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Spekular is the light that does it all for photographers – DIY Photography

If you are doing any kind of studio work you will want to look all of this information over.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lg8y4LSpgFw Spekular is spectacular! Hmmm - a little over the top? Not really. I recently had the opportunity to put this new LED lighting system from Spiffy Gear to the test. Spiffy Gear are the [...]

The 7 Commandments of Great Photo Walks: Digital Photography Review

This is a well-done article and video that has some great advice to follow.  It sure wouldn't hurt to put his advice into practice. A few years ago when I was running Blue Ridge Workshops one the most successful workshops and the most fun was in  Annapolis Maryland.  Students were only allowed one camera and [...]

Review: Affinity Photo 1.5.2 for desktop: Digital Photography Review

Affinity Photo from Serif has been around for a while now, but for it has simply been one more program out of many that have been introduced to compete with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. Affinity Photo in many ways has come of age by combining the best of Lightroom and Photoshop into one application and [...]

I LIKE HER WORK – JANE LURIE

I have spent so much time teaching and judging photography over my many years and I have been privileged to meet and admire a great many photographer's images.  There have been times that a photographer has crossed my path and there was just something that made his or her work stand out above all the [...]

Don’t Fear Photo Post-Processing – Shooting is Only the First Part of the Image Creation Process

In my opinion, this article by Holly Higbee - Jansen provides a simple and honest reasoning as to why any of us should consider post-processing our images. While she only refers to Adobe Lightroom for dealing with the post-processing of raw images it is important that you are aware of the fact that besides Lightroom [...]

The Last Portrait: A moving tribute to a friend and neighbor: Digital Photography Review

    When photographer Jared Polin's friend Arty was diagnosed with terminal cancer, Jared asked if he could tell his story in pictures. This is Arty's photo story.   This is quite incredible. The photography, the video and the narration make for a true to life out standing story that many, too many have gone [...]

Fuji Just Keep On Getting Stronger and Better – Watch for X pro 2 4k video upgrade coming either November or December 2017

Fuji Just Keep On Getting Stronger and Better - Watch for X pro 2 4k video upgrade as well as a whole lot more in product announcements coming in November and December 2017  

‘Jews will not replace us’: Why white supremacists go after Jews – The Washington Post

I find it impossible to understand how the president of the United States can support the racist groups that are across this wonderful country.  He started all of this and gave these groups a thumbs up during his campaign for president and has slowly allowed and supported the growth of these hate groups.  Shame on [...]

Picktorial 3 – NEW Fujifilm X Pack Film Presets Are Here and reviewed by Middle Earth

If you have been paying attention to my blog then you know just how much I like Picktorial 3.0 Software.  But just to be sure you know I am going to say (shouting in caps) I    L  O  V  E     I  T......... I'll jump back a bit and say I own a [...]

How to shoot the solar eclipse: a list of resources for photographers: Digital Photography Review

If you are going to shoot the eclipse from where ever you happen to be the main thing to remember IS TO PROTECT YOUR EYES. That said, DPREVIEW has published a nice listing of different articles right here in this one article on how to photograph the eclipse. Good luck, be careful and have a [...]

Peak Design Once Again Creates Innovative Solutions – This time for Mirrorless and Compact Digital Slr cameras

Peak Design Once Again Creates Innovative Solutions - This time for Mirrorless and Compact Digital Slr cameras  

THIS IS DONALD TRUMPS WAY OF MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.  HE FAILED TO DENOUNCE THE NEO NAZI, KKK, WHITE NATIONALIST ANTI SEMITIC, ANTI BLACK, ANTI ANYONE IS NOT A PURE WHITE Christian          One dead as car strikes crowds amid protests of white nationalist gathering in Charlottesville; two police die in helicopter crash – The Washington Post

One driver was taken into custody after the crash. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said he had a message for the white nationalists: ‘Go home.’ Source: One dead as car strikes crowds amid protests of white nationalist gathering in Charlottesville; two police die in helicopter crash - The Washington Post

First Look at Picktorial 3.0 RAW Processor for Fuji X Trans Files: “Lightening Fast Editing Speed” – Fuji Rumors

They work!!!!!  Thanks Pictorial for the accurate film simulations   The more, the merrier they say, right? Well, then, as announced yesterday here, there is a new player in the RAW converter game: Picktorial 3.0. It uses a unique X-Trans demosaicing… but it is any good? Luckily the FujiRumors community… Source: First Look at Picktorial [...]

