Array (  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 72491 [post_author] => 25217 [post_date] => 2016-12-08 09:15:53 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-12-08 14:15:53 [post_content] => Jerome Jarre believes that if your online life is better than your real life, then you need to get off the internet. It was a lesson he learned as a teenager who struggled socially, despite his status as one of the top users on the viral, early-2000s French blogging site, Skyblog. Yet you would never suspect this if you follow him today. He’s courageous, outgoing, and inspiring, but most of all, he’s on a mission to change the world—and not just the digital one.Jerome got his start on social media with Vine comedy, after he dropped out of college at 19 and traveled to China where he met his mentor, Chris Carmichael. It was he who educated Jerome on the foundations of entrepreneurship, and the duo went on to work together on two startup businesses: one that manufactured lanyards for trade show badges, and an app that connected trade show attendees, in order to tap into the full potential of networking. But this was only the beginning of Jerome’s quest to improve life with technology. In the past year, he’s launched NGO missions that bring sustainable, solar-powered light to impoverished communities, sent a Love Army into the streets after the July 2016 terrorist attacks in France, and brought 100 children from one of Brazil’s oldest favelas to the Olympics. And the best part? With the help of his audience, he’s funded this by reaching deep into the pockets of large-scale corporations.[caption id="attachment_72496" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] © David Johnson / Resource Magazine[/caption]But before you can fully understand his mission, it’s important to understand the social media business model. For influencers, revenue is generated by working with brands that offer advertising dollars to promote their products. Companies often suggest that these campaigns are executed subtly, so the audience doesn’t catch on that it’s advertisement. This poses a moral challenge, as many influencers have built their followings off honesty and transparency. But everyone needs to make a living, right? Well, Jerome is making unprecedented strides to change that, and it all started when he turned down a million dollar contract with a candy company.[caption id="attachment_72499" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] © Francisco Reyes / Shutter Republic[/caption]Today, Jerome is a humanitarian and visionary using the power of his audience to, perhaps literally, bring light to the darkest corners of the world. He’s disrupting the influencer model, and driving corporations to spend advertising budgets on causes that directly help those in need. After all, Jerome will never let his online life outweigh reality, and with over 16 million followers, that’s no easy standard to top.We spent a couple days with Jerome in New York City to learn more about his vision for the future and his plans to use social media to better humanity.[caption id="attachment_72492" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Cover photo by David Johnson[/caption]What’s up Jerome? I thought we’d walk toward Washington Square Park and discuss your plans to change the world. But before we get into that, I’m wondering what you believe is most wrong with the world today? What are the biggest challenges we face as humans?Discrimination, disempowerment, and brainwashing the youth of the world. That’s the what I see most wrong with the world right now, and changing that would change every other problem we have a species. As a kid, I remember feeling like I didn’t have the opportunity to change the world, because society is designed to make kids feel this way. Kids are put in this category of less than an adult—less smart and less experienced. It feels like just because you’re a kid, you’re not supposed to participate in making the world a better place. I promised myself that I’d remember that feeling because I didn’t want to do it to my own kids one day. I don’t have kids yet, but I translate this to the people who follow me, who could be my kids or brothers and sisters. To me, the youth is where the solutions and answers are—they’re the purest humans on earth and have been the least affected by negativity in the media, fear, propaganda, and disappointments in life. That’s what makes them so special. I believe the one thing that could immediately change the world is if the youth was in control.[caption id="attachment_72506" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] © Francisco Reyes / Shutter Republic[/caption]What do you mean by control, exactly? Is this coming from a political, social, or economic standpoint? All of it. Look around you, out of everyone in power—the CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, the religious leaders, the politicians—none of them are a part of my generation or younger. And you can be sure that things would be totally different if the youth were the decision makers. No one from the younger generation would send young kids to kill other young kids on the other side of the world. No one from the younger generation would preach waging wars or point fingers at people for being muslim or black or gay or this or that. The problem is that the youth has been unempowered. We’ve been told to sit down, and so we did. But the world can’t afford for the youth to sit down anymore. We, young people, need to be courageous, step up, and take mankind to a better direction. We can have a vision for a better world. And no, we can’t trust the leaders who have taken the world to where it is now to heal it and make it better. Because they won’t. Their hearts are lost. Our best hope is in the purest of hearts. The only hope is the youth. [caption id="attachment_72498" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] © Francisco Reyes / Shutter Republic[/caption]However, nobody is going to empower us, so we have to empower ourselves. We’ve been told since day one that we are smaller, weaker, and less experienced than the older ones, and for this reason we have to listen and follow the rules. Obviously, those rules of hierarchy by age aren’t working very well. But the good news is that a shift is slowly happening. There are more and more people dropping out of the traditional education system—the biggest formatting and brainwashing of your life. More kids are becoming entrepreneurs at 18, 19, or 20 years old. There are more and more people from our generation deciding that they’re not going to follow the format of getting a diploma and then getting a job they hate, where they basically waste their lives realizing someone else’s dream. This shift is great, but it’s not happening fast enough. We can think bigger. Like, why can’t the next U.S. president be someone from our generation? Why is it impossible? Because of lack of experience? Well, if your experience comes from keeping the status quo or being a horrible person, how can it be beneficial to mankind? What we need is true change and to start thinking not at country level, but at mankind level. That change can only come from a new mindset: the youth mindset. So yes, to answer your question, the youth is the solution. I believe almost everything wrong in the world could be fixed if the youth could stand up and stop listening.[caption id="attachment_72508" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] © David Johnson / Resource Magazine[/caption]Totally. Now let’s switch gears a bit. So you founded a successful advertising company with Gary Vaynerchuk, became one of the most followed people on social media, then turned down a million dollar contract from a candy company. How does this tie into you work today? Initially, I was excited by the [million dollar contract]. I would’ve been able to buy an apartment for my mom and things like that, but there was the ethical issue of promoting unhealthy candy to my young audience. Around that time, I became friends with a really dope French artist named JR, who told me, “You have two options in front of you: either you make a lot of money with that contract or you can try changing the world. You can’t do both.” His point were valid, so I decided that turning down this million dollar contract was the right thing to do, and that same day I quit my job at my own advertising company. I remember him saying, “If you take that contract, the next time you create something from your heart or stand up for something you believe in, people will wonder, ‘oh, which candy company is he doing this for this time?’ They will be missing the point and your voice will have no impact.” https://youtu.be/CIuJOYceU3oFor a month or so, everyone around me was telling me how I made the biggest mistake of my life. Even people in my own family. I come from a humble, hard working family and it was almost unjustifiable to them to turn down that much money. And to be honest, I’ve had times where I started wondering if I had made the wrong decision. But it’s funny how the universe works. Two months later, as I was wondering what’s next and how I was gonna make a living, I received an offer from Pepsi for the exact same contract. At first, I thought I couldn’t do it for the same ethical reasons. But I realized if I turned it down that money would just go to someone else to promote the product. So I tried something different this time. I went to them and said that instead of spending the million dollars on me, we should be spending it on doing something good for the world. Something meaningful. Then and only then would I respect them and be proud to be doing this together. I was basically testing them to see if they were worth working with, and if they were brave enough to make a move like this. It turned out they were, and it became this: we were gonna install hundreds of thousands of solar lights with recycled plastic bottles with the NGO Liter of Light. My proposal was almost a provocation, and suddenly, Pepsi had won my respect. I personally don’t drink Pepsi, and told them right away that I was not comfortable telling other people to drink something that I don’t drink. But I gave them a chance to do something good and they did. They supported a light mission that betters people’s lives while I’m making a living doing something meaningful. Not only did Pepsi give $1 million to Liter of Light, but I was also paid to document it. I was able to use this money to live, but also to finance more missions that I care about. That’s the dream. I don’t want to have to choose between generating money and doing good. I believe we can do both.[caption id="attachment_72527" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] © Francisco Reyes / Shutter Republic[/caption]For the full story, subscribe to Resource Magazine or pick up a copy from your local Barnes and Noble, photo studio, or newsstand. [post_title] => This Social Media Star Is Redirecting Millions of Marketing Dollars to Help Humanity—and It's Working [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => social-media-star-redirects-millions-of-marketing-dollars [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-01-31 16:33:24 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-01-31 21:33:24 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=72491 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 4 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 71924 [post_author] => 25217 [post_date] => 2016-11-15 09:01:32 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-11-15 14:01:32 [post_content] => Many of us know Hive Lighting for its original, energy-efficient plasma lighting technology; but now, they’ve launched a Kickstarter for its first-ever LED system, and it could very well redefine image-makers’ approach to lighting for photography, video, and events.The WASP 100-C is a continuous LED light with full saturation controls, allowing for infinite color combinations, which can be programmed through professional DMX boards, a manual interface on the light itself, or through Hive’s smartphone app. With a CRI—or color rendering index—of 98, it’s capable of mimicking any color gel or natural daylight. In addition, it’s compatible with Profoto’s wide range of modifiers and accessories, which can be adapted to pair with Bowens, Elinchrom, and Chimera products.“Hive is still very actively developing and expanding our plasma technology, but we are always looking at unique technologies we can develop,” said Hive Chief Product Officer and Founder Jon Miller. “We became excited about the possibilities of using a 5 color round LED array to create higher quality white light and greater full color control than was currently available in existing LEDs. When we realized we could achieve this incredible color and control we wanted to make sure it would be affordable and easy to use, after that it seemed like an obvious choice to introduce it to our customers.”Needless to say, there are a few things that make the WASP 100-C special, whether you’re an amateur, professional or just like to experiment with new and interesting gear.
