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Video: Learning About Picture And Color Modes On Your DSLR

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DSLRs are a powerful and popular tool for creating video, but it’s likely that very few users of this fairly new product category have gone deep into its settings. For taking pictures and the occasional video, the defaults are fine, but if you’re interested in putting a little more love into your production, it pays to know a few tweaks you can make.

Stillmotion has put together an informative and well-made little video describing the fundamentals of white balance and a few obscure or hidden features that you can use to personalize your video before it even hits the SD card.

It’s Canon-specific, but still worth checking out if you’re new to, say, a Nikon or Pentax system. Check it out:

Sure, some of the changes aren’t really visible unless you’re looking for them, but even the little things matter. They can also affect the way you think, as he notes a few minutes in: you start noticing the temperature of the light, thinking about how your apartment would look with more sunlight and less tungsten.

Color is a powerful tool for expression, even when you don’t know what you’re doing. A while back I accidentally had my camera set to a cooling white balance while shooting outside in a warm afternoon light, and all my pictures had an icy, bright cast that at first bothered me but soon delighted me. I hadn’t thought of the urchins and buoys and things I’d shot as looking any way other than the way I saw them. Yet with a slight change in environment, they would look completely different. I didn’t “correct” the white balance after the fact because it ended up being a unique and interesting take — that I can’t exactly take credit for.

They’re going to have a second tutorial later in the month for post-processing color effects. If you haven’t played with Lightroom or Aperture (to say nothing of Photoshop and the like), you owe it to yourself to give one a try. The versatility of DSLRs made me fall in love with photography all over again, and as nerdy as it sounds, knowing my way around menus and applications was a big part of that.

[via Fstoppers]



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Devin Coldewey

September 6th

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Carol Bartz: Yahoo Called And Fired Me (Updated) [Yahoo]

Carol Bartz confirmed she's been fired from her position as CEO of Yahoo over the phone (how cold). The short announcement was sent to Yahoo employees via email from her iPad: More »


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Kelly Hodgkins

September 6th

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Carol Bartz Confirms Her Own Firing — From Her iPad

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Title says it all. Well, except the fact that Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz was apparently fired over the phone. Harsh. This is the note Bartz just sent out to Yahoo employees:

To all,

I am very sad to tell you that I’ve just been fired over the phone by Yahoo’s Chairman of the Board. It has been my pleasure to work with all of you and I wish you only the best going forward.

Carol

Sent from my iPad

We noted in June that Yahoo was quietly looking for a replacement for Bartz — something which Yahoo (obviously) denied, and other press ate right up. Yahoo even talked about our post at their shareholders meeting and essentially called it “bullshit”. Funny.

The moral of the story: how do you know a company is lying about something potentially damaging, even (and perhaps especially) in an official capacity? If their mouths are moving.

Crazy day. Here’s our favorite Bartz moment.


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CAROL BARTZ
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On January 13th, 2009, Carol Bartz was named CEO of Yahoo, succeeding outgoing CEO & Founder Jerry Yang, and she held this position until September 6, 2011. Prior to joining...

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YAHOO!
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Yahoo was founded in 1994 by Stanford Ph.D. students David Filo and Jerry Yang. It has since evolved into a major internet brand with search, content verticals, and other...

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MG Siegler

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Zuck’s New Favorite Song Lyric: “Had A Dream I Was King. I Woke Up, Still King.”

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Days after headlining Vanity Fair’s “New Establishment” list for the second year in a row, Facebook CEO and TIME Person of the Year Mark Zuckerberg has updated his Facebook status with the following somewhat Machiavellian Eminem song lyric, “Had a dream I was king. I woke up, still king” to which he adds the commentary “Favorite lyric in awhile.”

Okay okay, so Zuckerberg probably doesn’t mean the update in the obvious, personal, way … But still the association is interesting, as at this point there’s little contesting as to whether the Facebook founder is the king of social networking and maybe even the Internet.

While we already know from his public Spotify profile that Zuck <3s Green Day and Lady Gaga, the song referenced here is bolder (and more curse word-filled) fare, a collaboration between Eminem, Bruno Mars and Royce da 5’9″ off the EP Hell: The Sequel.

Eminem’s entire verse is a spurious message to haters, the rapper’s bravado coming through in statements like “This rap game’s… mine for the milking” and at the verse’s end, “‘So let them… raise cause I came with 5’9” but I feel like i’m 6’8.’”

Fun fact: According to the Internet,  Zuckerberg himself is also around 5’9.” “Lighters” lyrics and music video below.

Lighters feat. Bruno Mars lyrics:

[Chorus - Bruno Mars:]
This one’s for you and me living out our dreams
We are right where we should be
With my arms out wide
I open my eyes
And now all I wanna see is a sky full of lighters
A sky full of lighters

