Lightroom User Group — Iron Chef Style!

Two years ago, I was the very first presenter at the Bay Area Lightroom User Group. Tuesday, January 27, I'm returning to Adobe's San Francisco offices, Iron Chef style! Adobe's Benjamin Warde explains:

Here's how it will work: anyone who wishes may submit a photo ahead of time (details below). I will collect the photos - Stu will not see any of the photos until he's standing up in front of us all at the user group meeting.

Then, having just seen the photos for the very first time, he'll flex his Develop module skills by making each of them look as awesome as possible, as quickly as possible. Depending on how many photos we get we may also impose a per-photo time limit on Stu.

(Ben gets to write stuff like that about me because we've known each other since Kindergarten.)

See the complete details here. Please only submit an image if you plan on attending. And please do attend! I might include a sneak peek at some future Prolost Lightroom presets.

Update 2015-01-28

Whew! That was exhausting and really fun. You can now watch the whole thing here (Flash required).

Update 2015-02-24

There's now a much easier to view YouTube version of the video here.

Saying Hi from Hokkaido (Podcast 456)

With a few minutes in my hotel room before dinner, I figured I’d just record a quick message to say hi from Hokkaido on day eight of our first landscape only photography adventure. To hear my message listen with the below audio player, and here are the selection of photos that I mention. I hope you enjoy them.

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I have updated the 2016 tour page too. There may be a few tweaks based on experience from last four days of the tour, but it will go ahead so if you’d like to join us please sign-up here to secure your place.

My Tree

My Tree

Biei Trees in Snow Storm

Biei Trees in Snow Storm

Biei Trees in Snow Storm

Biei Trees in Snow Storm

Takushinkan Trees in Snow

Takushinkan Trees in Snow

Hanazono Tree with Fence Posts

Hanazono Tree with Fence Posts

Tetrapods

Tetrapods

Tetrapods Near and Far

Tetrapods Near and Far

Obira Tetrapods

Obira Tetrapods

Tetrapods and Rock

Tetrapods and Rock

Golf Balls and Tetrapods #2

Golf Balls and Tetrapods #2

Fish Drying Frames #2

Fish Drying Frames #2

Driftwood on Snowy Beach

Driftwood on Snowy Beach

Wakasakanai Fishing Boats

Wakasakanai Fishing Boats

Wakasakanai Fishing Boats

Wakasakanai Fishing Boats

Souya Fishing Boats

Souya Fishing Boats

Souya Harbour Boats on a Sea of Snow

Souya Harbour Boats on a Sea of Snow

Hokkaido Landscape Photography Adventure 2016

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2016 Hokkaido Landscape Photography Adventure: http://mbp.ac/hlpa

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Simple Sunday Survey #3 – Canon EOS C100?

Simple Sunday Survey - C100

Well, I am behind schedule as usual. We did do the Simple Sunday Survey on Sunday but it was late because my hard drive crashed on my iMac Saturday. I spent most of the day Sunday trying to backup things just in case.

I do regular backups, and I have several backups on the cloud, but I always get nervous and so when I had the opportunity to recover the disk before I took at the store to get repaired, I took it. So all they Sunday was wasted.

Look for another post on a backup reminder in a couple of days.

I’m really enjoying doing the simple Sunday survey, Because it is reminding me that I need to be reporting more to you on a regular basis with my smiling face. I hope you are enjoying it as well.

Read about this weeks survey below and sound off in the comments!

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Simple Sunday Survey #3 – C100?

 

Simple Sunday Survey - C100

planetMitch talks about the results from the Simple Sunday Survey #3 where he asked “With the recent drop in price on the Canon EOS C100, will you move up from a DSLR now?”

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My 2014 Top Ten Photographs (Podcast 455)

Following on from last week, when I walked you through my selection process, this week I’m going to tell you a bit about the 10 photographs that I selected as my 2014 Top Ten.

