Posts tagged Photography

Instagram? Cinemagr.am is my new favorite app

Cinemagr.am allows you to take a short video, and only select one part of it to actually be animated, so that the rest of it looks like a picture.

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Created with cinemagr.am

Resistance Is Futile: Why Facebook Acquisitions Tend to Actually Work

A good PandoDaily article on why the Instagram acquisition is different than most Facebook acquisitions, and why it will be interesting to watch.

But implicit to this happy reality, that acquired hands make huge contributions to Facebook, is the sad reality that the acquired companies and projects also largely fall by the wayside. My sense is Facebook is usually pretty up front that this will happen.

And that’s why this acquisition of Instagram will be so interesting to watch. Because it wildly deviates from the playbook that has worked so well. Instagram disappearing and Kevin Systrom starting to work on new Facebook photos for mobile is just not an option, if Instagram is going to successfully meld into the Hacker borg. As we discussed yesterday, Instagram retaining its independence was as important to founder Kevin Systrom as the nosebleed price tag.

Can Instagram play a huge role in Facebook’s success without sacrificing the product so many people love?

I think it can.

Facebook Acquires Instagram

According to Mark Zuckerberg’s status, Facebook has agreed to acquire Instagram:

I’m excited to share the news that we’ve agreed to acquire Instagram and that their talented team will be joining Facebook.

For years, we’ve focused on building the best experience for sharing photos with your friends and family. Now, we’ll be able to work even more closely with the Instagram team to also offer the best experiences for sharing beautiful mobile photos with people based on your interests.

We believe these are different experiences that complement each other. But in order to do this well, we need to be mindful about keeping and building on Instagram’s strengths and features rather than just trying to integrate everything into Facebook.

That’s why we’re committed to building and growing Instagram independently. Millions of people around the world love the Instagram app and the brand associated with it, and our goal is to help spread this app and brand to even more people.

We think the fact that Instagram is connected to other services beyond Facebook is an important part of the experience. We plan on keeping features like the ability to post to other social networks, the ability to not share your Instagrams on Facebook if you want, and the ability to have followers and follow people separately from your friends on Facebook.

These and many other features are important parts of the Instagram experience and we understand that. We will try to learn from Instagram’s experience to build similar features into our other products. At the same time, we will try to help Instagram continue to grow by using Facebook’s strong engineering team and infrastructure.

This is an important milestone for Facebook because it’s the first time we’ve ever acquired a product and company with so many users. We don’t plan on doing many more of these, if any at all. But providing the best photo sharing experience is one reason why so many people love Facebook and we knew it would be worth bringing these two companies together.

We’re looking forward to working with the Instagram team and to all of the great new experiences we’re going to be able to build together.

According to this Facebook newsroom post, the deal is worth $1 billion.

Lytro: The camera that will change everything

Check out Lytro, a new technology from Ren Ng that is poised to make every other camera ever made obsolete. Lytro camera technology makes the need to focus your shot before you snap a picture irrelevant.  It works by capturing as much information as possible about the light fields in front of its lense.  Once the shot is taken, the photo is able to be focused and manipulated in countless number of ways including the ability to display 3D photos on a screen.

The photos are also embeddable as flash or HTML5 files. Check out the one below. Click on a part of the picture to focus on, or double click to zoom. This is awesome.