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Generating photo captions from EXIF data and posting them to tumblr

I have a tumblr that I post images to and my backlog of images is piling up because it's a boring slog to post them all. I want to come up with a way to automate the boring parts so that I can focus on the fun parts (taking and categorizing the photos) instead of dreading the process of uploading them all. Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by metaphorever on Apr 20, 2015 - 3 answers

How can I best share photos with my families?

I recently had a few hundred family photos scanned and I'd like to put them up somewhere everyone who's interested can see them. This includes people across several different families and with vastly different technology access/knowledge (though everyone can browse the Internet). I'd strongly prefer not to use Facebook. What's the best solution? [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone on Apr 11, 2015 - 14 answers

Starting to shoot in manual mode

I'm looking for, ideally podcasts, but websites will do too, that give advice for starting to use a dslr in full manual mode. I have reasonable familiarity with the various settings on the camera so looking for advice on bringing them together. Guides on 'what to do on you first day shooting in manual' and the like especially welcome. As are any tips you might have.
posted by roolya_boolya on Apr 11, 2015 - 13 answers

Cost-effective way to print large photos and frame them for hanging?

The empty walls in my office are driving me batty. I'd like to take a few high quality photos that I've taken over the years, have them blown up, matted, and framed. What's the cost-effective way to do that these days? [more inside]
posted by starkraven on Apr 9, 2015 - 7 answers

Give me your prom-related photography tips

This weekend I'll be the photographer at a small high school prom dance, but I've never shot photos in this setting. What tips do you have for the technical aspect, and the social side of getting kids to pose and liven up for better photos? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Apr 1, 2015 - 9 answers

Professional C-Print lab in Europe?

I'm an NYC-based photographer who has been asked about sending a print to Norway. My regular printer doesn't offer this option and USPS will cost perhaps $40 (I didn't check yet, just spitballing), so I was thinking that I might find a good lab there and send along my digital file, hopefully saving the client some cash in the process? I'm looking for a great lab that offers C-Prints at 16x20 and larger, and specifically 30x40. My ideal paper is Kodak Professional Endura Metallic, and my ideal language is English, though I could swing some common Romance languages in a pinch, maybe with Google Translate. [more inside]
posted by nevercalm on Mar 31, 2015 - 4 answers

What's happening to my images?

Hoping someone can help. Why are my images fine on my computer, but full of artifacts when uploaded? [more inside]
posted by Nyx on Mar 24, 2015 - 8 answers

My good side for camerah.

Best <$200 digital camera for a total novice? [more inside]
posted by everybody had matching towels on Mar 20, 2015 - 24 answers

Oddly shaped photo prints

Do you know who would print my low quality, oddly shaped digital photos for me? [more inside]
posted by little_dog_laughing on Mar 15, 2015 - 5 answers

A great Australian printing co?

I'm an NYC-based photographer who has been asked to send a print to Australia. My regular printer doesn't offer this option, so I was thinking that I might find a good lab there and send along my digital file, hopefully saving myself a boatload of cash in the process? I'm looking for a good lab that offers C-Prints, (specifically 11x14 and larger for now) located in Australia. Can it be that hard? Thanks!
posted by nevercalm on Mar 13, 2015 - 8 answers

Quintessential Texas photos are around Midland, TX

Hi, I'm looking for location ideas to get a few nice shots around Midland. Is there anywhere you could suggest for pretty pictures? I'd love to see rigs, etc and cattle? Thanks!
posted by Shanachie on Mar 6, 2015 - 4 answers

Can I buy a Beuys coyote photo?

I'd like to obtain a print of one of (any of) the photos taken during Joseph Beuys' 1974 performance "I like America and America likes me." Is this even remotely possible without engaging an art dealer and spending 10s (100s?) of thousands of dollars? Is it even possible with that?
posted by mr_roboto on Mar 4, 2015 - 3 answers

Help me find a certain style of wedding photographer.

I really like the "Luciana Flower Comb" and "Augustina Flower Vine" photos on this site. They're a bit "Laura Nyro in New York in the late sixties." The lighting contrast and the dark background and the small hit of color from the lipstick are very appealing to me. I'm getting married and would like to hire a photographer who can produce shots like this in his/her sleep, but I don't know what to search for -- what terminology, etc. "Goth" is not what I want, and "vintage" is too broad. Would "chiaroscuro" get me anywhere? [more inside]
posted by mirepoix on Mar 4, 2015 - 4 answers

Snorkeling in Fiji - DLSR + housing or point-and-shoot?

