Documenting The Death Of Film

Canadian photographer Robert Burley has been working with film throughout his long photographic career. And lately he has even used the stuff to document the demise of film itself. His photographs depict the end of an era, when film was used to record every event in history and the thought of it ever disappearing was plainly preposterous. That has now given way to digital technologies, but as Burley says in this interview on the CNN photo blog, yesterday's technology is tomorrow's next art form. I have so many sad feelings about the death of film. In a way, photography used to be more special, and it was at least in part due to the mysteries of film and chemistry. At one point early in my career I got to be a little more of a scientist. Today I'm much more of a computer programmer. I didn't want to be a computer programmer. Alas, the world is changing. See more of Burley's tremendous photographs at CNN's photo blog. 

http://cnnphotos.blogs.cnn.com/2012/11/05/the-death-of-film
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Canadian photographer Robert Burley has been working with film throughout his long photographic career. And lately he has even used the stuff to document the demise of film itself. His photographs depict the end of an era, when film was used to record every event in history and the thought…

Manhattan From Above

Yesterday I mentioned a collection of great photographs of the aftermath of hurricane Sandy, but unfortunately that collection left this one out—and this may be the best of them all. It's by photographer Iwan Baan, and it graced the cover of New York magazine for obvious reasons. This is a great photograph. Not just because it is, quite obviously, a beautiful composition that tells a tremendous story in the blink of an eye. But it's also great because of how it was made. It's momentous, really. It's indicative of a type of photograph that can be made today, thanks to technological innovation, which simply could not have been made ten years ago. I've said it before and I'll say it again: high ISOs are the real cutting edge of innovation in digital capture. And this photographer's ability to shoot at ISO 25,000 and produce not only a USABLE full-page printed image, but a BEAUTIFUL full-page printed image, is as much testament as you'll ever need to believe that technology is fundamentally changing photography. And in many ways, it's for the better. Bravo to Mr. Baan, the photographer who made this tremendous image look so easy. Read more at Poynter.org.

http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/mediawire/194225/architecture-photographer-explains-how-he-got-that-new-york-magazine-cover-shot/
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Yesterday I mentioned a collection of great photographs of the aftermath of hurricane Sandy, but unfortunately that collection left this one out—and this may be the best of them all. It's by photographer Iwan Baan, and it graced the cover of New York magazine for obvious reasons. This is a…

Picturing Sandy's Aftermath

Hurricane Sandy was obviously a huge disaster that people in the Northeast are fighting their way out of. But even now, almost two weeks after the hurricane wreaked havoc on one of the most populous areas of the country, I don't feel like I have a real understanding of the damage. That changed, though, when a friend linked to the Big Picture blog from Boston.com, which always does a great job curating news photography. And it was through this site and its photographs that I felt like I started to gain a real, meaningful understanding of the damage—and the plight of the people forced to deal with it firsthand.

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2012/10/hurricane_sandy_the_superstorm.html
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Hurricane Sandy was obviously a huge disaster that people in the Northeast are fighting their way out of. But even now, almost two weeks after the hurricane wreaked havoc on one of the most populous areas of the country, I don't feel like I have a real understanding of the…

A Look Inside The Internet

It really is a series of tubes! The Internet, that is. And I've confirmed this because Google recently released the first-ever photos from inside one of its massive data centers. As the Colossal blog put it, "This is where the internet lives." Not only is it cool to get a glimpse inside the innermost workings of the Google machine, the photographs themselves are pretty stellar. The photographer is Connie Zhou, and she's definitely done justice to this tremendous and unique subject. It's a must see.

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2012/10/where-the-internet-lives-the-first-ever-glimpse-inside-googles-data-centers/
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It really is a series of tubes! The Internet, that is. And I've confirmed this because Google recently released the first-ever photos from inside one of its massive data centers. As the Colossal blog put it, "This is where the internet lives." Not only is it cool to get a…

Getting Beyond ETTR

You've heard for years about ETTR (expose to the right) meaning to slightly overexpose digital files for maximum image detail and quality. And recently you may have heard more about doing the opposite—underexposing to maximize detail and image quality. Well this article by John Paul Caponigro at our sister publication, Digital Photo Pro, will help you understand exactly what's what when it comes to exposing digital image files for maximum quality. It's not that ETTR is wrong, it's just that it's not always right. Here's how to tell the difference.

http://www.digitalphotopro.com/technique/revolution/beyond-ettr-and-hdr.html
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You've heard for years about ETTR (expose to the right) meaning to slightly overexpose digital files for maximum image detail and quality. And recently you may have heard more about doing the opposite—underexposing to maximize detail and image quality. Well this article by John Paul Caponigro at our sister publication,…

Lightroom 4 Speedy Workaround

I was recently shooting all sorts of portraits—like, thousands of exposures—over the course of three days for a great client who was leaving town immediately following wrap on the third day. The client wanted to take low-resolution proof JPEGs with them, and so I set Lightroom 4 to processing the first set of 1200 raw files. It took just short of forever. So I started Googling and found a tip in a Lightroom forum—a great tip, in fact, that saved the day. If you break a single batch process of say 1000 images exporting into three batches of 333 simultaneously exporting, they will export significantly FASTER in total. Like 25 to 30 percent faster. It's because Lightroom 4 is built to not use up all of a computer's processing power during import and export—meaning it can do multiple batches faster than a single one. Here's an article at CNet that explains the particulars of how and why this happens, but trust me—it works!

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13580_3-10287142-39.html
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I was recently shooting all sorts of portraits—like, thousands of exposures—over the course of three days for a great client who was leaving town immediately following wrap on the third day. The client wanted to take low-resolution proof JPEGs with them, and so I set Lightroom 4 to processing the…
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