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→ Protecting Your Photographic Memories

Speaking of videos that have been making the rounds recently, this video on the importance of organizing and backing up your photos is also worth a watch.


→ 5 Brilliant Minutes with Gregory Heisler

This video has been going around a lot recently, but it really is worth watching.


→ Mathieu Gasquet’s First Impressions of the Sony A7s

The A7s1 is currently at the top of the “Camera Bodies I am Lusting After” list. Articles like this from Gasquet do nothing to change that.

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→ Vertical Panos Beat Wide Lenses

This is my personal reminder to take more vertical panos.


→ Taking a Look at the ISO Performance of Recent and Popular Cameras

The gang over at Imaging Resource has no problem printing an image from a Sony a60001 shot at 6400 ISO at 8″x10″ sizes. Not too shabby.

  1. My current camera of choice. 


→ Adobe Quietly Allays a Big Creative Cloud Concern in Lightroom 5.5

Great move by Adobe. Now, if your subscription runs out, you can still pretty much use all all non-develop module parts of Lightroom to manage, print or export your photo collection.


→ Dealing with the “2014 Versions” of Creative Cloud

If you recently upgraded to Adobe Creative Cloud, you might see a new “2014” version of some of your applications. Terry White explains how to best deal with that situation.


→ Apple To Cease Development Of Aperture

Not a surprising development after the last few years. I am glad I made the switch to Lightroom earlier this year, but I am still going to miss Aperture existing.


→ Nicole Young Presents Her My Top 20 Lightroom Keyboard Shortcuts

Always good to have a little refresher on these.


→ Joe McNally with the Story Behind the SI World Series Cover

An excellent story by an excellent photographer. Sports Illustrated definitely picked the right guy to capture these shots.


→ Scott Bourne Leaves Photofocus after 15 years

Scott and his various sites and podcasts were the first resources I used when I started taking pictures. I never would have developed my photography the way I did without his help. I wish him good luck as he moves on.


→ The Verge’s Story about the End of Everpix

Casey Newton chronicles the rise and fall of Everpix, a great service for backing up and remembering your photos:

The immediate concern in the room was a forthcoming bill from Amazon Web Services, which hosts the 400 million photos stored with Everpix; the team estimated the bill would be about $35,000. “Our AWS bill is going to be due on the third. We’re not going to be able to pay,” said Pierre-Olivier Latour, who had the idea for Everpix four years ago after a vacation left him struggling to organize the hundreds of photos he took on the trip. Behind him, a poster advertised San Francisco’s minimum wage of $10.55 an hour, which he had been paying his employees for the past month. “Amazon is going to reach out to us saying, ‘Your card doesn’t work.'” He paused. “So that’s going to be fun.”

The [Everpix] software was fast, the design was clean, and the service was simple to use. “The best part about Everpix may be its ‘set it and forget it’ nature,” TechCrunch noted at the time. “After the one-time installation and configuration, there’s nothing else you have to do.” To the team’s surprise, Everpix became a finalist at the competition. (They lost the $50,000 first prize to Shaker, a bizarre kind of Second Life-meets-Facebook social network that raised $15 million and hasn’t been heard from in a year.)

Unfortunately for Everpix, they went out to raise money in the midst of what has become known as “the series A crunch.” The number of initial (or “seed”) investments has increased dramatically in the past few years, while series A investments have plateaued. Many investors remain willing to write a $100,000 check to see if a startup becomes an overnight success. But when it comes time to write a $1 million check, or a $5 million check, they have become much more selective.

The founders acknowledge they made mistakes along the way. They spent too much time on the product and not enough time on growth and distribution. The first pitch deck they put together for investors was mediocre. They began marketing too late. They failed to effectively position themselves against giants like Apple and Google, who offer fairly robust — and mostly free — Everpix alternatives. And while the product wasn’t particularly difficult to use, it did have a learning curve and required a commitment to entrust an unknown startup with your life’s memories — a hard sell that Everpix never got around to making much easier.

It is disappointing to see just how the machines of Silicon Valley drive you to either play the VC game fully or try to build a business without any of their help. In this case, it appears the founders of Everpix tried to do a little of both and it burned them. I hope Loom sticks around a little longer.


→ Scott Kelby Breaks down the Adobe Creative Cloud Options Available to Photoshop Users

I think this is the most important part:

2: You owned a previous version of Photoshop (any version from Photoshop CS3 to CS6)

For you, Photoshop CC is $9.99 a month PLUS you get Lightroom 5 as well and 20GB of cloud storage and a Behance Prosite (custom web portfolio) as well. Sweet!

NOTE: This deal is only available until Dec 31st of this year. If you wait until after the first of the year and miss locking in this insanely low price, whining is strictly forbidden (well, at least here anyway). 

For all that you get for $10, this seems like a complete no-brainer deal. Just sign up and be done with it.


→ Adobe’s Compatability with Mavericks

Adobe and Apple have worked closely together to test Adobe® Creative Cloud applications and Adobe Creative Suite 6 applications for reliability, performance and user experience when installed on Intel® based systems running Mac OS X Mavericks. (v10.9). All Adobe CC and CS6 products are compatible, but a few products require updates to the latest builds to work properly. Adobe Photoshop® CS5, CS4 and CS3 were also tested with Mac OS X Mavericks and there are currently no major issues known.

Good to hear. Normally, Adobe seems to be one of the companies whose software is not ready for the release.


→ Flickr update brings Auto Upload to iOS 7

There are so many places that allow you to automatically upload and backup your photo now. As people are taking more and more pictures, that is a welcome development.


→ Photomatix Pro 5 is now in Public Beta

Photomatix1 has just released the public beta of the next version of its software. A couple of years ago, when I was doing HDR work almost daily, this would have been like Christmas to me. Sadly, I am not as active with my photography as I was in those days.

  1. In my opinion, Photomatix is the gold standard when it comes to HDR photography. 


→ Scott Kelby gives his Take on the Adobe Creative Cloud for Photographers Offer

To upgrade Photoshop to the latest version was usually $199. Lightroom’s yearly upgrade is around $79. That’s around $280 every 18th months to stay up to date. Now it’s just $180 over 18 months and you’re always on the latest version of both with all the latest features. Plus, you get 20GB of online storage (if you want it), and a ProSite membership as well. The math works.

I’ve talked to a lot of photographers since the deal was announced last Wednesday, and they all really felt Adobe stepped up on this one, and that this was a more than fair deal. I totally agree.

I also agree. I completely surprised by how low Adobe went with the pricing on this offer. I will definitely be signing up.


→ SmugMug Unveils Massive Update

SmugMug has long been my preferred method for archiving my photography online. Unfortunately, it was really starting to feel out of date. With this update today, however, SmugMug is back in contention as the best photo sharing site available.


→ Trey Ratcliff’s Updated Camera Recommendations

Trey recently shifted to Sony. As someone who has followed his career closely for years, I am going to have to consider following in his footsteps.


→ What happens when you fire all your photographers?

The Chicago SunTimes fired all their photographers. The Chicago Tribune did not. Take a look at the result.