“I think the most interesting use we have seen is the combinations achievable when using all three of the color controls, hue, saturation and color temperature in conjunction,” said Miller. “The ability to start with a base white light color temperature anywhere from 1650K - 8000K and then combine that with 360 degree hue range and different levels of saturation allows for an unbelievable amount of creativity when lighting. The other use has been the ability to combine it with photo accessories. A good example of this is putting the light into a beauty dish, one of my favorite light modifiers, but difficult to gel effectively, having almost infinite color options in a dish source is really a cool tool. “ Aside from the expansive control it delivers, its affordable price point makes it an ideal setup for amateurs or those on a budget, as it’s planned to retail for $1,100, or $799 if you pledge on Kickstarter. “Similar controls in an LED with lower color quality start at over $2500,” said Miller. “For less than $1,000, being able to match any kind of light in any location with a single source and not needing to bring along gels is a lifesaver, especially when you are working with a limited budget. This light is very forgiving, a huge amount of power in small package that really allows you to experiment. The app is also extremely helpful for an amateur, compared to historically remote control for lighting required expensive DMX lighting boards.”The WASP 100-C is available now on Kickstarter, complete with a video walk through and behind-the-scenes testing with its creators. “For photographers, cinematographers and lighting designers this control allows for a huge amount of creative possibilities to create looks, set moods and doing amazing effects for both beauty and product work, Miller added. “It can also be very exciting when you think about large lighting arrays for studio or stage applications when you have these kind of spot lights with robust back end controls available through DMX lighting boards.”See additional specs for the WASP 100-c below:WASP 100-C™ FEATURES:
WASP 100-C™ KIT INCLUDES:
- 100-240 VAC input via power supply
- 12 - 28 VDC input via 4-Pin XLR
- 98 CRI / 97 TLCI
- Omni-Color LED (1650K - 8000K)
- 360 degree Hue controls, 0-100% Saturation
- 0 - 100% Dimming Control
- Manual, DMX, Smartphone Control
- 5 Lbs
- 6" Length x 4" Diameter body
- 5" Reflector face
Visit the Kickstarter page to help bring the WASP 100-C to life. [post_title] => This New LED Light Takes Production Lighting to the Next Level [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => this-new-led-light-takes-production-lighting-to-the-next-level [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-11-15 09:06:30 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-11-15 14:06:30 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=71924 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 71516 [post_author] => 25217 [post_date] => 2016-10-26 10:00:33 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-10-26 14:00:33 [post_content] => It's a big week for tech. Today, October 26, Microsoft is hosting a massive unveiling event at Spring Studios in NYC. We're here reporting live on everything new and exciting in the world of Microsoft. Here's everything you need to know about Microsoft's October 26 event. This story will be periodically updated throughout the day, so be sure to check back as the news develops.
- Wasp 100-C™ Head Unit with 22° Reflector
- Wasp 100-C™ Power Supply 100-240 VAC
- HDP Lenses: Spot, Medium, Wide, and Super Wide
- 5 inch 4-Leaf Barn Doors
The Next Chapter of Windows 10
It's clear that Microsoft's focus is creativity. Soon, the "Windows 10 Creator's Update" will roll out, "releasing the 3D creator in all of us," making it possible for anyone to create, share, and experience 3D.
The Creator's Update will incorporate a 3D program that seemingly allows users to intuitively create 3D images, and bring 2D images to 3D projects using the "Sticker Tool." Microsoft says it will be as "simple as taking a photo or video."
Live on stage, they're recording a smartphone video of a sandcastle, which is being scanned in real-time to the device as a 3D image. This brings us to Paint 3D, a new iteration of the program, designed specifically for 3D imagery. Alongside this is Remix, a platform that hosts 3D imagery, lets you collaborate with other users, and offers the ability to 3D print directly from the site. This update will be integrated directly into Paint, and users are also able to export their Minecraft creations directly to it. In addition, 3D will be incorporated into Powerpoint where the content can be fine-tuned for presentations.
This brings us to HoloLens, which ties all of this 3D programming into the real-world. After seamlessly creating, capturing, and editing 3D imagery, HoloLens transforms it into original mixed reality creations. With this is a lineup of HoloLens upgrades, such as HoloTour, enabling full-scale interactive VR content in HoloLens. Microsoft is also releasing a new line of VR headsets, starting at only $299.
Now let's talk gaming. The Creator's Update is designed for eSports and game broadcasting. An Xbox representative is now on stage, guiding us through a platform called Beam, which allows users to watch and interact with other people's game-play. "But spectating is easy," she says, "so with the Creator's Update Beam broadcast technology will be integrated directly into Windows," making it simple for anyone to launch a broadcast. At the same time, Xbox Live updates others while you're playing, so broadcasters can easily build an audience. Arena on Xbox live will be integrated into Windows 10 as well, giving users the ability to intuitively set up custom tournaments.
The next announcement focuses on sharing and connecting with a key feature that finally allows users to instantly drag and drop content into messages. All of this will be integrated into one platform that puts everything in one place so you can easily filter through it. This includes Skype, SMS for Windows and Android phones, and Mail.
Early builds of the Creator's Update will be released this week to all Windows Insiders.
"The Ultimate Laptop": The Surface Book i7
The newest edition of the Surface Book lineup features 30 percent more battery life (16 hours in total) and two times more graphics than the highest-end Surface currently on the market. It is available today for pre-order for $2,399 and will ship in November.
New Product: Surface Studio
"It's gonna seem familiar but it's gonna feel different," said Panos Panay, the leader of Microsoft's devices team. "I believe in this thing where your ideas can be your most valuable assets. I also believe this product will help you bring your ideas to life."
It's important to note that The Surface Studio is designed for creative professionals. It boasts the thinnest LCD monitor ever built at 1.3 millimeters, which is housed in a seamless forged aluminum enclosure. With a 28-inch display armed with 13.5 million pixels, it offers a TrueColor profile, bringing increased color depth and calibration. This also allows users to convert color profiles, let's say DCI-P3 to sRGB, on the fly in one simple click or touch. At 192 PPI with a 3:2 aspect ratio, it's clear that if everything promised is delivered, this is a photo and video editing powerhouse.
Here are some specs:
- Linear mic array with Cortana
- 32gb RAM
- i7 processors
- 2TB drive
- Stereo 2.1 speakers with Dolby Premium
- Haptic feedback sensor
- Studio HD camera, focused on high-end video conferencing
- Fold able monitor with zero-gravity hinge, fine-tuned springs, allowing for a 20 degree drafting angle, that does, in fact, turn your desk into a studio
- Pricing: $2,999
The Surface Dial
The surface dial is "a new tool for the creative process," which sits on screen or off screen and can be used a scroll wheel to select different processes within Windows. It also works perfectly with the Surface Pen, for example, you can change colors while drawing without even picking up the tip of stylus.
Stay tuned for more updates on Microsoft's October 26 Event. [post_title] => Everything You Need to Know About Microsoft's October 26 Event [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => everything-you-need-to-know-about-microsofts-october-26-event [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-10-26 13:36:04 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-10-26 17:36:04 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=71516 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 71147 [post_author] => 25217 [post_date] => 2016-10-03 14:20:03 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-10-03 18:20:03 [post_content] => Cobblestone streets give way to playfully decaying alleys, while a heady-looking group of drifters post up on a park bench. “Where you from and where you going to?” asks a curious local woman, who shyly slips them a couple bucks, cautiously examining their dreadlocks. In a nearby thrift store, a guitarist, nestled between a row of mannequins, sings into a microphone. And further downtown, the Atlantic Ocean expels a rugged salty scent, as a thousand-something-foot cruise ship pulls into Old Port. Across the harbor local fishermen untie their modest boat from a curbside dock. The surrounding buildings vary in shades of deep blue, orange, and pastel white. This is the small town charm of Portland—Maine's biggest city—and there’s no escaping it, and that’s even before you’ve tried the seafood.[caption id="attachment_10716" align="alignnone" width="3680"] Shot on Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Mod for Motorola Z smartphones. Photo by Billy Murray.[/caption]With a population of about 66,000, the history of Portland dates back to 11,000 BCE, when it was first settled by Native Americans. But by 1676, the village was raided and destroyed in King Phillip’s War, rebuilt, then destroyed again in the 1690 Battle of Fort Loyal (today the fort is located on India Street in the center of the city). Portland was then burnt to the ground in the Great Fire of July 4, 1866, shortly after the Civil War. Fast forward to WWII, though, and it had become a burgeoning Navy destroyer base. It is indeed a turbulent history, especially for such a small city, one that’s hidden behind the customary kindness of its present-day residents. Today, Portland is an intimate, subtly gritty town with a creative twist. It’s been called “the number one craft beer city in the world,” and is home to a thriving arts district, including Portland Museum of Art, Portland Stage Company, and Maine College of Art, to name a few. But despite some economic hurdles—Maine’s economy is reportedly ranked 47th in the nation as of 2015—Portland upholds a definitively proud culture, evidenced by simply wandering the streets and chatting up the locals.[caption id="attachment_10715" align="alignnone" width="3611"] Shot on Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Mod for Motorola Z smartphones. Photo by Billy Murray.[/caption]I recently spent some time there testing Motorola’s new Hasselblad True Zoom modular camera for its Moto Z family of smartphones (read our full review here). So I put together a travel guide to exploring and photographing Portland. Here’s what I found.PHOTOGRAPHY AND SIGHTSReally, the photography opportunities in Portland and the surrounding areas are endless. You’ll find everything from historic lighthouses to dreamy beaches and quirky street photography. Although I was only in town for a short time, here are some of the things I came across along the way. But as with any travel adventure, it is highly encouraged to explore it for yourself, and there’s surely always something interesting happening on the streets of Portland.Portland Head Light[caption id="attachment_10699" align="alignnone" width="3571"] Shot on Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Mod for Motorola Z smartphones. Photo by Billy Murray.[/caption]This iconic lighthouse, located in Cape Elizabeth, sits on a small peninsula near the entrance of the primary shipping channel into Portland Harbor. As a part of Fort Williams Park, it is an ideal spot for compelling landscapes. You can show perspective by placing a subject at the foot of the beacon, or take a walk down a pathway and climb down to the rocks to capture and upward angle and the movement of the ocean. If you’re facing the lighthouse, the sun sets on the right-hand side, adding a captivating pink backdrop to your images.[caption id="attachment_10701" align="alignnone" width="3951"] Shot on Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Mod for Motorola Z smartphones. Photo by Billy Murray.[/caption]Downtown Portland[caption id="attachment_10710" align="alignnone" width="3496"] Shot on Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Mod for Motorola Z smartphones. Photo by Billy Murray.