Saturday, June 26, 2010

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Ars reviews Adobe Lightroom 3

I found this review very insightful and gives a pretty good breakdown of whats new

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Concert photos - a little rant

I have photographed a lot of concerts. It's not always fun (especially if the music isn't to your taste) but there are a few things that really annoy me when I go to gigs, and they mostly have to do with the attitude of photographers. I was at one gig a couple of months ago where there were lots of people wielding a variety of cameras. I move around a lot during a gig, trying not to stay in one place and not to get in any one persons way for too long. However, the front row of this gig was bristling with cameras throughout. I spent maybe half the gig down front and moving in and out of the crowd to get different angles, keeping a low profile and only using the flash a few times. One guy was well over 6 foot and spent the whole night in one spot, waving his camera high in the air and in the faces of the performers. This is the reason many clubs have a rule that photographers can only photograph the first three songs and not use flash. It's thanks to selfish photographers that that rule is put into play.

Also, be careful when moving around and taking shots. just as you would if you were trying to get through the crowd to go to the bar. There is nothing more annoying for a paying concert goer than to be jostled and pushed by a photographer trying to get a shot. Move about between songs, not during them and if you can't get through to where you want to go, leave it and try somewhere else, seeing if you can get there at some later point. I've been a fan in a crowd and when you've paid your money, queued up to see your favourite band and then some guy pushes in front of you with a big old DSLR, it is most annoying.

A camera does not give you a license to behave in an arrogant and disrespectful manner. Always be aware of how your actions affect those around you.

Oh and as for holding up your camera in the air and firing off 200 shots....

That's what regular concert goers do. And their cameras don't get in anyone's way and they have way more fun while they're at it.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Brazil at South Africa World Cup

Yesterday was the first match of Brazil at the South Africa World Cup against North Corea. Soccer is our national sport and the game was played at 3:30pm local time. Workers were allowed to leave the office 2 hours before the game and schools and commerce were closed. I took these pictures in the center area of Sao Paulo where a huge TV were installed and around 50,000 people followed the game in this place.

Lightroom 3 book

The official Adobe Lightroom 3 book is available for pre-order from Amazon:

An alternative guide by a well respected software expert is available here:

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Lightroom 3

Adobe's Lightroom 3 is out. Only $99 with an education discount in Adobe's education store.

I ordered my copy. I confess, I am a fan.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

British Journal Of Photography

The BJP is a great publication. They've just revamped their website and magazine. Check it out online here: