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Backup Therapy for Paranoid Photographers, Part 2

By Tim Grey–  Variability. I am often asked whether it is best to use a full backup solution where the backup is replaced each time you perform a backup, or an incremental backup where only changes made since the last backup are copied. My answer is to use both of these approaches. There are advantages and disadvantages to each type of backup, and so I encourage you to use more than one approach to help make up for the limits of each...

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Backup Therapy for Paranoid Photographers, Part 1

By Tim Grey–  To me a big part of why I capture photographic images in the first place is to preserve memories that are important to me. By definition, if I intentionally pressed the shutter release button on the camera then the photo I captured is important to me in some way. Therefore, I want to make sure that my photos are stored in a way that minimizes the risk of loss. Hard drives fail—all too often—and I want to ensure that a hard...

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Nothing Says it Better Than A Photographic Print

By Drew Hendrix– I have a friend whose daughter died when she was a teenager but he still greets her every day with: “Hi kiddo, how’s it going?” And he says she always replies with a smile from within her picture frame on the wall. He told me that when he views her image on a computer or cellphone screen, it just doesn’t seem as real. Nor would many of our memories be as pleasurable to recall if they had to be dug out from...

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Bill Frake’s “The Nebraska Project” Printed on Red River Paper

Nebraska is a place of cowboys and poets, buffalo and meadowlarks. It’s a tapestry of land harnessed to be bountiful. A place that helps feed the world. Mother Nature makes you earn your fun in the cornhusker state. Huge temperature swings, vast differences in topography, a wind that is unrelenting. She made up for it with beautiful scenes, more miles of river than any other state, and vistas that stretch on forever. So many times,...

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Digital Photos Are Not Forever!

by Drew Hendrix – Today’s digital world is fraught with danger when it comes to protecting precious photos. They easily can be ruined even when we think they’re safe and securely stored on magnetic or optical drives, CDs and DVDs or somewhere up in the Cloud. Digital disaster regularly befalls governmental agencies, educational institutions and companies big and small despite their best efforts to prevent it. It can also happen to you...

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Photographs versus Fine Art Photographs

 By Bruce Barnbaum– Throughout my photographic career, I have been asked, “What is the difference between a fine art photograph and a regular photograph?” This question was asked explicitly at the last workshop I taught before completing the text for The Essence of Photography. It’s an excellent question, one that deserves thought and discussion. My first answer is, “A lot of it is just pretentious bullshit.” It is pretentious on...

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Epson SureColor P600 Inkjet Printer Review Now Available

The Epson SureColor P600 was introduced at the Photo Plus Expo in October of 2014 and became available in January of 2015. It is the successor to the Epson R3000. The P600 is a 13″ wide enthusiast to professional level photo and fine art inkjet printer that features nine individual ink cartridges with the UltraChrome HD pigment ink system. Like the venerable UltraChrome K3 system, the new inkset uses five color inks along with three black...

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Expose to the Right? Ask Tim Grey

Today’s Question: Recently there have been articles and books about exposing raw captures far to the right in order to get better shadow details. Some authors suggest exposing so far to the right that the initial unprocessed raw file looks milky white with blown out highlights that are then brought back into proper exposure using the exposure slider in Adobe Camera Raw or Lightroom. Can you comment on this practice and what types of images...

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Six-day Orgy of Free Seminars wIll be Streamed February 23-28 during Photoshop Week 2015

The world’s foremost Photoshop and Lightroom experts will come together at CreativeLive’s Third Annual Photoshop Week (February 23-28, 2015), a six-day series of 49 online seminars streamed directly to your computer for viewing in the comfort of your home or studio. CreativeLive will broadcast live, 90-minute classes presented by the industry’s leading Photoshop experts including Dave Cross, Tim Grey, Jason Hoppe, Mike Kelley, Matt...

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Shoot Masterpieces On Your Kitchen Table

by Arthur H. Bleich– When the weather outside turns frightful why not stay inside, where it’s nice and warm, and shoot some still lifes. What’s a still life? It’s simply a creative arrangement of objects which you design. You’ve probably seen classical still life paintings such as flower arrangements or bowls of fruit with fish or fowl in the scene. While these are more traditional still life subjects, yours should be limited...

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