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.
LUMIX GH6 Custom Settings
If you're new to the GH6 or new to the custom dial on the camera, this primer will get you moving quickly to set and reset your baseline and access a wide range of this camera's features.
Full Frame Himalayas
It's been a long time since I travelled in Nepal with a full frame camera, having enjoyed the LUMIX G9 and its mix of power and convenience in recent years. This time I returned to the Annapurnas with a pair of LUMIX S5 full frame cameras in my bag, and loads of lovely Spring sunshine.
Make The Custom Dial Work For You
One of the most powerful features on any Lumix G or S series camera is the custom dial. C1 and beyond. This is a short primer to put you in control of the custom settings, and start working your own baseline towards better captures.
SD Cards Explained
Shopping for an SD card is frustratingly hard, with so many brands, standards and price points to navigate through. Especially when speed is a necessity rather than a luxury. It's also possible that the best value SD card is a MicroSD card, if you have the right adaptor.
Platypod Extreme Gone Bush
It's not a tripod. It's less than that. But maybe it's more than that too. It's very easy to pack and could be very handy when you least expect it.
The Best 35mm Lens for My LUMIX
If you appreciate the value of a 35mm prime lens, you’ll also appreciate that there are a good many 35mm designs to choose from now. Here are my favourite two 35mm lenses from Panasonic and Sigma, both for full-frame L-Mount bodies, and why they appeal to such wildly different photographic styles.
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.