I now have apps on my Blackberry Part II

18 03 2010

About a month ago, I blogged about a workaround to get free Apps on my Blackberry. Now it seems someone has gone to all the trouble to simplify the process by leaps and bounds.

There are two options to go about this.
If you are reading this on a Blackberry, go ahead and click on this link and select OTA INSTALL. The program will then ask for your permission to download the launcher. After installation, restart your phone and voila! You should have a new icon on your Downloads folder called Freeware. Click on that and you are up and running for free Apps.

Using a computer is a bit longer and you will need the Blackberry Desktop Manager installed on your computer.

Once again, click on the link but select DESKTOP INSTALL this time. Download the file onto your computer and unzip it. Inside the folder, you will see a .alx and .cod file.
Now connect your phone to the computer via USB and start up the Blackberry Desktop Manager. Once connected, click on Applications. There will be a + button on the bottom left hand corner of the screen. Click on that and select the BlackBerryDownload.alx file. Once installed, close the Desktop Manager, disconnect your Blackberry and check your Downloads folder. You will find the Freeware application there.

Have fun with the new apps!





Is it real or is it photoshopped?

16 03 2010

I was just on the lightstalkers website and came across this interesting blog entry.
In short, World Press Photo revoked a third place prize in Sport Features Stories category from Stepan Rudik for excessive digital manipulation. You can see the original and manipulated photo below (courtesy of wadelaube.com).

Comparison photos of Stepan Rudick

Comparison photos of Stepan Rudick


While I agree with WPP revoking the award, I don’t however agree with last years exclusion of Klavs Bo Christensen’s Haiti photos in a Danish Picture of the Year due to excessive color manipulation (photo courtesy of nppa.org).

Klavs retouched and untouched photos

Klavs retouched and untouched photos

Because of the retouching, the the Danish POY committee announced this:
“Photos submitted to Picture of The Year must be a truthful representation of whatever happened in front of the camera during exposure. You may post-process the images electronically in accordance with good practice. That is cropping, burning, dodging, converting to black and white as well as normal exposure and color correction, which preserves the image’s original expression. The Judges and exhibition committee reserve the right to see the original raw image files, raw tape, negatives and/or slides. In cases of doubt, the photographer can be pulled out of competition.”

Granted, when I first looked at the photo, I thought it was an HDR image gone awry but I still don’t feel that it was manipulated enough to disqualify.

Mainly because he used techniques on his computer that could still be used in a darkroom. For example, get a copy of War Photographer by Christian Frei. About three quarters into the doco, you watch James Natchwey work with a darkroom technician burn and dodge portions of a photo for an upcoming exhibition. That is considered acceptable behavior mainly to enhance the impact of the photo. Why not the same for digital files?





Strobist session

7 03 2010

Had a little strobist session with Rick Valenzuela from the Phnom Penh Post in the evening. This might turn into a regular event as its nice to throw ideas back and forth on lighting.
First up is Rick. Lighting was a gridded Viv 283 (1/2 power) at Rick’s 10:00, a gobo’ed Viv 285 (1/16 power) at Rick’s 2:30 and another Viv 283 (1/2 power) on Rick’s hands for an interesting effect. Looking back a day after, I should have thrown another flash just above Rick just to give his hair a bit more oomph. Well, there is always next time.

Rick and a light globe

Rick and a light globe

Second is a portrait shot with Brian Calvert who works at VOA. Lighting is simple with a gridded Viv 283 (1/2 power) at Brian 2:00 and a Viv 285 (1/8 power) at his 7:00.

Brian profile

Brian profile

Lastly is Brooke who also works at the Phnom Penh Post as a journalist. Before that, she worked as a model in London and Milan. I had the pleasure of working with her on a previous shoot with the Post on a Hunter S Thompsonesque theme. Lighting is another three flash combo with a gobo’ed Viv 285 (1/4 power) at Brooke’s 11:00, a gridded Viv 283 (1/2 power aimed at her face) and a monster Sunpack 622 Super (1/4 power) that can light a whole city block directly at Brooke’s 6:00.
Also, to Brookes immediate left and right are a couple of helpers using a broken down Anchor box as fans to flip up her hair.

Brooke and her hair

Brooke and her hair