Happy Birthday Ansel Adams!

110 years ago today Ansel Adams was born, and 82 years later he passed.  His work continues to be a staple of great photography, printing, and inspiring others to make work of their own.  I'm gonna use my 4x5 camera today in observance.  What are you going to do to celebrate his birthday? -CAdams_The_Tetons_and_the_Snake_Riverimg08Adams_The_Tetons_and_the_Snake_River

Year in Photos: Music Edition - Courtesy of Pitchfork!

Screen Shot 2012-12-03 at 4.30.36 PM Everyone knows I am an avid music fan, and pitchfork.com is one of the best music resource websites when it comes to new yet accessible music that is more interesting than what iTunes recommends.  They just put up their year in photos of the hottest bands of the year.  Below are my favorite bands from the crop, but you should check out the other bands and images as well to see what makes for great concert photos.


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Must have iPhone Photography App: KitCam

kitcam I'm starting a new series of posts that highlight and/or review iphone photography apps.  To start this party right, lets talk about a brand new app called KitCam ($1.99). Yes, it gives you plenty of awesome retro photo effects, color skews, light leaks, and frame choices, and as impressive as those things might be, there are lots of other reasons for getting this app.

Top 3 things I love that aren't obvious:

1. Seamless integration with PhotoForge2 ($3.99) which is one of the best photo editing apps (think of it as photoshop on your phone.)

2. Live editing of Exposure and White Balance! - Yes, as you see your image on the screen, if it is too bright or dark, you can change the exposure using a slider before you take the image.  The same goes with the white balance, adjust while in the midst of shooting.

3. All effects, retro, blurs, etc. and all editing changes before exposure can be live previewed and shot when doing video also.

Additional amazing features:

Advanced Meta Data, Easy Sharing Options, and Non Destructive Editing:



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The above statement is actually fantastically done in KitCam.  For example, if you apply retro effects to the image before taking the photo, then decide you don't want it, you can remove it afterwards, and better yet, switch it up to a different effect as well.

For further reasons to buy the app, visit the companies website: http://kitcamapp.com


1. Buying for retro effects costs more money.

2. Cannot load an image from a previously taken photo into CamKit, but the developer says it is coming.

If you have any questions about the app, feel free to ask in the comments section.


Gallery Show: Michael Starkman

Bay Area based and photo friend Michael Starkman is having a show at Photo Gallery Oakland of his beautiful silver gelatin prints that are really a treat to see. Below is my favorite image from the series.




Sacred Grove is an intimate portrait of the Mendocino Woodlands, a second growth forest of redwood and bay laurel in Northern California. Felled by loggers 100 years ago and then ravaged by fire, the Woodlands manifests Nature’s capacity for self-renewal, a lesson in the reestablishment of ecological balance surrounding still visible scars of destruction. Starkman has photographed to broaden his knowledge of this land, to deepen his connection with its spirit, and to glimpse the timeless sacred.

As part of Art Gallery Week, PHOTO will host an Artist’s Reception on Saturday, October 6, 2:00-4:00pm, with a talk by Michael Starkman at 3:00. artgalleryweek.com

Bald Alien Has An Architectural Photo Blog!

Bald Alien aka famous nineties electronic musician Moby is quite the photo blogger. This totally reflects the multi dimensionality creative people tend to have.  People are not just musicians, they are also writers, painters, photographers, and dabble in video.  I'm all for the creative explosion of the internet as it truly inspires all of us to be more creative and push things even further. Check out his Los Angeles inspired architecturally driven photo blog here: http://mobylosangelesarchitecture.com/ Here is a taste of Moby's work (yes, this is in L.A. - amazing what you'll find when you wander with a camera in hand). - Carlos

Photoshop CS6 Beta Released

The new dawn is about to be upon us.  Draw your swords and get ready for some battle with the the new Adobe Photoshop CS6.  Challenges you will face include, a darker, PS Elements inspired interface, a new crop tool (snooze), and the ability to have more editing features for video within photoshop (double snooze).  If you choose to accept, you can download the beta version for free at the link below.  The video below is the infamous Russell Brown, Photoshop Guru, walking us through the "exciting" new features.

My overall first impressions of CS6 is that content aware move and the new features in the Raw convertor are where the winning new options are.  Other than that, all the other new features are nothing to boast about.  For example, the new blur features that mimic a tilt shift lens are nothing to wow about since you can buy an app that does it for $0.99. Besides, if you really wanted to do that, you always could have if you know how to use photoshop.  I think Adobe is running out of ideas and it really shows in this release.  Please, please do yourselves a favor Adobe, price this Photoshop to actually be affordable so that you will gain more new users rather than deter.   Currently, I'm not interested in upgrading.

Download CS6 Beta: http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/photoshopcs6/



Want to Search for Apps for your iphone, ipad, android . . . Use Chomp

Carlos, why would I want to use this, when I can just use itunes to search for apps. Answer: Cause the itunes search actually only works well if you know exactly what your looking for. This allows you to have very loose search terms to find recommendations. My favorite part of using this is to see what apps are trending. If you ever wondered what the Times or the Daily or other publications use to recommend apps to their client base, I bet this is part of it.Have fun times -


ReGeneration Show

Bay Area known photographers Luis Delgado, Rachel Phillips, and more are having a generational gap show this Saturday, Aug 13 at a.muse gallery from 5:30-9pm.  It is like a fine art photography battle/dialogue as to where established versus emerging photographers are paired side by side on the gallery wall.

New Reason to Buy iPad: NEW PHOTOSHOP APP (coming soon)

The writer of the website camerabay.com recently witnessed an exclusive of what Adobe has been working on.  New photoshop with layers, masking, and perspective distorting coming soon to the Apples iPad.  There is a current free version called PS mobile express which is free at the app store, but this version is supposed to be much more like real photoshop and you guessed it, will cost money.  How much?  If adobe is smart, they will follow Apples lead when they sold their premium programs (pages, numbers, keynote) for $9.99.  There are also rumors that Apple is working on an iPhoto Mobile which would be in direct competition with this Adobe app.  If I were to guess, I think Adobe will charge $19.99 for it and people will still buy it. Screen shots:

Notice layering in the bottom left in a new 3-d rendering mode, rather than what we know in photoshop.  Amazing.

Watch the video of the presentation here: