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Is square video the internets aspect ratio?

I’m curious to know what you guys think of the square video epidemic that is sweeping the Internet.

I’ve been calling 1:1 (square) photos “the internet’s aspect ratio” since before Instagram became super popular. It was clearly born from the increase in mobile device use, because no matter which way you were holding your phone/tablet you could see the whole picture. It was also the staple aspect ratio for avatar photos (see tumblr, twitter, … basically every new service in the past 4 years). Instagram becoming as popular as it is, basically solidified 1:1’s place as the internets aspect ratio.

But video is different. YouTube is still incredibly popular, and has really stuck with 4:3 (SD tv) and 16:9 (HD tv). The YouTube app on iOS forces you to rotate your phone to record a video. I subconsciously rotate my phone when watching a video, allowing it to fill the screen on my phone. But with Square video, you don’t have to.

So, Internet, are you willing to declare square video your aspect ratio?

Home screen 3 is my camera app screen. Some I use a lot, others I just try, but keep around in case there is an update to make it more useful. The folder “AV Club” is for support apps (photo and video editors).

ProCamera gave me the best pictures on the iPhone 4 and 4S, but with the 5 I find I get the best shots with the built in camera (sitting on home screen 1). I really like TimeLapse and 360 Panorama, but they have very specific use cases.

It is entirely possible that I have a problem.

Canon 5D Mark III

Someone is going to have to physically stop my from buying one of these. You can read the whole breakdown at The Verge.

As is tradition, the bride and groom exchanged gifts prior to the wedding. While Matthew purchased Emily the watch that she had always wanted. Emily commissioned a custom ring for Matthew’s shooting hand (as opposed to for his wedding band). This one of a kind band has the depth of field scale from his favorite lens, the .95 Noctilux. On the sides, the ring features both Matthew’s name and The Leica Guy moniker on one side, and the Lens information including name, filter size, and serial number on the other.

This is amazing. 

[The Leica Guy via Like Cool]

PhotoShop CS5 Preview

So this is what the death of photography looks like… Ok maybe that’s a bit over the top. This is insane.

[via johnzanussi … elliotttt]

Google Adds To Its Portfolio

The Google empire has expanded today adding Picnik to its long list of services. Picnik is a online photo editing site that allows you to upload, edit, and then send your creations on to other sites, like Facebook.

Like so many services Picnik is a tiered experience. Free for light editing and paid if you want to do everything that a real photo editing suite can do… only without the massive system requirements that it takes to run a program like Apature or Photoshop.

I’m certain Google will want to merge Picnik with Picasa as your one stop shop to store, edit and share your photos.  I had not been to Picnik or Photochop.com before today (in an attempt to educate myself) because I use Photoshop proper.  Photo editing, video editing, music creation… it is going to be hard to for me to think about doing any of these things in a web browser.  But it will happen eventually.

It took me a long time to write articles in a web browser.  When I started writing for GamerNode I used to write everything in Word and then copy it into their back end.  That is no longer the case.  The same way I have no problem using Google docs and probably wouldn’t have a problem using iWork.  Word processing has moved beyond the desktop, photo editing and storage are well on their way to being moved out of localized storage.

Fitting how today I have already discussed the frightening reality of moving services into the cloud and then Google makes this purchase.  I should clarify, while it is a scary thought to forgo local storage of your files, it is an inevitability.  One that is being pushed by both Google and Apple.

[Telegraph]

RIP Kodachrome 1935-2009
Pour one out for Kodachrome.  Yesterday Kodak announced they were canceling production after 74 years of being the best film you could buy.  Kodachromes colors were unmatched, and they were lauded by archivists for their long life.  But alas, they are no more.  So next time you take a photo stop for a second.  Remember Kodak, remember kodachromes … and then take your picture.  Kodachromes would have wanted you to capture that memory, even if it was on your cellphone.
[Reuters]

RIP Kodachrome 1935-2009

Pour one out for Kodachrome.  Yesterday Kodak announced they were canceling production after 74 years of being the best film you could buy.  Kodachromes colors were unmatched, and they were lauded by archivists for their long life.  But alas, they are no more.  So next time you take a photo stop for a second.  Remember Kodak, remember kodachromes … and then take your picture.  Kodachromes would have wanted you to capture that memory, even if it was on your cellphone.

[Reuters]

Strangest Thing I’ve Seen Today
I got an email from B&H today with the above picture.  I can’t wait until we start seeing things like this out and about.

Strangest Thing I’ve Seen Today

I got an email from B&H today with the above picture.  I can’t wait until we start seeing things like this out and about.

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