Posted by: David Vernon | November 16, 2009

It’s Monday. Nowhere to go but up

Peoria Barge Terminal

Well welcome to Monday folks. And since it’s been awhile since I’ve thrown the best of the best links around – let’s do that for an introduction to the week.

§ It’s been around the Internet for a few days now, but the interesting site from last week to me is the new dpBestflow web site. The idea behind dpBestflow is an effort from the American Society of Media Photographers and the Library of Congress to come up with a “best practices” for digital photography. John Harrington has a nice summary written up on his blog – one of many from the last few days. Here’s a quote from Harrington on how useful something like this can be – to any of us:

“I’ll… tell you that you that everything you ever wanted to know about every aspect of workflow, in simple and easy to understand visuals and videos, is ALL THERE. FOR FREE.”

Umm, yeah – you had me at workflow – but then it got better. And if you’re a lazy bum (unlike me – I was only kidding last week), you should at least read this Quick Reference.

§ We’ve been starting to toy with the idea of light painting in the No-Light/Low-Light class at the Peoria Art Guild. Take a look at this page of lightpainters if you want to be inspired by this craft – it looks easy – and yet – it’s not (hat tip to Joy Miller).

§ We sometimes walk around here talking about Photoshop, Lightroom, Bridge, and Elements like everyone already knows. If you’re interested in starting from scratch as a photographer in the world of post-processing, I can not suggest a better place to start then Lightroom from Adobe. It – to me – is the best of everything else specifically for Photography. Check out this Digital Photography School article on “Lightroom: What is it and When you Should Consider it?” And if you get far enough, just like we did with Scott Bourne and Rob Sylvan a few weeks ago, we now present Scott Kelby’s “10 Things I Would Tell New Lightroom Users.” It’s a nice way to cut through the chatter.

§ Nevertheless, if you’re comfortable in all things Photoshop/Lightroom/etc., then check out this advanced cloning technique in Photoshop. Cloning is one of the easiest tools to use in Photoshop – and one of the easiest things to do badly. Anytime I can improve my technique with this valuable tool – I jump at it. Nicole Young shows you how over on Photo Focus.

§ To my friends with Nikon’s massive 14-24 f/2.8 lens, who wish they could put some split ND grad filters on the front, I say – problem solved – courtesy of the Brits.

§ Feeling a bit amateur. Well stop it. Thanks to Mr. Vision – David duChemin.

§ And another slightly more advanced topic: light meters. Want the 411 on all the ways an EXTERNAL light meter can help you. Check out the wisdom dispensed from the gang at Lighting Essentials. A light meter outside of the camera is the next step up if you want to really, really nail your exposures.

§ And I’ll leave you with this crossover gem. And by crossover I mean combining a few of the things I’m coming to love all in one place. Check out these timelapse videos of all things nature and send yourself over to Vimeo after the fact to see the behind-the-scenes work on how it was done.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

more about “Timescapes Timelapse: Mountain Light“, posted with vodpod



  1. I loved the time lapse video–thanks for linking.

  2. Love your blog! Here’s a link to my recent post using your Harvest Moon over Murray Baker picture!

    Thanks! Gloris

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