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Good turnaround time
Feb 27th, 2010 by Ken Hagler

The frame counter reset on my Leica MP recently broke, so I took it to Samy’s Camera, the store I bought it from. I was afraid they’d tell me I had to send it back to Leica for repair (the last time I dealt with Leica it took them six months to repair a damaged lens), but fortunately they told me it could be repaired in the store. To my surprise, it took only four days for them to finish the work!

Aperture 3 finally works
Feb 14th, 2010 by Ken Hagler

Aperture 3 adds Faces, Places, and improved local adjustment.

After a long wait, Apple has released the next major update to its pro-class photo workflow application, Aperture 3. The new version boasts over 200 new features, including the addition of the successful facial recognition and geotagging features, Faces and Places, that were introduced with iPhoto ’09. Version 3 also adds edge-detecting adjustment brushes for non-destructive localized editing and touch-ups. Along with numerous UI and performance improvements, Aperture 3 adds full 64-bit support on supported systems running Snow Leopard.

Aperture has always had a focus on the workflow of professional photographers, but Apple also markets it for amateurs that want to move beyond the simplicity of iPhoto. Aperture 3 takes that even further, seemingly melding more power and advanced management with the features and ease of use of iPhoto.

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[Ars Technica]

I’d been interested in Aperture since version two as a replacement for iView MediaPro, which was bought out and abandoned by Microsoft years ago. However, earlier versions of Aperture couldn’t handle the very large files produced by scanning 4×5 film (a slide produces a file around 1.25 GB) and would crash if you tried to add one. That problem has been fixed in version three–probably due to a combination of 64-bit support in Snow Leopard, and the fact that my Photoshop system has 24 GB of RAM.

Photographer pay
May 21st, 2009 by Ken Hagler

From a mailing list for music photographers:

What do photographers make?
*Salary data is from PayScale.com. Salaries listed are for full time workers with 5-8 years of experience and include any bonuses or profit sharing.

Freelance photographer — $35,728
Photojournalist — $37,403
News photographer — $43,001
Fashion photographer — $48,710
Sports photographer — $44,686

And people ask me why I don’t want to be a professional photographer…

The state of concert photography
Oct 25th, 2008 by Ken Hagler

Rock Photography Is Fading Fast. What has happened to great rock concert photography? Is it part of a bygone era, or has the music industry forgone photographers due to control issues? A mix of both, says Mark Paytress in Creative Review’s article “Three Songs and Yer Out! The Dying Art of Gig Photography” (reprinted from a recent issue of M magazine). The “three songs” refers to an industry-wide guideline that photographers are allowed access to the artists only for the first three songs of a performance. The practice started as a courtesy to performers to keep distracting flash bulbs to a minimum. But then it worked its way around the scene and became the rule at most venues. Artists and their management blame the venues for enforcing the rule, while the venues insist they’re just doing what they’re told by the management. [Utne Reader]

This article doesn’t tell the whole story. Those restrictions certainly exist, but you only encounter them once an artist has become successful enough to have “people” and play at venues with “security.” If you stick to smaller venues such as (in Los Angeles) the Hotel Café, Molly Malone’s, and the Troubadour, you can still shoot through the entire show. Using a flash is discouraged or even banned at some of these smaller venues, but then flashes going off in small venues are really annoying to everyone, and tend to produce bad pictures besides.

This doesn’t help people who want to make a living as concert photographers, because there’s no money in shooting the acts who play at these smaller venues. However, anyone doing it as a hobby will have plenty of opportunities, and all of those big successful artists who can’t be photographed start out playing at small venues. (Well, except for the totally manufactured idol singer types, but the only reason to photograph them is for money.)

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