The New Media Consortium (NMC) has released Digital Literacy: An NMC Horizon Project Strategic Brief in conjunction with the 2016 EDUCAUSE Annual Conference.

In analyzing the progress and gaps in this area, the NMC’s report has identified a need for higher education leaders and technology companies to prioritize students as makers, learning through the act of content creation rather than mere consumption. Additionally, the publication recommends that colleges and universities establish productive collaborations with industry, government, and libraries to provide students with access to the latest technologies and tools.

Based on the variety and complexity of these results, NMC cannot identify just one model of digital literacy. Instead three different digital literacies are now evident, each with distinct standards, potential curriculum, and implications for creative educators.





The aim of this publication is to establish a shared vision of digital literacy for higher education leaders by illuminating key definitions and models along with best practices and recommendations for implementing successful digital literacy initiatives.



To be digitally literate, you need to be:
fluent at critical thinking,
being creative, and
problem-solving in
digital environments.



Computer science and digital media classes can instruct on everything from office productivity applications to programming and video editing, for example.  Sociology courses can teach interpersonal actions online, such as the ethics and politics of social network interaction, while psychology and business classes can focus on computer-mediated human interaction. Government and political science classes are clearly well equipped to explore the intersection of digital technology and citizenship mentioned above. Communication, writing, and  literature classes have the capacity to instruct students on producing digital content in the form of stories, arguments, personal expression, posters, and more. 




From DSC:
If faculty members aren’t asking students to create multimedia in their assignments and/or take part in online/digitally-based means of communications and learning, the vast majority of the students won’t (and don’t) care about digital literacy…it’s simply not relevant to them: “Whatever gets me the grade, that’s what I’ll do. But no more.”

This type of situation/perspective is quite costly.  Because once students graduate from college, had they built up some solid digital literacy — especially the “creative literacy” mentioned above — they would be in much better shape to get solid jobs, and prosper at those jobs. They would be much better able to craft powerful communications — and reach a global audience in doing so. They would have honed their creativity, something increasingly important as the onward march of AI, robotics, algorithms, automation, and such continues to eat away at many types of jobs (that don’t really need creative people working in them).

This is an important topic, especially as digitally-based means of communication continue to grow in their usage and impact.



Part of digital literacy is not just understanding how a tool works but also why it is useful in the real world and when to use it.





2016 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards Winners — from fubiz.net








Bird Chronophotography — from theawesomer.com by photographer Xavi Bou





Magical Pictures of Nature shot by a Traveller — from fubiz.net by photographer Lorenzo Montezemolo







2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest — from fubiz.net


Every year, National Geographic opens its nature photography contest to photography lovers all around the world, with four categories: Landscape, Environmental Issues, Action and Animal Portraits. A perfect occasion for people who are passionate about nature to enjoy unusual or majestic scenes. The winner of the Grand Prize will win a 10-days trip for two in the Galápagos as well as two online portfolios with National Geographic.


Also see the National Geographic site regarding this year’s contest:






From Apple:

iPhone 7 Plus doesn’t have just one entirely new camera system — it has two. The same 12MP wide-angle camera that’s on iPhone 7 works with a 12MP telephoto camera that can get even closer. That means you can get higher-quality zoom from farther away. And with an all-new depth-of-field effect (coming soon), portrait shots will look better than ever. Say hello to the world’s best photo op.

Depth-of-field effect.
Depth of field allows you to keep faces sharp while creating a blurred effect in the background. When you take a shot with iPhone 7 Plus, the dual-camera system uses both cameras and advanced machine learning to make your subject sharp while creating the same out-of-focus blur in the background — known as the bokeh effect — previously reserved for DSLR cameras. So no matter what’s behind your subject, it’s easy to create a great portrait.



Dual camera smartphones – the missing link that will bring augmented reality into the mainstream — from theconversation.com


Smartphones boasting “dual cameras” are becoming more common, and news that they will feature on the just-announced iPhone 7 Plus indicates the arrival into the mainstream. But while dual cameras may stem from efforts to improve picture quality, it has the potential to lead us down much more interesting paths: the real story may be that Apple is using dual cameras to position itself for the augmented reality world ushered in by the Pokemon Go phenomenon.

The iPhone uses machine learning algorithms to scan objects within a scene, building up a real-time 3D depth map of the terrain and objects. Currently, the iPhone uses this to separate the background from the foreground in order to selectively focus on foreground objects. This effect of blurring out background details, known as bokeh, is a feature of DLSRs and not readily available on smaller cameras such as those in smartphones. The depth map allows the iPhone to simulate a variable aperture which provides the ability to display areas of the image out of focus. While an enviable addition for smartphone camera users, this is a gimmick compared to what the depth map can really do.


What Apple has is the first step toward a device like Microsoft’s HoloLens, an augmented reality head-mounted display currently in development.

