We know PMA is coming, but we’re seeing a little fallout from CES with product announcements like the RiDATA SMART (Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology) CF card, which helps prevent major data loss. If you want to try out the RiDATA Pro 150x 2GB, you can get it on the cheap right now.
If you’re an Adobe Lightroom user (or a wannabe), you’ll want to take a look at these books and links:
Free 30 Day Trial – try out LR on Adobe
Adobe Design Center – tons of info from Adobe on how to use LR effectively
Lightroom Keyboard Shortcuts – a simple, but handy chart
Lightroom Journal – blog by Adobe LR crew
Lightroom News – gobs of essential info, updated regularly
Lightroom Killer Tips – one sweet LR blog from “the Photoshop guys”
Photo Presets with One-Click WOW! – Over 80 free presets for LR designed by Photoshop Hall-of-Famer Jack Davis w/ tutorial video
Inside Lightroom – best known for its awesome collection of LR develop presets
Official Lightroom User Guide (.pdf) – the manual
Lightroom Getting Started Guide (.pdf) – again, from Adobe
RawWorkflow.com – instructional videos from Michael Tapes
Layers Magazine – several workflow tutorials, including some nice vids
Getting Photos to Your iPhone – a handy post for iPhoners from O’Reilly
Keyword Tagging – tutorial on Peachpit on keyword tagging in LR
Project Photoshop Lightroom – several great tutorials on using LR
Tethered Shooting – another Peachpit article on tethered shooting in LR
Peachpit Lightroom Resource Center – the best of the rest from Peachpit
If I’ve missed anything else, please leave it in the comments and it’ll go here.
The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Book: The Complete Guide for Photographers by Martin Evening
The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Book for Digital Photographers by Scott Kelby
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Killer Tips by Matt Kloskowski
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for Digital Photographers Only by Rob Sheppard
Digital Photographer’s Guide to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom by John Beardsworth
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 1.1 for the Professional Photographer by David Huss and David Plotkin
Managing Your Photographic Workflow with Photoshop Lightroom by Uwe Steinmueller and Jergin Guelbins
Adobe Lightroom Photographers’ Guide by John G. Blair
[tags]lightroom, resources, books[/tags]
Tivo is making your online photo albums more accessible – at least, those of you that use Photobucket or Picasa to share your photos.
The digital video recorder manufacturer has partnered with two photo-sharing services–the Google-owned Picasa Web Albums and Fox Interactive Media-owned Photobucket–in order to enable users to surf through their photo albums as well as their friends’ and family members’, provided that their TiVo boxes are broadband-connected.
[tags]photobucket, tivo, picasa[/tags]
The Eye-Fi SD Card is a wireless memory card. It automatically uploads pictures from your digital camera to your PC or Mac and to your favorite photo sharing, printing, blogging or social networking site.
How It Works
Basically, you plug the Eye-Fi card into a special reader, set it up on your computer and sharing websites and then start shooting. If you’re in range of your wireless network, the Eye-Fi card automatically uploads the images to your computer and photo sharing websites. It’s got 2GB of storage, so if you’re not in range, it can hold on to plenty of photos until you get back within range of your network.
Who It’s For
For some, this card could come in quite handy. I see a lot of potential in this technology for studio shooters. It’s not quite there yet, as you’ll see from reading some of the reviews below. However, some users will benefit from this technology right away. Think about the photographers that you see at theme parks or special events. If they’re in range of the network (install a few access points if needed), images can go straight to the computer or, say, Smugmug and they’re selling photos faster and more efficiently. No more running cards back and forth.
I think the people that will appreciate this device are the MySpace and Facebook users that like to share photos with their friends. It takes a lot out of their work flow, which they don’t want to have a work flow anyway. It’ll get their party pictures on Photobucket or flickr with less effort than the traditional method. As such, expect to see the Eye-Fi card more in high school and college students’ point & shoot cameras than in serious photographers’ DSLRs.
For now, Eye-Fi only works with JPEG images. That’s enough to keep me from getting one, as I only shoot in RAW. The minimal convenience that I could gain from this card is nowhere near enough reason to shoot JPEG over RAW. Additionally, I wouldn’t use it for the sharing feature anyway, as I always tweak photos before sending them anywhere.
Once configured and in a ‘home’ environment it is arguably easier getting images from your camera back to your computer, but you really wouldn’t want to use it as a mass transfer alternative to a card reader.
