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What does the future hold for photographers?
Old 11-24-2004, 05:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I received this link from a friend today. Here's a quote from the article:

CELEBRITIES hounded by paparazzi may at last be able to emerge from behind their dark glasses without trepidation.

By wearing a specially designed electronic badge that jams electronic cameras, they will be able to prevent photographers from taking unwanted pictures.

Sounds good, but, I can see where something like this can cause more problems than it will solve. At least outside of the celebrity realm of things.

Read the article here.

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Hmmm. I wonder what it does to security cameras? (NM)
Old 11-24-2004, 06:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: What does the future hold for photographers?
Old 11-24-2004, 07:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Use mechanical cameras! Where's that pentax m42 setup I bought for night photography? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] Honestly I doubt the badge would jame a canon A1, unless by badge they mean strobe light.
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Re: What does the future hold for photographers?
Old 11-24-2004, 11:20 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Also from the article:

The “privacy protection system� being developed by Hewlett-Packard will allow the publicity-shy to transmit an infrared signal to any nearby compatible camera. Once activated, the camera’s software will automatically blur beyond recognition the face of anybody wearing the badge, New Scientist magazine reports.

It remains to be seen how many camera makers will be willing to incorporate technology into their cameras which allows other to cripple them.
 
 
That\'s all fine and dandy...
Old 11-25-2004, 12:53 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Lets see how long before someone comes out with a jammer for the jammer.
Electronic countermeasures anyone? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

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Old 11-25-2004, 09:24 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I'm sure the terrorists have already added it to thier Christmas wish list...Not that it really matters though.. This kind of stuff has the same problems locks and security systems do.. They keep only the honest person honest..


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Re: What does the future hold for photographers?
Old 11-25-2004, 01:05 PM   #7 (permalink)
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That's not going to happen... because they are public figures.. and besides, if they are in public, they and anyone else is fair game..


As for the future of photographers... Well, I was at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee a while ago...and I took a tour down the long memory hall...that shows all these Italian familie's portraits.....there were some prints that were over 100 years old......and perhaps the technology has changed....but you still have to have someone to take the picture.....and setting up the groups...and the settings that they are shot in.. I was very impressed...especially with one photographer's work which stands out from the rest... because his techniques looked very modern.....and his pics were taken in the 1920's!

A couple of years ago, I wasn't sure if I should sell everything and go to school....or continue... Now, I see that there is a need for people of my profession.

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Old 11-28-2004, 04:52 PM   #8 (permalink)
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The “privacy protection system� being developed by Hewlett-Packard will allow the publicity-shy to transmit an infrared signal to any nearby compatible camera. Once activated, the camera’s software will automatically blur beyond recognition the face of anybody wearing the badge, New Scientist magazine reports.

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Infrared? Blur? Sounds like the badge is simply a device to fool the infrared autofocus system that some cameras use. Other cameras use an ultrasonic ranging system for autofocus, and those wouldn't be affected by an infrared "jammer." Regardless of how it works, simply switching to "manual focus" should solve the "blur" problem.

Celebrities have been a favorite subject of professional photojournalists (a.k.a "paparazzi") ever since Weegee photographed them with his 4x5 Speed Graphic and flash bulbs. They WILL find a way to keep doing their job!
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Re: What does the future hold for photographers?
Old 11-28-2004, 06:19 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Exactly my take on the article. The camera has to participate in this "privacy protection system" - it isn't disabled by the signal, it agrees to not work.
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Old 11-28-2004, 11:42 PM   #10 (permalink)
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That infared jamming thing, why not just use a film camera? I seriously doubt that it would affect my Nikon FE where the most advanced feature is an electronic shutter and apature priority (not very up to date, but does great by me.)

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