Flickr has just announced a new privacy feature for geotagged photos, called Geofences. Over 300 million photos and videos have been geotagged by Flickr members so far, and the engineers wanted to make managing privacy of these geotagged shots easier for the community. Instances in which you might want to conceal your photo’s location include: shots taken at home or at the private residence of someone else whose exact location you don’t feel comfortable broadcasting to the world at large. According to one Flickr engineer, who helped develop the new feature, “Geofences are special locations that deserve their own geo privacy settings. Simply draw a circle on a map, choose a geo privacy setting for that area, and you’re done. Existing photos in that location are updated with your new setting, and any time you geotag a photo in that area, it gets that setting too.” This saves the photographer the hassle of tweaking default geo settings every time she uploads media taken in a location she has deemed private.
Read all about Geofences, from the inception of the idea to the technical details on the Code: Flickr Developer Blog.
Hands-on with JOBY Frame X Frame
Text, Images and Video by Allison Gibson
The recently introduced JOBY Frame X Frame camera app for iPhone is a fun and easy tool for capturing stop motion video—and it’s free, to boot. JOBY calls the capture process “one button,” which is true if you go with the default options, but there are a few additional steps in the menu before shooting if you’d like to customize your animation. Still, the app is very intuitive and produces great results. The app also offers geotagging (by automatically attaching exif data to your pictures), and allows you to instantly share your creations on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.
How it Works
600 shots/1 second/10 fps
Frame X Frame stitches together captured frames to create the illusion of movement in a stop motion video. The app allows you to choose different interval times (from one second all the way to one day), number of shots (1 – 2,000) and frames per second (20 – .5) in order to customize your video. It also automatically tells you how long the resultant video will end up being when it’s complete. You can also choose between continuous or manual shutter, but as you might imagine, the continuous option offers consistent results with a lot less work.
600 shots/1 second/10 fps
The two issues that you need to consider before you capture your stop motion video are: time and camera shake. In regards to time, I am referring to the fact that in order to capture a decent length video you need to have several spare minutes to wait while the timed shots are taken. In the JOBY Frame X Frame promo video, they recommend reading, dancing and finger-tapping as helpful ways to pass time.
Even the most steady-handed among us will likely incur a little camera shake when shooting hand-held, especially given that you will need to hold the camera steady for a good chunk of time to get the most of the effect. To combat camera shake, JOBY recommends using a GorillaPod—which is not very surprising considering that they manufacture the product, but it is in fact a useful tool. With that said, all of the test videos that I made were shot during impromptu moments—walking at the beach, riding on a boat out on the lake, or hanging out in Downtown LA—and as much as JOBY would probably prefer that I keep my GorillaPod on my person at all times, I do not. So, all of my videos were shot hand-held. In some cases the camera shake is pretty obvious and in others not so much. The biggest disadvantage of shooting hand-held was that I was unable to capture longer videos because, frankly, I became uncomfortable and impatient. These issues cannot be blamed on the app, however.
The app offers a one-touch Anti-Shake option, which is what accounted for the relative stillness of my sample videos, but you’re better off using a tripod of some kind to get a steady, long shot.
Get Frame X Frame for free in the iTunes app store.
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Casio has just announced the EX-H20G—”the first digital camera with autonomic indoor positioning through Hybrid GPS,” according to the manufacturer. The compact 14.1-megapixel EX-H20G is able to “track a user’s last known satellite-acquired position against map data stored in the camera’s internal memory, even while the user is indoors” and is being billed as an ideal travel camera because it can confirm a photographer’s present location and then use its digital compass to determine the best route to their next destination. “After returning home, users can manage and share their geotagged photos and videos captured with the EXH20G using popular photo-sharing Web sites and software which offer geotagging functionality, such as Picasa, Panoramio, Google Earth, Flickr and iPhoto. These platforms will utilize the precise location data embedded into each image’s EXIF file to plot exactly where they were captured on a world map, giving the photographer, as well as their friends and family, the ability to vividly imagine their travels by making the connection with the locations visited and images.” The EX-H20G will be available in November 2010 for $349.99. More info from Casio below.
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