Updated: 16 Feb, 2018 The topic of resizing images for the web is a relatively simple, yet ridiculously complex one, at the same time. And it's also one where there is an awful lot of misinformation floating around, even from professionals. But a lot of people have a need for basic foundational skills when it comes to understanding and resizing digital images for various purposes. Hence this post... Huge caveat here: My primary field of knowledge is in photography. I have been fiddling with cameras my whole life, and have taught photography and digital imaging at local colleges and independently for the last ten years (visit iTeachphotographers for more on that), and I feel like I have a reasonably authoritative voice on the topic. I also design, host and maintain WordPress websites. While I can read and write HMTL and CSS, I am more a designer than a coder, and I [...]
From my perspective as a photography teacher, I see how aspirational professionals view photography, and I'm a part of how it's taught. It's a massively changing industry at the moment which makes it a moving target as far as teaching is concerned, but it keeps us on our toes. At the end of the educational year, I thought I'd share a few perspectives on some trends I've noticed. Quality: The tricky thing about quality is that it needs a frame of reference. If you're 18 and you've never experienced film or the quality of a medium format image, and you've grown up with dodgy Photoshop techniques and jpgs, then how do you evaluate your work in regards quality? I push quality from day one, but I'm beginning to realise quality means very different things to people because of different frames of reference. I need to find a way to standardise [...]
I have to admit, I am seriously impressed with the Digital Photography Workflow website dpbestflow.org. An initiative of the American Society of Media Photographers and funded by the American Library of Congress, it is a fantastic resource for all digital photographers worldwide. It is mainly the work of Richard Anderson and Digital Asset Management guru, Peter Krogh, but of course let's not forget there is always a large team behind any endevour of this size and quality. The site covers pretty much every aspect of digital photography workflow you could think of. The layout and structure of the site is simply awesome - well thought out, logical and very user friendly. There are a wealth of graphics and videos to complement the crisp, concise writing, and the quality of the information is about as good as it gets. There is also a companion book called Digital photography best practices and [...]
Unless you've been living under a rock lately, you've probably heard that Chase Jarvis has once again come up with a great idea (his last one was The Best Phone...) CreativeLIVE is a new website that is going to offer FREE live presentations (I hate the word webinars) on all sorts of creative topics, like photography, DSLR video, painting, html etc.. They will be free if you sign up and follow them live, and you can buy them afterward to watch again, or in case you missed them. The presenters are very highly regard folk, like Vincent Laforet, Art Wolfe, David duChemin & Zack Arias just to name a few. I'll certainly be watching with great interest. Way to go Chase, You really are an inspiration.