Great photographers: An Excellent Slideshow! | Chris Kapetanios photographer

If you love photography you will fall in love with this slide show of past photography masters.  I hope you find it as inspiring as I did.

A truly wonderful slideshow in Ilias Kapa’s YT Channel This is a slideshow, with great photographs of the greatest photographers in history. Sample work from Bill Brandt, Ansel Adams, Julia M…

Source: Great photographers: An Excellent Slideshow! | Chris Kapetanios photographer

TAKING PICKTORIAL RAW PROCESS PROGRAM FURTHER WITH EXTERNAL EDITORS

Picktorial, as so many of you now know is my favorite raw processor especially for my Fuji X raw files on my Macintosh computers.

Picktorial as a stand alone program has incredible power but like other programs also has the ability to use great plug in apps like those from Google Nik.

Watch this video to see just how easy it is to use in programs of your choice such as Lightroom, Photoshop, On1, and so many others.  By simply accessing the software you can make changes, save changes which automatically go right back into Picktorial as a separate and new version of your file.

 

Electronic shutter, rolling shutter and flash: what you need to know: Digital Photography Review

This article from DPREVIEW helps to break down the complex nature of electronic shutters and their interaction with sensors.  For those who care this reference material can be very educational and explain some of the issues that affect your images both still and video.

Whether you’re syncing a flash, wondering why banding is appearing in your image or getting strange images from your camera’s silent shutter mode, the way your shutter works has a role to play. Here’s what happens when you press the shutter button. Read more

Source: Electronic shutter, rolling shutter and flash: what you need to know: Digital Photography Review

Nikon’s Year: Digging Into the Latest Financial Results in 2017 – Article by a man who truly knows Nikon – Thom Hogan, the man Nikon should have been listening to

Nikon’s Year: Digging Into the Latest Financial Results in 2017 – Article by a man who truly knows Nikon – Thom Hogan, the man Nikon should have been listening to

 

There were a small number of years where Nikon disappointed me when I worked for them.  33 years They were always at the top of their game when it came to camera and lens technology and were no slouches in the medical end of the business.  They were a technologically ahead of the curve and really understood what their customers wanted and while like any other smart company were able to balance their customers needs with profit needs.

But the report from ByThom is indeed very dark and upsetting for a company that so many looked up to for so many years.

I think the customer base, which is far from small looked on in shock at some of the products Nikon has been delivering or failing to deliver.  They had some terrific fixed lens cameras which they abandoned and I personally feel would have sold at least to a good portion of existing customers. They had their 360 degree fiasco which they should have never been involved in and they refused to recognize another small but growing segment of the camera business called mirrorless.

……  It seems to me that they were getting the WRONG ADVICE, mainly from their USA arm of management who were not in tune with a changing market place like they used to be many years ago (personal opinion).  it used to be that the USA arm at one time had their finger on the pulse of their customers and future customers and steered Nikon Tokyo in smart directions.

 

 

Here’s the crazy corner Nikon is in: they can claim a modest 7% increase in operating income for the fiscal year that they just finished, but had far lower

Source: Nikon’s Year: Digging Into the Latest Financial Results in 2017

The Magic of…… | Adam Bonn Photography

Adam writes a great blog on his experiences with Fuji X cameras but this one barely mentions Fuji.  Instead it as an essay with some great images that might just inspire you to go take some creative images at a place you may have not visited in a very long time.  It sure worked on me.

Continuing the blog serialisation of my popular X-Pro Series lust/hate/love story: Part 47: The X-pro-2 Review: The Magic of……

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(15) Lighting Tips: How to Capture that ‘National Geographic Style’ – YouTube

I have been practicing photography on both a personal and professional level for over 50 years.  Notice I said practicing.  Each time I log into an educational piece presented by  knowledgeable photo I learn something new, or get reminded of something I worked at a bunch of years ago.  But one should never stop practicing, exploring and learning from others.  I always can learn something pretty much every day and I worry about those who cannot. To often people carry an attitude that they know it all but you and I know that it is never the case.

