What a pleasant surprise it is to see internet titans of websites (or used to be) come up with something new & fresh to keep up with the competition. Our eye falls on Flickr this morning, who have in their very delayed manner FINALLY updated their style theme to reflect the 21st century instead of the antiquated 1998 style of website. One can only but notice a heavy push in the direction that 500px.com has always had: minimal, clean & fresh.
If you haven’t already, you might want to check out (and maybe start using again like myself) the new Flickr.
Retina display users rejoice! Besides the upgrade to a new ACR platform, it now is also crisp & clear like the retina supported applications.
Also, if you’re rocking any of these new cameras & lenses, you’ll want to get this update:
Get the download here.
If you’re a local photographer here in Cape Town, it is hard to go anywhere without seeing on of Robert Miller‘s panoramic prints up somewhere! Doctors rooms, restaurants, you name it. Robert has made a name for himself & invested enormous amounts of time & money into shooting his noteworthy panoramics.
Now, for your educational pleasure, Robert has written a phenomenally (and certainly one of the most comprehensive) complete how-to on shooting panoramics. Check it out here!
I knew that I can’t be the only one who suffers from this. Very often I might complain that the internet & social media makes me aware of how successful others are & that I very often feel somewhat sub-par by comparison. My skills are in image creation & not well drafted words. This post by blogger Shauna Niequist for Relevant magazine sums up exactly my thoughts.
Spend 5 minutes. It’s Friday. You have the time. LINK
The big news today is coming from Adobe on the product launch (not rolled out yet) of Photoshop CC. There are 2 major Adobe changes:
1. No longer is Photoshop offered as a physically purchasable product. It is now only available through Adobe Cloud.
2. Adobe is no long calling it Adobe Creative Suite, but rather now Creative Cloud.
3. They now offer a camera shake de-blur function so we’ll be seeing a lot more people shaking their cameras while shooting because they want to try this feature out.
Ok that last one is obviously poking fun at Adobe thinking we’re going to be using this feature. I personally doubt I’ll EVER use it, because most of my work is for print & obviously nothing is going to make a CSI-worthy *BAZINGA* enhance de-blur image ok for print. For web? That’s another story.
For a more in depth read, check put PetaPixels blog post on more features.
EDIT: Here is a rather nice comprehensive FAQ about how the new Adobe structure is going to effect us. Click to read.
I live for travel. It is no secret. My mile long bucket list of places in the world I need to take myself constantly grows. Just added Iceland. I have no words. Which is why these guys did a much better job. Do yourself a favour & watch them full screen in HD.
Starting up my Monday morning in the usual fashion of a cup of coffee & spending a few minutes going through the eternal black hole that is known as Facebook, I like to skim over to the “Pages” tab as then I can see posts that are made from companies/blogs/business I follow specifically. A post from FStoppers (the legends that they are & always will be) caught my eye. Normally something that is predominantly text I skip over as my attention span for things (with everything else I know I need to do) is not fantastic.
Yet this one is really worth the read. Trust me. Any freelancer actually. The same horrible frustrations & threats exist for all freelancers. Some highlights:
1.) Stop spending so much money!
2.) Invest your profits
3.) Advertise via networking instead of print media
4.) Maximize Profits
5.) Stop Operating on Credit
Here is the link to the full article.