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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 I got tired of opening the RAW file in my RAW converter (bibblelite, ufraw-gimp), before opening in the GIMP. Then there’s the space requirements. I shot 85GB of images last year. I need one of those terrabyte RAID servers Joe mentioned the other night at that dinner!
Ryan has done the same, shooting in Jpeg now.
Doug Pardee has too. He explains why too. He hasn’t got time to do the extra conversion required given the volume of shots he takes.
And of course, Ken Rockwell shoots Jpeg. He has a very lengthy post about his choice.
Still not sure? Read Tommy’s post for a rebuttal to Ken’s article. If you agree with him (and he makes plenty of valid points), then you should shoot RAW.

I’ll still shoot RAW, but only at special occasions. We’re going to a wedding next month and I’ll certainly be shooting RAW there!

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 to Photoshop functions. They are self-contained programs using a Photoshop programming API to perform operations on images. There are a countless number of Photoshop actions for download, free, shareware and commercial, so having access to these plugins would give GIMP a huge boost in terms of what it can do.

There are problems, some filters and functions in Photoshop simply aren’t available in GIMP but he has managed to parse 25 filters from the action files.

Lots of actions map on a GIMP equivalent. I downloaded about 100 action files and created a top 25 of most often used functions. At the top are functions like Brightness/Contrast, Set Selection, Gaussian Blur, etc. etc. The first function without a direct GIMP equivalent is the Chrome filter.

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 are or what your job.

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 got some stunning photos of that cave. Everyone started copying me after a short while by disabling the flash and shooting long exposure images while balancing their cameras on suitable rocks. The lighting in that cave is drowned out by a flash but with a little care I captured a few beautiful images. Unfortunately my camera case is scratched badly by the volcanic rock so it’s probably a good thing I didn’t have the 20D! I’m taking a bean bag with me next time!

I digress, here are some suggestions for what you should take with you on holidays. Take a look at the rest of Digital Photography School, it’s a fountain of information and I’d be here all day linking to the great articles there!

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 better than the average photographer’s pay. It’s very difficult to make much from stock photography too because of the wide availability of cheap stock images.
This is of course only true in general terms. Some photography services such as event photography pay well, and I agree with Arun in the article above, the quality of micro-stock images doesn’t often beat that of the big stock image houses.

Another survey is more positive but I’m not giving up the day job. It’s too much fun 🙂

Coincidentally, they’re looking for a photojournalist in The Beaumont Enterprise, a newspaper in Beaumont, Texas. Mark Hancock works there so I can only imagine it’ll be a tough job!