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Protecting Your Images: Why Watermarking Matters and How to Do It Easily

Cheetah_WatermarkedKeeping up with all the ways images can be stolen sometimes seems like a losing battle. For each mechanism to prevent un-authorized downloading of copyrighted images there is a workaround quickly found by thieves. Through it all one fairly simple technique has stood the test of time—Watermarking. This was driven home again this week. Let’s talk about why you may want to watermark your images and about how you can do it easily without getting  in the way of legitimate sales… Read more »

The CompactFlash Card for the Photographer who has Everything (Else)

Sandisk 128GB 100MB CompactFlash CardSandisk is now shipping the ultra-fast, ultra-high capacity 128GB 100 MB/s (about 600x)—that’s not a typo, it’s really 128 Gigabytes, bigger than many laptop hard drives were just a couple years ago. You can get it from B&H for $1199. If that is too rich for your blood then our new favorite value champion is the Transcend 16GB 600x CompactFlash Extreme Plus UDMA Card—available from B&H for $79.95. We have one and it benchmarks faster than our 400x cards and is only $20 more. A small price to pay if it gets you the final shot in an amazing action sequence.

Going Inside The Photographer’s Mind with Michael Freeman

Freeman deals with difficult topics like using shapes, lighting and leading the viewer's eye into the image as typified by this Namibian Sand Dune Photo. Image Copyright David Cardinal.There are a lot of great “how-to” books on photography, including some of our favorites like Joe McNally’s Hotshoe Diaries and Moose Peterson’s Captured, but there aren’t many good ones on the elusive subject of composing photographs—which is where much of the true art lies in photography. One of our favorite authors on this subject is Michael Freeman. An accomplished photographer in his own right (his photographic studies of Cambodian temples in Ancient Angkor are still the high-water mark of temple photography) and prolific author, we’ve recommended his excellent The Photographer’s Eye since it was first released. Now he has another ground-breaking book that pushes the topic further into how photographers think about composition with hundreds of examples covering dozens of topics in The Photographer’s Mind… Read more »

The Death of Kodachrome: Does it still matter?

Kodak announced this week they have stopped making Kodachrome--probably the most well-known film of all time. This has caused no end of commentary but the truth is that of course it ceased to matter to most of us a long time ago.