So I hope you enjoy this video and learn perhaps just one thing that will make your life in photography more creative.

Always remember that your film camera or digital camera does not see the way you do and those great photographic instruments can always use your help.

Homeless at 14, she’s saving youth from the same fate – CNN.com

 

Thank you for opening your home, your life, your heart to these children.

Formerly homeless, Mariuma Ben Yosef now operates Shanti House, which provides temporary housing and long-term support for homeless and at-risk youth ages 14 to 21. The program has helped 46,000 young people so far.

Source: Homeless at 14, she’s saving youth from the same fate – CNN.com

PICKTORIAL – FIRST, LEARN WHAT IT DOES – SECOND JOIN THE EVER GROWING TROOPS OF USERS WHO HAVE FOUND THE BEST PROCESSING SOFTWARE EVER FOR THEIR MACINTOSH COMPUTERS

PICKTORIAL – FIRST, LEARN WHAT IT DOESSECOND JOIN THE EVER GROWING TROOPS OF USERS WHO HAVE FOUND THE BEST PROCESSING SOFTWARE EVER FOR THEIR MACINTOSH COMPUTERS

         LEARN ALL ABOUT THIS GREAT SOFTWARE BY VIEWING THESE VIDEOS. 

A review from MacWorld – Picktorial 3.0 review: A fresh approach to photo editing and management

Watch how Elon Musk’s Boring Company tunnels will move cars faster | TechCrunch

I wish I could live long enough to enjoy Elon Musk’s plans for the future.  Space travel, underground vehicle transportation, and the list goes on.

 

Just what does Elon Musk’s Boring Company want to accomplish? This might be our clearest picture yet – a video shown during Musk’s TEDTalk from Friday morning, which includes a rendering of a…

Source: Watch how Elon Musk’s Boring Company tunnels will move cars faster | TechCrunch

Picktorial 3.0 review: A fresh approach to photo editing and management | Macworld-I TOLD YOU! I TOLD YOU! I TOLD YOU!!!!!!

I TOLD YOU!  I TOLD YOU! I TOLD YOU!!!!!!

 

Listen up!  I have been writing about this incredible piece of software for several months now and there have been some terrific reviews.  Macworld magazine which I consider a Mac users monthly bible has just written an outstanding review of this very inexpensive, super high level raw processing software for everyone and anyone using a Mac, no matter camera system you shoot with.

And if your just happen to shoot with the Fuji X system then you know that programs like Adobe Lightroom as well as others have just not been capable of getting out of the incredible  Fuji X raw files the detail that Fuji is capable of producing.

Go to the Pictorial web site and download the trial.  Even better at around 40 smackers, just buy it.  You just have no idea how bad your current software is until you process an image with Picktorial.

 

 

 

Bottom line

Picktorial’s adjustment and retouching tools cover nearly every situation for most photographers, and the non-destructive, non-library approach to working with files makes it a flexible option for editing images across multiple Macs and in the Photos app with iterative changes.

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Full-featured toolkit with non-destructive editing for pro photographers.

Source: Picktorial 3.0 review: A fresh approach to photo editing and management | Macworld

My mobile editing workflow in Iceland: a Fujifilm X-T2 and an iPhone 7 – A blog by Fujifilm photographers

Interesting Techniques from traveling photographer

 

How Dan Cook edit his landscape and travel photography without the need of a laptop. Iceland beauty captured with the Fujifilm X-T2, iPhone 7 and VSCOcam.

Source: My mobile editing workflow in Iceland: a Fujifilm X-T2 and an iPhone 7 – A blog by Fujifilm photographers

Sean Tucker Photography-One Camera and one focal length – A thoughtful short video about life made easy

Sean Tucker Photography-One Camera and one focal length – A thoughtful short video about life made easy

 

I have been a very strong advocate of traveling light, being a minimalist and finding out just how much better your photography might be without a 20 pounds of heavy zooms on your back.