[/caption]Though the city is small, Portland is certainly made for walking, which is great for documentary or street-style photography. Here, you’ll find everything from pristine cobble stone streets to decrepit alleyways and an obscure cultural aesthetic. I began my walk after lunch at Eventide, headed Northwest through Eastern Cemetery, then cut through Lincoln Park as I wandered downtown to the harbor. Along the way I found a musician playing a set in a thrift shop, photographed a young group of drifters, and got lost in a maze of graffiti clad alleyways, all in just one hour.[caption id="attachment_10711" align="alignnone" width="3614"] Shot on Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Mod for Motorola Z smartphones. Photo by Billy Murray.[/caption][caption id="attachment_10713" align="alignnone" width="3926"] Shot on Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Mod for Motorola Z smartphones. Photo by Billy Murray.[/caption]Sailing with Portland Schooner Co.[caption id="attachment_10717" align="alignnone" width="4000"] Shot on Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Mod for Motorola Z smartphones. Photo by Billy Murray.[/caption]A sailboat ride is bit of a stable in Portland’s thriving tourism industry, and for good measure. A tour with Portland Schooner will take you out of the harbor and through Cape Elizabeth for yet another view of the Portland Head Light. It is likely that you will be riding on one of their two windjammer sails—the Bagheera or Wendameen—which can hold between 40 and 50 passengers. Just be sure to pack some wine or fresh locally brewed beer for your trip. [caption id="attachment_10718" align="alignnone" width="3738"] Shot on Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Mod for Motorola Z smartphones. Photo by Billy Murray.[/caption][caption id="attachment_10720" align="alignnone" width="3827"] Shot on Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Mod for Motorola Z smartphones. Photo by Billy Murray.[/caption]HOTELS AND ACCOMODATIONSInn by the Sea[caption id="attachment_10696" align="alignnone" width="3920"] Shot on Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Mod for Motorola Z smartphones. Photo by Billy Murray.[/caption]Although I can only speak on behalf of where I stayed, I see little reason why anyone would want to go elsewhere. Inn by the Sea is a quaint location offering a wide range of accommodations, from traditional rooms in the Maine Inn to beach suites and cottages. With a large backyard home to fire pits and a pool, a short walk down a peaceful wooded path brings you to a spacious private beach that's often very quiet. Located in Cape Elizabeth, it's about five miles from Portland, and surely the place for a true Maine experience.[caption id="attachment_10697" align="alignnone" width="3894"] Shot on Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Mod for Motorola Z smartphones. Photo by Billy Murray.[/caption]TransportationDrink too much at the brewery? Well no doubt, Uber and Lyft have got you covered. From my experience, the fares are comparatively lower than most major cities and there’s an excess of available drivers, providing a very minimal wait time.DINING AND CUISINEThere’s no question that you’ll be blown away by nearly every restaurant you come across in Portland. Of course, the city is known for its seafood, but it is important to note that dining can get pricey; perspectively, I overheard a waitress say that locals never eat seafood from a restaurant, given the average price of a single oyster is rarely lower that $2.25, unless you’re getting a happy hour special. Yet if there’s one thing I'd recommend blowing your budget on it's eating. These are some of the best places I encountered. Eventide Oyster Co[caption id="attachment_10705" align="alignnone" width="3708"] Shot on Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Mod for Motorola Z smartphones. Photo by Billy Murray.[/caption]The moment you enter this restaurant you'll be in awe over its bright, kitschy atmosphere and massive shellfish display sunken into a granite bar. It’s also known specifically for its brown-butter lobster roll, which I can personally attest to. Though the portions are a bit small, the brown-butter makes it notably rich and savory, alongside the pork bun-esque roll that will, in fact, melt in your mouth. Just be forewarned: reservations are a must, especially in the evening, and orders aren’t timed (meaning dishes don’t all come out at once), so a family-style meal is highly recommended.[caption id="attachment_10704" align="alignnone" width="3263"] Shot on Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Mod for Motorola Z smartphones. Photo by Billy Murray.[/caption]Vignola [caption id="attachment_10712" align="alignnone" width="3737"] Shot on Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Mod for Motorola Z smartphones. Photo by Billy Murray.[/caption]Don’t be turned off by the prices in this high-class Italian joint. The portions are generous and everything on the menu is cooked to perfection—our table collectively ordered an assortment of pasta, pizza, duck, lobster, and oysters, which left us all in a total food coma. Tucked between two alleyways, the building is covered in rich green ivy, and the atmosphere inside is dark yet roomy. Oh, and if you ask nicely, try special ordering a lobster pizza. I would also recommend the Long Island Duck, as long you heed the waiter’s suggestion of medium-rare. Scales (not pictured here)Located along the Maine Wharf of Old Port, Scales offers a spacious atmosphere styled similarly to what you’d find in an expansive LA coffee shop, but with a subtle nautical decor. And if fish is your thing, this is certainly the place for you, given the giant barrels of whole fish cooling in the front of house. I ordered the Pan Roasted Halibut with hazelnuts, brown butter, and new potatoes, which the waitress said was the freshest on the menu. The portion wasn’t large by any means, but the brown butter and potatoes made for a filling, hearty entree.Local Breweries[caption id="attachment_10721" align="alignnone" width="3564"] Shot on Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Mod for Motorola Z smartphones. Photo by Billy Murray.[/caption]There’s a reason why some call Portland the "number one craft beer city in the world." It is home to number of notable breweries, all which offer excellent prices—a flight (four assorted 4 oz. glasses), for example, generally costs about $4. For starters, I recommend checking out the Allagash and Shipyard breweries. In addition, though not a brewery, Novare Res is an excellent tap house with a huge beer selection. Alongside a large outdoor space, the decor is perfectly grungy, and it is the ideal place for a true local experience.See more photos from the trip below. [caption id="attachment_10719" align="alignnone" width="3267"] Shot on Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Mod for Motorola Z smartphones. Photo by Billy Murray.[/caption][caption id="attachment_10709" align="alignnone" width="3836"] Shot on Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Mod for Motorola Z smartphones. Photo by Billy Murray.[/caption][caption id="attachment_10708" align="alignnone" width="3529"] Shot on Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Mod for Motorola Z smartphones. Photo by Billy Murray.[/caption][caption id="attachment_10703" align="alignnone" width="3878"] Shot on Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Mod for Motorola Z smartphones. Photo by Billy Murray.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_10702" align="alignnone" width="3706"] Shot on Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Mod for Motorola Z smartphones. Photo by Billy Murray.[/caption][caption id="attachment_10695" align="alignnone" width="3774"] Shot on Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Mod for Motorola Z smartphones. Photo by Billy Murray.[/caption][caption id="attachment_10706" align="alignnone" width="3894"] Shot on Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Mod for Motorola Z smartphones. Photo by Billy Murray.[/caption][caption id="attachment_10714" align="alignnone" width="3567"] Shot on Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Mod for Motorola Z smartphones. Photo by Billy Murray.[/caption][caption id="attachment_10694" align="alignnone" width="3464"] Shot on Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Mod for Motorola Z smartphones. Photo by Billy Murray.[/caption]Check out Motorola for more on the Hasselblad True Zoom modular smartphone camera. 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The anticipation for Apple's massive unveil today was real. Here's a full rundown of today's announcements, and everything you need to about this, dare we say, game-changing day in technology.
The big update here is real-time collaboration in every iWork app including Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. This means that now, similarly to other cloud-based applications, you will be able to publicly or privately collaborate on projects with multiple participants. The color-coded organization looks similar to that of iCal, and it will be available on Mac, iPad, iPhone, and the web.
According to stats presented during today's event, the Apple Watch has become the number two watch brand in the world right now, just below Rolex, and is currently the top-selling smart watch. With this, Apple released a brand new iteration of the Watch dubbed 'Series 2,' as well as WatchOS3, an updated version of its software. Here are some of the most important new features:
Initially previewed in June, this new operating system includes a ton of new messaging features, such as animated stickers, full screen effects, and 'Scribble,' which allows users to draw custom replies on the watch face. In addition, Apple has integrated Activity Sharing with other users, a new app called 'Breathe,' which reminds you to unwind with a deep-breathing exercise each day, as well as the 'SOS' app, which instantly contacts emergency services by pressing/holding the side button while sending a message and location to your emergency contacts.
Performance wise, Series 2 is armed with a 2nd Gen SIP dual core processor, a new GPU up to 50 percent faster with 2x brighter display and upgraded graphic performance, namely, the integration of Pokemon Go which will be available later this month. The watch also offers built-in GPS, increasing accuracy in activity-related services such as pace and distance. This also means that you won't need cell reception to know your location. And with a new hiking app, Route Ranger, you are able to travel to more remote locations (the example Apple used was Yosemite) and select routes based on difficulty. After the hike, you are then able to view your adventure in the Maps app on your iPhone, which color codes your hike based on speed.
On the hardware side, the Watch is now "swimproof" up to 50 meters, the industry standard for submergible fitness trackers. Yes, this means waterproof at over 150 feet deep! To do this, Apple redesigned the speaker system to physically ejects the water it collects after it's submerged. Pretty dope. Finally, to extend the waterproof feature, Apple introduced two new swim workout apps, which learn about you and your workout over time, and track all aspects of your swim.
The Series 2 will offered in aluminum and stainless steel cases, as well as a new material: a pearl white glossy ceramic that's four times harder than stainless steel. There are also a list of new straps, buckles, and a "Nike+" edition specifically designed for runners. And if that's not enough, the first generation of the Watch will be updated with the processor of Series 2 as well.
Apple Watch 'Series 1': $269
Apple Watch 'Series 2'/Nike+ version: $369
iPhone 7/7 Plus
For some time now, the internet has been buzzing with rumors regarding the new iPhone. 'Are they taking away the headphone jack?' 'Does it have.. two cameras?' Well the short answer is yes, most of the rumors circulating have been proven true; and if that's a deal-breaker for you, you're best off stopping here (c'mon, do you actually listen to music while charging your phone?), because there's much, much more to the iPhone 7 iteration than just that.
First off, the iPhone 7 line welcomes the biggest iOS release ever: iOS 10. This includes an array of software redesign and upgrades, such as waking up your phone by simply lifting it, and completing purchases, ordering cabs, etc. entirely within apps. Apple's also introduced a new app, Home Kit, providing a full-suite of home automation for a massive range of accessories by nearly every major home automation manufacturer (*cues Mr. Robot hacked smart home scene*). Here are the 10 main things you need to know about the iPhone 7/7 Plus, or what we're calling the "Don Draper of Smartphones."
The camera is housed directly on the body with an embedded antenna, meaning it's completely seamless and smooth while Apple has introduced a sexy new 'Jet Black' finish. It's also available in black, which replaced space gray, along with silver, gold, and of course, rose gold.
