Photos of photos

My wife texted me a picture of our DSLR’s viewfinder.

It think it’s pretty obvious we need a better way to share the photos from our good camera. I love the quality of the photos that come from that camera, but it is such a pain to transfer them to the computer.

I’ve tried an eyefi card, but it was too unreliable–only transferring some of the photos. Maybe that has changed since I tried it.

John Malcovich stars in famous photos

I’ve enjoyed John Malkovich on the big screen for years, but recently he’s taken his acting talents to a different medium—photography. Photographer Sandro Miller created Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to photographic masters, featuring the talented actor in a number of famous photos.

In 2013, Sandro decided to do a project honoring the men and women whose photographs helped shape his career. After selecting thirty-five images to emulate, Sandro contacted Malkovich, who instantly agreed to participate. When speaking about Malkovich, Sandro states: “John is the most brilliant, prolific person I know. His genius is unparalleled. I can suggest a mood or an idea and within moments, he literally morphs into the character right in front of my eyes. He is so trusting of my work and our process… I’m truly blessed to have him as my friend and collaborator.”

Here are a few of my favorites from the collection:

Dorothea Lange / Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California (1936), 2014

Dorothea Lange / Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California (1936), 2014

Yousuf Karsh / Ernest Hemingway (1957), 2014

Yousuf Karsh / Ernest Hemingway (1957), 2014

Herb Ritts / Jack Nicholson, London (1988) (B), 2014

Herb Ritts / Jack Nicholson, London (1988) (B), 2014

Philippe Halsman / Salvador Dalí (1954), 2014

Philippe Halsman / Salvador Dalí (1954), 2014

The full gallery is worth checking out.

Embedding Getty

There’s been a lot of excitement on the web today about Getty Images allowing visitors to embed their photos across the web.

With people increasingly turning to imagery to communicate and tell their stories online, the embed capability opens up Getty Images’ award-winning imagery for seamless sharing. Through the embed tool, individuals can draw on Getty Images’ latest news, sports, celebrity, music and fashion coverage; immense digital photo archive; and rich conceptual images to illustrate their unique passions, ideas and interests. This innovation opens one of the largest, deepest and most comprehensive image collections in the world for easy sharing, thereby making the world an even more visual place.

The embeds look like this:

This isn’t a radical new feature. Youtube, Vimeo, Flickr, Instagram, and many other web media companies have made their content available to embed for years. This often results in their content going viral and being spread far and wide across the web. The difference is those companies don’t earn their primary revenue from licensing their content for others’ to publish.

Introducing the feature is a smart move on Getty’s part, but it is surprising that they waited so long to release it. Their management team must have finally accepted that the network value of viral media was worth the amount it would undercut their licensing revenue. The feature will bring more links to their site and show off their work and brand to a wider audience.

Automatically including the attribution for each photo is useful, and it opens up their library of images to publishers who would not or cannot buy a proper license. However, there are a few key features missing from their embed code—features that were probably left out on purpose or because of some backroom bickering—such as being able to edit the image size or make the image fluidly resize on a responsive web page. These limitations protect Getty’s image licensing business, making sure it is still attractive to better funded web publishers and news organizations. However, the limitations will slow the adoption of the feature, since the embedded images will show up strangely in many website templates. Perhaps these features are coming soon, but until they do there will be some goofy looking pages.

New Flickr app

Flickr released a new version of their iOS app today. So far I am very happy with the features of the app and the results it has produced.

Flickr followed the lead of Instagram and the thousands of other copycat apps by adding more filters and gimmicky features, but they also added some very useful and professional editing tools that allow for and encourage more fine tuning of images.

I have intended to post more photos for a while. Especially now, with the new baby, I should be snapping away every day and capturing as many of these early memories as possible. Looking back on old albums has always been such a joy. I’ll have to collect these photos now so my kids and I can enjoy looking back on them in the future.

Matthew running