tfttf653 – The Big Pile Of Digital Guilt

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Chris talks about building a pile of digital guilt that we build by delaying decisions in photography to the post processing phase. Not only does that move the issue from the front to the back of the workflow (and yes, there are ways to effectively deal with big piles of images) but the actual question is: what can we do to not build such a big pile of pictures in the first place? Chris explores some strategies to achieve that goal.

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Feb 1-7 2015: Aurora Borealis, Iceland
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Tweetstorm: Photography And Happiness

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Watch out, Tweetstorm in three, two, one.

A tweetstorm is like a mini blog entry. To my knowledge, web pioneer and venture capitalist Marc Andreesen (@pmarca, co-author of Mosaic, the first web browser) cultivated this form of communication and here’s my first effort. A tweetstorm is great to convey an idea that’s too complex for 140 characters but might still be valuable for a Twitter audience.

Anyway, here’s my first one, it’s in the widest sense about photography and happiness.

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tfttf652 – Passion Come, Passion Go

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How do we lose our passion for photography, and how can we get it back? That’s a tough question that many photographers wonder about, especially at the point when they are in a slump and don’t know how to get out of it.

Chris asked the TFTTF Patrons what they did when that happened to them and boy did they deliver! Passion is hard to maintain, especially when it comes to a field as creative as photography. But you’ll learn that it’s not just photography where that can happen. Other creative fields such as music or writing struggle with the same things and their solutions to things like writer’s block might lead the way to rekindling your passion for photography.

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Feb 1-7 2015: Aurora Borealis, Iceland
May 2014: Mt. Everest
May 2015: Darjeeling First Flush
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Affinity Designer might give Adobe a bit of a headache

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affinity-designer-logo Many of us have reluctantly signed up for the Adobe Creative Cloud because .. well .. because there’s not much of an alternative. A monopoly is a monopoly and monopolists have the tendency to take what they think is theirs.

This might be changing right now. A few days ago, Affinity Designer has emerged. It’s a vector program that works remarkably well. You get to switch between three different modes (they call them “persona”): vector, pixel and export. It’s fast, it’s small and it seems really well programmed.

While that in itself is all great, here are a few more goodies:

Affinity is planning to release two more products: Photo and Publisher. If the quality of Designer is any indication on what’s to come, Adobe might have a bit of a problem on their hands. I’m serious. This thing is speedy and fun to work with. Watch the video on their home page, after playing with Designer on my 2012 Macbook Air, I can confirm that what they demo in the video isn’t sped up.

And then there’s the pricing model: bye bye subscriptions. Affinity Designer is $39.99 (20% discounted launch offer until Oct/9/2014) and if you buy it, it’s yours to keep.

Oh, and did I mention that they support Mac OSX 10.7 and up? So my old 2007 Mac Pro can play too!

I’m convinced. Bring on the Photo and Publisher!

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Update:
The more I rummage around in Designer, the more little delightful things I discover. For example the non-destructive boolean operations (hint: select two shapes, click the boolean toolbar icons while holding down the Alt/Option key) and then I found this in the help file: the Affinity Cat

ABOL IS BACK, BABY!

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Yes, ABOL IS BACK!

ABOL’s been sitting dormant for a while, but I’ve just found a way to bring it back!
A BUNCH OF LINKS
I sift through an awful lot of photography-related news and blogs and websites, so you don’t have to. Every last Friday of the month, I’ll send out a mail with a bunch of links to the most interesting, informative, inventive or outright strange photo stuff that I came across.
If you want to get the monthly ABOL mail, let me know here.