Category Archives: Photography

More spamming Scumbags: Picto Online

Somehow one of my older email addresses has found its way onto the spam list of another sleazy photo operation. This time it’s the self-proclaimed “Legendary French professional photo lab” that calls itself Picto Online. When will people learn that … Continue reading

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Images-editing.com: Another Spammer Trying to Rip Off Photographers

The spammers from images-editing.com claim "We have skilled Photoshop designers for image apparel products, Objects (Bottles) cutout work, Jewellery, Pack shots, we work on all files format CR2, Raw files, JPEG/JPG, GIF, PNG, Tiff, PSD, HDR." Oddly enough, their web … Continue reading

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Make a “Little Planet” 360-Degree Image the Easy Way

Making a 360° pseudo-stereographic projection from an ordinary panorama Those cool "little planet" 360° stereographic photographs are often described as being made from dozens or hundreds of photos. But that ain’t necessarily so. We’ll see here how it’s possible to … Continue reading

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Camerapixio.com: The Worst Photoshop Tutorial on the Web

When I first saw it on Facebook I was sure it was a parody. A joke. But no, it’s intended to be real: Camerapixo.com: 10-Step Processing Technique. To save you the trouble of examining that link I’ll warn you that … Continue reading

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Copyright: How to Tell if You Should Post a Photo on the Internet

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Spammer, Scammer to Avoid: “RSK Technologies”

Here’s the latest turd to land in my inbox, a spam from 209.85.218.67 (ceo.rsktechnologies@gmail.com) for "photo editing services". Besides the obvious caution not to do business with spammers – EVER – I’ll point out that this gem actually admits that … Continue reading

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French Chateaux and Photographic Challenges

One advantage of traveling by bicycle is parking: Compared to car and bus parking areas it’s invariably closer to the attraction you’re trying to visit and has the additional advantage of being free. Disadvantages? Well, it takes you longer to … Continue reading

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Vampire Motorcycle in the Tube

Movie poster for I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle, taken somewhere in the London Underground in 1990 Someone recently brought up this movie in Reddit’s r/motorcycles forum and the memories came back immediately: I remembered seeing and photographing the poster advertising … Continue reading

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Travel Photography – Part 1: Time, Travel

Travel photography may be the most challenging genre of photography of all. Well, next to wartime combat photography and shooting studio portraits of toddlers. What makes it difficult is precisely what makes it so appealing to me. I love the … Continue reading

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Pentax 55-300mm f/4.0-5.8: Bargain of the Decade

More specifically, I’m referring to the Pentax DA-L 1:4-5.8 ED, a telephoto zoom that performs far above its price point. It’s a budget variation on the DA 55-300 4-5.8 ED, differing from its more expensive brother only in that it … Continue reading

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