*Digital Silver Imaging, a unique digital silver gelatin printing process.

 

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I love photography.  I love the journey that photography has taken me on, and I continue to enjoy exploring the possibilities available to appreciate the fruits of my photographic labor.

Last month, I tested and reviewed MacPhun’s Tonality Pro black and white conversion software (click here to read more on that).  I really enjoyed talking with Alex and Kevin from MacPhun about their software, and getting some insight into both the software and the people behind it.  Long story short, I consider it the best black and white conversion software I’ve personally used.  Upon finishing my review, I was referred to one of their partners in Digital Silver Imaging, a unique print lab specializing in black and white printing.  DSI offers a variety of printing solutions, but one in particular was fascinating to me.  Using a laser enlarger, they convert and project your digital image file onto light sensitive, silver gelatin, black and white photo paper which is then processed in black and white photo chemistry.  Why, and what benefit might this have for those of us that have moved into the digital realm?  Come on in for more information about the process, and why I think it might be the best way to archive your favorite black and white, digital images.

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*Been waiting for this one. Topaz Clarity on sale!

P1070930Ever since Topaz Clarity came out last year, I’ve fielded inquiry upon inquiry about my thoughts on it, and if I knew when it would possibly go on sale…  Well, come on in for a few of my thoughts, and yes, it’s on sale now through the end of October for 25% off HERE via Topaz Labs (use code “octclarity ” at checkout to get 25% off making the normal $49.99 a paltry $37.50).  If you want to see what Clarity offers, why not try downloading the full, free trial via the link above.  It’s a good one… Continue reading

*A shoot for Allison Bartline Jewelry

Allison Bartline Jewelry

As photographers, lovers of light, appreciators of detail, and constant observers of the world we wander through, I think many of us fall into a category of people who gravitate toward other artistic professionals.  While I’ve no doubt come across artists (photographers and otherwise) who see creativity in others as a threat, I’d say on the whole, creative people enjoy and are inspired by other creative people.

Every eye is another vantage, every vantage another opportunity to see from a different angle and from a variety of those angles, the more easily it is to be inspired and grow our individual craft as well as our appreciation for the craft of others.

Allison is one such creative whose skill is equalled only by her amazingly light and vivacious personality.  Her joie de vivre is evident as is her penchant for the rock and roll shadings playing to a slightly darker luminosity along that spectrum.  No one says you can’t have both, and Allison embodies and ties those two points together beautifully in her work.  You can tell when someone loves what they do, and you don’t need to go much further in conversation with her than hello to understand that about her.  Come on in for more shots of Allison’s cryptic and beautiful, wearable artwork.

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*Monthly Flickr Photo Blog Challenge #8; “Street Photography”

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“Sgrunt!” by Giovanni Tabbo

Thanks to last month’s winner Giovanni Tabbo, we have our theme for the month of October which is “Street Photography.”  From Giovanni’s recent trip to Sicily, he has given us an inspirational example image as seen above.

Our monthly themes are open to interpretation and can be submitted to our Flickr theme threads specific to each month’s theme.  Heather and Mat from Mirrorlessons along with myself have teamed up to build a greater community of photographers to help inspire and challenge each other.  At the end of the month, Heather, Mat and I choose our three favorites and open them up for a vote via both our websites with the winner choosing our next theme, and gaining entry into our 6 month giveaway.  It’s easy, it’s free and it’s fun.

Join us by submitting your image to our Flickr Threads:

TRP Flickr Group HERE

Mirrorlessons Flickr Group HERE

There we have it.  Shoot, share, live, learn and maybe win some cool free stuff.

Happy shooting everyone, I’m excited to see what we can come up with.

Tyson

*Congratulations to Giovanni Tabbo for winning our September Flickr Photo Blog Challenge, Frames!

"Mezzogiorno" by Giovanni Tabbo

 

“Mezzogiorno” by Giovanni Tabbo – see more from Giovanni HERE

Congratulations to Giovanni, who is now a second time winner for our monthly Flickr Photo Blog Challenge.  Make sure to stay tuned to find out what Giovanni chooses as our challenge theme for October, and go check out his beautiful photo stream!

