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A rebirth for conventional photography?
23 Jan 2006
were digital cameras authored into our reality simply to drive home the understanding that photographs are great activism?
I HAVE DETECTED DIGITAL-CAMERA DEFEATING DEVICES AT CERTAIN TIMES WHILE DOING PHOTOJOURNALISM --- THERE ARE HANDHELD UNITS, AIRBORN, AND STATIONARY....THEY BLANK THE PIX....NOT AN ARTIFACT, DEFINITELY REMOTE MANIPULATED, FIELD OR BEAM, MOST LIKELY FIELD....THEY ARE BECOMING MORE PREVALENT. IF YOU ARE IN A SITUATION WHERE YOU REALLY NEED THE PIX TAKE CARE, AND TAKE MANY MANY. OPTIMUM IS BOTH CONVENTIONAL AND DIGIPIX, IF SITUATION WARRANTS....COPS HAVE ACCESS TO THE DIGIPIX KILLER, BECAUSE DIGIPIX IS NOT THEIR FRIEND. ALWAYS CARRY YOUR CAM AND PHOTOGRAPH LIKE THERE IS NO TOMORROW. BECAUSE THERE JUST MIGHT NOT BE A TOMORROW WITH THE bUSHMANIAC PLAYING LTG, THATS LITTLE TIN GOD. GOOD LUC.

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Re: A rebirth for conventional photography?
23 Jan 2006
I for one am a fan of regular manaul photography, particularly B&W film.

A jamming device eh, what a great way for the government to "censor" journalists.
Re: A rebirth for conventional photography?
24 Jan 2006
Do you have any more specifics? like where you experienced this, how it manifested (black screen, random noise, etc...)

HP has a US patent pending for such a device, though I wasn't able to find an authoritative reference (like the patent office), this may be because the rumor is unfounded or because I haven't search well enough: http://www.digitalcamerainfo.com/content/HP-Developing-Picture-Jamming-T
also mentioned here http://news.zdnet.com/2100-1040_22-5550415.html?tag=nl
the patent number in that article refers to an eye tracking system , not sure what's up with that. Both seem to indicate that the HP system requires cooperation from the camera.

An actual prototype of a targeted system that can defeat uncooperative systems has been developed at Georgia Tech http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9595_22-5869832.html. This one tracks the camera and shines a light at it. Not as broad as it can only handle one camera at a time not shut off all withing some range. Though it can probably cause trouble for good old chemical cameras too...on closer inspection http://www.cc.gatech.edu/~summetj/cre/ that's not true, the GTech system does location baces on the CCD's reflectence of infrared, film cameras don't have a similar reflectence profile (I don't think)

It's also ratehr cumbersome, so even in a more eminiaturized version it's hard to imagine this one being use din a mobile situation.