I often need to make advanced plans around quantities, sizes and transmission of images for my clients and to aid this I use some simple maths to quantify things. To aid this further I have created a set of web calculators covering all the common tasks.
I love using “Print Size” in the Photoshop “View” menu as it allows me to see how big the image will print in the physical (real) world.
The chances are that if you try this with an image in your Photoshop the result will be incorrect (for instance a 10″ image may be nearer 7″ on screen). The reason for this is that by default Photoshop assumes you are using an early Apple monitor that has a resolution of 72dpi. In actual fact most modern monitors display many more dots per inch (pixels per inch) hence making the print preview too small. To make an accurate sized print preview you need to enter the actual dpi for your particular monitor.
Welcome images – the photolibrary arm of the Welcome Trust has decided to make its image collection freely available to all under the Creative Commons image license.
High res images are available for download under either a free use for any purpose or free use for non-commercial purposes only. You can read more about this on their website here: https://wellcomeimages.org/indexplus/page/News.html
Very pleased to have worked on the new book from the Natural History Museum titled “Unforgettable Behaviour”
The book shows some of the most interesting animal behaviour from past “Wildlife Photographer of the Year” overall and category winners and adds descriptive text that adds context and depth to the story of each image.
Im a big fan of having a better understanding of the world and happy that this book is not just visually strong but also contains a depth of knowledge in the subject matter.
t was my job to translate the RGB images supplied from multiple sources into a cohesive and consistent set of CMYK separations that could be printed safe in the knowledge that shadow, midtone and highlight details are preserved and best represent the image on paper.
Very much looking forward to presenting my half day Imaging Workflow Workshops at Chester Zoo in September this year. I’m going through material for the presentation and I’m determined to fill the session with as much information and insight as possible.
As well as my session there is a half day session each with Sue Flood (photography) and Cindy Miller Hopkins who will guide you well on metadata amongst other things. The final half day sees us all together to review and help answer any outstanding questions. It will be a very worthwhile 2 days, we will pour out our knowledge with no compromise or commercial break.
Lightroom is too slow? don’t get me wrong, I do love Lightroom, I use it to ingest shoots, search for images, manage collections, bulk print and make the occasional web gallery, it really excels in lots of important areas. Where it falls down on is speed for editing and retouching, I will be showing work arounds and methods for faster and more accurate workflow using Bridge and Photoshop but in the meantime, here is a message I posted for Adobe:
Lightroom is getting a little long in the tooth, the mobile apps are a fun and sometimes a useful addition but we really need the main desktop program to be better.
Editing and retouching – even with pre built smart previews is achingly slow.
I have monitored processor, memory and disk usage during these tasks and found nothing on my fast i7 PC is stressed, the headroom in speed and bandwidth is simply unused – there must be something fundamentally askew with the code to be causing this latency.
Please use a tiny fraction of your newly expanded profits to employ someone who can write tight and fast code to get the job done, it would be appreciated.
Update: July 11th
Adobe have released a statement acknowledging problems and have promised a fix. Nice to see Adobe responding to its wider community, I hope a better product will be the result.
I don’t know of any clients still running Windows XP but there may be some who don’t automatically apply Windows updates when they become available.
If you employ IT support for your site then get in touch with your IT team and check that they have your system supported against wannacry.
If you do not have external IT support, manage things yourself and have not applied security patches recently then I suggest you reconsider and run automatic update and accept any new security patches, if you are not sure how you can learn how to do this here:
Windows 7 users:
Mac users can take the opportunity to feel a little smug but do be aware that its unlikely that the NSA is just looking for Windows exploits, the next NSA leak may be a Mac vulnerability:
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