Memorial Day Weekend is almost upon us, which means you and your smartphone are going places and doing cool things. Whether you’re a mobile camera wunderkind who can turn a desert tumbleweed into photography magic, or a shutter-happy tourist who doesn’t discriminate between the Grand Canyon and the sketchiest roadside diner Sloppy Joe you’ve ever seen, there’s picture-worthy gold in them thar hills. Take a cue from professional photographer Matt Coch, an avid Instagrammer with 27,674 followers as of May 22. Coch recently went on an 8,000-mile cross country road trip and spells out the benefits of mingling with locals, getting lost, backing up your images, public transportation, and – most importantly – remembering to take everything in. Happy trails!
Heard of the connected home? That’s the big category for connected appliances, ranging from smoke detectors to refrigerators, and even coffee makers to dishwashers, that our homes will soon be outfitted with.
With household automation on the rise, marked by a steady uptick from 1.5 million installations in 2012 to a predicted eight million or more by 2017, according to ABI research, it seems we’re looking at more smart devices than we can shake a stick at.
Creating standout images is a matter of presence for Matt Coch. Whether it’s pausing to notice the Empire State Building reflected in a puddle, marinating in the soft glow of museum exhibits, snapping pedestrians illuminated in a momentary geometric sliver of light, or catching a tourist playfully accosting a scantily clad mannequin outside a Long Island clothing boutique, observational outings are a discipline for the 42-year-old streetscape photographer who meanders and shoots for at least an hour a day, every day – smartphone in hand and shutter finger at the ready. We first came across Coch as a contributing author to the mobile photography enthusiast group, We Are Juxt, and are excited to share some of his experiences, tips and memorable encounters in the following Q&A. Coch, who has 27,674 followers on Instagram as of May 22, shoots his mobile photos using the iPhone 5s and Nokia Lumia 1020.
By guest blogger Adam Drew
I love teaching people about technology. I love it so much, in fact, that I started making videos to help people get more out of their tech. That’s how my Modern Windows Fan video channel on YouTube was born. But before I could teach others, I had to learn how to make videos and get them online. So I hit the Windows Store and started looking for apps that would help me in my new project. I tried a couple of different video editing apps, but I knew my search was over when I found ArcSoft ShowBiz.
Wearables have crept from your pocket to your wrist to your face. Are you ready to get your Geordi La Forge on? At any rate, Google Explorers are – and all the hubbub gets us marinating on this formula: Smart glasses + intelligent imaging = good things to come. Bonus feature: This post includes a list of “likes” and “don’t likes” from one of our ArcSoft employees who got to take Google Glass out for a spin. Check it out and let us know if you have anything to add.
An unknown number of “explorers” (aka, a beta user group whose feedback will help shape how Google Glass evolves) were given the privilege to pay $1,500 a pop for their own pair during a mad dash April 15, when the Explorer Edition of Google’s wearable computer hardware went on sale to the public for one day only. Continue reading
Smile, you’re on simplicam!
ArcSoft’s simplicam™ powered by Closeli™ – the first and only home monitoring solution that can actually tell you if someone’s home – made a splash at the 2014 MacWorld/iWorld by garnering thousands of visitors to its booth and wrapping up the week with a “Best of Show” award.
We’re living in the age of the “selfie” – a habit so ubiquitous in today’s social media-centric culture, it was named “word of the year” in 2013 by the most venerated gatekeeper of the English language, the Oxford Dictionaries. Even prior to that, the term’s status as a lexicon it-kid was heralded in 2012 after Time Magazine declared it one of the “top 10 buzzwords” of that year.
By guest photographer Dainon Moody
For the past several months, I’ve made the near-accidental decision to shoot more with my Android phone, and less with my digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera. While I enjoy capturing the world around me with both devices, my mobile phone is simply the easier option most of the time. And the more I learn about its features, the less quality I have to sacrifice.
Brendon Gilchrist captures the stunning landscape and nature of his native country in an extraordinarily powerful way. His images are a gift to all who see them, and are, as he says, his way of “sharing a beautiful or amazing place that many people may not get to see.” While Brendon has always had an eye for beauty, it was a tragic loss that caused him to begin to focus differently on the world around him, on the landscape, and in the mountains. His beloved wife passed away in 2012 leaving him pained but also imbued with a new and single-minded sense of purpose.
“Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.” -Oscar Wilde
In the span of two short years, Brendon has gone from a man with a regular job to an impressive landscape photographer. While he still has his day job, his skill and passion for photography continues to grow and the inspiration that comes from the mountains is now an ever-present sense of urgency. “The mountains are basically my second home now,” he says, “I keep a book of ideas to help with planning photos. When I have the right scene and the right light, I capture my ideas.”
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