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Part 2 of the interview with Luis Seabra, the Niepoort winemaker

Part 2 of the interview with Luis Seabra, the Niepoort winemaker is now available here! Luis talks about the red wines, the strategy for the future, the mistakes that the wineries have made in Priorat, and a glimpse of port wine.

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BKWine TV: Niepoort

New wine video on BKWine TV: an interview with the Niepoort winemaker Luis Seabara, on the terrace of the Niepoort winery in the douro valley.

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How do you become a better photographer?

FastMediaMagazine.com has asked its readers, and anyone else who’s inclined to respond, to a (not so) simple question:   What is the single most important thing you have done that made you a better and/or more successful photographer? Share your views at their post Call for photographers. If you’re curious what my response is you’ll […]

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David Sanger changes style

Not as dramatic as it sounds. the well known photographer David Sanger has simply changed his web/blog design from white text on black background to black text on white background. It simply makes it much more easy to read. Many photographers like to use a black background. I think this is in the belief (probably […]

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Is it OK to use photographs in magazine’s web archives without paying the photographer?

According to a recent court decision the answer is: no. Unless it has explicitly been agreed, a magazine cannot simply make available online electronic versions of its publication without paying a licens fee for the photographs in the magazine. (One would assume that the same thing goes for the texts and the journalists.) This is […]

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European Wine Bloggers Conference

European Wine Bloggers Conference

Perhaps one should call it the International Wine Bloggers Conference instead of the European Wine Bloggers Conference (those Americans call theirs just The Wine Bloggers Conference). Or maybe there will be an Asian and an African to come. Why not? Anyway. It is coming closer (end of October). Here is more info on the Wine […]

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Photoshelter customisation – what would be good

To Andrew Fingerman, Photoshelter Hi, Thanks for the two customization examples you sent me through Twitter. (http://www.olsonfarlow.com/, http://www.sephi.com/) They definitely look much more interesting. What they manage to do, which most of the other customizations that you feature on the site don’t do, is integrate the Photoshelter “core” into a site that also contains other […]

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Stock photographer? How to find your published images

If you’re a photographer shooting stock photography and thus selling your photos through stock agencies, then it is often difficult to know where your images have been published and even more difficult to get “tearsheets” (copies of the published photo in it’s context on the page). But there are a number of tools on the […]

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Do you recognise this face?

That’s not a question that is easy to ask a search engine, but Polar Rose is a search engine that claims to answer yes. What it says it can do is recognise the faces of people and recognise other occurrences of that person on other pictures in other situations. Say you have a picture of […]

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How not to do marketing – Or, Victor by Hasselblad

Just received a flyer promoting a new magazine called Victor by Hasselblad, that will be published by Hasselblad for professional photographers. It contained so many what-not-to-do:s-in-a-marketing-campaign that it was quite amusing. The leaflet promised a free copy of the first issue of Vicotr to the first 500 people who registered on their site. Here are […]

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Book Review: The Art of Photoshop CS2 Edition

Book Review: The Art of Photoshop CS2 Edition

The Art of Photoshop CS2 Edition Daniel Giordan Sams [Have not yet read it but it has been highly recommended. It is on my “Wanted” list.] It has been highly recommended: “one for pure pleasure and beauty”. It certainly looks very interesting judging from the description. This is what Amazon says about it: “Look over […]

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Book Review: Photographs That Sell and Sell…

Book Review: Photographs That Sell and Sell…

Photographs That Sell and Sell… Roger Antrobus Collins & Brown [Have not yet read it but it has been highly recommended. It is on my “Wanted” list.] This is what Amazon says about it: “Have you ever wondered if it is possible to make money from taking photographs ‘on spec.’? Many amateur photographers are capable […]

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Software Review: Backup and Storage

Software Review: Backup and Storage

With all pictures saved on digital media backup and storage becomes of vital importance for the photographer. Give it a though: How many pictures do you have on, say, a 250GB external drive? Perhaps 13,000 (250GB divided by an average file size of 18MB) How much work do you have invested in that hard drive? […]

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Software Review: Noise Reduction

Indispensable when you shoot in low-light conditions. You can do it in Photoshop with filter and some manipulations. I have found it easier (can’t say better, since I have not done any tests) to use a dedicated sw to do it. (BTW, if you are going to use noise reduction, you should do it at […]

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Stock Photo News

A bit off topic, or perhaps not. At least not the usual daily picture: If you are interested in stock photography industry news, here’s an interesting newsletter: Photo Archive News, http://www.photoarchivenews.com/

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Book Review: Le Photographe – Guide Pratique et Juridique pour le Professionnel et l’Amateur

