Old Egypt In Color

Regular readers know of my fetish for antique images of exotic locales that have been photographed in color well ahead of the time when color images were commonplace. Well here's a pair of great galleries I've added to my must-see list. First is a group of photographs of Egypt from the early 1900s at the Brain Pickings blog. They're lantern slides—like glass transparencies—that were used in "magic lantern" viewers. Images from Egypt generally spark our western interests on their own, so this gallery of 100-year-old color photos is nothing short of mesmerizing. The second gallery is filled with images from a locale that isn't quite so exotic: the good ol' US of A. But the images are from the wild west in the 1920s and 30s, so they aren't your everyday fare. And as color photos, they're remarkably rare. Fascinating for photographers and historians alike, whether you just appreciate the oddity of seeing old worlds in color, or whether you just appreciate a glimpse into the past that isn't quite as abstract as black & white.

http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2011/05/23/egypt-vintage-lantern-slides
http://www.howtobearetronaut.com/2011/05/america-1920s-30s-in-color
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Regular readers know of my fetish for antique images of exotic locales that have been photographed in color well ahead of the time when color images were commonplace. Well here's a pair of great galleries I've added to my must-see list. First is a group of photographs of Egypt from…

Simple Color Management

Leave it to John Paul Caponigro to craft a really great blog post that simplifies a complex digital imaging issue. This topic is color management—something I know all about, as I have fought with it since I first put my pictures on a computer in the 1990s. (Actually, that's not quite true. I messed around for a decade before I started to learn the importance of color management.) Anyway, Mr. Caponigro's post is a simple one: Six things you can do to ensure you've got good color management. Calibrate your monitor, make sure Photoshop's settings are working for you, and generally do these simple things that will help preserve good quality color control throughout your digital workflow. And do it now. No need to wait for a decade to go by before you learn the importance of color management too.

http://www.johnpaulcaponigro.com/blog/5923/6-simple-steps-to-good-color-management-2
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Leave it to John Paul Caponigro to craft a really great blog post that simplifies a complex digital imaging issue. This topic is color management—something I know all about, as I have fought with it since I first put my pictures on a computer in the 1990s. (Actually, that's not…

Cover Your Eyepiece

This could be the reason your photos are coming out dark: light is entering the camera from the back. Precisely, it's entering through the viewfinder and messing with the camera's ability to accurately read TTL light levels. Ever notice that little viewfinder cover that's probably attached to your camera strap? I didn't think so. Well Peter West Carey at Digital Photography School did notice it, and he's put it to good use to help prevent erroneous light from affecting his photos. You don't have to use this little device to eliminate light from the viewfinder, you can also use your hand, or your eye, or just about anything else to block light from leaking in while the camera is calculating exposures. Read all about how and why this works at Peter's great DPS blog post.

http://www.digital-photography-school.com/cover-your-eyepiece
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This could be the reason your photos are coming out dark: light is entering the camera from the back. Precisely, it's entering through the viewfinder and messing with the camera's ability to accurately read TTL light levels. Ever notice that little viewfinder cover that's probably attached to your camera strap?…

How To Be A CSI Photographer

Here's an interesting "how-to" story for you: How to be a real life CSI photographer. That's right, crime scene photography. Maybe it's not something to which the average photo enthusiast is aspiring, but it's an interesting story nonetheless. When you stop and consider all of the professions in which photography is essential, you realize there's a whole world beyond those of us who shoot for fun. The Pixiq blog's Haje Jan Kamps recently published an interesting interview with a photographer whose day job, and sometimes night job, is being a real life crime scene photographer. It's an interesting glimpse into the workings of a photographer who is likely to be having not nearly as much fun with his camera as the rest of us.

http://www.pixiq.com/article/csi
DPMag
Here's an interesting "how-to" story for you: How to be a real life CSI photographer. That's right, crime scene photography. Maybe it's not something to which the average photo enthusiast is aspiring, but it's an interesting story nonetheless. When you stop and consider all of the professions in which photography…

The Next RAW?

When I first heard about RAW digital capture, the claims seemed astronomical. You could shoot pictures and then adjust the exposure after the picture was made? That seemed preposterous. And now it seems like an integral part of my daily workflow. Well hopefully the same will hold true for this fancy new technology from a company called Lytro. It allows photographers to take pictures now and then focus later. That's right, shoot first, then focus after the picture is made. According to this New York Times story the technology is legit, and involves using microlenses to capture images at multiple angles and, presumably, multiple focal points. The potential impact is, quite obviously, huge. What if one day in the future you can adjust, along with exposure and white balance, focus after capture? The company has plans for a consumer-level point-and-shoot, which they're working to get into production right now. One benefit that hadn't occurred to me but which seems really great? Because the camera doesn't need to autofocus there's no shutter lag, so you miss fewer moments. That alone is huge. I can't wait to see how—if and when—this pans out.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/22/technology/22camera.html?pagewanted=2&_r=1
DPMag
When I first heard about RAW digital capture, the claims seemed astronomical. You could shoot pictures and then adjust the exposure after the picture was made? That seemed preposterous. And now it seems like an integral part of my daily workflow. Well hopefully the same will hold true for this…

Paul Nicklen’s Narwhals

This post comes courtesy of a link from the Kateoplis Tumblr page—which is a Tumblr I highly recommend if you're interested in gathering links to great photos and interesting tidbits from the art, fashion and photographic communities. She recently linked to a National Geographic story about Narwhal hunting in Arctic ice floes by Paul Nicklen. Nicklen is an amazing photographer, and this series—which is definitely a bit disturbing due to fairly graphic images of the animals hunted and butchered—is enlightening and moving. A must read for fans of the work of Mr. Nicklen, and for those who are simply concerned about the plight of the arctic and its inhabitants, both man and animal.
http://kateoplis.tumblr.com/post/6514054236/paul-nicklen
Photograph by Paul Nicklen
DPMag
This post comes courtesy of a link from the Kateoplis Tumblr page—which is a Tumblr I highly recommend if you're interested in gathering links to great photos and interesting tidbits from the art, fashion and photographic communities. She recently linked to a National Geographic story about Narwhal hunting in Arctic…
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