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Photography Forum Member Profiles
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Supplies, Equipment and Services
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Supplies, Equipment and Services:
- National Association of Photoshop Professionals If you do anything "Photoshop", you owe it to yourself to visit here and become a member.
- Photoshop Insider is great site for the latest information on Photoshop.
- Kelby Training has just launched a groundbreaking new online training program, featuring the best teachers on the planet, and it’s subscription-based so you get unlimited access to ALL of our online courses for an amazingly affordable price.
- The Russell Brown Show is one of the best sites for Tips & Techniques for Photoshop CS3 and CS3 Extended.
- Digital Mastery is a great storehouse of tips and techniques designed to help you get the most out of Photoshop.
- Adobe Photoshop Elements Techniques A good source of information for those who use Photoshop Elements.
- Adobe Magazine
- PanosFX.com a site dedicated to Photoshop enthusiasts. The numerous effects and tutorials available here will let you experience this wonderful application to the maximum. Many of the effects are FREE.
- Mask Pro by onOne Software is a Photoshop masking and selection tool that gives you professional level results. NAPP Members receive 20% off of all onOne Software Photoshop plug-ins for Photoshop CS2 and CS3.
- Photomatix increase the dynamic range of your photographs. This software exceeds the photoshop hdr utility by a mile; it is not a shortcut for lighting your space but it is a solution for situations when it is the last resort. Recommended by Susan Rosner.
- Helicon Focus compares a series of images of the same scene with differing points of focus and keeps the sharpest information from each one discarding the unsharp areas.
- ArcSoft Panorama Maker 4 turns any series of overlapping photos into a gorgeous panoramic image in just seconds. The program does most of the work for you by automatically selecting an entire group of pictures with one click, automatically organizing the photos into the proper order, then seamlessly stitching the photos into a panoramic masterpiece that you can print, share or post to the web. Create horizontal, vertical and 360° panorama pictures all within this one amazing program.
- Noise Ninja is one of the most effective and productive solution for removing noise and grain from digital photographs and scanned film images. It is a must-have tool for anyone shooting in low light or fast action situations where high ISO photography is required and the resulting noise compromises the image.
- Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts.
- Dafont.com has a multitude of fonts that may be downloaded for FREE!
- check out Nik's new Viveza software for local corrections in any photo. NAPP Members receive a 10% discount on Nik software.
- HDR (High Dynamic Range) blending has become a very popular technique either in Photoshop or as a plug-in from Photomatix. A new plug-in, LR/Enfuse, has been created for Lightroom.
- Instant JPG from RAW is a free utility that will extract the embedded jpg from a RAW file. Handy when you need to preview / proof a bunch of RAW files quickly.
- Ken's Rename is used when one needs to rename a large number of files.
- Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Killer Tips blog is an excellent source of information for those who use Photoshop Lightroom.
- Planet Photoshop is a great source for tutorials and other resources related to Photoshop. One feature Tom really likes is the Tip of Day to which you can subscribe.
- Shutterbug Camera Shops in Santa Rosa has a complete inventory of camera equipment with a knowledgeable staff and offers a discount to Photography Forum Members.
- Action Photo Service in Concord provides complete photo finishing services and offers a discount to Photography Forum Members.
- B&H offers free 3-day UPS shipping to NAPP members.
- Cheap Pete's Frame Factory Outlet in Walnut Creek is a complete source from mounting and framing supples and services.
- ScanCafe will scan your photos, negatives, and slides starting at about .19¢ per 3,000 dpi slide scan.
- Adolph Gasser Photography at 2nd Street and Howard in San Francisco is a good source for photographic rental equipment.
- amazon.com has great selection, good prices, excellent return policy.
- Photographer's Commercial Insurance gives a good review of a professional photographer's insurance needs.
- The insurance professionals at Hill & Usher
provide members of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals with a broad selection of specialized insurance products through the nation's top insurance carriers.
