Instagrammification – but is it Art?

On June 17, 2013, in Opinion, by Curt Blanchard

Opinion by Curt Blanchard

I’m increasingly uneasy about a growing trend in filtered photographs. No, I’m not a Luddite, I’m a digital designer with a BFA in Illustration who is now much more comfortable working on my Mac than at a drawing board.

There is a blurry line that separates using your eye, mind, and creative skills to make a good photograph from merely clicking a button to drop a filter over a cameraphone photo. A slope has started to slip making it possible for casual smartphone users to take a photo, any ol’ photo, and saturate it, age it, convert it to black and white, or otherwise distort it and then post it online feeling hip.

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About Curt Blanchard

I’m a Mac user from the beginning with a background in graphic design, product design, photography. I’m a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Illustration. I spent much of my professional career designing consumer products in ceramics, glass, and metals by working on-site with European and Asian manufacturers. I am currently an officer at Tucson Macintosh Users Group and a reviewer in the Amazon Vine program.

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Photo Effect Studio Pro Mac
App Review

On November 27, 2011, in Apps, Macintosh, Review, by Mark Greentree

Photo Effect Studio Pro is available on the Mac App Store
App Developer: Liqing Jiang – Everimaging Ltd
Version Reviewed: 2.0.1
License: US$7.99 Requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later

Photo Effect Studio Pro is a digital photography application specializing specifically in altering your photographs. It’s not a replacement or a competitor for Adobe’s Photoshop or Pixelmator but it does offer some very compelling options to be a very good companion to both these applications.

Many times users may not need the complete feature set available with higher end applications, and with that in mind Photo Effect Studio Pro fills the void. 

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About Mark Greentree

Mark Greentree is the principle blogger and podcast creator of His aim is to inform users at all levels of experience how to get the most out of the Apple hardware and associated software. He is also the lead host on Not Another Mac Podcast, an Apple based round table discussion with Mac users and experts from all over world.

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Klix and CardRescue face off – Review

On October 26, 2009, in Photography, Review, by Sam Negri

Company: JoeSoft

Price: $29.99

Company: WinRecovery Software

Price: $39.95

In the world of digital photography, there is life after death. Which is to say that if you’ve reformatted your memory card and erased all the photos stored on it, you can usually bring them back in just a few minutes using one of several software programs designed to do just that. More than once I’ve reformatted a camera’s card only to discover that I really wanted a couple of the images I had deleted. Until recently, I thought that gone meant gone. Two programs, Klix from JoeSoft, a division of Prosoft Engineering, and CardRescue from WinRecovery Software, proved me wrong.

Both programs will recover photos from any card reader or digital camera and all types of memory cards. Both are simple to use, but CardRescue has a major flaw that may drive you crazy if your card has a lot of images on it. When it recovers images, its preview window will only show you six photos at a time. You place a checkmark in the box under those you want to recover and move on to the next six. My memory card had approximately 300 photos on it, which would have required a lot of time, not to mention patience.

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About Sam Negri

Sam Negri is a desert dweller and professional journalist. During a 50 year career based in Tucson, Arizona, USA, he traveled and wrote about every corner of the Desert Southwest. Sam is an active bicyclist, photographer, opera lover, and piano student.

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Two Digital Photography Books Reviewed

On February 5, 2008, in Book Review, by Bakari Chavanu

The Glossary of Digital Photography
By John G. Blair

Published: Rockynook
ISBN 978-1-93395-04-8
Paperback, 311 pages, $39.95

Take Your Photography to the Next Level
By George Barr

Published: Rockynook
ISBN 978-1-933952-21-5
Paperback, 199 pages, $43.95

With so many people shooting with digital cameras these days, and discovering and renewing their interest in photography, it’s great to see publishers like Rocynook producing a such a fine line of books on the subject.

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Canon EOS 30D: Guide to Digital Photography
Book Review

On February 15, 2007, in Book Review, by Bakari Chavanu

Canon EOS 30D: Guide to Digital Photography
by David D. Busch

270 pages
Thomson Course Technology Press
ISBN 978-1-59863-336-8
$29.99 US, $40.95 CN

When it comes to books about digital photography, Thomson Press is a sure bet for both beginner and experienced photographers. Their photography books are typically well illustrated, designed, and written from a practical point of view. Their series includes basic guides for beginners and more advanced books on subjects like boudoir and nude photography; nature, sport, and food photography, and a recent one on best business practices for photographers.

Canon EOS 30D: Guide to Digital Photography, by prolific author and award winning photographer, David D. Busch is one of the most recent contributions to the Thomson’s digital photography series. This guide book is the type that I enjoy reading from cover to cover. Busch states upfront in the introduction to his book that he wanted to write a guide to one of Canon’s most popular and professional digital SLR cameras that did not resemble the manual that comes with the camera. And he certainly accomplishes that goal.

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