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Do You Photoblog?

I was just procrastinating by browsing Wikipedia (is there any greater way to procrastinate?!) when I came across this entry on photoblogging. I do have a blog on which I sometimes post a photo if there’s one I particularly want to share and I have a Flickr account but I don’t have a dedicated photoblog. I’ve never needed one, most of my paid photography work has come to me by word of mouth or my Flick account. But now I’ve moved to a different country and getting photography work is going to require more than word of mouth and my Flickr account is a bit of a mess, with lots of photos and no organisation (more aimed at my friends than potential clients). Therefore I’m thinking of setting up a photoblog to aid in getting work in my new area. So I am looking at other photoblogs for inspiration, here are a few I like (for the photography and the site design):

Red Heart Photography – a nice photoblog from a professional photographer

Framed and Shot – a blog by a Norwegian couple living in Texas who are passionate about photography.

A.B.C Photography – by a Latvian who describes his photography as far from being a serious profession but rather a serious hobby.

Lightproofbox – from Photodoto’s very own John Watson.

Take the Lid Off – from a Canadian photography enthusiast.

What about you, do you photoblog? Do you have a favourite photoblog? Tell us in the comments section.

Reverie: Just in case you needed more convincing…

…on the whole DSLR + video thing:

Click to watch: Sample Video: EOS 5D Mark II

This video was shot with a pre-production Canon EOS 5D Mark II digital SLR. The files used to create this video were not manipulated in any way, only re-compressed for 1/4 resolution display on our website. To view Vincent Laforet’s comments and behind-the-scenes video on the making of REVERIE, please visit his blog: blog.vincentlaforet.com

Microsoft Image Composite Editor: Easy to use, good results

Microsoft Image Composite Editor

Image Composite Editor is Microsoft’s over-engineered way of saying “panorama stitcher.” This software takes multiple images and stitches them together automatically, blending seams, cropping, the works. It’s extremely simple to use: just drag and drop a batch of images onto the interface and it gets to work immediately finding overlapping points, stitching the image together, correcting for distortion, and blending the results together.

To test it, I dropped two images from a simple two-frame panorama I shot a few weeks ago of Balboa Pier onto it. It worked quickly and did a fair job of compositing the images. It did have some blending trouble around the right-center portion of the photo. But overall the result was good and it was ridiculously easy. This is the easiest to use stitching software I’ve ever used.

Another nice feature is that it will export to multiple formats including JPG, TIFF, Photoshop, HD View Tileset, Deep Zoom Tileset, Windows Bitmap, PNG, and HD Photo Image. And you can export layers if the format supports it (for example, Photoshop) to help with additional post-processing.

Click here to download Microsoft Image Composite Editor (Free, Windows only).

Below are images from the pier I composited and the trouble areas:

And the winner is…

Last week we held a lens rental giveaway sponsored by BorrowLenses.com. You left a comment describing which lens you’d like to rent and why and BorrowLenses.com chose one lucky recipient to receive a free 2-week lens rental. And that lucky photographer is…

Bryan Villarin who wrote: “I think I’d want to try a Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 because I’m very much into street photography right now and my 50mm is too close for comfort. :)” Max at BorrowLenses.com wrote that he also liked Bryan’s photo blog (you might too, check it out).

Congratulations, Bryan! And thanks to everyone who entered!

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