I spend a lot of time reading on the Internet and I've found some
very interesting information. Every so often I'll add a new link
pointing to something that I've found fascinating or useful.
April 29, 2014
Yes, it's been that long since I've updated this site. Just testing out some new web editing software as I've now migraged to a Mac.
Check out the CamRanger remote for your camera (Canon or Nikon).
Want to dress up your camera? Lots of smaller point and shoots could use a little extra grip. How about that old SLR where the leather (or faux leather) is worn out. Check out Camera Leather!
May 13 (2010)
One of my favorite comic strips - What the Duck - has just announced their own camera strap. Turns out the vendor will also make a custom strap for you! Check out HiKEY Camera Straps.
Some of the newer cameras allow the user to micro adjust the automatic focusing in the camera. There are even several products out there to help you amoung them the LensAlign from RawWorkflow.com. If you don't want to spend the $79 to $179 for this solution, there are several free methods discussed in an article from Northlight Images.
George DeWolfe has been a photographer since 1964 and holds an MFA in Photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He studied with Ansel Adams and Minor White in the 1970s, and studied Perception with Dr. Richard Zakia. George has released a new plugin for use with black & white photographs dubbed "PercepTool". Said to be based on some 30 years of research and development, PercepTool is designed to adjust the look of images, mimicking the processing of the human brain. The idea behind the tool originated in a 1978 essay published by Dr. Edwin H. Land, co-founder of the company which later became Polaroid Corp.
I've often thought that it would be fun to play with a view camera but all that film developing would be a problem. How about attaching a DSLR to the back of a view camera?
January 18, 2009
Looking for manual for that old camera? Mike Butkus Jr. has made a hobby out of collecting, scanning and then posting them! At last count he had over 2,500 manuals online. All he asks is a $3 donation per manual.
Ning - social networking or just creating your own web page. Very easy and free.
Not photo related but timely: FactCheck.org
Real information and all sides of the story.
Dispair, Inc. - dedicated to the relentless pursuit of dejection. If you've ever seen the motivational posters, then these are the opposite. As they say on the site - motivational posters don't work and our demotivational posters don't work even better. And if you don't like their posters then you can create your own. Also check out the t-shirts.
Ever want to calibrate the color on your monitor but didn't want to buy a colorimeter? Check out Calibrize - a free program to do just that. It's similar to the Adobe gamma program in how it operates but is very easy to use and doesn't require a background driver. Far better than nothing at all but not as good as a hardware system. Also on the Calibrize site is a very nice primer on color, color spaces and color management.
If you like interesting fonts for Photoshop check out dafont.com. Free and easy to install.
This has nothing whatsoever to do with photography other than the fact that I know the person that runs this site and they are a part-time photographer. If you are dating or have ever had horrible dating experiences, then check out ManSpam. Meant for the ladies but a good place for the guys to see where the competition is missing the boat. Hopefully you won't recognize yourself anywhere on the site!
MaxMax - these guys remove anti-alias and infrared filters from cameras. Amazing sharpness and color with the anti-alias filter removed but you'll get moire patterns in some cases.
1 this one isn't photography related but when I watched it I was laughing so hard I was crying. Called Animator vs. Animation it's a bit of animation that's worth your time to watch. Be sure to press 'Play' twice.
Welcome back! Another good one via TOP - Livelygrey.com - "Trying to make sense of color..." Enjoy the color 'games' as well.
If you shoot anything that's at somewhat of a wide angle, then check out PTLens. Good and very inexpensive software to correct distortions in the lens and image.
As part of the photography club I'm in we have monthly competitions and I need to mount and mat a lot of prints. I've developed a spreadsheet to help me calculate the settings on my mat cutter but Giorgio Trucco has developed a free application to do the same: Matworks!
I've been know to shoot a few houses and only recently did I run across a great site devoted to Real Estate Photography: Photography For Real Estate
A friend recently sent me a link to an image that he was submitting for review. I liked the image but what really grabbed me was where it was - up on JPG Magazine. I liked it so much I've subscribed the the print version and the first issue is wonderful. Mostly images and very little advertising (and no 'blow') there are also a couple of good articles. Good stuff for inspiration and learning.
From Photoshop Insider - Christiane Beaulieu shows after and before shots. It's nice to see what some of the really good stuff looked like straight out of the camera.
The Strobist strikes again: Photographer Scott Smith has a neat website that takes the idea of the typical web portfolio and kicks it up a notch by adding lighting diagrams and how-to blurbs to many of the photos. It's well worth clicking around a little.
