Photo Safari with Adobe Lightroom

The past weekend I spent on a Photo Safari to the Eastern Free State. What an incredible experience it was.

During the weekend one of the main features of this photo safari was to get to know the main features of Adobe Lightroom. I must say that I am amazed at the features packed into such a small program. It is also quite affordable compared to other products with far less features.

If you are a digital photographer this is a must have. Using the very easy renaming and importing features you will never have problems with finding your photos. Sorting features which include tagging makes it easy to create demo pages in seconds.

My favourite part of the program is the editing features. With a number of preset effects and also the ability to easily enhance colours you will look like a professional in minutes. During the weekend I took hundreds of photos and with a few clicks these photos were enhanced to look incredible.

I am probably skipping over a number of features available in this package, but there are so many to mention. I will conclude by mentioning one more feature. When you have selected your photos you can have the software create photo galleries for you to upload the Internet. Lightroom will create the whole gallery and create all the files for you and all you then have to do is to upload it to the Internet.

I have created one of these websites with some of my photos from the photo safari and you can take a look at them here. Many of the photos repeat in the different galleries but I would love for you to see the possibilities. Gallery 1  Gallery 2  Gallery 3

The next photo safari will be held here in Bloemfontein which will make it quite a bit cheaper to attend, getting rid of accommodation and travel expenses. Join me next time.

Podcamp South Africa to be hosted in Bloemfontein – 19 April 2008

DURING November 2007 I attended the first Podcamp to be hosted in South Africa.

Podcamp Cape Town was a huge success and my greatest wish was for Podcamp to come to Bloemfontein, to the centre of South Africa.

I am proud to be able to announce that Podcamp South Africa will be held in Bloemfontein on 19 April.

A PodCamp is a usually free BarCamp-style community UnConference for new media enthusiasts and professionals, including bloggers, podcasters, YouTubers, social networkers and anyone curious about new media.

The first PodCamp was held from 8 to 10 September 2006 in Boston, Massachusetts. PodCamps   are now being held worldwide.

PodCamp is not just about podcasting.

If you are interested in blogging, social media, social networking, podcasting, video on the net, if you are a podsafe musician (or want to be), or   just   someone curious about new media, this is an event you cannot afford to miss.

PodcampSA is free to attend and at this stage we are looking for sponsors and people in the new media community to get involved, not only to attend, but to spread the word and lend a hand.

I was asked “why Bloem? Why not Cape Town or Johannesburg?” and my answer has always been, “Why not Bloemfontein?” We may not have the biggest new media community, but I think it is because we are not aware of each other, everybody is busy with their own thing, not knowing that there are others in Bloemfontein that could possibly assist you.

If you want to get involved please visit www.podcampsa.com and register to attend this event. The new design of the website should go live soon!

People or companies who would like to help or sponsor any part of the podcamp, can send an email to nico@clicksa.co.za.

Pangea Day

In 2006 the visionary documentary filmmaker, TED Prize winner and founder of Pangea Day, spoke at the TED conference. At this conference she unveiled her wish to change the world through the power of film.

To find out more about Pangea Day I went to the www.pangeaday.org website and after watching an incredibly well produced trailer. I found the following information.

 

Pangea Day taps the power of film to strengthen tolerance and compassion while uniting millions of people to build a better future. In a world where people are often divided by borders, difference, and conflict, it’s easy to lose sight of what we all have in common. Pangea Day seeks to overcome that – to help people see themselves in others – through the power of film.

On May 10, 2008 – Pangea Day – sites in Cairo, Dharamsala, Kigali, London, New York City, Ramallah, Rio de Janeiro, and Tel Aviv will be video conferenced live to produce a 4-hour program of powerful films, visionary speakers, and uplifting music.

I love the fact that if you have access to a venue where a screening can be arranged on the 10th of May you can submit it to the website and it will be listed. Two venues in SA will be screening the event, but I honestly hope that a venue in Bloemfontein will come forward and give their facilities for this cause. Not only will they be doing their part, but they will get quite a bit of exposure around the world. If you have a screening facility available let me know and I will assist you in setting it up.

Let’s put Bloemfontein on the map and do our part. Visit http://www.pangeaday.org today and watch the short trailer and get involved.

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The Knowledge Age (TED)

WE are living in the knowledge age and having access to information on demand is vital to the way we live and do business. Through the Internet we can now easily access knowledge we would otherwise probably never have had access too.

