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April 26, 2013

20+ Cheatsheets & Infographics For Photographers

 

We love cheatsheets as one can refer to them and make quick amendments to better our skills. Since many loved our last compilation of cheatsheet for designers, we’ve decided to compile another set of cheatsheets, this time for photographers.
Amateur photographers, and even pros can easily benefit from these cheatsheets as it is a resource for fresh and new ideas. We’ve scoured the Web and have found a wide variety of cheatsheets covering various aspects of photography and catering to the many levels of skills and interest of anyone who calls themselves a photographer.
Most of the pictures you see here are cropped for a nice fit, so remember to click on the links to check out the entire cheatsheet or infographic. Some of them are really long and can give you a ton of worthwhile information that you really can’t do without.
Focal Lengths
Manual Photography

What Your Camera Captures At Every Lens' Focal Length
Photograhy Cheatsheet
Exposure
Color Temperature
F-Stop Chart
Lighting Modifiers
Portrait Lighting
Home Lighting
Shooting Modes
Metering Modes
Nikon Viewfinder
Posing Ideas
Histogram
Cropping Guide

More Photography Resources

Here are more (but wordy) resources to help in certain photography situations. The following also includes keyboard shortcuts for Adobe Lightroom and Apple Aperture together with a few other cheatsheets for certain DSLR models.
10 Rules of Photography
Wedding Photography
Family Portrait Cheatsheet
Landscape Photography
Action Photography
Macro Photography
Photographer Rights
Best Shutter Speeds For Every Situation
Lightroom Shortcuts
Aperture Shortcuts
Canon Memory Card

Cool Futuristic/Concept Gadgets That Really Inspire

 

About 10 years ago, we didn’t really expect the 1.4mb 3.5 inch floppy to evolve into flash drives 10x smaller with storage capacity as big as 32gb. The interesting thing about technology is; it’s just going to get more and more high-end but the size, is just going to get smaller and slimmer.
These concept gadgets you see before you today, have extremely high chance of getting into production anywhere in the future. For example, Microsoft’s Surface Computing Technology certainly tells us they are for real. Here’s some really cool concept gadgets, just concepts for now but we really hope it’ll be implemented, that inspires. If we happened to missed something impressive, please let us know in comment. Full list after jump.

B-Membrane Laptop/Desktop

Concept computer designed by Korean designer Won-Seok Lee. No bulky monitors, just a UFO shape system that displays screen like a projector. [via yankodesign]

Nokia Aeon Full Screen Concept Phone

The most prominent design feature of aeon is a touchscreen that stretches over the full surface area of the phone. [via engadget mobile]

Napkin PC

The Napkin PC is a multi-user, multi-interface, modular computer designed for creative professionals to collaborate and bring their greatest ideas to life. [via yankodesign]

Cellphone Code

This phone uses haptic technology to provide physical feedback for making a call. To turn it on…twist a section, to dial a number…twist a bunch of sections, to make an international call…break your wrist! [via yankodesign]

Virtual Goggles

Designed and conceived by Franz Steiner, he wondered what the personal assistant might look like in the future. [Blutsbrueder Design via Gizmodo]

New DSLR?

Concept of a digital camera which can be used in one hand. [perezprada via yankodesign]

Future Internet Search

All you need to do is point the tablet at any object and you should get search results as good as Google’s, just more interactivity. [petitinvention via behance.net]

Sunshine Pillow

We arent sure if it’s warm enough, but it’s good to own one. [Rei Gallery via gizmodo]

Capsule Radio Clock

Not rocket science, but definetely cool to get one. [sequoia-studio via tuvie]

Info-Live Watch

INFO Live is an data organizer for connected internet world. It is able to transfer data information to any hardware and person any moment in time of need. [via nextgendesigncomp]

Jive For The Elderly

Jive is a range of 3 products that were designed to get elderly technophobes connected to their friends and family. [jive via tuvie]

LifeMap

Touch screen digital photo storing and organization product. [via tuvie]

Microsoft Arc Mouse

When you go advanced in all your computer equipments, the next best thing is to get a futuristic mouse. [via geekandhype]

Pebble Key Port

Designed with many slots so that user can easily group their keys into categories such as car keys, home keys or office keys. [via tuvie]

