“Share-a-Link” Saturday

Inspired by Rich Legg at LeggNet.com:

“Here’s an idea: Drop a comment below with a link or two (or three or four…) to some of your favorite photography related websites. This is a great chance to advertise your own site or other photo sites you frequent.”

Like many of us, I’m always on the lookout for a new site to add to my RSS Reader.

Additionally, if you have a photography related website or blog, consider keeping this “Share-a-Link” rolling after you drop your own link in the comments below.

Free Links Friday

Below are some of the best photography links from other sites that I came across this week. Enjoy!

Top 10 Tips for Getting Attention on Flickr, All Fresh and New for 2008 – Thomas Hawk’s Digital Connection – Coming from a guy that gets roughly 14,000 views per day on Flickr, these are probably 10 worthwhile tips to consider.

White Seamless Tutorial :: Part 4 :: Simple Changes In Post Production – Zach Arias – Zach shows off some post production techniques that really help to make powerful images out of seamless background photos.

A quick review of SmugShot for the iPhone – Mike Fullerton – Mike gives SmugMug’s first attempt at iPhone integration a big thumbs down.

Fujifilm, Nintendo offer photo printing service – Imaging Resource – In addition to still being hard to find, the Nintendo Wii now lets users order photos through its online interface, which includes upload photos from your SD cards.

If You’re a Wedding Photographer; You’ve Got To Check Out This Video – Photoshop Insider – Scott Kelby did this short video just to show off a piece of gear for wedding photographers.

Alan Jaras Photography of Light – Hypebeast – Awesome images.  ‘Nuff said.

If you want your photography-related site on Free Links Friday, just drop a comment or an email asking nicely.  Leave a link and a short description of what your site or particular post is about.  Spammers need not apply.

Free Links Friday

Below are some of the best photography links from other sites that I came across this week. Enjoy!

Why shoot JPG to learn to shoot RAW – Ann Torrence – Before you commit yourself to shooting RAW format only, it’s important to understand why you would want to.  Ann does a good job of explaining the “why” and how she convinced herself to switch from JPEG to RAW.

Terms to Make a Happy Face Very Sad – Photo Attorney – Carolyn Wright points out that Facebook takes an irrevocable license to your uploaded photos for practically any commercial purpose.

Six Ways to Help a Laid-Off Photographer Get Started as a Freelancer – Blackstar Rising – John Harrington points out why and how experienced freelancers should help out the new folks on the block.

The weird science of stock photography – Slate Magazine -This article takes an interesting perspective on stock photography and how photographers and media companies look into the future a bit to predict demand.

Harassed at the TCW Group building in Los Angeles – All Narfed Up – It seems like this has been happening far too often lately.  Check it out for Bryan Villarin’s account of private security confronting him on a public sidewalk and telling him he can’t take a photograph of a building.

DC’s Union Station Ordered to Clarify Photo Policy – PDN Online – “Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, who represents the district, convened a hearing to examine complaints by photographers that Union Station has no consistent photo policy, and that security personnel arbitrarily prohibit them from taking pictures.”

If you want your photography-related site on Free Links Friday, just drop a comment or an email asking nicely.  Leave a link and a short description of what your site or particular post is about.  Spammers need not apply.

Free Links Friday – Late Edition

Below are some of the best photography links from other sites that I came across this week. Enjoy!

Man Arrested For Unlawful Photography – TriCities.com  – In this nearly unbelievable story, we learn that a man was arrested in Tennessee when he took a photo of a police officer with his iPhone.  He was actually charged with, no joke, “Unlawful Photography”.  The arrested man, Scott Conover, recounts the incident, “He [the sherriff's deputy] says you took a picture of me.  It’s illegal to take a picture of a law enforcement officer.”

Photoshop Action Pack – 90 Automator Actions – Photoshop Support – The Photoshop Action Pack features a collection of 90 Automator Actions that allow you to script nearly all of Photoshop’s functionality from within Apple’s Automator (i.e., Mac users only).

Nine Reasons to Manually Focus When Taking Pictures – DIY Photography – Yeah, autofocus rocks; however, there are times when manual focus works better or it’s the only real option.  Expand your horizons and learn when to turn the focus ring on your own.

5 Tips on Shooting Stock – HyperPhocal – With everyone and their brother trying to make a buck or two on stock photography, here’s 5 simple tips to help give you the leg up on point and shooters.

Canon Rebates Expire Saturday, July 19 – Photography Bay – If you’re going to get that new lens, 5D, or 40D, you’d better order ASAP or you’re going to miss out on some significant savings.

And, finally, here’s the only reader request for the week.

Dear Nikon – It’s a blog where users can leave their feedback to Nikon – unofficially, of course.

If you want your photography-related site on Free Links Friday, just drop a comment or an email asking nicely.  Leave a link and a short description of what your site or particular post is about.  Spammers need not apply.