One of the most successful workshops my company gave was in Annapolis Maryland, usually on a Saturday or Sunday morning before sunrise and the students had the option of either using only one prime of their choice or a zoom lens of their choice which would have the zoom taped down at a focal length they preferred.  So several hours of shooting a large variety of subjects with only one focal length was the challenge.  The students came back with some incredible images but only after first grumbling about how they were to work.

Mr. Tucker talks about his experience of doing just this to shoot both video and stills with what he calls an older Canon 5dMarkII and one prime (50mm) lens.

I enjoyed his experience and I hope you do as well.

 

Sean Tucker Photography provides product photography, portrait photography, headshot photography, food photography, event photography, wedding photography, photo retouching and promotional videography to London and the UK.

Source: Tutorials — Sean Tucker Photography

Eyecups Compatible with Fujifilm X-Pro2 – JJC – NOT A REAL GREAT FIT

UPDATE – UPDATE – UPDATE -the fit of the JJC is not great……Not recommended

UPDATE – UPDATE – UPDATE -the fit of the JJC is not great……Not recommended

 

The Fuji X pro 2 is a wonderful and highly capable camera and in simple terms “Love” the one I own just as I have “loved” all of the Fuji X cameras I have owned.

But the rubber eyepiece on the back of the Fuji X pro 2 has been a big problem for a lot of users and perhaps even future users.  It simply pulls loose from the camera and can do so sitting in a camera bag or by rubbing against the photographers clothing.

Fuji has handled this problem in different countries in different ways and that makes no sense at all that it would not be universally addressed.  In the United States, Fuji is kind enough to replace the rubber eyepiece when you give them the serial number of your camera.  It takes about 7 days from the time of the phone call to my mail box.

But in other countries they want users to send their cameras in for service because they say the assembly must be taken apart to fix the eyepiece problem.

For a company that is the best I have seen in camera industry for customer service in regards to firmware upgrades, this whole process is difficult to understand.

I have lost my eyepiece several times not due to mishandling but due to a poorly implemented rubber eyepiece and how it is attached to the camera.

JJC is a company out of China and they are now making replacement eyepieces for the X pro 2.  One looks like the standard eyepiece and the other seems to be a different design aimed at eyeglass wearers

They are selling these eyepieces either directly (not the best way to get them) or through Amazon.  Amazon China was the first Amazon to have them and now they are available at Amazon UK and Amazon USA, but you should really check your own local Amazon to see if they have them.  I used this description which is on the JJC web site to search my Amazon by copying and pasting into my Amazon search.

 

UPDATE – UPDATE – UPDATE -the fit of the JJC is not great……Not recommended

Eyecups Compatible with Fujifilm X-Pro2

Mdl#EF-XPRO2G        Sku#31667

It seems that it is not a matter if it is going to happen that your own eyepiece decides to come off it is a matter of when.  When it does come off it could allow dust to get into the EVF.

Source: Eyecups Compatible with Fujifilm X-Pro2 – JJC

 

In Defense of Post-Processing author Mitch Green for Petapixel

This article is of course one persons opinion, take on post processing but I think it is well thought out and beneficial to those who do post process and take the heat for doing what they need to do to enhance an image within the range of reality.

I have to admit that quite a few years ago I held the opinion that making ANY changes to an image was not the right and ethical thing to do.  My belief was based on people who alter an image to such a point that it leaves no real reference to what was originally captured.  I still feel that way but there is nothing wrong with removing dust and perhaps a tree limb here and there.  There is nothing wrong with boosting the color of a sunset, or the change the focal point of a scene  by adding a vignette as long as the base capture remains pretty much the same.

The linked article below pretty much sums up how I feel about processing an image.

There will more than likely be those who continue to frown on your artistic choices but in the end if you are doing it right then you will not have changed the whole concept of the image you first recorded in your camera.  That being the case I would tell your critics to move on.

Think about it.  Why add spices to a good piece of meat before or after cooking. After all the meat did come spiced.  Why add butter to a baked potato which did not grow with butter in it.  Why add accessories to your computer or car instead of using them as they came to you?  I am just saying.   Enhancement is quite often a good thing.

