the past years and my mobile Aperture Vault (backing up the un-referenced Masters from the current year) reside. But being little and mobile also means the external hard drive can easily be lost or stolen exposing all my pictures to the thief. To avoid that you can use encryption so in the case of a lost or theft the data is not accessible by the thief. This can easily be done with sparse bundle disk images so you won’t have to encrypt the whole hard drive with additional software.

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New Aperture Plug-In: Nik announces Silver Efex Pro

image Beside a new version of Color Efex Pro for Capture NX, Nik announced a brand new plug-in for Photoshop and Aperture. Silver Efex Pro is a tool to create black & white images with the power and simplicity of the U-Point technology. You can easily fine tune portions of your black & white images. It’s also capable of emulating film grain and 18 different types of film while also providing 20 one-click preset styles. But Silver Efex Pro is also capable of color toning the image.

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New Aperture Plug-Ins: Jade And PTLens


Last week two new image editing plug-ins were announced for Aperture 2.1: The PTLens plug-in for correcting barrel distortion, vignetting, chromatic aberration, and perspective and the Jade plug-in for automatic correction of color, levels and exposure.

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New Canon stuff: Digital Rebel XS/EOS 1000D/Kiss F And Speedlite 430EX II announced

Digital Rebel XS/EOS 1000D After the latest Digital Photo Professional update (DPP revealed some evidence about an upcoming Canon EOS Rebel XS/1000D, Canon finally introduced this new entry-level DSLR this month. The EOS Digital Rebel XS/1000D/Kiss F (full product specifications) is technically a hybrid between hardware and features found in Canon’s entry-level cameras from the past: the 7-point autofocus system comes from the XT/350D, the Digic III processor is the same as in the XSi/450D and the Live View feature is implemented with the same features as found in the XSi/450D.

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Update: First overview: Aperture 2.1 adjustment plugins have arrived

Aperture With the release of Aperture 2.1 Apple introduced a plugin architecture for adding third party image adjustment and export plugins. Now the first third party image adjustment plugins for Aperture 2.1 have arrived. And they can definitely make you stop roundtripping your pictures to Photoshop and back. For now a total of 14 plugins from 9 companys were announced which are waiting to help you with your Aperture 2 workflow.

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The 15 best new features of Aperture 2

There are already some lists like this available on the web and they are always very subjective so I thought I should add my subjective list too. While Aperture was released I was coding this website and had not much time for writing about it. So although a bit late here is my absolutely biased list of my favorite 15 new features included in Apple’s Aperture since version 2.0. It’s in a nice countdown order ending with the best new feature (to me) at the bottom. Just click on the little screenshots to smoothly zoom to the full version of them.

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HowTo: Use high-quality watermarks in your images with Aperture 2.1

Since version 1.0 Aperture is able to render images on export with a graphic overlay on top of them called watermark. This feature of Apple’s Aperture can give you a chance to make stealing your web-published pictures a bit harder. So let’s see how we can make Aperture automatically render watermarks on our images during export. In this article we will make a watermark with a transparent background and add some text on top of it.

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Scan images directly into Apple Aperture

Wouldn’t that be great? Hook up your scanner, fire up Aperture, click on Import and the images coming directly from your scanner plate? Although my scanner is shown as a source in the import dialogue you can’t import images with it directly from Aperture. But using Preview/Image Capture and Automator you can bypass this limitation. So here’s what you can do to scan directly into Aperture in 3 simple steps.

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Photographers strike back in UK


London police afraid of photographers

Remember the campaign of the London police calling all people to regard photographers as potential terrorists?

Now the PressGazette reports that

Labour MP [Member of Parliament] Austin Mitchell is planning to take a delegation of photographers to the Home Office to protest about the growing number of cases in which police officers and others try to stop professional and amateur photographers taking pictures in public places.

You can read the whole story here: Photographers lobby parliament over police curbs

The story behind the Pulitzer picture


Two days ago I posted links to the winning photographers of the Pulitzer Price 2008. Now Adrees Latif, who won in the category Breaking News Photography for his picture of the japanese videographer Kenji Nagai shot down during riots in Myanmar in 2007, reveales the story behind the picture in the Reuters Blog:

Within minutes, the crowd swelled from hundreds to a few thousand. The soldiers threw barbed wire coils across the roads. Knowing that hundreds of people were gunned down in similar circumstances in a 1988 uprising, I climbed an old crosswalk directly overhead, to get to one of the few spots offering a clear view…

Read the whole story on the Reuters Blog

Measuring the Color of Light


Ever wondered what the heck 6500 Kelvin has to do with your photos? Here’s an in-depth article from the blog of James Duncan Davidson for better understanding of the whole color and white balance thing in photography.

Measuring the Color of Light by James Duncan Davidson:

Like all settings, the color of light has a unit associated with it. The unit, however, isn’t unique to specifying the color of light. Instead, it’s the same SI unit that is used for temperature: the Kelvin. I know that the first few times I delved into this subject matter, I thought it was a strange unit to use, mostly because light itself doesn’t have a temperature. Since it’s radiation, when it hits a surface it can cause that surface to heat up. But the light itself is neither hot nor cold. So, why the heck is a unit of temperature used to describe the color of it? …

And another in-depth article from James which is a follow up of the above article: Color Temperature and White Balance

Finally... a universal scanner driver for the Canon CanoScan LiDE 500F for Intel Macs

At the end of last year I watched out for a new scanner and the CanoScan LiDE 500f from Canon was the choice. But finding a suitable driver wasn’t that simple cause everywhere around was only the horribly old PowerPC-driver. As long as I had my old G4 in the house it wasn’t that problem. But at this time all Macs were already Intel-powered and also my new MacBook which replaced the G4 was Intel-Powered and i had a problem.

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Adjustment Tool Guide for Aperture 1.5.2

The Adjustment Tool Guide gives an in-depth-view of the Adjustment tool in Aperture. The documentary provided by Apple isn’t that what most people were looking for. But Kendall Gelner wrote his own Adjustment Tools Guide originally for the Aperture Version 1.0.1.

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