Yahoo Killed Flickr

The best and first photo sharing site that came out was Flickr, everyone got on it and it really was a community of it’s own. Innovative and ahead of it’s game, everyone wanted a piece of it and they were courted by the Giants, surprisingly Yahoo got it at the end, I was hoping for Google at the time as they let services develop on their own to a degree, but when Yahoo got them I thought at least thats probably better then Microsoft, but it seems time has proven me very wrong.

I have linked below the excellent Gizmodo article on this matter and this describes it perfectly:

This is the story of Flickr. And how Yahoo bought it and murdered it and screwed itself out of relevance along the way.

Link: Gizmodo

Flickr had so much going for it and it was community driven the first thing that yahoo did that annoyed the hell out of me was that you had to log in with your Yahoo ID to get into Flickr, why couldn’t they just keep it on their own. When Flickr was new it kept on giving us more and more features, and I was hoping when its backed by a big guy like Yahoo they would have the ability to develop cool tools faster ways to use the cool site. They were at the forefront of the mobile photography revolution, now everyone snaps pictures with their phones thanks to Apple’s high quality camera’s in the iPhones, you could see the trend from back then, but Flickr couldn’t take a major advantage of this because of Yahoo. Yahoo paid the founders a good chunk of change but for the company (Flickr) to get any funding from Yahoo they had to achieve milestones and those milestones had nothing to do with developing Flickr and more to do with it integrating into Flickr (Yahoo Login Crap). I couldn’t believe that they still don’t have a decent iOS or Android App for Flickr, they could have easily dominated Instagram, they had the community base going with excellent photographers, Flickr had and still has the social networking tools built into it that can bring it back around but now it feels like Flickr is trying to do what it does best but Yahoo is going down and taking all it’s companies with it. It hasn’t really changed much in the last few years, personally I still love it but I want more out of it. Damn you Yahoo!

Same story with Delicious, Yahoo bought them out and years later they were killed off, a simple cool site that Yahoo smothered.

Canon 7D II & 70D – Rumors

At last some updates for the Canon 7D, for me the 7D has been my favorite camera/DSLR period. Its simple enough that I can use it and complex enough that it can do so much. I especially love its video recording features and I hope they have upgraded it for this time around. There are two updates one is for the Canon 70D and the other is the 7D Mark II. I hope the changes for the 7D Mark II are so much that it makes it worth it for me to upgrade. I have had my camera since Dec of 2009 and I still think its fantastic, I just want more for the video features and I hope they deliver on it. For now these are just a few rumors, I’m hoping for more news soon, come on Canon make us happy.

EOS 70D

  • Digic 5
  • 18mp
  • 100% viewfinder with grid lines like 7D
  • 19 AF Points from 7D
  • Continuous AF in LiveView & Video Recording
  • September Announcement

7D Mark II

  • Dual Digic 5
  • 100% viewfinder
  • 61 Point AF from 5D Mark III
  • Announced after 70D

Link: FStoppers

Instagram .. The Shock.. Thinking About Leaving?

This was a short celebration for us Android users, honestly I was very happy to get Instagram and share a lot of things with friends and family, a real social photo sharing platform done right. But this news about Facebook buying out Instagram for $1 Billion is nothing short of shocking. All the evil works of Facebook and Zuckerberg entered my head, I feel like I’m swimming in tainted water, that Facebook can finally get its hands on me. If anytime big changes come along, some of us aren’t going to be OK with them. Now that Instagram is soon to be under Facebook’s control, many are expecting privacy woes and leaving the service for greener pastures.

Leaving Instagram is not something I would like to do at this juncture but I would like to have the option of taking all my photos with me if need be, in Android everything is Synced to My Google Plus account but just in case you feel like leaving this probably the simplest way to go about it.

This is easy. Fire up your computer, and head to Instaport. It’s a website whose sole purpose is to suck your pictures out of Instagram, and drop them into another account or save them to your computer hard drive. Follow the instructions, and you’ll end up with all your Instagram pics bundled neatly wherever you want to keep them. Fair warning — they are under some “heavy traffic” right now, so you may have to wait a bit. I got it to work on the third try, but your mileage may vary.

Then head over to Instagram to have your account deleted, keep in mind that you won’t lose your account when you do this, your Username is still yours so nobody can take it.