2. Home Button
The home button has been redesigned to be more responsive, reliable and more customizable with a new force sensitive haptic engine, servicing things like quick actions and ringtones. It can also be programmed by third-party applications. 3. Water and Dust ResistantEquipped with new seals and adhesives, the iPhone 7 is water and dust resistant at an IP67 protection standard. The details were vague in the announcement, but some research says IP67 essentially means that it's submergible for up to 30 minutes at 1 meter. So it's not exactly ideal for things like scuba diving, but surely a huge help in a rain storm or the accidental drop in the toilet.4. CameraHere's the big one. The iPhone 7 (read carefully, not the 7 Plus) offers optical image stabilization and up to 3x longer exposure. It's armed with a wider f/1.8 lens that lets in 50 percent more light than the iPhone 6s. This also includes six element lenses, a new 12MP sensor with larger pixels, and is 60 percent faster and 30 percent more energy efficient. The flash is also completely new, boasting a quad LED with 50 percent more light that reaches 50 percent further, as well as a flicker sensor for photo and video.Additionally, its new signal processor reads the scene and uses machine learning to look for subjects, set exposure, white balance, focus, noise reduction, and in-camera stacking (essentially HDR). Apple claims that in just 25 milliseconds, over 100 billion operations happen with every shot. It's also introduced a much wider color gamut with richer reds and greens dubbed 'wide-color capture.' And along with new features like the editing of live photos, you can also EDIT RAW FILES, YO. For now, though, RAW capture is only available through third-parties using an Apple API, including Lightroom and Elight for RAW, as well as Instagram and ProCamera for wide-color capture. (Instagram is also rolling out a massive update with a new line of filters, a new UI with haptic feedback, and 3D quick action).Now take all of that double it. Yes, the iPhone 7 Plus features two 12 MP cameras, each at different focal lengths that you can control. The first is the standard 28mm wide-angle lens, the same as the iPhone 7, and the second is the new 56mm telephoto lens, which can zoom up to 10x with the tap of a finger. But to be clear: the optical zoom is capable of 2x, and after that it's done using software.Finally, Apple gave us a sneak peak of a new feature, 'Depth Effect,' that will be released as a software update. Essentially, it uses ISP to scan a scene, machine learning to recognize it, and creates a depth map, allowing you to add increased depth and bokeh to your images. Really, the only bummer here are a lack of updates for video, that is, if 4K isn't enough for you already.5. DisplayThe display is 25 precent brighter than the iPhone 6s, offering a wider color gamut with cinema standard colors and end-to-end color management.6. AudioApple has added brought two speakers the iPhone 7 line, one on the bottom and one on the top, which doubles the volume of the 6s with increased dynamic range.7. EarPodsThe predictions were correct: Apple has done away with the headphone jack and introduced audio listening via the Lightning port. This is huge, granted that the aux input has been a crucial part of technology for over 100 years. So now, alongside each new phone, customers will receive a set of EarPods and an adapter for standard headphones. (Personally, I think this is a bold yet much-needed move. For the past few years, I've noticed a trend in which technology is incrementally innovated, in little bits at a time. This, however, is one big giant, "Yes, we're doing this!" and feels very refreshing in a world where consumer tech companies have increasingly taken the safe route with their products.)8. Wireless AudioAlong with the EarPods, Apple has also introduced completely wireless audio with the new AirPods, an apple-designed set of wireless headphones, that totally look like a gadget you'd find in Black Mirror. This technology is based on a new W1 chip, providing high-quality playback, infrared sensors that detect when the EarPods are being worn, motion accelerometers that respond to touch for access to Siri, as well as voice accelerometers that reduce external noise. There's up to five hours of listening on a single charge, and they come with a chargeable battery case that provides more than 24 hours of battery life. In addition, the EarPods connect intelligently to all Apple devices, and to little avail, the Apple-owned Beatz announced three new pair of wireless headphones, the Powerbeats3 ($200), Solo 3 Wireless ($300) and all-new BeatsX ($150).AirPods: $159 Available late October9. Apple PayFor the most part, the main update here is that the Apple Watch Series 2 offers technology that brings Apple Pay, Transit, and Maps to Japan.10. PerformancePerhaps the most important of all, the iPhone 7 line comes equipped with a new generation chip: the A10 Fusion, offering four core CPU. This includes two high performance cores that run 40 percent faster than than the previous A9 chip, while the remaining two are used for high efficiency operations at one-fifth power, thus increasing battery life. Additionally, the six core graphics chip runs 50 percent faster than the A9 at two-thirds the power.Oh, and the storage has been doubled on all devices, offering 32gb, 128gb, and 256gb versions.iPhone 7: $649 (the same as the current 6s) iPhone 7 plus: Starting at $749Preorders begin this Friday, Sept. 9 while orders begin shipping Sept. 16. iOS 10 will be released Sept. 13. We will update you with more information as it develops. [post_title] => Apple Just Broke the Tech World: Here's a Roundup of Today's Massive Unveil [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => apple-just-broke-the-tech-world-heres-a-roundup-of-todays-massive-unveil [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-09-07 19:51:20 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-09-07 23:51:20 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=70453 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 3 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 70270 [post_author] => 25217 [post_date] => 2016-09-02 16:13:49 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-09-02 20:13:49 [post_content] => Since the early days of tech, adult entertainment has quietly innovated the digital world. It was the first to process payments online, and to stream and live stream video. It even helped establish some of the staple lighting techniques used in fashion photography. Most recently, it’s become one of the quickest emerging outlets for virtual reality. But this time, it’s different. For it to advance, the adult and startup industries must intersect, which poses a challenge for both sides, despite their symbolic strongholds on California business.For one, porn is still considered taboo in the tech world, and venture capital firms are worried about the PR that comes with investing in it. This stigmatization is nothing new for sex workers; for example, banks often close their accounts because they’re seen as “high risk” clients, making it difficult to do ordinary things like lease apartments. For adult entertainment companies, on the other hand, it’s difficult to keep up with the millions in funding awarded to unadulterated VR developers across the globe.But despite the hurdles, the pioneers are pushing it forward. They’re creating new, cost-efficient production technology and reinventing monetization models. It’s a defiance and disruption of the industry, and really, it’s easy to see why: “no visual technology has ever been so perfectly suited to sexual applications as VR,” WIRED writes, where immersion and intimacy are the two key words in nearly all of its applications.We spoke with some of the key players in VR porn to learn more about this quickly evolving corner of adult entertainment.[caption id="attachment_70292" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Photo: Wilferd Guenthoer - Model: Ela Darling[/caption]PULLING OUT OF THE INDUSTRY“The entire experience is different in VR. You feel like you are in the room with this person, talking to this person, and fucking this person,” says Ela Darling, a former librarian turned AVN-award-winning pornstar, industry activist, and VR porn pioneer. “You have to play that up and make yourself seem like a personable character—not just a fucking thing on a screen.”Darling initially entered the VR space in 2014, after she came across a Reddit post made by a friend of a young developer, James Ashfield, who was struggling to recruit models for a shoot. Months later, she flew out to Baltimore, where the duo became equal business partners in VRTube.xxx. Today, the site is credited as the first to offer adult content in 180 and 360-degree 3D captures, holographic VR, and live VR cam streaming. “It was the perfect match, and we were the first to hit the market in a lot of ways,” she says. “The porn industry tends to move fast, and since it’s just the two of us we’re able to pivot from idea to idea very quickly,” a key quality when working with such rapidly evolving technology. (Since the original publication of this article in April 2016, Darling has launched CAM4VR, an adult site featuring live VR performances).If we look at VR as a medium, its rate of development is staggering. A handful of companies are already creating content for commercial and advertising purposes, alongside its obvious ties to gaming and entertainment. But while it’s not yet a proven platform, there are few things holding it back. The first is that not nearly enough potential users have access to headsets. Sure, you can purchase the hand-held, smartphone-powered Google Cardboard for $20 or less, HTC's Vive for a pricey $799, or Samsung’s GearVR for $100, but these, arguably, do very little to show the true capabilities of VR. Cardboard, for example, has an approximate latency—the time it takes between turning your head and showing the picture that matches that rotation—of 75ms of higher. This is considered to be very high and is known to cause nausea. The GearVR achieves about 20ms, but it can only be powered using Samsung smartphones and VR apps, which, for countless reasons, limits the image resolution and overall quality.
"For pre-recorded VR porn, however, most current platforms require the user to download the video files along with a player to view them." But all of this could change when the consumer version of the Oculus Rift is released this spring. Unlike its predecessors, the Rift achieves incredibly low latency at a considerably high resolution. Even more, the main difference is an improved field of view, or how far into your peripheral vision the virtual world will be visible—a critical factor for immersion. Already, Oculus has partnered with companies such as Dell and Asus to offer high-performance PCs optimized for Rift and developed support for Xbox One games. But there’s a drawback: it’s priced at $599, a seemingly high number for turning on its first generation of users. And though it’s said that this price is worth the level of quality, its most anticipated competitor is Playstation, which recently undercut the Rift at $399 with a launch scheduled for October.Specifically for adult VR content, playback is also an issue, but in more ways than just hardware. Years ago, porn was often downloaded using P2P clients such as LimeWire, which was far from ideal: you had to wait for a download to complete—then pray that you didn’t just welcome a virus to your hard drive. Today, the most popular way to safely watch porn is through online streaming services, such as PornHub or YouPorn. For pre-recorded VR porn, however, most current platforms require the user to download the video files along with a player to view them (the process is the same for mobile headsets, but instead you’re downloading an app). Not only does this consume a ton of storage space, especially on mobile devices, but it seems like a step backward compared to the usability of streaming platforms. This could make it difficult to convert the average porn user from video to VR, although some companies are already working on a solution.[caption id="attachment_70295" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Photo: Alexander Sinclaire - Model: Ela Darling[/caption]TURNING ON AN AUDIENCEVR Innovation is a software development company that gives website owners the ability to host streamable 180 and 360-degree videos on PCs and mobile devices. One of its platforms, ViRP, targets adult entertainment and is the first to offer the playback of 3D, VR adult videos in web browsers with head-tracking (ViRP has since been discontinued and the company's official VR Player has launched). “The adult entertainment industry will be the front runners in producing VR video content in the near future,” says one of the lead developers of ViRP, who asked to not be named. “It already has the largest catalog of VR video content, more so than any other industry, and we expect this trend to continue.”So what sets adult VR content apart? According to the ViRP developer, it’s currently the only industry truly monetizing VR video. “Everything else tends to be event-based, like a special production or something for advertising purposes. But there aren’t a lot of video companies putting their resources into VR video outside of the adult industry. That will probably change in 2017, but for 2016, this will likely be the landscape.”
