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By Jeff Carlson | Thursday, December 18, 2014

Review: My Passport Wireless for the Traveling Photographer

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Traveling for the holidays? Do you feel obliged to bring your laptop to manage the photos you plan to capture? Sure, that’s the easiest way to store and manage your images, but lugging a laptop too often feels like bringing work along, too.

In a recent series of articles, I advocated how an iPad is a fantastic photographer’s companion when shooting in the field (see Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3). It’s lightweight, powerful, and has a great screen for reviewing photos.

What it doesn’t have is a lot of storage. Even a 128 GB model can be limiting if you’re shooting many gigabytes of image files—especially if you capture larger raw images, or Raw+JPEG pairs. Using an iPad also doesn’t provide a good backup of your photos.

But that doesn’t mean you need to lug the laptop. I’ve been using the WD My Passport Wireless portable hard disk as an extension of my iPad’s storage and for photo backup. Unlike earlier drives that connect to mobile devices via Wi-Fi, the My Passport Wireless includes a component that makes a huge difference for photographers: a built-in SD card reader.

By Derrick Story | Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Instagram Update: 6.4.1 Adds More Fun with Filters

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Instagram users who update to 6.4.1 have a handful of new filters and a nifty way to manage them.

The latest effects are more subtle than their older siblings, such as the classic Lo-Fi that is heavy handed, to say the least. We have delicate choices such as Slumber, Crema, Ludwig, Aden, and Perpetua. The Instagram update has thoughtfully placed them at the front of your filter list so you won’t overlook them.

Above, I’ve applied Ludwig to my latest post.

By Carolyn E. Wright | Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Were Your Photos Stolen and Reused? Know Your Rights

 Photos stolen? Your options

The digital world has given photographers many advantages and disadvantages.

The pros: We don’t have to change film after 36 exposures or use harmful chemicals to process prints, and we can show our photos more easily via the Internet.

The cons: It’s much easier for others to copy our images—and they do. In droves. It’s not just the amateur blogger who’s using our photos without permission. Even renowned companies copy photographs to enhance their web pages or to make money directly.

So what can you do about it? You could never share your photos with anyone—but that defeats many photographers’ goals.

Here’s advice on what to do if you have photos stolen and reused without your permission.

By Derrick Story | Friday, December 12, 2014

Rediscover Analog Photography with DxO FilmPack 5 Elite

Rediscover analog photography with DxO FilmPack 5

For years, Kodak Tri-X film was my favorite. I bought 100’rolls, then loaded my own 35mm cartridges. Each roll was hand-processed in Kodak D-76 developer, then printed using an Omega B22 enlarger. I still have many of those prints in my collection.

Since those days, I’ve moved from analog to digital, and without complaint. Photography is as exciting today as ever. But I do miss Tri-X film the same way that I miss my 64 blue VW bug and Yashica SLR (which, ironically, was stolen out of my VW, but that’s another story).

Like skinny ties, though, the good things in life have a way of coming back. I’m printing Tri-X again. This time the “darkroom” is DxO FilmPack 5 running my Mac laptop, and the “enlarger” is an Epson 13” printer.

By Jeff Carlson | Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Make Photo Gifts Right from Your iPhone or iPad

 

Use these apps to make photo gifts on the go

It’s hard to beat the convenience of having a good camera in your pocket, which is why so many people are now snapping most photos with their iPhones.

But what happens next with those images? Do they languish in the Camera Roll until it’s time to free up space?

One option is to turn those digital bits into physical products. If you’re still looking for holiday gift ideas, or want to assemble a visual remembrance of the year, everything you need may be right there on your phone.

You don’t even need a computer! Apps and services make it possible to order prints and create photo projects—even while you’re waiting in long lines or curled up by a fireplace.

By Jeff Carlson | Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Discover the Hidden Powers of the Image Capture App

What can you do with the image capture app?

If you manage photos on a Mac, you probably import the shots from a camera to an application such as iPhoto, Lightroom, Aperture, or Photoshop Elements.

But long before any of those came along, the way to add photos to your Mac was a little utility called Image Capture.

The Image Capture app is still there (you’ll find it in the Applications folder), and it does more than just copy photos to your hard disk. Some people prefer to save photos to their hard disk and manage them using the Finder, while others perform actions on the files before moving them into dedicated photo library software.

Here are some ways to take advantage of Image Capture’s features.

By Brian Matiash | Sunday, December 07, 2014

9 Smart Gifts for Photographers Who Shoot Outdoors

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We recently shared a list of 11 great budget-friendly gifts for photographers, from tripods and cases to reflectors and diffusers.

But as photographers ourselves, we know there’s no limit to the tools that photographers lust after! So here’s another list of “non-gear” gear that every outdoor photographer will find useful in making those shoots out in the elements more comfortable, safe, and productive.

Best of all: These gifts are all under $100, too.

By Derrick Story | Tuesday, December 02, 2014

11 Great Gifts for Photographers — All Under $100

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Photographers aren’t the easiest people to buy for. Ask them what they want, and you’ll most likely be greeted with a grin and a request for a $2,000 camera.

Fear not! The following gifts for photographers are sure to please the most finicky enthusiast. And with every item here priced below $100, you’ll both be smiling as the wrapping paper falls to the floor.

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