Ramesh Raskar presented a TED Talk about femto photography, or photography at a trillion frames per second. Inspired by Harold Edgerton, the MIT professor who, in 1964, stopped a bullet as it passed through an apple using stop-motion photography, Ramesh decided to build a camera that could photograph light itself. Ramesh’s camera is revolutionary in the same way that Edgerton’s photograph was, he is able to photograph a world that we have never seen before.
I don’t expect to able to go out and buy one of Ramesh’s cameras any time soon, but the possibilities are truly extraordinary.
Ramesh Raskar: Imaging at a Trillion Frames per Second
Next May 14th is the deadline for the second edition of our International Salon and we would like you to participate!
The Salon got sponsorship from FIAP 2013/110, PSA recognition (PID and PTD division) and the local sponsorship from FAF 2013/02; and this year, we added Royal Photographic Society (2013/16), UPI (L130005-M1G) and ISF (17/2013).
We have three sections: General Color, General Monochrome and Travel.
There are 185 awards this year! We added medals and ribbons from the Royal Photographic Society!
All authors who participe will received a 50-page printed catalogue with the winning photos and a digital copy with all accepted ones. Catalog that FIAP scored 4 stars.
A digital version of the last year printed edition can be found here.
You can check the entry rules of the Salon and upload the photos through our online system.
David Hobby produced a series of DVDs called Lighting in Layers that explains how to use small battery powered speed lights to produce amazing lighting effects. The videos show subtle lighting and dramatic lighting, with and without modifiers. There is lots of discussion on how shutter speed and aperture can be used to mix ambient light and speedlites.
The videos are well worth the cost if you are interested in learning the art of off-camera flash.
My camera club, NVPS, has asked me to do an “anonymous critique” of some member images at our upcoming meeting on Tuesday, 9 April. I prefer critiques to judging for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that I am not relied upon to make a qualitative judgement about whether this image is better than that image, something that I feel is largely in the eyes of the beholder and quite subjective. Not that I don’t have an opinion, just that I know that my opinion is just that, an opinion.
Nonetheless, I find that judging and critiquing others’ work has helped me to be a far more critical self-editor. I am better able to ignore my delight in the work that I put into creating an image and concentrate more on whether others may get the same feeling (or not). Not that I do not still take banal and unimaginative photographs, I am just less likely to be showing them off than in the past.
Understanding the difference between a good image and a hard-earned image is one of the skills necessary for developing your photography beyond the ordinary in my opinion.