Lightroom Essential Development

Craft & Vision publishes excellent e-books for photographers, and they've got a new one that's certainly piqued my interest. It's called Essential Development, and it's all about techniques to help you make the most of Lightroom 4. Better yet, for the low low price of seven bucks, the ebook comes with a toolbox pack with more than 85 Lightroom presets to help make your workflow more effective, and more efficient. Topics such as historgams, white balance, beauty retouching and even image toning and sharpening are covered in the book, and many helpful presets address these same topics as well. Hard to go wrong at such a low investment cost, don't you think?

http://craftandvision.com/books/essential-development-package/

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Craft & Vision publishes excellent e-books for photographers, and they've got a new one that's certainly piqued my interest. It's called Essential Development, and it's all about techniques to help you make the most of Lightroom 4. Better yet, for the low low price of seven bucks, the ebook comes…

Assistance From Eyeist

Are you considering making photography a profession? Even if you're just dabbling as a part-time pro, there are quite a few tools designed to help photographers make the transition from hobbyist to professional. Some of them are the same tools that professionals use to help them improve their businesses as well. Today's post is one of these tools that works wonderfully for both established professionals and those just beginning to give it a go. It's called Eyeist, and I can't wait to use it myself. Eyeist is an online photography review service. This type of portfolio review is invaluable when constructing a portfolio--be it a printed book or published solely online--because it can help you see your photographs through a new, impartial set of eyes. Typically you have to travel to a portfolio review in person, you pay some hefty fees, and the whole process can be fairly cumbersome and time consuming. So it's surprising that nobody's done this sooner and taken the whole process online--which is what makes Eyeist so great. What a perfect way to get some helpful, unbiased advice about your photography so that you can better present yourself as a professional. Have a visit to www.eyeist.com for more information.

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Are you considering making photography a profession? Even if you're just dabbling as a part-time pro, there are quite a few tools designed to help photographers make the transition from hobbyist to professional. Some of them are the same tools that professionals use to help them improve their businesses as…

Space Shuttle Endeavour's 26th Trip

Last week the space shuttle Endeavour made a slow-motion journey through the neighborhoods and streets of Los Angeles, traveling by truck for the 12 miles from from LAX to its new home at the California Science Center. I've seen plenty of great photos of the trip--some via news organizations, and some on the facebook pages of my friends. But nothing as remarkable, or successful, as this storytelling stop-action video made by Los Angeles Times photographer Bryan Chan. It's a neat piece, and another example of the power of creative thinking when it comes to visual storytelling.

http://framework.latimes.com/2012/10/15/time-lapse-video-space-shuttle-endeavours-trek-across-l-a/
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Last week the space shuttle Endeavour made a slow-motion journey through the neighborhoods and streets of Los Angeles, traveling by truck for the 12 miles from from LAX to its new home at the California Science Center. I've seen plenty of great photos of the trip--some via news organizations, and…

Felix Baumgartner's Record-Setting Space Jump

Last weekend did you watch live, as I did, as Felix Baumgartner jumped from the edge of space to the terra firma in the American west? I even made a screenshot of the moment, live, when he dropped free from his capsule 25 miles above the earth. Just a few minutes later he was standing on the ground and greeted by a photographer. (Show's you how important it is to get those pictures, doesn't it? The first person to greet him was a photographer with a D-SLR to his eye.) I've enjoyed looking through this gallery of photos from the Huffington Post, showing not only preparations for this particular flight and jump, but from historic jumps made by Baumgartner--and others--in the past. It's an interesting gallery definitely worth a look--and it includes those photos made by the photographer who greeted him on his return.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/14/felix-baumgartner-skydiving-photos-record-breaking-jum-red-bull_n_1965319.html#slide=1640139
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Last weekend did you watch live, as I did, as Felix Baumgartner jumped from the edge of space to the terra firma in the American west? I even made a screenshot of the moment, live, when he dropped free from his capsule 25 miles above the earth. Just a few…

Even If It's Been Done Before, Do It Again

I'm always impressed when a photographer--or any artist, for that matter--can take a subject that has been well covered by countless artists previously, and turn it into something special that's unlike anything I've ever seen before. That's exactly the case with these very simple, very beautiful flower photographs by artist Sasha Kurmaz. These photographs don't appear to involve any particularly unique special effects, but quite simply they are gorgeous. It takes something special to photograph flowers in a "new" way, and there's a lesson in that. Everything may have been done before, but that doesn't mean there's not plenty of room for each of us to put our own spin on any given subject. Thankfully Kurmaz didn't shy away from this well covered territory.

http://butdoesitfloat.com/Naught-is-beyond-Bliss
DPMag
I'm always impressed when a photographer--or any artist, for that matter--can take a subject that has been well covered by countless artists previously, and turn it into something special that's unlike anything I've ever seen before. That's exactly the case with these very simple, very beautiful flower photographs by artist…

Stop Corruption

I hesitate to say that I haven't encountered a corrupt Compact Flash card in quite a while for fear that I'll jinx myself. But it's the truth: I haven't suffered this peculiar problem in quite a while. So now I'm sure to be jinxed. While memory cards are a popular source of file corruption, they aren't the only possibility. This article--actually, a Q & A between reader and expert--on The Online Photographer blog illustrate a great approach to dealing with corrupt image files. Namely, you better lock that stuff down immediately. Corruption can come from bad drives, bad backup drives, loose cables, or really any number of hardware failings. The point, of course, is that this is something not to fool around with. The moment you discover a glitch in your system--a few funky files that just won't open right--you need to take care of diagnosing and repairing the problem immediately. Start here, and be prepared if this problem arises to nip it in the bud. 

http://theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/the_online_photographer/2012/10/catch-that-corruption.html
DPMag
I hesitate to say that I haven't encountered a corrupt Compact Flash card in quite a while for fear that I'll jinx myself. But it's the truth: I haven't suffered this peculiar problem in quite a while. So now I'm sure to be jinxed. While memory cards are a popular…
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