Pixel Perfect Hour Glass

Title says it all. A perfect gadget anyone wants to own, I suppose? [Pavel Balykin via yankodesign]

Calliper Style Radio

Like a precision calliper tool, 08 Radio by Mikael Silvanto lets you precisely find the station you want by sliding the entire radio unit up and down the scale. [via yankodesign]

April 25, 2013

Iron Man 3 Review 2013

 


Critic's Rating: 
Cast: Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Guy Pearce, Ben Kingsley, Don Cheadle, Rebecca Hall
Direction: Shane Black
Genre: Sci-Fi
Duration: 2 hours 10 minutes


Story: After saving the planet (in Avengers), playboy-philanthropist Tony Stark now faces anxiety issues. Plus, he's bombarded with threats from the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley), a Middle Eastern terrorist and an army of indestructible lava men. Can the superhero get his act together?

Movie Review: Like The Dark Knight Rises, for a major portion of the film, the Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr) stays unmasked. His new armour flies piece-by-piece to his body. He stays mortal, as in most scenes, you see him wearing just one part of the armour.

Right in the beginning as Tony Stark declares he is a 'changed man', you fear the character might lose out on its core personality. You wonder if Shane Black can pull it off, considering it's his first outing as an Iron Man director and it comes after the massive success of The Avengers. But Black breathes new life into the franchise while retaining its trademark charm. He keeps the film vastly different from Jon Favreau's previous installments by adding his own brand of action-humour and twists.

Black combines spectacular action, comedy and drama to get you entertained and emotionally invested in his characters. Scenes where Tony confesses his fears to Pepper ( Gwyneth Paltrow), his interaction with a small boy are heart-rending. Robert Downey Jr gets a multi-layered role and he performs with absolute finesse. His smirk and those classic wisecracks amuse you the most.

However, Ben Kingsley steals the show! He is bound to get major applause for his performance.Guy Pearce (Aldrich Killian) is effective as an actor but his motives seem unconvincing. His character fails to make the desired impact.

From the jaw-dropping attack on Stark's Malibu estate, his brand-new prehensile armour, to a mind-blowing airborne rescue scene, Iron Man 3 is every bit the superhero blockbuster you'd expect it to be. Just do not leave the theatre once the closing credits start rolling!

Note: You may not like the film if you find solo super-hero films tedious post 'The Avengers'!

April 24, 2013

SACHIN ~ Master Blaster ~ The GOD of Cricket

 

April 23, 2013

Next-gen USB SuperSpeed to eliminate power cords

 

Intel has announced that the Thunderbolt and USB SuperSpeed specifications will soon double data transfer speeds, opening up peripheral pipes to greater throughput.
But what Intel hasn't hyped much is the fact that the upgrade to the USB Super Speed 3.0 spec will also boost power transfer in both directions from 10 watts to 100 watts.
The increase in power means that computer monitors, laptops and even high definition televisions could be powered through the use of a single USB hub, which would also allow for a bidirectional data flow.
The Thunderbolt peripheral interconnect will soon move from 10Gbps to 20Gbps. The USB SuperSpeed specification will double from 5Gbps to 10Gpbs.
For USB 3.0 (also called SuperSpeed), the data transfer speed increase is evolutionary, but the power transfer is revolutionary, according to Jeff Ravencraft, president of the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF). The USB-IF is a nonprofit organization founded by the developers of the USB specification, which includes Intel, Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard.
"This is going to change the way computers, peripheral devices and even HDTVs will not only consume but deliver power," Ravencraft said. "You can have an HDTV with a USB hub built into it where not only can you exchange data and audio/video, but you can charge all your devices from it."
For example, a laptop typically requires 65 watts to power it and charge its battery, which leaves additional power for displays or other peripherals. At last year's Intel Developer's Forum, the USB-IF demonstrated a USB SuperSpeed hub powering a Lenovo notebook, which was also sending audio/video to two other displays while being charged from the cable. The built-in hub eliminated the need for separate power bricks for each device, Ravencraft said.
USB SuperSpeed
At the Intel Developer's Forum: A demo of USB Power Delivery. In this photo, the display is connected with a single USB cable. The data and power is supplied from the Lenovo PC to the displays.
The European Union now requires cellular phone vendors to use micro USB for charging. Ravencraft believes a similar movement, via consumer pressure, will also eventually force vendors to accept a standardized power and data interface based on the USB SuperSpeed specification.
The new USB Power Delivery specification, which comes with the bandwidth upgrade, is compatible with existing cables and connectors, enabling voltage and currents to be negotiated over the USB power pins. The power can be used or delivered over the same pins without having to change the cable's direction, Ravencraft said.
"So with this new specification, you can go from very small devices with 5 volts, 2 amps or 10 watts -- where USB starts -- up to 20 volts 5 amps and 100 watts," Ravencraft said. "This power delivery capability is going to extend the ease of use for consumers, reduce clutter in the work and home environment, but also reduce electronic waste filling up landfills with custom chargers."
Consumers toss out millions of battery chargers every year. In fact, cell phone chargers account for almost 100,000 tons of trash annually in the U.S. In the E.U., chargers represent about 51,000 tons of landfill waste.

