Opening up again


It’s been a while since I last blogged but I thought I’d drop in and leave a few words.

Looking forward to getting university exams and coursework out of the way so I can embark on a summer season’s worth of further photography and more experimentation with the self portrait. I will be aiming for my next exhibition and reviewing options of ‘what next…’

Also I want to learn more about my camera (haha). I figure it’s extremely worthwhile to learn about different files and the ways of maximising file size from capture stage to processing stage, e.g. RAW files, TIFF files. If anyone knows a good online tutorial on these related matters, general, or on the Sony R1 itself, or about Adobe Photosop CS2, I would be very grateful for your help!

Posted in Essays, musings on May 14th, 2007 | 16 Comments |


Comments for “Opening up again”

    1. Stewey
      8:25 pm on May 14th, 2007

      I have always found digital outback photo a really useful site for learning the technical side of things. Its a landscape photography site but has great resources and techniques that can be applied to any photography. The site doesn’t look too pretty and not so obvious to navigate but it is a great resource. They also sell a very good ebook which explains a lot of very technical issues in a really accessible way.

      Its worth taking a look straight at:

    2. Alan
      4:33 am on May 15th, 2007


      Both great guides for HDR imaging. HDR being something that I dont think I’m seen in any of your images.

      Something to think about. Good luck with the end of school and have fun during the “off” time.

    3. Wojtek
      7:56 am on May 15th, 2007

      Hi Aniela :) I don’t have any video tutorials to offer you, but I can help you with answering all the questions you could possibly ask about the PS and RAW… Just drop me an email :) I’ll be glad to help.

    4. Miss Aniela
      9:49 am on May 15th, 2007

      thanks Alan and Stewey, i will check those out.

      Thanks Wojtek, i will ask if i have any queries in the near future!

    5. Wojtek
      1:16 pm on May 16th, 2007

      By the way – there will be some tutorials soon. I think I’m gonna spread the knowledge a little ;)

    6. Robert
      9:08 am on May 18th, 2007

      Hi! I don’t want to sound too pompous, but I’m doing work on a thesis related to digital photography, part of which involves knowing all the ins and outs of RAW vs TIFF vs JPEG. On the other hand, I’m only a super-amateur photographer, so Wojtek probably can probably speak your language better. In any case, feel free to ask me questions as a last resort if all other avenues fail… :-)

    7. Arnaud
      10:32 am on May 19th, 2007
    8. phillip french
      2:26 pm on May 19th, 2007

      hi, i just wanted to say the same thing you no doubt here day in day out,.. love your work !
      im just a keen amature, and bankrupted myself getting a d200, i wondered what you might think of some of my photo’s (mainly iraq) if you had 5 mins to throw a glance. I’m trying to figure out what kit i’m going to need in order to start doing portrait work, any (cheap) tips?
      cheers for reading,.. phill

    9. Gus
      9:28 pm on May 22nd, 2007

      Hi Miss A

      In my experience if you really want to sell your work you need the best gear. I don’t anything about your Sony buy once you try to sell your work to libraries/agencies etc they will start to find technical flaws in your images. If your dig camera is not up to it your will regret that many of your pics will not be of acceptable quality.
      And they cannot be taken again.

      The experts will find jpeg artifacts in your pictures and they will be rejected.

      Megapixels mean little in image quality. There is a lot more to it. And.
      There is a lot to learn. Read as much as you can about digital image files and make your own choices regarding the type of work you do.

      If I were you I’d buy the best camera I can get the money to buy. For your style of work a larger format digital is a good bet since your work is pretty much still life. i.e. you don’t generally travel far and take mainly contrived pictures of your self.
      Ideally, you want big prints (A3+) with great quality. So a top tripod and something like a Hassleblad with dig back would be great for you. Otherwise a top level SLR system would do the job.

      If I were you I would always shoot in RAW because you can control things later. If you shoot in jpeg you will never be able to alter exposure or white balance etc later. Plus, jpeg is a compression format. Compression involves the loss of data. Once the image is compressed something is lost. In RAW you lose nothing.

