Free For All: Winter Holidays Edition


Happy Holidays!

Allow me to kick off the gift-giving season while helping you bundle up against the bitter chill of uninspiration with this jolly collection of Christmas, Hanukah, New Year’s, and winter clip art, photos, fonts, and other fare. Remember: You can download one free resource tonight; you have to wait to unwrap the rest tomorrow morning.


Help for Digital Photographers


Asset management is an issue every digital photographer grapples with sooner rather than later. You could dump everything in one big folder on a hard drive, that's asking for heartache. Not only is it tough to lay your hands on specific photos, but unless you back up regularly, you could lose every one of those images if the drive fails.

And what about image editing and versioning? Color management? Assigning metadata? File formats? The deeper you get into working with digital imagery, the more workflow questions you have.

Scanning Around With Gene: The Miracle of Photochrom

Today’s installment requires a leap of faith that, by the time you view many of the images, you may have a hard time maintaining. So I’m going to repeat the basic premise several times: Every image here was made from a black and white photograph with the colors added through a patented lithographic process that relied on photographer’s notes to accurately reproduce the colors. All of these images (with the exception of the first example) were made before the invention of color film, which took place in 1907 but didn’t become practical until the 1930s.