Over the past few years I've accumulated quite a few different blogs and websites. As with many people in the same situation, I've had the best of intentions with these, promising myself to create my own little blogging empire, but usually they've been neglected after a while, as I've realised that my workflow was to great. Anyway, I've a few that had been going well, but I've neglected lately, and I've begun consolidating them.
Yesterday on February 19th, Adobe Photoshop celebrated its 25th birthday. It’s hard to believe that 25 years ago the first version of the venerable photo manipulation software was launched.
While it probably doesn't get the attention that other important innovations of the late 20th century get, such as the personal computer, Photoshop is still one of the most influential inventions of the time. When you think about how much of the visual world we live in today has been influenced by computer graphics in one way or another, from advertising to movies, and much of that can be traced back to Photoshop.
I've been a bit remiss with posting here lately and I have a few ongoing subjects that I know I've promised which have been getting delayed. I'm still working on a detailed report on Capture One Pro 8 for Fuji users, but I've been swamped with work so it's taking a bit longer than I had anticipated. I am writing a first impressions report thought, and I'll have that up shortly. I'm going to be doing a lot of design and animation work for the next few months, so the blog might be a bit quieter than usual for a while, but I'll do my best to keep the updates coming. In the mean time, I do have some random bits and pieces of news to report, so in no particular order...
When I was having problems with this blog a little while ago, which caused me to move it to squarespace, it effected all my sites, including my recently launched Lightroom Diary blog. I had originally re-posted lots of content from here on the site so as to populate it but when I moved to squarespace, all the links got broken. It's been on my list to fix for a while, and it ended up taking a bit longer than I wanted, but I'm happy to say that it's finally back up and running, and there's already some new content on it.
Ever since I've started releasing presets for Lightroom, I've been getting requests for Photoshop ACR versions. I've been promising people for a long time that I would release Camera Raw compatible presets, and so I'm delighted to announce that my first sets are now available! The first two sets that I've ported to ACR are my two most popular: Monolith and Steely Blue. Depending on the demand, I'll look at porting the rest of the sets in the coming weeks.
Welcome to another weekly roundup, my weekly series highlighting the eclectic mix of interesting photography related news from around the web that I’ve come across during the previous week. There’s lots of news and interesting blog posts this week, so unfortunately I’ve no inspirational artists to share, but there’s lots of interesting things to check out…
The Beatles famous Abbey Road cover picture was taken 45 years ago today. Hundreds of people gathered at the crossing to celebrate the anniversary. DpReview has more.
“A Hip Way to Take Street Photos” is a great piece from the New York Times’ Lens blog, about 83 year old street photographer Ken Heyman. Well worth a read.
The Phoblographer highlights the beautiful conceptual Photography of Josh Malik
“Photos of Earth from space resemble paintings” is a nice blog post from Silicon Republic highlighting some photographs from International Space Station Astronaut Alexander Gerst
Philip Bloom Reviews the video capabilities of the Sony A7S in a great (and long) video review of the camera. A really great and enjoyable review. It’s almost like watching a tv show episode it’s that well put together. Good camera too!
David Cleland talks about the Fujji gear he uses when on holidays. His choice of lenses might surprise you.
Photography as a Balm for Mental Illness - another fascinating article from the New York Times looking at how a photography collective is helping some overcome depression and other mental illness.
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Just some quick preset news. When I launched Landscape Gold for Lightroom last week, I didn’t expect that it would become so popular. In the space of a week it has become my most popular set of presets and I’m blown away by the response. So I want to give a big thanks to everyone who bought the set.
I had created a collection full of images to use as samples and I only posted some of them for the product demos, so here are some more examples of the preset in action. Landscape Gold is available now from my Digital Download store for €10.
My next two sets will be “Steely Blue” and “Bleached Bronze” and then I will have finished porting over my Aperture presets.
Speaking of Aperture Presets, I’ll soon be closing my Aperture Blog preset store, now that Aperture has been discontinued, and I’ve reduced the price of my Aperture presets significantly for the last little while till the Aperture Blog store closes.
I’ll be taking a little break from presets for a while as I want to concentrate on a few book projects that I have in progress. I will be bringing my existing presets to ACR (Adobe camera raw) though, and I hope to have that project completed sometime this month.
For now, enjoy some more examples of Landscape Gold in action.
For more details on Landscape Gold for Lightroom check out the product page.