5 things about being a ‘Pro’ photographer you need to appreciate
It’s just over 10 years ago that I decided to put away my business suit and become a full time professional photographer. I’m still regularly asked how to do it, and what is needed.
Personally I prefer to say that I run my own [...]
Remove and sort duplicate or similar images in your image libraries
I get to look at a lot of bits of photo software, which vary widely in function and usability.
A (Mac) application that will quickly sort through Lightroom, Aperture and iPhoto image libraries, or folders of images and locate duplicates and similar files (by [...]
A quick example of fisheye lens ‘correction’
Fisheye lenses are great, with their extreme wide angle and their distinctive perspective.
Note that I don’t call it a ‘distortion’ since it’s an inherant feature of the way that a wide angle view is projected in this particular lens design.
I now use the excellent Canon EF [...]
Face detection software simplifies portrait retouching
A photoshop plugin and standalone program Portrait Plus from Arcsoft that automates many aspects of portrait retouching. (45% discount Jun/Jul 2014 – see below)
Regular readers may know, that here at Northlight Images, we specifically don’t do portrait or wedding work at all, since we’re out and out commercial [...]
If digital photography is too easy, then you are not trying hard enough.
Why take those pictures?
Has digital photography taken the ‘real skills’ out of photography? I’m very much inclined to say no, but it has made it more difficult for many people to know why they are taking photos and what they [...]
DxO Optics Pro V9.5 adds much tighter integration with Lightroom
I’ve used DxO Optics Pro for many years as an alternative RAW camera file processing engine. With the latest update it now works much more tightly with Adobe Lightroom.
My most recent in-depth review looked at V9.1 of the software, running as a stand-alone package. [...]
Updated panoramic stitching software
This article is covers the new version of the software V3.5, which improves a number of aspects, such as its detection of matches in overlapping images.
I’ve written fairly detailed reviews of Autopano Giga elsewhere, if you’re new to the software: V2.6, V3.0
The major features of V3.5 are listed (at [...]
Moving my working Mac to OSX 10.9.2 (Mavericks)
Some notes about updates for Apple Macs needed for day to day work, printing, storage and keeping old but still perfectly useful software alive.
Making the jump from Snow Leopard to Mavericks
As you might notice from my reviews, my day to day computer for work, and [...]
Two things to realise about growing your photo business
Two important ideas about running your own photography business, if you want it to last and grow. To some extent based on actually running a photo business that has lasted 10 years… This is part of a collection of photography business articles on this site.
The difference between calibration and profiling in colour management
A well known colour red
The other day I saw someone mention a ‘printer calibrated to their monitor’. I’d noticed elsewhere that there is a deal of confusion in the terms calibration and profiling, which tend to get used in an imprecise way. This short [...]