Month: January 2014

Snap.Crackle.Flash.

Samsung Galaxy

I started video blogging about a year and half ago. At first, it was just something fun to do to coincide with the weekly music reviews I post on my website, www.peauxeticexpressions.com. Quality was a concern, but not of the utmost, so I used the web cam on my laptop. This past summer, I decided things had to change. I needed to step my game up visually to get people’s attention. But first, I needed a new camera. I searched and looked at numerous cameras, but never found one quite like my baby. The Samsung Galaxy 16.3 Megapixel Digital Camera.  It records HD videos, has an LCD touch screen, and a 21x optical zoom. If you can’t tell, I love it. But on to the more pertinent issue at hand. What does this awesome camera really have to do with anything?

In the excerpt from Phaedrus, Plato drives the point home that rich rhetoric has an intense awareness of the truth. The truth must not only be made aware of, but also understood to make a sound argument.  “At the same time I boldly assert that mere knowledge of the truth will not give you the art of persuasion,” from Phaedrus, page 1.  It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words, so why not make it the best picture possible?  The truth doesn’t get much clearer than what a picture represents. True, pictures can also be manipulated to present “the truth” we want to exhibit. But pictures can reveal expressions of happiness, excitement or sadness. They also can reveal the winning shot of a basketball game or great highlights from a live concert.

Iwan Rhys Morus touches on primarily Victorian enthusiasm, and even some criticism of telegraphs in “The Nervous System of Britain”. One important comparison that Morus makes is that with the telegraph and the human nervous system.  Both of these scenarios involve sending messages throughout a medium or body system.  Similarly, the Samsung Galaxy camera can act as a telegraph of sorts by sending pictures and videos through social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc), email and YouTube.  Imagine how excited the Victorians would be to see this!!  It’s a domino effect where the nervous system acts as a catalyst to carry out the same tasks that the telegraph does.

Bush’s, “As We May Think” article most directly addresses the effect on photography in society. He compares the difference between wet and dry photography. It was a comparison I had never heard of until now. Wet photography would more than like be something a professional photographer uses, while dry photography may be more suitable for amateurs like myself. But, could there be a caveat to this theory?  Bush insinuates that dry photography is making more of a presence, even in areas it traditionally could not have been possible (such as with film). He cautions that the process is slow now, but will likely be improved once someone cracks the code on how to speed it up. Perhaps there will be a “damp” happy medium until we transition to completely dry photography. The Samsung Galaxy camera is surely doing its part to propel that movement.

The only gripe I have about the Samsung Galaxy camera is that it does not have a microphone input. But hey, with features this cool, I don’t have a problem speaking louder to be heard. Shown below, here is one of the recent green screen videos I created for my video blog, with the help of the Samsung Galaxy camera, of course.

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