Jun 262014

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CENTER VALLEY, Pa., June 26, 2014 — Olympus Imaging America Inc. launches today the Anywhere Classroom video series, an online photography class hosted by members of the Olympus Visionary program that inspires anyone from snap shooters to working professionals to enhance their photo skills using the Olympus OM-D® family and lens system. In season one, now available at www.getolympus.com/anywhereclassroom, National Geographic and Olympus Visionary photographer Jay Dickman takes viewers on location in Colorado to share his outdoor photography expertise. 

In the three Anywhere Classroom season one videos, Jay adventures through the majestic scenery just outside of Gunnison, Colorado, the “Base Camp of the Rocky Mountains,” with the award-winning OM-D E-M1. During each of the approximately five-minute videos, Jay shares his insights on topics, including nature, wildlife and landscape photography, offering tips on watching for the best light, composition and choosing the right lens. 

“Olympus developed the Anywhere Classroom as a compelling way for photographers at all levels to learn from the professionals and enthusiasts who make up our Olympus Visionary program,” said Stephanie Sherry, Director, Marketing Communications, Olympus Imaging America Inc. “There’s no better way to kick off this series than with celebrated photographer, instructor and longtime Olympus Visionary, Jay Dickman. The Anywhere Classroom videos and the online conversation happening around the series will inspire users to enhance their skills and continue to explore the possibilities of photography.” 

In season two, set for release in fall 2014, Olympus Trailblazer Alex McClure will share his expertise on light painting and shooting at night, and in season three, Pulitzer Prize‒winning photojournalist and Olympus Visionary, Larry Price will cover topics ranging from portraiture to photojournalism. 

Viewers can follow and engage in the conversation surrounding Anywhere Classroom on all of Olympus’ @GetOlympus social platforms through the hashtag #anywhereclassroom.

Jun 232009

Last October I attended the Photo Plus Expo in NYC (coverage here) and there had the opportunity to talk to The Animoto Guys. There I was introduced to one of the most amazing Web 2.0 applications I have ever seen – Animoto.

For the uninitiated, Animoto allows you to produce stunning, one-of-a-kind, professional-grade music video style slideshows. Simply upload your photos (or link to one of several online galleries), place them in the order you wish, select (or upload) a soundtrack, and click “Render”. Animoto does the rest – literally. All heavy lifting is performed by Animoto’s servers.

Here one I whipped up using photos from the show:

Since the Animoto Guys are so in-tune with current tech trends, an iPhone app was inevitable. The first iteration was OK, allowing you to create videos from the iPhone, but it had some significant shortcomings, the least of which was not being able to sync to an existing Animoto account.

Version 2 of the iPhone app hit the App Store last night and the shortcomings have been addressed. Now able to completely sync with existing accounts (even full commercial accounts, like mine), V2 has truly become a portable front-end to this powerhouse multimedia tool. The main website is being updated to view videos created on the iPhone.

The app allows you to:

  • Create Videos (30 second or full length – depending on account)
  • Display Existing Videos (including ones made elsewhere)
  • Edit/Remix videos
  • Share videos via several methods
  • Download videos into your iPhone

Despite reports to the contrary, videos can be created/viewed over the 3G network.

Here’s a video created using the images I had loaded in my iPhone.

The Animoto iPhone app is available now in the iTunes App Store and is free! Requires at least a free Animoto account for video creation.