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Everyone is a photographer nowadays: get over it! | Faby and Carlo

Everyone is a photographer nowadays: get over it! | Faby and Carlo | BremWeb: Imaging Stuff | Scoop.it

The meme “everyone is a photographer” is on the mouth of many so-called professional photographers. Too many times I have heard that the market is not good as “everyone is a photographer”. To all them I generally say: Get over it!. Nowadays everyone has an oven, but I don’t hear cooks complaining that people don’t eat at restaurants because everyone is a cook. The fact that everyone is a photographer is not true, the only true statement is that everyone has a camera, but the two things are not the same. Everyone is a photographer or everyone has a camera? Saying that everyone is a photographer implies that everyone has the technical and psychological know how to take amazing photographs. Now, correct me if I am wrong, but it takes time and energy and a lot of experience to know how to handle a camera. It takes even longer to be able to master the camera while directing a subject. It takes even more experience to feel confident enough to master the technicalities, directing a subject and capturing the right moment at the same time........


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10 Helpful Websites for Protecting Your Photography Copyrights

10 Helpful Websites for Protecting Your Photography Copyrights | BremWeb: Imaging Stuff | Scoop.it
Being a photographer in the digital age presents a number of excellent advantages along with a collection of new concerns. Sharing your images with the wor

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Celebrating the Negative : Joe Rosenthal by John Loengard

Celebrating the Negative :  Joe Rosenthal by John Loengard | BremWeb: Imaging Stuff | Scoop.it

Seventy years ago, four days after the landing on Iwo Jima, Joe Rosenthal of the Associated Press said he heard a rumor “about some guys going up the volcano to replace the American flag flying there with a bigger one.”


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 A wonderfully iconic image, now surrounded with controversy over whether it was set up or not....But does it matter?  Not in the slightest!  At least it was a 'neg' shot in one go, at one time, not a miss-mash of bits of image pulled together out of a series of digital images.

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Mario Pires's curator insight, April 29, 2015 5:16 AM

People that come to photography in the digital age, don't realise the skiils reporters had to have to get great pictures without actualy peering to the camera to check it is ok, you only knew when the film was developed.

Vicente Bertomeu's curator insight, July 24, 2015 12:55 PM

negativo / positivo

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Beautifully Vivid Portraits from the Early Days of Color Photography in 1913

Beautifully Vivid Portraits from the Early Days of Color Photography in 1913 | BremWeb: Imaging Stuff | Scoop.it
Electrical engineer Mervyn O'Gorman captured these beautifully vibrant photos of his daughter Christina at Lulworth Cove in Dorset, England in 1913. The century-old photos depict Christina wearing vivid red clothes, the saturated hues standing out in sharp contrast to the muted tones of the background. Long exposure times and wider apertures create a shallow depth of field, giving the images a soft, dreamlike quality. Timeless in appearance, the gorgeous shots look like they could've been captured during any era, from the days before World War I to this contemporary age.
O'Gorman achieved the lovely colors through the Autochrome Lumière process, a technique that used glass plates coated in potato starches to filter pictures with dye. His remaining images are regularly featured in exhibitions of early color photos from over a century ago. Although O'Gorman passed away in 1958, little was recorded about his daughter Christina's life aside from this collection of portraits.
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I don't have anything against colour photography, quite the contrary... I only have something against using colour as the 'default' on the basis that life is 'colour' and therefore images 'should' be in colour. I don't like using colour personally unless the colour improves or makes the image work. If you remove the colour and the photo no longer works, then it needs to be a colour image. If you remove the colour and the image is improved....then I struggle to see why I would choose colour rather than B&W. It is just that for me 'colour' has its own message. If you want colour to be part of that message, then use it, but if colour isn't part of the message, then it seems to me it runs the risk of confusing your message. I am a simple sole and like to restrain myself to simple and simplistic images, so B&W often works best for me.

These images are lovely and without the colour they would be interesting, but nowhere near as good, so colour makes total sense to me

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Pixlr for Desktop | Autodesk Pixlr

Pixlr for Desktop | Autodesk Pixlr | BremWeb: Imaging Stuff | Scoop.it
Pixlr has been a favorite online photo editor and mobile app for years. Get the same Pixlr experience with even more fun on your Mac or Windows computer.

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Yes, I enjoy using Pixlr on my phone....very much, but so often when I try out desktop versions of mobile apps, I am disappointed, but hey, I have downloaded it and lets see how we get on...

