atn 32: links for shooting tips to tech tricks

The new studio is "box city".

The new studio is "box city".

It was easy to find links for this week’s around the ‘net, there’s a lot of great posting going on. Here are my favorite six for this week, ranging from pretty photos to the business of photography to some info for the tech junkies. Hopefully something for everyone:

National Geographic Photo Contest

Looking for inspiration? The results from National Geographic’s 2008 International Photography Contest have been posted. The winners and honorable mentions appear, most with judges comments below them. If you haven’t been to National Geographic’s online photography section you’ll also find sections of photo tips and other info of interest to photographers.

Analysis of a Wedding Shoot

If you’re considering shooting weddings…or if you’re already a wedding photographer and want to compare notes…David Ziser has started a comprehensive series of posts titled The Analysis of a Wedding Shoot (part 1 here). This is an extremely helpful guide showing how he and his team go through the wedding photography process with a client. The posts are full of the valuable insights and attention to detail that have made David a leader in the profession. Part 2 was posted this week with more to follow.

Food Photography Tips

Professional tips for better food photography is an informative piece posted on Ask the Photographer. It lists background on Lou Manna, the featured photographer, and a host of tips from food prep to lighting. I just recently stumbled across the site and there’s some really nice content well worth a look. Plus I admit to being partial to the site design (it might look a little familiar to prophotolife readers).

Wireless Remote Comparison

This next link is an answer to a number of reader questions regarding wireless remote triggers for strobes. I have a hard time keeping up with all of the options out there but, thankfully, has posted a huge product comparison in Exploring Small Strobes: Going Wireless. Listed are five of the top selling options, complete with pros, cons and price comparisons. If you’re trying to make sense of it all this is a great place to start.

Shooting Tethered in Lightroom

Lightroom expert Matt Kloskowski has listed some options for shooting tethered into Lightroom. Also check the comments below the post for some reader solutions for specific camera models.

Creating Custom Color Profiles

Here’s one for the extremely technically savvy: Creating DNG Profiles for Adobe ACR Processing. If you understand what that means then I’ll bet your interested. If it makes no sense then this one might not be for you. This Northlight Images article shows a method for creating your own custom color management profiles when using DNG files and Adobe Camera Raw (the RAW processor in Photoshop and Lightroom). I haven’t had time to really dig into the article but plan to when time allows. Let me know if anyone gives it a go, it looks pretty interesting.

That’s it for this week. If you head out shopping for Black Friday, good luck. I’ll be eating leftover turkey and surfing the net between naps, a real day of relaxation. Have a good weekend and I’ll see you next week…

- Jim T.