Happy Fung Bokeh

In a photo with many unfocused points of light in the background, the points blow up into large circles. This happens because of the physics of how light focuses through a camera lens, and the round shape of your aperture. If you look at these points from pictures taken with different lenses, and the aperture isn’t wide open, you can count the hard edges of these circles and tell how many aperture blades the lens has.

Flickr user goodbybysunday has posted a fantastic guide to modifying the shape of these out of focus points using something as simple as card stock! I can’t wait to try this out… and I’m sure that I’ll have a stack of these floating around in my camera bag before long. Pair these with a fast 50mm prime lens and you’ve got a very fun night photography setup.

Via The Flickr Blog

Nikon Camera with Projector

Nikon Coolpix s1000pj

It was only a matter of time. I know this idea has been bouncing around my own head ever since the instant I saw a small LED projector. It has obviously been bouncing around Nikon’s collective head for much longer. The Nikon Coolpix S1000pj shoves a projector into its point and shoot body to delivery still and video imagery on any flat surface at up to a 40″ diagonal size. Head over to Nikon Rumors’ Post for all the details.

A detail I haven’t seen covered… will the camera allow you to project and shoot new pictures at the same time? When I first thought about putting a projector into a camera, I instantly thought about the possibilities it could open up for creating a new type of double exposure image. I’d love to take portraits where I’m projecting images from the subject’s surroundings onto the face. I imagine that the power drain and UI implications of this type of dual functionality are a bit much to bite off for the first camera to come to market with a built-in projector, but I hope it may be a functionality that’s unlocked in future models.

Via Nikon Rumors and Engadget

Photorec: Digital Photo Recovery Tool

Back Entrance

Yesterday I was walking around Downtown Austin snapping some photos with my Canon XTi. I haven’t gotten out to take photos in a while, and I just moved to the area, so I was having a lot of fun. I framed a shot and pulled the trigger and nothing happened… I looked down at the screen and saw an error message about my CF card. Crap! I cycled the power, pulled the battery, pulled the card, all to no avail. I swapped CF cards and went on with my day, chalking the early shots up as lost.

When I got home I hit Google, looking for a free tool to recover data from a corrupt storage device. I knew that there were several apps available, but these few random shots weren’t worth the ~$50 price tag of most tools. I was also looking for a tool that I could use in OS X. Booting into Windows for a tool like Recuva was an option, but I was enjoying the challenge of finding something that would work in OS X as well. (Recuva may work great, was recommended to me by Kitch, but I never loaded it up.)

I came across a blog post by Jeffrey Friedl talking about his success with PhotoRec, a cross platform (and I mean, every platform you can think of) tool for recovering files from corrupt file systems, or recovering deleted files from anything. Jeffrey’s post outlined, step by step, how to recover photos from a corrupt memory card in OS X using Photorec.

If you’ve ever had a memory card go corrupt on you, give PhotoRec a try before you give up. I’ll be keeping a copy of this utility on my thumbdrive for all major operating systems from now on.

Jeffrey Friedl’s Blog – Recovering Photos from a Corrupt Memory Card with PhotoRec

PhotoRec Official Website

Flickit – Beautiful iPhone Flickr Uploader

Flickit Logo

Flickit Uploader

I don’t do a whole ton of photo uploads from my iPhone to my Flickr account, so I haven’t messed with many dedicated uploader applications. Instead, I use the “secret” e-mail address you get for your account, and I send the photos through Mail.app. However, after checking out the beautiful Flickit application I think I’m going to convert over to a dedicated app!

Check out the video demonstration at the Flickit Website. The application is quick, extremely polished, and feature rich. You can even geotag a photo with your current location with the press of a button. Setting privacy is a must-have, and is very easy to set in this app.

You an grab Flickit for free from the iTunes App Store [link]