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Taking Artsy Photos is 7th in List of Sexiest Creative Behaviors, Scientists Find

Taking Artsy Photos is 7th in List of Sexiest Creative Behaviors, Scientists Find | BremWeb: Imaging Stuff | Scoop.it
Taking artistic photographs is one of the sexiest forms of creativity -- at least that's what scientists are reporting. The activity ranked 7th on a list o

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Always worked for me ....    :-)

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Seems like a long time since I have seen a series of images that come anywhere close to being as good as these.  They are just so good.  Reckon I pretty much love everything about these, but especially the fact that they are shot on 5x4 Black and White.....my format of choice.

 

I only wish I had the money to buy this book.

 

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The Internet Archive Joins the Commons, Uploads Millions of Historic Images to Flickr

The Internet Archive Joins the Commons, Uploads Millions of Historic Images to Flickr | BremWeb: Imaging Stuff | Scoop.it

14 million historic images collected from over half a millennium's worth of books are currently making their way, million-by-million, onto the Flickr Commons.


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Always good to see a few more images coming onto Creative Commons licenses!

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What are the rights on these images?  Check it and post.

 

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The creation of a custom-made cradle to minimise risk during the digitisation process (F. Marzo)

The creation of a custom-made cradle to minimise risk during the digitisation process (F. Marzo) | BremWeb: Imaging Stuff | Scoop.it
Introduction In 2009, as part of the long-term digitisation strategy, the British Library digitised 250 early Greek manuscripts. This was the first phase of an ongoing externally-funded project to ...
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Have a job coming up soon to digitise some photographs in folios. Been a while since I last did this, and want to build up a new book cradle for the job.  Had a quick google and this looks like exactly what is required.  Job for next w/end in the workshop.

 

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4 x 3, 3 x 2, 16 x 9, 1 x 1… What’s the Ideal Image Aspect Ratio? | Theme

4 x 3, 3 x 2, 16 x 9, 1 x 1… What’s the Ideal Image Aspect Ratio? | Theme | BremWeb: Imaging Stuff | Scoop.it

There is no ideal image aspect ratio. Depending on the situation, each and every crop ratio has its own pros and cons. Personally I prefer the more landscapy 3 x 2 format, digital imaging’s equivalent to film’s classic 35mm proportions. To some it seems unnatural. Also, the more squarish 4 x 3 offers better corner performance. With all the aspect choices digital cameras offer, which one to go for? If you’re one of the few human beings left who prints photos, most labs will print uncropped if you ask them to. If you don’t specify they will usually fill the paper size or chop off the borders, notwithstanding the possibility that a group portrait of your Micro Four Thirds camera just lost auntie Ann and uncle Joe. Aspect ratios matter.........



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There is no correct aspect ratio.  Depends on what you want to show and what you want to shoot.  Always nice to talk it through though...

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Itseez3D App Puts Ultra-Realistic 3D Scanning Into the iPad | Digital Trends

Itseez3D App Puts Ultra-Realistic 3D Scanning Into the iPad | Digital Trends | BremWeb: Imaging Stuff | Scoop.it
The "game changing" Itseez3D app for iPad uses the new Occipital Structure Sensor to create realistic 3D scans on a mobile device.
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Yet one more 'impossible' bit of imaging becomes so trivial that we now have a phone app for it....amazing!

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Why mobile photography is completely broken - TechGeek

Why mobile photography is completely broken - TechGeek | BremWeb: Imaging Stuff | Scoop.it
I think there’s something fundamentally broken about how we work with mobile photographs today. Take a look at how a large majority of people might deal with photographs on a smartphone. We capture pictures using the in-built camera app, automatically adding it to an infinite camera roll where every single photo we’ve ever taken on our phone resides. We’ll open each one up (one at a time) in our favourite [...]
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Yes, but....No, but....

 

The thing is, mobile photography is fun and interesting simply due to the ephemerality of the images.  I don't want to go back and find most old images,  I shot them, put them onto instagram, facebook, blogs, or download into folders and then that's it.

 

They don't reflect what is best in my photography, but simply visual notes, like an artists doodles and sketches.

 

Still I agree that finding some better image management solutions that work with mobile platforms would be  great help.  Maybe a Lightroom App for the mobile platform.

