LG Optimus 3D

While it might not be the most obvious collaboration to have happen, LG and National Geographic have announced their efforts to bring plenty of 3D to the masses. National Geographic Assignment photographers will be creating 3D content using LG’s Optimus 3D smartphone.

“For over a century, National Geographic has been the preeminent institution for world-class wildlife, landscape, travel and lifestyle photography,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “To have six of National Geographic’s photographers showcase the power of Optimus 3D’s imaging capabilities is a true honor and a significant moment in the acceptance of 3D technology in a portable device such as a smartphone.”

The National Geographic photographers work will be shown off at IFA, Europe’s largest trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances in Berlin, Germany, from September 2-7, 2011. Full press release can be found past the break.

LG AND NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ASSIGNMENT PHOTOGRAPHERS COLLABORATE TO EXPAND HORIZON OF 3D CONTENT CREATION ON SMARTPHONES

World-renowned Photographers and Videographers To Create 3D Image Gallery with LG Optimus 3D
           
SEOUL, Aug. 29, 2011 – LG Electronics (LG) is collaborating with National Geographic Assignment photographers to create the first 3D image and video content in its history. The material will be shot entirely with the LG Optimus 3D, the world’s first glasses-free full 3D smartphone with the Tri-dual architecture.

“For over a century, National Geographic has been the preeminent institution for world-class wildlife, landscape, travel and lifestyle photography,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “To have six of National Geographic’s photographers showcase the power of Optimus 3D’s imaging capabilities is a true honor and a significant moment in the acceptance of 3D technology in a portable device such as a smartphone.”

LG Optimus 3D’s advanced technology features, such as video stabilization and misalignment correction functions, allow the National Geographic Assignment photographers to easily capture high-definition 3D content in a variety of locations. National Geographic is recognized for its work with award-winning photojournalists and comprehensive collection of photographs. National Geographic Assignment selected six staff artists from around the globe to capture images with the smartphone.

“National Geographic photographers have been at the forefront of bringing award-winning visuals to our publications,” said Maura Mulvihill, Vice President at National Geographic Image Collection, Sales and Assignment. “We are very excited to work with LG to take advantage of the latest developments in 3D content creation. By putting the LG Optimus 3D in these artists’ hands, they will be able to truly show their world as they see it -- in full 3D.”

The elite roster of photojournalists -- comprised of four photographers and two videographers -- will have their work exhibited at IFA, Europe’s largest trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances in Berlin, Germany from September 2-7, 2011. The six National Geographic Assignment photographers and videographers are:

Steven Alvarez, photojournalist


Mr. Alvarez produces global stories about exploration, culture, religion, and the aftermath of conflict. Stephen has been a National Geographic photographer since 1995. His images have won awards in Pictures of the Year International, Communication Arts, and have been exhibited at Visa Pour L`Image in Perpignan, France. Recent appearances include NPR, PBS, and CBS Sunday Morning. Stephen lives with his family in Sewanee, Tennessee.

Brian Skerry, photojournalist


Mr. Skerry is a photojournalist specializing in marine wildlife and underwater environments. He has been a contract photographer for National Geographic Magazine since 1998, covering a wide range of stories celebrating the mystery and beauty of the sea, and also helping bring attention to the large number of issues that endanger the oceans and its inhabitants. He typically spends eight months each year in the field and frequently finds himself in environments of extreme contrast from tropical coral reefs to diving beneath polar ice. While on assignment he has lived on the bottom of the sea, spent months aboard fishing boats and traveled in everything from snowmobiles to canoes to the Goodyear Blimp. He has spent more than 10,000 hours underwater over the last thirty years. He has also been a regular guest on programs such as NBC’s Today Show, CBS’s Sunday Morning, ABC’s Good Morning America.


Bryan Harvey, photojournalist


As the son of a renowned photojournalist, Mr. Harvey grew up traveling the world on assignment. Naturally, filmmaking from a very young age he acquired a sense of discovery and exploration while he was climbing Mayan pyramids in the Yucatan, camping with head hunting tribes in Borneo, and riding elephants in Malaysia. Naturally, filmmaking and photography became a natural progression and now he has established himself as an award-winning filmmaker with a passion for storytelling on a diverse range of subjects. If not in some far-flung location for National Geographic or Discovery, he can be found on his beloved Outer Banks chasing the light, wind, and waves with equal passion. He seeks beauty in all things and uses photography to capture it.

