Photography

Lighting 101 – all in one place

David at Strobist has linked to all his flash lighting articles in one place. It’s a really good place to go if you want to get the most out of your flash. Another great resource is Photonotes: Eos Flash for users of Canon cameras and flash units. There’s some great bits of info there.

Selling Out, Selling Cheap

A few days ago Strobist published an article about how it’s harder for professional photographers to sell their wares online because of the burgeoning business of the royalty free stock photography market. I have some sympathy for him, and I even feel slightly guilty because I received a cheque for over $120 from Shutterstock a […]

Still stuck in P Mode?

Kathy writes that many users are stuck using P mode, or the automatic mode of their favourite tools simply because they don’t know how, or don’t know why they’d like to use those extra features. I link to this usability article here because she used camera terminology to describe how a user approaches a complex […]

Google Picasa for Linux

Google finally released their photo organisation software, Picasa for Linux. It’s a free download, and uses Wine so it’s not a truely native port. I’m going to try it out now and will update this post later with my thoughts and impressions!

Shooting panoramas el cheapo

If you’ve ever tried stitching photos together to create a panoramic photograph you’ll be more than aware of the awful distortion between one frame and the next. That’s one reason why it’s recommended that frames overlap by at least a third. There is so much distortion because the camera is rotated around using a normal […]

Non-photography day

Today was Non Photography Day! The aim of the day is to enjoy the moment instead of trying to record it for posterity. Luckily I wasn’t doing anything wildly interesting visually today! Paul Butzi writes that he is half-sympathetic to the cause being championed by Becca Bland. I have to admit she has a point […]

Queen at the Ballet

Queen at the Ballet Queen at the Ballet Queen at the Ballet – Radio GaGa Queen at the Ballet – Radio GaGa Queen at the Ballet – God Save The Queen Queen at the Ballet is a ballet accompanied by the music of Queen. It features an on-stage orchestra, and two charismatic vocalists sing and […]

US Book earns 306,000 Euro for Childline

Last year Ray D’Arcy and his team asked thousands of people all over Ireland to send in photographs to Today FM on October 1st. It was a huge success with over 20,000 photos sent in and eventually whittled down to 2,000. I had a few photos included which you can see in the US Book […]

A Photo – how far would you go?

Thomas Hawk is defending himself from Jill Greenberg’s attacks and threats of court action because, in his opinion, what she is doing is abusing children. Her photos capture emotional children who are distraught and frightened. Tears run down their faces, hands are held to eyes to hide tears. She apparently works them up to this […]

Airbrush a pretty girl

You may have seen this already, it’s on delicious, but it’s something I’ll read over later so I want to mention it. This airbrush tutorial is very detailed, showing each step with accompanying screenshots. The result is quite a stunning image in the Playboy tradition of perfect skin and tones. Fake but it’s what people […]

PSPI – Using Photoshop plugins in GIMP

PSPI has long been the best way of running Photoshop in the Win32 version of GIMP. I’ve waited for a Linux version with anticipation and it has now been ported! Not all plugins will work, but I tried the trial version of PTLens and once I pointed it at the .dat file it worked perfectly, […]

GIMP Tutorial Videos

Jakub ‘jimmac’ Steiner has published several demos of the GIMP in action. Subjects such as defining shortcuts, image templates, transformations and paths and more are covered. Use the mirrors, because I haven’t downloaded the videos myself yet!

Noise Ninja Beta

A new Noise Ninja release candidate is out now for Linux, Mac and Windows! I tried the Linux version, and despite having a strange file selector it worked really well! You can try it for yourself, but the unregistered version saves images with a watermark. I’m going to test it on a few more images […]

Making the top ten of Interestingness

Making the top ten of Interestingness The Swan Gang, a photo I posted three days ago, became the 4th most interesting photo on Flickr two days ago. How? Nuggets of Gold Flickr Interestingness uses a secret algorithm to decide what is interesting, but is biased against users who consistently get a lot of attention. Up […]

Backups and Storage, 50 years hence

What backup medium lasts 50 years and will be as easy to restore in 2056 as it is now? Mike Johnston writes that computers and backup systems are too complex today and that, “we shouldn’t all need to gradually become full-time archivists” to hold on to precious memories for decades. There are some great comments, […]