“Right now, the market isn’t strong enough to support a model webcamming in only VR. For most adult VR sites, the monetization structure is subscription-based, while live VR cams are typically pay-by-the-minute. VRTube, however, takes a different approach. Rather than requiring users to commit to a monthly subscription, it offers a VOD (video on demand) option to purchase scenes a la carte. “It’s still such an experimental medium, and there’s too much of a chance to alienate customers with a subscription requirement,” says Darling. “I’ve seen some sites lose a lot of people because they put out a scene or two that just really wasn’t their cup of tea.”To further saturate the market, Darling and Ashfield are building out a new system to help others monetize their VR webcam content. Through software initially released in July 2015, performers can simultaneously cam in 2D, 3D, and VR during a traditional cam stream session. The performer is also able to record this content using an affordable new VR camera offered by VRTube, which can be sold and profited from in perpetuity.[caption id="attachment_70302" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Model: Ela Darling[/caption]“The camera costs $250 to make, but after we scale it up, it will cost even less. So for a performer who wants to get started in VR it’s a just $250 camera and that’s it.” says Darling. “Right now, the market isn’t strong enough to support a model webcamming in only VR. That’s why we created this system that allows for both options, which gives performers a much larger scope of monetization for their work.”For bigger productions, however, where shoots typically operate on budgets of $3,000 to $5,000, the fallback camera setup is an array of GoPro lenses housed in a modified rig, according to Anna Lee, president of HoloGirls VR. Lee, who has worked on over 60 scenes in the past six months, explains that this is far from efficient because it’s impossible to adjust the lens settings after it’s placed in the housing on set; not to mention that GoPros have a knack for underperforming in low-light and shifting focus.“We’ve spent a lot of time experimenting with different types of rigs, lens placements, and various configurations,” she says. As a result, production companies have begun constructing cameras using off the shelf parts, exclusively for their in-house teams. “We’re experimenting with a brand new rig and techniques that I can’t quite reveal yet.”But perhaps the greatest challenge is for the performers themselves. Unlike much of the porn we watch today (yes, most of us do), VR is generally captured in one continuous shot. The reason for this is that cuts break the immersion of a scene, meaning each take must start from the beginning. And if you’ve ever worked in porn, you understand why this is problematic: because you can only shoot for as long as the actors can perform.“You can’t reset and back up five minutes—it doesn’t work that way,” says Lee. “You’re also working within the physiology and the anatomy of people, so you have to take that into account as well.”[caption id="attachment_70296" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Photo: Rae Threat - Model: Ela Darling[/caption]FACTORING THE IMPACTThere's no doubt that adult entertainment outliers are innovating the VR industry while building a new market altogether. Each day this market is growing, as VR becomes more accessible and more porn companies begin to release content. In little time, it seems like VR porn will be everywhere: we will be able to fuck whoever we want, whenever we want, and however we want. On the surface, really, it sounds pretty remarkable. But as with every new invention, it’s important to consider how it affects the people who use it.Alexander Rhoades is the founder of NoFap, a community-based porn recovery website. The intent of the site is to “offer all the tools our users need to connect with a supportive community of individuals determined to quit porn use and free themselves from compulsive sexual behaviors.” Many of its members are addicts who report symptoms of hormonal changes and sexual dysfunction due to heavy porn use. Often, this leads to damaged relationships with partners, the inability to be aroused in real life, and symptoms of depression and loneliness. Rhoades is in recovery himself—a process NoFap calls “rebooting”—and says his addiction began at just 11 years old when he accidentally encountered a pop-up ad showing a compilation of simulated rape porn.
"Our brains, at a higher level, know that it's not real world sex, but at a primitive level, we get tricked by this." “I wasn’t seeking that out, but naturally, I was attracted to the images of the naked woman on the screen,” he says. “From there it turned into pretty classic Internet searches, like ‘boobies’ and things like that. At first, I would look at thumbnail images, and eventually began printing them on pieces of paper. It escalated from there, and by the time I was 19 or so, I was jerking it to grotesque HD porno 10 times a day.”According to Rhoades, porn addiction is a silent epidemic that’s sweeping the world with the accessibility of internet porn. He believes it's nondiscriminatory, meaning it affects average men and women without any prerequisite to addiction. However, it is important to note that NoFap is not an anti-masturbation or sex-negative website, and unlike other support groups, such as AA or NA, it does not argue that individuals should abstain for the rest of their lives. “We’re not trying to legislate the consumption of pornography, and were not lobbying or advocating for it—we’re trying to combat this through education rather than legislation,” says Rhoades.
“It’s easy to treat any emerging medium, especially when it comes to porn, as a scapegoat for our personal issues." So will the highly realistic qualities of VR increase the rate of porn addiction, and will the symptoms of addiction become more intense with more immersive pornography? Rhoades, who nevertheless acknowledges the adult entertainment industry’s influence on technology, believes it will.“I think if you make it harder to differentiate between pornography and the real world, this addiction will escalate to levels we’ve never seen before—and real sex will never be comparable to what you can get from porn,” says Rhoades. “You’re going to be able to choose what your partner looks like, how they act, and you might even be able to do illegal things. It’s not only going to appeal to your senses, but the situations that occur are going to be very unlike real world sex. The problem with this is that our brains, at a higher level, know that it's not real world sex, but at a primitive level, we get tricked by this. It’s going to morph our sexual identities, and it's going to affect our lives in other ways.”Darling, however, sees things differently. Rather than alienating its users, she believes VR porn could be used to improve the sexual health of people without access to intimacy, such as those suffering from mobility or mental disabilities.“There are a lot of people who have never had the opportunity to experience a romantic relationship and this could finally provide that for them,” she says. “It’s easy to treat any emerging medium, especially when it comes to porn, as a scapegoat for our personal issues. And if people would rather use porn in their private life than engage with their partner, I think there’s a larger issue at hand, like the ways they’re engaging with their partner in the first place.” [post_title] => Inside the Interactive Sex Industry and the World of VR Porn (NSFW) [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => inside-the-interactive-sex-industry-and-the-world-of-vr-porn-nsfw [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-01-31 17:25:35 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-01-31 22:25:35 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=70270 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 2 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 70235 [post_author] => 25217 [post_date] => 2016-09-01 11:44:30 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-09-01 15:44:30 [post_content] => Sony just announced two new smartphone models at IFA 2016—the new flagship Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact—and you will actually be able to get them. That's right, they are coming to the US, which is big news, given that we've only just recently been granted access to last year's model.Historically, Sony has struggled to successfully launch smartphones in the US due to lack of carrier support. Back in the day, it began with the Sony Ericsson line, which was home to Cingular (now AT&T). But by 2013, its Xperia Z—then the Z1S and Z3 in 2014—was exclusive to T-Mobile and failed to claim a proper stake in the market. Fast forward to 2015, and Sony attempts to sell unlocked phones directly to customers over the internet with no direct carrier support. It's a bit of a mystery, given the devices top-tier tech, but all of this is about to change.Though Sony has yet to announce carriers, pricing or vendors, the Xperia XZ is expected to arrive on Oct. 25, following the Xperia X Compact on Sept. 25. And with a focus on four key factors—design, performance, camera and battery life—let's take a look at what these Android devices have to offer. Welcome to the US for real this time, Sony.Xperia XZThis device's new signature design features a looped surface comprised of a newly patented material, ALKALEIDO, a sort of rounded aluminum that's reported to be somewhat smudge and water-resistant. With a 5.2" IPS inch display at 1080p resolution, it's armed with a Snapdragon 820 chip, 3GB RAM, stereo speakers, and 32GB of storage with an available upgrade to 200GB via micro SD. It's also powered by a 2,900 mAh battery, is capable of Quick Charge 3.0 via USB-C, and supports adaptive charging. This means it learns when you charge your battery most often, stops fast-charing around 90 percent, and slowly makes its way to 100 percent. It is said that this should double the longevity of the battery life.Now onto the camera. The XZ boasts a 23MP f/2.0 front camera with a brand new MX300 sensor and autofocus system, using color detection, phase detection, and laser assist to measure distance and track moving objects. (this is known as Triple Image Sensing). But while it doesn't feature optical image stabilization, Sony has kept focus on its SteadyShot Intelligent which uses 5-axis gyroscope measurements to keep photos and videos steady.In addition, the XZ offers 4K video, along with manual focus and shutter speed control (maximum 1/4000 second). It's also equipped with the well-received 24mm wide-angle G-Lens and can reach ISO 12800. On paper, these are some truly impressive features.SPECS:
Xperia X CompactEssentially, the Xperia X Compact is a smaller, sleeker version of the Xperia X—not the XZ—despite some similar new features. With a plastic body material inspired by "ceramic," it boasts the same Snapdragon 820 chip and 3GB of RAM behind a 4.6" 720p display.But that's not all it got from the XZ: it's armed with the same 23MP front camera tech and features aside from 4K video. It's also built with the Quick Charge 3.0 via USB-C and adaptive charging. However, rather than a 12MP front camera, it's knocked down to 5MP, a bit of a bummer if you're into selfies. And though pricing has yet to be released, it looks like it will be positioned somewhere between the Xperia X Performance and Xperia X.SPECS:
- WEIGHT:5.6 oz?DIMENSIONS: 5.7” x 2.8” x 0.3”
- DISPLAY: 5.2" Full HD 1080p, TRILUMINOS™ display for mobile, X-Reality® for mobile picture engine, Dynamic Contrast Enhancement
- CAMERA: 23 MP, 1/2.3” Exmor RS™ for mobile image sensor, Triple image sensing technology,
- Predictive Hybrid Autofocus, 0.6 sec Quick Launch and capture, Low-light photo: up to ISO 12800
- BODY: Water-resistant1 design, USB Type-C
- ON THE INSIDE: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820, 64-bit processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB eMMC (Single SIM), Up to 256 GB microSD™ card
This is collectively a huge step for Sony and will surely garner attention in the consumer smartphone market. However, I'm also compelled to say that the one thing these devices lack are full water-proofing, an expected feature in the Xperia line. We will also update you when we know more on pricing and carriers. [post_title] => Sony Unveils Two New Smartphones That You Will Actually Be Able to Get [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => sony-unveils-two-new-smartphones-that-you-will-actually-be-able-to-get [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-09-01 11:44:30 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-09-01 15:44:30 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=70235 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 69992 [post_author] => 25217 [post_date] => 2016-08-31 22:30:40 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-09-01 02:30:40 [post_content] => To celebrate tonight's premiere of Season 3 of FXX's You're the Worst, our staff-favorite dark comedy, here's an exclusive look at Aya Cash (Gretchen) in her first-ever cover story for the "Social Media Issue" of Resource Magazine, photographed by Natalie Brasington.The photo concept for this featured aimed to subvert the paradigms of women “having it all” seen during the Golden Age of Television, creating a visually rich narrative comprised of environment portraiture mixed with subtleties of satire and irony. With this, we draw comparisons between antiquated ideals of womanhood and pervasive social pressures, asking questions of how being constantly ‘connected’ shapes and defines our relationships in this new age consumerism. We also touch upon a bit of nostalgia for the Atomic Age when new technology redefined a lifestyle, influencing the collective psyche of America, just as it does today.Check out the full series of photos from the feature below—and enjoy the rest of Season 3 of FXX's You're the Worst![caption id="attachment_69993" align="aligncenter" width="2000"] © Natalie Brasington / Resource Magazine[/caption][caption id="attachment_69994" align="aligncenter" width="2000"] © Natalie Brasington / Resource Magazine[/caption][caption id="attachment_69996" align="aligncenter" width="2000"] © Natalie Brasington / Resource Magazine[/caption][caption id="attachment_69995" align="aligncenter" width="2000"] © Natalie Brasington / Resource Magazine[/caption][caption id="attachment_69998" align="aligncenter" width="2000"] © Natalie Brasington / Resource Magazine[/caption][caption id="attachment_69997" align="aligncenter" width="2000"] © Natalie Brasington / Resource Magazine[/caption][caption id="attachment_69999" align="aligncenter" width="2000"] © Natalie Brasington / Resource Magazine[/caption]To see the full feature in print, visit the Resource Mag Shop or head over to your local photo studio, prop house or Barnes & Noble. For more You're the Worst coverage, check out our feature with Desmin Borges (Edgar). [post_title] => Aya Cash of 'You're the Worst' in First-Ever Magazine Cover Spread (Exclusive) [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => aya-cash-of-youre-the-worst-in-first-ever-magazine-cover-spread-exclusive [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-01-31 