Digital Images — Digital Darkroom — Part One

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Some­thing about work­ing on the iPad to edit and share my images reminds me of the fun I had with the wet-film-paper work­flow that used to be the norm in film-based dark­rooms.

For me, the act of cap­tur­ing the image with a cam­era is only one part, the first part, of the cre­ative process.

What to shoot?
Sure, with­out the ini­tial image, all the cool dark­room tricks are mean­ing­less — take a pic­ture of a white sheet of paper and see how cool it looks with a sepia fil­ter applied, or a Hip­ster grain. Inter­est­ing sub­ject mat­ter is essen­tial.
Con­tin­ue read­ing Dig­i­tal Images — Dig­i­tal Dark­room — Part One

Kodak All-in-One is awesome asset in the digital darkroom

Man that sucker’s huge”, was my first thought as I unboxed Kodak’s new flag­ship All-In-One pho­to print­er. But that stands to rea­son, as the Kodak ESP 9250 All-in One Print­er (hence­forth known as ‘the 9250’ or ‘Kodak Unit’), does a lot more than just print.

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And that’s why it’s so hard to write about these Swiss army knife com­put­ing appli­ances — there’s so much that you’d use reg­u­lar­ly (print­ing, scan­ning, copy­ing), and the oth­er things that you’d nev­er use. In my case, it’ FAX — I don’t use it so I’m not going to talk about it :smileyhappy:

For my use case (sor­ry, had to work in a buzz­word), dig­i­tal pho­tog­ra­phy hob­bi­est, I most­ly print text and pho­tos. I enjoy using a dark­room that’s no longer in the dark, and also not wet :smileyhappy:

So to be look­ing at pho­to cre­ation hard­ware from a com­pa­ny long asso­ci­at­ed with old-school film pho­tog­ra­phy was a treat. I was look­ing for (and found) a seri­ous ded­i­ca­tion to paper and ink that I’ve not seen often in oth­er makes of print­ers. Con­tin­ue read­ing Kodak All-in-One is awe­some asset in the dig­i­tal dark­room

3 Awesome Photo apps for your iPad

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Now I know what you’re think­ing — Brad, the iPad doesn’t have a cam­era so why would I want pho­tog­ra­phy apps on it.

Here’s three of many pho­to apps I use most reg­u­lar­ly on my iPad — start­ing off with an offer­ing from Adobe, the Pho­to­shop peo­ple.

To illus­trate, I’ve used an image I cap­tured this morn­ing on my wife’s iPhone4, which I then uploaded to Flickr and then down­loaded to my iPad and processed. Con­tin­ue read­ing 3 Awe­some Pho­to apps for your iPad

Christmas Lego

Just anoth­er excuse to take some pho­tos of a cou­ple of Christ­mas lego con­struc­tions. Sim­ple lay­out:

  • Drape a bright red scarf as a seam­less back­ground
  • Posi­tion Lego object
  • Shoot with the zoom racked in to tele­pho­to
  • Offload image to the iPad
  • Process / crop with Instra­gram
  • Upload to Flickr
  • Blog about it :)

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