Kid With A Camera: Controversy Surrounds Death of Reuters Stringer

Posted by on Jan 8, 2014 in art, business, culture, news, photography | No Comments

Foreignpolicy.com has posted a comprehensive story regarding the death last month of Molhem Barakat, a Syrian teen who provided news pictures from his war-torn country, reportedly for as little as $10 each, that the Reuters news organization then resold for many times that amount to the likes of The New York Times and other major media outlets. Much of the […]

Lancaster, CA: Into The Wild Blue Yonder

Posted by on Nov 3, 2013 in business, culture, photography, technology | No Comments

At the corner of Sierra Highway and Lancaster Blvd. sits a McDonnell Douglas F4 Phantom II pointing rakishy over traffic. Surrounded by a number of concrete monuments bearing brass plaques, the display comprises Lancaster’s AeroSpace Wall of Fame, noting the accomplishments of various test pilots and the records they set at nearby Edwards Air Force […]

Roadside Attraction: A Sense Of Patriotism in Mojave, CA

Posted by on Nov 2, 2013 in art, business, culture, photography | No Comments

I needed a break and change of scenery from my usual weekend routine.  Decided to go for a backroads drive through the California high desert communities of Palmdale, Lancaster, Rosamond and Mojave today. I was attracted to the boldly-painted windows, sandwich board and the solitary American flag found in front of Mojave Thrift and Collectibles, […]

Kodak Moment: Photography Giant To Exit Bankruptcy

Posted by on Aug 21, 2013 in business, news, photography, technology | No Comments

Bloomberg reports Eastman Kodak Co. has received court approval of a plan exit bankruptcy. Focusing on printing technology for commerical customers, Kodak will no longer sell cameras, film and developing services to consumers. Jason Farago of The Guardian has a brilliant piece about what this all means.

Flickr Reinvented: Never Meant For Pro Photographers

A new and improved Flickr photo sharing site debuted recently, with Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer making some controversial remarks about whether professional photography exists anymore, with everyone carrying a smartphone with camera these days. While Flickr formerly offered both free and pro versions, the pro version allowed only greater organizing capabilities and storage space in exchange for the $25 annual […]

New Adobe Lightroom 5: Greater Editing Capabilities

Posted by on Jun 11, 2013 in art, business, photography, technology | No Comments

Adobe announced recently the availability this week of Adobe Lightroom 5.  New features include Advanced Healing Brush, Upright Tool and Radial Gradients. I’m looking forward to experimenting with the Advanced Healing Brush.  It sounds much like the “Content Aware Fill” capability introduced some time ago on the larger and more expensive PhotoShop CS, a potential serious timesaver when editing/retouching […]