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Underwater Genius

As far as I'm concerned, David Doubilet sets the standard for underwater photography. I first learned of him via his book, Water, Light, Time, which was published more than a decade ago. It's a stunning book, and at the time when it came out I had literally never seen underwater photography that looked anything like that. Doubilet was, and clearly still is, ahead of his time. The New York Times lens blog recently published a collection of his work along with a brief interview with Mr. Doubilet that brought up a couple of issues that I'd never really considered before—namely, that underwater photographers are shooting digitally these days. I guess it makes perfect sense, but I just had never really considered all of the challenges and benefits of taking one of these supercomputers we call cameras below the surface of the sea. The benefits make perfect sense, too: increased light sensitivity, sharpness and color rendition that allow the photographer to make pictures better than ever before. And that means Doubilet can really create images of undersea life that are especially mind-blowing. Check out the gallery and interview at http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/25/photos-that-move-and-flow-underwater, and then do whatever you can to get your hands on that stunning book that introduced me to Mr. Doubilet's genius.
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As far as I'm concerned, David Doubilet sets the standard for underwater photography. I first learned of him via his book, Water, Light, Time, which was published more than a decade ago. It's a stunning book, and at the time when it came out I had literally never seen underwater…

Astro-Twitter

U.S. astronaut Soichi Noguchi has a twitter account. Sometimes he shares pictures. This glimpse into the life of an astronaut is very cool, as you might imagine. Oh, did I forget to mention that Mr. Noguchi is tweeting pictures that were made while aboard the International Space Station, orbiting miles above the earth? Yeah, that changes the dynamic a little bit. Astronaut Noguchi tweets photos from space walks and events aboard the space station, many of them originally captured by Italian astronaut counterpart Paolo Nespoli. Follow Astronaut Noguchi's feed at https://twitter.com/#!/@Astro_Soichi and then maybe reconsider your next tweet about what you had for lunch!
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U.S. astronaut Soichi Noguchi has a twitter account. Sometimes he shares pictures. This glimpse into the life of an astronaut is very cool, as you might imagine. Oh, did I forget to mention that Mr. Noguchi is tweeting pictures that were made while aboard the International Space Station, orbiting miles…

Adobe Creative Cloud

Along with the newest version of Photoshop, CS6, that Adobe recently announced, it also introduced us to a new service known as the Adobe Creative Cloud. For a monthly subscription fee you can have unlimited access not only to Photoshop, but to Premiere and Dreamweaver and 23 other fully functional Adobe Creative Suite products. And these programs aren't accessed from some server online: they're fully functional programs that you download to your computer, just like users who pay a one-time licensing fee do. So for anyone who thinks of the high price of Photoshop as a preventative reason for not installing the industry standard software (especially if you're unsure whether you'll really take to the program itself) now you can try it out on a month-to-month basis and avoid the big one-time payment. And for those who always want to upgrade but don't love the cost, this approach could make sense for you too. Best of all, rather than waiting for new features to be released in new versions of the software, The Creative Cloud will allow Adobe to implement new features via updates, affording you early access to the best new bits of programming. It's a brilliant idea, and one that I'm sure is going to bring Photoshop to an even wider audience of photographers. Add to it features like extra cloud storage, syncing and collaboration and Adobe Creative Cloud becomes a really intriguing option. Check out what Photoshop guru Scott Kelby thinks of the program after he got hands on demo straight from the folks from Adobe.

http://scottkelby.com/2012/my-adobe-creative-cloud-quick-qa/
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Along with the newest version of Photoshop, CS6, that Adobe recently announced, it also introduced us to a new service known as the Adobe Creative Cloud. For a monthly subscription fee you can have unlimited access not only to Photoshop, but to Premiere and Dreamweaver and 23 other fully functional…

Proposed Changes To The Cost Of Copyright

As a professional photographer, copyright is an extremely important topic to me. And it should be important to you, too—as well as for every photographer, artist and musician. Which is why it's a bit concerning that the US Copyright Office has proposed to increase the fees for registering photographic works from $35 to $65. You don't need to be a math whiz to see that it's almost double the cost. Many consider the process expensive enough already, which makes it somewhat preventative if you're on a real budget, but almost doubling the cost is definitely going to keep a lot of photographers from registering their works. This is why the Advertising Photographers of America have raised some red flags about the proposed change, and they're asking photographers who have a stake in the game to let their voices be heard at the Copyright Office via an online form. Take a look at the proposed revisions via the A Photo Editor site, and then if you feel strongly that the cost to register your photographs should not increase, let the Copyright Office know why.

http://www.aphotoeditor.com/2012/04/30/new-fees-proposed-for-copyright-registration/
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As a professional photographer, copyright is an extremely important topic to me. And it should be important to you, too—as well as for every photographer, artist and musician. Which is why it's a bit concerning that the US Copyright Office has proposed to increase the fees for registering photographic works…

Find Your Favorite Feature Of Photoshop CS6

Adobe announced its newest version of Photoshop a couple of weeks ago, and it didn't take long for the photoblogosphere to respond with a veritable treasure-trove of how-to videos explaining awesome new features and techniques made possible by the software. So here I present to you a one-stop shop for almost two dozen videos of cool new features in Photoshop CS6, courtesy of the fine folks at DPS. Head over there for an in-depth look at the new software, and you can formulate what constitutes your favorite features of CS6 for yourself.

http://digital-photography-school.com/23-cool-new-features-in-adobe-photoshop-cs6
Adobe announced its newest version of Photoshop a couple of weeks ago, and it didn't take long for the photoblogosphere to respond with a veritable treasure-trove of how-to videos explaining awesome new features and techniques made possible by the software. So here I present to you a one-stop shop for…

Photos Of The Titanic, From The Titanic

I've had a busy month, so please forgive me for failing to mention the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. I'd made note of it, of course, because I had stumbled across this fabulous collection of photographs of the doomed ship and wanted to be sure to point them out to you. (While I'm at it, Mike Johnston of the Online Photographer blog linked to a tremendous account of the sinking of the Titanic, written by someone who had been on the boat. It was phenomenal, and explained the experience of the sinking of the ship to me in a way no big budget movie or even photographic account ever quite has. It's worth a look; head over to Mike's site to search it out.) Time Magazine's Lightbox blog features photographs by amateur photographer Father Francis Browne, who sailed on the Titanic's maiden voyage from the Southampton to its first stop in Ireland. There he was called back to his station, so Browne disembarked, which ultimately saved his life. He thankfully brought with him a collection of photographs he'd made on board the ship in its first days at sea, and they remain the only images from the Titanic itself that have survived. Today they offer a tremendous glimpse into this mysterious bit of history, and a fitting way to commemorate the centennial of the great American tragedy.

http://lightbox.time.com/2012/04/04/titanic/#1
I've had a busy month, so please forgive me for failing to mention the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. I'd made note of it, of course, because I had stumbled across this fabulous collection of photographs of the doomed ship and wanted to be sure to point…
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