Thursday, November 30, 2006

Well, This is Pretty Cool

Need a color scheme? Want to find the right matte color, or a set of colors for your new web site? Adobe has your back. And, uh, your colors too. This is new from Adobe and is very Kule... or cool.

Take a look and play around with this great tool, free for now, and then download the color scheme to your machine (requires Adobe membership to save).

Mighty Imaging presents: Mighty Big Prints

We have created a cool little tool that will let you all quickly load an image and order our most popular sizes for immediate delivery. With only a few clicks. No ftp, logging on or wait. Simply click on our Mighty Big Prints link on the home page, and you are there

We have also made this a little affiliate widget as well. If you would like to offer the ability for your visitors to instantly click from your site or blog and upload their images for quick prints, let us know. Contact Stephanie (see the site for more info) and she will set you up with a little affiliate code that you can use while linking to our tool. Make a little money, have a lot of fun and help your visitors find the best in large format printing.

The Ultimate Party Photographer

Yeah, this doesn't have much to do with large prints, but, dang! This looks really fun, and with parties coming fast and furious this month, keep this idea list in mind.
Photojojo » The Ultimate Party Photographer: "The Ultimate Party Photographer"

Monday, November 27, 2006

Mac OS X Keyboard Shortcuts

Everyone could use a time saver. Whether you are new to OS X or just need a quick reference, Mac has published a website with common keyboard shortcuts. Bookmark it, learn it, use it.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Adobe Lightroom in Beta

And you can get a copy to use now. Adobe wants your feedback to make it the best tool around, and is letting us all play with it and direct the development. Pretty cool, huh?

I have been using it and have nearly fallen in love with the interface, the operability and user experience. It is very well thought out and they keep working to make it better all the time.

Go on over to Adobe Labs and pick up a copy to work with. Mac and PC.

Some lovely images for the weekend

These are some sites we like to visit regularly. Great images that would look cool big, er... really big!

A Walk Through Durham Township
is a delight.

Joe Cunningham has some beautiful images.

Chromasia continues to inspire...

If you have some favorite images sites, photoblogs or Flickr pages, send them to us for mention on the blog.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing everyone a very happy Thanksgiving! We hope your holiday is filled with lots of food and family.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Pogue’s Posts - "Yeah, that's about right"

While we think that there can be some areas in which significant detail can be a bit sharper, we have made some exceptionally gorgeous prints from rather smallish files. Seriously... we have a 24x36 in our lobby taken from a 2MB file. Sure - if you stand 4 inches away, you can see a bit of softness, but at normal viewing, the action of the football players is palpable. Read this, and let the healing begin.
Pogue’s Posts - Technology - New York Times Blog: "Anyway, we ran the test for about 45 minutes. Dozens of people stopped to take the test; a little crowd gathered. About 95 percent of the volunteers gave up, announcing that there was no possible way to tell the difference, even when mashing their faces right up against the prints. A handful of them attempted guesses—but were wrong. Only one person correctly ranked the prints in megapixel order, although (a) she was a photography professor, and (b) I believe she just got lucky."

'Tis the buy a digital camera

Just in case you needed some holiday gift ideas, check out this story from the Photo Reporter:
Arlington, VA— The Consumer Electronics Association’s (CEA) 13th annual holiday survey places digital cameras as the foremost electronics gadget consumers plan to give as a gift this holiday season, followed by DVD players or recorders. In fact, CEA predicts a 27 percent increase in holiday spending in the category. According to the CEA, consumer electronics revenues will reach $140 billion for 2006 in the U.S.—an increase of more than 9 percent from the $128 billion figure posted last year. The survey also reveals that Americans intend to spend $5 billion more on electronics gifts this holiday season, for a total holiday spending of $22 billion.
“We’re seeing greater consumer spending across the board and what’s benefiting in particular is consumer electronics,” said Sean Wargo, CEA’s director of industry analysis.

After digital cameras and DVD players/recorders, consumers listed cell phones, portable music players, video game systems, portable CD players, laptop cases, televisions, cordless phones, flash memory cards, and clock or tabletop radios on their gift-giving lists.