- Digital Photography Review is one of the best web sites for all of the latest digital camera reviews.
- The Digital Picture.com is dedicated to Canon Digital SLR Camera and Lens reviews. It has a very good discussion of how to select lenses in general, as well as, other digital photography tips.
- Photo Rescue software is an absolute necessity if you have a problem with your memory card. You can download the trial, run it on your card, and it will tell you if and how many images it can recover. Only at that point do you need to register and pay the very modest $29 fee. And you then own the software for future use too.
- Flash File Recovery is a digital image recovery tool for flash cards. This utility efficiently restores deleted and corrupted files from formatted, damaged, unreadable or defective storage media devices. Recommended by Gene Gracey who used it to recover files she thought lost forever.
- How to Recover (Almost) Anything. It's amazing how fast a single keystroke or mouse click can change your life. One false move, and bang! An hour's, day's, or even lifetime's work can slip away into digital oblivion. But not everything that disappears is lost forever. These tips will help you retrieve the seemingly irretrievable: from files long ago removed from the Recycle Bin, to hard drives you pronounced dead in years past.
- Bay Photo in Santa Cruz and other locations, as well as on line, has great photo finishing services.
- Magellan’s is a good source for travel equipment, as well as, determining which power adapters one needs.
- The Luggage Center with stores in Pleasant Hill and Dublin is a good local source for travel accessories.
- Singh-Ray Filters, while not inexpensive (as much as $340 for 77mm), are some of the best on the market.
- PSPrint in Oakland is a good source for photographic business cards.
- Inkrepublic.com bulk ink system for Epson printers supplies ink continually to the printer and eliminates the need to buy separate ink cartridges.
- imagekind.com is an inexpensive place to have small runs of greeting cards printed.
- borrowlenses.com is a good local source for rental lenses. You can have the lenses delivered to Camera West in Walnut Creek.
- Information from the Camera Clinic on Photo Books.
- Moo.com is a good source for photo business cards at reasonable rates.
Please note that neither this Forum, nor myself have any special relationships, affiliations or agreements verbal, written or otherwise with any of the stores, suppliers, or service centers listed except for Shutterbug Camera Stores in Santa Rosa where I teach classes. We only know of them to offer what is considered to be a standard level of service and can not vouch for them in any way. If you choose to do business with any of the listed stores, suppliers, or service centers you must do so at your own discretion and without any liability assumed by this Forum or myself personally
NOTE: If any Member has a book that they recommend, please forward its details to Tom Crews.
||Krogh, Peter. The Dam Book: Digital Asset Management for Photographers. O'Reilly Media, Inc., Sebastapol, California, 2009.One of the main concerns for digital photographers today is how to file, find, protect, and re-use their photos. This book addresses all of these issues. Here are just some of the chapters: Non-destructive Image Editing, Metadata, Organizing and Naming Files and Folders, Choosing Hardware for Image Storage, Backing Up and Validating Data, Lightroom Workflow, Bridge/ACR Workflow, Cataloging Strategies, and more.
||Livingston, Margaret. Vision and Art: The Biology of Seeing. Abrams, 2008. Livingston explains how the human vision system works and demonstrates that the answers to these and many other questions about art depend ultimately upon our brains. John Ricca says, "I found the book useful for my photography, because as a fine art photographer, I want to know how to engage the viewer, how to attract his/her attention and lead the eye to a particular place in the image. This book discusses how humans view images and how the great artists have intuitively known this and what makes their images so appealing and enduring. You know my work; I am inspired by other visual arts in my photography. Anything I can learn about painting will help me in my photography."
||Fraser, Bruce. Real World Image Sharpening with Adobe Photoshop CS2. Peachpit Press, 2006. This book teachs readers all they need to know about sharpening including when to use it, why it's needed, how to use the camera's features, how to recognize an image needs sharpening, how much to use, what's bad sharpening and how to fix over sharpening.
