Remember that really cool feeling of camping out in the dark room, focusing and projecting your image onto photo sensitive paper? Watching your creation materialize before your eyes in the developer as you lightly rocked the chemicals back and forth, only to see your final image come to life for the first time? I do. It’s what sparked my love affair with photography, and if you never got to experience that, I think you should try to find a local community college or community space that still has enlargers, and give it a try. Now, fast forward… Do you remember me telling you about Digital Silver Imaging and their unique, digital silver gelatin printing process? To quickly summarize, DSI (find them here) has a process that takes your digital files, and exposes them like a negative, onto photo sensitive paper, and develops them in photo chemistry producing a beautiful, museum quality, archival print. The beauty and depth of a digital file, with the organic analog feeling of a silver gelatin print, is a very cool, very harmonious and nostalgic thing. Well, I’ve been back in contact with those fine folks, and after some delightful conversation surrounding the next step in actual mounting of said beautiful prints, this is what came back to me…
Have you used Topaz Glow yet? If not, please go to Topaz’ website HERE and download the full free trial of the newly updated, and not quite yet publicly available Glow 2. It’s okay, we’ll wait. Free upgrade (as is Topaz’ awesome policy on every update they offer) and available on sale for 30% off using code “GLOW2” at checkout for new users (normally $69.99 on sale for $48.99). There are a few effects in the digital photography realm that are instant attention grabbers. The Glow effect is one of them.
Glow 2 will not be officially released until Tuesday the 16th, but as a Topaz affiliate, I’m able to share the release with readers early. Go HERE, and you can either try or buy Glow 2.0, 5 days early.
I was a giddy fan when Glow was originally released, and it provided me with a true (and superior) alternative to Fractalius, being a Mac user. So much so, that my original article Fractalius for Mac needed to be updated to replace my designed effect through Topaz Clean 3, to Topaz Glow to replicate the effect for us Mac OS users. Since then, I’ve had a ton of fun with Glow, and find even more pleasure using the free update in Glow 2.
C’mon in to see more…
(*this article was originally written for, and appeared on the Alien Skin blog, by me, HERE.)
Put out your torches, and put down your pitchforks. I love film. I shoot film, and have a freezer and fridge full of it from 35mm Kodak Gold and Ilford Delta, to 120 Tri X and Portra 160 NC. The question I’ve struggled with though, is why? Why do I still shoot film? It’s expensive to process, ridiculously tedious to digitize and even with expensive drum scanning, still doesn’t reach the depth and range of modern digital files. Well, the answer for me has been nostalgia, the feel of the image, and the ability to take a step back, and focus on shooting in a more organic way that coincides with my initial falling in love with photography in the first place. A beautiful reality though, is that through software, and remarkable sensor technology, we can quickly and easily replicate the look of film if we want, taking care of one of those (my) criteria.
This post is not meant to be any more than a personal experiment in which I’ll look to answer this question for myself when using my go to digital solution when wanting to help analogize results within my digital reality and workflow because, while I may not need film, I sure do love to replicate the look and feel of it. C’mon in…
Summer is upon us, and so too are the deals and updates showering us with their bounty. If you’ve been around for a little while, you may have seen my article written after getting to beta the original Topaz Impression. (spoiler: I loved it). Now, Topaz has released Impression 2 with new tools and filters, and get this, it’s free for those of us who bought the original Impression. If you’ve not yet updated, or you’d like to give it a free trial, you can go directly to Topaz Labs Website HERE. If you’d like to buy it, use this link, and input “2IMPRESS” at checkout to get the normally priced $99 program for 40% off ($59.99!).
