Blurb has been a wonderful development for me because now I can see more of my photographic expression converted to the printed media for which cameras were originally intended. The digital age has made photography more relevant and more accessible, but Blurb and other sites like it have returned digital photography to the essence of the art - sharing a printed image.
There's something tragic about photos that never leave your hard-disk. Thousands of moments preserved in digital form but trapped forever inside magnetic media. All those ghosts are frozen in silence, holding their breath with anticipation for a future that may never exist. File after file of photographic tragedy.
I want my photos to exist, for real.
Ironically the digital revolution in photography has made this more possible and easier than ever. Blurb, Momento, Lily and lots of other "print on demand" solutions have finally brought the camera full circle. Digital is good.
I try to make a point of producing a printed book/albumn of all my major trips. Why spend the time and money?
1. It helps me to appreciate what I have on my computer.
2. It helps my clients to appreciate what I just sent them on a disc.
3. The process of review and selection makes me more critical of my images and helps me to isolate areas in which I need to improve my shot selection for future commissions.
4. I love showing off a book of images to people when they come around. Loading a slideshow onto the television or computer is kinda naff, and websites are fundamentally "low-res" and lack that personal reflection.
Very selected features on the hardware, software and extra wares that help me get the job done.
As a bonus for my readers we have Paul Dymond as guest writer on the virtues and challenges of Cataloguing Software, also known as Digital Asset Management (DAM). I’ve put on my editing cap for this article, having asked Paul “What is DAM and why should we care about it?” Step into the world of cataloguing and keywords in order to make the most of your digital collection.
Hard Lessons with Hard Drives
This is the 2020 update to my popular article on why and how to make sure your backups are sorted. Cloud storage is not always the answer when big RAW files and big photo collections are at stake. I spend more on hard drives than cameras, so read on to find out why.
The Absolute Best Lens in Nepal
Very rarely a new lens comes along that changes how I think about photography. This is one of those lenses. My priority for glass is always quality over convenience, but this time you get enough of both to make it a hard one to walk past. The newly released "DG Vario-Summilux 10-25mm f/1.7 ASPH" by Panasonic+Leica is not only a great lens for MFT systems, but may well be good enough to tempt full frame owners to look seriously at adopting the smaller mirrorless format of the Lumix G series.
Ewen's New Book
"ReIMAGINE" is now available to order online. It's a very big and very generous book that will help you to reconnect with your creative side.