 

Post-processing has become part of the trade for photographers. Whether it’s something as seemingly innocuous as tweaking the white-balance, or something m

Source: In Defense of Post-Processing

Women in Photography: Street Photographer Michelle Groskopf of Los Angeles

Great Article – Read it and be inspired

Way to often the world looks at photo journalism as a mans way of recording the world forgetting that there have been so many women photographers, historians, guardians of life who have made incredible contributions to the art and to the world.

 

I grew up in Toronto Canada but moved to NYC to go to College. I spent most of my youth studying and working in Film and Television production, including teaching in a graduate department. As I got older NY changed and I changed. After 15 years I made the difficult decision to jump ship and move to LA. That’s when I shifted from moving images to still. Best decision I’ve ever made. LA is my muse. When I’m not photographing stories for magazines I’m in the street shooting. I always have to be shooting. It’s my outlet and main form of communicating with the world. I’m also a member of the Full Frontal Collective.

Source: Women in Photography: Street Photographer Michelle Groskopf of Los Angeles

Diane-Arbus

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Essential = absolutely necessary; indispensable-Cosyspeed Streetomatic plus

Essential = absolutely necessary; indispensable – Cosyspeed Essential Solutions

 

That is what most dictionaries say.  And what that means based on what each individual believes will determine what in their photographic life is essential.

For the fun of it I am including a small poll to see what you feel is essential.

I’ll get right down to specifics about what I use:

  1. If I carry 1 body, 3 primes and one 18-55 zoom, cable release, extension tubes, 4 batteries, extra memory cards (2), Custom Slr strap, Spider Light Belt Holster, Nissin i40 flash.  I use a Billingham Hadley Pro shoulder bag (cross chest).  It is quite weather proof like my cameras and lenses.
  2. If I carry 1 body, 3 primes, 3 batteries, cable release, lens cleaner, Nissin i40 flash, extra memory cards, cable release, cell phone   I use a ThinkTank Urban Approach 10 (weather resistant and rain cover)  shoulder bag (cross chest)
  3. If I carry 1 body, 3 primes, 2 batteries, 2 memory cards, small Fuji Mini Flash EF-X20, lens cleaner I use a waist pack called CosySpeed Streetomatic +.  This bag is adjustable up to 50 inches and can be warn around the waist with it resting on a hip.  It can also be used cross chest as well. It is weather resistant and comes with a rain cover.

It has taken me too many years to determine what is essential for me.  Every time I think I have figured it out I wind up still going back to old habits and taking with too much gear, most of which does not get used.  That was then and this is now.  And now after 74 years of weight bearing shoulders and back containers for carrying gear I know I have it licked.

The Cosyspeed Streetomatic + (plus) is the Goldilocks solution.  I is not too  big, to small. It is just right for a comfortable day out with the bare essentials I need for taking photographs all day long.

This is what I actually get in this bag.

  • Fuji X pro 2 with a 35mm 2.0 prime lens with lens hood mounted and an L bracket attached to the bottom of the camera for tripod mounting.  Please note that in a picture below I show the Cosyspeed finger strap attached.  It comes with the Cosyspeed bag and is a very secure way to have your camera in hand.
  • Fuji 50mm 2.0 with bayonet hood
  • Fuji 23mm 2.0 with bayonet hood
  • 2 Fuji (OEM) batteries
  • 2 Extra Memory Cards
  • 1 iphone 6 +
  • 1 small flash in a case added to the belt of the waist pack
  • 1 lens cleaning cloth

There are days when I may only take the 18-55 zoom with hood extended.  But usually it is my 3 primes.  Two of my primes are attached to back to back rear lens caps that I glued together for portability and efficiency.

