An article on PetaPixel caught my attention yesterday, entitled Photographer Notebooks for Conveniently Recording Your Film Photos’ Metadata. It’s about a small notebook for film photographers, designed by ILOTT Vintage, which allows you to write down date, aperture, shutter speed, exposure compensation, film speed, and so on.
It immediately reminded me of my days of film photography when I used a second-hand Nikon F5, a professional camera body offering the possibility to store film metadata using one of the four available memory storage options. The image below comes from the Nikon Photo Secretary manual showing these four options. This little piece of software makes it possible to read out the camera’s memory using the Nikon MC 33 PC Connecting Cord (10-pin remote connector from the camera to the 9-pin serial port on the computer).
Returning visitors to my blog will probably have noticed that I’m a frequent and avid user of Adobe Lightroom. Since the first release, I have added this software to my workflow. For photographers, Lightroom probably doesn’t need any introduction. In short: it’s a workflow software and RAW converter that allows you to import, organize, edit and export your images. Photographer, workshop instructor and author Piet Van den Eynde has written some excellent books on Lightroom. He is also an Adobe Certified Expert for Adobe Lightroom 5.
In September, his Dutch book Lightroom 5 Ontmaskerd was published both as a printed book and eBook. Since October 29, the English version Lightroom 5 Unmasked is available as an eBook at the Craft & Vision webstore. It counts 352 pages and contains 69 case studies of which 15 pro-cases for advanced users.
It might surprise you but I have never bought a Scott Kelby photography book before. Why? Well, honestly, I don’t really know. Most likely because I have never been very fond of reading instruction books in the first place. Somehow, I prefer instruction videos much more. On the other hand, I have been familiar with KelbyTraining.com for a long time now, although I only subscribed for two or three short periods several years ago. I probably don’t have to tell you that not all of those classes are recommended. Besides being an award-winning author and teacher of all sorts of photography workshops, Scott Kelby is also the world’s best-selling author of books on photography. Do sales figures and being an authority in the field of teaching Photoshop and Lightroom tell something about the quality of the product? Of course not. Please read on to find out if Scott Kelby’s The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 Book for Digital Photographers is worth buying.
As some of you already know, Google Reader will disappear as of July 1, 2013. For those of you not familiar with what I’m talking about, I’ll try to explain it very briefly: it’s an RSS reader which allows you to add news feeds from websites, whereby the content of your RSS reader is automatically updated with new blog entries, news headlines, and so on. Google Reader was one of the many tools available to bundle such feeds. I was disappointed when I heard it would be discontinued because it offered a very minimalistic, easy to use and well-organized layout. According to Google, its usage has declined, which sounds logical as many use social media platforms to share content these days.