Here is one thing you don’t want happening to you if you are covering the Hockey Stanley Cup Finals. One of the journalists covering the event dropped his lens onto the ice in the early stage of the game. I mean, forget the fact that this lens can easily cost a grand or two (anyone identifies the lens? hit us in the comments.); forget the fact that you are now one lens short for shooting the game; forget the fact that you placed a foreign object on the ice. Focus on what the poor guy must have felt when he saw his lens used as a puck for a few seconds until the players figured out what’s going on.
Photographic technology keeps getting better and better while society keeps getting dumber and dumber. But, perhaps we’ll hash out some of those specifics at a later date and time.
That being said, the new influx of giant gigapixel images is fascinating, whether it’s exploring nature or cities. Now these images are being brought onto a more personal level, complete with the capabilities to tag yourself and friends in these massive images. Blakeway Gigapixel, purveyors of giant, 360-degree panoramic photos, is pushing their new service of creating “exciting interactive social media engagements within a huge multi-gigapixel image,” and despite the blatant commercialization undertones, it’s still pretty cool.
About a week ago we reported on GoPro stock plummeting after Apple was granted a patent for wearable cameras, but thanks to an announcement made by the NHL and GoPro on Friday, GoPro stocks are making a swift recovery (up 6.5% at the time of writing). The announcement detailed a deal between the two which will put GoPro 4’s on professional hockey players during game play with the idea that the footage from the cameras will be used for live broadcasting.
“…to date the footage has been restricted to a post-production workflow with memory cards being shuttled back to the truck to provide a look back at the action. This new solution will be the first time official GoPro products are used to transmit the action in high definition, allowing for integration into a live television broadcast.”
This announcement comes a week after GoPro announced it’s partnership with Vislink to equip their cameras with the capability to broadcast sporting events live in high definition. In that announcement, GoPro mentioned they would showcase this new technology during the 2015 X-Games in Aspen in addition to the AMA Monster Energy Supercross event, but, at the time, made no indication of a deal with the NHL.[Read More…]