Le Photographe – Guide Pratique et Juridique pour le Professionnel et l’Amateur Alain Cabrit Edition du Puit Fleuri Legal issues are a problem for photographers in France. Taking pictures (or to be correct, using pictures taken), even in public places, are governed by laws that are not very kind to the photographer. You can get […]

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Software review: Upsizing your picutres

Software review: Upsizing your picutres

You may find that your “developed” file is not big enough and therefore that you need to upsize it (scale it). There are different tools for that: Genuine Fractals onOne Software www.ononesoftware.com Recommended by many. Also referred to as Genuine Fractals PrintPro. From a workflow point of view the current version of GF is much […]

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Book Review: Color Management for Photographers: Hands on Techniques for Photoshop Users

Book Review: Color Management for Photographers: Hands on Techniques for Photoshop Users

Color Management for Photographers: Hands on Techniques for Photoshop Users Andrew Rodney Focal Press [Have not yet read it but it has been highly recommended. It is on my “Wanted” list.] This is what Amazon says about it: “”Color Management for Photographers: Hands on Techniques for Photoshop Users”, by Andrew Rodney, addresses the difficult subject […]

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Book Review: Understanding Exposure: How to Shoot Great Photographs with a Film or Digital Camera

Book Review: Understanding Exposure: How to Shoot Great Photographs with a Film or Digital Camera

Understanding Exposure: How to Shoot Great Photographs with a Film or Digital Camera Bryan Peterson Amphoto Books Perhaps I should start by saying that I thought this book was about something that it is not. I thought it was about exposure, as in light and balancing lightness, darkness and colours. But the exposure referred to […]

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Raw File Processing – and some more

In my opinion, unless you like taking Polaroid snaps, you will be shooting in raw format. So you will need some kind of raw processing (development) software. Here are a few: Capture One Phase One www.phaseone.com In my opinion (but not in everyone else’s!) this is the best processing (“development”) software. It takes some time […]

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Digital Asset Management software

If you’re really serious about managing your photos you should get a proper cataloguing application. There are a few out there. Neither is really, really good (but which software is that?). It’s not cheap but useful. You can typically try-before-you-buy. The two I have looked at and find useful are these two: Extensis Portfolio The […]

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Book Review – Real World Color Management

Real World Color Management Bruce Fraser, Fred Bunting, Chris Murphy Peachpit Press [Have not yet read it but it has been highly recommended. It is on my “Wanted” list.] This is what Amazon says about it: “Discusses concepts of color science and digital color and explores topics such as how to analyze a color-management system, […]

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Book Review – Light – Science and Magic, Second Edition : An Introduction to Photographic Lighting

Light – Science and Magic, Second Edition : An Introduction to Photographic Lighting by Fil Hunter, Paul Fuqua Focal Press This is a very unusual book. You should not read it if you do not like textbooks. In many ways it is a brilliant book. But you really have to make an effort to read […]

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Digital Asset Management

If you’re really serious about managing your photos you should get a proper cataloguing application. There are a few out there. Neither is really, really good (but which software is that?). It’s not cheap but useful. You can typically try-before-you-buy. The two I have looked at and find useful are these two: Extensis Portfolio The […]

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Book Review – The Photoshop CS2 Book for Digital Photographers

The Photoshop CS2 Book for Digital Photographers Scott Kelby New Riders This is also (in addition to Martin Evening’s book below) a very good book for a photographer wanting to learn about Photoshop. It is very different from ME’s book though, both in style (it is very conversational, even “chatty” – you like it or […]

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Book Review – Sell & Re-Sell Your Photos

Sell & Re-Sell Your Photos Rohn Engh Writer’s Digest Books This book is about how to launch yourself, and survive, as an independent stock photographer business. All of that: “launch”, “independent”, “stock”, “business”… It is not much about photography as such but more about the business of doing stock photography. It takes you through how […]

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About The Image

It’s nice being noticed in the media. Especially when it is in a place like abouttheimage.com. Read the full article the did on us here.

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Photography and money!?

Well, you have to live from something, don’t you? So, do tak a look at our stock photo portfolio (look right). But that was not at all what this post was going to be about. Instead, I wanted to mention some excellent prices that photographs had fetched at auction recently. Example 1: Ansel Adams, “Moonrise, […]

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So much to do, so little time. Still, #15!!!

No picture in this post. (The one and only!) Just too busy with other things… But I was just happy to discover that, in spite of that, this blog is ranked #15 in the top 100 wine blogs! I’ll open the champagne when its #10, but still a nice way to finish the day! Here’s […]

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