Friday, September 27, 2013

I Am Not That David Gilmour

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It has come to my attention that at least two different people, neither of whom has ever met me and who know me by my name only, have heard about this controversy, and have wondered whether I was the David Gilmour involved.

How easily one might become accidentally tainted with the stink of racism or sexism*. What can you do in a case like this, other than post a public note saying, hells to the no! That wasn't me!

It used to annoy me in the early days of the Internet when I would receive hopeful notes from people who had used AltaVista or Yahoo to search out possible email addresses of their guitar hero from Pink Floyd. How gladly I would swap that case of mistaken identity for this one.

*No comment on the character of Prof. Gilmour is intended or implied.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Max C.

Max C. has started his career as a real estate professional, based in Ancaster. When I asked him how he had found me, he said that he had asked several of his colleagues who they would recommend as the best business portrait photographer in the area. He said that every one of them gave him the same name: mine. "Everyone?," I asked him. "Every one of them," he insisted. That story put some spring my step for the rest of the day!

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Burlington Home Builder Steve S.

Steve has been nominated for an industry award. He needed a portrait turned around quickly, to provide to event organizers.

Steve is down to earth, comfortable in front of the camera, and has a good sense of humour, so his studio session on Monday was brief but very enjoyable.

Back in 2010, I produced some quick press style portraits of Steve at his office. I was glad to be able to apply the full studio treatment this time.

Lumacraft Photography business portrait of Burlington home builder Steve S. Business portrait of Burlington home builder Steve S., produced by Lumacraft Photography.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Business Portrait of Bruce N.

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Bruce is a professor and a department director at an Ontario university.

Please visit the Business Portrait section of my website for information on my services.

Are You a Hamilton Area Photographer Looking for a Studio?

Photograph showing the interior of Lumacraft Photography's main studio space.

I am seeking a professional photographer to share my studio with.

  • East Hamilton location, about 10 minutes from the QEW Burlington Street exit.
  • Main studio space is about 800 sq. ft.
  • Studio has large six windows facing north and east, with blinds. Plenty of soft indirect light.
  • Great location for both studio and natural light photography.
  • Studio ceilings about 12 ft. high.
  • Hardwood flooring.
  • Air Conditioned.
  • Bricked in gas fireplace.
  • Monitored security alarm.
  • Wainscoting along on the windowed walls.
  • Separate dedicated shared storage unit, about 200 square ft.
  • Semi-private washroom next to the studio unit. (Shared with two other tenants.)
  • Semi-private office area (can be used for client meetings) directly outside of studio. (Shared with two other tenants.)
  • 110 year old building which houses the studio is loaded with photogenic spots, inside and out. Landlord is very reasonable about granting tenant access. The building is frequently used as a location for film and TV production.
  • Plenty of free parking around building.
  • Includes use of some studio equipment.
  • Includes use of light furnishings, including sofa, tables and chairs.

Shared on an alternating weekly basis. Studio is available for your sole and exclusive use, every other week, Sunday through Saturday. This arrangement enables you to confidently plan your meetings and shoots well in advance.

$600/month + HST. Heat, hydro, security monitoring included. Lease through June/2014 required.  Available immediately.

Please call David to arrange to see the studio, or if you have any questions.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

LightZone: An Intriguing Image Editing Application Returns

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Do any of you photographers out there remember LightZone?  It was an intriguingly different proprietary professional image editing tool for PC, Mac and Linux.  I have just learned that it is back, now free of charge, and open sourced.

LightZone was developed and sold by Lightcrafts Inc., starting in 2005. In 2007, MacWorld gave LightZone its Editor's Choice Award. Lightcrafts ceased operations in September 2011.

In late 2012, a group negotiated release of the source code, and a new team of volunteer developers began work on the project of bringing LightZone up to date and back to life.

If you are unfamiliar with LightZone, here is a product description, from the ‘About’ page of its new website: 

"LightZone is professional-level digital darkroom software for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux, that includes RAW processing and editing. Rather than using layers in the way that other photo editors do, LightZone lets the user build up a stack of tools which can be rearranged, readjusted, turned off and on, and removed  from the stack.  It's a completely non-destructive editor, where any of the tools can be re-adjusted or modified later — even in a different editing session. A tool stack can even be copied to a batch of photos at one time. LightZone always operates in a 16-bit linear color space with the wide gamut of ProPhoto RGB.

While many of LightZone's tools are familiar ones, they also have shared, multiple modification possibilities built in that amplify their power and flexibility.  LightZone also offers some unusual tools for tonal control — meaning brightness, contrast, shadows, highlights, etc.  Some are inspired by the Zone System, and some are inspired by HDR tone-mapping.  These tools put LightZone in a class by itself for working with black-and-white imagery. They're very useful for color photos, too, especially in mixed lighting situations.

LightZone was a pioneer in selective editing using vector based regions creation. Pixels can also be selected by color and/or brightness ranges."

I used to use LightZone to edit certain images with unusual or extreme tonal characteristics which couldn't be corrected easily by Lightroom and other more mainstream tools.  Since the release of version 4 of Lightroom with its superb new model for handling image tone adjustments, I am not sure whether LightZone now has any practical value to me.  Nevertheless, I have installed the new open source version 4 for Windows, and I will be taking a fresh look at what it can do.  You can download LightZone from its new home on the web, here.