||Fraser, Bruce and Jeff Schewe. Real World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop CS4 . Peachpit Press, 2008. This book keeps pace with new directions in digital photography and raw image processing. Hands-on techniques show readers how to expose and shoot for raw image capture as well as use new features such as Spot Healing. Readers will also learn how to use the latest version of Adobe Bridge to manage the thousands of images—and gigabytes of data—that result from raw shooting. The book also discusses how Adobe’s imaging software Photoshop Lightroom adds to the raw equation.
||Kelby, Scott. The Adobe Photoshop CS3 Book for Digital Photographers. New Riders Press, 2007. Scott Kelby uncovers the latest, most important, and most exciting new Adobe Photoshop CS3 techniques for digital photographers. Scott shows you step-by-step the exact techniques used by today’s cutting-edge digital photographers, and best of all, he shows you flat-out exactly which settings to use, when to use them, and why.
||Kelby, Scott. The Photoshop CS2 Book for Digital Photographers. New Riders Press, 2005. Earlier version as above for Photoshop CS2.
||Kelby, Scott. The Digital Photography Book. Peachpit Press, 2006. This isn't a book of theory—it isn't full of confusing jargon and detailed concepts: this is a book of which button to push, which setting to use, when to use them, and nearly two hundred of the most closely guarded photographic "tricks of the trade" to get you shooting dramatically better-looking, sharper, more colorful, more professional-looking photos with your digital camera every time you press the shutter button.
||Kelby, Scott. The Digital Photography Book, Volumme 2. Peachpit Press, 2008. In Volume 2, Scott adds entirely new chapters packed with Plain English tips on using flash, shooting close up photography, travel photography, shooting people, and even how to build a studio from scratch, where he demystifies the process so anyone can start taking pro-quality portraits today! Plus, he's got full chapters on his most requested topics, including loads of tips for landscape photographers, wedding photographers, and there's an entire chapter devoted to sharing some of the pro's secrets for making your photos look more professional, no matter what you're shooting.
||Kelby, Scott. Scott Kelby's 7-Point System for Adobe Photoshop CS3. Peachpit Press, 2007. Scott has focused in and really narrowed things down to just exactly which Photoshop tools and techniques we absolutely, positively have to know, and he found that there are just seven major tools, seven major features that we have to master to enhance our images like a pro. Out of those seven major tools, he looked at which parts or sections of those tools do we really need to master, and which parts can we pretty much ignore. Then, and perhaps most importantly, he determined exactly when and in which order to apply these seven techniques that make up Scott's amazing "Photoshop Seven Point System."
||Kelby, Scott. The Photoshop Channels Book. Peachpit Press, 2006. One big advantage Photoshop professionals have always had was the understanding of channels. It was their secret weapon, and it enabled them to do things, and work in an entirely different way than their competitors, and maybe that's why the secret power of Photoshop's channels has been such a closely guarded secret. With this book you'll quickly discover the amazing things you can accomplish, using Photoshop to separate images into channels so that you can then alter the image's color and opacity, duplicate it, move it, and more. Also covered are all of Photoshop's newest channel-related features, including an improved Histogram palette that displays channels in color with a dynamic view of how filters, curves, and other settings will affect tonal range and bit depth.
- N2 di-GPS mini is a GPS Unit for your camera. At present the di-GPS only supports Nikon D2HS, D2X, D2XS, D200 and Fujifilm S5 Pro DSLR cameras.
- Hoodloupe Professional is worn around your neck just like a normal loupe. When it is time to review your shot; bring Hoodloupe up to your lcd screen and place your eye up to the eye cup for complete glare free viewing.
- Bubble Level from Kirk Accessories is a double axis spirit level that mounts effortlessly to the hot shoe of any standard 35mm SLR camera. Recommended by Tom Donahoe as great for taking low level shots.
- ExpoDisc is a custom white balance filter that allows digital photographers to quickly and easily set an accurate custom white balance.