Picktorial – Software – Photography – Imaging – and the final steps towards a picture you imagined …

IMAGING SOFTWARE – THE FINAL FRONTIER-it has to be fast, simple, easy to use, easy to learn and produce the processing effect that in your heart and mind

I am on in years and I have  used software products from the early stone age of digital image processing that you never heard of.  That’s okay because most are long gone. The base operations and the concepts to make an image lighter, darker, have more contrast or less, saturate all the color or not, convert to gray-scale, perhaps do a bit of a crop have not really changed all that much although perhaps a bit more precise.

Software for turning our photographs into we imagined, remembered what we saw when we pressed the shutter button has evolved thanks to companies like Adobe, Corel, Phase One and others.  Along with the software has come more powerful computers to process our ever-growing file sizes and because of advances from new software companies  these powerful computers can process the math that software provides for incredible image manipulation.

I have to admit that for the longest time I remained a simple meat and potatoes kind of person and really preferred just the base adjustments necessary to get the image out of my computer and into the media world.  I never really gave a great deal of thought to burning and dodging like I did in my darkroom and film days, I was not interested in brushes, masks, gradients and the like for enhancing my images to points beyond what my camera had captured. Well at least not too interested.  I did get more involved as time went by.  I think I stayed away from the heavy lifting that my friends were doing and still had my images convey the message I wanted people to get.

Adobe has had the lion’s share of this software market for quite sometime because of Photoshop and then Lightroom and they really introduced photographers to whole new way of working with images and kudos to Adobe for doing that.  But like all giants there comes a time when they themselves don’t really do much to make software better in big ways.  They seem content to work with the same engines they developed a long time ago instead of re-coding to make the software perform with the newest and greatest digital files.  But that is okay because others have come along to show them the way.  Will they heed the requests of their customers.  Probably not.

So in the past couple of years there have been some pretty great young companies that have arisen to challenge the king and they have been able to do things that the king did not even dream about.  That is what happens when you get set in your ways.

One of those companies named Picktorial has managed to produce a product, although right now only for the Mac computer users that has changed the way I look at image enhancement and that is because they look at image enhancement unlike any other software company I have dealt with and I have dealt with way too many in my search to perfection.  No one would believe that I would ever be using “Local Adjustment” – “Retouching Tools” to adjust individual parts of my image for Tone, Sharpness, Color Saturation, Denoising, Spot Removal, Object removal, Defocusing, Smoothing for skin retouching, Individual colors enhancement and the list goes on and with all of this you can still go back to basic settings for the overall image and just work that way.

So the adage “you can teach an old dog new tricks” and you can lead a horse to water but not make it drink” most certainly do not apply in this case and the reason for this is because the bright lights at Picktorial have made it way too easy to learn “new tricks” and “drink the water” because they are providing the smoothest, slickest most precise for overall and local adjustments I have ever seen in a piece of software.

 For this image I did a 90 percent crop, sharpening brush, tone brush, color brush, contrast brush, and tone brush again that completely blacked out an entire green background.  The edge recognition of the brushes and gradients and eraser in nothing short of incredible.
 This image was simple.  I had shot it as a high key and processed it in Picktorial using overall adjustments, and then added a texture and frame. I colorized the texture to match the flower and the frame was a vignette type frame.
 In this image I did overall adjustments for tone (exposure-contrast-clarity) cropped a tiny bit and then painted out the bricks and background areas by using a brush, selecting zero color saturation for the brush to get a black and white effect.
 I can only say that if an old photographer dinosaur like me can pick up on these tools so quickly then anyone, all thumbs anyone, no knowledge anyone can do so as well.
Because of the simplicity of the interface, the smoothness of all of the controls and the people behind this product are so incredible a whole world of possibilities has opened up for me and will for anyone who tries, buys Pictorial.  It is simple, easy, fast, and very very modern and now.
And if I did not mention it above, there are also tons of built-in presets and you can even add your own.  And you can also add your own frames and textures as well and there are tons of free ones on the world-wide web.
Note:  All Image shot with Fuji X pro 2
Addendum: 1

I do not have a financial or personal relationship with Pictorial or the founders of Pictorial.  I have paid for my software, I use the software and love the software.  I am not obligated in any way, shape or form to the company and they are not obligated to me.  If I found that the their product was not one that performs then I would not be writing about it or posting other bloggers opinions.

