I recently started using Color Fidelity camera profiles in Adobe Lightroom. Color Fidelity camera profiles are an alternative to the standard camera profiles that come with Lightroom. To my eye, they look better. I use them as a starting point for my editing in Lightroom. They save me time.
There are several profiles for each camera model. I bought profiles for the Canon R5 and the Ricoh GRIII and am happy with them.
The profiles cost $25 per camera model. The developer improves them from time to time and emails the updated profiles for no additional charge. The profiles are small files and easy to install. He includes installation instructions with each purchase and update. I think they are well worth the money.
You can learn more about the profiles in this helpful video by John Gress:
The B&H Photography Podcast has an interesting interview with Washington Post photographer Salwan Georges. Georges explains what it’s like to photograph a presidential campaign during a pandemic. He was tested often, wore a lot of masks and had to clean a lot of hotel rooms as he traveled the country on assignment.
Georges also had to deal with fogged viewfinders as a result of his masks. He ended up using the rear screen of the camera more than the viewfinder. The pandemic had a real impact on his work.
Doug Mills has worked for The New York Times since 2002. He was previously chief photographer for The Associated Press (AP) in Washington. He’s also worked for United Press International.
Mills won a Pulitzer Prize for photography when he was with AP for team coverage of the Clinton/Gore campaign and a second Pulitzer Prize for photography with AP for team coverage of the Clinton-Lewinsky affair. He is also a multiple awardee of the White House News Photographers Association.
Since 1983, Mills has covered The White House. Earlier this year, Mills was interviewed extensively by photographer Greg Gibson about what it’s like working at The White House. Gibson is an experienced photojournalist who himself has twice won a Pulitzer prize. In addition, Mills is physically at The White House during the video interviews so you can really get a sense of what it’s like to work in The White House.
You can see a sample of Mills’s superb images on Instagram. Mills shoots with the Sony A9. He was born in 1960 in Greensboro, North Carolina.
“Your joy and self worth should not depend on others.”
Ferdy Christant, in a superb piece about Flickr, suggests that people who photograph for the joy of it should focus less on external validation such as likes or faves and more on what brings them joy:
For amateurs and enthusiasts, . . . first and foremost . . . enjoy your hobby. Enjoy photography itself as well as your topics, be they a landscape, a model or a freaky insect. Or even a Snowy Owl. This is your hobby and you should learn to enjoy it even if not a single other human being notices. Start with this. Your joy and self worth should not depend on others.
I’m serious. Look at people having other hobbies. Reading, hiking, tennis, wood crafts, brewing beer, collecting stamps, watching movies or playing Tetris…none of these people spend hours per day seeking validation as to whether their hobby is worthwhile or has meaning. It has meaning because it is your time and you enjoy doing it. None of them determine meaning based on others as if they are monitoring a stock market of self worth.
I enjoy sharing photos on Flickr. So far I’ve had one photo featured on Flickr Explore. It is my most viewed image with over 5,000 views and more than 100 faves.
I wondered how photos are selected. In a recent blog post, Flickr explains that Explore uses an algorithm to display a rotating array of about 500 images from Flickr members every day. Flickr also explained what really matters in the selection process “is the amount of authentic, organic interactions in the form of comments, faves, and views your photo gets after being posted, regardless of how many followers you have.”
This is an interesting peek behind the Flickr Explore curtain. Flickr inspires me daily.
And then there is Instagram, which I have given up for Lent. I must say, it is quite a relief to not be looking at all those other photos and perfect lives. It is great to not think about where I could be, and instead be grateful for where I am. I have been walking around town looking for images and then sharing them on my own blog or with friends over iMessage. There have been discussions on the relative merits and demerits of certain photos. It is incredibly refreshing to actually get a conversation instead of a “heart.”
But the best part of not being on IG is the absence of influencers and ads selling me substandard shit. I’ll admit that I have fallen prey to ads promising gold (actually, no-show socks and joggers) that turned out to be utter crap. I have ended up ordering USB cables that are just horrible. But I’ve learned my lesson: I don’t trust anything being advertised on Instagram and peddled by influencers. And I’m glad to be rid of them.
Om still has an Instagram account but explained on June 1, 2020 that he is “out” of Instagram.