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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 […]

Photographer’s Rights in Ireland

Digital Rights Ireland have published a post about the rights of photographers in our fair isle. It’s a detailed post that shows some of the differences between the rights a photographer might expect here and abroad. I find it troubling that the Minister for Justice says “that the private interactions of a person – even […]

Do I need a model release?

I’ve touched on the subject of model release forms in the past. What rights does a street photographer have when it comes to publishing photos of people on the street, and even the thorny issue of publishing a photography book for charity. Does “earning money” include giving it all away again as the US Book […]

A Cork Skateboarder in Times Square

I received an email yesterday from GE Health. A few months ago they contacted me and asked me to add this skateboarder picture to their new Health website. It was to be displayed in Times Square during the month of April and yesterday’s email confirmed that it had been! The email included a link to […]

Feed me your art

While trying to keep up with all the photoblogs I’d like to visit every day I subscribed to each one that offered a feed in my Bloglines account thinking that I’ll read these blogs like I read the rest of my favourite sites. After importing them into Bloglines (not a difficult task, but it takes […]

Photography Feeds on WordPress.com

One of the cool things to come out of WordPress.com has been global tags. Everyone who writes articles and posts categorises them in the normal way, but the magic bit is that these posts don’t remain in isolation. They’re added to the tags pool on WordPress.com! Go check out that page now to see what […]

Umm, I won!

Just a few moments ago, I received texts from Darragh, Tom and Ryan to tell me that this blog had won Best Photoblog at the Irish Blog Awards! It’s a good thing I’m not up there because I don’t know what to say except “thank you” to everyone who voted for me. I honestly didn’t […]

And the winner of the best photo blog category is..

Sorry, I don’t know! It might be this blog, or it might be any of a number of other excellent blogs shortlisted a few weeks ago. The blog awards are on tomorrow night in Dublin but unfortunately I won’t be there. There isn’t much that would keep me away but right now I’d prefer to […]

Faking Depth of Field

First it was lomo, then cross-processing, and now the latest craze among online photographers seems to be making their photos look like miniture models. A common side-effect of macro photography is a shallow depth of field (DOF) which means that only a small portion of the scene is in focus. Luckily this effect is very […]

Starting Photography, Digital Workflow, Orphans and Amazing Zooming Images

Starting out in Photography A few weeks back, Tom asked me by email about starting out in photography as he recently bought a Canon 350D and started posting photos online! Some people are born with a talent and an eye for photography, but for the rest of us, practise makes perfect. Bring your camera with […]