It’s All About Tones: Black and White Landscapes | Nature Visions Photo Expo

The one thing but not the only thing I learned about attending Northern Virginia Nature Vision show is that it is smart to sign up for lectures EARLY.  Early means today, not tomorrow. This particular lecture is being given by my old partner in photography education, Brian Zwit and I can tell you one thing [...]

Why Have You Stopped Taking Pictures

Lately I have been speaking with people from all walks of life who used to love photography and making pictures but for reasons that are not really clear, just stopped doing it.  What started the conversation was my little Cosyspeed Streetomatic Plus camera bag with a Manfrotto Pixi Evo table top tripod sticking up out [...]

(45) Photography Composition :: Simplification and Negative Space – YouTube

Sometimes we create our own styles, but more often than not we start off by looking at other great photographers and teachers have done, apply their teaching to our vast warehouse of learning and hopefully have our own style or styles evolve from all of this. One of my favorite ways of shooting for as [...]

PROTECT YOUR EYES – MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE RIGHT GLASSES AND OR FILTERSAAS’s Advice for Safe Solar-Eclipse Viewing – Sky & Telescope

  My good friend Joe Lee shared this with me. Due to alarming reports of potentially unsafe eclipse viewers as eclipse day approaches, the American Astronomical Society has revised its safety advice. Source: AAS's Advice for Safe Solar-Eclipse Viewing - Sky & Telescope

My Friend Bill – Last Year He Left The Room And Broke My Heart – But He Is In My Thoughts A Lot And I Miss Him

My Friend Bill - Last Year He Left The Room And Broke My Heart - But He Is In My Thoughts A Lot And I Miss Him - I am not totally sure why I am writing this blog now but I am sure there is some great emotional need for me to talk about [...]

On1 Photo Raw – A Sad and Final Decision Concerning The Flushing Of Software From Toilet To The Treatment Plant

Making a decision about what camera system and what lenses within that system are going to be my go to image creation tools can be so very difficult because there are just so many incredible gear choices. The same can be said for software.  There are so many options besides Adobe Lightroom CC and in [...]

What Happens When Your Camera Is The Same As Every Other Camera? An opinion piece!

  What Happens When Your Camera Is The Same As Every Other Camera?  An opinion piece I have used a lot of different camera brands and overall they all produced very nice images.  But the system that I finally wound up with after all my years of shooting with different cameras is the Fuji X [...]

DISTRICT CAMERA, VIRGINIA AND WASHINGTON DC GET THE TOP VOTES AS THE BEST ON LINE PHOTO DEALER

THE BEST OF THE BEST DIR’s 2017 E-tailer of the Year District Camera and Imaging By Bill McCurry - July 14, 2017   The staff at the Washington, DC, store, located at 1225 Eye Street NW, Suite 110, (L-R): Saed, Ahmed, Bob, Paul, Deon, Julee and Devin The Father–Son Team of Saed and Eldar Tariverdi Grew [...]

First Impressions of Picktorial Raw Image Processing Software by A Post By: Christian Hoiberg – DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY SCHOOL

It's like I have been telling all you Mac users and especially Fuji X shooters, this is the software you just have to have.    If you're looking for an alternative to the Adobe image processors, you might want to give Picktorial a try. Here are this author's first impressions of it. Source: First Impressions [...]

A rant and my opinion, my two cents -The Daily Phoblographer – P for Professional: What I Learned From Shooting in Program Auto by Chris Gampat

A rant and my opinion, my two cents I have been following this site for quite a while now but something seems really off center. Sometimes I have to wonder why Chris even writes at all as he seems to go through tunnels without ever coming out at the other end. I just read his [...]

Ponder The So So Copy – Why things cost what they cost… | Danny Lenihan | Pulse | LinkedIn

This article while published by one manufacturer is truly about "knock off" products that infringe on the rights of honest manufacturers.  It is an interesting and educational article and worth reading before you buy an "off brand" product that in the long haul may not be up to snuff and may represent working conditions that [...]

Is Fujifilm Holding Out On X-Pro2 Owners?  Oh yeah, you bet they are

Is Fujifilm Holding Out On X-Pro2 Owners?  Oh yeah, you bet they are   While we all applaud Fuji for firmware upgrades unlike anyone else seems to want to deliver, there are issues about the X pro 2 that deserve answers from Fuji and the answers have not been forth coming.  Why does Fuji remain [...]

Monochrome — updated July 13th, 2017 with a better viewing method

  Monochrome --- updated July 13th, 2017 with a better viewing method Many many years ago when I was just a kid working in my dad's darkroom, black and white photography was what we did.  People shot in black and white, processed black and white and created images that were story telling, dramatic, honing in [...]