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I have been having a lot of fun playing with the photography, learning new techniques and trying new things. I have a practice of finding one or two things every couple of years to learn about and become an “expert” in. Doing so requires lots of reading, benchmarking and networking with others in the same space and preparing to put in some hard yards. I love this initial phase of the learning process. As I start reading different blogs and researching different things there are so many ways you can go. I haven't decided what to focus on yet, for now I am reviewing lots and lots of things.

Here’s a sample of the things I have seen in the last few weeks I have bookmarked or kept open in my browser – time to make space for some new ones now.


I got one of my photos featured at the Action! Shot revolution blog. This is an example of what I mean by learning from others – reading this blog and seeing all the different photos makes you question the techniques – how did they pull that shot off, what settings did they use, what angle were they at, how did they get their subject to jump that way? I want to explore this one more.

Photovisi is a great collage tool. They can build different collages of your photos and then you can download a jpg file of the result. Or you can get it printed in a large format. I used it to create the images for my annual Christmas calendar to our clients.

DeepZoom. I am very excited about this technology. The windows Presentation Foundation or WPF is pone way this can be utilised and PhotoSuru is a sample tool you can download and have a play with. The PhotoSuru site also has the starter kit you need for visual studio to build your own apps like theirs. I wish I had the time to play with that – but right now I don't – this is on the backburner as an idea for another time. Here is an awesome example of the DeepZoom technology in action – myswitzerland has some extremely high res photos of the Matterhorn and other Swiss landmarks. You can zoom right into the detail – down to seeing people in the scenes, and what they are wearing, almost good enough to pick out the individual rocks on the ground. This is worth 5 minutes of your time!

And this is the sort of camera to dream about – the Hasselblad H4D – 60 megapixels! Deep pockets required – its 20K Euros!

Not exactly still photography but fascinating all the same, 3D panoramic interactive video – check it out – it is way cool!

Finally I was interested to read Kim Brebach’s article about his last romance with film – and why film is doomed for all but the extreme fanbois (with deep pockets).

Updated 5 March 2015 - We have also trialled Canva which is a simple, drag-and-drop, design software that’s completely online and free to use.