Monthly Archives December 2009

Scott Bourne over at the Photo Focus podcast was kind enough (read as: crazy enough) to have me on as his Guest host this week, and we just had a ball fielding all sorts of questions from his listeners. We really covered some interesting and varied topics, so if you've got a few minutes, head over there and check it out----Scott is a teriffic host and I think you'll enjoy it (OK, when I said "Scott" that time I was talking about Scott Bourne). :) Here's the link (and thanks to Scott for having me on).

Picking up where Part One left off, and just barely in time for the Holidays, here's "Scott's Gonzo Holiday Gear Guide, Part 2" chock full of more cool Holiday gear (featuring stuff I couldn't fit in the printed version, which appeared as the December cover story in Photoshop User magazine). Epson Photo Paper This is one of those gifts that every photographer is tickled to get because it's they're always either running out of photo-quality paper, or they're really careful about rationing it, because they're relatively expensive. Give them a pack of nice 13x19" photo paper (provided they have an Epson 1900 or 2800, or 2880), and now they have the luxury of printing a few extra sheets without cutting into their stash. Try either a 50-sheet pack of the 13x19" Epson Premium Luster for around $88 at or if this is for…

Being an artist sucks. Being an artist is awesome.

Trey’s new book “A World in HDR” has just been released. Besides a practical tutorial on HDR, there is ample discussion on new ways to look at art and the internet. This experiment started a number of years ago when he first got started sharing his HDR Tutorial. Below is an extended exposition on some of these thoughts. Send him your thoughts on Twitter at @TreyRatcliff .

How have we all gotten ourselves into this situation? What is going on with being an artist on the Internet anyway?

Let’s face it. There are multiple people that live inside of us. One of us cares what other people think. One of us could care less what other people think. One of us really wants to make money. One of us really does it for the art.

I grew up in the 70’s and 80’s, when having “multiple personalities” was seen as something horrible and possibly dangerous. We all know one of Sybil’s personalities was a bloodthirsty murderer, and if we couldn’t control them, what could we possibly do when we have the occasional dire thought?

I’m here to talk about all these personalities and why the cacophony can be an incredible source of inspiration and drive.

Just Find Some Beauty

I’ll start this article by telling you the important conclusion: root out the beauty from the chaos. Throughout this treatise, I’ll sprinkle in pretty images I’ve taken over the years. Despite all the psychological delving herein, it’s nice to be reminded that beauty exists. Some of you may know that I am heavily influenced by the Impressionists of the late 19th century, and in particular by Auguste Renoir, who said, “To my mind a picture should be something pleasant, cheerful and pretty. Yes, pretty! There are too many unpleasant things in life as it is without creating still more of them.”

Farewell India - The Taj Mahal
Farewell India – The Taj Mahal

Why do we care what other people think?

Aren’t we independent thinkers? Do we really care if

A couple of weeks ago, a friend emailed me a link to a photographer’s portfolio and he wanted to know what I thought of this guy’s work. I followed the link and in his portfolio he had different categories there (landscape, wedding, portraits, travel, etc.) so I clicked on portraits, and a large main image appeared alongside a grid with 20 smaller thumbnails. At the bottom of the page he also had a link to a 2nd, 3rd, and 4th page of his portrait images. After spending a few minutes going through his portrait galleries, here’s what I thought: On page 1 of his portrait gallery I thought, “Hey, this guy is really good.” On page 2, I thought, “Well, I guess he’s pretty good” By page 3, I thought, “Gees, some of these aren’t all that good.” By page 4, I thought, “Man,…

I just found out that my latest book, "The iPod Book" is now in bookstores (and available from online booksellers, too). The book is written in the exact same style and layout as my books, "The Digital Photography Book," (with just one topic per page, and a photo to go along with every topic), so if you're familiar with that book (or volumes 2 or 3), you'll feel right at home with this one. This is the sixth edition of the book, and this time around I did a pretty massive update to the book to reflect what iPod users are doing now, and I really worked hard on making the whole iPod/iTunes experience really simple and fun, and a lot of the book is dedicated to the iPod nano and iPod touch, and I cover all the latest iPods and how to get…