Changing lives, one photo at a time

24 03 2011

What if your pictures had the power to change someone’s life? Changing lives, one photo at a time. That’s what Help-Portrait aims to do. Help-Portrait was founded by celebrity photographer, Jeremy Cowart, to help photographers use their skills to give

Leahovcenco traveled to Chukota, outlined in red, to take someone's portrait

back to their community. While many photographers may choose to shoot portraits in their community Sasha Leahovcenco chose to take pictures of people who have never had their picture taken. Leahovenco traveled to Chukotka, Russia changing someone’s life and documenting that journey.

To help give you a better understanding of what Help-Portrait is all about, here is an informative video.

Here is the video that Leahovenco created on his way to Chukotka, Russia.


Help-Portrait. End of the Earth from Sasha Leahovcenco on Vimeo.

How Canon and their logo came to be

23 03 2011

Chart showing Canon's logo through the years

Canon wasn’t always Canon and Canon’s logo wasn’t always bright red. Those bright red letters with their distinctive typeface had undergone several changes through the years.

Back in 1933, Canon’s logo was an image of Kwanon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy, which was also the name given to the cameras that were manufactured, and went along the lines of the company producing the best cameras. It wasn’t until Canon decided to begin marketing worldwide that they should change their logo to something that would be worldly accepted, according to Canon’s website.

With that in mind, Canon became the official name and logo in 1935. “The word Canon has a number of meanings, including scriptures, criterion and standard. The trademark was therefore worthy of a company involved with precision equipment, where accuracy is fundamentally important,” said the website.

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Shoot 3D with a single lens

21 03 2011

Ballpoint pen tip courtesy of the Ohio State University



Researchers at the Ohio State University have created a lens that allows the user to create a 3D image with just one camera. Until now, 3D images had to be created with multiple devices that could capture all sides of an image. This lens allows for nine sides of an object to be captured, according to an article from Popular Science.

Lei Li, postdoctoral researcher, wrote a computer program that created the lens. Then Li and associate professor Allen Yi cut the lens from acrylic glass with a diamond blade. The finished product resembles a rhinestone, said the article.

Engineers have used the lens to create 3D images of a ballpoint pen tip, which is about one millimeter across. This technology was created to make it easier for companies to produce small components.

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Play Pong on your old DSLR

18 03 2011

Back in the day, when DSLRs were first emerging on the market Kodak partnered with Nikon and Canon to help get DSLRs in the market.

It worked by Nikon and Canon providing the camera bodies, and Kodak providing the sensors and the rest of the electronics according to Wikiapedia. Perhaps the designers thought that shooters would have a lot of downtime and put games into the software. The video shows a Kodak DCS 560 which allows the user to play Pong, and other models such as the Kodak DCS 620 had a sliding block game, according to the video.


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Slowed down Nikon D3 shutter and aperture

16 03 2011

Have you ever taken the lens off your camera, clicked the shutter and watched the shutter open? I have, and while trying this on an expensive DSLR runs the chance of getting dust and stuff on your sensor, it’s less of a problem with an old school SLR.

The video shows a Nikon D3 shooting 11 frames per second (fps) at a shutter speed of 1/4000 and an aperture of f/16 filmed at 5,000 fps.

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