Posts in Category "Photography"

Ike, taken with my new LensBaby 2!

These new LensBaby 2.0 selective focus lenses are just awesome. Check it out.

Flickr API for Java

I recently decided that I would like to have some kind of tool that I could run to backup all of my photos on Flickr. I basically wanted a directory containing a bunch of subfolders representing sets, with the original photos placed within. I also wanted all of the photos that I had not placed into a set to be downloaded.

Solution: flickrj.

Over the course of the weekend, I’ve become a developer on the flickrj “team”. You gotta love open source :-) “Hey, maintainer. Are you going to fix bug x?” “No, user, I’m busy. Do you want to do it?”.

So…if you are a Java coder, and want to do neat stuff with Flickr, do check out FlickrJ. My backup program is also up there, checked into flickrj’s CVS repository.

Update: The actual backup application is here: http://cvs.sourceforge.net/viewcvs.py/flickrj/api/src/flickrj/samples/

The Photoshop CS2 book by Scott Kelby

As I mentioned in my introduction, my place at Adobe is within the LiveCycle engineering team…so it is a bit ironic that one of my first posts on this blog is about Photoshop CS2.

In my spare time, I am an avid amateur digital photographer. I enjoy taking photos of nearly anything, but the fact of the matter is that I am not really a great photographer yet. Instead, I lean on one of the most excellent software packages ever invented — Photoshop. I’ve been able to do basic tasks with Photoshop for some time now, the basics like cropping, naive color correction, fixing under/over exposure but have found myself getting more and more interested in doing things correctly, and exploiting more of the functionality that lurks just under the surface of the Photoshop UI.

So I bought a book. “The Photoshop CS2 Book”, by Scott Kelby. I’m a day in with it, and about 5 experiments in and all I can say is “Great book!”. The author does a great job of walking the reader through many very useful tasks, and does his best to explain what is happening technically. I appreciate the howto + “science of” approach in books because I learn faster by understanding why I’m doing things.

If you are a beginner, or intermediate photoshop user…this book is probably for you.