Among the most-asked-for devices for the holidays are mobile music players, digital cameras, computers, televisions, game systems, DVD devices, cell phones and camcorders.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Glamour DVD reviewed at the Strobist

Don's DVD was just reviewed over at Strobist. BTW, if you haven't been visiting Strobist, you have some catching up to do. Go there. Go there now. (Don is the designer of our website, a blogger, and a frequent contributor to this blog.)
Strobist: "But that's not the point. The main takeaways from the DVD are (a) that you can do some very Hollywood-looking stuff right out of the electrical aisle at Home Depot, and (b) that foam core, properly placed, can work lighting magic.

He gives seminars out in sunny (but beautifully fill-lit) Arizona, and these lessons are taken right from those seminars. For people looking to move into the glam lighting scene, the principles are sound to teach you to create that beautiful, wraparound lighting that can pay the bills."

Friday, November 17, 2006

Easy Photo Wall on a Shoestringwire Budget » Curbly | DIY Design Community « Keywords: photos, home, decoration, wall

This is a clever way to show a bunch of images. You could do the same thing with, I dunno... , really big images. Just wouldnt need as many hooks. ;-)
Easy Photo Wall on a Shoestringwire Budget » Curbly | DIY Design Community « Keywords: photos, home, decoration, wall: "A couple years ago I attended a play at The Theater in the Round in Minneapolis (really bad site) and in the lobby they had this cool system for hanging cast bios and other info that consisted of wire, pulled taut across a span, in this case from floor to ceiling, with small hardware holding some photos and glass in place.

I inspected it and it seemed like something I could do at home. So next time I was at the hardware store I picked up some very basic hardware for just a few bucks."

Thursday, November 16, 2006

More Winter Tips

This is a wonderful story, full of tips for shooting in bitter cold. We live in Phoenix where bitter cold is somewhere near 50 degrees... but we are aware of some places that get even colder than that... really!
... Alpen Glow:
Dody and I had just arrived at Yellowstone’s Old Faithful Snow Lodge, on our snowmobiles, the day before. The 26-mile trip from West Yellowstone,snow_yellowstone_0663.jpg (26050 bytes) although somewhat bitter (-25° F), was like traveling through a crystalline fairyland. This was to be our first full day inside of the Park and we were quite anxious to get out on the trail and do some real exploring. With the glimmer of the new dawn on the Eastern horizon, I dared to venture out, from the Lodge into the elements, to warm up the snowmobiles. Much to my chagrin; however, they were frozen solid as a rock. No amount of effort, on my part, could coax the engines to so much as budge from the icy grip. After I had struggled, for what seemed like an eternity, and had worked up a good sweat, Dody, my wife, came out to meet me. She advised that the mercury was hovering somewhere around 50° below zero; no one was quite sure of the actual temperature however, because all of the thermometers there bottomed out at about -43° . Well what were we to do – it was barely dawn, it was freezing and the snowmobiles wouldn’t start!

Another Daily Read

The Alec Soth Blog is all about fine art photography, art and photography in general and the aesthetics of the fine print. We just discovered him (drat!) and will have to spend several hours going through the archives. Recommended heavily for thoughtful posts. The post below is a typically insightful read:
Kiki Smith & Nan Goldin: "Kiki Smith & Nan Goldin
I was recently asked by a magazine (not the NY Times) to photograph Kiki Smith. Because of a scheduling conflict I was unable to do it. I’m both disappointed and relieved. I’m disappointed because this Sunday’s New York Times Magazine profile by Michael Kimmelman described her as an electrifying character. She seems to have great insight into sustaining the creative impulse:"

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Resources, Sweet Resources

Finding resources for photographers is one of the things we like to do here at the Big Image Blog. Check out the site posted over at "it's what I do" - and grab a cup of coffee. This is gonna take a while.
it's what I do...: "Isn't it great when someone who is knowledgeable decides to share his/her knowledge with the rest of us. This is a great little site with images and lessons on creating the images. Take a look. Even if you are a full pro, you will find some interesting images/stories here. And if you are still learning... be prepared for a schoolin'."

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Coping through photography

We recently had the honor of printing some touching work of Brent Hirak's. Brent is a talented local artist who has a showing of his images coming up at the ASU's Northlight Gallery November 20th - December 2nd.