Our monthly challenges are an easy (and free) way to get inspired to get out and shoot.  All you need to do is submit your image into our Flickr group theme threads for that particular month, and that’s it!  Heather, Mat and I choose our favorite three and open up a vote.  The winner chooses our next theme, and gets submitted into our semi-annual giveaway champions vote.

Thanks to all who submitted this month, to Mat and Heather for being awesome and to everyone who visited to vote.

Happy shooting,

Tyson

 

*I thought my way was easy… Hair Masking made ridiculously simple, and remarkably effective.

topaz remark does it again!

I get a lot of email trying to promote, or sell me stuff daily.  Deals on this, or sales on that.  Discounts on memory cards, or steep cuts on camera kit prices.  Normally, I quickly scan them and toss them as my time and energy is pretty minimal these days.

As any readers will know, my enjoyment of the Topaz plugins run deep, and although I only started to use ReMask last year, it has been a revelation for me, especially when it comes to meticulous selection tasks, like hair.

Imagine my surprise when up pops an even simpler hair masking tutorial from our friends at Topaz Labs showing that you can turn a task that without ReMask has taken me up to an hour or more into an even more remarkably time saving step of about 3-5 minutes at the most.

Seriously.  If you use photoshop, and you ever have had to select something like hair, you’ll know how tedious it can be even with the best techniques in Photoshop.

Oh yeah, and on top of this killer tutorial, they’re offering ReMask for 20% off (click HERE to download the free trial, or buy ReMask on Sale using code: “hairmask20″)!!!  It’s a little, unofficial sale that I didn’t see coming.

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*$300 off the Lumix GX7?! Camera body, or kit and includes an extra $100 Gift Card!!!

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So, that just happened.  While I’ve not yet tried every single micro 4/3 camera, of those I have tried, the GX7 is still my favorite overall.  Wonderful Image quality, discrete size yet comfortable ergonomics, IBIS, Tilting LCD and EVF, wonderfully functional and intuitive interface, silent mode, focus peaking, WiFi, manual control, good video options blah, blah, blah.  It has been, quite possibly, my favorite camera I’ve shot with period, which is saying a lot.  It is with me all the time, and will continue to be for some time yet.  Because of the combination of size, quality and features, I literally bring it with me everyday because I don’t need anything else.

On top of the $300 discount that runs through this Saturday, you also get a $100 B&H Gift Card.  Seriously?!  While I’m in no way disappointed that I bought this camera at full price about a year ago as it has allowed me to shoot with it as long, a $400 incentive is nuts for this machine.  Okay, maybe I’m a little disappointed, more jealous I guess :)

Check out the deals at B&H:

Panasonic GX7 Body only $698 (reg: $998) HERE

Panasonic GX7 + 14-42mm Kit $798 (reg: $1098) HERE in Silver

Panasonic GX7 + 14-42mm Kit $798 (reg: $1098) HERE in Black

There are rumors that the GX line has been discontinued, but I think those rumors are crap.  I don’t however see them replacing this camera in the immediate future.  I just think that they’re trying to spur sales.  It shares the same, current sensor with the new GM5 (and GM1) and I’ve done some pretty extensive comparisons between it and the current Sony sensor in the EM5/et al.  You can read more of my thoughts on the Lumix GX7 below if you’re interested.

GX7 – An Evolution Part 1

GX7 – An Evolution Part 2

GX7 vs EM5 – Battle for my affection Part 1

GX7 vs EM5 – Battle for my affection Part 2

GX7 vs EM5 – Battle for my affection Part 3

GX7 vs GM1 – Panasonic Battle

If you’ve been on the fence, or have been waiting to upgrade I think that this camera, at this price is the best value in the micro 4/3 landscape hands down right now.

Let me know if you have any specific questions as well.  I have certainly answered more emails and inquiries about this camera that I have for any other up to this point, so please feel free to fire away.

Thanks all and happy shooting,

Tyson