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Tuesday, January 23, 2021

Not happy with what the camera captures? You can always run out and buy one of those figure-slimming models from HP.

Or, just keep your current camera and flip it 180 degrees while snapping that shot:

Believe it or not… turning your camera upside down impacts how the light from the flash illuminates your subject. Most people have circles under their eyes and when you turn your camera upside down the flash hits the skin at a different angle and helps diminish the circles and makes them look younger.

Click through the above link to see actual before-and-after photo samples. Impressive results from such a simple maneuver. And note: It’s not like this disorients the photos you take; the shutter-frame is upside down, but it still results in the same picture, easily flipped back to the proper perspective either digitally or in prints.

Of course, it begs the question: Why don’t camera manufacturers build the flashbulbs so that they impart optimal lighting to begin with, right-side up? It’s strange to think that for all these years — figure well over a century, even taking into account substantial evolution in camera design — the flash has been misplaced. All those decades of cruddy photos could have been avoided!

I wonder if this trick would work with my LG VX8100 cameraphone. It’s got a flash on it, although it’s the unconventional steady-lit kind. Maybe this will improve my nascent shutterbug impulses…

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 01/23/2007 11:18:44 PM
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player relations
It ain’t often that the hoops guys can take a lesson from the professional puckheads, but the development of new, streamlined hockey uniforms is a prime example:

The uniform shift is bound to spark controversy among players and hockey traditionalists. To stave off the kind of player revolt that derailed the NBA’s composite ball from Spalding, the NHL and Reebok incorporated feedback from the NHL Players Association, general managers, retired stars and even draft picks. Nearly all 750 NHL players, from superstars to enforcers, have been personally fitted by Reebok, Jennings says. More than half the teams have practiced in the uniforms, O’Toole says.

NHLPA director of hockey affairs Mike Gartner says the union got involved later in the process. He believes the player input pushed full rollout back to next season from this season. But Gartner gives credit to Reebok for listening to complaints and making modifications. “By doing that, they avoided the NBA ball,” he says.

Take notes, David Stern. It didn’t have to get to the point of league-wide paper cuts for you to start listening to your own players/employees. Talk with them instead of to them.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 01/23/2007 02:43:29 PM
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My Digg Effect experience came and went. It was a thrill and a half, easily recognizable by the abnormal spike on the traffic stats.

All that action did forestall my planned repair job on this site. But the timing regarding that turned out to be fortunate, because WordPress came out with 2.1, its latest stable upgrade.

So in a sense, I avoided upgrading to the previous 2.0.7, which would have put me a step behind in WP latest-and-greatest. Not that it matters, since the WP folks compulsively roll out new versions far too frequently — often without real regard as to whether or not they’re ready for primetime. They can’t seem to get it through their heads that upgrades simply for the sake of upgrading really isn’t the point if you’re not a developer…

Anyway, I guess I’ll be upgrading soon. Expect temporary blackouts around here.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 01/23/2007 01:45:27 PM
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