Paul Melcher's selection
The internet, and digital in general, has brought so much to photography, and still does. While one used to have to go and seek out photography in bookstore or newsstands, it is now easily accessible with a simple click of a mouse from anywhere, at anytime. Digital files have allowed for an even greater control of the darkroom process, opening the doors to new creative exploration. Cameras have become multi function hybrids that provide almost unlimited options in capturing images.
Experiencing images is also benefiting: from 360 panoramas to mutli-gigabytes Gigapans, one is no longer limited to a simple rectangular frame. And it is not over. Innovation in all aspects of the photography field happen almost daily, with high tech companies offering new ways to enjoy photography.
Take Stipple, for example. Any website, whether from a photographer or an online magazine, can now add informative tags directly within an image. Instead of trying to explain in a lengthy legend on the bottom of a photograph the who, whys, whens of an image, you can now directly point and explain immediately from within the image. Very similar to the tagging process of a Facebook, you just click on the part of the image you wish to tag and enter the information. Stipple allows to embed videos, sound, maps, feeds and pretty much anything you can think of.
What makes Stipple, such a great tool for photography is that it has a non-intrusive, elegant and stealth like approach. The tags only appear if the viewers mouses over the image. Move the mouse away and the photograph is tag free. Thus it is entirely user control. It respect the photograph.
Stipple, is free and works by simply installing a little snippet of code. The possibilities are endless: A photographer might decide to tag some images with more detail information about lighting or equipment while another could insert a map, or a video, for further explanation. Another could add a voice over, or music, or even ambient noise. In a way, it is the 10,000 words revealed.