Technique & Workflow

Creating Photographic Archives for the Future – Witness

I have been working as a professional photographer since 1999, a fact that means that I have now accumulated nearly 19 years of photographic images, both analog and digital. In reality, that amounts to a large wall of plastic boxes filled with negative sheet folders, print boxes and a history of dead hard drives and multiple DVDs of digital information. That is my archive. A mismatch of material that adheres to a variety of systems created to bring order to chaos. I am not a natural librarian, or an organized person, or even a detail-oriented person, but I am well-meaning and I do try my best. My archive is a reflection of this approach to my personal history. A confusion of stuff that only I can dissect.

The Moving Portrait: From Holograms to GIFs to Boomerang – PhotoShelter Blog

The lack of a screen hasn’t prevented publishers from trying to simulate movement in print. Two major technologies have been utilized to create the moving portrait: holograms and lenticular printing.

Websites are shop windows, not vanity projects! – Witness

Let’s first be clear about what your website is. In essence, your website is your shop window. Every time a visitor clicks on a tab within your menu, they are visiting different departments of your store. Using this retail metaphor may seem blatantly commercial to some of you reading this. If you feel that this is the case, may I suggest that you replace the shop with that of a gallery or bookshop? Whichever you choose to use, the metaphor remains the same: you want to lead visitors through a series of physical or digital spaces so they can find what they want to see as easily as possible. Minimal clicks help this progress, but so does accurate and appropriate signage that can be universally understood.

The WIRED Guide to Digital Security | WIRED

IN AN AGE of nonstop breaches and hacks, getting a handle on your own digital security matters more than ever. But everyone has their own threat model—a set of concerns unique to themselves. The average smartphone user doesn’t need to know what a Faraday cage is; an NSA contractor probably already has a good grasp of security basics. (Or … do they?) In this guide, we’ve included a few ways to improve your online security posture based on those different levels of risk. These won’t prevent the next megabreach or banish ransomware from the earth. They’re not all-encompassing. But they’ll help get you in the mindset of the types of steps you should be taking based on your particular situation. And they’ll help ensure that the next time you read one of those paralyzing headlines, it doesn’t apply to you.

Designer behind Halide explains why you might enjoy RAW photography on your iPhone | 9to5Mac

Sebastiaan de With, the designer behind Halide has dropped some knowledge today on just how RAW photography works with the iPhone. de With goes into explaining the advantages, and disadvantages, that come with RAW photography and why they matter.

Trump’s Official Portrait and the Language of Lighting

As a photographer and veteran involved in policy work, I am interested in both the messaging and methodology of Trump’s two official portraits. As a baseline I will compare Trump’s two portraits against a more standard portrait seen with Vice President Pence’s and Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy’s portrait.

Innovative solution providers tackle the ever-growing headaches of photo management and storage – Kaptur

It’s a given: we are all overwhelmed by the sheer number of photos we take, or that are being shared with us. With some of these, it’s no big deal if you accidentally missed viewing them, or if you can’t locate them again after you’ve first enjoyed them. With others, it does matter: According to our recent survey, 58% of photos on average are considered to be “long life” keepers.

20,000 slides returned from Sports Illustrated

Next up I had to find a place to scan my stuff. I knew prices had come down since I last had slides scanned, but of course I don’t trust just anyone with my originals and I don’t want to send my stuff out of the country. Luckily through my friends at PhotoShelter I found the fabulous Julie Morris, who is the president of FotoBridge in New Jersey. These people would be an ideal place for me and many other friends to work with if they did a good job. I called Julie and immediately knew that she “got it” and understood the industry and what people like me needed. She told me they had scanned 250,000 slides for NHL Images, scanned 40,000 slides and negatives for the Kansas City Chiefs, and 25,000 slides and negatives for the Minnesota Vikings, to name just a few of their big sports clients. I told her I needed pro scans at 4,000 DPI to give me 50 megabyte TIFF files and she told me they would cost under a dollar apiece. I could not believe it! I decided to give them a try and see what happened. Two weeks later and I could not be happier with the scans I got back from FotoBridge.

Photo storage 4.0 – it’s deduplication, stupid! – Kaptur

Today, I’d like to share the findings that relate to how and why consumers store their smartphone photos on cloud services or home storage devices, as well as what features they most value in photo organizing apps or services.

How Lee Friedlander Edits His Photo Books | PDNPulse

Friedlander said he typically Xeroxes his photos, then uses a hole-punch to put three holes on the left and right side of the images. That way, he said, when he puts them into a three-ring binder to see how they work in sequence, he can also easily switch the order, moving them from the left side to the right and back again as he wishes. When he thinks a book is done, he said, he’ll take a second look and almost always decide that two images facing each other have to be swapped.

This Website Reveals How JPEG Photos Were Edited in Lightroom

As photographers, we’re always interested in how other people edit their photos to achieve a certain look. Pixel Peeper is a new website that can take a JPEG and tell you exactly how it was edited in Lightroom, along with the camera model, lens, and settings — as long as that info is found in the file’s EXIF data.

Instagram Created a Monster: A No B.S. Guide to What’s Really Going On

I’m writing this with a heavy heart, as I know I’m a huge hypocrite. I’ve been playing the game for the last 6 moths, and it made me miserable. I tried to play it as ethically as possible, but when you are pushed into a corner and gasping for air, sometimes you have to set ethical aside if you want to survive. But surviving doesn’t mean living, and the artist in me is desperate to feel alive again.

The unstoppable rise of Stories

According to Facebook’s VP of messaging, David Marcus, Stories have become a social media format in their own right, similar to how newsfeeds became a must-have format on social media networks.

A Social Media Cheat Sheet for 2017

In addition to an image sizing guide for best photo resolutions you should be uploading (we shared a dedicated infographic on that recently), this guide also contains sections for keyboard shortcuts, best times to post, tools you can look into using, new features that have been announced, tricks for writing headlines, and more.

Gerd Ludwig on His “Invisible Flash” Technique

Ludwig explains the basics of his technique. He shows how he has applied it to images from his various assignments for National Geographic magazine, including a story about nightlife in Moscow. The images are also featured in his forthcoming book called minus 2/3: The Invisible Flash.

My Ever-Evolving Workflow as a Music Photographer on Tour

My workflow as it is currently allows me to deliver 50-150 edited photos per day, delivered to my band and crew, in under an hour. Before anyone goes to bed I want them to have photos in their Dropbox. The more time that’s taken out of my day to deal with my workflow is less time I have to shoot, relax, or work on other things.

Shoot in DNG raw in Lightroom for iOS 2.5

Lightroom 2 5 DNG Capture Screenshot

Today we are excited to announce an important update to Lightroom Mobile for iPhone and iPad that adds the ability to capture and edit raw photos using Adobe’s Digital Negative (DNG) file format. Having a true end-to-end raw workflow, powered by DNG and Lightroom, on your iPhone and iPad makes it possible to create absolutely stunning photos that, until a few years ago, could only have been done with a traditional camera.

Brad Smith Picks the Top 0.2% Images from the Olympics

Brad Smith has spent a career editing sports photography. First as a sports editor at Sports Illustrated, then a senior sports editor at The New York Times, and a return to SI as its Director of Photography. But for the next two weeks, he is editing the 2016 Rio Olympic Games photography for and putting together a daily slideshow of the best images. How selective is he? An image has about a 1 in 500 chance of being selected by Smith1, which is more competitive than getting into Stanford (1 in 20), and about on par with catching a foul ball at a baseball game (1 in 563).