 

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Search the Collections | Victoria and Albert Museum

Search the Collections | Victoria and Albert Museum | BremWeb: Imaging Stuff | Scoop.it
Search over one million objects from the V&A Collections including ceramics, fashion, furniture, glass, metalwork, paintings, photographs, prints, sculpture, and textiles. Objects featured here include those from recent publications, famous and less well known objects, and those which cannot be permanently on display.
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Was just writing a blog-post for #uclxidc on 'The Power of Community'.  Was recommending the used of crowdsourcing for building digital collections.  Looked for some examples and found this:  I like :)

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Hasselblad Features Its 100-megapixel 4K-shooting Medium Format Camera

Hasselblad Features Its 100-megapixel 4K-shooting Medium Format Camera | BremWeb: Imaging Stuff | Scoop.it
Hasselblad H6D – A New Chapter In Medium Format Photography www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGG8f4H3pps Learn more about Hasselblad H6D. Hasselblad now has a 100-megapixel 4K-shooting medium format camera Via Gizmag: When Phase One announced it was launching a 100-megapixel CMOS full frame medium f... http://blog.planet5d.com/2016/04/hasselblad-features-its-100-megapixel-4k-shooting-medium-format-camera/
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Wow, now that is one serious Pro camera!
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Yasmine Chatila vous observe la nuit à travers la fenêtre - OAI13

Yasmine Chatila vous observe la nuit à travers la fenêtre - OAI13 | BremWeb: Imaging Stuff | Scoop.it
Les photographes sont voyeurs. C’est bien connu. Sinon comment expliquer ces projets photographiques qui espionnent façon « Fenêtre sur cour » : Arne Svenson avec The neighbors, Gail Albert Halaban avec Out of my window, Fosy Vegue avec XY XX, Julien Benard avec La photocopieuse. Aujourd’hui, ce sont les images du projet inédit de Yasmine Chatila que nous vous montrons. Après s’être amusée avec les jumelles d’un ami, elle s’est mise à secrètement photographier des scènes nocturnes à travers la f
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Love these....

 

don't blame me, I am just a photographer and "Les photographes sont voyeurs'. C'est bien connu."

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Why Having Your Portrait Made Is Important

Why Having Your Portrait Made Is Important | BremWeb: Imaging Stuff | Scoop.it
My friend Matthew Simmons and I did recently did a photo shoot with an amazing little girl named Desi Robinson. After sending Renee, Desi’s mother, the finished images and talking to her a few days after, something really hit me.

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Yep, I reckon Portraiture is really important, not just for women, but for everyone.  Is it important that it it taken by a professional....No, not really, but there is no doubt in my mind that it is easier for a 'professional' to get the required 'buy-in' from the sitter that guarantees a really worthwhile result.

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"I personally believe that having your portraits made with an experienced photographer is such an incredible experience (and I’m not just saying that because I’m a photographer). Especially for women, it’s a wonderful way for us to be able see ourselves and our beauty the way other people see us. Sometimes it’s hard to look in the mirror day after day and uphold that confidence. But having someone who sees you as nothing but beautiful and is able to photograph you in a way that is able to show you that beauty, is an amazing thing to experience."

Kara Woodward's curator insight, May 5, 2015 2:26 PM

nice piece

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The Purity Of B&W | Mark Hilliard

The Purity Of B&W | Mark Hilliard | BremWeb: Imaging Stuff | Scoop.it

Don’t you have the feeling sometimes of not reaching that creative high so that when you return home you are almost like an empty husk? Well me too, and sometimes I really need to stretch my artistic legs.  Going out with a Color Camera will just not get the job done and leaves me feeling empty.  Working in Film is a lot better and scratches an itch that I just cannot reach otherwise… But when I am really feeling creatively down and mentally cramped I usually turn to my Leica M Monochrom system. Working directly in B&W is a soul expanding exercise that will re-inflate my creative side quickly and effectively.  I am the type of photographer who can actually think and see in B&W. Actually generating those images in the field with a capable B&W rangefinder system really is like going home to Momma.  It leaves me with that ohhhh feeling, or is it OHHHHH… Yep, that is the feeling that I am talking about! ......


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I love B&W.  Pretty much all my personal work is in b&w, he says:  "I am the type of photographer who can actually think and see in B&W"  but isn't that the point?  