Software that provides similar analysis of people’s poses and location within a scene for dual camera smartphones would provide a virtual window onto the real world. Using hand gesture recognition, users could naturally interact with a mixed reality world, with the phone’s accelerometer and GPS data detecting and driving changes to how that world is presented and updated.



Apple has not arrived here by accident. In addition to acquiring Linx, Apple also purchased augmented reality pioneer Metaio in 2015, suggesting a game plan to develop a mixed reality platform.




Dual camera smartphones: here’s why you should want one — from t3.com by Joseph Carey
The iPhone 7 Plus is meant to feature dual cameras, but why are two cameras better than one?


One sensor for the main image and one for the detail – dual cameras never usually have two of the same sensor.








Turn Every Photo into Art | Using Artificial Intelligence
Prisma transforms your photos into artworks using the styles of famous artists: Munk, Picasso as well as world famous ornaments and patterns. A unique combination of neural networks and artificial intelligence helps you turn memorable moments into timeless art.


From DSC:
I’ve tried this tool and it’s really fun to use — producing some creative results! An innovative, sharp tool for sure.



Addendum on 8/22/16 from DSC:
I wanted to highlight Nikos Andriotis’ comment on this posting, as it’s creative, innovative, fun, thinking!

Great tool! I’ve used it already too. A neat excersise for art classes would be converting an unrelated picture to a particular style, and then asking the learners what style is it, and where has it been used. Quite simple, but sounds rather enjoyable to me.





XL-Muse creates tunnel of books for shop in China — from dezeen.com




100-Year-Old Theatre Turned into a Magnificent Bookstore — from fubiz.net






Prismatic Paintings Produced From Refracted Light by Stephen Knapp — from thisiscolossal.com by Kate Sierzputowski





Passing From Day to Night in Israel — from fubiz.net





French Artist Turns Barren Walls into Beautiful Photorealistic Murals — from interestingengineering.com by Trevor English





Giant Boombox Mural in Chile





Tilt shift Van Gogh’s paintings — from fubiz.net





Superb Symmetrical Architecture Shot by EMCN — from fubiz.net





Triangular Tree House Chapel With a View to the Brazilian Sea — from fubiz.net





Artist Spotlight: Carlo Cane










Fairy Pictures Of Fireflies in Japan — from fubiz.net





The Magical Realism of Eric Roux-Fontaine’s Dreamlike Paintings — from thisiscolossal.com







Also see:





Amazing Architectural Photography by Ivan Huang — from fubiz.net






30 Paper Art Designs




Some creative sites to check out:



A fascinating 3D-printed light-based zoetrope by Akinori Goto — from thisiscolossal.com by Christopher Jobson




Hand-Cut Mandalas and Other Intricate Paper Works by Mr. Riuby — from thisiscolossal.com Kate Sierzputowski





Awesome Photographs taken from the Top Of The Golden Gate Bridge — from fubiz.net





Urban Photography Playing with Lights and Shades




Picture books for the arts integrated classroom — from educationcloset.com by Brianne Gidcumb|


Today, though, I’m turning the focus back to those books on the shelves of your classroom libraries, as I share seven children’s titles that you might want to add to your bookshelves!




Photos of clouds and storms by Sean R. Heavey — from designsoak.com





Surreal monochromatic GIFs by Carl Burton — from thisiscolossal.com by Christopher Jobson






LaurentRosset.com > Photomanipulation




Accurate ballpoint pen art — from fubiz.net





A rotating 42-layer sculpture of Franz Kafka’s Head by David Cerny — from thisiscolossal.com by Christopher Jobson









PolyWood: Toy animal concepts rendered in polygons by Mat Szulik — from thisiscolossal.com by Christopher Jobson






New powerful street art by Pejac — from fubiz.net





Google’s Tilt Brush allows you to paint in 3 dimensions — from interestingengineering.com






Watch the year’s best drone footage — in just 2.5 minutes — from digitaltrends.com by Hillary Grigonis





Vertiginous Skyscrapers of Hong Kong— from fubiz.net featuring the work of Ekaterina Busygina






Stunning 3D Chalk Art Illusions by Tracy lee Stum — from hongkiat.com






Paul Kaptein’s Sculptures — from theawesomer.com



This photograph of the NYC winter storm looks like an impressionist painting — from thisiscolossal.com by Christopher Jobson





Sublime and Wild South Asian Nature




Autumn illustration made of 7 million inked dots — from fubiz.net






The work of Jati Putra Pratama






9 creative photo ideas to try in February 2016 — from digitalcameraworld.com by Jeff Meyer







Stunning Storm Waves Photography — from fubiz.net by Steve Garrington




The Best Flickr Pictures 2015 — from fubiz.net




2015 Traveler Photo Contest





DPMag.com’s “Your Best Shot”



Addendum on 12/22/15:

The 100 best photographs ever taken without photoshop — from brightside.me; with a special thanks to George Kroner for his tweet on this



Lytro Shocks the World and Builds the Most Ambitious Virtual Reality Camera — from fstoppers.com by Douglas Sonders


Most of us know Lytro for their light field cameras that capture scenes in a way that allows you to refocus an image anywhere you want with the click of a button without having to take a new image. I’ll admit, I thought it was a neat trick, but as a commercial photographer, I never saw how it would apply to someone like myself. Well, Lytro has blown me away today with the announcement of their new virtual reality camera system that works much like their light field cameras and allows the user to move within a video environment (not a computer-rendered space) while wearing a virtual reality headset. They have officially changed the game.




