Simple Color Management

Leave it to John Paul Caponigro to craft a really great blog post that simplifies a complex digital imaging issue. This topic is color management—something I know all about, as I have fought with it since I first put my pictures on a computer in the 1990s. (Actually, that's not quite true. I messed around for a decade before I started to learn the importance of color management.) Anyway, Mr. Caponigro's post is a simple one: Six things you can do to ensure you've got good color management. Calibrate your monitor, make sure Photoshop's settings are working for you, and generally do these simple things that will help preserve good quality color control throughout your digital workflow. And do it now. No need to wait for a decade to go by before you learn the importance of color management too.

http://www.johnpaulcaponigro.com/blog/5923/6-simple-steps-to-good-color-management-2
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Leave it to John Paul Caponigro to craft a really great blog post that simplifies a complex digital imaging issue. This topic is color management—something I know all about, as I have fought with it since I first put my pictures on a computer in the 1990s. (Actually, that's not…

Cover Your Eyepiece

This could be the reason your photos are coming out dark: light is entering the camera from the back. Precisely, it's entering through the viewfinder and messing with the camera's ability to accurately read TTL light levels. Ever notice that little viewfinder cover that's probably attached to your camera strap? I didn't think so. Well Peter West Carey at Digital Photography School did notice it, and he's put it to good use to help prevent erroneous light from affecting his photos. You don't have to use this little device to eliminate light from the viewfinder, you can also use your hand, or your eye, or just about anything else to block light from leaking in while the camera is calculating exposures. Read all about how and why this works at Peter's great DPS blog post.

http://www.digital-photography-school.com/cover-your-eyepiece
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This could be the reason your photos are coming out dark: light is entering the camera from the back. Precisely, it's entering through the viewfinder and messing with the camera's ability to accurately read TTL light levels. Ever notice that little viewfinder cover that's probably attached to your camera strap?…

How To Be A CSI Photographer

Here's an interesting "how-to" story for you: How to be a real life CSI photographer. That's right, crime scene photography. Maybe it's not something to which the average photo enthusiast is aspiring, but it's an interesting story nonetheless. When you stop and consider all of the professions in which photography is essential, you realize there's a whole world beyond those of us who shoot for fun. The Pixiq blog's Haje Jan Kamps recently published an interesting interview with a photographer whose day job, and sometimes night job, is being a real life crime scene photographer. It's an interesting glimpse into the workings of a photographer who is likely to be having not nearly as much fun with his camera as the rest of us.

http://www.pixiq.com/article/csi
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Here's an interesting "how-to" story for you: How to be a real life CSI photographer. That's right, crime scene photography. Maybe it's not something to which the average photo enthusiast is aspiring, but it's an interesting story nonetheless. When you stop and consider all of the professions in which photography…

The Next RAW?

When I first heard about RAW digital capture, the claims seemed astronomical. You could shoot pictures and then adjust the exposure after the picture was made? That seemed preposterous. And now it seems like an integral part of my daily workflow. Well hopefully the same will hold true for this fancy new technology from a company called Lytro. It allows photographers to take pictures now and then focus later. That's right, shoot first, then focus after the picture is made. According to this New York Times story the technology is legit, and involves using microlenses to capture images at multiple angles and, presumably, multiple focal points. The potential impact is, quite obviously, huge. What if one day in the future you can adjust, along with exposure and white balance, focus after capture? The company has plans for a consumer-level point-and-shoot, which they're working to get into production right now. One benefit that hadn't occurred to me but which seems really great? Because the camera doesn't need to autofocus there's no shutter lag, so you miss fewer moments. That alone is huge. I can't wait to see how—if and when—this pans out.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/22/technology/22camera.html?pagewanted=2&_r=1
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When I first heard about RAW digital capture, the claims seemed astronomical. You could shoot pictures and then adjust the exposure after the picture was made? That seemed preposterous. And now it seems like an integral part of my daily workflow. Well hopefully the same will hold true for this…

Paul Nicklen’s Narwhals

This post comes courtesy of a link from the Kateoplis Tumblr page—which is a Tumblr I highly recommend if you're interested in gathering links to great photos and interesting tidbits from the art, fashion and photographic communities. She recently linked to a National Geographic story about Narwhal hunting in Arctic ice floes by Paul Nicklen. Nicklen is an amazing photographer, and this series—which is definitely a bit disturbing due to fairly graphic images of the animals hunted and butchered—is enlightening and moving. A must read for fans of the work of Mr. Nicklen, and for those who are simply concerned about the plight of the arctic and its inhabitants, both man and animal.
http://kateoplis.tumblr.com/post/6514054236/paul-nicklen
Photograph by Paul Nicklen
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This post comes courtesy of a link from the Kateoplis Tumblr page—which is a Tumblr I highly recommend if you're interested in gathering links to great photos and interesting tidbits from the art, fashion and photographic communities. She recently linked to a National Geographic story about Narwhal hunting in Arctic…

A Wealth Of Photo Resources, All On Video

John Paul Caponigro recently filled his normally very interesting blog with a whole bunch of videos about another photographer. That photographer is Ansel Adams, and the YouTube clips are definitely worth watching. But what really blew me away about this post was what it led me to: a couple of great video discoveries, caches of photography videos collected online. First is the super-secret (or so it would appear) stash of videos hidden away on John Paul Caponigro's site. A simple text page that looks like it might be a mistake turns out to contain links to videos from forty-some world-class photographers. The second great group of videos actually comes from the YouTube page where Mr. Caponigro found all those great Ansel Adams videos. It's Tom Johnston's ZoneIII YouTube channel, and it's packed with dozens of photo-related videos—interviews with photographers, videos of their workflows and how-to videos made by Mr. Johnston himself illustrating photographic and darkroom techniques. Between these two caches of videos you can pretty much learn whatever you want about photography from whomever you'd like, and you won't run out of videos to watch any time soon.

http://www.johnpaulcaponigro.com/blog/5713/ansel-adams-video/
http://www.johnpaulcaponigro.com/downloads/creativity/creativity-photographers.php
http://www.youtube.com/user/ZoneIII
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John Paul Caponigro recently filled his normally very interesting blog with a whole bunch of videos about another photographer. That photographer is Ansel Adams, and the YouTube clips are definitely worth watching. But what really blew me away about this post was what it led me to: a couple of…
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