Blog shuffle

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A couple weeks back, I completely scrapped my photoblog and began anew.

Tonight, I did it again.

Two reasons.

One, I don’t like my color work.

I’ve been shooting a lot of color because the only film available in my tiny little town are the Fuji packs at the Wal-Mart. They quit carrying the Kodak BW400CN a while back. Not even talking about real silver b&w film.

So I shoot the color film, then I post the color pictures and I’m not happy. Sure I can always hit the “b&w” button in photoshop, but I’ve never been pleased with that route either.

So I am making a (quasi-as-long-as-I-feel-like-it) commitment to shooting black and white. Which meant the color crap had to go.

Two, Blogger finally added a functionality to their design thingy which allowed me to create the blog I envisioned.

I’ve long preferred the single column blog format, especially ones which allow you to post your pictures wide. Blogger enabled that a while ago. But you could only have one column of widgets at the bottom, which just looked horrible.

I noticed just recently though they’d added the option to have one, two or three columns of widgets across the bottom. So I had to jump on it. Because now I can post my pictures at the delicious 900 pixels wide which looks so good on my laptop!

PS – My photoblog can be found at: http://nickdavidwright.net/

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iPhoto vs Photoshop

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For the past several years, I’ve used iPhoto for nearly all of my personal photography editing needs.

I’ve tried out the various demos of Aperture and Lightroom and Photoshop. I simply have not been able to fully convince myself to spend the money for one.

I think one of the reasons I’ve never been able to persuade myself to purchase one of the “major” editors stems from my practice of striving to make my photo in-camera as much as possible and only using the editor for final, minute tweaks.

iPhoto is perfectly capable of giving a well-made exposure the final tuning it needs for printing. It cannot however salvage a poor image. The “I’ll fix it in Photoshop” attitude has always rubbed me the wrong way.

Ducking into Hastings last night, I was perusing B&W Magazine and was excited to find these sentiments mirrored somewhat by one of the authors expounding on the reasons he preferred film photography and silver gelatin printing.

One of the reasons was he felt Photoshop gave people too much control over the image.

For the time being, I am happy to shoot my film, scan the negs and print digitally. There is no possibility of me having a darkroom at this point in time, however I can definitely see the time coming when I will want to be able to make my own traditional, wet darkroom prints again.

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