- Lens Cradle supports the camera and lens in a secure horizontal position, utilizing the tripod mounting ring on the lens. Recommended by Robert Young.
- Camera Armor is engineered to provide maximum protection while allowing full access to controls, compartments, and ports. Jim Mammon has this for his camera and reported that it saved his camera when he recently took a great fall.
- The Joby Gorillapod firmly secures your camera to just about anything — anywhere and everywhere! Unlike traditional tripods, the Gorillapod has flexible, gripping legs which can wrap around almost any surface. Tom Donahoe showed this on the Red Oak Victory Field Trip.
- A Better Bounce Card demonstrated by Gary Ellis. It really works.
- The EYE-FI Wireless SD Card earned honors as the top gadget at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
- The GiSTEQ PhotoTrackr allows you to record and review your trip knowing exactly where you have traveled. Furthermore, if you took pictures on your trip, it will even show you the exact location and time of your pictures.
- The Flowerpod has telescoping legs that can be adjusted from 6 to 45 inches high to hold your subjects steady.
- Analogous Color Wheel created by Hal Reed is a tool for to create a harmonious image.
- New York Institute of Photography
- Digital Camera Magazine
- Flickr is almost certainly one of the best online photo management and sharing applications in the world.
- JPG Magazine is a photo magazine
that uses photos, articles, and how-to's from its readership instead
of from pros. There are three different photo themes per
issue and readers can submit to one or more of them. Online readers
can view others' photos, mark them as favorites, and vote on the
suitability of photos submitted for publication.
- ePhotoZine is a photo critique website recommended by Patrick Smith as one of the best ways to learn landscape and other photography.
- BetterPhoto.com provides online photography education, offering an approachable resource for photographers who want to improve their skills, share their photos, and learn more about the art and technique of photography.
- SmugMug is a web site where you can easily create online photo albums. Check here to see how this site works and to see some really incredible images from former member Doreen Miller, who now resides in Chicago.
- The Luminous Landscape is a great site for landscape photography. The columns, in particular, are very good.
- The FSTOP is an online magazine featuring the work of top advertising, editorial, and fine art photographers. Published six times a year, each issue explores the work of four professionals. Articles combine an in-depth interview with a comprehensive behind-the-scenes deconstruction of the process of creating one powerful image from the photographer’s recent portfolio.
- Photography Is Not A Crime - Your Rights. Since 9/11, security issues have affected everyone's life. While photographers should be respectful and understanding of those concerns, we also can protect our rights by knowing them. Here are 10 tips on your right to take photographs.
- Photocritic Blog is a good source for all kinds of digital photography related information.
- The Strobist (the hottest site for flash technique) where you'll find everything you need to know about how to more effectively use your small speedlights. There are more than 600 articles and posts about lighting.
- "How to Sell Your Photographs". To sell or not to sell your photographs, that is the question. This article addresses the main issues associated with deciding to sell your work.
- Photography Forum Member Beth Witrogen highly recommends Phototoday.net for gear.
- Scott Kelby's comments on the Drobo Storage Robot
- This is a cool (and free) website for making really big prints. Basically, you choose a photo and the software blows it up into a huge size (say 48 8" x 11" sheets of paper), displaying the pic in large dots (you choose the size of the dots as well as how many pages you want the pic to be). You can print it out and assemble it as a huge photo for a wall.
- Here is a web site that has a list of cool things you can do to images.
- John and Barbara Gerlach are professional nature photographers who are widely published around the world. They are known for making gorgeous images of nature which include wildlife, landscapes, seasons, and flora.
- Jeffrey's Exif Viewerwhich shows a very detailed listing of the Exif data for digital images, even more so than the Meta data info in Photoshop.
- Photographer's Ephemeris plots out sunrise, sunset, moonrise, moonset - all tied to Google maps and Google earth.
- Here are some fabulous (and brief) how-to articles about all sorts of photography skills
- Tamron USA web site not only provides information on Tamron lenses, but is a great source of information on photography in general.