Photography

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, […]

Cross-processing, Lomo, Fake Model, HDR, Sin City

Here’s yet another photo processing effect that may be destined to become yet another over used style on Flickr: The Sin City Style draws inspiration from the artwork of Frank Miller’s Sin City. The example image is as gritty and powerful as Miller’s work and hopefully someone won’t write a Photoshop plugin or action to […]

Travel Advice for Photographers

Ed Carreon shares the travel tips he and other professional photographers have learned over the years while abroad. Even if you’re just going on holiday, then the health tips here are worth a read. (via)

The RAW Backlash

There are holy wars in every field of human endevour. Vi vs Emacs, C vs Java, film vs digital and of course RAW vs Jpeg. For several months last year I shot in Raw+Jpeg which was great. gThumb displayed a thumbnail for the Jpeg file while I also had the RAW negative. Yes, great. Until […]

Using Photoshop actions in GIMP

GIMP#, a project to provide a “C# wrapper around the GIMP API” and that “enables users to quickly write new GIMP plug-ins using .NET or Mono” has had some exciting developments recently. Maurits is working on a GIMP# plugin that will hopefully allow GIMP to use Photoshop actions. AFAIK, these are basically files with calls […]

Image Retouching

More examples and proof that what you see in magazines isn’t reality. This image collection allows you to hover over the image to view the original image. I previously mentioned another retoucher, Glenn Feron who works wonders with what he does!

Digital Journalist: Harper’s Essays

Peter Turnley’s photo essays in the June issue of Digial Journalist are a snapshot of life all over the planet. The contrast between soldiers and in the next frame, students couldn’t be more striking but the emotion of his “THE BEREAVED, Mourning the Dead, in America and Iraq” is the same no matter where you […]

Digital Journalist May 2006

Better late than never, the May issue of the Digital Journalist online magazine is out. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but after a brief glance, the quality looks as good as ever!

Travel photography, what to bring

On our honeymoon in Lanzarote all I had was my Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5, 2 1GB SD cards, a spare battery and charger. Little did I know that I would wish for a wide angle lens when we visited Cuevo De Los Verde (along with an English gentleman who missed his tripod too) but I still […]

Interviews with Pulitzer Prize winners

Mark Hancock has published a series of interviews with Pulitzer Prize winning photographers. I haven’t got around to reading the whole lot but I’ll have a bit to read at lunchtime later!

Going Professional

I consider myself very lucky to be passionate about two subjects – software development and photography. For many years the former paid the bills and allowed me to dabble in influencial projects while the latter came into it’s own in the last few years as a serious hobby. That’s good because working on WordPress pays […]

Sigma 10-20: going wide

I splashed out on Monday afternoon on a Sigma 10-20mm F4.0-5.6 EX DC HSM in O’Leary’s Camera World. Prices are good at around 499 Euro, comparing well with those I found at Pixmania and elsewhere online. Sigma are based in Bandon, Co. Cork and I guess that helps to keep distribution costs down. First impressions? […]

Managing data away from home

Doug Plummer explains how he manages his photos while on assignment. 6000 shots? *gulp* (via)

EDFAT – how to shoot a photographic project

Seeing In Detail describes EDFAT, Entire, Details, Frame, Angles, and Time. Jim Bryant shows how he shoots a subject to get all the angles covered. It looks like a good technique that I may try myself. (via)

I’m off for two weeks

For the next two weeks posts will be automated. It’s not possible to future post photos to Flickr so I had to write a small shell script to email Flickr with my photo, a subject, and a description every night. Check out “mpack” which is the heart of the script. Hopefully I’ll upload the script […]