Free Links Friday

Below are some of the best photography links from other sites that I came across this week. Enjoy!

10 Ways to Take Stunning Portraits – Digital Photography School – Darren Rowse gives us 10 great ideas for portraits that stand out. If you like this one, then see the follow up post, 10 More Tips for Stunning Portrait Photography.

Iran State Media Used Photoshop to Make Missile Tests Look More Impressive – Gizmodo – That’s right, journalism at its finest. Check out the extra missile that wasn’t really launched, but rather cloned in to make Iran seem a little tougher.

How Every Flickr Photo Ended Up on Sale This Weekend – JMG Galleries – This article shows just how dangerous Flickr’s API can be . . . especially when a ringtone/wallpaper site for cell phones starts offering up Flickr photos for sale as cell phone wallpapers.

The 100-Year-Old Photo Blog – Shorpy – I can’t believe that I never came across this site before.  “Shorpy is a blog about old photos and what life a hundred years ago was like: How people looked and what they did for a living, back when not having a job usually meant not eating.”  Pretty cool stuff.

Free Links Friday

Below are some of the best photography links from other sites that I came across this week. Enjoy!

Saturday Science: Great photos of Earth, Mars, & beyond – John Nack on Adobe – A collection from John Nack of spectacular out-of-this-world photos.

Photographer Gets $12 Million Verdict!!! – Photo Attorney – Carolyn Wright gives insight on this recent case and why it’s always a good idea to register your copyrighted works.

Infosys develops 3D cellphone cameras, projectors – Engadget (also Cnet) – Soon you’ll be able to capture 3D images and send the via your cell phone.  Expect some point and shoot options too.

Business Day Thursday – Nine Strategies For Quoting The Big Job – Digital ProTalk – David Ziser, as usual, dishes out some solid business advice for photographers.

Nikon Rumors – In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a couple of rumors floating around that a new Nikon DSLR could be coming soon.  In the midst of all these rumors, I discovered a new blog dedicated solely to reporting these rumors – Nikon Rumors.  If you’re waiting for the next big thing from Nikon, it would be a good blog to follow.

Wedding Photography Agreement (Contract) Tips – Digital Photography School – Brush up your wedding photography contract with these considerations from DPS.

Free Links Friday

Below are some of the best photography links from other sites that I came across this week. Enjoy!

Stock Tips: PhotoShelter Gets Inside Image Buyers’ Brains – UnBeige – Ready to tweak your stock photo plan? This post gives you insight into what images are selling, needed and hated.

Will Photographing Same-Sex Ceremonies Hurt or Help Your Wedding Photography Business? – Black Star Rising – Sean Cayton explores what is sure to become an even more controversial topic. No matter what political/moral stance you have on this issue, if you are a wedding photographer (or thinking about moving into the industry), this article deserves a read.

8 Hacks for iPhoto – HyperPhocal – Exploring your software can be a fun thing. These iPhoto hacks/tools followed the author’s discovery of the “edit” function in iPhoto. If you’re an iPhoto user, check these out.

before and after – Bryan Regan Photography – Bryan shows off an isolation job on a rescue squad truck. Cool stuff Bryan.

Canon Refurbished Gear – Adorama – More “Refurbished by Canon” products from Adorama. Good stuff like a 70-200 f/4L for $499, a 430EX flash for $209, 5D for $1629, a 30D for $639 and several more solid deals.

Golf Digest: Behind the Scenes Shoot – Strobist – David Hobby shows off a behind the scenes photo shoot for Golf Digest and hooks up with the photographers doing the shooting for some more depth on lighting the shoot.

Free Links Friday

Below are some of the best photography links from other sites that I came across this week. Enjoy!

How Many Images Should You Shoot At A Wedding? – Digital Pro Talk – David Ziser dishes out the lowdown on how he ends up with over 4000 images from a single wedding.

Nasty footage of Canon cameras destroyed due to shipping error – Crunchgear – See what happens when warehousing and shipping errors cause half a million dollars worth of damage to Canon gear.  Be careful.  This is not for the faint of heart.

Using a Slow Shutter Speed for Effect – LeggNet – Rich Legg gets nostalgic hearkening back to his high school days, and shows how breaking the rules (photographically speaking) can be a good thing.

Wanna Go Polaroid? Pick the Right One! – Epic Edits – Brian Auer talks instant film cameras and how to choose based on the availability of affordable film.

Sunset on Mars – Boing Boing – An image of a sunset on Mars.  Seriously.  It was taken by the Mars Rover.  I can’t really tell you why, but I find this exceptionally cool.

Wired.com Photo Contest: Summer – Wired – A new themed contest from Wired.  “The 10 highest-ranked photos will appear in a gallery on the Wired.com home page.”