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Before we jump in and start to walk through my top ten, I’d like to thank all of you that posted a link to your own top selection for the year against last week’s podcast about the select process. It was great seeing your selections, and I encourage anyone else that is thinking of going through this process to post your link too, either against this, or last week’s post. I look forward to seeing more of your work.

OK, so here are my 2014 Top Ten images. Remember these are my selections based on the process I explained last week. You might not think they’re my best photos, or even any good at all, but that’s not really what this is about. This retrospective is really about putting a stake in the ground at the end of each year, and building a baseline from which to judge our progress each year.

I’ll go through these in chronological order, starting with this photo that I called Waiting for Clearance (below). I shot this and the next few photographs during my winter wildlife tours in Hokkaido, the northern-most island of Japan. On this day we were having a wonderful snow

Waiting for Clearance
Search for Prey
Angel Wings
Steller's Sunrise
Jewel on the Shore
Skógafoss (Falls)
Choushi Ohtaki Waterfall (Higher Perspective)
Towada Lake Jetty 2014
Dahlia #3
Mother and Child
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The Biggest and Best Photo Convention In The Midwest! PhotoPro Expo 2015

Good Morning Everybody, Things have been crazy as usual around the Ziser home front/studio after all of our travels this past fall.  I’m still wanting to update everyone with from our travels  but time sure seems to be in short supply. Sound familiar to anyone else?  PhotoPro Expo 2015 Right Around The Corner One of the reasons is the fact that PhotoPro Expo 2015 kicks off in just a few more weeks – January 22 – 26, 2015. And…. PProExpo-Header 1600x900 We’ve been hustling our “you know what's “ off for the last few months pulling together all the details to make this year’s show the best ever!  Check out the speaker grid below – it’s the “Who’s Who” of the top photographic talent and trainers in the world right now.  Piece2 They’re all going to be right here in the center of the USA – Cincinnati, OH/Covington,
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The Biggest and Best Photo Convention In The Midwest! PhotoPro Expo 2015

Good Morning Everybody,

Things have been crazy as usual around the Ziser home front/studio after all of our travels this past fall.  I’m still wanting to update everyone with from our travels  but time sure seems to be in short supply. Sound familiar to anyone else? 

PhotoPro Expo 2015 Right Around The Corner

One of the reasons is the fact that PhotoPro Expo 2015 kicks off in just a few more weeks – January 22 – 26, 2015. And….

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We’ve been hustling our “you know what's “ off for the last few months pulling together all the details to make this year’s show the best ever!  Check out the speaker grid below – it’s the “Who’s Who” of the top photographic talent and trainers in the world right now. 

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They’re all going to be right here in the center of the USA – Cincinnati, OH/Covington, KY.  If you are within 400-500 miles away, you need to fly, drive, run to this year’s convention!  So far we have photographers from 22 states around the US attending.  And we even have an attendee coming all the way from INDIA to attend the show – so no excuse for you to miss the best photo convention in the Midwest!

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USE PROMO CODE PPEDPT15 to save even more! Only $159

Three Bonus Programs Offered This Year!

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What Ello is to Me

Bob Ello

“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” — Steve Jobs

Nathan Jurgenson is getting a lot of attention today for asking what was Ello? Link baiting headlines always seem to drive the most traffic.

This is what Ello *is* to me.

The other day I was having a friendly debate (on Facebook of all places) with my good friend Robert Scoble, about why I participate so heavily on Ello and not so much on Facebook. Robert told me that I should post what I write, or at least links to it, on Facebook.

I do post links to some of my Ello stuff on Facebook, but I don’t really participate on Facebook much except maybe to check in with a few friends who are on there from time to time. I do post to Facebook every day still, but I view Facebook mostly as a distribution channel for my photography and less as a social network to engage in. I post my work to a lot of places where it’s just meant to be displayed and enjoyed, but 95% of my interaction online these days is at Ello.

