Open Source Photo Software Inspired by Lightroom?

Darktable Screenshot

Yesterday I learned of Darktable, an open source software package that looks and performs functions similar to Lightroom. Unlike Lightroom however it’s not marketed by Adobe for money, but rather as an open source program available for anyone to use freely. How does it stack up? I haven’t had a chance to play with it personally but I’ve seen a couple interesting … [Read more…]

Photo Contests and Competitiveness: Another Cheater Caught

Sony World Photography Awards

I suppose photography contests can be much like any other competitive venture… there are those who will push as hard as possible to win at all costs, including bending or breaking the rules. We see it in professional contests and we see it in other places. Earlier this week the winners of the Sony World Photography Awards Youth Competition were announced… and yesterday … [Read more…]

Are These Lightroom Presets Delicious?

Building in Black and White

Recently the folks from Delicious Presets contacted me and asked if I’d like to try out their Lightroom presets. I took them up on the offer, they sent me a code to allow me to download their preset collection, and I dove in. Whoa, Instructions! I was pleased to see a nice, easy-to-understand user guide that explains not only how to install the presets, but also … [Read more…]

Free Photoshop World Expo Ticket

With Photoshop World Atlanta coming up next month, I’m seeing a few companies that are giving away passes for the expo floor. You’ll be able to check out the huge trade show and take advantage of the vendor-sponsored education happening in booths. I see that one of my favorite photo companies, SmugMug, is offering a free pass to the Photoshop World Expo. Hit this link to … [Read more…]

RIP Calumet Photo

It’s not that uncommon for a company to go out of business, but today’s abrupt departure of Calumet Photo from the realm of photo retailers was notable in that they weren’t exactly a small player and that it happened seemingly overnight, with stores shutting down immediately. Their website and Twitter account are completely gone as well. I first saw the news yesterday … [Read more…]

Getty and Flickr No Longer Sitting in a Tree

Remember a few years back when Getty and Flickr got all cozy in an arrangement that supposedly would allow anyone to become a stock photographer with Getty? Yeah, so much for that plan. The relationship has “dissolved” in what looks to be a less-than-amicable breakup between the two companies. I’ve seen a few reports on the situation, but I thought that John Harrington’s … [Read more…]

Nikon Wins VR Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against Sigma

We kicked off this week in the photography world with a bit of legal news, as Nikon won a settlement (approximately 15 million dollars) against Sigma in a patent infringement lawsuit related to vibration reduction (image stabilization) technology used by six Sigma lenses. Read more of the details over at Nikon Rumors… … [Read more…]