Stop Corruption

I hesitate to say that I haven't encountered a corrupt Compact Flash card in quite a while for fear that I'll jinx myself. But it's the truth: I haven't suffered this peculiar problem in quite a while. So now I'm sure to be jinxed. While memory cards are a popular source of file corruption, they aren't the only possibility. This article--actually, a Q & A between reader and expert--on The Online Photographer blog illustrate a great approach to dealing with corrupt image files. Namely, you better lock that stuff down immediately. Corruption can come from bad drives, bad backup drives, loose cables, or really any number of hardware failings. The point, of course, is that this is something not to fool around with. The moment you discover a glitch in your system--a few funky files that just won't open right--you need to take care of diagnosing and repairing the problem immediately. Start here, and be prepared if this problem arises to nip it in the bud. 

http://theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/the_online_photographer/2012/10/catch-that-corruption.html
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I hesitate to say that I haven't encountered a corrupt Compact Flash card in quite a while for fear that I'll jinx myself. But it's the truth: I haven't suffered this peculiar problem in quite a while. So now I'm sure to be jinxed. While memory cards are a popular…

Buy Used At KEH

The last thing I need is one more obsolete (or at the very least, obscure) film camera. Yet I still can't help myself from perusing the virtual aisles at KEH Camera. A recent jaunt through the site reminded me about what an excellent resource it is for purchasing used cameras. Sure you can always use Craigslist and eBay, and even get great results. But KEH should be the first stop on anyone's used camera shopping list because their prices are fair, the quality is guaranteed, and they'll even buy your used cameras to help you fund your next purchase. It's a one-stop shop for those of you who, like me, just can't help yourself when it comes to film cameras.

http://www.keh.com/?gclid=CM6YpuPv_LICFQz0nAodk2UAgw
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The last thing I need is one more obsolete (or at the very least, obscure) film camera. Yet I still can't help myself from perusing the virtual aisles at KEH Camera. A recent jaunt through the site reminded me about what an excellent resource it is for purchasing used cameras.…

Wry Watermarks

I'm just going to come right out and say it: I hate big, bold watermarks on photographs. In my opinion, if you're that concerned about your photos being stolen, just don't publish them online. I understand there's a fine line between subtle protection and garish, gaudy ruination of photographs with big, bold watermarks. So I got quite a chuckle when I stumbled upon this art project via Wired's Raw File photo blog. Kip Praslowicz created outlandish watermarks for some of the world's most famous photographers. Not only does it indict the poor taste of some photographers and their watermarking predilections, but it also does a pretty good job with tongue-in-cheek commentary about some of the world's most famous photographers.

http://www.wired.com/rawfile/2012/10/summing-great-photographers-up-by-imagining-their-watermarks/?pid=3943&viewall=true 
DPMag
I'm just going to come right out and say it: I hate big, bold watermarks on photographs. In my opinion, if you're that concerned about your photos being stolen, just don't publish them online. I understand there's a fine line between subtle protection and garish, gaudy ruination of photographs with…

Double Photographers, Double Exposures

You might not expect a business blog to be a great resource for creative photography, but in fact Fast Company's design blog is a great place to find all sorts of creative work. To wit, the recent piece on "dueling photographers" who make double exposures on the same roll of film. It's a tremendously creative project, in which two different photographers expose the same roll of film, and serendipitously create gorgeous double exposure photographs. It reminded me of some partner projects I've done with other photographers over the years. Working with another photographer is a great way not only to boost your output, but to get you thinking more creatively as well. Whether that's giving each other weekly self-assignments, offering open and honest critiques of one another's work, or swapping a roll of film on which both of you will shoot. There's lots of value in working with another photographer to improve your own photography. 

http://www.fastcodesign.com/1670891/dueling-photogs-share-the-same-roll-of-film#3
DPMag
You might not expect a business blog to be a great resource for creative photography, but in fact Fast Company's design blog is a great place to find all sorts of creative work. To wit, the recent piece on "dueling photographers" who make double exposures on the same roll of…

Stunningly Beautiful And Creative Landscape Photos

This is both beautiful and brilliant. No, I'm not talking about myself (although I do confess I am a gorgeous genius), I'm talking about these photographs of Joshua Tree National Park by the apparently genius photographer Daniel Kukla. He places large mirrors on easels, strategically located to produce reflections of stunning desert landscapes, and then he photographs the whole rig. It's very meta, very smart, and very beautiful. And it's "about" photography in a way that I just find to be absolutely irresistible.

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2012/10/mirrors-on-easels-create-the-illusion-of-desert-landscape-paintings-in-californias-joshua-tree-national-park
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This is both beautiful and brilliant. No, I'm not talking about myself (although I do confess I am a gorgeous genius), I'm talking about these photographs of Joshua Tree National Park by the apparently genius photographer Daniel Kukla. He places large mirrors on easels, strategically located to produce reflections of…

Video ISO Advice

Here's an interesting little factoid I stumbled across the other day: Did you know that there's an ideal ISO at which to shoot video on a Canon EOS 5D camera? The information came courtesy of Vincent Laforet (who is known for being a DSLR video expert) who blogged this quite a while ago, but I guess I'm late to the game on this one. Anyway, here it is: when shooting video on the 5D Mark 2 or Mark 3, be sure to set the ISO to multiples of 160—such as 160, 320, 640, and so on. This is because of the native ISO of the cameras' sensors, and in practice it means the cameras can actually produce cleaner, lower-noise video files at ISO 320 than it can at ISO 200, better looking files at ISO 640 than at ISO 400. It's a pretty remarkable accomplishment when you think about it. So if you shoot one of these cameras, try those multiples and see what you think. If you're not a 5D video shooter, do a bit of testing of your own camera to determine your own camera's ISO sweet spot. And if you're interesting in learning more about D-SLR video—or video in general, for that matter—Laforet's blog is a great place to start.

http://blog.vincentlaforet.com/2011/04/29/technicolor-cinestyle-profile-available-for-canon-5dmkii/
DPMag
Here's an interesting little factoid I stumbled across the other day: Did you know that there's an ideal ISO at which to shoot video on a Canon EOS 5D camera? The information came courtesy of Vincent Laforet (who is known for being a DSLR video expert) who blogged this quite…
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