I’ve been thinking a bit today about why I like Ello so much more than the other social networks and because I like to

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The Liability of Bartering for Photographic Services

If I were Shantanu Starick I would be a bit worried about the taxing authorities in my home country right about now. Starick achieved a degree of notoriety for the two years he set as a goal to spend zero actual currency, and instead exchanges his photographic services for good and services in return, hoping to visit all 7 continents. So far? 5 out of 7. One BIG problem? EVERY good and service he received is taxable, and he must pay taxes on them at their fair market value. It gets worse in that he's travelled to several different continents doing this, all of which have taxing authorities that want their piece of the pie. First, let's agree that it's not fair that you cannot donate your services to a charity - with, say, a fair market value of $1,000, and get that value in return as a charitable donation. Continue reading "The Liability of Bartering for Photographic Services"

The Liability of Bartering for Photographic Services

If I were Shantanu Starick I would be a bit worried about the taxing authorities in my home country right about now.

Starick achieved a degree of notoriety for the two years he set as a goal to spend zero actual currency, and instead exchanges his photographic services for good and services in return, hoping to visit all 7 continents. So far? 5 out of 7.

One BIG problem?

EVERY good and service he received is taxable, and he must pay taxes on them at their fair market value. It gets worse in that he's travelled to several different continents doing this, all of which have taxing authorities that want their piece of the pie.

First, let's agree that it's not fair that you cannot donate your services to a charity - with, say, a fair market value of $1,000, and get that value in return as a charitable donation. If your deliverable was a CD of images, and nothing more, you could only deduct the actual cost of that CD. Even Picasso couldn't get a deduction for a painting's value beyond the cost of the canvas and oils. However, when you barter something with someone, your receipt of goods or services is deemed to be income by not just the Internal Revenue Service in the US, but, unfortunately for Shantanu, the Austrailian taxing authorities.

For reference: IRS Website - Topic 420 - Bartering Income
Bartering is the exchange of goods or services. Usually there is no exchange of cash. An example of bartering is a plumber exchanging plumbing services for the dental services of a dentist. You must include in gross income in the year of receipt the fair market value of goods or services received from bartering.
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Simple Sunday Survey #2 – What’s the best camera brand?

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Well, ‘what’s the best camera brand’ may not be the exact way I worded this Simple Sunday Survey, but essentially that’s what it is all about. When I asked “What brand of camera do you own?” I think it became a vote of what is best didn’t it?

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My 2015 goal is to send email only to our planet5D subscribers every Sunday with one question, and reporting on the results here on the blog every Wednesday.

So the question this past Sunday was “What camera brand(s) do you own?”

I wanted to compare that to last Sunday’s question.

What camera brand(s) do you own?

So “Simple Sunday Survey” to our daily readers this past Sunday was: “What camera brand(s) do you own?”

Here’s the analysis of the results… does this indeed define the ‘best camera brand?’ in both video and audio formats:

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Are the results surprising to you? Does it balance against last week’s question to you?

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Of course a question like this is full of possible follow-ups and we will dive into many more of those in the coming weeks.

Does this mean Canon is still the leader in the industry?

We will definitely dive into more questions about what people are actually doing with their cameras really soon so keep your eyes peeled on the planet5D stars!

Of course, you’re welcome to sound off in the comments!

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The Pathetic and Paltry Time Magazine Assignment Rate & Rights Grabs

What's good for the goose is clearly not good for the gander. "Purchase" is not "license." According to Time's own website (here) " We license Time Inc.’s peerless content, brands and products to partners in new businesses and emerging markets."
DEFINITION: Peerless
adjective1. having no equal; matchless; unrivaled. Synonyms:unmatched, unequaled; unique, unsurpassed. * source: Peerless, at Dictionary.com
Yet, that "peerless content" which Time wants contributors to produce is not something that they are purchasing like a computer or plane ticket. The software they pay a fee to license from Microsoft and Adobe, while seemingly purchased, is not, it's licensed. They may have "purchased" a physical CD of the software, but they do not have ownership of the software to use across multiple platforms unless they obtain a broader license to the work, and pay an appropriate additional fee. As reported in
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The Pathetic and Paltry Time Magazine Assignment Rate & Rights Grabs

What's good for the goose is clearly not good for the gander. "Purchase" is not "license." According to Time's own website (here) " We license Time Inc.’s peerless content, brands and products to partners in new businesses and emerging markets."

