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Classic Contact Sheets

Do you remember contact sheets? They were a function of film photography: you'd shoot a roll of film and make a contact print to help you determine which selects to make "real" enlargements from. Well Thames and Hudson publishers has released a book in conjunction with the Magnum photo agency, filled with famous contact sheets of iconic photographs. "Magnum Contact Sheets" is of interest to any fan of fine photography, or maybe for a news buff interested in seeing a little more context surrounding the creation of some world-famous photographs. But it should be especially of interest to photographers because perhaps no other artifact offers the same glimpse into a master's working process than to peruse his contact sheets. What frames did Cartier-Bresson make immediately before and after an iconic shot? How did he arrive at "the" shot? Perusing these classic—as well as some contemporary—contact sheets is not only an enjoyable read but it's a concise photographic education as well. Read more about it and purchase it direct from the Magnum web site.

http://agency.magnumphotos.com/Magnum-Contact-Sheets
Do you remember contact sheets? They were a function of film photography: you'd shoot a roll of film and make a contact print to help you determine which selects to make "real" enlargements from. Well Thames and Hudson publishers has released a book in conjunction with the Magnum photo agency,…

The Awesome Stuff at PMA

I love the DIY Photography blog, mostly because it's usually got great tips on hacks and homemade devices to make taking pictures better and more fun. But today they've got on their extra-fun hat, and they're behaving more like my favorite fun photo site, Photojojo. That's where I go to buy totally unique, fun and funny photo accessories. The DIY gang just returned from the PMA show (where all the newest and bestest photo stuff is announced) to compile a list of favorite items from the show floor. These are the types of projects that you wouldn't be surprised to learn were funded by Kickstarter, or where the exhibition booths are manned by the actual inventors of the products on display. There's some pretty cool stuff in here—from miniature rolling dollies for video to my personal favorite, the Swivl, which is a remote controlled camera operator. Don't worry photographers, it's not all about video. Take a look and see what you can expect to find on the shelves of your favorite photo retailers in the coming months—if you're lucky.

http://www.diyphotography.net/the-awesome-stuff-pma-per-me
I love the DIY Photography blog, mostly because it's usually got great tips on hacks and homemade devices to make taking pictures better and more fun. But today they've got on their extra-fun hat, and they're behaving more like my favorite fun photo site, Photojojo. That's where I go to…

Camerapedia

I recently bought a new camera. Well, it's a used camera but it's new to me. It's an old Polaroid 600 SE (the "Goose") and I did a decent amount of research prior to my purchase. The Internet certainly does make camera research easy, but there's one site in particular that can be immensely useful. It's called Camerapedia, and it's exactly what the name suggests: an encyclopedia of camera information. It's the perfect place to research old cameras and lenses, to learn things like which generation of a camera model included what features, or to distinguish subtleties of lens mounts and film formats and accessories—all of which can get you in trouble if you're purchasing a used camera and you don't know exactly what you're going to get. But even if you're uninterested in buying old cameras, Camerapedia comes in handy for researching brand new cameras too. In my opinion, though, it really shines at delivering hard-to-find, useful information about old cameras for collectors and the occasional odd purchaser who intends to shoot with his antique—like me.

http://camerapedia.wikia.com/wiki/Camerapedia
I recently bought a new camera. Well, it's a used camera but it's new to me. It's an old Polaroid 600 SE (the "Goose") and I did a decent amount of research prior to my purchase. The Internet certainly does make camera research easy, but there's one site in particular…

Colorized Classics

A friend just sent me a link to a story in the Huffington Post about an artist who colorized old photos. He was asking what I thought about the pictures and the concept behind them. They're causing a bit of controversy. Artist Sanna Dullaway has started a photo restoration and colorization business, and in an effort to show off her talents, drum up business and garner a bit of publicity—an act which has clearly worked—she colorized classic black & white photographs. One could construe this colorization as a bit of blasphemy—dramatically changing the look of iconic black & white images. But I don’t think they’re blasphemy; I think they’re great. The reason I love them also makes for proof positive of a photographic construct: because black and white is inherently abstract, and color automatically looks more "real," so therefore these newly colorized iconic images of iconic people we've never seen in color... Well, it just makes them more real and relatable, and it serves as a reminder that they really inhabited the same world we do. That's a wonderful realization, no matter how you come about it. See more of Sanna’s work at her post at 9gag.com.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/19/sanna-dullaways-colorized_n_1216072.html
http://9gag.com/mygrapefruit
A friend just sent me a link to a story in the Huffington Post about an artist who colorized old photos. He was asking what I thought about the pictures and the concept behind them. They're causing a bit of controversy. Artist Sanna Dullaway has started a photo restoration and…

Identifying Pirated Software

As a photographer, it's my belief that if I would like people to value my work and respect my copyright then I should darn well respect the intellectual property rights of others. That includes the music I listen to and the software I use. In short, I'm no fan of pirated software. But even if you have the best intentions, how can you really know if the software you think is legitimate is actually a pirated copy? Well just the other day I stumbled across this post from web design site We Rock Your Web, which lays out a few simple steps for determining if a prospective copy of Adobe Photoshop is pirated—as well as a few alternatives (in lieu of outright theft) if you find the price of Photoshop prohibitive. That led me to dig a little deeper, until I found a page from Microsoft designed to help its customers determine the validity of their products as well. Advice such as "inspect the certificate of authenticity" and "activate the software" may be pretty simple, but they're effective, too, and need to be said. The best advice, I think, calls for a little bit of common sense: if the deal is too good to be true, it probably is.

http://www.werockyourweb.com/how-identify-pirated-versions-adobe-photoshop
http://www.microsoft.com/piracy
DPMag
As a photographer, it's my belief that if I would like people to value my work and respect my copyright then I should darn well respect the intellectual property rights of others. That includes the music I listen to and the software I use. In short, I'm no fan of…

The Weegee Map

I've always been a fan of photographer Arthur Fellig, better known as Weegee, the man whose nom de plume is synonymous with New York crime scene photography in the 1930s and 40s. Weegee defined the genre, creating art out of havoc. Unsavory, sure, but also brilliant commentary and surprisingly astute. In many ways, Weegee represented New York. So it's no surprise that the new "Weegee: Murder Is My Business," exhibition at the International Center of Photography is as much about a bygone New York era as it is about the photographer himself. ICP has been home to Weegee's archive for almost 20 years, and so there's a lot of great material in the Manhattan museum as well as its online counterpart, but perhaps nothing is more interesting than the interactive Google map—pointed out by the great aCurator web site—which highlights important landmarks from Weegee's life on the island. From his living quarters to the sites of some of his most famous images, the map, notes and associated street views are a treat—a really unique way to understand where and how he worked, and just how intertwined his photography was with the city of New York.

http://www.acurator.com/blog/2012/01/weegee-map-update.html
DPMag
I've always been a fan of photographer Arthur Fellig, better known as Weegee, the man whose nom de plume is synonymous with New York crime scene photography in the 1930s and 40s. Weegee defined the genre, creating art out of havoc. Unsavory, sure, but also brilliant commentary and surprisingly astute.…
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