The need for speed

For Thunderbolt, this is the first speed increase since its initial release in 2011.

April 22, 2013

Earth Day Collaboration Aims to harness the Energy of 2,000 Suns


By Andrea Pedretti
It would take only two percent of the Sahara Desert’s land area to supply the world’s electricity needs. Unfortunately, current solar technologies are too expensive and slow to produce, require rare Earth minerals and lack the efficiency to make such massive installations practical. To address this, scientists at Airlight Energy have teamed up with IBM and Swiss university partners to develop an affordable photovoltaic system that is capable of concentrating, on average, the power of 2,000 suns, onto hundreds of 1×1 cm chips.
The prototype system uses a large parabolic dish made from a multitude of mirror facets. The dish is attached to a tracking system that determines the best angle based on the position of the sun. Once aligned, the sun’s rays reflect off the mirror onto several microchannel liquid-cooled receivers with triple-junction photovoltaic chips. Each 1×1 centimeter chip can convert 200-250 watts, on average, over a typical eight-hour day in a sunny region. 

The solar receiver system will use hot-water cooling processor technology, developed by our partners at IBM for supercomputers. Based on a collaboration with the Egypt Nanotechnology Research Center  it was reapplied to cool photovoltaic chips.

I am particularly proud of the design, which I refer to as “frugal innovation.” I describe it this way because we have replaced expensive steel and glass with low cost concrete and simple pressurized metalized foils. Our business will manufacturer the small high-tech components, in particular the microchannel coolers and the molds, in Switzerland, while the remaining construction and assembly will be done in the region of the installation. This will create jobs in my home country and abroad, which is also rewarding for me.
To provide fresh water our colleagues at IBM are using a unique concept that they originally helped to develop for water-cooled supercomputers. With both the Aquasar and SuperMUC supercomputers water is used to absorb heat from the processor chips, which is then used to provide space heating for the facilities.
In the HCPVT system, instead of heating a building, the 90 degree Celsius water will pass through a porous membrane distillation system where it will be vaporized and desalinated. A large system could provide 30-40 liters of drinkable water per square meter, enough for a small town.
With such a high concentration and a radically low-cost design, we are targeting a cost-per-aperture area below $250 per square meter, which is three-times lower than comparable systems. This is a good price point for locations around the world including Southern Europe, Africa, the Arabic peninsula, the southwestern United States, South America, and Australia. Remote tourism locations are also an interesting market, particularly resorts on small islands, such as the Maldives, Seychelles and Mauritius.
Over the course of the next several months, thanks to a generous grant from the Swiss government, we will be building up new prototypes here at Airlight in Biasca and at the IBM lab in Rüschlikon, Switzerland. By Earth Day 2014 we should begin to have some very promising results.
Till then, Happy Earth Day.

