Phosys, Ken Burns and Flickr!
In his TV and Film documentaries, Ken Burns often gives life to still photographs by slowly zooming in on subjects of interest, panning and fading from one subject to another within different images, a technique first used in “Alistair Cooke’s America” in 1973.
For example, he might open a clip with a close-up of one person in a photograph, then zoom out so that another person in the photo becomes visible. The zooming and panning across photographs gives the feeling of motion, and keeps the viewer visually engaged.
We now have two controls available in Phosys that can perform this effect. It’s probably the most complex control we’ve built into the system so far, capable of showing images from a variety of Phosys albums, and also able to read images from RSS feeds supplied directly from Flickr.
The Ken Burns effect is not the only transition that the new control can do: panning, sliding, fades, blends, pinholes, bubbles, flashes and stars are also available. We’ll add new demonstrations to the web site as we create them!
So, why should you show a slideshow directly from Flickr? Well, Flickr allows you to put up a selection of your best photographs and publicise yourself through a social network of other photographers and people interested in photography. They can comment on your pictures, and give help and advice. Allowing your Phosys web site to access these images as a portfolio makes sure that your web site is always kept updated without you having to upload your best photographs to two separate places!