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Shoot manual mode with E-TTL flash just once

If you have an external flash (and this even applies to the onboard flash but that’s a lot weaker) for your DSLR try shooting with the camera in manual mode and let the flash light the scene for you. Canon flash units use E-TTL to figure out what power to use, Nikon and other manufacturers […]

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Save instead of Export in GIMP 2.8

Version 2.8 of GIMP saves images as .xcf files by default when you hit CTRL-S. I remember a development version did this years ago but it was reversed before final release due to user feedback AFAIR. I can understand the reasoning behind this decision but I hate it. It really, really bugs me. I don’t […]

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Adventures adding a new lens to Aftershot Pro

Bibble 5 and Aftershot Pro have a useful lens correction function that will fix the distortion created by a camera lens when a photo is taken. You won’t even recognise the distortion unless you’re looking for it but quite often it can look like straight lines are slightly bent or bulging. The animated gif above […]

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Aftershot Pro B&W Workflow

Martin, over at Photoakademie.eu created a workflow video showing how a photo was processed and eventually turned into a black and white image using Aftershot Pro. Coming from a GIMP background I used layers and layer masks but never used adjustment layers to keep changes separate. Quite an eye opener for me! Plus another demonstration […]

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Stupid Photo Thief

It’s inevitable that photos put online will be stolen. It’s a fact of life unfortunately. People think that just because something is on a website they can use it and claim the photo is there own. Sometimes it just gets silly however. Check out this guy’s photos on photo competition site pictures2win.com. If you’ve been […]

Straighten and Crop with the GIMP

One of the more awkward tasks to do in the GIMP is straightening horizons. You have to manually rotate the image using that tool which always seems to be fairly hit and miss. I had hoped that GIMP 2.6 would have the “draw a line and rotate” function that Bibblepro and I think Photoshop have […]

Montenotte Photowalk

When: Saturday 26th of September at 10am. Where: Start at the Montenotte Hotel (map), Cork and continue into town. Who: Me, you and anyone who likes taking photographs. So, next photowalk is on the 26th. It’s a Saturday but this time it’s early in the morning at 10am. We’ll start at the Montenotte Hotel, where […]

15% off prints for 3 days only

Woo! Redbubble are offering 15% off all framed and canvas prints until the 27th. The promotion has been running for the last few days but they only emailed everyone this morning. Grrr. Anyway, if you’re interested in a print, leave a comment on this post with the url of the photo and I’ll do my […]

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Walking the photos in Cork

Here’s a possible route for our 2 hours photowalk around Cork today: Start at the GPO, near the big A marker above. Head south (down) to the river to Morrison’s Quay where we can shoot Holy Trinity and the river bank of the South Channel. Head west towards Sullivans Quay where we can shoot Parliament […]

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Spencer Tunick photos went online today

Spencer Tunick’s Irish photos might be online but you wouldn’t know it as the site is down, probably from the rush of people trying to see their neighbours or friends in the nip. Oops. Should have done a deal with Pix.ie! I did manage to grab one image off there this afternoon and Vic has […]

Worldwide Photo walk in Cork

On July 18th, photographers all over the world will be holding photowalks. There’s going to be events in Belfast, Dublin and Cork that day, and who knows. Might be a few more around the country by the time that day arrives! I’ve just filled in a few details on the Cork Photowalk page on the […]

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The irony is lost on Paul

It’s about time I posted this. Months ago this photo on Flickr was spammed by a company selling “all of categories for industries and life”. I’m sure he never looked closely at the title of the image or translated it in to his local language.. Flickr Support promptly removed this individual’s comment and replied, Dear […]

Photo Frame with Copyright Message in the GIMP

It’s about time I released this script. I announced last December I had written a script for the GIMP to create the border and copyright message seen on my photos here. Previously I used a 704×490 empty image with the border and message (and a similar image for portrait shots). That was fine for uncropped […]

Who gets the free prints?

A few days ago I offered visitors to my blog the chance to win free prints of any of my images. I’m very happy with the response. 27 entries but alas there can only be 2 winners. So, who wins the free prints? I’m delighted to say that Claire gets the mounted print, and Debbie […]

Bibble Pro and empty plugin dropdowns

After I reinstalled Ubuntu 8.10 I of course had to install some of the 3rd paty software I used before. One of those was Bibble Pro and I ran into a problem I experienced before. The drop down list boxes of Bibble plugins were empty! I searched Google, and then the Bibble Labs forum, and […]