Hacking Hockney Images

As a photographer and Web Designer/Developer the most frequent question I am  asked “is how can I protect my pictures from being stolen?” The question recently arose again when  I showed a client the David Hockney website and thus encountered  its somewhat forbidding entrance way: Immediately the client said “That is exactly  what I want to put on my…

Compressing JPEGs

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For this photographer and web developer, compression of bitmap images is vital. It was a topic of discussion here before because in web development full width and supersized images are used in sliders, backgrounds, and splash pages all the time. But these large images exact the price of slower load times which is a killer…

Photo Grids of Varying Size Images

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As a photographer and Web designer I constantly get asked to create photo grids of products, events, travel pictures,etc. And for the most part this is not a problem because each picture or thumbnail fits a common, agreed upon dimension – 320 x 240 pixels or whatever the client needs. For example: This list of…

Aviary Editor Comes to WordPress

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One constant theme at  thePhotoFinishes is that well finished photos are vital to a web or print presence. As a designer and developer I see this very often on client websites where there are a lot of “dirty dog” images but mercifully few “dead dog” images that should be dead and buried. Dirty Dog images are rescuable…

2014 Year End Camera Trends

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The following chart from Statista tells a fascinating story about what is happening in digital cameras: This started nearly 5 years ago with Flickr first reporting that the most popular camera for picture taking on its website was not a Canon or Nikon SLR but rather an Apple iPhone. Like the trend towards eCommerce sales, smartphone…

Online Color Design Tools III

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Just over 5 years ago thePhotoFinishes.com did a review of online color design sites. Ye Editor  was astonished to find over 27 sites available for painters, designers and photographers. Then a year ago, a photo colleague pointed out some new sites and said they deserved coverage  which these new color sites got here. this last few…

Summer PhotoFinishing Tutorials

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Following the free tutorials of this past Spring,  two free Summer PhotoFinishing tutorials at the Quinte West Library near Belleville Ontario will be offered in the first half of July. The tutorials will cover some topics featured recently in thePhotoFinishes posts. Polishing Your Photos Despite the sophistication of digital cameras , it is remarkable the number of photos…

Photo Painting Tools

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Photo Finishing manipulations have been used from the earliest days of photography. No less a photographer than Matthew Brady in 1860 altered a portrait of Abraham Lincoln by adding Lincoln’s head to the body of political rival, Senator John C Calhoun of South Carolina: The Daily Show crew would be proud & applaud M. Brady By the late…

Spring Background Images

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This year, Spring has been late and  then sparing in time and warmth in the Northumberland Hills of Eastern Ontario. It is already the second week of May and the tulips and daffodils are just appearing while lilacs, magnolia, iris  and spirea will definitely be late. So instead of  using the usual Spring  blooms in our  background…