Addendum 2  L e a r n     M o r e  w i t h   t h e s e    v i d e o s

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSIFoDHRG9K5AcbT32Vv_TQ

 

 

 

The Print – They confront us esthetically and emotionally with wonderful memories and stories-They are there screaming look at me again.

The Print – They confront us esthetically and emotionally with wonderful memories and stories-They are there screaming look at me again.

This is a difficult subject. It shouldn’t be but for the fact that prints seem to be a very minute part of the photography process in this day and age. More and more people rely on some form of digital to see their images.

Images that other people make get shared through digital media devices such as pads, phones, computer monitors, and the like and it is pretty instantaneous. For some that is enough.

The stroke of a finger or mouse allows anyone today to rapidly cross over large amounts of images in a single press. Two seconds or less and they are on the way to the next image never lingering to study or imagine.

The amount of time is really a few seconds. That’s long enough to know that you saw a familiar person or place or maybe something close to unique in its presentation and you gathered all that up for a matter of seconds and then moved on. You will more than likely never refer back to those images. They will be stored digitally for however long digital storage is (no one really knows) and those memories will be forgotten as we move on to today and tomorrow.

I am seventy-four years old. My years in photography are extensive and like many others from my era, I can remember the family pulling out the big black albums when “family circles” got together. They were big heavy albums with thick black pages and had “corners” that pasted to the pages and pictures were inserted in the “corners.”

My uncles & cousins (all of us between 5 and 18 years of age) would carefully go from page to page, slowly, looking at pictures of the family and friends of the family dating back for so many years. Memories of the children, aunts and uncles, family friends, grand parents, their parents and each picture caused lingering looks once again offering up their stories that we had seen before and heard before.

There were plainly framed pictures on the wall from years past showing baby pictures, graduation pictures, and the like that were always there as constant reminders of our lives. So yes between albums, wall hanging, coffee tables, dressers, there were stories for us to be reminded of.

While recently preparing to downsize to smaller home, my wife and I began to go through lots of boxes that were in the basement. These boxes had traveled with me from New York to Ohio, then to Atlanta and finally Washington DC. I moved so much that some things never got unpacked.

In those boxes were slides, negatives, and prints of all sizes. There is a lot of really old stuff shot by my dad. Besides the fact that he was a part time professional photographer he was also anal about documenting our family and friends, relatives as well every day life around him. In some ways he could have been considered one form of a street photographer.

Instead of packing stuff, this great find had me sitting down on the cold basement floor going through images and sorting them and remembering years past from childhood, and on. Thank you dad once again for teaching me photography and showing me the value of the print on paper.

To clarify all of this before you begin to think I am a against digital media presentation, I AM NOT. I think all forms of presentation have their place and it is more than possible that some day digital presentation, without prints may become the only method of viewing your photography. But we are in the here and now so let’s get your really terrific images on to the wall or into albums.

I still feel that printing images brings out the true essence of the image.

Prints draw a person’s eye’s to an image and makes that person linger to study and admire what you have accomplished.

We look at images that are printed, differently than we look at images that are not. I find that I have a tendency to stop, and look for a much longer time at a print than I do an image on a tablet or phone. Prints endure. They stay in our homes and businesses as well as albums and require little effort for us to view them and study them. They confront us and insist that we do look at them more often and to delve into their meaning and the artists meaning.

Making a conscious effort to select images you want to print (because you just can’t print them all) makes you focus on those images that are most appealing to you.

Images that get printed and displayed carry greater meaning and are always going to open your mind to contemplate the moment the image was created.

This leaves us with decisions to make. Print or file digitally. If you do not care about your images and do not want them to have the ability to truly stir emotion and meaning then just leave them as cold ones and zeros that form the image that will be get the 2 second view from you and others. But if you would like your work to be recognized and be appreciated by others as well as yourself then you must consider making prints of those images that mean the most to you. Whether they are for hanging or becoming part of coffee table albums does not matter. What does matter is the ability to look upon them and remember things past and be warmed by their meaning.

