One of the main reasons why I travel to the places I do is to experience different cultures, beliefs and ways of living. With globalisation I’m sure it won’t be too long before we’re a homogeneous mass living in roughly the same way and consuming roughly the same things. With this in mind, I was delighted to discover a project and associated book by Jimmy Nelson called “Before They Pass Away”.
In Jimmy’s words:
In 2009, I planned to become a guest of 31 secluded and visually unique tribes. I wanted to witness their time-honoured traditions, join in their rituals and discover how the rest of the world is threatening to change their way of life forever. Most importantly, I wanted to create an ambitious aesthetic photographic document that would stand the test of time. A body of work that would be an irreplaceable ethnographic record of a fast disappearing world.
He took with him an ancient large format camera and after several years roaming the world has produced an amazing set of portraits highlighting the ethnic diversity that still clings to old traditions today. The journey documented include:
- Indonesia & Papua New Guinea
- Kenya & Tanzania
- New Zealand
- Argentina & Ecuador
There’s a huge book available, but you can also visit the website – beforethey.com – to check out his stunning photography and explore information on the tribes and groups included. I highly recommend it as the images are beautiful.
I’ve been a bit quiet because I’ve just started a new job. So its taken me far longer than usual to finish sorting out my photos from my recent trip to Burma (Myanmar). However I’m pleased to announce that I’ve now finished and the gallery is live over on importedlight.com.
A new job upon my return from Myanmar means I’ve been very busy. I’m still working through my photos from my latest trip but its taking a while to whittle them down and process them all. In the meantime here’s one to whet your appetite, taken at a local market on Inle Lake in the North of the country.
Adobe has released version 5.2 of its popular Lightroom software.
New features in the release include:
- A Smoothness adjustment slider has been added to the Detail Panel under Color Noise Reduction
- Refinements to the Spot Healing Tool
- Auto Exposure has been improved
- Smart Preview size has been updated to 2560 pixels on the long edge, and
- Refinements to the Local Adjustment Brush
As well as the above, new cameras and lenses are now supported, along with some bug fixes. I’m particularly pleased to see the issue with the spot healing tool auto-selecting a source area outside your cropped image, resulting in you having to undo your crop if you wanted to move it to a more appropriate area, has been fixed. This was a big annoyance for me!
You can check out the full list of changes on the official Adobe release post.
Of course now Lightroom 5.2 has been released it also means Adobe is offering its photographer’s version of Creative Cloud too. If you already have Photoshop CS3 or later you can subscribe to CC Photoshop Photography Program which includes access to Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5, plus feature updates and upgrades as they are available, 20GB of cloud storage for file sharing and collaboration, and Behance ProSite for your own fully customizable professional portfolio.
More importantly if you sign up before December 31st 2013 you get this for $9.99/month (£8.78/month incl. tax). This isn’t a time limited price either but the standard price for those that sign up before the end of the year. Seems quite a good deal to me.
You can find out more, check out the FAQs, or sign up over at the Adobe Photoshop Photography Program page.
I’ve been to enough deserts in my time. They’re certainly a challenge to photograph. Despite the image most people have of deserts being golden dunes disappearing into the distance, in reality they are usually rather more boring and combination of low scrub, rocks, stones and sand with little in the way of beauty to inspire you. However there are a few locations where you can see the more classic images of a desert. But when you only have sand before you it can be a serious challenge both to keep your camera clean and safe and to compose an interesting shot.
Over at the Digital Photography School site, guest writer Kav Dadfar has listed six tips to help you get better desert shots:
- Get the right light
- Find a point of interest
- Look for patterns, shapes and lines
- Tell a story in your shot
- Look for the unusual or out of place
- Take good care of your equipment
Whilst many of these can apply to any photography you are doing they are especially important when presented with such a blank canvas as a desert stretching away in front of you to the horizon. Click the link below to view the article in full.
DPS: 6 Tips for Photographing Deserts