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Photographers Need Validation

Photo image degradation

Austin Kleon wrote, “validation is for parking, not for artists.” However I’m not referring to validation as a creative. Photographers need to regularly validate their image archive to ensure it hasn’t deteriorated. A lot of things can go wrong: file corruption, bit rot, missing images and more. In ye olde days of film we could … Read more

Colour Photography – created by God and Man

colour photography

I love black and white photography. Some of my favourite photographers, like Elliot Erwitt, are best known for their B&W images. In photography’s early years B&W was the only option. If you wanted colour it had to be hand painted onto the print. However colour photography has always driven the market for professionals and consumers. … Read more

Managing Digital Assets with Adobe Bridge

Adobe Bridge Digital Asset Management

Adobe Bridge is often overlooked as a professional multimedia browser. It works like Mac Finder and Windows File Explorer. You can view items on your computer, connected hard drives or network drives and navigate through your folder structure. However Bridge supports hundreds more file types including images, audio, PDFs, movies and more. It’s a bridge … Read more

CPD for Creatives in Isolation

self isolation shelter in place

Many of us are now in self isolation, working from home or under shelter in place orders. I wish you the best and hope that you’re OK knowing this will eventually end. It could be a good time to catch up on Continuing Professional Development. I have a backlog of training earmarked for later and … Read more

Media Pro, DEVONthink and Databases

I’m a long time user of Media Pro, a visual cataloguing application by Phase One. Starting as iView over 23 years ago it’s one of the longest running DAM apps of its type. It’s also one of the last standalone, single user digital asset management programs. Designed for creatives it’s used mostly by photographers. Like … Read more

Five Basic Photoshop Mistakes

As a visual communicator I’m hypersensitive to images that have been badly Photoshopped. Here are some common mistakes in no particular order and how to avoid them. 1. Distorting An Image When Transforming It. A photo has a set aspect ratio and when rescaling it using a tool like Transform it’s easy to accidentally make … Read more