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During the last month, I have only published a relatively small number of articles. If you have come to appreciate a steady diet of tutorials and photography related articles, I have good news for you. I am back full force, starting next week.
Introducing my new project
One of the reasons I took things a bit slower is a new project I am working on. I have come to realize that I have spent a great deal of time in California and built up a wealth of knowledge about anything and everything worth photographing. That is why I decided to start a new blog:
On the photo scout website I will publish short articles about all the places in California that are worth photographing, how to photograph them, how to find your way around, what equipment you will need, what the best time is for photography and other tips.
It is a blog geared for photographers, photo enthusiasts and tourists with a passion for picture taking. If you ever plan to come to California or if you live here, you will find great value in this blog.
Why not here?
My first priority is this website here. I have built a strong reader base and I love this website. I love interacting with you and I love getting emails every day giving me great feedback.
It is my primary outlet to communicate and help with photographic advice.
However, there are literally hundreds of places I have seen in California and I found that it would litter this website with too much information, so I decided to create a new website.
What is next?
I have many ideas for tutorials and plenty of reviews to write to keep you busy reading and me busy writing furiously. I have become much more efficient and better organized than when I first started blogging, making it possible for me to support this new project despite the many things I do.
I love the discussion on the Rebel XSI Review post and I hope there will be more. Please do not hesitate to comment or contact me directly if you have an important question on your mind. There is no stupid question, just stupid answers. So keep it coming and don't forget to visit the Photo Scout sometimes.
In this essay, I debate with a reader from China about the Ethics of using image manipulation techniques. This article is a record of an active email conversation with 杨慧华(Pandy). I thoroughly enjoyed our conversation and I hope you will enjoy it too. That is why I choose to publish this with his/her consent. I am defending image manipulation as a form of art wile Pandy challenges the trustworthiness of picture sources.
In the end, it all comes down to a question of Ethics. How and when is it o.k. to change photographs and when do we have to keep from changing them.
Recently Ron sent me an email and hinted me towards the fact that I missed the last mile on my workflow tutorials.
Color Profiles and Management
I am by no means an expert in color profiling, nor do I understand all of it. But I can give you some tips on what worked for me without drifting too much into technical jargon.
Often I get questions via email and I think the answer to many of them could benefit others as well, so I decided to introduce my new series From the Mailbox where I will publish a few of the questions and answers. Don't worry, I won't reveal any contact information, so your emails will be safe.
In my hasty response I forgot to mention my article on color calibration, that might be a good source of information. LCD monitors that you buy these days at Electronic Outlet stores are not very good and are over saturated and usually have a cold tint (blue / green). They need to be calibrated in order to render color correctly. Otherwise your prints will not match your monitor output.
The tutorial sounds like a good idea too, maybe spiced up with some general color recaps.
The picture on the left is a quick B/W conversion with some curves adjustments (mainly contrast boosting) of one of the photographs I took this weekend at Point Reyes. During the summer months Point Reyes sees more fog then any other time of the year. Fortunately thats not bad news for us. While most tourists chose not to get out of their cars, I used the chance for soft light.