Also see Lytro’s website:




Addendum on 11/89/15:


Watch Adobe’s Monument Mode erase tourists from photos in real time — from theverge.com by Rich McCormick


Adobe’s MAX conference took place last night, showing off technology, software, and features the company is currently working on. One of the stars of this year’s show was “Monument Mode,” a new feature that promises to work with smartphone cameras to crop out tourists, cars, and other moving objects that might be blocking your shot of famous landmarks.


Photography Startup Light Launches Multilens Camera — from by Tekla Perry


Last year, stealthy Palo Alto startup Light picked up $9.7 million in venture funding to “reimagine the art and science of photography.” Job postings indicated they were looking for people with experience in combining multiple recorded images to reduce noise and improve image quality.

This week, Light demonstrated a prototype of its first product, what it calls a “multi-aperture computational camera,” the L16, at the Code/Mobile conference in Half Moon Bay. This flat camera, which looks like a fat smartphone, includes 16 camera lenses with a variety of focal lengths, 10 of which fire at any one time. Behind each lens is a camera module that records an image in 13-megapixel resolution; exposure is set individually for each lens. Then the camera’s software selectively combines those images.



27 superb sites with royalty free stock images for commercial use — from verveuk.eu by Dave Lane

Excerpt (emphasis DSC):

For my own benefit, I wanted a ‘go to’ list of sites that offered royalty free stock images for commercial use. There did not seem to be much available that wholly offered what I was looking for. There are articles that list ‘free stock image’ sites but I found that 99% of these did not clearly state the licensing rules with regards to commercial use of the images.

All of the photographs featured on the sites on this list are free from copyright restrictions and can be used on your web sites, blogs and for any other commercial use.

The list is split into 2 sections and an overview of the license for each site is included within block quotes along with a link to the full license details (if applicable).


light spiral free stock image

Creativity 103




Some resources on this announcement:

  • Adobe Unveils Milestone 2015 Creative Cloud Release — from adobe.com
    At the heart of Creative Cloud is Adobe CreativeSync, a signature technology that intelligently syncs creative assets: files, photos, fonts, vector graphics, brushes, colors, settings, metadata and more. With CreativeSync, assets are instantly available, in the right format, wherever designers need them – across desktop, web and mobile apps. Available exclusively in Creative Cloud, CreativeSync means work can be kicked off in any connected Creative Cloud mobile app or CC desktop tool; picked up again later in another; and finished in the designer’s favorite CC desktop software..

  • Adobe updates Creative Cloud in milestone 2015 release — from creativebloq.com
    Powerful updates to Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, Premiere Pro CC and InDesign CC; new mobile apps for iOS and Android and more. Here’s everything you need to know.

  • Adobe launches Adobe Stock, included in Creative Cloud, as well as a stand-alone service — from talkingnewmedia.com by D.B. Hebbard
    Pricing for CC customers is $9.99 for a single image; $29.99 per month for 10 images monthly; and $199 per month for 750 images monthly
    [On 6/15/15] Adobe has launched Adobe Stock, its new stock photography service. It is now included in CC and will appear as one of the five top menu items in the CC app (Home, Apps, Assets, Stock and Community). Many will have noticed the update to the app that came through yesterday.
  • Adobe launches radical new stock image service — from creativebloq.com
    Adobe has launched Adobe Stock, a new service that simplifies the process of buying and using stock content, including photos, illustrations and vector graphics. Part of the milestone 2015 Creative Cloud release announced this morning, Adobe Stock is a curated collection of 40 million high-quality photos, vector graphics and illustrations. The aim? To help creatives jump-start their projects.

    Photographers and designers can also contribute work to Adobe Stock. Adobe says it will offer industry-leading rates, while giving creatives access to a global community of stock content buyers.
  • Adobe Illustrator CC is now 10 times faster — from creativebloq.com
  • The best new features in Adobe Photoshop CC — from creativebloq.com

Adobe Photoshop CC



Some beautiful photography!

Photographer Jorge Cervera Hauser captures sea creatures against sun-drenched oceanscapes — from thisiscolossal.com by Kate Sierzputowski






A Black and Blue Life: A Coal Miner Becomes a Photographer of Exquisite Waves and Seascapes — from thisiscolossal.com by Ray Collins and Christopher Jobson





 National Geographic Photo Contest






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