For the traveling photographer—or anyone who shoots in the field—the release of the iPad offered the possibility of a much lighter, easier field kit. Unfortunately, for the first few years of the iPad’s existence, the software did not exist to facilitate a pro-level workflow. Over the last few months, though, a few new apps have hit the store, and they’ve brought some important new post-production capabilities. Depending on your post needs, you might now be able to get away with taking only your camera and an iPad into the field.
There’s no denying that Pinterest has a lot to offer creatives as a source of visual inspiration (and time-sucking pixel hoarding). But it can be a bit unfocused. Browse the Design category and you’ll see everything from infographics to artisinal lightbulbs. For an alternative that’s completely focused on graphic design, check out Matboard.
If you ever struggle to choose the right exposure settings on your camera, but you don't want to pay for (and lug around) a separate light meter, you might want to check out a Kickstarter project called Luxi.
Luxi is small diffusion dome that clips over the front-facing camera of an iPhone to serve as a light meter.
In collaboration with lynda.com, Before & After magazine has produced Design Essentials (that every graphic designer should know). The 12-segment DVD includes over an hour of ideas and tips “to turn your project from blah into bravo.”
It’s time to dig in the fridge for a slice of leftover cake and wish a happy belated birthday to Adobe’s power trio of photographic tools, Photoshop, Lightroom, and Camera Raw. Yesterday Photoshop turned 23, Camera Raw turned 10, and Ligthroom is just about ready for kindergarten at age 6.
Looking for some creative inspiration? Got two minutes? Then check out the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s new weekly series at 82nd & 5th. Yes, I realize that might be quite a long cab ride from where you are. 82nd & 5th is not only the physical address of the Met, it’s also the name of a year-long series of two-minute web videos showcasing 100 works of art and 100 curators who were inspired by them.
If you're like most humans who have been around for more than a couple decades, you probably have a collection of old film negatives somewhere. And whether they're fastidiously cataloged and protected in plastic sleeves, or tossed about in jumble of envelopes in a cardboard box, your negatives need a little help to make the leap to digital and gain new life. You could invest in a traditional film scanner.