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Thomas is a professional fine art photographer and writer specialising in photography related instructional books as well as travel writing and street photography. 

Photography Web Roundup for July 4th

Photography Web Roundup for July 4th

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Welcome to this week’s roundup of interesting photography related news and finds from around the web. First of all, as it’s July 4th, I want to which a happy 4th July to all my American readers. I hope you all have a great holiday.

Aperture’s Demise

About an hour after I published last weeks post, the news broke that Apple was discontinuing Aperture. For those of you who’ve followed my work for a while, you’ll know that I’ve been a long time Aperture advocate and evangelist, and I’ve written a book about Aperture before as well as running a website dedicated to the software. While I’ve been mostly using Lightroom for the past year, I still had a soft spot for Apple’s software, although it hadn’t looked good for it for a while.

I’ve written an extensive piece over on the Aperture blog about my thoughts on the issue, and why I feel that Apple has decided to do this now.

I’ve also started a new website dedicated to Lightroom in a similar vein to the Aperture Blog. Called the Lightroom Diary, it will be a place to share my experiences using Lightroom, with lots of tips, tricks and reviews. I’m also going to be running a series on switching to Lightroom for Aperture users, the first instalment of which is up now.

I’ve also made a video to show give Aperture users a quick overview of the Lightroom interface and to show switchers some of the functions in Lightroom that aren’t in Aperture. You can watch it below or you can see the full post on the Lightroom Diary site.

For people considering switching, you have the option of buying Lightroom outright, or you can consider Adobe’s Photographer subscription programme. For $9.99 a month you get Photoshop and Lightroom (and it’s full versions of both) and you also get unlimited syncing to Lightroom mobile and the web. [Terry White has full details of the package on his site](Lightroom Mobile and Web with unlimited photo syncing).

…And in other news!

Because of my involvement in Aperture, unsurprisingly this has been taking up most of my time this week, but I have managed to pick up on a few other bits and pieces of news.

Gizmodo highlights some funny old clips from the Daily Show mocking camera phones from about 10 years ago.

DP Review has an interesting opinion piece on why the small changes in the D810 make a big difference over the D800

Photography Educator Elliot Paul Stern wrote a nice little blog piece on using Lightroom Presets as part of the creative process, and he was kind enough to mention my sets, so stop by and check out the blog post. It’s a good take on using presets, and it’s the approach I take - to use presets as a starting point.


A few pieces of inspirational photography to check out this week:

Check out the beautiful Landscapes and other work of a fellow Fuji user Matt Wilkinson

Check out the Streets of Turin photography project from Heather Broster and Mathieu Gasquet (of MirrorLessons fame) which was inspired by my own Streets of Dublin project! There’s a Facebook Page and a Tumblr Blog. Stop by and give them a like and a follow!

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