8/28/2011

Facebook to Add Photo Filters







[via the New York Times' Bits blog]:

Get ready for the photo-filter wars to begin.

Facebook plans to add a series of photo filters to its mobile application in the coming months with the hopes of drawing off fans of Instagram, the popular photo-sharing application.

The new feature has been ready for some time, according to two engineers who work at Facebook, but Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, hopes his engineers and artists create more filters before releasing the new product. Both Facebook engineers asked not to be named as they are not allowed to speak publicly for the company about unannounced products.

The engineers said Facebook will introduce almost a dozen photo filters, including some that are similar to Instagram like old-style camera lenses and grainy film. Facebook will also try to introduce new styles of filters with the hopes of drawing users away from other photo apps.

The engineers also said that Facebook attempted to acquire Instagram over the summer, but to no avail.

Kevin Systrom, co-founder of Instagram, declined to comment about acquisitions or Facebook’s plans to release competing software. Facebook did not respond to a request for comment.

Facebook might have more competition to worry about than just Instagram. Programming code found in the upcoming release of Apple’s iOS 5 shows a series of new photo filters that are likely to be integrated directly into Apple’s mobile platform, MG Siegler of the blog TechCrunch noted earlier this month.

8/08/2011

The World's Smallest (& Largest!) Stop-Motion Animation

Tired of stop-motion animation videos, yet?  Me either!

Earlier this year one of my advanced photography students (Emily F.) shared a video with me that boasted itself as the World's Smallest Stop-Motion Animation.  When you see it you will understand why that is quite a boast!



The same company that created "Dot", the Sumo Science team at Aardman Animations, can now boast that they have created the World's Largest Stop-Motion Animation.  Both animations were created with Nokia's N8, a smartphone that includes a 12-megapixel camera with a Carl Zeiss lens.  Not too shabby!