January 7, 2007
The US government has comissioned a lot of photography over the years and some of it is available to the general public from the Library of Congress website - specifically the Prints and Photography Reading Room. How would you like to download a .tif file of a high resolution scan (55Mbytes) of Dorothea Lange's "Migrant Mother"? Amazing stuff up there.
Via T.O.P. - National Geographic has a great article on "Five ways to use the Web—the world's largest photo gallery—to help you become a better photographer." A very good read and lots of resources some of which are my favorites. I think that I might have found a few new ones!
The Strobist - an interesting blog for useres of dedicated flash units with lots of good stuff. They even have the way to tighten up the loose hotshoe on a Canon 20D. Wish I'd have found this site before I had to figure that one out on my own.
I just found out about this site, went there last night, I have to say--it's a really nice resource (and community) for users of dedicated flash units. Lots of good info, nice articles, and tips on using flash. Definitely worth visiting if you're into flash and want tips on getting better results.Copyright 2006 Scott Kelby
December 7 - Pearl Harbor Day
If you check down the list you'll find a link to a giga-pixel picture. As these things go there are now larger pictures out there. How about 3.8G? Check out xRez for some amazing pictures and more importantly a viewer to look at them!
Lightroom from Adobe is becoming very popular. If you'd like some assistance learning more about it check out Adobe Lightroom Killer Tips.
Found an interesint site that's all about computer hardware and included is an interesting performance benchmark using Photoshop as the test application. See how fast your computer runs PS at DriverHeaven.net
Not exactly photography, but you have to be a photographer of sorts to understand What The Duck. Artist Aaron Johnson, who bills himself as "40% photographer, 60% Photoshopper," has developed a Dilbert-style comic strip with a photography focus. Called What the Duck, the first strip was posted in July 2006 and follows the exploits of, well, picture-taking ducks.
A related sit to What the Duck is That's My Monkey - a place for digital photographers of all skill levels to hang out and share ideas about shooting better and
smarter. The monkey has been working hard to bring you handy
Photoshop actions, informative articles and lots of other stuff.
Last night at the Photo Venture Camera Club meeting we had a presentation on depth of field. I enjoyed the presentation and resolved to see if there was a program out there for my PDA (Windows version) that I could use in the field to calculate DOF. What I found was not only a DOF calculator, but a sun and moon position calculator, a multi-step timer and an exposure guide all written by Jonathan Sachs. Better yet, the applications are free! I've seen another vendor selling the sun and moon position program for $400. You can find them here.
I just found the Fine Art Photography Gallery & Forum. Wonderful examples of the masters works. You'll need a high speed connection, however.
There is a proposed change to the copyright laws that will severely impact professional photographers. Please check it out at:
One of the limitations of using dual monitors with Windows is that you could only apply a color calibration profile to one monitor. That has now changed as Microsoft has released the Color Control Applet for Windows XP. This is a free download from the Professional Photography area of Microsoft. Finally I can calibrate both of my monitors!
I've been taking an introductory B&W photography class to learn darkroom techniques and got to thinking about making an 8x10 negative on transparency film with my inkjet printer from a digital file to use for a contact print in the darkroom. This would give me a traditional silver print from a digital file. After looking around I discovered Dan Burkholder's site specializing in just this process! The information for digital negatives has it's own section. - Update - It turns out that my instructor for Intro to B&W Photography instructor - Mike Bowman - is a good friend of Dan's! - Update - I've since discovered another site for digital negatives: Precision Digital Negatives
January 2, 2006
Happy New Year! No link this 'week' but I've added a new page to the menues for Photoshop goodies.
December 7 - Remember Pearl Harbor!
The photography club is experimenting with Holga cameras. Holgamods is a great place for more information.
A fellow club member told me tonight about a new site full of interesting information - Radiant Vista. Looks good - check it out.
A recent topic of discussion on a printer bulletin board was the differences that people experience when viewing different colors. One member pointed to a shareware program that will test a persons color accuracy! It's from littlebitsmultimedia and is called Visual Acuity and Color Vision Testing Software v1.01. Shareware at $10. I tried the color test and only got one wrong - but it was tough. See how well you can do.
Professional photographers, as well as serious amateurs, are always looking for guidance on digital workflow and most appropriate practices. UPDIG Working Group, an ad-hoc industry consortium consisting of members such as ASMP, APA, NPPA and CAPIC has now published a series of guidelines which will be found to be very informative and useful. This includes a section on tools and methods and another on workflow. There is also a press ready PDF of the information.
The Gigapxl Project If you think you've seen a high resolution photo, check out this site and you may have to change your definition. Incredible stuff.