Should you decide that making some prints and keeping the rest as digital information, then there are printing options available.

You can print your own images at home. There are printers available in all shapes and sizes. However, printing at home is time consuming and to get images to be correctly interpreted one should have the printer, computer, and screen properly calibrated. That is easy to do when you have a calibration tool like X-rite.

You could settle on a small and portable printer that makes just 4×6 prints virtually automatically or you could opt for one that makes murals. The small printer that I would recommend is the Epson PictureMate Charm Photo Printer. Test reviews indicate the best color and speed and cost per print.

However you could decide that you really want to become a print master and go for the larger Epson or Canon printers that are very capable of surpassing lots of the bigger professional labs.

If printing your own work is not for you and you want great results without spending hours learning, experimenting and ultimately printing then bring your images to a local camera store like District Camera in Burke Va. as well as many web based labs.

Sometimes it is well worth it not to invest in expensive printers and inks for the occasional special image.

Finally there are some excellent on line services. Mpix seems to be one of the more popular ones, but there are plenty for you to Google. The only problem with on line services is you do not have the local contact to discuss what you are trying to achieve.

In the end, just print some of your great images and make a conscious decision that while saving your digital images you should also be printing them for others to enjoy them as much as you had creating them. It is the best way to truly preserve your precious memories.

addendum:  I shoot Fuji X cameras.  Other folks shoot other brands.  It does not matter which mirrorless or Dslr you use.  They are all capable of producing prints of most any size you want.  What is important is understanding image quality.  Everything looks good on computers, phones and tablets, but pictures taken with tablets and phones simply do not bode well for printing a really great image.  They look the phone, computer screen or tablet.  So if you do not own a great Dslr or Mirrorless camera then you should consider one so you get the best of the best for printing your memories, your masterpieces

Another article of interest on this subject is HERE

 

It’s Spring And With Spring Come Ticks And Other Insect Problems And It Best To Know What They Are And How To Deal With Them

Almost every year I have posted my own article about tick bites and mosquito bites.  But everyone, including myself have a tendency to forget about the nasty ramifications of not remembering especially in our part of the country (Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, etc..)

These nasty creatures can leave us pretty sick in some cases so best be prepared to prevent bites and how to deal with bites you may get.

This time I have posted what seems to be a pretty good web site to go to to learn more.  DO NOT MAKE THE MISTAKE THINKING  TICK BITES AND MOSQUITO BITES ARE NOT GOING TO HAPPEN TO YOU.  They can happen in your own backyard.

Have a great spring and summer.

 

Read about tick bite prevention, and learn symptoms, signs, and treatment of tick bites. Find out about types of ticks, and learn how to remove a tick.

Source: Tick Pictures and Treatment and Symptoms of Tick Bites

Photo Pod is a Personal Tent That Keeps Photographers Dry and Warm

The other day I read an article about the Nubrella which is serves as a hands free umbrella that looks like the top of a baby carriage mounted to your body like a backpack adding 3 more pounds to your already overload of gear.  Geeeesh!  Give me a break.

But on the very next day the article linked below appeared.  For the photographer who loves landscape, wildlife or perhaps likes shooting races of all kinds even though there might be inclement weather then this could be the ideal solution.  It certainly better than wearing a baby carriage on your shoulders.

The nice part about this 6 foot tall tent is that it folds up into a bag that a photographic reflector folds up into.  Not bad.  I can just see my self sitting at the top of a beautiful mountain over looking a even more beautiful valley with mist coming up from the greenery caused by the light rain and being totally protected in a comfortable enclosure designed for photographers.  Oh yeahhhhh!

 

Need something more than a wearable umbrella for your outdoor photography in bad weather? Check out the Photo Pod. It’s a tiny personal tent for photograph

Source: Photo Pod is a Personal Tent That Keeps Photographers Dry and Warm

DuckDuckGo

Being that the government in the United States has stripped away your privacy on the internet by knocking down the laws that protect you as an internet user you may find this search engine the ALTERNATIVE you have been looking for to protect your search efforts.

