Abraham Lincoln In Color

No, it's not some rare technological marvel that's been recently unearthed. These photographs of President Lincoln have been colorized digitally by artist Sanna Dullaway, who was commissioned by Time magazine for the project. It's amazing how removing the abstraction of black & white entirely changes the feel of these photographs. Abraham Lincoln seems somehow more relatable, more human, more real. And I suppose that was the point—humanizing the man who was perhaps our most collectively beloved president. I've mentioned Ms. Dullaway's work before on this blog, but this project really is a cut above. Check it out at the Time Lightbox photo blog.

http://lightbox.time.com/2012/10/25/a-vibrant-past-colorizing-the-archives-of-history/#11
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No, it's not some rare technological marvel that's been recently unearthed. These photographs of President Lincoln have been colorized digitally by artist Sanna Dullaway, who was commissioned by Time magazine for the project. It's amazing how removing the abstraction of black & white entirely changes the feel of these photographs.…

The Ideas That Changed Photography

I love the Brain Pickings blog. Its daily delivery of very interesting and creative articles from throughout history, as well as the best of what's happening today, is one of my favorite places on the Internet. And today's post is an example of why. The review and examination of the book 100 Ideas That Changed Photography not only provides a great, in-depth look inside this book, but in itself it also becomes a valuable bit of text for understanding the medium. So, for those of you who haven't already, put Brain Pickings in your reader. Now, on to the book. 100 Ideas That Changed Photography is the latest in a series about "great ideas" in various arts: Graphic Design, Film, Architecture, and so on. What a great place to start really exploring for a better understanding of the history of the medium. In terms of content, the book is illustrated with tremendous and iconic photographs, filled with historic images and quotes, and generally provides an exceptional in-depth look at photography's almost 200-year history. It's sure to be a hit with any fan of the history of photography, and even for new photographers who've never heard of film.

http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/10/24/100-ideas-that-changed-photography
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I love the Brain Pickings blog. Its daily delivery of very interesting and creative articles from throughout history, as well as the best of what's happening today, is one of my favorite places on the Internet. And today's post is an example of why. The review and examination of the…

Microsoft's Surface For Photographers

Microsoft launched its new Surface tablet device last week, to all sorts of fanfare and generally positive reviews. It's less expensive than the iPad, and has a cover that becomes a keyboard to make the thing behave more like a laptop. Though it's currently only got a tiny fraction of the apps of the iTunes store, the future may be promising for the surface—especially for photographers. With a built in memory card slot and USB 2.0 plug, you can use the Surface like a portable hard drive, a device to which you can (theoretically) tether your camera, or simply a display that allows you to easily swap photos from device to device. I'll be curious to see what smart things industrious photographers come up with when they start getting their hands on this new device. Stay tuned…

http://connect.dpreview.com/post/6991506634/microsoft-surface-tablet
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Microsoft launched its new Surface tablet device last week, to all sorts of fanfare and generally positive reviews. It's less expensive than the iPad, and has a cover that becomes a keyboard to make the thing behave more like a laptop. Though it's currently only got a tiny fraction of…

Gauge Your Personal Color Fidelity

I have a deep, dark photographer secret: I'm color blind. What it means is not that I can't see color, or that I see the world in black & white, but rather that my eyes (or maybe it's my brain) don't do a good job of discerning certain colors--like reds and greens, especially. This color blindness only became a problem when, as a photo major in college I took a class about the Color Darkroom. The nature of color printing--really, even to this day--is to determine whether a photograph is deficient in a certain color, or contains too much of a color. Get the perfect color balance and you'll have a "neutral" photograph without any strange tints. This is, needless to say, very difficult for us color blind photographers. I've never been able to quantify just how color blind I am, however, until I stumbled across this online utility from X-rite. It's a little bit of fun to figure out where your color vision deficiencies lay by arranging various colored hues on a continuum. I scored just about in the middle, a 46. Which is better than I thought it would be, in fact, because I couldn't name a single one of the colors I was looking at. (And it was even better than my non-color-blind wife! Victory!) It's finally a bit of proof that I really can see colors, I just can't name them. It's a weird thing to be a color blind photographer. Even if you're not, though, you may get a kick out of this utility anyway. It's good to gauge your visual acuity.

http://www.xrite.com/custom_page.aspx?pageid=77&lang=en
DPMag
I have a deep, dark photographer secret: I'm color blind. What it means is not that I can't see color, or that I see the world in black & white, but rather that my eyes (or maybe it's my brain) don't do a good job of discerning certain colors--like reds…

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…
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