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PNG Compression: Reduce Your File Size

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Transparent PNG images essential to web design. With the proliferation of mobile devices transparent PNG compression is a must. Adobe Photoshop CS5 and below bring nothing to the PNG compression table.

That’s where tinypng.org comes in. TinyPNG uses smart lossy compression techniques to reduce the file sizeof your PNG files. By selectively decreasing the number of colors in the image, fewer bytes are required to store the data. The effect is nearly invisible but it makes a very large difference in file size! In a nutshell it takes your 24-bit PNG files and converts them to a much smaller 8-bit PNG files with 100% support for transparency. Have a look:

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La Sardina Lomography Camera Review

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Over all I’m happy with the images the La Sardina Lomography camera produced. The images were unique and “artsy” for lack of a better word. Shooting with the camera was super easy being that the La Sardina only has three setting. Normal, bulb, and multiple exposure. Most of the time I kept the camera setting on “normal”. (Which is the equivalent of f8 at a shutter speed of 100) The simplicity of the camera really frees you up so you can shoot and focus on being creative. Below are images from my first roll of film.

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Digital Lomography

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I recently started exploring the concepts and principals of lomography. It was a welcomed break from my pixel perfect world of web design and digital photography. Depicting mundane objects and everyday life in an visually intriguing way is a concept worth exploring. Below are digital images I photographed made to look like lo-fi lomography. The shots came from a mixture of cameras. Most were shot with a digital camera. A Nikon D90 and even an HTC tablet. Only one or two images where shot with a Minolta x700 film camera (Which shoots way better then any high price digital SLR.)  I used a program called Camerabag 2. When it was all said and done, I bought a lomography toy camera. Even though the idea of buying and developing film is a huge pain in the ass, to me the outcome seems worth it. For some reason making shitty photos gets my creative juices flowing. These are nice but I can’t wait to get back my first authentic roll. I promise to share.