15:21:36 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-01-31 20:21:36 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=69992 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 70081 [post_author] => 25217 [post_date] => 2016-08-29 12:45:55 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-08-29 16:45:55 [post_content] => Last week, we published a story on Snappr, an Australian startup that uses an algorithm to match photographers with clients, making photo shoots "quick and snappy." With rates starting at just $59, we expressed concerns that they're driving prices down and devaluing photography. We caught up with Snappr CEO Matt Schiller to learn more about the company and discuss the depreciation of the photo industry. Here's what he had to say.Give me some background on Snappr. How did you come up with the idea, when did you launch, and what is the company's current position? We had the idea for Snappr from a previous startup called GownTown, an e-commerce startup here in Australia, which is me and the same co-founder of Snappr. As the name implies, we're servicing the University and graduation market, and started off dealing with graduation gowns. We actually started it when we were still at University, and over time wanted to add more products to the offering. Photography was one of those, so we thought about the best way to offer photography to graduates that was different from the established market.I'm not sure what it's like in the U.S., but here the established graduation photography industry is very much mass production, with very old-school studio setups where students line up in front of a blue screen one after one, and have photos taken that are quite expensive. So we thought, 'What about getting outside and in front of the landmarks on the University, getting outside of this mass production way of operating, and getting freelancers and connecting them with graduates to come and take photos wherever they want?' We saw such huge success with that, both with customers being really happy and the freelancers really loving it, that after a few months we saw a much bigger opportunity outside of graduations. That's when we had the idea for Snappr.To answer your question of when it all kicked off: it's actually a very new venture, and we're only a couple months old. I think we might be at our 110th day now, and we launched in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane. The first week or two, we were overwhelmed with more than 500 photographers applying to be on the platform without spending a cent on advertising. The unfortunate thing about this is that there were way too many photographers than we could possibly take on, so we had the luxury of picking the best guys of the bunch, bringing them to the platform, and putting a bunch of people on a waiting list who are very keen to join. But like any market place, we have to grow the supply in line with the demand, so we're trying to bring photographers on at a similar pace to which we're starting to generate business. On the customer side of things, we only started marketing the platform actively around a month ago. Now we're really starting to invest in that, and drive the volume of bookings to photographers. It's going well so far.Speaking of marketing, what specific markets does Snappr target on both the photographer side and the client side? We're really going after what we think of as the under-serviced markets of photography at the moment. The big disrupter in the photography space, as I see it in the last 10 years, is the camera phone. What this means is that people have really started to think that they can do it all themselves—and professional photography with really high-end DSLR equipment has become a little undervalued. So we're trying to go after the market that isn't serviced by professional photography, and is poorly serviced by camera phones. The classic examples of this are small family/company events, like your grandma's birthday or your small child's birthday. And on the corporate side, a big focus is corporate headshots and LinkedIn photos. In current circumstances, we see these kind of customers ending up with a bit of a sub-standard output, so we're trying to find photographers who are very suited to servicing this kind of demand.We also didn't want to build a platform in our first 100 days that caters to every photographer on the market—we think these create real opportunities to make new work for photographers lacking volume, who really need jobs sent their way, and need some stuff taken off their hands, such as the marketing, booking keeping, chasing after people for payment, and following up on leads and emails.I think when our photographers sign up, they understand the market we're going after. They get that we're going after these new opportunities, and we're attracting people who are really great at servicing this demand that we're opening up.Can you tell me more about the incentives photographers get from Snappr? The first incentive is obviously the booking fee. Like most marketplaces, we pass 80 percent of booking fees straight on to photographers. But with that last 20 percent, they get an incredible amount of value. We're basically becoming the back office for all of the photographers on our platform, and we're doing it, in my opinion, so much better than they can do on their own. And I think they would all agree with that.There's also a lot of other elements to it, like having to deal with customer leads that come in. Realistically, maybe only about 10 percent of them would turn into an actual sale, yet photographers are spending real time communicating with them when they're not operating on our platform. We're also insuring them, which for many of the photographers I've spoken to, is a really tough thing for them to get on their own. It's tricky to find the right product, to insure your photography operation, and it's also quite expensive, particularly for those working part-time. Insurance companies often don't take that into account, and we do all of that for them.Our coverage includes public liability insurance up to $10 million, professional indemnity up to $5 million, and equipment damage insurance, which is something reasonably novel that I don't think a lot of photographers would be able to get on their own. So if a photographer has an accident while they're out doing a shoot and drops a lens or drops a camera, that's covered by our policy and we don't charge them anything to be a part of that. And it's great for the customers as well—there's actually a lot of corporate clients in Australia that aren't allowed to book a job unless they've got some of these insurance products, particularly the public liability one. So for photographers who don't have insurance of their own, we're opening up that corporate market to them.How did you come up with the pay scale for your photographers? We did a lot of testing when we're doing GownTown photography, and we're continuing to test our pricing, but we knew it would have to be very competitive. We focused on testing how much demand there is for professional photography that's being turned off by prices starting at $500. We think our pricing hits the mark, and as far as an hourly rate is concerned, it's actually really competitive. So far, the feedback we've had is that our photographers are very happy with it, although I'm sure there are very experienced professionals with high-end equipment and specialized skills that look at Snappr and think the rates are much lower compared to what they're able to charge in their other businesses.But at the moment, we're going after a very specific end of the market, and in the future we may add more premium tiers. In fact, we do plan to add more premium tiers that would allow a greater spectrum of photographers to come on board, and cater to a much greater range of shoot types. We think the pricing we have now achieves the goal of opening up volume for photographers, and opening up jobs that just weren't there before.Your site says photographers go through a rigorous interview process and that they are "top 10 percent photographers." Can you explain that process and how you calculate that percentage? Of all of the people who've applied to Snappr so far, we've only accepted those who we consider to be the top 10 percent of applicants. The process has a lot of elements: we do a review of their camera equipment and lens equipment (we only accept people who have a high-end DSLR built in the last five years), and typically the people who apply have a multitude of interchangeable lenses to suit a variety of different styles. But probably the most important part of the application process is the portfolio review. Photographers are required to link to an online portfolio exclusively of their own, or to upload photos that we can then review. That, at the end of the day, is the ultimate test for us. We, and the photographers on the team, have a very good idea of the standard we're looking for. I should also add that it doesn't just end at reviewing their past portfolio. For every job that's done through Snappr, we're looking at the quality of work coming through the platform, checking to make sure it meets the standards that customers expect, and also collecting customer feedback as well.Jumping back to the process of applying—the other component is that we expect people to have done a minimum amount of paid work in the past. At this stage, we're not accepting people who've never done paid photography before. And then the final component is an interview process that we've recently started. The feedback from customers is that they really want people to take fantastic photography, but also really want people who provide them with a great customer experience. Particularly when we're dealing with events, sometimes people want a photographer who can really bring life to the party, and is really energetic and bubbly. So we do a phone interview with everyone we've shortlisted to get a really good idea of what they'll be like on the customer service side of things.So once a photographer is accepted, what's the workflow like for completing a job and getting paid? First, a booking comes through the platform, then our matching algorithm kicks in, which is really where the smarts are in the Snappr model. We're trying to match the photographer who is best suited for each job, and for any one job there are a lot of photographers who could service it. But we try to find the photographer who not only has the best skills, but also the right proximity, because at the end of the day we want to save photographers time on travel so they can spend more time behind the camera. And once [the algorithm] kicks in, we know that photographer will be available. Unlike a lot of directories, we ask our photographers when they would like to work—when we send a photographer a job, I think more than 95 percent of the time they take it, which is very different from every other online service or directory for photography at the moment.Then, [the photographer] will get the customer's contact details and what they've provided as far as what they're looking for in terms of style, the type of shoot, and who will be there on the shoot day. The photographer will turn up to the shoot, finish the shoot, and for post production, the only thing we provide as part of the package—without customers paying extra—is simple Lightroom image enhancement.Photo delivery is also done through the Snappr platform, giving photographers a standardized workflow for passing the photos on to us. We check the quality, upload them to the platform, and create a custom-hosted, password protected gallery for the client. At that point, the client has the option not only to download the photos, but also to buy a range of print products through our online store. We do everything from small 4x6-inch prints all the way up to huge canvases. It's very popular for things like family photo shoots, and we pass on a percentage of that revenue to the photographers, which they think of as another great incentive to take really awesome photos.What percentage do photographers get on the prints? They get 20 percent of the revenue, so not 20 percent of the profit. We cover all the costs of fulfilling the prints including the postage and the printing itself.One photographer I spoke to who's used Snappr said it was required to upload 60 shots per hour of shooting. Is that true? It's not a strict requirement, but we do recommend it to photographers as a guideline for a standard type of shoot. Let's say we're dealing with a two-hour corporate event, we like to get somewhere between 100 to 150 photos for the customer to choose from. We don't rigorously enforce that because we realize that not all shoots are the same, for example, a product shoot is a very different as you're spending a lot of time setting up and perfecting the shot for each individual product. So it's not a strict rule, and we treat everything on a case by case basis.However, in most cases we do try to get up to one shot a minute, because ultimately the more photos the customers have to choose from, the more likely they are to find something that really strikes a chord with them. Really, it's for the benefit of the photographer, as it encourages the customers to buy prints. And like with any art form, things are very subjective. If you look at two similar shots, the photographer may think one is the best while the customer may think the other one is the best, so it's always good to have a lot to choose from.Can you explain why three featured "Snappr photographers" I found through your Instagram said they'd never worked on a job through Snappr? Were the people you reached out to on the Snappr platform?Well, on the Snappr site all you provide are photographers' first names, last initials, and no contact info. So I found them through your Instagram account. If you'd like, I can follow up with those particular people and give you an answer, because I'm not sure who exactly who you've spoken to.To sum things up, what are your plans for growth in the coming months and years? Do you have any intention of expanding to the US? At the moment, we're only just getting started in Australia. We're only scraping the surface of this under-serviced market, and starting to bring out jobs where professional photography jobs didn't previously exist. And like any marketplace, it relies heavily on the network effect in small areas, referrals, customers spreading good word about the product, and photographers spreading good word as well. We're very focused on three cities at the moment—Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane—and we're still doing a lot testing as well. We're testing our product, which areas of the market are the most under-serviced, and other things surrounding the business model like pricing. We're also trying to work out the best way to expand the type of shoots we go after, as far as adding more premium options to the platform. For the time being, we're really focused on owning the Australia market, but if things go well here, we'll definitely look to expand overseas.
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Moments later, Schiller called me back to answer the question of why three "Snappr photographers" claimed to have never worked with the company.