Link: Instagram Account Deletion

Lytro – Review

I have been looking forward to getting my hands on the Lytro for a very long since its built on a new type of photography technology, basically allowing you to focus the picture after taking it. I had very high hopes for it be amazing, especially since its very oddly designed, not your regular camera, but I was waiting for some reviews to make a decision, and this is honestly the best and most thorough review I have seen by far. After watching the video and reading at article at the verge I don’t think I will be getting the current incarnation of the Lytro since it has a few drawbacks and limitations which can be overcome over time, so I’m gonna wait for a little while for next generation of this camera before making a purchase. Check the link below for the full article.

Link: TheVerge

Lowepro’s Messenger AW Series

When your gear feels right, your work goes more smoothly. The Pro Messenger AW was designed with this idea in mind. It’s built to fit pro-sized camera gear in configurations you’ve told us work best. It has an innovative flap that effortlessly folds in half to quiet your moves and quicken your pace.

Compactly packing all your camera gear into neat package makes this bag series very appealing. I have one bag which I use for packing my camera gear but recently I have more gear then the bag can take and the Lowpro’s Messenger AW Series looks very appealing with different sizes for different uses. With the largest of the three, the 200, you’ll find the front flap pocket is large enough to accommodate two DSLR bodies while the main compartment features customizable padded sections to fit lenses, a flash and other accessories. Each successive model reduces capacity for different uses. For street and travel shooting the 160 looks to the perfect bag as it’s small enough to pack in the luggage but big enough to house a DSLR, one extra lens, a flash and other assorted items when you grab for a day of shooting.

Link: LowPro

Fujifilm X-Pro1

FujifilmXPro1

CES comes around and all the good start showing up, the next thing you want to buy and this interesting camera is peaking my interest. This time around Fujifilm introduced a very interesting new camera, the X-Pro1. The new X-Pro1 will feature a 16megapixel X-Trans CMOS Sensor, with an APS-C format. This new type of sensor uses a Bayer color filter of 6×6 pixel (instead of the regular 2×2) to prevent the generation of moire and pseudo color. Basically it will shoot very cool shots and the camera looks retro which is function combined with looks, the best part is the interchangeable lenses . But its a bit on the pricey side going for $1700 and of the 3 lenses would cost $650 each, so by the time your done you would have spent $3650 on a camera which could have amazing shots. I will wait to see a few reviews, still I’m tempted.

FujifilmXPro2

The Surfing Trooper

Dark Side Surfing all over the world, these Storm Troopers do know how to enjoy themselves on the nicest surfing beaches of the world. When you work for Darth Vader you do get to enjoy your vacations in these unique places, comes with the job description.

The only way to track the Surfing Trooper is follow him on tumbler before he disappears to the dark side again. Its a team on Stormtroopers taking this journey and probably the most creative bunch of Stormtroopers they have. Lets hope for another series Stormtrooper vacation activities soon.

Link: SurfingTrooper


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Comic Panels Printed By BayPhoto

There is no denying that I am addicted to comics of all kinds, and one the things I tend to do is while surfing through all these websites I would save high quality images. I always wondered how I could print them as metal panels, since I already had a few metal panels that I picked up from Chicago a year ago. After finding BayPhoto’s website

I went with three panels types of comic panels to print, Transformers, Comics, and Manga. I wanted to do the metal prints and find something reasonable and after going around Bay Photo had the best options. BayPhoto seems to be the place that photographers make their prints and they are professionals, my prints were packaged by Mike, thats what it said on a card inside the packaging, I liked the personal touch.

All the prints came out perfectly, I made some normal size print outs and some custom size print outs which I put over my computer screens, the biggest one being the Transformers G.I.Joe which look awesome. For $320 these prints were very reasonable and especially for the quality, and only one was a bit fuzzy but that was because of the quality of the upload and other ones were amazing. The Snake Eyes vs. Storm Shadow came out amazing, so much so that I wanted it in front of me when I was working on my computer.

The List Of Panels:

  • Transformers & G.I.Joe
  • Transformer Bad Asses
  • Optimus Prime Version 1
  • Optimus Prime Version 2
  • Batman & Superman Apocalypse
  • Superman
  • G.I.Joe – Snake Eyes vs. Storm Shadow
  • Mazinger
  • Justice League

Link: BayPhoto


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