“Composer and conductor Eric Whitacre has inspired millions by bringing together “virtual choirs,” singers from many countries spliced together on video. Now, for the first time ever, he creates the experience in real time, as 32 singers from around the world Skype in to join an onstage choir (assembled from three local colleges) for an epic performance of Whitacre’s “Cloudburst,” based on a poem by Octavio Paz.”

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There are several ways to get more resolution out of your photographs. Remember these three words: upsample, stack and stitch. Which method you choose will depend on how you shoot a scene. Once you know these techniques, you can choose an exposure and processing method that’s best for a given situation.

Upsample

If you have only one exposure, your options are limited to upsampling or using software to create more pixels. While the information rendered by software is never as rich and sharp as information that’s optically captured, it nonetheless can be both pleasing and convincing. Upsampling is the best method for images containing moving objects, as other methods require multiple exposures and may produce motion artifacts.

How far can you go? I could give you an overly simple answer: up to 300%. But the true answer is, it depends. Knowing what it depends on will help you choose a method, modify a routine and evaluate results to get optimal results for individual images. How far you can upsample an original depends on many factors found in the source, the destination and the statement you’re making.

Stack

You can increase the resolution of a file and improve the detail an image renders by making multiple exposures of the same composition and combining them into a single file. To do this, try PhotoAcute—super-resolution is its specialty, and using it’s as easy as 1-2-3.

How far can you go? A little more than you can with upsampling. Just as with upsampling, how far you can go depends on many factors, including source, destination and the statement being made. The overhead is high with this technique (merging six files takes a little time), but the results are good. Using this exposure and processing method isn’t something I would do with every image, but I would strongly consider it for images where resolving fine detail is particularly important and the technique is practical.

Stitch

Another method for increasing the resolution of your image files is to break a scene into pieces with separate multiple exposures and then stitch them together using panoramic merge functions in today’s software. It’s a matter of simple addition—two files are better than one, three files are better than two, etc. With this method, detail is optically captured, though you also can choose to enhance it further with software. While you can consider dedicated panoramic software like Kolor Autopano Pro or PTgui for challenging images, it’s highly likely that Photoshop is all you’ll need.

How far can you go? The lens is the limit. Theoretically, you can stitch an infinite number of images. The true limits lie in how much your lenses will allow you to zoom into a scene. Yet, the most important factor still remains: What’s practical in a given situation? Other questions arise. What’s better? Fewer exposures made with a higher-quality lens? Or, more exposures made with a lower-quality lens? The answer lies in how much the quality of one lens exceeds another. Compare manufacturers’ MTF charts (they’re readily available online) for useful objective data that will shed light on this.

So, when you want sharper, bigger digital images from your existing cameras, you have options. Remember, upsample, stack and stitch.

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March 28, 2013, 6:30 pm

New Hampshire Institute Of Art

Manchester, NH

52 Concord Street Auditorium

“Continuing the Distinguished American Artists Discussing Art lecture series, John Paul Caponigro details the many aspects of his creative process — color, composition, drawing, iphoneography, writing and more. He shows how each discipline and different modes of operating with them contribute to the completion of finished works of art. The resulting synergy is stimulating, enriching, and enlivening. While he shows you that you already know how to write, draw, and photograph, he also shows you how these seemingly separate disciplines and creations combine dynamically to form a single creative process that results in a life’s work.”

Find out more here.

Preview the book Process here.

Watch the TED talk here.

Exhibit – Two Generations / Father & Son

Opening Reception: March 28, 2013, 5–6:30 pm

March 20 – April 10, 2013

Manchester, NH

New Hampshire Institute Of Art

French Building Gallery

“The works of father and son Paul Caponigro and John Paul Caponigro are featured in the photographic exhibit “Two Generations.” Over twenty images by each artist highlight the two careers of this family of artists. The juxtaposition of traditional darkroom images and the more contemporary digital photographs may seem startling at first. Both artists utilize a different medium and a different vision. Paul is a traditional straight shooter and John is a process artist. After careful inspection what is more apparent are the similarities, the vestiges of the fact that this is the work of father and son. It is apparent each artist’s work influences the other and many of their key interests are the same. Both artists share a deep reverence for nature, a love of stone, a fascination with the subtle palettes of the natural environment, and a strong dedication to their craft.”

Find out more here.

13 Quotes On Seeing

March 26, 2013 | 1 Comment |

Here’s a collection of my favorite quotes on seeing.

“The question is not what you look at, but what you see. ” ― Henry David Thoreau

“What you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing; it also depends on what sort of person you are.” – C.S. Lewis

“What we see depends mainly on what we look for.” – John Lubbock

“We will find only what we look for, nothing more and nothing less.” – Anonymous

“Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.” ― Arthur Schopenhauer

“Humans see what they want to see.” ― Rick Riordan

“People only see what they are prepared to see.” –  Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.” – Henri Bergson

“We don’t see things as they are. We see them as we are.” –  Anais Nin

“What you see, you become.” – The Vedas

“A verse from the Veda says, ‘What you see, you become.’ In other words, just the experience of perceiving the world makes you what you are.” – Deepak Chopra

“The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see something and tell what it saw in a plain way. To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion – all in one.”  ― John Ruskin

“The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see something and tell what it saw in a plain way.” ― John Ruskin

“To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion – all in one.”  ― John Ruskin

“The more I see, the less I know for sure.”  ― John Lennon

“I shut my eyes in order to see.” –  Paul Gauguin

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“In this episode of The Complete Picture, Julieanne demonstrates how to use Hue, Saturation, Luminance and the Adjustment Brush to selectively control color in Lighrroom Note: although this video was recorded in Lightroom, the same techniques are available in Adobe Camera Raw in Photoshop CS6.”

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