VR into the newsroom

LAVREB Laboratory of Virtual Reality and Economic Behavior

Learning by making: Experiments in virtual reality from Hackastory

What lessons can journalists learn from the use of virtual reality in gaming and filmmaking? The fourth edition of a storytelling hackathon called Hackastory brought together 20 coders, designers, journalists and writers in Breda, the Netherlands, at the end of October. They used nine Google Cardboard devices, six Oculus Rifts, and their imagination to tackle the issue. ….[READ]

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It’s only an iPhone!

I recently received an email from Emil Pakarlis that reminded me of attitudes, questions and bias I see on a daily basis about capturing content with a mobile device.

While there is no question that there are more things you can do with “pro line” cameras, it doesn’t mean the “device you have with you” isn’t worthy of consideration. This preconceived notion tends to color our judgement.

The Problem is Attitude!

Consider Emil’s thoughts on the subject.


The best camera is “the one you have with you.”

The one thing that holds back 98% of people taking photos with the iPhone has nothing to do with talent, experience or megapixels. And it’s affects new photographers as well as seasoned  professionals coming from traditional photography.

When most people pick up a DSLR or dedicated video camera, they generally treat it seriously. They spend a few seconds composing the shot. They walk around to find the best angle. They make sure that their subject is well exposed and in focus. That may take a few seconds, but it’s time well spent.

Most iPhone users however casually capture the first thing they see without even thinking about composition, angle and exposure, because they think the iPhone is only good for taking quick snapshots.

And guess what? They never get anything other than quick snapshots out of their iPhone’s camera.

Fortunately, there’s another group of iPhone owners, albeit a smaller one, who recognize that the iPhone is a powerful camera so they give each shot the attention it deserves.

The iPhone is their preferred camera and it’s often the only camera they use. They think about subject, composition, focus and exposure before they press the shutter.

These people constantly capture amazing images with the iPhone.

Of course, attitude is not the only thing that makes a difference in iPhoneography but without the right attitude, you’ll never move past the snapshot mentality.

Creating Video Packages With Your iPhone

Solution vs Suite: Adobe’s new Digital Publishing platform explained.

Digital Matters.

Digital Publishing Suite

In early 2010, software giants Adobe worked with Wired magazine in New York and San Francisco and developed a brand new and highly innovative digital publishing system, Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, for publishers to create and publish interactive versions of their magazines for the newly-launched iPad.

Adobe’s aim was to create a system where magazine teams could work with an updated version of InDesign – the leading layout design software – and manipulate their existing magazine layouts, to publish an interactive touchscreen version of the print magazine, all without requiring to know a line of code.

The two teams collaborated over several months to create a workflow concept, and a number of ‘plug-ins’ for InDesign, and these appeared as an update to the design tool, in the form of interactive panels. The designer could manipulate elements on the layout (eg: text boxes, colour panels, image frames, icons)…

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How to Increase Your Social Profile Without Paying for Ads

You don’t have to pay for ads to boost your social profile, but you will have to work that much harder to attain it. Are you willing to put in the effort?

Source: How to Increase Your Social Profile Without Paying for Ads

Social Media Image Sizes

With so many social media platforms, how do you remember the various image size optimization guidelines?

A cool tip is to bookmark this blog post from websitehub and the related infographic to stay updated with any changes to the social media image size optimisation rules.
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