May 14th, 2008
The Santa Fe Reporter publishes a large glossy Annual Manual around this time of year – giving locals and visitors lots of useful information and insight into Santa Fe. And this year, they used 2 of my photos in the publication.
They (very cleverly) organized a photo contest asking for shots of real life in Santa Fe, and chose the best ones to illustrate the Manual. The runners up (like me) get exposure, and the one top winner gets that and a nice prize, too.
May 7th, 2008
I bought the Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM ($479 at Amazon right now) as a way into architectural and landscape photography – the 28-105mm I had at the time being way too long on my cropped-sensor Rebel XT.
It’s sturdy, and delivers some amazing shots, but you need to watch out for the distortion.
May 6th, 2008
I haven’t quite kept to my resolution of reading one photography book a month, but I’m enjoying those books I have got through, including ‘Understanding Exposure‘ by Bryan Peterson .
It’s a quick read, with a few annoyances but a fair bit of good advice.
March 29th, 2008
First, sorry for lack of posts around here – mad busy with 3 big projects to get out the door before we head to Ireland and Italy in mid-April.
That said, here’s a great toy I stumbled across recently. Jim Bumgardner’s Experimental Color Pickr does exactly what it says on the tin.
Choose a colour, adjust its brightness and the picker will show you images from the Flickr Color Fields group (worth a look in itself) that exactly match the colour you’ve chosen.
It doesn’t sound like much, but in practice it’s very cool. It might also be useful for designers looking to find images that match a particular color (but as you have to drag the picker around, and can’t enter a RGB value, you might struggle to get exactly the right shade).
March 13th, 2008
Call it the poor man’s Leica, call it indestructible, call it whatever you want, but I love my Canon Canonet QL17.
Made between 1962 and 1971 the Canonet offers everything you could look for in a small flexible film camera:
- 40mm f/1.7 lens is sharp, flexible and great for low light conditions
- either go fully manual or (with the addition of a battery) use the metered mode that gives you a pretty good shutter-priority mode
- quick-loading film mechanism makes it easy for digital-heads like me to make sure the film winds on properly
- cheap and relatively easy to find (I got mine on eBay for around $35)
March 9th, 2008
Apple have updated their photo management and manipulation program Aperture. I’m a big fan, and have been using the 1.5 version for over a year now, so an upgrade is welcome.
The key improvements include adding great adjustment features including vignetting, much faster functioning, a cleaner interface and an improved plug-in API.
Photographyreview.com has a good overview, and if you’re in the US, you can buy it for (the reduced price of) $189.99 from amazon.com
My copy’s in the mail, so I’ll talk more about it when I’ve had the chance to take it for a spin.