Tag Archives: smartphone

scanning for memories

Toronto. The folks at Lomography are best known for their odd ball films and inexpensive cameras and lenses. In this digital era, the film aficionados are in a minority. Those of us with negatives galore have discovered the virtues of … Continue reading

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si si d, doctor B

Toronto. Years ago, I discovered Bell Labs via the journal, Bell Systems Technical Journal. One issue in particular impressed me since it included a cardboard 78 rpm record of a computer singing, ‘A Bicycle Built for Two’!  Now-a-days computers are … Continue reading

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you know the end is near when …

Toronto. All good things must come to an end as they say. And that is the case for the compact digital camera industry. I have been saying as much for a while now. The WCPHA said the same way back … Continue reading

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antique digital

Toronto. Anyone born this century likely thinks digital is normal – smartphones , television, streaming (voice, music and videos), photography, etc. Over a century ago, some technologies like telegraph or radio were digital – messages send at a distance over … Continue reading

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computational photography

Toronto. Photography is a continuously evolving technology. Have you ever wondered how those smartphones could even begin to compete with digital cameras? These tiny marvels are a computer in your pocket just bursting with apps and technology. A phone and … Continue reading

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another kind of halide

Toronto. Those of us who creak getting up – chairs or stairs – can remember the days of film and glass plates when the light sensitivity of silver halides made our art practical. But this post is about a totally … Continue reading

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why everyone should learn photography

Toronto. Life Savvy posits “why everyone should learn photography” in its post by Harry Guinness back on May 12th. This article is in the “if you can’t beat them, then join them camp” as Harry sets out to teach smartphone … Continue reading

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taking the red-eye out

Toronto. When we hear that phrase today, we think the speaker is flying over-night to the coast to wake up bleary eyed and fuzzy for breakfast thousands of miles from home But that wasn’t always so. In the 1950s, colour … Continue reading

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down periscope …

Toronto. Do you remember submarine movies? Somewhere in the plot you would hear “down periscope” before a dive alarm sounded. Recently, I was surprised to see the term being used today to refer to a smartphone-sized telephoto lens design, By … Continue reading

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selfies: hope vs. reality

Toronto. About 60 years ago, Polaroid advertised that “everyone” used their system to take home photos (i.e. “selfies” – a name coined  just a few years ago). That was hope since the reality was that a very small percentage of … Continue reading

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