Ah the digital age. It used to be with film that when you wanted to make a larger image of a negative you just moved the enlarger farther away from the paper. Now you have to upsize your digital image to avoid pixelation or other nasties that can happen. Enter InterpolateTHIS.com. Dedicated to: "making this site an open forum for all photographers, graphics specialists, DTP, and even programmers to share their know-how, information and tips. We want to enable everyone worldwide to get the most out their digital images" it's very much worth a visit.
From Canon a site for beginners and their DSLR's: Enjoy Digital SLR Cameras
Hoodman - Interesting accessories for cameras including a power grip for a D70, hoods for the LCD on the back of you camera so you can see the screen in bright light, hoods for your desktop and laptop monitors and more.
Ever wanted to shoot infrared with your DSLR? There are several that will convert your camera to IR by removing the filters. IRDIGITAL.NET is one of them.
For those of you that use Photoshop a lot you've probably started to use the keyboard shortcuts. Here's a page with printable pdf files of all of them. Thanks to d. l. for this one.
I keep getting asked "How do I clean the sensor on my DSLR?". There are a few good methods and one involves actually touching the insides and cleaning it, not just blowing off the dust. There is a very good tutorial up on PBase that shows nice pictures and is the generally accepted process to clean the sensor. There is more good information on cleaning your sensor on Luminous Landscape.
I'm starting to use a new way to view my galleries - Simple Viewer from Airtight. Best of all - it's free. Currently the only picture gallery that I'm using Simple View for is my Favorites. There's a bug in GD v2 that prevents SV from automatically generating thumbnails of the pictures but I expect that they'll eventually fix it.
Time flies by... Ever been stopped and questioned while photographing? I've run into this link in the past and just ran into it again today in a discussion of the photographers rights in photographing people in public places. Bert P. Kraggs is an attourney and has published The Photographer's Right - A Downloadable Flyer (Your Rights When Stopped or Confronted for Photography) in both pdf and Palm Books format. A very worthwhile read. Some have even commented that they print it off and keep a copy in their camera bag. I've never had the need for this but it's still good stuff to know.
For those Photoshop addicts out there check out this site. Too many actions to contemplate. Have fun!
Think Tank Photo
This should probably be under the Toys section, but I'm putting it here instead. This is a new company that makes bags, belt and waist systems. Founded by a former Lowepro designer their stuff looks interesting.
January 14, 2005
Check out digitaltruth photo source. Good source of all kinds of both film and digital information. Thanks to Kathy Miller for finding this one.
Along the lines of TS lenses, check out Lensbabies. If this little gizmo doesn't get your creative juices going you need help.
If you've ever thought about a tilt-shift lens for your camera, look at Zork as well. Very innovative alternatives to dedicated TS lenses.
I ran across this person's site as a tag line from one of his posts on Rob Galbraith's Forums. Check out Neil Turner's site, specifically his techniques section.
OK, it's not been a week yet but this one was too good to wait. From and article in today's Indy Star Newspaper is Artistrunway.com - a site dedicated to local Indianapolis artists. Please check them out and sign up for their newsletter.
Shameless plug this week for one of my own sites: www.Clairich.com
A photographer friend of mine Claire Middleton and I have teamed up to start shooting weddings. No content yet on the site but stay tuned. We have images to show but are working on the presentation.
One of the first site I found several years ago was by Wayne Fulton titled A few scanning tips. What an understatement. I ended up purchasing his printed copy of the information and learned a lot.
The topic this week is panoramic images (see the Toy of the Week). A great place to start is Panoguide.com. There a lots of places to learn this technique but this is a good place to get started.
Back to the basics. Luminous Landscape has a wonderful column by Alain Briot on determining the proper exposure. This is part six in his series on Aesthetics and Photography.
Adobe Studio Exchange - Sponsored by Adobe this is a place where you can find actions, plug-ins, extensions and tutorials for Photoshop and other Adobe products.
The Art of Photography from Phil Douglis. Absorb, enjoy and see if you don't think about 'taking pictures' in a new way.
One of the hardest parts of photography is getting the exposure just right. With film we use light meters and then wait for the processed film to examine how we did. With digital you can get immediate feedback on just how well the image was exposed by using the histogram. One of the best articles on the explanation of what the histogram is, how to read it and how to apply these principals to properly exposing shots is contained on the Luminous Landscape site in the "Understanding series..." called "Understanding Histograms". A good follow up article is "Expose to the Right" also from this site. OK... that's four links, but all of them are really good! I probably should have saved some for future weeks.
The FBI has an interesting article on the comparison between film and digital as well as photographic techniques for various applications in crimimal justice.