Monday, September 28, 2015

How to convert a group of raw photos to jpeg

insert your device with your pictures 
copy your pictures to a folder on the desktop 

Open Photoshop 

Go To File > Scripts > Image Processor 

in section 1: 
        Select Folder... > select the folder that contains the raw images 
            if you have sub-folders, tick the Include All sub-folders box

in section 2: select where to save the converted photos 
        Either in the same folder as the originals 
        Or in a different folder 

in section 3: 
       select the file format to convert the images to: 
                     JPEG 
                     PSD 
                     TIFF 
       and set the file format specific options 

in section 4: 
     make sure the "Run Actions" box is not ticked 

click "Run" up to the left of section 1

copy the folder containing the jpegs back to your device or upload straight to flickr

this information courtesy of Samuel Toups

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Sony Cameras


Sony has been challenging Canon and Nikon as a major manufacturer of high quality cameras beginning with the NEX series of mirrorless cameras. With the A7R II they are challenging Canon and Nikon’s best cameras.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Getting GPS Coordinates

Have you ever taken a photograph and then later been annoyed by not knowing where you took it. If you have an Android or iPhone there is an easy solution to this. Take a second photograph with your phone and embedded within that file are the GPS coordinates. GPS is not dependent on the Location setting so this can be used even while traveling without being charged for data. Some cameras are GPS enabled, but this is not always reliable. One of my cameras is a Nikon AW110 which takes good photographs, but the GPS doesn’t always work. With my iPhone I never have this problem. I rely on it for all of my photographs.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Shopping for a camera


No one reviews cameras with the depth and clarity of independent camera tester Gordon Laing. His reviews can be seen at

Smartphone Camera Survey


In many users' pockets consumer-level digital compact cameras have been replaced by smartphones. The cameras of the latter don't usually have zoom lenses or xenon flashes but image sensor technology has been rapidly improving and clever software processing helps rival, and in some cases even surpass, image quality of dedicated cameras. Add large high-resolution screens for image framing and viewing along with the ability to add special features and new shooting modes by installing apps to the mix, and it's no surprise that for many the smartphone camera has become an important piece of photographic equipment. 

Monday, January 12, 2015

From Diana Cameras to Smartphones

When Nancy Rexroth’s photographs made with a Diana camera appeared in the magazine Aperture I immediately went out and bought one. My Diana photographs I wasn’t terribly impressed by and stopped making them. Before seeing her work, I was shooting black and white film with an 8x10 view camera, using the Zone System and mixing darkroom chemicals from scratch. I was a hardcore technical photographer dreaming of getting to that Ansel Adams level of technical photography. I never got there.

I am now a restrained technical photographer who very much admires the work of Thomas Struth and under the wrong set of conditions, I would go out and try to emulate the type of work he does and even attempt to do better work than his. But I have been taken by what you can do with a smartphone and sorta see it as the new Diana camera.

What I liked so much about Rexroth’s Diana photographs is that she was making amazing photographs and not using a view camera, the Zone System or mixing her own chemicals. There are a lot of photographers today who talk about technical photography being over. To me Jeff Wall and Thomas Struth are the proof that this is not true. But a whole lot of unnamed smartphones photographers are proof that being a good technical photograph is not terribly important anymore. Almost anyone with a smartphone can be a good enough technical photographer instantly and then it becomes all about vision.

Hurray for contemporary technology! I still use both digital cameras and phones and have no plans to stop using a digital camera. And some days I even think about getting some film and using my view camera again, which hopefully I won’t do. Look at all the options - make your own exhibit on Flickr or Instagram, make a monograph for free with iBooks Author, shoot and distribute stock photographs right from where you take the photograph. Doing an exhibit online does not reach buyers with anything close to the impact of what a physical gallery or museum can do for a photographer. And a book done without major publishers and distributors very few people will ever see. But this a good start from just storing photographs on computer drives that no one ever sees.  Wow! what an exciting new world of photography. I can’t wait to see what comes next.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Zhang Kechun

I know so little about China, yet I watch this country becoming part of the daily news cycle. In a way, Zhang Kechun's road trips along the Yellow River remind me of the cross country trips taken by Robert Frank and Stephen Shore. These photographs pull me in with their dreamlike quality.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Alamy Stockimo

The stock photography agency Alamy is offering what looks like an exciting new way to sell iPhone photographs

https://www.stockimo.com/

also see

http://www.visualconnections.com/blog/cashing-in-on-phone-photos-enter-stockimo-from-alamy/

Flickr Part 2

The site I like best for posting photographs is Flickr.  It is also a great way to extend your audience beyond yourself and  help in your self evaluation of your photographs. To use Flickr's many features you post photographs and after doing so you must login to see all of the features.

Under the word "Your Photostream" you will see the word "Photostream".

To the right of this you will see a series of linked words. Click on "Recent Activity".

You should see a list of thumbnails of your photographs.

Click on the thumbnail and the screen will change to the full view of that photograph.

Below your photograph you will see "Comments and faves". Most people who like your photograph will make it a favorite rather than comment on it. Occasionally they will do both.

When someone chooses your photograph as a favorite, you will see a star followed by their name and the words " added this photo to his/her/their favorites". If you hope to have this person continue to follow your photography, you should click on this link, which takes you to all of their their favorites and make one of their photographs one of your favorites.

Scroll to the top and under their username click on "Photostream to see their photographs.

Click on any of their thumbnails and when the full photograph appears you will see a button at the top left with a star followed by the word "Favorite". Once you click on it, it goes into your favorites photograph collection as well as automatically sends that person a message that you have made this a favorite. You also may want to consider making them a contact.

Monitoring views is a good way to determine the visual impact of a photograph. The numbers can be played so comparative numbers are the best indication of visual impact. A photograph that gets 10 views probably does not have the visual impact of one that gets 50

It is not likely that very many people will see posted photographs on Flickr without interacting with other people. This can be done in two ways. The first is to go to

http://www.flickr.com/explore

Over 8 million photographs a day are uploaded to Flickr. From these they use a secret algorithm to choose 500 images a day for the Explore section of the site. I have been lucky enough to be chosen eight times for this honor.

The objective is to get "views", which is a good way to get started on getting an audience response to photographs beyond a small circle of family and friends.

The second way to boost your views is to put your individual photographs in as many groups as possible. Searches for any group can be made by going to Communities > Search Groups and entering a search for a favorite subject. Join lots of groups and lots of photographs to them.

Using contacts favorites is another way to find your own favorites and new contacts.

The "popular" index is a useful way to measure the visual impact of a photograph, although probably less accurate than monitoring comparative view numbers.

I have used Flickr for my own photography since 2006.