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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Photo metadata – You know what it is?

If you’re a photographer, no doubt you do. If not, it’s perhaps not very likely. It’s the sine qua non for a photo that will be used for anything more than personal use, e.g. sold to someone. To put it simply (and not necessarily scientifically correctly), it refers to information about a picture. Often this […]

File names

For a change, a post on a different subject: intellectual property and copyright – and file names and naming conventions. I want to share with you a tip that I picked up from Peter Krogh’s excellent book The DAM Book (you can read my review of the book here – I highly recommend reading it). […]

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? […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Digital Workflow

“Short and simplified overview of my digital workflow” Take a look at my photo book recommendations here. (outdated link) This is just an overview that I don’t necessarily follow slavishly and that is modified depending on the situation… The Workflow 1… Copy from card to PC. 2… Rename raw files to follow naming standard (sw: […]

The mysteries of serach engines…

I’ve run this blog for less than two weeks now. Somehow (maybe it’s Father Christmas?) it’s already showing on msn.com’s first page if you look for “wine pictures”. On Google, on the other hand, it is nowhere to be seen, even though Blogger.com (=blogspot) is a Google service. Mysterious. Both things.

Am I a spam blog??

Well, Google thinks I am. This morning I was greeted by a message that “your blog is locked”. Ha ha, you cannot post to it any longer. Apparently they think you are a spam blog if you have nonsensical text (is my English that poor?) and frequently link to the same (other) site. Well, I […]