Archive

Technical

The Art of Photography is a channel on youtube that highlights different aspects of photography on an episodic basis.  I recently stumbled on this via a video entitled, Darkroom Prints vs. Digital Prints.  I think the video was very insightful to those that may not know the differences in quality and feel between the two styles of printing.  Check it out here or watch it below.  Let me know what you think in the comments section.

Keep it snappy!

-C

Advertisements

Today I felt like making a digital book of a series of images I had going through instagram called Avedon Plants.  Basically a series of plants, flowers, and the like shot as though Avedon shot them. Fun right!  But before I could even begin, I had an issue that never bugged me until today.  I want my Instagram photos on my computer.  Well Instaport.me is an awesome free solution (through you can donate some dollars to the developer).  All you do is go to their website, here, and login using your instagram credentials.  Then decide if you want them to you to your facebook/flickr, or download them as a zip.  I have thousands of instagram images and it took less than 5 minutes to bring those stranded pups home.  Highly recommend it!

KPF – Keep Photography Fun

Carlos

Screen Shot 2013-04-27 at 8.40.33 PM

“The negative is the score, and the print the performance.” – Ansel Adams

I recently completed printing an edition of 24 images, 50cm x50cm, prints for longtime photographer and artist Joaquim Paiva.  I’m honored to have taken the project from scan, to retouch, to color correct, to print. He is very pleased with the digital representation and output of this great work.  To see more of his work, visit his site at: http://www.joaquimpaiva.com

-C

IMG_5080_0014

Just finished teaching a group of enthusiastic students how to take their digital images and print them as traditional darkroom silver gelatin prints.  It was a lot of fun!

It will be offered again at Rayko Photo Center, San Francisco.  Look out for it!  On a related note, I am now working on a compensation curve that will allow crazy people like me to print Mural Size silver gelatin prints from low res digital capture or really dense negs. Currently trouble shooting it with Luis Mendoza (his image below). Oh possibilities.

-Carlos

301612_10200169016845571_1239392012_nIMG_5081_0015

Ok, some of you out there don’t know what a QPT is.  A QPT is a new series of postings that will give you Quick Photoshop Tips.  Get it.  So lets get rolling.

1. For beginners who cant read the small font that photoshop presents us with (tiny tiny panels), you can make the font size bigger.  This is also a major comfort necessity if you are on a laptop.

Go to General > Preferences >  Interface, and the bottom you have the choice of Small (default), Medium, and Big.  When you make the change, you have to restart photoshop to see it in action.

Here is what they look like small to big:

ImageImageImage

Clearly, everyone should just choose big!  I know, where is the wow factor in this tip. But you know what they say, “it’s the little things in life.”

– C –

RAM (random access memory) is crucial to making all your programs run fast, especially if you design, do photoshop, or video edit.  CNET is a staple for technology news and guidance, and I found this great article on RAM  and what apple machines are upgradeable to top tier performance.  By that I mean, the  brand new precious is the Mac Pro with Retina Display.

Sure the display is really nice, but something to drool over other than pretty pixels is the capability to put 16gb of RAM into a laptop to make it really fast.  Yes, true beauty is on the inside.  On Apple’s site, you can only upgrade the Retina Mac to 16 gb, all other models are only allowed to 8 gb (retina mac upgrade screen  below)

However, as you will learn in the CNET article, there are a lot of Mac laptops that can be boosted to 16gb. If your interested, then the start of the article is below, and just click on the image or link to go to read the rest of the article.  Below that is a link on where to buy the RAM and not pay $600, but $160 instead, finally ending with an install video from Other Worldly Computing which shows you scaredy cats how easy it is to do.  FYI, I’m also available to do it for you for $400, New York trip money, but come on, it’s more fun if you do it yourself.

Your Welcome,

– C –

Click above or go here for the rest of the article and to see which Mac Laptops are Compatible: CNET

LINK on where to buy the 16gb or at least upgrade from 4gb to 8gb of RAM:

http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/memory/Apple_MacBook_MacBook_Pro/Upgrade/DDR3_1333MHz_SDRAM

Tutorial Video on installation

http://eshop.macsales.com/installvideos/macbookpro_13_unibody_early11_mem_h/

Have a different Mac other than than the 13″mac pro, then go here:

http://eshop.macsales.com/installvideos/

Apple insider has a great article outlining the patent Apple owns for object recognition focusing and face detection metering.

“Apple’s U.S. Patent No. 8,233,789 for “Dynamic exposure metering based on face detection” describes a system and method of automatically changing a digital camera’s exposure settings based on a subject’s face while U.S. Patent No. 8,233,078 for “Auto focus speed enhancement using object recognition and resolution” uses similar object-detection software to hasten focus speed.”

Read More Here: Apple Insider

– C –

 

%d bloggers like this: