New Camera News - The Onion for the photographic industry by Luke Cartledge

New Camera News is a site I recently came upon that acts as a parody of other news sites that relentlessly throw out all the press releases that any photographic company puts out. It is in the same vein as The Onion in its relatively indiscriminate skewering of all things photography.The content can be a little hit and miss but it is at least worth a look.

The product photographer who shoots for Apple by Luke Cartledge

Over at The Verge there is great little interview with Peter Belanger, who, among other clients, works for Apple. He has produced a large number of the product shots that are used by the company on their website and in advertising.

There are some great quotes and a few insights into his preferred methods for high-end still-life shoots.

It’s similar to working on a file in Photoshop: you don’t do all your work on one layer. I think of my lights as layers that I can adjust individually to get the desired results.

via Michael Shane @ The Verge

Sylights - Another Lighting Diagram Tool by Luke Cartledge

Sylights Lighting Diagrams Following on from my earlier post about the Online Lighting Diagram Creator, I was passed a link to Sylights.

Sylights is another, more rounded and beautifully built lighting diagram editor. It comes as the standard web-based application and as a universal (iPhone & iPad) iOS app. To top it all the app is also free and can be downloaded here.

The website is extremely simple to use and has an extensive area of user-generated diagrams. These come with example shots and even some notes. The database of diagrams is searchable and can be filtered with many criteria. This makes it a good research tool, as well as a record of your own setups.


(via Damien Looney @ Little Yellow Jacket)

Sign the Petition - Stop the addition of DRM to HTML 5 by Luke Cartledge

Stop the Hollyweb! No DRM in HTML5. The W is the non-profit, NGO that regulates the technologies used to run the World Wide Web. Hence the  name. These technologies, HTML, CSS and DOM are the building blocks of every website that you use. The W is currently considering a proposal for something called Encrypted Media Extensions (EME). EME proposes the inclusion of support for strong Digital Rights Management (DRM) within the most recent version of HTML, the core language of the Web.

They are currently aiming for. Help them out, it only takes a couple of seconds to add your voice.

Defective by Design - No to DRM