Posts filed under 'Photography'
I use iView MediaPro 3 for managing my digital images, and absolutely love it. These kinds of digital asset management (DAM) tools are great for adding keywords to your photos, searching based upon keywords, editing down to a set of selects after a shoot, creating slide shows, keeping track of offline images (i.e. those stored on CDs/DVDs or external hard drives), and creating web-based galleries.
It’s normally USD$200, but here’s a handy link to give you a huge 15% discount on iView MediaPro 3. Enjoy!
Oh, and it works on both Mac OS X and Windows.
May 18th, 2006
I’ve just installed a neat image display tool called Lightbox JS v2.0.
Lightbox is really easy to install – you just upload the scripts to your server and add a little bit of CSS to your site template’s header. Full instructions are included in the link above.
I really like the way Lightbox can group images into ‘sets’, so visitors can click through a gallery of images using Previous and Next arrows. You can see the set feature in action on this post. The script even pre-loads the next image in the set before you click on Next, giving much faster apparent speed for dialup visitors.
Displaying images on an overlay like this means I can now start posting larger images, since they no longer have to fit in with the navigation and other layout elements of my web site template. Displaying images on a dark background also gives them more ‘pop’, increasing the apparent contrast and colour saturation.
Let me know if you have any problems.
April 11th, 2006
My newest site, OneStopUnder, is now online. It’s for higher-end photography enthusiasts – the type of people who own (or long to own) digital SLRs, rangefinders, medium format gear, etc.
This site won’t list every new digicam on the market (there are hundreds released every year!). It will link to releases and reviews of new DSLRs, film SLRs, rangefinders, software and other equipment of interest to keen amateurs and working professionals.
OneStopUnder is skewed towards photographers who use digital in some aspect of their workflow (whether it’s capture, scanning, image manipulation, or printing), but it will have plenty of useful info for people who use traditional techniques.
Let me know what you think!
May 15th, 2005
I’m a keen amateur photographer, and occasionally shoot weddings professionally. So if I’m going to switch to OS X I need a good system to download, manage, edit and print my images.
I looked around the forums at Photo.net (thread 1, thread 2, thread 3, thread 4, thread 5) to see what programs people are using to manage their photos on the Mac platform.
Now I’ve got to evaluate them all.
More coming soon!
April 12th, 2004
All the photographers I know seem to be planning their switch from film to digital (if they haven’t already made the jump!). “When will I change?” “At what price point?” “Digital compact or digital SLR?” “How many megapixels?”
Am I the only one switching the other way?
My 2.1 Mp Olympus C-2040Z is great for family snapshots, where I rarely enlarge beyond A5. It’s also good for learning and experimenting, where the instant feedback really helps. But as a poor hobbyist, I�just can’t afford to buy a quality digital SLR that will allow me to make prints up to A3 size for camera club competitions. Not yet, at least.
In the meantime, I’m shooting stuff intended for camera club on some older manual 35mm SLRs I’ve come across. I’ve now got:
- Nikkormat FTN + 50mm f/2.0 (on loan from my father)
- Pentax ME Super + 50mm f/2.0 + 70-200mm f/4.5 (bought the camera body for $5 at a garage sale, 50mm lens for $30 from a friend at camera club, and swapped a Minolta SR-101 + 135mm f/2.8 lens in poor condition for the 70-200mm zoom)
- Ricoh Singlex TLS + 50mm f/2.0 + 28mm f/2.8 (bought for $40 second hand)
In the next week or so I’ll be purchasing a Canon FS-4000US film scanner (review) to scan the films I put through these cameras. It also has an APS adapter, so I can scan all the photos Megan and I have taken with our compact camera (photos from the Maldives, Borneo, and elsewhere).
By coincidence, I came across two interesting articles this week on using older manual SLRs – Old Beaters: The Joy Of Bottom Feeding and What Do You Lose Stepping Back 20 Years? They’re both great articles.
March 4th, 2003
I finally got around to updating the images on my photo competitions page today. I’ve won a few awards in recent camera club competitions, which is motivating me to get out with the camera some more.
Yesterday we signed all the home loan forms with the bank, so our renovations will hopefully be starting in a few weeks.
September 7th, 2002
Christmas icons – a gum tree festooned with lights, and an Aussie flag.
Three characters found in the gardens.
Sights around Jamberoo:
December 23rd, 2001