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
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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…

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…
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