Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, circa 1826
I had to share this one from Time Magazine:
"It took a unique combination of ingenuity and curiosity to produce the first known photograph, so it’s fitting that the man who made it was an inventor and not an artist. In the 1820s, Joseph Nicéphore Niépce had become fascinated with the printing method of lithography, in which images drawn on stone could be reproduced using oil-based ink. Searching for other ways to produce images, Niépce set up a device called a camera obscura, which captured and projected scenes illuminated by sunlight, and trained it on the view outside his studio window in eastern France. The scene was cast on a treated pewter plate that, after many hours, retained a crude copy of the buildings and rooftops outside. The result was the first known permanent photograph.
It is no overstatement to say that Niépce’s achievement laid the groundwork for the development of photography. Later, he worked with artist Louis Daguerre, whose sharper daguerreotype images marked photography’s next major advancement."
Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, circa...more
It's always fun to shoot babies - even when they're not my own!more
Ahh for the days of film and my beloved Canon A1. I'm doing a major scanning archiving project and you can see I'm going crazy. Did I really have so many "bad" photos in those days?
The film results from the labs look murky and grey. I used to think maybe six out of 36 shots in a roll was usable but looking back I think I was being optimistic.
And a history on Wikipedia here:more
By James Yates
This is the moment we have all been waiting for!
Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and Representative Tom Marino (R-PA) have introduced HR 3945, a small claims bill entitled Copyright Alternative in Small Claims Act of 2017, or "CASE".
This bill will enable photographers to pursue copyright infringement in a more cost effective and timely manner!
Many of you remember December 2016, when Representative Chu (D-CA) and Representative Smith (R-TX) introduced the Fairness for...more
As a father of six, (four of them girls) I've been horrified, to say the least, as I watched the story of Larry Nassar unfold over the last few weeks. It's important to listen to our children and it's very important for photographers, often placed in the most intimate of surroundings with their clients to always behave professionally, create a safe environment and NEVER imagine for one minute that just because a lady is wearing skimpies, doing a boudoir shoot or getting ready for a wedding that somehow we as photographers can take advantage of this. The gal is there for a shoot, she's partially clothed (sometimes) because she wants those photos for herself or boyfriend\husband. She hasn't suddenly taken a fancy to YOU. Respect woman at all times, always listen to your children, always create a safe space for great photos for women AND men. I've been re-evaluating my studio's policies and practices to make sure we never cross any lines and always treat clients with the utmost respect. #Ibelievethewomen #metoo
https://www.google.com/photos/scan/ . What a great little app. May put my pricey Epson scanner I just bought to sleep for a while. I imagine Google picked up this technology while scanning all those books but it's a great piece of kit for quickly scanning old photos. Now, how about a slide \ negative version please Google??more
The cool folks over at Sleeklens in Denmark sent me a bunch of Lightroom presets to evaluate and I must say I'm impressed by the range and quality of their tools.
To be honest there was probably way too many options in terms of all the various ways to play with a photo (most of my brides want a fairly simple "look") but the brushes are outstanding. Teeth whitener, skin softener - excellent! And very useful. I'll probably delete a ton of the photo presets I don't need and just keep the ones I'll use more often.
For those interested here's the link to their stuff: