Computational Photography – The Next Big Thing?

Ok, don’t panic.  I can hear all of my photographer friends out there slamming their computers, tablets and phones shut.  It can’t be happening:  photography evolving into something that uses math, algorithms and logic to deliver the “decisive moment”?  Say it ain’t so!  Oh, but it is, and I think we will be better off for it.  At least I hope we will.

neural-net copyI’ve been hearing and reading quite a bit about this thing called computational photography.  It is such a new field that what’s in and what’s out, or even the language with which it is communicated, is not yet well defined.  But it can be applied to any form of optical capture, whether in the science lab or in the artist’s studio.

Just as digital photography revolutionized the medium by converting light into numbers through sensors and processors, computational photography manipulates those numbers “in camera” through layers of new software, providing the photographer with new options, like correcting capture problems after the fact or applying a wide variety of creative effects.

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Is Nature Ever Natural?

In two weeks, my local photography club, the Oshawa Camera Club, will be holding a discussion and vote.  The subject:  how natural should nature photography be?  Club competition rules for the nature category are currently strict, limiting almost all evidence of “hand of man” and requiring that the image be a documentary of the subject in their natural environment.  But today’s sophisticated software opens the door to edits that are routinely applied in other categories, so why not here?  Here’s the debate… Continue reading

Light Painting with Patrick Rochon

I had the pleasure yesterday of attending a presentation by Patrick Rochon, also known as Patrick the Light Painter.  There are many ways to express one’s creativity in photography and Patrick has chosen light as the medium for his expression.  You might wonder what’s unique about that, since every photographer uses light.  It’s how he uses it that sets him apart. Continue reading

The Pixelstick

A few days ago, I joined a group of enthusiastic photographers at the Port Perry waterfront to try out a new device.  It’s called “The Pixelstick“.  It’s a device that takes light painting to the next level.  It uses a long wand-like structure attached to a digital memory to essentially scroll bands of light or fully formed images across space as you move it.

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My Ideal Weekend – Photo Shoot One Day, Photo Course The Next

Now that school is done for the year, you might ask how I’m filling my time.  My tag line is “I’m Not Happy Unless I’m Learning”. True to that saying, I’ve been seeking out opportunities to grow as a photographer and person, and I had two perfect examples this weekend.

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Website Launch This Week

This website officially launched this week.  Thanks to the great learning environment at Durham College, I was able to design, build and release this to you.  It’s been a labour of love, as well as a way to start to connect with all of you.  Hope you enjoy your visit and that you’ll return regularly.  Thanks for your support.

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The Road Not Taken – Until Now

Today, I posted my first video on YouTube. It has the same title as this post. The video isn’t flashy or funny. It doesn’t depict someone doing something dumb, or someone making fun of themselves or someone else. It also doesn’t take a private moment and make it public. Unfortunately, most of the content I see on sites like YouTube, especially if it’s “trending”, falls into one of these categories.

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