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Monet Impression Sunrise

Painters begin a mastery of colour from the very first brush stroke, a painting could never be created without this physical experience.  Colour is chosen and mixed on the palette and is not easily changed once applied, an awareness of colour develops early in the process.  Photographers on the other hand have colour presented at …

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You’re sure to come across metadata while editing images, this should help it make more sense. What is Metadata Information attached to an image or file, just like we used to write names, places or dates on the back of a photograph. Types of metadata EXIF – Usually written by the camera, mostly about the …

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image organisation tree example

Organisation is the key to success! That’s what Mr Fraser used to say back in my early 90’s school computer class.  Back then we had an entire subject dedicated to touch typing, the screens had just moved on from monochrome to 16 colours and displaying red text on the screen seemed revolutionary.  Things have moved …

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Nikon D850 and Panasonic S1R

The Panasonic S1R has joined the full frame mirrorless camera club, with an extraordinary 187 megapixel high resolution mode.  I’ve had a look and share my thoughts. The S1R is really a 47 megapixel camera.  To create an image of 187 megapixels, a series of eight images are captured with the sensor shifted by half …

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light spectrum from 6 different sources

Have you ever noticed an artwork change appearance under different lighting, perhaps a print, a painting or even yourself?   There’s light, and then there’s light., and poor lighting can fall short of a pleasing rendition.  Here’s a little explanation that might help demonstrate why, along with some measurements I took the the other day.  …

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gfx50s

It’s only natural to compare yourself against ‘better’, whatever that means, and when it comes to photography gear, medium-format promises more than the humble DSLR’. So I’ve headed out into the landscape for a couple of days with a Fujifilm GFX-50s in one hand, and my Nikon D850 in the other, to find out if …

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Taken with Canon EOR R

I had a chance to use Canon’s new EOS R mirrorless this week and was reminded of something…..the latest technology doesn’t always make for better gear. Mirrorless cameras have been around for years already, Olympus, Sony, Nikon, Canon, Fujifilm & others all have well established mirrorless systems which can make great DSLR alternatives, so there’s …

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Here are some instructions to get you started with monitor calibration in i1 Profiler.  The software is decent but be careful, the i1 Profiler default settings can mess things up a little, so use the advanced mode as described here. View the PDF:  Calibrating with X-rite i1-profiler (Update May2020: The default settings in the latest …

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Here’s a comparison I made in 2018 comparing the features of Photoshop and other pixel editors.  It may be a little out dated now, but I’ll retain it here because it’s probably still useful. This list includes pixel editors which have similar functionality to Photoshop.  Pixel editors specialise in making anything possible, but they’re not …

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thirds

I’ve usually seen composition taught as a set of principles based on geometry or colour to describe the structure of a picture.  Apparently the rule of thirds will make better pictures, so will S bends or diagonals, I think these are nice simplifications but I’d prefer to go deeper and ask ‘why?’ Rather than ‘telling’ …

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This is an article I never quite intended to write, but I’ve spoken to so many photographers who don’t have reliable backup strategies that I feel it needs to be covered.  I’ve just experienced a drive failure (see previous article) so it’s good time to share some strategies and thought starters for your own backup strategy if …

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John Hardiman