For me photography remains something that is made somewhere between the lens of my camera and my brain.  The image I 'see' is not the one in my camera (or on original neg/dig image), but the one that is in my brain, the one I know will be rise out of the mundane flat capture of reality seen by my eyes.

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Ed Ruscha on Studio Life, Domestic Life and Its Tax on the Creative Drive | AMERICAN SUBURB X

Ed Ruscha on Studio Life, Domestic Life and Its Tax on the Creative Drive | AMERICAN SUBURB X | BremWeb: Imaging Stuff | Scoop.it

There was one period when I moved to Pasadena. I had a studio at 60 West Colorado Boulevard that was about 20,000 square feet.


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A perennial problem for the creative mind, but somehow one which, in my experience at least, Mum's are better at playing.  
Although it is really about identity and the problems of trying to be both a 'creative' and a 'father' at the same time.  I know some, in fact many,  can find a way to make it work, but I know where this guy is coming from.

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Mario Pires's curator insight, January 24, 2015 10:03 AM

"I couldn’t mix the domestic life and the free form life, I just couldn’t. They’re sort of difficult to mix. I just couldn’t work, I can’t work with a kid over me. Sometimes I think I can. I like to have my boy come over here, and he sits down and draws and I encourage him to do that. But it seems like, no matter what, you just owe your attention to a child if he’s going to be around. If you think you’re not giving him attention, you still are, your mind is preoccupied with it. So when he’s around me, I can’t really get that much work done."

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Copyright 101: A Simple Lesson in Licenses - YouTube

Learn the basics of copyright, creative commons, fair use and other copyright basics. Here are the topics covered in this simple, easy lesson on copyright: -...
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Romain Laurent Animated GIF

The best GIFs are on Giphy
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Wow, great search engine, great service, great idea.  Just love the whole thing.  My only concern?  Why is there nothing anywhere that I can see about what license these images are released under.

I guess one can argue that if you use the embedding service then 'maybe' you can get around the licensing question, but if so that is still unclear and what one really needs around licensing is simply clarity.

 

Will I be using it?  Oh yes, for sure I will.....just wish I could do so, knowing what license some of these wonderful images are being used under.

 

 

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This is How Large Format Photography is Done

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Photographer Lúis Plácido shared a video on Vimeo a while back of his process involving large format photography; and it's beautiful.
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Lovely video, showing the process of taking a shot on large format.  But strange for me, because this just looks wonderful, but feels in actuality so mundane.  It is after all just a film of a photographer taking one image.  It is easy to forget that this simple every-day action now takes on so many aspects of theatre and magic.  For me.....the fact that a digital camera can take an image, just from a bundle of solid state electronics still seems like a much more weird and wonderful story to tell.

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book2net

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This look

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This looks very interesting to me.  It is as simple as a digital camera for studio use should be.  All controls via a connected computer.  But still.....I am surprised this is a CMOS.  Does this imply they really can get similar or better quality from a CMOS as opposed to a CCD?   Also no mention in this advert whether this camera is a single-shot matrix camera, or a 3-shot or scanning back type.  For what it is, and the work it intends to do, I would prefer to think it was able to work in a way that gave 3 channels of good quality data per pixel rather than having the inbuilt limitations to accuracy that a matrix camera with 2/3rd of the data interpollated up.

 

All in all this looks good, but I really would love to know more....and the website seems to tell very little.

 

 

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Ultimate Image Optimization

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The ultimate image optimization tool to compress your images in JPEG and PNG formats for sharing and posting on web pages.

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Nice simple visual compression engine.  A quick test seems to prove to me (yet again) that visual degradation seems to become definitely apparent at 10% by size.  Keep it a bit above that and you can often get away with it.....at least for web use.  But nice visual demonstration of it.

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Instagram expands beyond simple filters with new slate of photography tools

Instagram expands beyond simple filters with new slate of photography tools | BremWeb: Imaging Stuff | Scoop.it
Instagram will introduce 10 new tools so phone photographers can adjust the brightness, contrast, warmth, and other aspects of each image.
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I love Instagram, but sometimes I wonder if the filters are going too far.  Well that is not to say I don't like to 'work' my images, it is just that I like to work them outside Instagram and then use IG to upload.  

Will a set of tools in Instagram help or hinder this process?  I guess I don't know yet, but all will become clear once I get upgraded to new version.

 

So, guess I am both nervous and excited at same time  :-)  eib

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