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  • Monthly Archives March 2009

    Think Globally: Shoot Locally

    1-bobkristsm

    Photographers these days are especially sick of hearing about the economy on the news over and over again. That’s because when it comes to these types of downturns, we’re like canaries in the coalmines… We feel the effects of a lack of economic oxygen long before the rest of the business world, and this is just so much old news.  Any working pro I know could have told you things were really tough a year and a half ago, when the rest of the country was still in the bubble of economic self delusion.

    But now a lot of other industries–publishing, travel, and banking among them — have  caught up and we’re all in the same boat. And this doesn’t bode well for those of us who travel and shoot, for profit, or passion, or both.  Travel magazines today are as thin as as a stockbroker’s wallet, suffering from the anorexia of no advertising dollars, and consequently no editorial pages or assignments.  And optional travel for pleasure is the first thing to go in tight economic times…

    .....acclaimed photographer, author, educator and writer, Bob Krist. Outdoor Photographer is one of my very favorite magazines, and Bob's travel photography column in the magazine has always been a must-read for me (you can read one of his recent columns right here). As much as I enjoy his column, his images are just astounding (which is why he shoots for magazines like National Geographic and Smithsonian). Here's the link to his site to see some of his amazing images, but of course make sure you check back in tomorrow to catch his guest blog post. It's truly an honor to have Bob on the blog----I can't wait!!!

    Hi gang: It's Tuesdays---here's what's up: My Books On The Free Kindle App For iPhone I saw a review on Terry's Tech blog about the new free Amazon Kindle app for the iPhone, so I downloaded it and bought my book, "The Digital Photography Book, Vol. 2" from right on my iPhone (Yes, I had to buy it, but luckily the downloadable version was only $9.99). Anyway, I have the full Kindle reader (the original, not version 2), and while this free iPhone app didn't have all the features (or as large a screen) as the Kindle, it did have one thing even the Kindle 2 doesn't have---color images! The formatting on the iPhone's screen even looked pretty decent (as seen above), and I think the advantage is (for iPhone users anyway), that you can look up a tip while you're out on a…

    I know it's kind of late to be getting a Christmas present, but there's a reason. First, about the present. It was from one of my dearest friends, and renowned tech guru Terry White (of Terry White's Tech Blog fame). That's Terry pictured above, in a photo taken with my iPhone. Terry called me a few days before last Christmas and told me something I already knew---I'm an incredibly hard person to buy a gift for, because I'm such a gear junkie. If my wife or brother hasn't bought it for me, I probably bought it myself. But he also told me that this year he had the perfect gift for me, and that it was a gift he'd never given anyone else ever, and wouldn't give anyone else. Of course, now I was dying to know what it was. He said he was…

    The other day I'm sitting at my desk between meetings, and I was thinking about something I wanted to do in Photoshop to a photo I had just taken, and something kind of just popped in my head that really surprised me. It was the realization that I hardly use Curves anymore. Now, I'm not talking about creating contrast using the Tone Curve in Camera Raw, or Lightroom (because I do that all the time)----I'm talking about actually color correcting your photos using good old-fashioned Curves (as seen above), or a Curves Adjustment Layer in Photoshop (which is essentially the same thing). This kind of freaked me out, because I used to live in Curves---I was in that dialog 50 times a day for years and years, and I couldn't imagine doing any kind of color correction in Photoshop without it, and now here…

    Whoo Hooo! It's Friday!!! Before we get into the news, I just wanted to thank this week's Guest Blogger Tim Mantoai for his wonderful post (and images) this week. If you look at the comments readers posted about his story, you see the word "Inspirational" is about every other post, and right now I think a lot of us needed that. Thanks Tim, and my thanks to Brad for his help in bringing Tim's work and words to the blog this week. Now, Here's what's up: Yesterday, one of my readers let me know that a graphic we created for an email campaign (shown above) was featured on PhotoshopDisasters.com. It seems that the top of the logo on the football was cut-off, and that's pretty messed up (as you can see). Anyway, when I saw it over on PhotoshopDisasters.com, I just totally cracked up!…

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