Via aSmartPlanet

April 21, 2013

Interesting facts about Microsoft


Microsoft-Logo-New-Logo-Bright-900x1600Microsoft is the world’s biggest software company, a technology giant, a title it retained for almost 38 years  since its inception. The company was founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen on April 4, 1975, to develop and sell BASIC interpreters for microprocessor ‘Altair 8800’, and eventually monopolized the OS market with its MS-DOS and Windows series of operating systems.
Here are some interesting facts about Microsoft :
No. 1
Co-founders of Microsoft, Bill Gates and Paul Allen, showcased their programming skills in high school by cracking into the security system of the Computer Center Corportation. The company soon hired them to help “find bugs and weaknesses” in its system.
No. 2
The company was named as “Micro-Soft” at the time of its founding in 1975, later the co-founders took the ‘hyphen’ off, and incorporated Microsoft Inc. in 1981.
No. 3
The Software engineers at Microsoft, are also referred to as “Softies,” take home a starting salary of $106,000.
No. 4
Microsoft, in its 38 years of amazing history, has acquired over 150 companies: including Hotmail, Skype, Vision Corpoation, and Yammer. Six are worth over one billion.
No. 5
Microsoft’s Surface tablet was created in secrecy at the company’s Studio B location in Redmond, Washington, U.S., which supposedly has an underground bunker where the development team worked on the tablet.
No. 6
You can’t create folders in the name of CON, PRN, AUX, or NUL because these keywords are reserved by DOS.
No. 7
The company’s 1986 initial public offering, and subsequent rise in its share price, created an estimated three billionaires and 12,000 millionaires from Microsoft employees. It took 23 years since going public in 1986 for Microsoft to report its first-ever revenue drop.
No. 8
Microsoft originally named its operating system as “Interface Manager,” but marketing team felt “Windows” worked best.
No. 9 
Joachim Kempin, former VP of Windows Sales, said that Microsoft had plans of acquiring SEGA, but the deal fell through because Bill Gates felt the gaming company didn’t have “enough muscle” to compete with Sony.
No. 10
Microsoft was incorporated with only three employees and $16,000 in the bank. By 2008, the company staffed close to 96,000 and racked up $60 billion in revenue.
No. 11
The Microsoft’s Research and Development division employs over 850 PhDs who work in 13 labs around the world and tackle 55 areas of R&D including hardware development, social computing, and algorithmic theories.
No. 12
Microsoft’s Word was originally developed for its own version of the Unix OS called Xenix, which was intended for use on microcomputers.
No. 13
Before Microsoft was founded, the duo, Gates and Allen had another start-up by named Traf-O-Data. The company was formed while the two were in high school with the objective of processing raw data from roadway traffic counters to create reports for engineers.
No. 14
In 1992, WinVer 1.4, the first virus attacked the Windows based systems.
No. 15
Google acquired YouTube for $1.6 billion, Microsoft passed on the opportunity acquire it for half the price: $500 million.
No. 16
The tone when you boot up the PC was composed by Musician Brian Eno and he was offered $35,000 to compose the infamous start-up tune for Windows 95.
No. 17
Windows XP was named as Windows Oxygen, after it was built, however, Microsoft’s marketing team thought it was best to run with the XP moniker with the initials representing “eXPerience.”
No. 18
The current CEO of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer, who at the time was hired as Microsoft’s 30th employee, starred in the first ever Windows 1.0 commercial as an overly ecstatic salesman.
No. 19
The Company’s work force include over 76 percent of male and 23 percent of female employees. The average employee age is 38.4 years.
No. 20
It took 11 years for Microsoft for its first IPO (initial public offering)
No. 21
Apple attempted to sue Microsoft during the release of Windows 2.0 which infringed Apple’s drop-down menus and tilted windows. But the PC giant countersued stating the Apple granted permission to create GUI (graphical user interface) elements based on the Mac OS and other programs.
No. 22
Over 5,000 pieces of contemporary artwork can be found spread across the company’s 150 campuses. According to Microsoft, art helps reduce stress at the workplace and increase productivity.
No. 23
When Gates was still a freshman at Harvard University, in his resume he stated that he’d be available from June 1974 and would be happy working “anywhere” at the suggested salary of $15,000. However he dropped out of college the following year found Microsoft with Paul Allen.
No. 24
Microsoft Word has a number of auto-type sentence commands, but its most popular is “=rand(200,99),” which when entered without the quotes into a document, it gives out put of ‘The Quick Brown Fox Jumps over the Lazy Dog.’ The sentence contains all the 26 alphabets in English language.
No. 25
Windows 95 is most remembered for it is the first operating system when it comes to internet.  It had built-in Internet, dial-up networking, and plug and play support.
No. 26
Microsoft Office was first released in 1989 for use on Macintosh before being launched for Windows platform.
No. 27
When you type ‘Q33N’ in Wingdings font, the word page displays ‘Q33N’ image. It is the flight number of the flight that struck one of the two World Trade Centers on 9th September 2001.