Tips, Metadata, and Smoke

Photography Tips From Abroad

The Digital Photography School is starting up a neat little weekly post for a grab-bag of photography tips.  The post titled “Digital Photography Tips from Around the Web” includes links out to topics like photo sharpening, white balance, artistic effects, and more.  So if you're into the juicy little 5 or 10 minute tutorials, you'll likely find something here that is useful.

Windows Metadata Tool

Rob Galbraith from Rob Galbraith: DPI put out a post called “Microsoft Photo Info beefs up metadata viewing, editing in Windows”.  Basically, it's a piece of software that lets you view and edit the EXIF and other metadata information in your picture files right from the explorer window.  Very handy stuff when you want to do keywording, categories, descriptions, etc. in attempt to better organize your photos.  This looks like a nice slimmed down alternative to Adobe Bridge, which can be somewhat difficult to use (and buy) for some users.  The software is somewhat limited, though, and it doesn't support .JPE files in addition to my Konica's .MRW files.  The good news is that it DOES work on the typical .JPG files, and it works fairly well.

Smoke Shots

The Photocritic has some good stuff on smoke photography in the post titled “Smoking is good for you!”.  The article covers all you need to know about this topic, including how to make the smoke, lighting and exposure, and post processing.  The post is scattered with some great shots by Graham Jefferey of Sensitive Light.  If you're looking for some psychedelic indoor inspiration, this would make a great little project.

Photo of the Day…


Photo by Brian Auer
04/19/05 Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Close-up of a flower
Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z3
62mm equiv * f/8 * 1/320s * ISO50