Playtime is an automatic photo studio, whose digital camera can only be triggered by a visitor's jump.
The user take the calibration pose as explained on the screen. When recognized by the software, the instructions are removed and the installation is ready to take the picture. The user can then lower his arms and jump as high as he can to trigger the camera.
People can then discover the best jumps on a big video projection next to the studio and ask the operator to directly send their photo per email.
L’installation Playtime est un studio photo automatique, dont l'appareil se déclenche uniquement lorsque le visiteur saute. La prise de vue est effectuée précisément au point atteint le plus haut. Le public découvre avec surprise l’image furtive d’une pose en apesanteur...
Le visiteur se place face à l’appareil photo et prend la position de reconnaissance indiquée à l’écran. Une fois sa silhouette reconnue par le logiciel, les indications sur l’écran disparaissent et l’appareil est prêt à prendre la photo. Le visiteur peut alors baisser les bras et sauter aussi haut qu’il peut pour déclencher l'appareil photo.
Le public peut retrouver les plus beaux sauts sur un écran situé à coté de l’installation et demander à l'opérateur d'envoyer directement leurs photos par email.
UPDATE: 7-03-11: New, updated design for slider dolly. Check it out here: vimeo.com/25937230
This video is not at all obsolete. Still a good resource for DIY. Other video has a look and the new design, plus a materials list.
Inspired by the DIY photo gear building sites (my favorite of which is CheesyCam.com—so many ideas for projects buried in there. Oh man), anyway, I set out to put together a cheaper alternative to my linear motion-based camera slider. While I like it (the "real" slider, that is), it’s a little complex, and by the time you get it to work properly you’re in it for at least $100. The motion system alone will cost you at least $80, then you need something to mount it on, and some way to mount your camera on it. Do it right, however, and you’re rewarded with exceptionally smooth moves.
But the kind of stuff that make my pants tight is when you can get 98% of the effectiveness for 28% of the cost (or even less if you shop well and improvise a little), and that’s where this rig comes in.
It uses a small trolley built from angled aluminum (or steel, or some other metal) and held together with threaded rod so you can adjust the track width for different track surfaces. Wheels are mounted at perpendicular angles to each other to lock the carriage on the track side to side and create a smooth rolling platform.
We used skateboard wheels for our rollers, mounted on 5/16-in. bolts with short pieces of bushing material spacing them out for proper clearance. A piece of scrap plastic purchased from a marine salvage yard serves as the deck, and attaches to the threaded rod crosspieces with zip ties. Enough room was left for the width to be adjusted to accommodate a variety of “tracks.”
Our “track” consists of a Harbor Freight brand adjustable sawhorse. The top is a nice, wide and square steel channel that makes a smooth and sturdy base for the roller. The legs are even adjustable individually, and it folds completely flat for use right on the ground.
The entire assembly, including the sawhorse (which is currently on sale for $22) would probably cost under $50 to duplicate if you were a truly awful shopper and had absolutely nothing to start with. Ours is made almost entirely from scrap from around the garage, and if you do any light fabrication, you probably have at least a few items laying around to save you some money.
FYI, here’s some links to the stuff we actually bought, or at least similar stuff, since some of it has been around for a while:
Ball head mount: http://cgi.ebay.com/1-Hot-shoe-1-4-3-8-Swivel-Umbrella-Holder-Mount-Tripod-/370405895178?pt=Digital_Camera_Accessories&hash=item563de96c0a
Skateboard wheels and bearing sets: http://shop.ebay.com/i.html?_nkw=skateboard+wheels+bearings+&_cqr=true&_nkwusc=skateboard+wheels+bearnings&_rdc=1
Here’s the marine surplus place I get a lot of bits and pieces. They list inventory on their website, but there’s nothing like going out back to pick through the true surplus and wonder what to build next: http://www.surplusunlimited.com
Talking head stuff shot on a Canon HF S100 with a Rode Videomic. Slider stuff shot with a Canon T2i with a 50mm f/1.8. Various LED lights gave me the healthy, almost Nordic pallor.
Miss Aniela is a fine-art photographer whose work can be seen at http://www.missaniela.com and Flickr stream http://www.flickr.com/photos/ndybisz
Self-taught in photography, Miss Aniela's passion began with creating high-impact, often surreal self-portraits, known for often employing digital means to achieve impossible illusions.
Miss Aniela's class is for people who want to bring ‘art’ to their photography: to do something dynamic, conceptual and interesting with models and props, and also creative compositing. The video shows behind the scenes of Miss Aniela's second workshop delivered in London in September 2010. Miss Aniela's workshops are delivered to a small group size (here, there are 8), set in a studio, and dedicate time to both shooting the model, and live, step-by-step processing. This class is a 'levitation' class, where the students are shown the methods to producing 'trick' images to make the model (here, Mette Tønnessen) appear to be floating or falling.
To find out more about Miss Aniela's workshops, click onto:
Big thanks to Alistair Briggs of Long John Films for the production of this video (email@example.com)
A 25 minute short film chronicling Richard Rasner's (aka Unique Nudes') trip to rural PA, where he experienced local culture AND shot nine original nude photoshoots featuring 6 amazing models.
In the film Richard shows off the brand new Nakayama Studios EAST and drops in on his friend, the world famous nude photographer Scott Church. Shoofly pie, a Hershey Chocolate factory tour, drunken cell phone pics from a hostile bar takeover and lots more hijinks abound in this fun film. Did I mention the amazing nude models? Yeah, there's a lot of those in the film too.
Video shot entirely on a Canon T1i. (Photos taken on my 5D Mark II.) All music used with permission; soundtrack info is available at the end of the film.