DEFINITION: Peerless
adjective1. having no equal; matchless; unrivaled. Synonyms:unmatched, unequaled; unique, unsurpassed. * source: Peerless, at Dictionary.com

Yet, that "peerless content" which Time wants contributors to produce is not something that they are purchasing like a computer or plane ticket. The software they pay a fee to license from Microsoft and Adobe, while seemingly purchased, is not, it's licensed. They may have "purchased" a physical CD of the software, but they do not have ownership of the software to use across multiple platforms unless they obtain a broader license to the work, and pay an appropriate additional fee.

As reported in PDN Pulse (here), Karen Myers, who is Time's UK’s Director of Corporate Communications, said “...Contributors need to bear in mind that commercial realities dictate that we will be using the content that we purchase in many different ways..." yet Time's website Terms & Conditions (here) make it abundantly clear (regarding the intellectual property on their website) they "own, solely and exclusively, all rights, title and interest in and to the Web Site, all the content (including, for example, audio, photographs, illustrations, graphics, other visuals, video, copy, text, software, titles, Shockwave files, etc.)."

Time UK has been, and it will remain, licensing content from contributors. They will not be "purchasing" ownership of it any more than I can take that Norman Rockwell I want to buy and (once I do) make posters and lithographs off of it. Yet that is what Time

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2014 Top Ten Photographs Selection Process (Podcast 454)

With 2014 almost over, and no more shoots planned for this year, I went through my yearly exercise of selecting my top ten photographs, and today I share my selection process with you, as I believe this exercise is something that many of us can benefit from. I’ll be talking a little about each of my final selected ten images in next week’s episode.

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I find it incredibly valuable to select my top ten each year. It gives us a holistic view of our year, and of course, forms a record of our achievements within that year. I really recommend that you do this yourself too, and if you do, I’d love for you to share a link to your own Top Ten once completed, via the comments section below this post. I always enjoy seeing what you’ve created as well.

If this is the first time you do this, your 2014 top ten will become your baseline. This is your stake in the ground. But if you’ve done it before, or as you move forward to future years, you can come back and compare your work to previous years, and hopefully feel that you have improved with each year.

As we discussed in The Evolution of the Photographer, if you’ve been to some amazing location in previous years, you may still feel as though that work was your best to date, but

2014 First Pass 105 photos
2014 Second Pass 58 photos
2014 Third Pass 30 photos
2014 Fourth Pass 20 photos
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Dumb Hookers and Photographers

How much money are you losing when you're not paid when the services are rendered, or even on time? There's an old saying:
"even the dumbest hooker knows they get paid up-front."
Setting aside the disparagement some of the purveyors of the oldest profession in the world, the sentiment of being paid up-front is obviously a time-honed position. Consider this - A common credit card has a 17% interest rate on charges.
Why Interest?
Q: Why do people charge an interest rate? A: It's "the cost of money." The concept is - if a financial institution loans you money to buy a house, they're not able to use that same money to invest in stocks or other investments that will, over time, increase in value. Therefore, when a bank loans you $300,000 with 30 years to pay it back at 5% interest, and with you paying a monthly Continue reading "Dumb Hookers and Photographers"

Dumb Hookers and Photographers

How much money are you losing when you're not paid when the services are rendered, or even on time?

There's an old saying:

"even the dumbest hooker knows they get paid up-front."

Setting aside the disparagement some of the purveyors of the oldest profession in the world, the sentiment of being paid up-front is obviously a time-honed position.

Consider this - A common credit card has a 17% interest rate on charges.

