Recording History

I recently became aware of an effort in Ontario to establish a museum of photography.  It’s intended to house artifacts and images relating to the history of photography in my home province.

In this day and age of instant history, with uploads to Facebook and a multitude of other social media platforms, with cloud storage options and sharing galore, I wondered what place there might be for a physical museum of photography.  So I set out to find out. Continue reading “Recording History”

Backing Up Your Photos on the Road

PackingTravelling on assignment or for personal interest is typically a big part of most photographer’s lives.  The challenge of managing gear – taking enough, but not too much – is always top of mind.  But what about managing your images while you are on the road?

With a bit more travel in my future, I wasn’t happy with a strategy that worked well for day or weekend trips, but wouldn’t work for longer absences.  So, I started looking at alternatives.  Here’s what I found. Continue reading “Backing Up Your Photos on the Road”

Speaker for Hire

podiumI gave my first full length feature talk on photography this month, to a sister camera club.  Its members were knowledgeable, animated and fully open to the challenge of challenging me to entertain them.  It isn’t easy spending 90 minutes in front of an audience, especially when any of them could have as readily been the speaker for hire.

I learned a few things that night, and thought I would share them with you. Continue reading “Speaker for Hire”

Leaving the Mothership

Last year around this time, I put out a piece on storage options, both online and local, for the vast collection of photographs that we are all accumulating.

low disk spaceAlthough I use cloud storage as my primary storage option, most of these services “sync” at least some of that content to a local hard drive.  Until today, that hard drive was my computer hard drive.  But I’ve now run out of room on the local drive, and had to make a choice about where to put the local copies.  Here’s what I came up with. Continue reading “Leaving the Mothership”

Fuji’s Focus Bracketing Explained

Happy New Year.  Hope your holiday season was fabulous.

This post is specific to Fuji users, so everyone else can have a break.  We’ll see you in a couple weeks.

In mid-2018, Fuji provided an upgrade to the firmware of it’s X-series of cameras.  Known for adding new features and functions, Fuji users were delighted to see the addition of new menu options and one particular update:  the addition of in-camera focus “bracketing”.

New FirmwareUnfortunately, there was a series of missteps with the upgrade and it was initially retracted, then re-released, which is a surprise for a company that prides itself on its quality options for photographers.

Even though it was corrected, Fuji made another mistake in not providing useful information to help us get the most of the upgrade.  This post is specifically about focus bracketing. Continue reading “Fuji’s Focus Bracketing Explained”

A First Time for Everything – Saying No to Luminar 3

It’s just before Christmas, and the spate of Christmas offers from all manner of retailers is becoming overwhelming.  Not to be outdone, Skylum Software, the authors of Luminar image processing software, this week released the next version of their product.

SkylumThey elected to call it “Version 3” rather than 2019 because promises made to users of version 2018 were not fulfilled until now (and were only partially fulfilled even now). Continue reading “A First Time for Everything – Saying No to Luminar 3”

When to Use Black and White

I had the pleasure of giving another talk at my local camera club last week.  The subject was black and white photography.  Continue reading “When to Use Black and White”