An example of this knowledge being shared is TED. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design. It started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from these three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Each year TED brings together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers who are challenged to give the talk of their lives. These talks are on average about 18 minutes long and are just amazing to watch. They gather to spread their ideas and share their thoughts.

Only a 1000 people are allowed to attend the event each year and a ticket is a sought after item. This year TED has put one ticket up for auction on Ebay. Amazingly in a matter of two days the bid for this single ticket has gone up to more than $30 000,00, that is just over R210 000,00. The bidding is still continuing and there is still a few days left for this auction.

But you do not have to be rich to have access to this conference. All you have to do is go to www.ted.com and there you can download and watch all the talks. You can even subscribe to the Video or Audio feed in iTunes and each week you will get two new talks.

This is a vital resource for educators because these videos are released under a Creative Commons license, so they can be freely shared and reposted.

If you want to view some of the best talks available given by some of the world’s thought leaders and pioneers then you should go to the website today.

It has been announced that a South African version of TED will take place in Cape Town later this year, but I will keep you posted as information becomes available.

 

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Diensverskaffers melk ons leeg

APPLE het aangekondig dat verbruikers nou flieks deur iTunes kan huur. Jy betaal basies $3,99 of R28, laai die fliek af en kyk dit.

Jy het 30 dae om die fliek te begin kyk en jy het 24uur om dit klaar te kyk nadat jy begin het.

Nadat ek dit gesien het, het ek besef dat dit ’n wonderlike diens is, maar in Suid-Afrika sal dit onbekostigbaar wees.

Die gemiddelde fliek wat jy kan aflaai, is 1,5gigabyte en in Suid-Afrika sal dit jou ongeveer R100 of meer kos vir daardie 1,5gigabyte. Tel die R30 by wat jy vir die fliek se huur betaal en dit werk jou sowat R130 per fliek uit. Dit vir ’n fliek wat jy slegs vir 24uur kan kyk. Jy kan dus nie vandag kyk en môre weer nie, jy moet dit vandag klaar kyk en dan verval dit.

Ek kon nie glo dat die klomp Amerikaners so opgewonde is oor hierdie diens as dit so duur is nie. Dit is toe wat ek gaan ondersoek instel.

Ek het na 25 van die eerste ADSL-verskaffers in Amerika wat ek kon opspoor gekyk en kon nêrens ’n beperking op die hoeveelheid data wat jy kan aflaai op enige van die bladsye kry nie.

Dit is dus vir Amerikaners maklik om ’n fliek teen R30 te huur, daar is nie werklik enige ekstra koste vir die aflaai van die fliek nie. Dit is net jou basiese internetkoste (wat jy reeds betaal het) en dan die huurkoste vir die fliek.

Ek het werklik geglo dat ons teen hierdie tyd in Suid-Afrika ons by die res van die wêreld sou aansluit en meer aanvaarbare pryse vir internettoegang sou betaal.

Dit wil my egter voorkom of die diensverskaffers hierdie goue koei wil melk tot op die bitter einde.

Ons moet maar net terugsit en dit aanvaar.

Gelukkig sal ons dit een van die dae nie agterkom nie, siende dat ons nie elektrisiteit sal hê om ons rekenaars aan te sit nie.

 

 

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Laptop to take world by storm

EACH year during the MacWorld Expo the whole tech community speculates on what the content of Steve Jobs’ keynote will be.

MacWorld has always been a platform for the introduction of new products in the Apple range and this year was no exception. Along with some minor announcements like the upgraded features for the iPhone and iPodTouch and new functionality and features of the AppleTV, Apple launched the new Apple MacBook Air.

Said to be the world’s thinnest laptop, this laptop is sure to become one of the sought-after items in 2008. It is nearly as thin as your index finger, it has a 13.3inch wide­screen LED display and a full-size keyboard.

I love the multi-touch trackpad which is one of those features you can’t live without after you have experienced it. Through finger movements on this touchpad you control the screen. This may sound like the regular touch pad on all laptops, but it is much more functional and as soon as you know some of the gestures, you will see how much time you save by using them. The MacBook Air is also engineered to take full advantage of the wireless world.

Apple has long been at the forefront of innovation in the online distribution of music and now they are taking it to the next level with the online rental of high definition movies. This laptop is also well-equipped to facilitate these services and with its ultra portability this is a product I can’t wait to get my hands on.

Innovation keeps the industry alive and through these advances other manufacturers are also forced to push the envelope. I think we will see many advances in the laptop market this year.

 

 

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