Wednesday Web Links 3/30/11

The weeks just keep flying by. There is lots of gear this week after being a little picture heavy lately. Here are your Wednesday Web Links.

  • Vimeo announced its very own iOS app on Tuesday, March 29th. The app is very similar to Apple’s iMovie app which allows you to edit video shot on the iPhone. As you can imagine it is tightly integrated with vimeo.com and also with various social networking sites allowing you to share video on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, WordPress, Email or SMS. The app is free and available in the app store.
  • The Parabolic Light Modification System V.2 umbrellas are once again in stock from Alienbees. According to accounts from users on various forums, they are shipping daily and are no longer on an endless back order. Now if they could get the Einstein, Vagabond Mini Lithium and the new Pocket Wizard Power MC2 in stock too, they just might make a customer out of me.
  • Expo Imaging released the Rogue 3 in 1 Honeycomb Grid to go along with their line of Rogue Flashbenders. I haven’t been able to use one yet but it seems like a really good idea. I currently use the Speed Grids from the Honl Professional Lighting System. They work well but the way the attach to a flash is crap. I end up using 2 Speed Straps to get enough tension to hold them securely. Maybe the Rogue Grid will replace these for me.
  • Canon U.S.A. has issued a press release regarding the possible import delays of products due to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. It also appears that the The U.S. Customs and Border Protection will be extra cautious with any import from Japan due to radiation concerns. As far as I am concerned they can take as much time as necessary. More than 10,000 people were wiped from the face of the earth in a matter of minutes during the tsunami. Worrying about how greedy Americans will get cameras should not be a concern for the people of Japan at the moment. My thoughts are with Japan as they rebuild their shattered lives.

UPDATED: Wednesday Web Links 3/2/11

Wow, another week has slipped past. Wednesday Web Links coming at you in, 3, 2, 1. Get it? You are so clever.

  • There are ways for professionals to behave in this industry. I have seen some pretty unprofessional behavior at local events lately by both print and television media. In a post on Son of Bold Venture titled The Press Box Rules, blogger Chris Jones tells it like it is. And a related post titled The Locker Room Rules isn’t a bad read either (just a warning, there are a few dick jokes). A lot of the rules here pertain to both reporters and photographers.
  • The Pictures of the Year International 68 winners have been posted. This contest is always filled with some great pictures. Every year there are also some “hmmmm?” pictures as well. Either way it’s good to look at pictures from some of the best shooters in the world and gain some inspiration. It’s also a testament to the power of great photojournalism.
  • I am an Apple fanboy. There I said it. I don’t care what you think. I have to mention the announcement of the iPad 2. Dual Core A5 chip, 33% thinner than the first one, front and rear facing cameras, no contract 3G data from either AT$T or Verizon and a whole lot more. I want one. I’m going to justify it as a business expense so I can use it to show potential customers my portfolio.
  • A company called Square, which allows you to accept credit card payments on your iPhone, has changed some of it’s billing procedures to be cheaper for users. They have dropped the $.15 per transaction fee and made it a flat 2.75% for all transactions. If you don’t use it, you don’t pay. This is a stellar deal to be able to accept most credit cards. There are normally a lot of fees to operate a credit card terminal and Square has managed to cut most of them out. Your customers can’t use the “I don’t have any cash” excuse anymore.
  • Over at the Canon Professional Network, speedliter Syl Arena has posted a multipart series titled Getting the Most From Speedlites. If you don’t know Syl, he is the Canon TTL equivalent to Nikon’s McNally. This is good stuff and well worth a read. I have been a Canon shooter for years and there were still things that I learned from this series.

iFixit To The Rescue

I just wanted to give a quick mention to ifixit.com. Once again they have saved me money and time by both providing the instructions and parts to repair my out of warranty MacBook Pro. A local shop quoted me almost $300 for the repair. I was able to do it myself for half that. After 4 years of being on the move, the optical drive finally gave up and stopped reading or writing CDs. I ordered a used drive and within 3 days it arrived. The installation instructions were detailed, easy to follow and provided a list of tools needed. After about 30 minutes of installation time I was able to perform a software update from a disc that I was previously unable to. If you are the DIY type, I highly recommend checking out ifixit first if you have an out of warranty Apple device that needs repaired.

iPad for Photographers Link Roundup

Now that the iPad with 3G is out I figured it was time to take a look at how photographers could utilize one. I have rounded up a selection of links related to the iPad, photography and blogging. Check it out.

  • iLounge.com – Reviews: Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit
  • photo.net – Is The iPad a Serious Tool for Photographers?
  • youtube.com – Photogene (app) for iPad video
  • youtube.com – PixelMagic (app) for iPad video tutorial
  • wordpress.com – WordPress for iPhone OS 2.4 with iPad support for mobile blogging
  • photoshelter.com – Wider Angles: The Apple iPad. Publishing Evolution? Photography Revolution?

Denver Post getting ready for iPad

© Matthew Jonas 2010

“Nobody will change to HTML5 video because of the iPad,” said Adobe flash fans. I think the 300k iPads sold this weekend say otherwise. I was at the eye doctor this morning and was browsing the internet with Safari on my iPhone 3GS while waiting for a checkup. I clicked over to the denverpost.com and where I would normally see the all-to-familiar-blue-flash-plugin-box, instead was a graphic that said iPad compatible video coming soon. What a change 2 days makes. Apple has a significant hold on the portable browsing market with the iPhone. With the introduction of the iPad, they are only strengthening their grasp. Content providers are now starting to look more seriously at the mobile market.