Thief steals Eye-Fi-equipped camera, proceeds to give himself away – Engadget – Eye-Fi should be renamed to “Private Eye-Fi” after snagging this bad guy.  Clearly, not the smartest of thiefs.  This should make every photographer that has had gear stolen at some point feel a little warm and fuzzy on the inside.

Free Links Friday

On Wednesday, I asked Photography Bay readers to submit their best posts from the past week or so that were posted on their own blogs or websites, or for readers that don’t have a blog to submit their favorite posts from other sites.  I appreciate the response and the great content that you have submitted for today’s Free Links Friday post.  I have enjoyed checking out some great new sites that you guys have got.  If you missed out on getting you link in, don’t worry, we’ll do it again soon.

Enjoy!

Using Notebooks for Preparation – Zoom In Online, By: Rasmus Rasmussen – This blogpost is about how I work with sketching out ideas and poses ahead of time, only to leave the notes behind during the actual shoot.

fotolog.hu – By: Balazs Koren – A photoblog. “. . . taking photos is fun, and it is somehow a separate thing from my blog. The other thing is, photography, pictures are international, my blog is Hungarian, so You probably, who reads this boring about text could have some problems understanding my blog, but not my photos”

Scary Movie – LeggNet – Rich Legg shows off an image from a recent stock photography session recreating young ‘tween’ girls being frightened by a movie they’re watching.

Indy Car – Mstic-Photos – Great perspective on an indy car at Homestead Miami Speedway.

Short Story Winter Sea – Photoblog by On summer Viareggio is a crowded, noisy and chaotic place: so this march I decided to take pictures in a windy and cold day.

Waiting - borrow a view | niels koopmans – A double exposure with a Yashica D TLR camera, fantastic camera. Taken in abandoned potato-flour factory in The Netherlands.

Again – John Vink / Magnum Photos – Images from firefighters and a fire. Again.  John introduces his site as follows: “Website and weblog from John Vink, Magnum photographer based in Cambodia. The weblog is about my new production and gets updated every two or three days. The website is updated with new stories every month.”

Nikon Digital Rangefinder Rumor – Nikon Rumors – A new digital rangefinder will be an interesting development in the world of Nikon.

Photographic Experiments – Poagao’s Journey – From Poagao: “A post about limiting myself to one lens and one focal length in order to develop better skills.”

To DNG or not to DNG? – The Eiserman Domain – A look into the “universal” DNG file format verses the proprietary RAW formats. Good discussion in the comments section as well.

Tiny Eye – Photo Copyright Infringement Detection Tool – Alex Wise Photography – A post about a new photo detection tool which hopes to aid photographers in detecting where their images are being used without permission. At this stage it’s developing but definitely one to watch.  Super cool possibilities here!

Industry Standards – Foto-Biz – How to use the so called “industry standards” to negotiate your photo/assignment prices.

MV Gals – Clubbing pictures from San Francisco and beyond. also includes personal pictures/etc.

Pet of the Day – Perhaps a bit of stretch for “photography related” but there is a new pet featured everyday with a photo of the featured critter.  Maybe I’ll get a little crazy this weeked with my cat Oreo and do a studio shoot for Pet of the Day…

I hope you enjoyed these great posts and images – I know I did.  We’ll do it again soon.

Free Links Friday

Below are some of the best photography links from other sites that I came across this week. Enjoy!

20 Pointers For Running Your Business Out Of Your Home – What You Need To Know – Digital Pro Talk – David Ziser gives some practical advice that you need to know if you’re considering taking on clients in a home studio.

The Photoshop Anthology: 101 Web Design Tips, Tricks & Techniques – Sitepoint – It’s 278 pages worth of Photoshop goodness in a downloadable ebook.  It’s written for web designers; however, it’s packed with great information.  Best of all . . . it’s FREE, but only for a limited time.

A Commenter Calls SB BS… – Strobist – After being called out by a commenter, David Hobby gives a play-by-play of why Joe McNally needed to use 7 speedlights in a desert shoot.  Seriously, if you don’t subscribe to Strobist and you’ve own a camera, then you’re really missing out.  Here’s the link to the Strobist RSS feed.

Radiopoppers review – a trial-by-fire field test – Dreamtime Images Blog – Nathan Welton gives his account of the new Radiopoppers for long range and flexible E-TTL speedlight usage.

Hot at Photography Bay

Some hot news/rumors hit the front page here at Photography Bay this week.

Canon Working on Fuel Cell Powered DSLRs – Fuel cells for batteries in Canon DSLRs?  That’s what a recent Canon patent application says.  This post breaks it down.

Canon Spring Rebates 2008 – The Canon 5D, 40D and plenty of lenses have got big instant rebates for the taking.  See the full list and amounts here.

Weekly Specials at Adorama – The $10 spare batteries for the Canon 20D/30D/40D, cheap SanDisk Extreme cards and other deals are quite the bargain at Adorama this week.