Transferring Photos To Wood

Here's a fun project to try if you're looking for an earthy, antique-y way to display your photographs: transfer them to wood. Photographer James Brandon created this tutorial after his wife talked him into transferring a photograph with the technique, and he was blown away by the results. I'd have to agree; it's a pretty great way to create a totally unique print. After all, everybody's making nice photographs these days—but almost nobody is printing them on big hunks of trees! Make a big print on wood and you're sure to have a one-of-a-kind piece of art for your wall. Read all about it at the DPS blog, then get to work!

http://digital-photography-school.com/how-to-transfer-prints-to-wood-an-awesome-photography-diy-project
DPMag
Here's a fun project to try if you're looking for an earthy, antique-y way to display your photographs: transfer them to wood. Photographer James Brandon created this tutorial after his wife talked him into transferring a photograph with the technique, and he was blown away by the results. I'd have…

The Superman Of Surf Photography

This one's especially for OP editor Chris Robinson, because I know he's a fan of surfing and great surf photography—though I cannot attest to his own prowess when it comes to hanging ten. I'm sure, though, that he's much better at it than I am. Just like I'm sure that surf photographer Zak Noyle puts us both to shame when it comes to feeling at home in the water. I'm no beach boy, but I know great photography when I see it, and his stuff's wonderful. Even better is to see the behind the scenes exploration of Zak's photography, how he works in his ocean studio, and the lengths to which he'll go to get a great shot. It's another great F-stoppers video production, well worth a watch—even if you've never even dipped a toe in the ocean. 

http://fstoppers.com/behind-the-scenes-with-zak-noyle
DPMag
This one's especially for OP editor Chris Robinson, because I know he's a fan of surfing and great surf photography—though I cannot attest to his own prowess when it comes to hanging ten. I'm sure, though, that he's much better at it than I am. Just like I'm sure that…

From Personal Project To PBS Series

As a working photographer I fully understand the importance of "personal projects." You see, once you attach a payment to any activity—even a fun one like photography—it becomes a job. A great job, mind you, and I'm not complaining. But still, sometimes it's a job, and sometimes you need to re-stimulate your creative energy with personal work. It's not only where you have the most fun, it's often where you photograph the most interesting things that find their way into your portfolio, and hopefully lead to more work—work that's more like your personal projects. A good example is the story of David Friedman. He's a photographer who left an unfulfilling job to pursue projects of more personal interest. That eventually led to Friedman making portraits of inventors, which led to meeting some very interesting people, which led to interviewing and video recording interviews, which led to his very own television show on PBS. Read more about Friedman's project—and be sure to watch the interview with the man who invented the "screw-in coffin"—and then be sure to get out there and start your own personal project. You may not land a TV deal, but it's sure to be fulfilling nonetheless.

http://www.aphotoeditor.com/2012/11/21/how-david-friedmans-inventor-project-became-a-pbs-series
DPMag
As a working photographer I fully understand the importance of "personal projects." You see, once you attach a payment to any activity—even a fun one like photography—it becomes a job. A great job, mind you, and I'm not complaining. But still, sometimes it's a job, and sometimes you need to…

Lightroom Losing Your Files?

Helen Bradley consistently writes wonderful tips for making the most of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Her blog posts are a must read, especially if you're a new user. It can be tricky to wrap your brain around how, why, and even where, Lightroom stores your photos, and thankfully Ms. Bradley has tackled the subject with a post about how to find files that appear to have gone missing in Lightroom. Covering topics from Smart Collections to subfolders and missing individual files, this primer is the perfect place to start whether you've had firsthand experience with seemingly missing files, or if you just want to be prepared when it happens to you. Ms. Bradley's explanation helps makes sense of the software's organizational structure, which will help you make better use of the powerful program. 

http://digital-photography-school.com/help-lightroom-lost-my-files
DPMag
Helen Bradley consistently writes wonderful tips for making the most of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Her blog posts are a must read, especially if you're a new user. It can be tricky to wrap your brain around how, why, and even where, Lightroom stores your photos, and thankfully Ms. Bradley has…

ASMP’s Release App

I'm a proud member of the American Society of Media Photographers, and I'm always advocating for other photographers to join the organization because of the great information, advice and direction the group provides. A good example is the ASMP's Releases App for iPads and iPhones (with an Android version soon to follow). When I got my iPhone recently, the app was one of my first downloads. It allows photographers to always be prepared with a model release or property release for photographs that they might like to license for commercial purposes. The aim of the app is to take the work out of remembering to print and bring releases by always having them available via our ubiquitous smartphones. Best of all, this useful app is also completely free.

http://www.asmp.org/strictlybusiness/2012/07/introducing-asmps-new-releases-app
DPMag
I'm a proud member of the American Society of Media Photographers, and I'm always advocating for other photographers to join the organization because of the great information, advice and direction the group provides. A good example is the ASMP's Releases App for iPads and iPhones (with an Android version soon…

Holiday Books

Well, it's here. Thanksgiving is tomorrow, which means Friday marks the beginning of the official holiday shopping season. And that means I'm getting my wish list in order. It's usually well populated by photo books, which I usually share on this blog. I'm going to kick off that tradition again this year with the book at the top of my list: Dan Winters' Last Launch. Mr. Winters is one of my favorite photographers, and he's actually got two new books this year. Dan Winters's America is a retrospective of the photographer's entire career. He made a name for himself primarily through tremendous editorial portraiture—of which he's an absolute master—but he shoots everything from architectural to still life and documentary. That's what you'll find in his other book, Last Launch. It showcases photographs from Mr. Winters' project documenting the final missions of NASA's space shuttle program. It's a fascinating story of a personal passion that prompted an assignment, which lead to these absolutely gorgeous photographs, which ultimately led to another new book—one that should be on any photographer's (or space buff's) wish list. Happy Thanksgiving!

http://strobist.blogspot.com/2012/11/winter-reads-winters-reads.html
DPMag
Well, it's here. Thanksgiving is tomorrow, which means Friday marks the beginning of the official holiday shopping season. And that means I'm getting my wish list in order. It's usually well populated by photo books, which I usually share on this blog. I'm going to kick off that tradition again…
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