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As we gear up towards the new year, the holidays is beginning to wind down. With the goal of keeping the memory of our family’s Christmas 2013 celebration for years to come, I decided to do a video montage instead of the usual photo album. Besides, almost everyone in the family takes pictures so we’ve got lots of those. But we never had videos. This is the first time I did a video like this and in this way. Inspired by Apple’s holiday TV ad, the whole thing was shot, edited and put together using the iPhone 5s.
Mark Wilson, Fast Co.Design:
I’m hooked on Instagram. It’s lame to say that, to admit you actually adore some mass-market social media service. But I love to see snapshots of my friends’ lives–candids and composed photos alike. So the question becomes, would I be interested in seeing and sharing even more … much, much more? Memoto is a wearable lifecam that’s banking on us all answering “yes.” Recently featured on Kickstarter, the Memoto is like a Microsoft Sensecam for the post-iPod era. It’s a mere 1.4-inch square that clips to your shirt to automatically take photos all day every day. It exudes smart industrial design. When you want to take photos, you clip it on. When you want privacy, you just take it off or stick it in your pocket. And despite being uber tiny, the Memoto manages to convey its purpose as a mini cam that’s aimed at who you’re talking to.
Candace Jackson, The Wall Street Journal:
Photographer Annie Leibovitz has listed her West Village compound for $33 million. Composed of three separate townhouses on a corner of Greenwich Street, the property is currently configured to include living space, offices and guest quarters. The buildings surround a slate patio and private courtyard garden. Inside the main home, there are wide-plank wood floors, high ceilings, a formal dining room and chef’s kitchen. The building that includes Ms. Leibovitz’s studio has a large reception room. The property includes 13 fireplaces in all and has a combined total of more than 10,200 square feet. “It’s very rare to have something like this,” says listing broker Paula Del Nunzio, of Brown Harris Stevens. “She created it.” The brick buildings, in a Greek Revival style, date back to the 1830s. According to public records, Ms. Leibovitz, best known for her celebrity photographs, began assembling the property in 2002, purchasing the first two buildings for $4.2 million. She later purchased the third townhouse for $1.9 million. She has since gut-renovated all three homes. In 2009, Ms. Leibovitz faced a wave of publicity when a dispute over the terms of the repayment of a loan involved her townhouses and photo archives, which creditors claimed she’d put up as collateral. The matter was later resolved. Ms. Leibovitz is selling because she plans to move uptown to be closer to the school of her three daughters, according to Ms. Del Nunzio. Guida De Carvalhosa, also of Brown Harris Stevens, shares the listing.
Don Peters, BH Insights:
What separates the best landscape photographers from the rest of us? A major part of the answer, I think, is that the best photographers simply work harder. They’re willing put in the time it takes to get a memorable photograph.
William Porter, TechHive:
As casual photographers turn increasingly to their smartphones to take pictures, serious shooters who want an ultraportable camera have an exciting new choice in Sony’s DSC-RX100 ($650, as of November 26, 2012). Sony put a larger sensor and a better processor into a smaller body and created a camera that exceeded my expectations in almost every way. ￼
Georgia Dehn, The Telegraph:
The Black Eyed Peas star and entrepreneur Will.i.am is well known as an evangelist for new technology. Next week will see the global launch of his iPhone hardware, which he claims “will turn your smartphone into a genius-phone.” The first product from his new consumer electronics and app venture i.am+ is an accessory that clips onto an iPhone and transforms the eight megapixel smartphone camera into a 14 megapixel camera, which it is claimed dramatically enhances the clarity and definition of your photographs.
Amadou Diallo, Connect (Digital Photography Review):
Long before the rise of Instagram, square format film cameras from Rolleiflex and Hasselblad were held in high esteem by photo enthusiasts. Indeed the square image is part of a long image-making tradition in visual arts. And one that every photographer – new or experienced – should explore.