My photoblog is no longer. Watch for a new “recent work” gallery in the next few days. The blog is now some ideas, articles and other tidbits of info that I find interesting. The first article, Color Management, is something I wrote for the photography club last year.  It’s part of a series – the other articles will follow as I get time to post them. Enjoy.

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RGB, 24-bit color, printer profiles. What are these and why do you care? What is color management and how does it relate to your digital pictures?  Let’s define terms so we’re all looking at the same picture.

The basic definition of color is what a human can see.  Color theory was first introduced by Isaac Newton in the 17th Century.  The first color photograph was demonstrated by James Clerk Maxwell in 1861.  You can see the picture here.Read more »

I’m often asked by friends and relatives, not to mention other members of the photography club I belong to, “Is that the way it looked?” My answer has been, “not exactly” because the camera never captures a scene that is exactly what I was seeing at the time. Cameras are not eyes and no matter how far the technology advances, it’s not as good as a human. But there’s something else that doesn’t come from the camera.

A column, Interpretation And Refinement, by Bill Neill(BTW, be sure to look at the picture Neill has of the adjustments he has made in Photoshop) in Outdoor Photography says this a lot better than I do, however. Neill says “Whether using film or digital, the untouched result[from the camera] aren’t ‘reality’ or what the eye sees. In addition,the unadjusted capture probably has little emotional connection to, as Ansel[Adams] put it, what the photographer saw and felt about the scene. (emphasis added)

And that’s what I’ve been doing. I try to refine a picture until it looks like what I was feeling when I took the picture. Do I over do it sometimes? Probably. But those guys who say they “never touch a picture” must not have any feelings. It’s not all about technical stuff, it’s about what I want to do with it.

Merit Award, Marin County Fair I just learned this picture received a “Merit award” in projected images at the Marin County Fair. It’s not a win but it’s great – I actually get some $$ out of this. There are “Best in Show,” First and Second Places that I didn’t get but, hey, you gotta start some place.

I entered five images and all five made it to the finals. I’m pumped!

Bruce Schneier, who specializes in security issues, has an interesting article on photographers and security in his most recent newsletter. You should read the entire article but here’s a quote:

“Fear aside, there aren’t many legal restrictions on what you can photograph from a public place that’s already in public view. If you’re harassed, it’s almost certainly a law enforcement official, public or private, acting way beyond his authority. There’s nothing in any post-9/11 law that restricts your right to photograph.

This is worth fighting. Search “photographer rights” on Google and download one of the several wallet documents that can help you if you get harassed; I found one for the UK, US, and Australia. Don’t cede your right to photograph in public. Don’t propagate the terrorist photographer story. Remind them that prohibiting photography was something we used to ridicule about the USSR. Eventually sanity will be restored, but it may take a while. ”

Here’s a link to a summary article with more links.