Why Interest?
Q: Why do people charge an interest rate? A: It's "the cost of money." The concept is - if a financial institution loans you money to buy a house, they're not able to use that same money to invest in stocks or other investments that will, over time, increase in value. Therefore, when a bank loans you $300,000 with 30 years to pay it back at 5% interest, and with you paying a monthly mortgage of $1,654, at the end of 30 years, they will have earned $229,910 in interest and you will have paid a total of $595,639 for that house.

If you were to buy $10,000 in photo equipment, and not pay it off in a year, you would have to pay $1,838.92 in interest if the interest was "compounded monthly" as compared to $1,852.58 if the interest was "compounded daily." As such, the difference between "compounded monthly" and "compounded daily" is $13.66. How does that work? What happens is that "compounded daily" means that on day 1 you owe $10,000.00. At the end of day 1, approximately $4.66 in interest is accrued, and so on day 2 you owe $10,004.66. Compounded monthly, you wouldn't owe any interest until the end of the month, but then you would owe $141.67 in interest.

‘Tis the Season for Flickr Wall Art

Tis the Season for Flickr Wall Art

Look what showed up in the mail yesterday: a beautiful 16 x 20 premium photo mounted from Flickr’s new Wall Art service.

The photo is mounted on a one inch board and looks beautiful both on the wall as well as being held my daughter Kate, whose photo I printed.

The process of ordering the print was super easy and I was able to order it directly from the Flickr photo page.

In addition to ordering your own photos as wall art, there is also a huge library of wall art photos that you can purchase from other photographers on Flickr. Flickr recently revised this fine art program and now shares sales proceeds with all photographers involved in their wall art project.

What a wonderful way for Flickr to partner with their photographers who make the site a more beautiful place.

Ello vs. Facebook for Photographers

Ello vs. Facebook

Are you an artist or photographer? Do care about the integrity of your images? Do you dislike ads and sponsored posts shoved in your face? Do you dislike having 99% of your feed filtered out of view for those who follow you?

Look at the above and answer this question: where does my photograph of the St. Louis Arch look better, Ello or Facebook?

By the way, Ello is not just a social network for photographers. I’ve met some amazing creative writers, thinkers, and purveyors of all sorts of culture there.

There are communities there building on things like finance, tech, science, politics, etc. It’s an open inclusive community.

It’s also where I spend almost all of my online time these days. So, if you notice I’m quiet on Facebook and other networks, it’s not that I’m being quiet, per se, it’s just that I’m hanging out over there at Ello.

Like most new communities online or IRL, it takes some time and energy and effort to make Ello work for you, but it’s a far more rewarding experience and worth it and I’m happy about doing my own part to participate in something better.

If you are new to Ello here are some tips for you.

You can find me on Ello here.

Held Prisoner by File Formats

A few years ago, I started a long-form writing project. Some might call it a “book,” but “books” need to get finished, and this, clearly, was not such a project—otherwise you’d have heard of it.

I began the project in Scrivener, an app with a devoted following of which I was a member. Incredibly powerful, and with a multi-document, structured approach designed specifically for book writing, it seemed the perfect choice.

Scrivener saves its own file format, called .scriv, which is essentially a folder full of files. The text itself is stored in multiple RTF files, which is an open format, but the writer never sees these files, and the glue that binds them together is understood only by Scrivener.

Back in 2011, iOS writing apps couldn’t work with RTF, so if you wanted to write on your iPhone or iPad, you need to use plain text. The lovely folks who make Scrivener knew that we wanted to edit our “long-form writing projects” (sticking with that) on the go, so they created what I’ve come to realize is the customary Scrivener solution to the problem: A huge amount of clever engineering, and an inscrutable, tutorial-requiring user interface for automatically dumping your work to text files each time you close the project. These text files are examined every time the project is opened, and any changes are synced into the project. Only the differences are edited in, so any non-plain-text-compatible formatting, such as italics and headings, remains unclobbered—as long as it isn’t in the paragraph you edited remotely.

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