Firefox 3 is Color Managed (Finally!)

But you have to turn the color management switch on. Read all about it on Rob Galbraith’s site.

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Giant Photo Stitching Project from NASA

More than 800,000 frames from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope were stitched together to create this infrared portrait of dust and stars radiating in the inner Milky Way. Individual full-res frames are available on the website. 800,000 frames were stitched together. Oy.

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Killer Clouds

The sky over our house was quite dramatic yesterday.
Click for a bigger version.

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Gallery Print ‘Picture of the Week’ is Mine

Gallery Print, the renowned atelier and gallery in Wisconsin, has chosen one of my shots for its 04-21-08 Picture of the Week. I’m pleased and honored to be recognized by the gallery that also represents Jeff Schewe.

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A Point on Sharpening

Many photographers are dismayed at the apparent softness in their digital captures. Not surprising: they’re used to seeing nice sharp chromes. Most digital SLRs have an antialiasing filter in front of the sensor, and this introduces a slight softness. The filter is there to reduce moirĂ© caused by aliasing: camera sensors are a grid of light receptors and that grid is very much like shooting through a screen door. Any high-frequency pattern in your subject can cause interference resulting in moirĂ©. more after the jump

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“Digital Confusion” rebuttal

Photo District News, the venerable photo trade magazine, published an article in the January issue titled “Digital Confusion” about apparent difficulty photographers are having deciding what to charge for post-processing their files before delivery to the client. (no link to the article; it’s not online)

The main idea was that there are a lot of different ways (and amounts) to charge for post-shoot digital services, and nobody seems to agree which is best.

Editorial photographer and workflow consultant Seth Resnick says that “photographers doing post-processing should not charge by the hour, but rather should document the numbers of layers or steps they used.” That sounds like the “baffle them with bullshit” technique to me.

According to the article, some photographers are hiding their (much higher for digital) overhead costs in a Digital Processing line item. That ain’t right.

National Geographic Traveler has instituted a $100 per diem allowance for digital processing. That seems pretty fair.

I thought the article was a bit of a tempest in a teapot, so I wrote a Letter to the Editor and they published it in the April issue. Please do comment. Read the letter

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Gorgeous Lens Flare

Just ran across this shot on Flickr. Lens flare is something most people avoid, but it can be a very interesting picture element on occasion.

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