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Explore the World’s Tallest Building with Google Street View

Google took it's Street Trekker and Trolley to the Burj Khalifa and made a virtual tour of the entire building. The video below explains the process and the Street View tour can seen here.

How to: The Invisible Black Background

Photographer Glyn Dewis shows you how to create a great black background for portraits without actually going through all the trouble to set up a bunch of stands and roll out a big old black background.

How to Sharpen in Photoshop by Lauri Laukkanen

Photographer and Photoshop guru Lauri Laukkanen takes you step-by-step on the best ways to sharpen your images. He discusses the differences of using Hi Pass vs. Smart Sharpen vs. Unsharp Mask.

How to Send a DMCA Takedown Notice

Has someone infringed on your copyrighted image and used it on their website? Send them a DMCA takedown notice. Most ISPs will and have to address your takedown notice in order to protect themselves from any legal proceedings. Caroline E. Wright, a copyright attorney, has posted exactly how to do it here.

How Law Enforcement Uses Photoshop to Fight Crime

From aging missing children to digital forensics, Photoshop is a huge to tool for law enforcement. Watch the below video which interviews one Adobe's engineers and read the rest the article on

Fair Use Will Not Save You

Here's a great lesson on copyright and fair use. The video is a little long but just let it run while you are retouching some images or something. It's a real world case on copyright and fair use. After you view the video, read Andy Baio's original blog post on the whole experience here. Portland/CreativeMornings - Andy Baio from CreativeMornings/Portland on Vimeo.

The Next Generation in Interactive Media

Check out this video which is really a promo/commercial for Only clothing company. Anytime, throughout the video, you can click and it will pause the video and allow you to pan and scroll the freeze-frame still. Also, if there is a model in the frame, you can click on her outfit and it slide open a window to show you what outfit she is wearing along with details. Imagine if this were a video on MTV or a tv show on NBC and you had a device like Apple's iTV (you know it's coming). Now, this execution happens to be flash based so it wouldn't work with anything Apple but the concept is really the key here. Check it out:

DigiPlate v2 Has Arrived

We've been hard at work for the past few weeks with a bunch of new DigiPlate products. The first is a slightly revised DigiPlate which measures slightly smaller than the original version and features a more comfortable handle. Also in the works which we hope to reveal in the next few weeks is a sunshade system, a custom transport case and a few other goodies. Stay tuned!

MōVI – a revolutionary handheld stabilized system

Moving a camera in a steady path is one of the biggest challenges for all of us. That is until you hold the handheld "MoVI" device in your hands and run, or drive, or fly only to see your clumsiness and bumps turned into a near perfect trajectory – thanks to insanely fascinating technology of gyro stabilization and accelerometers.  The "MōVI" produced by Freefly Systems based in Seattle WA.,  is a digital 3-axis gyro-stabilized handheld camera gimbal. The completely silent device weighs under 3.5 pounds bare and can be operated solo, or with the help of a second "gimbal" operator with a joystick to pull off some incredible moves. Here's a quick demo of the device: MōVI in Action (Quick Video) from Vincent Laforet on Vimeo. Here's some nicer footage with BTS of the below short film. The use of the device on roller blades at 2:50 is mind blowing: MōVI BTS from Vincent Laforet on Vimeo. Here's a short film shot entirely with the MōVI: MōVI from Vincent Laforet on Vimeo. You can read more about it on Vincent LaForet's blog.

Chronophotography Creates a Whole New World of Slow Motion Video

In the late nineteenth century, a photographic technique called "chronophotography" began to develop, whereby multiple photographs would be taken in rapid succession to study the movement of a given subject. Eadweard Muybridge famously filmed a horse in motion in 1878, providing the world with its first taste of motion pictures when the images were displayed on a spinning zoetrope. A chorus of women are borne from the movements of a single dancer in this dreamlike "pas de trente-deux." "Choros" premiered at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in 2012 and has gone on to play dozens of festivals worldwide. Choros from Michael Langan on Vimeo.

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