"I just spoke with our office manager, and he thinks that, without knowing the names of the people, that those were people accepted to the platform but haven't finished their on-boarding yet, so they haven't been given a job," he said. [post_title] => Snappr CEO Says They're Not Cannibalizing Photography (Interview) [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => snappr-ceo-says-theyre-not-cannibalizing-photography-interview [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-08-29 15:23:59 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-08-29 19:23:59 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=70081 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 1 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 70033 [post_author] => 25217 [post_date] => 2016-08-28 23:06:40 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-08-29 03:06:40 [post_content] => No, it does not.[Featured image via Flickr] [post_title] => Does Facebook's New Content Policy Mark the End of Clickbait? [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => does-facebooks-new-content-policy-mark-the-end-of-clickbait [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-01-31 16:26:19 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-01-31 21:26:19 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=70033 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 1 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 69799 [post_author] => 25217 [post_date] => 2016-08-25 11:16:02 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-08-25 15:16:02 [post_content] =>
When I came across Snappr, an Australian startup company trying "to change the world of photography" by making shoots "quick and snappy," I began to understand how yellow cab drivers felt when Uber hit the streets: frustrated, subverted, and a bit threatened. I mean, in just a few clicks you can instantly book a shoot with a "top 10 percent" photographer beginning at only $59 (that's $44.99 in USD)! How could I ever make a living in photography when things have become this cheap and easy? But after some research, I realized that Snappr and Uber are far from analogous. That is, because Uber is providing a highly efficient, mutually beneficial service for its customers and, arguably, its employees, while Snappr is blatantly devaluing its staff and the photo industry with every credulous click on its Book Now button.
Harsh? Well, let me explain everything wrong with this business model—and also the other side of my argument, so you can decide for yourself.
These days, most photographers work as freelancers, meaning their income is earned on a job-to-job basis. For some, this means working a high quantity of lower budget shoots; for others this means grinding to land a few big jobs that will make or break their year. In either scenario, none are met with "steady" income, as they survive by budgeting their profit from each individual job. And in order to continue working, they must build their reputation by producing high quality work that makes the client happy and ready to hire them again.
But Snappr, however, is bringing rates down so low that no one could possibly feed themselves off a photography gig. This could effectively set a new precedent on how much photography is actually worth, destroying the professional standards of the industry. Why would a couple hire a wedding photographer for $2000 a day when they could get a two hour session off Snappr for $113.38? You could say you get what you pay for—that you lose the quality of work—but really, it's a scary thing to think about: photography being bought and sold as a product rather than a creative service.
So on one hand, you have the professionals, who wouldn’t dream of working for Snappr’s rates. But on the other, you have the amateurs hungry to break into the industry with little means to do so. By this, I mean they likely work full-time jobs, have no formal training, but are nonetheless shutterbugs with a keen eye for imagery (and often a thriving Instagram feed). For them, Snappr’s providing a new vertical to gain experience, clients, and entry into the industry, one that doesn’t require them to quit their jobs or risk financial downfall.
“Snappr is not devaluing the industry or the professionals. I think they are exploring a new market, a new category,” says Hugo Lopes, a photographer who signed up for Snappr but decided against it because the prices were too low. “They’re encouraging people to hire a professional, even if it's not a high level professional. I think they're helping to make professional photography accessible to everyone. And it's up to each professional, to decide whether to participate or not and evaluate if the amounts paid are worth it.”
"...the quota is a minimum of 60 shots per hour of shooting."
So to find out if it’s worth it, I contacted some of the photographer’s featured on Snappr’s Instagram, as the company’s website offers no direct contact info for its photographers. Not even a last name.
“I received an invitation from them a while back, but never shot for them or confirmed any agreement to shoot for them,” said a Melbourne, Australia based fashion photographer. "I found the pay wasn’t alluring—e.g. $300 for a 7-hour shoot. And the post process may not be fit for the type of work I do. After the shoot, retouched images need to be uploaded to an online gallery for the client to consider, and the quota is a minimum of 60 shots per hour of shooting. This may be fine for events and the like, but on the fashion side of things it’s a lot of work for that kind of money.”
“I guess at the point of signing up I was in a position where I was willing to devalue myself for the sake of getting any photography work,” said a Sydney, Australia based travel photographer. “I'm no longer in that position, so I don't want to support these companies that capitalize off amateurs and desperate photographers, offering 'exposure' or some pathetic compensation that barely covers the cost it took to create the work. So I didn't follow through.”
Snappr also claims that it “hand-picks the very best professional photographers through a rigorous screening and interview process,” so I asked Lopes what that was like.
“I really don't know how they treat that internally or who evaluates the portfolios, but I was requested to submit my work when subscribing, and a few days later I received an e-mail saying I was accepted,” he said.
Still, it comes with no surprise that a platform like Snappr has surfaced. In recent years, tech companies offering new market distribution, from Uber and Seamless to AirBnB and InstaCart, have disrupted nearly every traditional industry.
"Let's just hope they don't implement a RAW file upload option."
In 2010, for example, the online marketplace Fiverr launched, offering a range of creative services for just $5, such as graphic design, writing, and illustration. Like Snappr, it's easy to wonder what you could possibly get for that cheap, and you could argue that it's devaluing freelance workers. But according to a recent Fast Company article, that was never the founders' intent.
"The founders had a hunch the price would give freelancers 'a way to slice their skills thin enough,'" Fast Company writes. "They were right. Freelancers began signing up in droves."
Since then, Fiverr has expanded far beyond $5 services with rates that exceed $8000. The company is worth millions, and it's been reported that some freelancers are earning over $20,000 a month. But there's no telling if the same goes for Snappr, as its fixed pricing shows that freelancers have no control over their rates—and also because our request for comment has yet to be answered (we will update you if it is).
In the meantime, let's just hope they don't implement a RAW file upload button.
UPDATE, Aug. 29, 2016: We spoke with Snappr CEO Matt Schiller to learn more about Snappr and discuss the concerns of depreciating the photo industry. Read the full interview here. [post_title] => Meet 'Snappr,' the Uber-Like Startup Devaluing Your Photography [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => meet-snappr-the-uber-like-startup-devaluing-your-photography [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-08-29 12:48:54 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-08-29 16:48:54 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=69799 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 9 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 69512 [post_author] => 25217 [post_date] => 2016-08-22 09:00:51 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-08-22 13:00:51 [post_content] => You could say Joel Grimes’ photography career began during his first official art class in middle school. It “was nothing short of heaven,” he states on his website, and since then art has been the premise of his work, no matter if it’s a personal project, portrait session or commercial client. With an obsession for the process of creating, he draws influence from some of the greatest illusionist painters, yet he’s not one who just sees his work as art; he sees “art as life.”For over 26 years, Grimes has worked for the world’s top advertising agencies, and in 2015 was inducted into the prestigious Canon Explorer of Light team. Most recently, though, he partnered with Westcott to design a new travel-friendly beauty dish, known as the Rapid Box, so we asked Grimes to reveal his secrets for using it to capture compelling one-light portraiture on location and in studio. Here’s what he had to say.[caption id="attachment_69520" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] © Joel Grimes[/caption]Simplicity is Key“Starting out with strobes and modifiers can really make your head spin,” says Grimes, and he’s right—there’s square boxes, rectangle boxes, umbrellas, continuous hot lights, the list goes on. Even today, Grimes admits that he struggles to keep up with the terminology, such clamshell or butterfly lighting. But as a seasoned educator, he’s come up with some ways to break it down into a simple and effective practice.First off, Grimes explains that the work of Renaissance painters is what inspired him to initially start with strobe lighting—he sought to emanate the cross-lighting look of Rembrandt paintings, and to build drama using classic side lighting. And it wasn’t until about 10 years ago that he decided to expand his techniques.“If I was to break down lighting as simply as possible, I’d say the most flattering light on a subject comes from top down or cross-light,” says Grimes. “Specifically, light falling from top to bottom with the sky is gorgeous. So what I try to emulate is that top down light, since all that light is coming straight down over the face.”[caption id="attachment_69521" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] © Joel Grimes[/caption]Grimes adds that when starting out with lighting, it’s commonplace to attempt to emanate the natural light around us, yet that’s not always in good practice."Our eyes can see detail in shadow and highlight, but when it comes to film or a camera sensor, there are limitations that happen,” says Grimes. “The odds are that the natural light falling on my face right now isn’t very attractive—it’s not going to put me in my best light. But if I move around the room I could probably find better options. As a photographer, the goal is to find the best light for your subject, which takes time and practice.”So let’s move on to some simple and dirty lighting tips for using a single strobe with a 24-inch beauty dish modifier.[caption id="attachment_69519" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] via Westcott[/caption]Factor the DistanceAccording to Grimes, one of the most important components of lighting is the distance between the light source in relation to the subject. As a general rule, he explains that when working with modifiers, the closer it is to the subject the softer the light, and the further it is the harsher the light. In addition, the bigger the modifier in relation to the subject, the softer the light becomes and vice-versa. With that in mind, it’s an excellent way to begin experimenting, and one of the first things Grimes demonstrates to newcomers in his workshops.“When I teach workshops, I say, ‘watch what happens when I drop this back 10 feet,’ and some people say, ‘I really like that,’ while others will say, ‘it’s too harsh,’” says Grimes. “It’s all about getting to the point where you enjoy that feedback as an artist. A modifier is a tool, and that tool helps you get to where you want to be as an artist or for a client.”[caption id="attachment_69522" align="aligncenter" width="845"] © Joel Grimes[/caption]If you look to magazines such as Vogue or Cosmopolitan, for example, the lighting is fairly sharp and edgy. This is because the light is backed up from the subject, which can be gauged by watching where the shadow falls from over the top of the camera.“I have a sweet spot where I think the light looks best to me. Depending on the scenario, let’s say a beauty headshot, I’ll take the diameter of my light source—in this case 24 inches—and bring it 24 inches from my subject,” says Grimes. “Then I’ll put a fill card underneath my beauty so it bounces the light back in and softens it, filling in the shadow below the nose and chin. And in a closed environment, a 24-inch modifier with a fill card is always gorgeous light.”[caption id="attachment_69518" align="aligncenter" width="800"] via Westcott[/caption]Master Your Location A crucial part of lighting is not only being able to create high quality light, but knowing how to replicate your look or style in any setting or location. This, however, can be challenging, given the ever-changing brightness and position of the sun—or ambient light—as well as the environment you’re shooting in. For example, white sand could reflect light while black asphalt could dampen it.