A Little Polaroid Fun…

My how the giants have fallen.  I came across these old videos posted by PetaPixel and can’t believe how a company so large could fall so hard.  I used to have a Polaroid camera in college, I’d take it to the bars and had out the pics I took to others…it was a lot of fun.  Now I can’t even find film for my camera :(

At least I have these videos   :D  (check em out!)

Today is World Intellectual Property Day…Hoorary

Many may not know this, but The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is the United Nations agency dedicated to the use of intellectual property (patents, copyright, trademarks, designs, etc.) as a means of stimulating innovation and creativity. To increase general understanding of what IP really means, WIPO member states chose April 26 – the day on which the WIPO Convention came into force in 1970 – as World IP Day.

Check Out the Link to Learn More: http://www.wipo.int/portal/index.html.en

A $20,000 Lighting Kit….whoa!

I came across this video and though the results seem amazing, $20,000 is a lot for any lighting setup.  Tell me if you think it’s worth it.

 

Check it out:  http://vimeo.com/32804725

An Interview: Tim Cigelske

I had the pleasure of interviewing Tim Cigelske, a social media expert, though Tim’s official title is Senior Communication Specialist at Marquette University. :D Having studied at Marquette Tim was quick to apply for a newly created position at the University in 2008.  The role is designed to aid the University in its social media endeavors.  Since taking on the role of social media guru in 2008, the University has gone from a nothing-less void in the social media realm, to continually ranked in the top 10 for social media use at a University.  The questions I had for him were a range of candor and interest.  I wanted to know his background, where he got his start and how he has made a name for the University so well.  Below is some of the interview notes:

Marquette University’s Twitter feed currently has nearly 15,000 followers and have posted just over 15,000 tweets.  Cigelske says the key to increased growth is to improve the search engine optimization (SEO) of whatever platform you are using.  Meaning through the University’s twitter feed, tweets he posts can link people back to other aspects and social medias of the University.  These interweb links are what drives up the web traffic needed to become relevant in the social media and interent realm.  Marquette is currently a part of 9 different social media platforms.  These include: Tumblr, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, flickr, Foursquare, LinkedIn and Google+.  Because he has taken the initiative to be a part of so many avenues in the emerging and social medias, he has seen a strong increase in followers and audience over the last 4 years.  What does this mean in the big picture?…well it means he can reasch a wider variety and range of people in a quicker amount of time verus traditional outlets like email, and simply using the Marquette website.  And as Cigelske is quick to point out, that’s the whole ideas of social media…reaching an audience in a nanosecond, the sooner the message is received the sooner the result can be seen.  He goes on to say it’ also a lot about a community, and Marquette is trenched deep in community.  People like to be part of a group and these social media outlets allow for that to exist.

In the end I was truly impressed with Tim’s professionalism and desire toward all of the emerging and social medias he manages at Marquette.  The simply ideas of informing and being involved in a group dynamic seems to be working well for him and the University.  Good luck in the future and check out all of the Marquette links below:

Flickr

Tumblr

Facebook

Pinterest

YouTube

Foursquare

Linked In

Google+

A Great New Addition

Pocket Wizards are a photographer’s best friend.  They allow you (with the proper tools) to change the look and light of any subject easily.  For those who don’t know, pocket wizzards are remote recievers and transmitters that can be attached to a camera, a flash or a strobe unite for remote triggering.  This comes in handy for mounted cameras in rafters, or placing flashes off in a distance or hiding them to lite remote areas of a picture.  The link below talks about an update to the Pocket Wizard.

http://strobist.blogspot.com/2012/02/pocketwizard-plus-iiis-more-trigger.html

Get Lost for a Few Minutes….

Today I lost myself in an amazing video shot by the one and only Vincent Laforet.  This is a continuation of the conversation we had with HDSLR technology last week.  Open the eyes and look around…it will be everywhere soon.  Anyways, this short film was shot all with HDSLR technology and is a testament to the self-taught videographer.  Great Stuff and so intriguing, check it out:  http://vimeo.com/30215350

Storytelling and Film are being affected by HDSLR technology…I mean duh!

HDSLR technology has been changing the game for quite a few years now, but it seems to have exploded in the last 6mos with movie production and tv programs.  It seems that people have finally realized that you can create the same OR EVEN BETTER quality video for an audience at a fraction of the cost.Take a look at the link below, it shows how some recent films have used HDSLR technology

http://blog.vincentlaforet.com/2012/01/30/video-how-technology-is-influencing-storytelling-film/

New Take on the Model Photograph

I am always looking for new and interesting ways to photograph people.  I came across this post and thought it was pretty neat.  Thinking outside the box is never a bad thing…

http://strobist.blogspot.com/2012/01/few-pointers-on-beauty-photograph.html

Video and Digital Asset Management

A problem many companies are finding out is how to effectively organize, store and find the many, many terabytes of video files they have started to accumulate.  I discovered this link as a starting point to help with tackling such a large project.

http://www.damlearningcenter.com/street-smarts/best-practices-for-video-in-digital-asset-management/

Emerging Medias

I am dedicated to bringing new and interesting news and facts about emerging media to light.

Emerging medias can be defined in a number of ways, but my hope, through this blog is to recognize as many different forms of emerging media as possible.  One of the most interesting forms of emerging media that I am interested in is the idea of Digital Asset Management (DAM).

Here is a link I found informative:

http://www.northplains.com/industry-insights.php?ext=http://searchcontentmanagement.techtarget.com/news/2240036218/Forrester-Companies-must-weigh-needs-for-digital-media-management

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