[Verse 1 - Eminem:]
By the time you hear this, I will have already spiralled up.
I would never do nothing to let you cowards fuck my world up.
If I was you, I would duck or get struck like lightning.
Fighters, keep fighting, put your lighters up- point ‘em skyward uh
Had a dream I was king, I woke up, still king.
This rap game’s… mine for the milking (Martin Luther King)
Till’ nobody else even fucking feels me till’ it kills me.
I swear to god I’ll be the fucking illest in this music.
There is or there ever will be, disagree? Feel free.
But from now on, refusing to ever give up. Only thing I ever gave up, is using
No more excuses, excuse me if my head is too big for this building.
And pardon me if I’m a cocky prick, but you cocks are slick.
Popping shit on how you’ve lived your life around crock of shit.
Who you dicks tryna’ kid, flip dick you did opposite.
You stayed the same ‘cause cock backwards is still kcoc you pricks!
I love it when I tell ‘em shove it cause it wasn’t that long ago when Marshall said..’cause he couldn’t cut mustard, muster up nothing brain fuzzy.
‘Cause he’s buzzing woke up from that buzz, and now you wonder why he does it?
How he does it, wasn’t cause he had. Was it circled around his head?
Waiting for him to drop dead, was it?
Or was it cause some bitches wrote him off?
Little hussy ass, fuck it guess it doesn’t matter now does it?
What difference does it make, what’s it take to get it through your thick skulls.
That this, some… people don’t usually come back this way.
From a place that was as dark as I was in just to get to this place-
None of these words be like a switchblade to a hater’s rib cage.
And let it be known that from this day forward I wanna just say thanks,
‘Cause your hate is what gave me the strength.
So let them… raise cause I came with 5’9” but I feel like i’m 6’8”

[Chorus - Bruno Mars:]


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FACEBOOK
Launch Date:
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Funding:
$2.34B

Facebook is the world’s largest social network, with over 500 million users. Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg in February 2004, initially as an exclusive network for Harvard students. It...

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Person:
MARK ZUCKERBERG
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Mark Zuckerberg is the founder and CEO of Facebook, which he started in his college dorm room in 2004 with roomates Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. Zuckerberg is responsible...

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Alexia Tsotsis

September 6th

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Porn Browser [Vocab Lesson]

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Kyle Wagner

September 6th

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Amazon and 7-Eleven Want You to Pick Up Your Packages Whenever You Feel Like [Genius]

We hate waiting for things. Whether that be cable guys or package deliveries, it's tedious and annoying. But Amazon and 7-Eleven are now teaming up to address this problem (for packages at least) in the form of a parcel locker. More »


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Adrian Covert

September 6th

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Facebook iOS app gets monster update to 3.5

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Facebook’s iOS app just got a monster update, including the following:

  • - Made it easier to share with who you want
  • - Added the ability to tag friends and places in posts
  • - Added the ability to share external links from a web view
  • - Added new design for Profile and Group Walls
  • - Improved the sharing tool to add privacy controls on posts and match your settings on the web site

Improvements and bug fixes:

  • - Improved Notifications speed
  • - Fixed a number of Chat bugs
  • - Made it easier to select filters in News Feed
  • - Fixed a bug with the Notifications bar disappearing
  • - Fixed a number of Photos bugs
  • - Improved performance and stability overall

Still no iPad version, however. In fact, @Chpwn warns:

Facebook removed iPad support in their latest app update. It’s not possible for FaceForward to enable something that’s no longer in the app.

Check out the new Check-in screen (which was hinted at 1:51 in the video on this page) below:


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Seth Weintraub

September 6th

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Near-final iOS 5 build reaches late carrier testing, carriers begin support training

Just days after Apple Store employees started their internal training of Apple’s upcoming iCloud and iOS 5, Apple’s global carrier partners have begun their own version of the process. According to participants, the training largely mirrors the training that occurred soon before last year’s iOS 4 launch alongside the iPhone 4. Interestingly, these major carrier partners’ support divisions are also being trained on iCloud.

This iCloud training demonstrates Apple’s push of both iCloud and iOS 5 as integrated products. After all, many of iCloud’s unique features are iOS-device based and many of iOS 5′s cornerstone features rely on iCloud connectivity. The training materials are said to have been developed with Apple’s assistance and include both detailed video and PDF-based explanations. With these carriers already training, we’re thinking that official news from Apple on the subject is imminent.

Separately, Apple’s most prominent carrier partners have been seeded near-final builds of iOS 5 for final testing. This build is newer than the betas seeded to developers and includes some unique features. According to a source testing this build, FaceTime over 3G is active. According to this source, testers are being instructed that 3G FaceTime testing is a high priority. What is still up for discussion, though, is whether or not this feature will reach end users in iOS 5.

In addition, this near-final iOS 5 build in late carrier testing includes the Nuance Dictation speech-to-text feature we first revealed screenshots of and detailed. According to a source testing the feature, it works almost identically (video above) to the Android operating system’s speech-to-text feature. It’s also very polished, quick, and accurate said the source – which is obvious for being an Apple product but also is indicative of the product being nearly complete.

One last thing… that iOS 5 system-wide Assistant feature we revealed and discussed on several occasions? It’s apparently not in this near-final build. Since the feature is confirmed to be in development, our only assumption is that iOS Assistant is an iPhone 5 exclusive. Or, Apple is keeping it from even their most important carrier partners until it’s officially announced.



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Mark Gurman

September 6th

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Top Secret America Looks At The Dark Side Of The War On Terror [Military]

Ever wonder how we went from carefree flying to mandatory groping at airport gates in less than ten years? Or how the Joint Special Operations Command grew from an unknown hostage rescue team into the crew that killed Bin Laden? More »


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Kelly Hodgkins

September 6th

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Rumor: Google Wants Hulu Really, Really Bad [Hulu]

All Things D's Peter Kafka says that Google is willing to offer significantly more than what Amazon, Yahoo or Dish Network would be willing to offer in the bidding war for Hulu. But they also want more than what's being offered. More »


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Adrian Covert

September 6th

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