“If we take the 24-inch beauty dish outdoors, I’ve discovered that I can create the same quality of light on my subject as I would in a studio, except I have all of this ambient light coming back into my scene,” says Grimes. “The more ambient light I have coming into my scene, the softer gets, but if I drag the shutter for too long, then my strobe has no input and doesn’t show up. So there’s a fine line in balancing your ambient and strobe light outputs.”[caption id="attachment_69517" align="aligncenter" width="2400"] © Joel Grimes[/caption]To do so, Grimes suggests utilizing the ambient light before bringing in your strobe. “If I swing my subject so that the sun, or a bright source of light like a window, hits the hair or the shoulder creating an edge light, that’s when I’ll implement my beauty dish technique—24 inches from my subject, depending on how soft or harsh you're aiming for,” says Grimes. “On one side you have light falling on the subject, and it’s shadowed a bit so the overhead light has a greater influence. And the sun is then causing a glow or edge to the subjects shoulders, which creates a sense of depth.”He adds: “If the sun is raking across my subject’s face, then yes, the beauty dish can fill it in, but then I’m competing with the sun. But if I position my subject so the sun’s not hitting the face, then the beauty dish above my camera acts as light coming down from the sky and fills it in beautifully and softly, which is how I approach that lighting technique in the field.”[caption id="attachment_69523" align="aligncenter" width="643"] via Westcott[/caption]Visit the Westcott site for more on Rapid Box Beauty Dish designed by Joel Grimes. [post_title] => Joel Grimes Shares His Secrets to Compelling One-Light Portraiture [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => joel-grimes-shares-his-secrets-to-compelling-one-light-portraiture [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-08-19 10:31:12 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-08-19 14:31:12 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=69512 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 1 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 69530 [post_author] => 25217 [post_date] => 2016-08-15 09:00:59 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-08-15 13:00:59 [post_content] => When was the last time you checked one of your social media accounts? Five, 10, 15 minutes ago? Or perhaps you browsed each of them before you got out of bed this morning. If so, you’re far from alone. We’ve entered a time where social media is embedded in our daily lives, offering a (somewhat) democratized platform for the exchange of news, ideas, and opinion. With over 2.2 billion social network users worldwide, it’s the largest universal communication platform the world has ever seen, endlessly changing the ways we think, interact, and well, socialize with one another.There is no question that social media has connected humanity like never before, but despite this, people are still feeling lonely; reports say the average American spends more than half their waking life staring at a screen. Just take a look around next time you leave your home—count how many people you see staring down at their devices, roaming the sidewalks like cattle looking for grass in NYC. Sounds scary, right? Well, despite the dystopian depiction, we think it’s possible to peruse the social media world in a healthy fashion. So to help us find the answer, we turned to Aya Cash, star of FXX's dark romantic comedy You're the Worst, for "The Social Media Issue" of Resource Magazine.In Season 2 of the show—Season 3 premieres Aug. 31—Aya’s character, Gretchen, grapples with issues of fulfillment, happiness, and coping with depression while staying connected to the demands of a modern working woman. We’ve recruited Aya as your guide for navigating the social media world, and hopefully, you’ll leave with a better understanding of your networks, devices, and maybe even a follower or two. Just head over to your local photo studio or Barnes and Noble or visit the Resource Mag Shop to pick up a copy.[caption id="attachment_69532" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] © Natalie Brasington/Resource Magazine[/caption]In this cover feature, photographed on location by Chief Photographer Natalie Brasington, we aimed to subvert the paradigms of women "having it all" seen during the Golden Age of Television, creating a visually rich narrative comprised of environment portraiture mixed with subtleties of satire and irony. With this, we draw comparisons between antiquated ideals of womanhood and pervasive social pressures, asking questions of how being constantly 'connected' shapes and defines our relationships in this new age consumerism. In addition, we draw on a bit of nostalgia for the Atomic Age when new technology redefined a lifestyle, influencing the collective psyche of America.[caption id="attachment_69570" align="aligncenter" width="2588"] © David Johnson/Resource Magazine[/caption]Also in this issue, we tackle some of the greatest questions social media users—that means you!—face today, from the urge to disconnect and live "off the grid" to practical ways to remove spam from your newsfeeds. In addition, we photographed a face-off between social media influencers @NicholasMeglis and @KrispyShorts with Chief Photographer David Johnson, inspired by the iconic Warhol/Basquiat collaborations of the '90s.Here are some more highlights from "The Social Media Issue" of Resource Magazine:[caption id="attachment_69545" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] © Michael Bonocore/Resource Magazine[/caption]Productions of the World: Colonial Charm in the Heart of Nicaragua - Your eyes transfix on the vibrant yellow church that sits in front of you, as you look down from the 500-year-old bell tower you climbed to catch the soft afternoon light. This is your guide to navigating and photographing the colonial Spanish settlement of Granada.[caption id="attachment_69547" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] © Greg Neumaier/Resource Magazine[/caption]Tech: Summer Travel Essentials - This tech article photographed by Greg Neumaier showcases the season’s most vital travel photography gear for capturing your summer excursions.[caption id="attachment_69553" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] © Eric Pickersgill[/caption]Image: Digital Dystopia - Guest Editor Eric Pickersgill curates his Removed series, revealing how technology, cameras, and smartphones alters the way humans perform, think, interact with one another.Visit the Resource Mag Shop to order your copy today! [post_title] => Is Social Media Making Us Feel More Alone? We Asked Aya Cash of FXX's 'You're the Worst' [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => is-social-media-making-us-feel-more-alone-we-asked-aya-cash-of-fxxs-youre-the-worst [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-01-31 15:40:18 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-01-31 20:40:18 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=69530 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 69191 [post_author] => 25217 [post_date] => 2016-08-05 13:00:02 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-08-05 17:00:02 [post_content] => Adrian Mueller is a New York-based still life, liquids and food photographer known for his clean and concise aesthetic. By highlighting the simplicity of the objects or subjects he shoots, he creates an elegance aimed to draw viewers in visually while triggering other sensory elements such as taste and smell. He's originally from Switzerland, and has spent the last 20 years in New York honing his craft, with an impressive client list that includes brands from Hersheys to Microsoft, a long list of agencies, and publications such as The Wall Street Journal and Martha Stewart Living.We spent a day on set with Mueller as he shot a campaign for Maker's 46, a bourbon whisky and companion to the Maker's Mark brand, known for its bold vanilla, oak and caramel flavors.The job dates back two years, when Mueller began working with a Kentucky-based agency as they neared the initial product launch of Maker's 46. At the time of this video, it was a year after Mueller's first job with the agency, and their goal was to create a continuation of the campaign and tie it all together into a series."We collaborated on an idea, which expanded on their concept of using the wax from the iconic Maker's Mark seal as a main element in the shoot," Mueller said. "So we put a bottle of Maker's 46 into a huge block of ice that looks like a frozen lake with cracks in it—and the red element in the background is a continuation of the theme we had previously established, which ties everything together."Watch our behind the scenes video with Mueller, where he explains his collaborative creative process, lighting, and brings new meaning to "whisky on the rocks."You can also see the final result of Mueller's Maker's 46 series here. 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It is said that humanity is on the cusp of a new computing age, one driven by machines capable of autonomously performing tasks never thought possible. Already, it is creeping into nearly every facet of society, silently operating within the devices we use each day. Every time you command Siri or search on Google—it’s there. Soon, we may never again need to drive to the grocery store or even swipe a debit card. This is the application of artificial intelligence, and it’s advancing rapidly.
A quick history lesson: AI’s roots date back to Greek antiquity when the ideas of intelligent robots and artificial beings were incorporated into storytelling and myths. But it was only less than a century ago that AI turned into a very plausible reality. Alan Turing, a British mathematician and computer scientist, was one of the first people to come up with the idea of intelligent machines in the 1950s. Though his ideas were ridiculed at the time, his “Turing Test” has been historically used to determine the level to which a machine can “think.”[caption id="attachment_66479" align="aligncenter" width="2500"] © Jason Leiva / Resource Magazine[/caption]
But it was not until after he died that the term “artificial intelligence” entered into public awareness. This was mandated by American cognitive scientist Marvin Minsky, who co-founded the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s AI laboratory in 1959, and advised Stanley Kubrick on 2001: A Space Odyssey. The film, released in 1968, was the world’s first theatrical representation of AI. And by the 1980s, the invention of the personal computer sparked even more interest in technology that can think for itself.
Today, the term “AI” dwells on the ardent fingertips of every tech writer waiting to cover the next big breakthrough. And recently, there’s been a lot of them: Google Photos is using a powerful AI system called deep learning, capable of identifying images it has never seen before. Facebook M is slated to be the most advanced virtual assistant to date. And most recently, Google’s DeepMind beat a top human player at the game of Go, the ancient Chinese contest of strategy and intellect that’s exponentially more complicated than chess.[caption id="attachment_66483" align="aligncenter" width="2500"] © Jason Levia / Resource Magazine[/caption]
On the other hand, though, futurists such as Elon Musk and Steven Hawking are speaking out against AI, declaring it the greatest existential threat to humankind. Much of this criticism stems from the fear of summoning a Terminator-like scenario, and the consequences of making machines that surpass the intelligence of humans. Needless to say, their caution is warranted. AI is premised on giving machines the ability to think, and eventually, teach themselves. So suppose we built a machine with an average IQ of 100—then it created a new version with an IQ of 10,000. What would that mean for us?
Still, we’re nowhere near living alongside full-fledged robots. Throughout the coming years, AI will instead integrate into the systems we’re already using. It will give us unprecedented access to information, and bring efficiency to our high-powered lives. Really, it will teach us a lot before it’s advanced enough to take over our high-intellect jobs (robots are taking over working class jobs already). And even then, we will be the ones there to train it, to fix it, and to upgrade it. AI will be the catalyst of our next technological revolution, and it could happen without the touch of a human hand.
For the Spring 2016 "Gadget Issue" of Resource Magazine, we explore the most powerful, perceptive, and deadly AI tech emerging into society throughout the coming months and years—not the next 100. We also teamed up with teamed up with photographer Jason Leiva to build and photograph a human cyborg with model Stacey Farnet and hair and makeup artist Ninoshka.
For the full story, visit our online shop to pick up a copy of the magazine, or find it at your local Barnes & Noble, photo studio, or prop house. Also in this issue:
Travel Feature: The Untold Culture of CubaResource Travel Editor-in-Chief Michael Bonocore explores the hidden culture of Cuba, from connecting with the locals to compelling street photography and photographic survival guides.
Feature: The Rise of the TechsterThe hipster was so last quarter. See how the tech world is transforming fashion, from wearables to the workplace. Photographed by David Johnson.
Inanimate Objectives??Guest Editor Maurizio Di Iorio combines his advertising-like aesthetic and pop art taste in this collection of imagery that exposes the small, almost imperceptible, anomalies found within our daily actions.
FOCUS: Gadgets?Go deep inside the world of interactive sex and discover how its pioneering the VR space. Learn how to navigate the gadget theft capital of the world. Find out what Inspector Gadget got right about the future of technology, and more. Photo by Wilferd. Modeling by Ela Darling from Cam4VR.
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