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Just Pull Some Strings: 8 Easy Transforming Furniture Designs for Lazy People

21 Mar

[ By SA Rogers in Design & Furniture & Decor. ]

gesture controlled transforming furniture

When you’re lazy, even the most intuitive transforming furniture isn’t easy enough to operate unless it’s on the same level as clapping your lights on and off. Luckily for those of us who fall into this category, some furniture makers are creating multifunctional designs for small spaces that work their magic at the push of a button, the pull of a string, a flick of the wrist or even a mere gesture.

Retractible Ollie Chair by RockPaperRobot

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ollie chair

ollie chair

You really have to watch the video of how this chair works to fully appreciate its brilliant simplicity. It starts as an entirely flat panel of slatted teak wood with a slight curve at the top. Pick it up, pull a string and the whole thing unfurls into a seat in a single fluid motion that’s very satisfying to watch, and it works the same way in reverse. The slats are affixed to a textile canvas to make the seating flexible, and the rest takes folding inspiration from origami.

A-Board Flat-Pack Shelf


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This bookshelf starts as a flat piece of laser-cut plywood. Yang the orange ribbon on the back, and it will pull the shelves down perpendicular to the face so you can rest the whole thing against a wall and use it as a bookshelf. Designer Tomas Schön used a laser-cutting technique to bend the wood instead of hinges, and there’s no other hardware or even glue involved.

MIT Media Lab CityHome

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Still not easy enough for you? How about commanding your bed to slide out with a gesture of your hands? MIT’s robotic ‘home in a box’ can pack a full, spacious-feeling apartment into 200 square feet of space, including a bed, workspace, dining table for dix, storage and a mini kitchen. The box uses built-in sensors, motors, LED lights and low-friction rollers to respond to your voice commands or gestures.

Ori Robotic Home Controlled via Smartphone App

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There are all sorts of complex transforming furniture systems designed to fit maximum function into small spaces, but how many of them are operated through a smartphone app? The Ori system (taking its name from the prefix of ‘origami’) runs on robotic technology, featuring an on-device user interface as well as an app for your handheld device so you can press a button to initiate various configurations, like the bed sliding out, the table folding down or the entire unit moving to tuck itself against a wall to open up the floor area.

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6 Signs That You May be a Lazy Photographer

15 Sep

Photographers who are consistently producing stunning photographs don’t do so because they are lucky, observant, or even more skilled than the average photographer – they do so because they are not being lazy. Are you a lazy photographer?


6 signs you may be a lazy photographer

#1 – You’re lazy about composing your shots

You already know the basic rules of successful composition and you even know the rules for breaking those rules, but if you fail to put these rules into practice with every shot you take, then you’re being a lazy photographer.

Composition is potentially the most important tool you have within your arsenal for creating a powerful image. So it’s vital that when you compose your shots you aren’t being lazy about it, and instead compose with purpose.

To give you an idea of how I go about composing a scene I put together a short video that takes you through some iterations of a recent waterfall shoot. I hope this helps you see how composition is more than just knowing the rules, but it’s about putting them into action in the field, and thinking about the scene as a whole, over the course of a shoot.

#2 – You’ve uttered the words “I’ll fix that in post” as you begin to get frustrated about a scene or subject

Post production is always going to be there for you to use, but when you’re telling yourself that you’ll fix something in post when it could be fixed with another shot in less than ten minutes, then you’re being lazy. Whenever you have the time and ability to change, tweak, or otherwise improve a shot with a little effort you should take it. Otherwise you’ll spend more time fixing mistakes than making your images more powerful.

#3 – You’re full of excuses

Everything from sunrise being too early, to the weather being too cold, to your tripod being too heavy sets you back from someone who’s willing to go the extra mile to make the shot. Stop making excuses and get out and make photos instead.

#4 – You don’t do a proper assessment of the scene you’re photographing

It’s important to spend time to assess how the light is moving through your scene, and what kinds of perspectives and angles will suite your subject best. Rarely is the first idea that pops into your head going to be the best way to photograph a scene, so arrive early, scout out the various subjects and angles, then capture.


#5 – You don’t venture more than a few steps from the parking lot

Simply put – get off the beaten path and discover something that someone else hasn’t.