If you’d like to see more from me, and read more about why I love Impression, c’mon in…
Hello dear friends. Long time no see! I’ve been so wrapped up with the launch of the Nauti Straps stuff (and all the work from the ‘real’ job) that my blogging has suffered. For that I am sorry. Good news though! For those who’ve been waiting for a sale on Exposure X, Alien Skin has been working toward combining all of their photo apps into one super monster of a program, for a while now, and it now lives in the Exposure X Bundle. First it was a beautifully integrated Bokeh module into Exposure (while Exposure stayed the same price), and now, with the release of the Exposure X Bundle, it has added Blow Up 3 and Snap Art 4, all as a super group of software. You can see more info on all, download free trials or go for the gold and buy it over at Alien Skin software’s website HERE.
I’ve certainly shilled at length for Alien Skin in the past, but c’mon in for a little on why I use, and don’t ever want to get by without, Exposure X.
GoPro users rejoice! Lensbaby has just launched a campaign to release their brand new 180+ degree circular fisheye lens for GoPro action cameras. It looks like it will be a great lens for GoPro system users who may want that wider angle that a circular fisheye produces for underwater video, general tomfoolery or to produce some cool, surreal drone footage. Jump on the train to be one of the first pledgers to get it for only $69.
See the release from Lensbaby below:
GoPro® cameras are amazing. The fixed lens however can be limiting. Lensbaby’s new Circular 180+ lens, packed with 185 degrees of AWESOME, will make you want to pull that GoPro® out and see your adventures like you’ve never seen before.
Lensbaby’s Circular 180+ lens creates fully circle fisheye videos and images with huge depth of field letting you capture the soul of your adventures with a fully immersive field of view. Attaching to the current waterproof housing on GoPro® Hero cameras, the Circular 180+ captures a 185 degree window on the world, wider than the human eye can see with unprecedented depth of field – subjects nearly touching the front of the lens are sharp along with everything else in the image.
With its 185 degree field of view, intense depth, tack sharp edge-to-edge focus plus its small, rugged design this lens will go anywhere you want to go. Back in now on Kickstarter to get your lens in time for summer shooting: http://lensba.by/kickstarter_circular180
I have no stake to claim here, no money on the table, no skin in the game. Just wanting to spread the Lensbaby gospel because I like the company and the folks that work there. They’re awesome. Click the link above to see sample footage and hear from Craig, the co-founder of Lensbaby as he explains what led to them developing this lens.
Hello friends! I’ve been working tirelessly (well, okay, that’s a lie, I’ve been fairly delirious actually) over the last couple months to put together a new home for the camera straps that I’ve been building for the last few years. With a new, grown up name and site, I give you, NautiStraps.com
Along with the tried and true Cascade and Vector wrist straps, I have introduced two new, shoulder straps as well. The Speed Sling is a pared down version of the Speed Holster Strap that we launched through Mettle Cycling (available directly soon), and the new Regatta Strap which utilizes a very high performance, dual braid yachting line for a comfortable, and very strong option.
Many of you found my blog through the wrist straps that I’ve been building and selling. Thank you for the support over the years. If you’ve enjoyed them, I’d greatly appreciate any buzz you can help me create for these. My wife and I are the dual proprietors of this new venture, and instead of kickstarting or asking for money up front, we’d rather try to build on the reputation I’ve worked so hard to create over time and have already invested in the material to actually make these. No need to pledge, you or a photog friend can get one whenever you want. So a tweetmyfacestagram, repost or even a comment here would be awesome. As always, I’d love to hear about your experience with them, and you can get to me through the Nauti Straps site, or contact me HERE.
Pricing stays the same as it has always been, the only differences are that product and shipping are separate on the new site, and I can now take credit cards directly through the site along with PayPal. As a thank you to all my friendly blog readers, I’ve set up a discount specifically for anyone that would like to try out a new Nauti Strap. Use code “TRPBLOG” at checkout for 15% off any and all straps this week.
Finally, if you have an Instagram account, I’d love to connect there as well. You can find us @nautistraps and follow for promos, giveaways and photo fun. We’re a follow back kind of couple too 🙂
Stay tuned here on the blog which I’ll keep updated with new releases and designs as we launch them. You can still find us through the Camera Straps Page HERE as well.
Thanks all, happy shooting and #getnauti!