Justin Guariglia, Photographer/Contributing Editor


Mr. Guariglia has covered the globe on assignments ranging from Umbria in Northern Italy, to the Dzud effect in Mongolia, from Sulfer Mining in Eastern Java, Indonesia to the environment and nature of Sable island, off the coast of Nova Scotia. His work focuses heavily on people and places, within the context of world cultures and the environment. He has written three books to date, including Shaolin: Temple of Zen (2007) where he became the first photographer ever allowed to document the real monks of Shaolin in the temple’s history, Planet Shanghai (2008) which was reviewed in the New York Times and the New Yorker, and Johor: Asia Latitude One (2011) that combines aerial landscape imagery with intimate portraits of the people of Malaysia. Mr. Guariglia was nominated for the International Center of Photography’s Young Photographer Infinity Award, received two Photo of the Year awards, and was named by Photo District News as one of the top “30 Young Photographers under 30” and his images are represented by the National Geographic Image Collection in Washington D.C.


Peter Hutchens, Photojournalist

Mr. Hutchens has been shooting and producing documentary films for more than a decade. His interest in film grew out of a childhood spent traveling the globe – moving throughout the U.S. and across China, South Africa, and the Philippines. His assignments continue to take him all over the world: from covering border conflicts in southern Africa, to retracing the Silk Road in western China, to documenting the world inside America’s embattled prison system. He has helped create series for National Geographic and Discovery, and his work is featured in the Academy-award nominated film War/Dance. In 2011, he received the Sundance Film Festival’s Best Cinematography award for his work on the film, The Redemption of General Butt Naked, about a former Liberian warlord turned evangelist. Additionally, Mr. Hutchens and his photojournalist brother Jeff are the subject of a six-part travel/adventure series airing on the National Geographic Channel. The show follows them as they document far-flung regions of China through their respective lenses. When not on assignment, he makes his home in Brooklyn, NY.

Steve Winter, Photojournalist


Mr. Winter has been attacked by rhinos in India, stalked by jaguars in Brazil, charged by a 11-foot grizzly in Siberia, trapped in quicksand in the world’s largest tiger reserve in Myanmar and slept in a tent for six months at -40 below zero tracking snow leopards. Flown over erupting volcanoes and visited isolated villages where residents had never before seen a blond foreigner—or a camera. This is the life he dreamed of as a child growing up in rural Indiana: traveling the world as a photographer for National Geographic. Mr. Winter has been working at National Geographic since 1991 and thinks his job is the best in the world. In 2011, his National Geographic story on Kaziranga in Assam India was recognized by the Pictures of the Year International’s Global Vision Award. Other prizes include Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2008 by BBC/The Natural History Museum, and 1st Place Nature Story in the 2009 World Press Photo competition; one of the images from that winning portfolio was recently selected as one of the “Top 40 Nature Photos of All Time” by the International League of Conservation Photographers, and 2010 FotoWeek DC winner in the Environmental Conservation Category.

LG’s Optimus 3D is recognized as the world’s first Tri-dual (dual-core, dual-channel, dual-memory) smartphone to display full stereoscopic 3D. Optimus 3D’s Tri-dual architecture allows for superb multi-tasking, crisp full HD movie watching and fast graphics intensive games.

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LG collaborating with National Geographic photographers to create 3D image and video content

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This is really cool .. Can't wait to see what they come up with Being an long time fan of NG and now carrying a 3D device.. My only thought is .. why not the EVO3D ? Ive read that the EVO's 3D recording and still fram shots are way better .. And while I'm at it .. FIRST!!

Probably because HTC phones don't last long enough off the charger for a National Geographic photographer to use one in the field.

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True that. But honestly I'm sure that LG isn't getting much more if any. My son has a lower grade LG android phone and the life sucks on his device as well.