      Now you have developed an artistic style you just need to find your technical direction.

      good luck, feel free to ask any questions.

    10. Miss Aniela
      9:43 am on May 24th, 2007

      thanks for each and every comment. They have all helped me do my homework…

      @ Arnaud – thanks for the links

      @ Philip – perhaps its best to read Gus’s comment below!

      @ Robert – thanks, feel free to post an info on here or email me it –, i would appreciate reading it, even if it’s a lot of material.

      @ Gus – sounds heavy-going… i don’t think i intend to sell to libraries and agencies… i aim to be more ‘artist’ than ‘photographer’, exhibiting rather than taking stock pics… but i will take your advice on board.

    11. Michael
      5:51 pm on May 24th, 2007

      You are fabulously talented as well as beautiful/
      I simply love your work.

      Take Care

    12. Scott
      1:15 am on May 25th, 2007

      Try Radiant Vista out or Photowalkthrough,Tips from the top floor is handy as well when it comes to technical aspects of your camera they offer excellent tips and tutorials and I’ve learned so much in a few months from them all. I’m surprised you don’t shoot in raw exclusively,or do you? You won’t be disappointed checking either out. Raw is the cats ass, I’d agree with Gus totally so much more control of what you shoot try it if you haven’t already.

    13. Gus
      5:05 pm on May 25th, 2007

      stock is a pain in the arse. And you are right to find your own market and stick with your art.

      But I’ve learnt a lot from sites like istockphoto and alamy. You find out immediately if your camera and your digital workflow is letting you down. My bug bear is that stock is not art, it’s sales. And what sells is often really dull.

      I took my portfolio to Dorling Kindersley picture libray oncce and they told me my pictures were too artistic for their library!! A year later they changed their policy and accepted my work..

      At the end of the day I wanted to make some cash from my hobby.. otherwise as you’ll find. You have to get a job!

      There is is a lot to learn about digital workflow.

      Here are a few tips:-

      I don’t know how much you know so sorry if this comes over as patronising..

      If you shoot in jpeg, every time you save the file it is compressed. As you carry on the file quality degrades. If you are doing some ‘digital darkroom’ then convert to photoshop file format first and save back to jpeg later.

      From my experience I have owned crap digital cameras and taken lots of pictures only to find later that they have visible artifacts and color abherations that only show up at 100%. In some cases these problems can be corrected but its very time consuming and difficult work.

      My concern is that you’re taking all these great shots that are ideal for huge posters and ad campaigns but that you are using a semi-pro camera. One day you might look back and wish you’d
      moved up a bit sooner. You can never take them again.

      The bigger the image a camera can deliver the more opportunities you will have to sell pictures.

      I still remember when I bought my first Leica. Modern dig SLR’s are not the same as using an M2.
      The lens was £800 second hand, but I never regretted it.
      good luck

    14. Martin Christie
      9:16 am on June 4th, 2007

      I have to say I agree with Gus, his experiences with digital are similar to mine.
      I tippy-toed into digital after twenty odd years with 35mm and medium formst, using semi-pro compacts alongside my normal Nikons until I took the plunge with a Fuji S2.
      I regret not knowing enough about Jpegs and saving files when I started, but I have learnt the hard way about archiving and storing files.
      I’ve got negs that are 30 years old I can still print a cracking shot from but jpegs from four years ago that are just not worth working on.
      Looking at your work there’s nothing I need to rell you about photography, but on the technical side I do work every day in CS2 now, and print large format, so if I can be of help drop me a mail.
      I’m based in Brighton in the North Laines and popped in to see your exhibition a couple of times.
      Best wishes


    15. Ally
      9:17 am on June 8th, 2007

      Now that you are a virtual celebrity, would you consider doing a web-interview?

      I’d bet that a lot of your Flickr contacts would have a lot of questions for you about your influences, where you get your ideas, how you approach each shot, your post-production process, what you think about the reactions you get etc…

    16. deneita
      11:06 pm on September 2nd, 2008

      wow :)
      its very interesting article.
      Nice post.
      realy gj

      thank you ;)

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