Archive for the ‘Online Photos’ Category

Zoom.It

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Here’s something free from Microsoft for you to check out:  Zoom.It which enables you to view and share high resolution imagery.   It’s hard to explain exactly what this means so it’s better that you just click on one of the links below to experience it first hand.  It does require the Silverlight download from Microsoft and it might not run on all computers.

Extreme Panoramic Imaging Project at Yosemite National Park in California, USA – Make sure you use the roller on your mouse to zoom all the way into the map and then into the panoramic photos that appear above each half circle.

National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Charts – Try zooming in and moving around there charts of the whole world to experience the depth and volume of information that can be contained in one of these.

Hard Rock’s Memorabilia Collection – Zoom and pan your way through this amazing collection of goodies from the legends of rock and roll.

How would you like to make your own dynamic high resolution photo that people could pan and zoom through online?  It’s actually pretty easy provided you have someplace on the internet where you can paste an image.  Then copy the image’s exact web address and take it to this site (Zoom.It) where all you have to do it paste in the address and wait a couple of seconds.

For more information about how this technology works check out the links to Windows Azure and Microsoft Silverlight on the Zoom.It About page.

 

Photosynth

Monday, November 15th, 2010

You probably know Microsoft as the company that brought you Word, PowerPoint and Excel and a few other ubiquitous programs that everyone has to use sooner or later.  But did you know they’re also up to all kinds of interesting web-based projects?  Today’s internet moment, Photosynth, is a great example of just such a project.  It enables you to stitch photos of particular location together to create a virtual tour of that location.  Here’s a great 7 minute video from the March 2007 TED Conference featuring Blaise Aguera y Arcas.

Photosynth was originally conceptualized as a research project by Noah Snavely and his colleagues at the University of Washington and was called Photo Tourism.  Today, Photosynth is a complete website where you can upload your own photos and create your own online virtual tour as well as tour the creations of others.

Enjoy exploring the Photosynth below of Yosemite National Park in California.  See if you can find the climbers on El Capitan.

Pixlr.com Online Image Editing

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

pixlrImage editing can be difficult and really good software can be pretty expensive.  Pixlr.com offers you a free online image editing program that has enough features to satisfy many of your needs.  If you’re at all familiar with editors like Adobe PhotoShop you should have no problem with the basic editing options and buttons.  If photo editing is new to you there is a great list of video tutorials available at http://ictpublish.com/pixlr/ which were created by Haldor Lønningdal of ICT Publish in Norway.Pixlr.com

Check out Pixlr.com sometime and try editing an image.

Flickr Vision

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

flickvision1FlickrVision.com was created by David Troy in 2007 and offers a more passive way to explore Flickr.comFlickrVision allows you to watch as pictures are posted to Flickr and geo-located on a map of the earth.  The website was created using GeoRSS which is also used in other dynamic online maps such as Google Maps and Yahoo Maps.   This is only one of David Troy’s many projects, the most recent of which is TwitterVision.com which allows you to see the geo-locatio from which twitter messages are being poste.


Tag Galaxy

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

imtaggal1If you enjoyed flipping through the multitudes of pictures at Flickr.com you’ll probably also enjoy using TagGalaxy.de to search for photos.  It was created in 2008 by Steven Wood as a thesis project at Georg-Simon-Ohm University of Applied Sciences in Nuremberg, Germany. This unique search interface gives you a dynamic globe covered with pictures that you can quickly search through.   Give it a try, you might really like it!  TagGalaxy.de

Photo Sharing with Flickr

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

flickr1Looking for a picture?  How would you like to search an online repository of over 4 billion pictures?  Flickr.com is an amazing resource where thousands of people have been able to post and share their photos with the world.

Flickr was developed in Vancouver Canada by Ludicorp in 2004.  In 2005 Yahoo bought Flickr and migrated all it’s photos to the United States where Flickr has been based out of ever since.  Most recently Flickr started allowing video uploads.

Free photo sharing online.  Check it out!  http://www.flickr.com/


Be Funky

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

BeFunky.com is a great website for manipulating pictures online.  You can take any digital picture and turn it into a black and white or color cartoon drawing.  Have fun with a photo of a friend.  Add a text box and turn your favorite photos into a comic book story.  There are also several easy to use online editing tools.

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You can also use BeFunky.com to create a uvatar and they’re working on a video cartoonizer.
Try it, you’re bound to get more creative!