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"And finally, above all else, it is about leaving a mark that I existed: I was here. I was hungry. I was defeated. I was happy. I was sad. I was in love. I was afraid. I was hopeful. I had an idea and I had a good purpose and that’s why I made works of art…" – Felix Gonzalez-Torres

Oh Snap! I Totally forgot… December 30, 2009

Filed under: Miscellany,Personal,Photography,Technology — Lulu @ 12:50 pm

To share my most awesome Christmas gift from my most awesome boyfriend!

 

It’s a Dell Wasabi PZ310 Mobile Photo Printer!! (Squee!!!)

 

It is the coolest little thing. It’s about the size of an iPhone, and it prints out 2”x3” photos… as STICKERS! It’s totally wireless, so you don’t have to keep it plugged into your computer like with a regular printer. It connects to your computer via a tiny little Bluetooth (USB) adapter, or you can plug your camera directly into it with an adapter cable. The best part?? It’s completely inkless! The trick to printing is the paper. It’s kind of like the old Polaroids that developed on their own, but bumped up a notch. You don’t have to wait minutes for the images to develop; they come out of the printer already visible. Oh, and you can even print photos from your phone (well, I can’t; but Fanless has an iPhone, so he can).

 

According to the Dell website:

Overview

Print your memories as soon as they happen with PZ310 Ink-free Mobile Printer from Dell. This pocket-sized printer produces full-color photos wirelessly from your camera phone via bluetooth. You can utilize its wireless connectivity and print anywhere and everywhere easily. It uses ZINK Zero Ink Technology to provide a simple and ink-free user experience. Moreover, it delivers professional-quality documents with crisp text and sharp details at resolutions of up to 640×960 pixels. Designed for high printing volumes and great usage demands, it has a standard paper input capacity of 15 sheets. Additionally, this Mobile Printer can be effortless setup and installed via USB port.

 

I haven’t really used it too much (just haven’t really had much time to sit and play with it yet), but I’m excited to really start enjoying it. It’ll be great to have small, self-adhesive photos for my multi-photo layouts without having to worry about creating them in Photoshop.

 

Seriously… Best. Gift. EVER!!

 

(I love you, honey!!)

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1962 July 30, 2009

Filed under: Miscellany,Random Thoughts,Technology — Lulu @ 3:40 pm

This was a fun little 10-minute time killer. Using the Mad Men Yourself tool online, I created 1962 versions of Fanless and myself. Cute!

1962

 

Se Dice “Tec-no-lo-gia” June 24, 2009

Filed under: Miscellany,Technology — Lulu @ 9:54 pm

I read a great editorial in this month’s issue of WIRED, where Clive Thompson speculates on the potential for Cuba to become the next big tech resourcing center.

An excerpt:

“Like the ’80s Irish, Cubans are eerily well educated, particularly for such an impoverished people. Education is one thing Castro has done right: 99.8 percent of adults are literate, and nearly a third have graduated from high school, many with the sort of vocational training in mechanics and farming the US foolishly let slip a generation ago. Based on UN statistics, one out of five young adults in Cuba graduates college.”

I thought the piece was really fantastic, and I was very happy to find it online so I could share it with you. You can read it in its entirety here.

 

photoscape January 8, 2009

Filed under: Photography,Technology — Lulu @ 4:43 pm

Because I’m a helpful kind of girl, I thought I would just share this recent discovery: Photoscape 3.3.

Normally I use Photoshop for photo editing, but I’m not an expert by any means. I find it a bit cumbersome. Not to mention that I think Fanless gets annoyed with my never-ending “babe, how do I do {insert random desired effect here} in Photoshop?” questions. I was reading an article online (I can’t remember the site or URL, but if I find it again I’ll post it here) and they mentioned a free photo editing program called “Photoscape.” It is a simple download and I decided it couldn’t hurt to try it out.

So let me just give you a few examples of what can be done with the program. Here is the original photo I started out with:
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I simply selected the “Sepia” color filter from the “Home” tab to change the coloring of the photo. Then I selected “Auto Contrast” (at middle level), then “Brighten” (also at middle level). Finally, I selected “Vignetting #1” from the list of filters. Here is the finished photo:

IMG_0801sm

For this example, all I did was select “Cinema – High” from the filter list, then added “Lens Flare” to the glass (I upped the number to 13). Here is the resulting photo:

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Anyway, those are just two examples of things you can do with Photoscape. I literally justdownloaded the program within the last half hour, so I haven’t had a lot of time to play with it. But so far I like the ease of applying the filters and effects. I can’t wait to discover all the fun, artsy stuff I can do to my pictures!

If you decide to download and use the program, let me know how it goes. I’d love to see your results. Have fun!

 

New “old” photos in one click October 2, 2008

Filed under: Photography,Technology — Lulu @ 5:33 pm

I read about this really cool Japanese website on Elise Blaha’s blog. You can upload your pics and it converts them into “old” photos. Being a lover of black and white photos, I am so in love with this effect!

I used my absolute favorite picture of The Boy and me to test it out. I’ll also show you the comparison to Photoshop, because while I can get around Photoshop, I am by no means an expert. If you are unfamiliar with Photoshop tools and filters, the Bakumatsu site makes it really easy to enhance the visual interest of your photos in one click.

Here is the original image. The only thing I did to it was adjust the brightness in Photoshop (it was taken inside a dark bar, so the lighting – even with the flash – was pretty bad):

TR1

Here it is after I altered it in Photoshop. I used “grayscale” to remove the color, and “blur” to smooth out any blemishes and “unevenness.”

TR4

I like that it’s black and white, but I feel it’s a little “flat.” It almost looks like it was colored in with a black Sharpie. That’s okay, but I’d like to see something more interesting.

And now here it is after using the Bakumatsu tool:

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I really love that it has that old grainy newspaper feel to it. I think the effect really lends interest and “texture” to the photo. I can’t wait to print this out and use it on a layout!

Anyway – Bakumatsu… check it out, play around, enjoy. It’s free!

Peace out!