haiti, one week later

19 January 2010   //     1 comment   //   history, news, photography, save the world

Haiti remains a place of profound need, anguish, desperation and danger, with a few glimmers of hope and slowly growing capabilities to receive and distribute the international aid now flowing in. Sporadic looting, sometimes violent, was met with force by security officials and ordinary citizens, resulting in a number of further deaths and injuries. The tenuous security situation has led to at least one temporary evacuation of a medical facility, to protect the care-givers. Despite the long time since the earthquake, at least five people were pulled from the rubble alive this weekend, including a young girl trapped inside a supermarket who was fortunately surrounded by food, and survived on fruit snacks.

Looking for ways to contribute but still unsure how to go about it? Charity Navigator sorts and ranks charities to help you find one you can trust. For Haiti and countless other situations.

(Description and images from The Big Picture at boston.com)

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diy lens cap saver

18 January 2010   //     Comments Off   //   clever, design, diy, form + function, photography

DIY Lenscap saver

Got an empty shampoo bottle and some free time? Why not make yourself this fantastic lens cap holder for your camera! New-to-me inventor Benvelo has provided templates and step-by-step instructions for you to DIY. It’s a little on the complicated side, but with super cool results.

Heck. You can even make it cute.

Find the complete project here.

(Thanks Wired Gadgets, via DIYPhotography.net)

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polaroid!

11 January 2010   //     2 comments   //   announcing, design, photography, vintage

So I loved seeing the photos of all the cool CES gadgets flying around the internets all week. But this one made my jaw drop. Then I jumped out of my chair. New Polaroid cameras! That will work with Polaroid instant film!

Have you heard of The Impossible Project? If not, go to that link and read. And be sure to click through the pictures and read the captions. It’s an amazing story about how Polaroid Instant Film is being resurrected. The film is supposed to be available in February. I assume the cameras will be ready to go then too? Hope so!

(Thanks Electricpig for the news and the photos.)

Edited: The direct link to The Impossible Project wasn’t working when I first posted. But it appears to be back up now, so go!

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how to get your lost camera back

17 December 2009   //     Comments Off   //   clever, funny ha ha, photography

Andrew McDonald shares his clever idea for avoiding camera loss, or, more precisely, a clever way to get your camera back if you do lose it.

See the whole “slideshow” here.

(Thanks for the link Gwen!)

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