Fallout, the artist Brent Hirak writes, is a photo and video document which comments on the psychosis and addiction that runs in my family. During the 27 months of the project my sister Katie attempts to quit methamphetamine and is subsequently diagnosed with level two manic depression and schizophrenia– she enters treatment in the Maricopa County Psychiatric Recovery Center. The photographs emerge when I am unable to cope with the situation... In general they “speak around” the subject, in ways similar to a family (mis)communicating in avoidance of its own secret trauma.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Sierra Nevada Photos - Home Page

I have always loved the Sierras. Used to take long vacations there just to shoot. Many times I found the sheer size of the landscape to be nearly intimidating. How do you capture something so huge and majestic with such a small device. It was some of the most intense mental excercises that I had ever experienced in photography. In the end, I would be so happy to bring back even a few images that I liked.

So it was exciting to find this site... great photos, maps and lots of stuff relating to the glorious Sierras. Enjoy.
Sierra Nevada Photos - Home Page: "Sierra Nevada Photos is a collection of photography and maps showing the diversity of landscapes of the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. All photographs are available as fine art prints or for stock usage."

Winter Photography Tips & Help

As we move toward the holidays, Mighty Imaging is excited about working with clients to produce incredible gifts and presentation images. Winter provides a wonderful opportunity for imagery, and we are already catching the spirit of the season.
Winter Photography Tips & Help: "If you are thinking that it is cold and you would rather be inside with a hot chocolate, snoozing in front of a warm fireplace, your photographs will reflect that attitude. Get pumped and enjoy the challenge of attacking the wintry conditions outside. Your photographs will display your enthusiasm. This might also be the time to think of 'On-The-Go Photography' when you 'Travel Light & Travel Simply.' "
Here is another small list of things to think about.
  • Be careful not to drop anything in the snow. Cleaning it off can be quite time consuming.
  • Even if you prefer prime lenses for most uses, seriously consider using a zoom in winter to avoid having to change lenses as frequently. Getting blowing snow in your camera will make your day a lot less enjoyable.
There are more... take a look.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Decorate you house for the season

You can use these ideas not only for the upcoming holiday season, but also they will work great to keep any space fresh and current.
A bounty of harvest-season accents: The tulip centerpiece and red- and white-checkered tablecloth look out of place. There's a chill in the night air, and your summertime embellishments will soon be as appropriate as a Christmas tree in July.

To decorate your home for fall and winter, Robin Brechbuhler of Brechbuhler Interior Designs in North Canton, Ohio, has some suggestions.

• Paint the walls a different color. Remember, if you use a color other than a neutral shade, it can limit you.

• Buy dishware for the summer and something different for the winter.

Change the artwork on your walls. Thomas Kinkade, for example, has a holiday collection that depicts wintry scenes.
Desiree's image is also a perfect example of this theme.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Walking in a winter wonderland

Just heard about this sleuth exclusive: a By Invitation Only, Winter Wonderland party hosted by Haus Modern Living. If you have not been yet, you must go to one of their stores. They have two amazing showrooms at the Biltmore Fashsion Park as well as on Scottsdale Rd, just north of Camelback across from the Scottsdale Fashion Square.

Our very own published, and local photographer, Desiree Edkins, has been commissioned for three original, "Winter Wonderland" prints. We printed her images on our LightJet on a one day turnaround, so she can get them custom framed by our friends at Decorative Edge on 7th Street, just south of Osborn in time for the event. You can also view 13 additional prints that we produced for Desiree currently on display at Haus' Scottsdale Location.

Haus Design has been offering Desiree Edkins originals for over one year now after they discovered her, and have had great success with moving all of her first commercial body of work. I can see why, they are simply gorgeous.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Chase Jarvis: Focus

Chase offers very cogent advice for photographers who are feeling a little down about the changes that are ongoing around them.
Chase Jarvis Blog: "It seems that so many in our profession are worried about the future of the industry. I'm shocked really. First, it was paranoia by many that the digital age was somehow 'harming' photography. That was true only if 1)you were a stuffy codger unwilling to embrace change and the opportunities that the digital age could bring, and 2)you were overly pretentious and in the dark about the intersection of art and commerce that is professional photography. "

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

3 Click Color Correction

Our friend Scott Condray of Visualville has a great Photoshop tip on his website on how to take any image and color correct it in quick and easy to follow steps.

Step 1. With the image open select Image > Adjustments > Levels.

Step 2. Click on the Black Eyedropper to make it active.

Step 3. Move the Black Eyedropper over the center of Target 1 and Click.

Notice how the slight bluish cast in the shadows disappears and shadow tonality deepens.

To see the rest of the tutorial go here.