Lectures on Digital Photography

Stanford professor, Marc Levoy’s, course description:

“An introduction to the scientific, artistic, and computing aspects of digital photography. Topics include lenses and optics, light and sensors, optical effects in nature, perspective and depth of field, sampling and noise, the camera as a computing platform, image processing and editing, and computational photography. We will also survey the history of photography, look at the work of famous photographers, and talk about composing strong photographs.”

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The A to Z of social media for academia

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Finding Degas’s Lost Portrait With a Particle Accelerator

05tb-degas01-master768

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Factum Arte

Factum_Arte_book_scanner

One of the most exciting and innovative groups in preservation and imaging today, Factum Arte  http://www.factum-arte.com/en/inicio), has worked with the Fondazione Giorgio Cini on an upcoming exhibit of treasured manuscripts. As part of the project, it was necessary to design and build a new book scanner for these extremely fragile works.
See the press release here:
 http://www.factum-arte.com/lib/kcfinder/…
and about the book scanner here:
 http://www.factum-arte.com/pag/699/The-M…

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Explore the Apollo 11 Command Module in 3D

“For the first time, you can peek inside the craft that enabled “one giant leap for mankind”

FYI: The model is build from “3D data from 6 different sensors into one 3D model. 400GB+ of data compressed into a model that will load online.”

Apollo 11 3D

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Photographing Little Dancer

Edgar Degas (French, 1834 - 1917 ), Little Dancer Aged Fourteen, 1878-1881, pigmented beeswax, clay, metal armature, rope, paintbrushes, human hair, silk and linen ribbon, cotton faille bodice, cotton and silk tutu, linen slippers, on wooden base, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon 1999.80.28

Edgar Degas (French, 1834 – 1917 ), Little Dancer Aged Fourteen, 1878-1881, pigmented beeswax, clay, metal armature, rope, paintbrushes, human hair, silk and linen ribbon, cotton faille bodice, cotton and silk tutu, linen slippers, on wooden base, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon 1999.80.28

Photographing “Little Dancer”

Lee Ewing, National Gallery of Art photographer, explores the challenges of photographing Edgar Degas’s Little Dancer Aged Fourteen. The only sculpture that Degas exhibited during his lifetime,Little Dancer is one of the Gallery’s most important works. So fragile that it is rarely moved, this masterpiece is known for its unique mixed media: pigmented beeswax, a cotton bodice and tutu, linen slippers, and human hair. This video provides an inside look at the process of bringing this most human of artworks to life through photography.

Released: June 07, 2016

 http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/audio-…

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Vacationing in Maine, c. 1965

Thank you, Todd!

Vacationing in Maine, 1965

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Google Created a Gigapixel ‘Art Camera’ to Preserve Iconic Paintings

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unoconv: Convert between any document format supported by OpenOffice

Features

  • Converts between different document formats that OpenOffice understands
  • OpenOffice can export to about 100 different document formats
  • Can be used for batch processing
  • Combines with asciidoc and docbook2odf/xhtml2odt to create PDF or Word (.doc) files
  • Can apply custom style templates during conversion (to enforce corporate identity)
  • Autostarts OpenOffice for processing if necessary
  • Can be used in a client/server environment to process documents centrally
  • Can influence OpenOffice filters during import and export
  • Supports OpenOffice on Linux, Windows and MacOSX”

[[ See: unoconv web page ]]

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How big is that image? Finding the pixel dimensions of DRS-stored images.

Harvard Library’s new page-turner accesses DRS-stored images, and technical metadata about the images, via the International Image Interoperability Framework API.

Once you know the IIIF recipe, you can also use the API to quickly find information about images in DRS. [ I wish the API would return the image sampling rate (aka, dpi), but that nugget isn’t part of the IIIF specification. Don’t get me started. ]

You can, however,  get the pixel dimensions of images stored in DRS, quick and easy.

Here are two recipes:

  • Referencing a DRS image ID
     http://ids.lib.harvard.edu/ids/iiif/<DRS ID>/info.json
  • Referencing a VIA record ID
     http://ids.lib.harvard.edu/ids/iiif/via:<VIA record ID>

Example: http://ids.lib.harvard.edu/ids/iiif/11869105/info.json
Example: http://iiif.lib.harvard.edu/manifests/via:olvwork279002

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