#6 – You’ve had the thought, “If only I had this camera, or that lens I’d take better photos”

This kind of thinking will put you in debt faster than a gambling addition. Yes upgrading your gear will improve the quality of your images, but they won’t help you take better photographs, only you can do that.


What else?

We’ve all been lazy from time to time and there’s nothing wrong with that, but it is important to know when we’ve been lazy in order to help prevent it from happening in the future. What other lazy photographer traits can you come up with? Comment below!

Please share any experiences where you weren’t lazy and you did get the shot too, give us a little inspiration and reason to get out of our chairs and go shoot.

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Why Lazy Photographers Should Use Lightroom Smart Collections

12 Feb

I never bother to keyword or tag my images. I often neglect putting my photos into organized collections. It takes too much time away from my workflow to bother with any of that – so how the heck do I find any of my images?

Lightroom Smart Collections

It’s easy to keep track of your images without painstakingly organizing them shot-by-shot. Lightroom Smart Collections allow you to filter and organize your images based on metadata contained within the images. Often times this metadata can be unique enough to sort your images based on subject, location, and genre.


Smart Collections allow you to define very specific criteria, and you can require many different criteria to be met before an image will be included in the collection. Common settings like ISO, shutter speed and aperture are available, but the options are endless. You can filter based on whether a flash was used, based on GPS data, file type, lens, focal length, capture date, the list goes on.

Below are a few examples where Smart Collections can define a specific type of image with only metadata:

Example 1: pan blurs

Some images can easily get lost amongst others, and pan-blur shots are one of them. I usually photograph these on a whim while shooting other subjects, but they all have something in common. I use a zoom lens with a very small aperture, in addition to a few other factors:


Slower shutter speeds are usually used, and typically only with one of my cameras. I built the above list of criteria or requirements which gives me a pretty good list of all the pan-blur abstract images I’ve ever taken:


There is always a chance that an unrelated shot might meet the same criteria and appear in the collection, so try to be as specific as possible and use as many defining conditions as you can.

Example 2: GPS data

If you have a GPS unit for your camera (or have a GPS built-in), the extra metadata provided by your location can be invaluable to sorting your images. For example, I can easily specify that I want to create a collection of all images I’ve photographed in the Yukon Territory of Canada:


You could also further to showcase only the wildlife shots. Because I know that I would only have been using focal lengths longer than 200mm for wildlife, I can add that requirement to find only my wildlife images. A few other shots may sneak in, but it’s a great way to narrow things down:


Entire vacations or trips can be defined this way, and even specific client location shoots can be identified by this location metadata.

Example 3: snowflakes

I shoot a TON of snowflake images each winter, and by looking at the common metadata for each image you can create a “fingerprint” that a Smart Collection can identify. The following Smart Collection will only show snowflake photographs:


I can also create a collection of just my final print-ready files. As these images need to be edited in Photoshop as part of the required workflow, the final images would then all be TIF files. That requirement can be added to show only my completed images:



Not every subject will have a “fingerprint” that can be defined by Lightroom Smart Collections, but with a bit of clever thinking you should be able to define a good number of your own. As new images are added to your Lightroom catalog that meet the criteria for inclusion in your new Smart Collections, they will automatically appear. The lazy efficient photographer’s dream come true!

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SURFING IN CORRALEJO (Drunk Dragons Feat. Ignas Gru – Lazy Day)

27 Dec

Camera and editing Danas Macijauskas Music Drunk Dragons Feat. Ignas Gru – Lazy Day Location – Corralejo, Fuerteventura, Spain
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Mole – The simple life of a lazy photographer (original soundtrack)

02 Mar

Our first stop motion. Script, production and direction: Ana Paula Kraemer Gabriel Young Valéria Rosa Vinicius Rosa William Jefferson Photos and edition: William Jefferson Sound Design and Music: Igor Louly
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In this multi-part series, I will cover the step-by-step process of working with DSLR video in Premiere Pro CS5, from the Camera to the Timeline to the Web and beyond. If you’re a photographer looking to get into DSLR video, or maybe you’re already shooting video but just don’t know how to get started, I’ll cover all the basics, including tips for adding images, music, text, PSD files and more, all the way through exporting to popular sites like YouTube and Vimeo. This is Part 1, “From the Camera to the Timeline”
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