The camera's only job is to get out of the way of making photographs.

Ken Rockwell

Entries from April 2009

  • Paypal PHP Functions

    In the process of writing my brief for Panoramic Edinburgh I decided to opt for the ease of PayPal for the eCommerce aspect. I already have a PayPal account and I have some familiarity with how their payment system can be embedded into a web page. As I am hosting Panoramic Edinburgh on a PHP/MySQL server the ideal way to create buttons seemed to be an include file that defined functions to write the HTML for each possible PayPal control, e.g. ‘Pay Now’ buttons, ‘Add to Cart’ buttons. An example function is below: function paypal_buy_now($target,$business_name,$item_name,$value,$currency){ echo "<form target=\"$target\" action=\"\" method=\"post\">"; echo "<input type=\"hidden\" name=\"business\" value=\"$business_name\" />"; echo "\n"; echo "<input type=\"hidden\" name=\"cmd\" value=\"_xclick\" />"; echo "<input type=\"hidden\" name=\"item_name\" value=\"$item_name\" />"; echo "\n"; echo "<input type=\"hidden\" name=\"amount\" value=\"$value\" />"; [...]

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  • Fireworks Video

    Recently I have been working with Adobe After Effects on some motion graphics video files. Maybe enough to warrant a Video section in future but for the minute just a subsection of Design. This short 20 second piece came about through working on a tutorial that used a plug-in called Particular, made by Trapcode. The particle effects that it creates are quite stunning and as there are not going to be Festival Fireworks this year in Edinburgh due to the ongoing tramworks I thought that Fireworks would make a suitable subject. I plan a number of these over the coming months, all timed to some music which I haven’t decided upon yet. The main method emplyed here is the use of one Null object in After Effects which moves around and each of the effects uses a script exporession to [...]

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  • Panoramic Edinburgh Icons

    I have designed my first handful of graphical elements for the new improved Panoramic Edinburgh, as well as writing an overview brief for myself to work from. Image Icon: Image to be used for galleries that contain images, or on pages showing individual images. The icon represents a slide projector screen. Whilst a bit old fashioned I thought that this would be in keeping with the fact that much of my photography is film based rather than digital Movie Icon: Image to be used for galleries that contain movies, or on pages showing individual movies. The image represents an old fashioned movie projector in keeping with the theme of the image icon. The movies will all be created with a digital camera but I liked the feel of this icon rather [...]

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