Saturday, December 26, 2009

3D on your Browser!

So I found this great article about a game developer using 3D in the browser. There's a current craze with the so call "Facebook" games that run mainly thru your browser. Most of them use 2D and take no advantage of the graphics. With new apps like Unity, they will bring 3D in to the browser games. If you thought your Facebook game look good, it will look darn tootin' awesome in the near future. See sample below.


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Photographer Products

My friend Ian showed me (and Glen) a simple trick with a sheaf of narrow paper (or even a business card or small brochure) and a rubber band that allows you diffuse the light on your external flash. Well apparently this company decided to make a real product of it. This idea has been around the photography forum for years but its cool that someone made a cheap version of it that you can buy.

Here's the link to purchase and a photo of the product.


Photographer News

I was going thru my email today when I read about this photographer from my Asuka newsletter. You can check out his cool website here

Here's the article in brief:

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Political Satire

Sometimes the political cartoonists hit the nail with the hammer. As I've been discussing the health care bill recently on my blog, I thought this week's political cartoons were pretty accurate if not funny.


Thursday, December 17, 2009

Tech news

I'm a big Sci-Fi movie fan especially movies like the Predator and Aliens. Well the creator of Aliens, James Cameron, is coming out with a movie called "Avatar" this week. Think of a sequel of Aliens but with a bigger budget than "Titanic" (purportedly half a billion to make!). If you watch the trailer, your probably like me and can't wait to watch it in the theater.


Photography Tips

Here's a great photo tip I received from my Nikon Newsletter. This is ideal during these winter months for all you shutterbugs.

Camera in the Cold


Saturday, December 12, 2009

JPP Daily Photo

I found this article when I was doing my daily reading of MSNBC headlines. What caught me interest was (1) the topic "social media" is an area I'm interested in adn (2) the innovation the guy in the article used to get the interview and job. Its something that I can put my feet in that person's shoes. Hopefully I can also find a social media marketing position in the new year to supplement my photography business.

Here's the example of the faux Wired Magazine cover the guy used in his tweet. And here's an example of my Senior Photo magazine cover I created recently for my Senior Photos advertising campaign. Looks like he and I have similar ideas for getting our names noticed. Only he's idea was more effective!


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Healthcare News

This week the senate approved Obama's Healthcare Bill. However they did cut the public option from it (see this article). Whats ironic is that the majority of Americans polled prefer a public option. Despite a mandate from the people in last year's election, the powerful healthcare lobbyist won their fight against the public option. Makes you wonder if democracy is dead in this country....


Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Photography News

I missed out recently on the Aperture Academy's grand opening. I think its great that they opened an academy in the bay area that has classes and field trips for beginner and advanced photographers'.

I plan on participating in AA more this year. In fact, I've created a new photobook which is available for free on their website here.

You can see some of my work here

It's always cool to be able to share your photos with your own peers.


Cool Technie News

Today was the unveiling for the new "Virgin spaceship bared". For those not geeky enough, its the first commercial sub-orbital ship that you can ride around the edge of space for a few days for a mere $200,000.00 U.S. If I ever get that kind of money, I would smack down the cash for a chance to ride one.


Thursday, December 3, 2009

Local Photography News

Talk about ridiculous! My cousin forwarded me this link about a photographer who was almost cited for taking pictures of his family at a state park. There's even a suggestion of charging commercial photographers at state park for revenue. That's pretty desperate. Plus how do you distinguish a commerical photographer doing a a commercial shoot? By their equipment? Good Luck! You can get a cheap DSLR for under $500 with lens kit.


news weird Holiday Card Photo Shoot Busted by Park Ranger
Official enforces rule requiring permits at state parks
Updated 3:00 PM PST, Thu, Dec 3, 2009

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Joe Flood While no permit is required for amateur shutterflies at California's state parks, one is required for commercial photography.

But what if you're just an amateur who uses professional equipment? Or a professional taking photos for the family Christmas card?

Then you might get a visit from a park ranger, and possibly even a citation.

At least, that's what a Seacliff photographer found out when he wanted to snap some shots of his family at Seacliff State Beach near Santa Cruz.

He didn't get a citation, but he did come back the next week and get the pictures he wanted.

The good news is, citations are rare according to a park official -- and the state park system is so poorly funded, chances that there will actually be a ranger on hand to shoo you away are slim.

Photo by Joe Flood.

Jackson West figures this is one way you could increase revenue for state parks.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

JPP Photo Friend

My friend and great photographer, Kris of Curly Bear Productions, recently posted some great photos from her Trash the Dress - Bridal Style! on her blog. The photos are sooo awesome its inspired me to ask some of my brides from this year's wedding if they are interested in doing the same. Go to Kris's blog to see all her awesome photos. I'm gona post a few here for you all to view.