August 17th, 2010  0030

Recently my wife asked if I could make one of her snapshots of her 'wolf' (a 50/50 wolf/shepard hybrid) look a bit better for printing.  Earlier in the day someone made the remark "I don't need or want to learn Photoshop because I see no real benefit."  So I thought I'd share the original snapshot and the result after two minutes of cleaning it up a bit and let you decide if some basic Photoshop skills would be useful.  If you think so, tell me what you'd like to do and I'll work up a series of small tutorials to cover what you'd like to know.

 

Before:


 

After:


What do you think?

 

August 15th, 2010   1245

Don't forget JTG will take on all cultural questions in our Cultural Corner.  Do you have a question about language, how to take a Thai's photo, how to approach a girl to pose for you, any cultural question.. she's ready and willing to answer.  ASK THE PROFESSOR!!!  What an opportunity!

 

August 15th, 2010   1215

New content went up last night as it does every Saturday evening at 1900.  Remember, if you can't see the new content on the Articles Page under "Most Recent" entries, try refreshing your browser with a Control-F5.  Your browsers cache might need to be refreshed.

This week we bring you an example of a souless image from Ayutthya's new Floating Market, we review Seagates new Momentus XT 500g Hybrid laptop drives (you'll want one of these if you don't want to spend the money for an SSD), we go behind the scenes of Bangkok's Private Bus system but "Bus 11, Behind the Scenes", and then a chat a bit about stopping to smell the roses when capturing images.  We also have an interesting question from Jeremy about scanning services in Bangkok.

Next week we'll give you a look at Ayutthaya's new Floating Market and let you make up your own mind.  Here's a sample image to give you a taste.

 

Canon 5d Mark II, Sigma 12-24mm F4  @F5.6  1/500th   17mm   ISO 100

 

August 11th, 2010  1445

A few have asked why they can't see the latest entries such as the latest Feature Photograph, or even the "What's New" page.  This could be for several reasons.  We're still in the process of fine tuning our cache refresh cycles, but most often its your own browser.  Because it has a "picture" of this page in your browser cache it might not think it's necessary to refresh the page.   The solution is simple, on ANY website, any time you think it's possible you're not seeing the latest page, simply hold down the Control key and press F5.  Cntl-F5.  Give it a try.  This forces a total refresh of the webpage and works on all sites.

 

August 10th, 2010  2145

Adobe releases a Release Candidate (RC) of Lightroom 3.2rc and Adobe Camera RAW 6.2 (ACR) which supports several new cameras including the new Sony NEX-3 and Sony NEX-5 which is welcome news indeed!  You can download the Adobe Lightroom 3.2rc here, and the Adobe Camera Raw 6.2 here..

A very brief hands on so far relieves my concerns about the NEX-5 raw files.  Even at higher ISO's there is plenty of detail and the images are well balanced color wise.  Here' s a couple early conversions.

 

Sony NEX-5, 18-55mm OS  @F10  30mm   ISO 1600

 

Sony NEX-5, 18-55mm OS  @F6.3  53mm   ISO 1600

 

These are both crops of low quality snapshots taken in a dark liviing room and pushed to look well exposed in LR3.2.  Not bad considering!

 

August 10th, 2010  0120

Have you ever taken an image like this..

 

 

And wished it was like this?  This is the same picture.

 

 

Perspective and lens distortion can be corrected in CS5 Photoshop.   Pick an image and give it a try.  And yes, I realize you've got to be pretty bored to want to sit there and learn how to do this.. but it is an essential skill for many types of photography.  Give it a try!

 

August 9th, 2010  0015

The site building experience was intense.  My web developer put in tons of work and more, put up with me, to build this site.  We had our issues and things to fix, but over all I'd say for a two man project working from different continents.. we did very well together.

And his work doesn't stop with the site going live.  As soon as users register and start using the sites functions more errors are revealed and more work needs to be done.  Out webguy has done a lot.. and it's greatly appreciated.   We're about 97% functional, we're operating at decent speeds and the small 3% of stuff still to be done is realtively light.  We'll get it done in short order.  Finding someone you can work with is difficult.. personalities are always involved and they need to be overlooked.. keep the goal in site and all will be fine.  This site is proof.  Those of you already running your own sites look at te features we're running from the search engines, forums, user galleries, indexed blogs.. much goes into the design and implementation.   Credit should be given when due, and our webmaster deserves a standing ovation.  More on this later.