A new look for a new year – the blog banner and some format changes have been made; if you can’t see them hit the refresh button.
As I move into this new year I want to continue to build on the success of this blog, and welcome your feedback. Feel free to drop me a line to tell me why you come here so I can keep dishing up more of the same, or to suggest something new in terms of content.
As an experiment I used Adobe Photoshop Lightroom exclusively as I shot my way through India this month. I have become convinced that, but for the limitations of the used 12″ Powerbook I picked up for travelling (it’s slow folks, I’m not going to lie to you, I should have bought something a little newer), Lightroom is a brilliant application and it is all I need for on-the-road photography. I used it for importing, editing, sorting, and presenting my images – all easily, all non-destructively, all intuitively. As Lightroom comes into its own and heads toward official release, i become more and more convinced that it’s going to be perfectly wedded to Photoshop and will outshine Aperture hands-down. With that in mind I will include some links and tutorials related to Lightroom and the Lightroom/Photoshop workflow.
I’d also like to do a book review each month. 2007 is my year to brush up on some theory – it’s been a long time since I had my nose in theory books and I truly believe the “why” of photography preceeds the “how” of it – as well as some workflow issues. So I’ll review a book a month that focusses on these. Rattle my chain if I forget. The first one will be Welcome To Oz, by Vincent Versace. I have it on order with Amazon – look for a review mid February. After that I suspect I will dive into The DAM Book and try to improve on my current system for image storage which is organized and heavily backed-up and archived but is ad hoc at best. Suggestions for reviews are welcome. Authors are welcome to send me their books in exchange for honest review and recommendation (or not) on this site.
Penultimately in this housekeeping extravaganza, my travel itinerary for the first half of 2007, for those who can’t keep track of where I am and when:
- January – India Portfolio Trip – Completed.
- February – Ecuador for World Vision Canada – February 25-March 03.
- March – Ethiopia, Rwanda, Uganda – March 15 – 31 for Visiting Orphans and KIBO.
- April – Haiti, somewhere around the 13-21 for New Missions.
- May/June – India (Delhi, Agra, Kashmir) to co-lead LUMEN-DEI Photo School with Matt Brandon, then a week in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Finally, my best to you all for a wonderful 2007. I am more excited about what lies ahead in this year than I have been for a long time. I hope this new year brings you great blessing.