Sure, the Eye-Fi is basically a cradle replacement. But snapping photos and automatically uploading them in real time to share is truly fantastic, especially when the images can be better than one’s camera phone. And the entire product experience is built with simplicity. If you can get over the price and are sick of cords, we strongly recommend the purchase.
For $99 I would definitely recommend the Eye-Fi. At that price you get 2GB and wireless functionality – that’s a steal. I’m going to set this up on my mom’s camera so she can put family pictures on her neglected Flickr account. The Eye-Fi receives 9 out of 10 Stammys.
Where to Buy
First off, consider going to your local camera store (and I don’t necessarily mean Wolf Camera at the mall). By going to your local camera store, you’re supporting your community and you just might build a lasting relationship with people you can rely on when you need some help or answers. If you’re buying online, I recommend sticking with Amazon, B&H Photo or Adorama. These three vendors are reliable, trustworthy and generally have the best (legitimate) prices. Additionally, purchasing your gear through these links helps support this site.
[tags]eye-fi, sd, card, wireless[/tags]
Finally, Google has integrated Picasa Web Albums into Google Image Search. Public albums can be enabled for a public search option, meaning your images will be more likely to come up in Google image results. And that’s a huge improvement, because previously images on Picasa (and Blogger, and Google Docs) were not searchable at all.
Seeing daily requests for photo integratation for those great Dugg pics, Digg is finally pulling the trigger and Digg Images are on the way:
In a conversation with Digg founder Kevin Rose tonight at The Lobby conference in Hawaii, he mentioned that Digg would be adding an Images category in a week or two, on top of the existing News, Video and Podcasts. This was originally mentioned in a Digg blog post back in August, and the launch is now eminent. Lots of images are already uploaded to Digg today; the new category, like video, will better organize the information. (via Tech Crunch)
[tags]digg, photography, images[/tags]
Sony and the University of Alabama are working on a gigapixel resolution camera for improved satellite surveillance. It can see 10-km-square from an altitude of 7.5 kilometres with a resolution better than 50 centimetres per pixel. As well as removing annoying artefacts created by tiling images in Google Earth and similar, it should allow CCTV surveillance of entire cities with one camera. It does it with an array of chips that record small parts of the image and place them at the focal plane of a large multiple-lens system. Wonder how long I have to wait to get that in DSLR form?
[tags]sony, digital, camera, satellite, surveillance, gigapixel[/tags]
If you haven’t heard of Zooomr (that’s not a typo – 3 O’s), it’s high time that you did. Flickr’s cool and all, but Zooomr picks up where Flickr leaves you hanging and then shifts gears into overdrive. And it’s still beta!
So what makes Zooomr so hot? Here’s 5 great features that will get you hooked:
1. No upload/bandwidth limit. This is a biggie! I’m so tired of downsizing my photos for flickr so I don’t exceed my upload bandwidth. Also, flickr limits the number of photos you can have in your photoset, unless you have a “pro” account, which brings me to the second great feature.
2. It’s free. That’s right, there’s no limit to your upload or bandwidth usage AND it’s free. There are some bells and whistles that you can get for an extra fee (hey, they’ve gotta make a buck or two somehow).
3. Social media meets photo sharing. I’m not a real pro at social media, but some of you social butterflies out there will really dig (no pun intended) the Zipline feature incorporated into every user’s account. Basically, Zipline allows you to keep in touch with what your contacts are doing, as they’re doing it.
4. SmartSets are cool and easy. “Rather than relying on manual set building, SmartSets allows you to use advance filters to create dynamic sets. You can organize SmartSets by many different criteria. To start with you will determine what kind of SmartSet you want to build. Criteria that can be used includes labels (i.e. tags), views, GeoTags, PeopleTags, Date Taken, Date Uploaded. The most common type of SmartSet is done by tag.” Tags is the way I do it. I was blown away by the simplicity of SmartSets the first time I created one.
5. Upload is smooth and simple – even for large batches. The uploading interface on Zooomr is gravy smooth. The interface is as intuitive as a Mac and you get great and simple visual feedback on your uploads, file by file.
Did I miss anything? Sure I did. The crew over at Zooomr have great things in store for its users. I’ve only touched on the tip of the iceberg. If I’ve piqued your interest, then head on over and check it out now . . . it’s free. After you’ve signed up, feel free to add me as a contact.
I’ll see you in my Zipline. ;)
[tags]zooomr, photo, sharing, pics, flickr, features, review[/tags]
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