DuckDuckGo is the search engine that doesn’t track you. We protect your search history from everyone – even us!

Source: DuckDuckGo

Germany unveils zero-emissions train that only emits steam | The Independent

Too bad the United States, my country thumbs it’s nose at advancing train technology.  I am glad to see that other countries are up to the task.

We seem to be more interested in jamming up the highways pouring out deadly fumes, or flying everywhere on airlines who make their own rules and think nothing of dragging passengers off planes and putting them in hospitals for the benefit of airline employees.  Just my opinion.

 

Germany is set to introduce the world’s first zero-emission passenger train to be powered by hydrogen. The Coradia iLint only emits excess steam into the atmosphere, and provides an alternative to the country’s 4,000 diesel trains. Lower Saxony has already ordered 14 of them from French company Alstom, and more are likely to be seen around the country if they are judged a success, reports Die Welt.

Source: Germany unveils zero-emissions train that only emits steam | The Independent

We’ve Updated Our Canon EOS M5 Review: New High ISO Rating After Lightroom messed it up and Capture One Proved Once Again How Much  Better It Is….see addendum

See Addendum at the end of this article

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By now a lot of you think I am just cranky about Lightroom cc but really I am not.  I have the time to test different software and that gives me an opportunity to see exactly the same raw file renders as it comes stock-vector-cartoon-of-an-angry-computer-user-about-to-destroy-his-computer-with-a-baseball-bat-166876493into that software.  It used to be that the only game in town was Adobe and let’s face it they make a pretty complete set of products.  But what happens when a camera is rolled out and tested and the images thrown into Lightroom because that is what the tester has on his or her machine.  Well lately Lightroom has a tendency to make images look like poop.  So not only does Adobe poop on you by raising the CC prices but it also poops on your images when compared to other software out there that can do the same thing without the poop.  Did that go to far?

Here is a follow-up article about the really sweet Canon M5 mirrorless camera.  It is a follow-up because the first article really made a case of the fact that the Canon M5 sucked at high Iso.

When I read that article I was shocked because I had looked at images on a computer at a show I was at and the high Iso shots looked really great.  I mean clean, clear, sharp with properly rendered colors.

Well thank the lord that the writer of the first article upgraded Camera One software in the last couple of days and the upgrade said that the Canon M5 was added.

imagesNow I’ll let you read the article and if you think i am cranky about Lightroom cc then you will realize that I am not alone at being cranky about Lightroom and yes Photoshop as well.

Great article and a good video at the end and the first article has a link.

Also if I was in the market for a new mirrorless, which I am not, the Canon would be on my “””A””” list.  Small, comfortable, controls in all the right places, great viewfinder and LCD, and super images.  And if I owned a Canon, there is an adapter to get full function out of your lenses.  Go for it.

ADDENDUM:  I certainly stand by my comments to the lead in to the Canon link below, but I think it is important that all my readers are aware of the fact that Capture One 10 is a great program, you do have other choices in great and more modern software products.

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The Canon EOS M5 doesn’t have as terrible high ISO output as we initially thought. They can thank Capture One Pro 10 for that.

Source: We’ve Updated Our Canon EOS M5 Review: New High ISO Rating

SpaceX to Send Privately Crewed Dragon Spacecraft Beyond the Moon Next Year | SpaceX

I am glad I have lived this long to watch this company move all of into the future of space exploration

 

We are excited to announce that SpaceX has been approached to fly two private citizens on a trip around the Moon late next year. They have already paid a significant deposit to do a Moon mission. Like the Apollo astronauts before them, these individuals will travel into space carrying the hopes and dreams of all humankind, driven by the universal human spirit of exploration. We expect to conduct health and fitness tests, as well as begin initial training later this year. Other flight teams have also expressed strong interest and we expect more to follow.

Source: SpaceX to Send Privately Crewed Dragon Spacecraft Beyond the Moon Next Year | SpaceX