Dec 022011
 

The British Security Industry Association has published a 4-page PDF guide to its members about how they should treat photographers. (Thanks to the RPS Journal for this link). Some extracts Key guidance for security personnel If an individual is in a public place photographing or filming a private building, security guards have no right to prevent the individual from taking photographs. If an individual is on private property, s/he may not take photographs if such activity is expressly prohibited or requires a permit which has not been sought or granted. In this instance, a security guard may inform the individual . . . . . . . . . . [Read complete post]

Dec 012011
 

The following is posted in good faith. I cannot be held responsible for errors and omissions. Adobe is changing its policy for allowing updates to Photoshop (and other products in the Creative Suite). This may cause unwary users to miss the opportunity to obtain Photoshop CS6 (and future versions) at the upgrade price rather than the full price. The previous policy was to allow upgrades to miss two versions. So it was possible to upgrade directly from Photoshop 7 to Photoshop CS3, missing out CS (which in effect was CS1) and CS2. Or to upgrade directly from Photoshop CS to . . . . . . . . . . [Read complete post]

Nov 162011
 

While Googling for new information about CinemaDNG, to help me update the Wikipedia page I had created, I found this book for sale: CinemaDNG: Adobe Systems, Open format, Metadata, Digital Negative (file format), Tagged Image File Format, Extensible Metadata Platform, Material Exchange Format, Raw image format Its “Product Description” was familiar – I had written most of it for Wikipedia! The “authors” (if they can be called that) have copied material from Wikipedia and elsewhere, compiled it into a book, and are selling it for more than £20! I also wrote some of the material on the Wikipedia pages for . . . . . . . . . . [Read complete post]

Nov 022011
 
Adobe use my website as an authority at a conference!

I just found this unexpectedly, while researching revisions to the Wikipedia page for CinemaDNG that I created a couple of years ago. Adobe gave an informative presentation at Siggraph 2010, first about DNG, then about CinemaDNG which is based on DNG. Here is the front slide: And here is slide 12: I’ve known for a long time that some of the information I’ve published about DNG exceeds anything Adobe have published. It is good to see that Adobe acknowledges this. Adobe: The CinemaDNG Initiative (PDF) Wikipedia: CinemaDNG Barry Pearson: Articles about DNG

Oct 162011
 
Bibble's spurious objections to DNG

Bibble is a respected raw converter, developed by Bibble Labs Inc, with some unique features and many enthusiastic users. It is one of the few significant raw converters (perhaps the only one) that can’t process DNG files if Bibble doesn’t have details for the camera built-in. Given the undoubted expertise of the development team, this omission is caused by ideology, not incompetence. It almost certainly reduces their market. I’ll use quotes from a recent thread on their support forum to illustrate misconceptions that many people still have with DNG. Although these quotes do not come from the Bibble team, my discussions . . . . . . . . . . [Read complete post]

Oct 142011
 
I've created a new page on Wikipedia: "OpenRAW"

Wikipedia: OpenRAW. I’ve previously blogged about OpenRAW: DNG part 3 – The tragedy of OpenRAW Here are articles on my website about OpenRAW: The tragedy of OpenRAW (life and death of OpenRAW) OpenRAW and DNG (attitudes towards DNG) Dialogue with Juergen Specht (OpenRAW’s anti-DNG proponent) Commentary on “DNG is not the answer” (about an article from Stuart Nixon) Commentary on “RAW format, the captive photo” (interviews with Dave Coffin and Juergen Specht) This is just the second page I’ve created. The first was – Wikipedia: CinemaDNG.

Oct 102011
 
DNG part 4 - DNG is the ONLY archival raw file format

This is one of a set of 4 articles about DNG: DNG part 1 – Seven years of writing about Digital Negative Format DNG part 2 – Timeline for the Digital Negative Format DNG part 3 – The tragedy of OpenRAW DNG part 4 – (this article) Brief summary of archiving Requirements There is a need to be able to archive raw image files. This may be so that photographers and their descendents can retrieve images of personal importance in future, or so that images of wider historical importance can be retrieved. Archiving is not the same as backing-up, although . . . . . . . . . . [Read complete post]

Oct 052011
 
DNG part 3 - The tragedy of OpenRAW

This is one of a set of 4 articles about DNG: DNG part 1 – Seven years of writing about Digital Negative Format DNG part 2 – Timeline for the Digital Negative Format DNG part 3 – (this article) DNG part 4 – DNG is the ONLY archival raw file format OpenRAW was born on 25 April 2005. It had the objective “Digital Image Preservation Through Open Documentation”. It was brain-dead within two years. It sometimes twitches and causes grief for those who ponder “what might have been?” Juergen Specht helped create OpenRAW. He also helped kill it. Pregnancy OpenRAW evolved . . . . . . . . . . [Read complete post]

Oct 042011
 
DNG part 2 - Timeline for the Digital Negative Format

This is one of a set of 4 articles about DNG: DNG part 1 – Seven years of writing about Digital Negative Format DNG part 2 – (this article) DNG part 3 – The tragedy of OpenRAW DNG part 4 – DNG is the ONLY archival raw file format This provides a mixture of the dates of significant events (such as “the first X”) and various counts of usage at the anniversaries of the launch (each 27 September). Counts of products and companies that use DNG in some way are provided primarily for illustration. They are approximate, and include products . . . . . . . . . . [Read complete post]