What a year 2013 has been, especially for those of us involved in imaging technology; and it’s even more exciting to see what’s ahead as we’re celebrating our 20 years in the industry. Where photography used to be about the photographer and his/her subject, a new form of control and self-expression rose in 2013 with the Selfie. With the latest smartphone developments, advanced technologies such as our facial detection engine (now included in more than 1 billion mobile phones) have made photography evolve from a medium where users were ‘subject’ to someone else’s view of them, to the Selfie, which, while criticized, can also be viewed as a form of empowerment, where the ‘subject’ has full control on how they’re perceived. We at ArcSoft like to think that we were helpful in putting the word ‘Selfie’ on the map (and in the Webster dictionary!) with Perfect365, our award-winning makeover app designed to take and share that perfect picture of yourself! Continue reading
Nepal is a place of astounding beauty like nowhere else on earth. The summer days are breathtakingly endless blue, punctuated by torrential downpours and proudly arching rainbows. Evenings boast the clearest, starriest skies. While it’s incredibly magical to me, this is just life as usual for the Nepalese people. But amid all this splendor, things are not so easy for them. They do not have access to the medical treatment they desperately need. So, three times a year, we come here to help them. And every time I come back, I feel lucky to be here, grateful to be among these amazing people.
I’m a professional photographer and I enjoy seeing the world through my lens. But, as a physician, sometimes what I see — tremendous physical suffering and emotional trauma — can trigger a conflicted feeling in my heart. I’ve often been asked, why I don’t just exaggerate the pity aspect of what I see through my photography in order to get people to sympathize and donate to our cause. But I don’t think charity should be promoted that way. Charity should come naturally, from the heart. And, out of respect for the people, I don’t choose to show their suffering, because that is only a part of their lives. As a matter of fact, most of the time, I see people’s great smiles, and I see them being thankful and content. Continue reading
Our Guest Android Photographer Shares the Secret to Finding Inspiration
-by Dainon Moody
You might say I’m an ‘Androidographer.’ Or perhaps ‘A Samsung Galaxy Artist.’
The world is full of incredible sights and places. Sometimes I plan ahead and bring my DSLR, but most of the time, I don’t. My Galaxy phone, however, is always with me. Because I never know when I might see something particularly amazing, my phone lets me capture these things right at the moment I experience them.
The images you see here are just a few of these moments that have spoken to me, that tell a small story about a time, a place, an event or a subject. They are my observations and my take on things, my perspective about the world as I move through it and live in it every day. Continue reading
Meet Paul Garcia, a Castroville, TX semi-pro photographer, and an ArcSoft app user, who has a way with hummingbirds.
Hummingbirds are, arguably, some of the world’s most fascinating birds. They have an incredibly rapid wing speed (a high of 100 beats per second), tiny size (most species measure between 3-5 inches with the smallest at 5 cm) and impressive aerodynamic design (they produce 75% of their weight during their wing downstroke). More than that, though, the hummingbird’s quite literally ‘fleeting’ beauty has captured our imaginations for thousands of years across the globe. Continue reading
While stunning DSLR photography is wonderful and certainly has its place, smartphone photography is becoming more and more common – and more and more influential.
Wait, is Everyone A Photographer?
It’s an interesting debate. Whether the Chicago Sun-Times made a big mistake in firing their entire photo journalistic staff or not, one thing is true: the superb quality – and value – of typical cameras embedded in smartphones today is incredible. Most of us are toting this dazzling technology in our pockets, backpacks, cars and handbags every single day.
So what are we doing with that technology? Do we even realize how much power is in our possession? Continue reading
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Every wedding has a main story but there are many sub-plots.
While a wedding seems like one big event with the primary focus on the couple, there are always many other storylines developing right alongside it: Long overdue family reunions are causing tearful and joyous hugs. Out-of-the-blue budding romances are heating up. Dear old friends are scrambling to catch up on precious lost years. Sweet little kids are running around and being naughty.
As a wedding photographer for the past six years, I’ve shot many weddings. It’s hard to describe the beautiful kaleidoscope of emotions that one is privy to during these moments but all I can say is that my experiences have taught me a lot. In this blog, it is my hope that I can help couples and their attending guests pay extra attention to documenting all the great stories that are happening all around them. Continue reading