Paul Melcher over at Black Star Rising has an excellent article dealing with the controversial issue of digital photo manipulation. His take on it: “Photo Manipulation Isn’t a Sin — But Lying About It Is.”
Read the article at: Black Star Rising.
A lot has been written in the brief time that the iPad has been out, with a few photographers dismissing the iPad as a serious equipment in their workflow while others love it as a cool customer presentation display.
Ctein shares how he is effectively using the 64 GB, 3G iPad to directly edit a photo in Photoshop on his MacBook Pro. The Air Display app allows him to tether the iPad to the MacBook Pro as a secondary high-quality monitor. Add a Pogo Sketch stylus and a Contour iSee stand, and he’s got a portable dual-display rig with a studio-quality display that’s touch sensitive. He can now brush directly on the photo displayed on the iPad.
Though the setup is not as functional as a 12″ Cintiq (there’s no pressure sensitive stylus for the iPad, yet), the combination seems to work well enough, minus the occasional idiosyncrasies and slow refresh.
Since the connection is wireless, he can do sorting and editing of photographs in Adobe Bridge and Adobe Camera RAW sitting on the bed while the MacBook Pro sits on the desk.
Read the article at: The Online Photographer.
DIY Photography has a tutorial on how to photograph live insects at home. It covers extension tubes, reversing lenses, light setup, as well as how to restrict insect movements (though I would be reticent to use some of the tips on how to restrict an insect’s movements). It’s pretty complete and useful.
Read the tutorial at: DIY Photography.
Beate Chelette of “Ask the Photo Business Coach” answers one of her most frequently asked questions: “With so many photographers competing for the same clients that I am, how can I possibly stand out from the crowd?”
Chris Corradino is proposing a new rule similar to the Rule of Thirds that help us learn aout composition. He calls it the “Ten and Ninety” to emphasize the 10% of the frame that is around the edge.
What do you do when you are ready to break the Rule of Thirds? The Rule of Ten and Ninety says to place your subject in that 10% of the frame around the screen edge: “Frame your subject in one of the outer ten percent areas of the viewfinder. It could be the right, left, top, or bottom.”
As he states, the technique works very well with some subjects and not quite for others. So, if you are ready to break some rules, experiment with the Rule of Ten and Ninety.
Read the article and view photo examples at: Chris Corradino.
For the past decade, Yoel Fink, an Associate professor of Materials Science and principal investigator at MIT’s Research Lab of Electronics, and his team (Shunji Egusa, Noémie Chocat and Zheng Wang) have been working to develop fibers with properties that enable them to interact with their environment.
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If you are just learning about photography, investing in lots of equipment starts to add up very quickly and before you know it, you have lots of stuff that you may use only once or occasionally but have spent bundle on. Here’s a DIY to build a seamless background with the material coming to about $5 and 100 feet of plain paper background at about $18, for a total of $23. This allows you to try your hand at “studio” photography wihtout breaking the bank.
Read the tutorial at: DIY Photography.
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I learned my first Photoshop techniques from Russell Brown and love his clear video tutorials. Here, he covers the basics of working with the free Pixel Bender Plug-in for Adobe Photoshop CS5, in this case, the Oil Paint Effects. Surprise your spouse and friends with your newly discovered paint artist skills!
Download the Pixel Bender Plug-in at: Adobe Lab.
Soon X-rays, paper files, and drills will be a thing of the past as dentistry welcomes and enters the digital era. Drills are giving way to lasers and air abrasion. Digital tomography is replacing X-rays. Files stuffed with charts are replaced by an online database. And dental students hone their skills on realistic dummies, with 3D virtual reality simulations on the horizon.
For example, with digital radiography, patients bite down on a small 1.0 x 1.5 in. image sensor instead of on a film card. The image is displayed in real-time on an ordinary PC, can be manipulated, annotated and placed in the patient’s digital file with the click of a mouse. The sensor costs $6,000 apiece but they are reusable (after a thourough cleaning, of course).
Read the article at: Wired.