Find Your Lost Or Stolen Camera

Every time you take a picture with a digital camera there's a unique serial number embedded into the EXIF data inside each image file. Along with data about exposure, lens, flash and all sorts of useful information, that serial number can actually come in very handy in case your camera is lost or stolen. How? Because we live in a connected online world, chances are pretty high that photos from digital cameras will eventually be uploaded to the web—via social media, blogs or other connected applications. And that means a smart developer can create a program that allows you to scour the web for your camera's unique serial number should that camera go missing. Thankfully a group of smart developers has come together to create the open source StolenCameraFinder, which makes it easy to find your photos—and eventually your missing camera—with a simple drag and drop interface. Even if you don't know your camera's serial number, all you have to do is drag a photo from that camera onto the StolenCameraFinder home page and it will get to searching by scouring the internet and examining EXIF data of JPEG files to find a matching serial number.

http://www.stolencamerafinder.com
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Every time you take a picture with a digital camera there's a unique serial number embedded into the EXIF data inside each image file. Along with data about exposure, lens, flash and all sorts of useful information, that serial number can actually come in very handy in case your camera…

Understanding Photoshop Blend Modes

When I first found this blog post (courtesy of the amazing Subtraction design blog) I thought, "I don't need to know about Photoshop Blend Modes. I already know what they do." But then I thought about it for a moment and realized that, really, I just know the basics of what effect I will achieve from only a handful of these layer blending modes. And even though I "know" what those do, I couldn't really explain it in English—which means maybe I don't fully understand exactly how they work. And what about the ones I just click and test to see what will happen? Thankfully Angie Bowen has written a detailed, plain English explanation of all of Photoshop's blend modes on her My Ink Blog. Plain English explanations are helpful for understanding how each blend mode works, and illustrations show you results as well. It's a great place to start if you'd like a better understanding of these powerful layer adjustments. 

http://www.myinkblog.com/an-explanation-of-photoshop-blend-modes
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When I first found this blog post (courtesy of the amazing Subtraction design blog) I thought, "I don't need to know about Photoshop Blend Modes. I already know what they do." But then I thought about it for a moment and realized that, really, I just know the basics of…

Olympic Robo-Cams

I've been looking forward to the London Olympics practically since the Beijing games came to a close. The spectacle is unlike any other, and I love the beautiful images that come out of the TV coverage as well as the still photographer army covering the games. This year there will be a robotic addition to that photographic army, as two Reuters photographers are busily installing almost a dozen robotically controlled DSLRs into various venues around the city. Controlled remotely by computer, the cameras are positioned high above the action in each venue—places where human photographers could never go—and can be zoomed, panned, rotated and focused, all from a remote location. Read all about it on the Reuters blog, and look for their images in the coming weeks. Thanks to DP Review for pointing out this great story of what's sure to be another example of Olympic excellence.

http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2012/07/04/robo-cams-go-for-olympic-gold
DPMag
I've been looking forward to the London Olympics practically since the Beijing games came to a close. The spectacle is unlike any other, and I love the beautiful images that come out of the TV coverage as well as the still photographer army covering the games. This year there will…

Digital Photography 1 On 1

Just last week I mentioned some tremendous instructional videos for studio lighting techniques with a variety of light modifiers. That reminded me of another great series of instructional videos that are just right—neither too basic nor too advanced. The thing about these videos is that they're understandable to photographers of practically any skill level, but they're also not lacking in the technical information more advanced users will appreciate. Anyway, the series is called Digital Photography 1 on 1, and it's a really great place to look for assistance if you're trying to learn more about photography and lighting. They're the creation of photo educator Mark Wallace, who teaches workshops around the country, and there are literally hundreds of these great videos available on his Snapfactory YouTube channel. He's been uploading for more than five years, so you know he's no late comer to the video tutorial party; he's serious about this stuff and it shows. Check them out if you'd like to brush up on your skills, because no matter your experience you're sure to find something worthwhile in these tremendous videos.

http://www.youtube.com/user/snapfactory
DPMag
Just last week I mentioned some tremendous instructional videos for studio lighting techniques with a variety of light modifiers. That reminded me of another great series of instructional videos that are just right—neither too basic nor too advanced. The thing about these videos is that they're understandable to photographers of…

Iconify Online Portfolio

Are you sick of your digital portfolio not measuring up to the quality of your photos? Tired of having a site that works on the web but not on a mobile phone? Or maybe you just want to finally take full advantage of a tablet's portfolio possibilities? Well you might just want to sign up for the brand new service called Iconify. It looks to be a pretty darn useful app for iPhones, tablets and laptops to create a single, minimally beautiful photo portfolio that works seamlessly across all of these divergent platforms. It's currently in the beta testing phase, so you can sign up now to gain access to the service soon. I've already signed up myself and I'm eagerly awaiting admittance. (Click the link below to sign up for free and you'll help me get in sooner. Then you'll get your own URL to share in an effort; the more referrals you provide, the early you'll gain admittance for yourself. Pretty smart marketing; must be pretty smart folks. That bodes well for Iconify.) I can't wait to get my hands on their software!

http://iconify.co/launch?lrRef=q7iRd
DPMag
Are you sick of your digital portfolio not measuring up to the quality of your photos? Tired of having a site that works on the web but not on a mobile phone? Or maybe you just want to finally take full advantage of a tablet's portfolio possibilities? Well you might…

Lightroom In The Cloud

Earlier this year Adobe announced its Creative Cloud program which lets users opt to pay a monthly fee for access to many of Adobe's most powerful digital imaging applications—namely, Photoshop CS6—rather than shelling out larger sums to buy individual applications periodically. Creative Cloud users pay a monthly subscription fee in order to download fully functional versions of their favorite Adobe software. Until last week, though, one notable program was missing from the Creative Cloud. That's been remedied now with the addition of Lightroom 4 to the service. As the linchpin in my own digital workflow—and I'm sure that of many other photographers—Lightroom's inclusion in the Creative Cloud makes the prospect of signing up much more appealing. And if you use several Adobe programs such as Illustrator, Dreamweaver and Premier, it's practically a no brainer.

http://www.adobe.com/products/creativecloud.html
DPMag
Earlier this year Adobe announced its Creative Cloud program which lets users opt to pay a monthly fee for access to many of Adobe's most powerful digital imaging applications—namely, Photoshop CS6—rather than shelling out larger sums to buy individual applications periodically. Creative Cloud users pay a monthly subscription fee in…
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