Best Landscape Advice Of The Year

The Digital Photography School blog frequently has helpful posts for photographers looking to improve their landscape photography. That was certainly the case in 2012, and just the other day DPS recapped its top ten best landscape photography tutorials from last year. The list includes tips for better all around landscapes, as well as specifics such as shooting seascapes, long exposures, and making high-dynamic range sunset images. If you're interested in making better landscape photos in 2013, start with this list of the best landscape tutorials of 2012.

http://digital-photography-school.com/what-everybody-ought-to-know-about-landscape-photography
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The Digital Photography School blog frequently has helpful posts for photographers looking to improve their landscape photography. That was certainly the case in 2012, and just the other day DPS recapped its top ten best landscape photography tutorials from last year. The list includes tips for better all around landscapes,…

New Year, New Metadata

While the new year is still young and you're kicking around the idea of some photography-related new year's resolutions, consider this little tip: update your metadata presets in Photoshop and Lightroom to show 2013 as your copyright year. I did it just the other day (at the same time I updated my catalogs and archived the last remaining bits of 2012). If you're up to speed on Metadata, this serves as a simple reminder. But if you're not yet a convert to the importance of digitally embedding your name, contact information and copyright in your digital image files... Well, you've got the perfect resolution right there to start off the new year. Get your metadata and copyright houses in order in 2013—a great goal for any photographer.

http://www.pixiq.com/article/lrtip-update-your-metadata-preset
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While the new year is still young and you're kicking around the idea of some photography-related new year's resolutions, consider this little tip: update your metadata presets in Photoshop and Lightroom to show 2013 as your copyright year. I did it just the other day (at the same time I…

The Making Of Epochs

Sean Goebel created the beautiful time lapse video piece called Epochs, created over the course of a year in various locations at various times of day and night. And while the result is phenomenal, the lesson is even better: because Goebel used largely borrowed professional gear and homemade motion tracking equipment, he proves that inspiration and creativity trump budget almost every time. And the great blog DIY Photography has redeemed themselves (remember the iPhone ringlight? Oh my!) with a great behind the scenes story full of useful information about how Goebel made his triumphant Epochs video. If you're interested in making your own time lapses, it's a must-read.

http://www.diyphotography.net/the-amazing-epochs-timelapse-with-super-detailed-how-it-was-created
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Sean Goebel created the beautiful time lapse video piece called Epochs, created over the course of a year in various locations at various times of day and night. And while the result is phenomenal, the lesson is even better: because Goebel used largely borrowed professional gear and homemade motion tracking…

Ilford's Film Expansion

It's refreshing to see a traditional darkroom business expanding. While the biggest name in photography for generations, Kodak, is downsizing and selling off all sorts of traditional photo businesses as part of a total restructuring, the company that stood in Kodak's black and white shadow for many years—Ilford—seems to be expanding in the darkroom market. Harman Technology, Ilford's parent company, has invested half a million dollars in building its own factory to produce 35mm film cassettes. Remember them? If not, that's part of the overall issue at work here. While this may not signal any particular resurgence in the use of 35mm film, at least it demonstrates that the company is investing (modestly, but still) in ensuring that 35mm film will remain available for the foreseeable future.

http://www.ilfordphoto.com/pressroom/article.asp?n=155

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It's refreshing to see a traditional darkroom business expanding. While the biggest name in photography for generations, Kodak, is downsizing and selling off all sorts of traditional photo businesses as part of a total restructuring, the company that stood in Kodak's black and white shadow for many years—Ilford—seems to be…

Instagram's New Terms

Two weeks ago Instagram updated its terms of service, and my first thought was "Get ready for a big stink." Well, the pervasive odor spread a lot faster than even I expected, and within hours Instagram had "clarified" (i.e. rescinded) some of the more odious parts of the terms, which included the right for the company to sell photos uploaded via its service to third-party advertisers. You can argue about whether it's a small price to pay for using a free service, or a malicious rights grab, but either way it's interesting to watch the saga unfold. If you're interested in bailing out, there's a link below to a CNet story on backing up your photos and closing your Instagram account. I've also linked to a CNN Money article about the initial hubbub, as well as Instagram's official response via the company blog. Also included is a link to a Poynter story that points out that the terms have always included this right, so we don't need to be all up in arms about the new "broader" terms. Either way, it looks like Instagram isn't going to stick users with quite so bad a deal as was initially feared. But it does serve as a reminder to read the fine print when you go uploading your photos online. You may be giving up some rights you're not comfortable with. 

http://money.cnn.com/2012/12/18/technology/social/instagram-sell-photos/index.html?iid=HP_LN
http://blog.instagram.com/post/38252135408/thank-you-and-were-listening
http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/mediawire/198758/instagrams-new-tos-cheesing-off-pro-photographers
http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-57559810-285/how-to-back-up-your-instagram-photos-and-delete-your-account
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Two weeks ago Instagram updated its terms of service, and my first thought was "Get ready for a big stink." Well, the pervasive odor spread a lot faster than even I expected, and within hours Instagram had "clarified" (i.e. rescinded) some of the more odious parts of the terms, which…

New Year Portraits

Happy New Year! Most of us have the day off today, so why not do something a little bit creatively productive? Judd Green has posted a wonderful tutorial on the Digital Photography School blog showing how he created a holiday-themed portrait of his children using a beautiful, but deceptively simple, sparkling lights background. It's straightforward and easy enough, but it's oh so effective. And it will help you start the new year off right.

http://digital-photography-school.com/christmas-portraits-how-i-took-it
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Happy New Year! Most of us have the day off today, so why not do something a little bit creatively productive? Judd Green has posted a wonderful tutorial on the Digital Photography School blog showing how he created a holiday-themed portrait of his children using a beautiful, but deceptively simple,…
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