I'm super excited to have booked a holiday in Fiji in May, however I need to sort out my camera options - do I buy a cheapo body and case for my existing m/43 lenses, or just spend the same money on a compact point and shoot? [more inside]
posted by smoke on Feb 24, 2015 - 12 answers

How do I get to look this good?

I really like the beautiful photographs used throughout this tailoring company's website. How can I get my images to look like their's? [more inside]
posted by Caskeum on Feb 2, 2015 - 11 answers

"Art" or "staring at breasts?"

I'm a visual artist, and recently I've been feeling the urge to photograph nudes, male and female. Whilst I don't have any issues with male nudes, I seem to be getting hung up on past experiences when it comes to the female nudes. Help me understand what is due to the past and what is actually a genuine problem with what it is that I want to do (details inside). [more inside]
posted by six sided sock on Jan 29, 2015 - 30 answers

DSLR alternative

My DSLR has been gathering dust lately, and I'd like to get a more compact but reasonably large sensor alternative. My main lens is the Nikon 18-200VR, and my shooting style tends to be a bit telephoto-heavy. Can I learn to love a big-sensor compact with a fixed lens, like the Fuji x100 series, or should I try to find something in the mirrorless DSLR families? If the latter, which one?
posted by Behemoth on Jan 26, 2015 - 13 answers

Tonight we'll take some photos like it's 1999

I'm writing a story, set in 1999, with a character who is a photographer. I don't know a lot about what that might entail. Help me out? [more inside]
posted by kyrademon on Jan 26, 2015 - 38 answers

What would you expect to see in a book like this?

Currently designing a photo-book about a line of Oriental scents. What kind of world do you expect to be immersed in? Are there any other photo-books which were successful in luring you in to their world?
posted by omar.a on Jan 25, 2015 - 9 answers

Time to upgrade from a smartphone. What camera should I buy?

I'm thinking I should pick up a camera to use on my honeymoon in Costa Rica this summer and just to have a better camera around in general (have an iPhone 6). I don't want a DSLR cause I want pretty good portability and no lens-swapping (although the ability to add lenses later doesn't necessarily need to be counted out), in addition to not spending as much as necessary for a solid DSLR/lenses. [more inside]
posted by rbf1138 on Jan 23, 2015 - 12 answers

VSCOCAM Photo Data...Where???

Numerous articles mention this as a thing, but my Googlefu is failing and I cannot figure out how to view photo data (ISO, aperature) without posting it to my grid. This is driving me crazy! [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 on Jan 23, 2015 - 3 answers

Self-hosting photos?

Today I found out that the service that I've been using for at least a year now is closing down. I was on Flickr for a long time (starting 2006?), but I just don't trust Yahoo either. So I guess that means I should do something self-hosted...what are my options these days? [more inside]
posted by epersonae on Jan 16, 2015 - 10 answers

Studies on the effect of children being photographed constantly?

Hi Mefites, I'm curious about any effects that being in front of family cameras so much these days might have on kids. I have access to college library databases and have yet to find anything. If you know of any, I would be grateful to have the links or citations. TIA
posted by harrietthespy on Jan 14, 2015 - 6 answers

Projector problems

I have borrowed two sony projectors (both Sony vpl-cs5) and each one shows a large blob on the side of the projection (definitely not on the wall). Any idea what might be the cause and what might be the fix? [more inside]
posted by InkaLomax on Jan 13, 2015 - 9 answers

iPhoto Management

I use iPhoto purely to keep track of my iPhone photos and video...it's just easier. I take tons of images, and with the 6's bigger file sizes now my library has ballooned to over 1/5 of my HD. I do lots of dslr work, and I need as much HD space as possible for my actual photo work, not my phone snapshots. What are some solutions you've concocted to manage how much room this shitty app gobbles? Compression? Is there an option somewhere to archive by year? What's the best answer?
posted by nevercalm on Jan 13, 2015 - 9 answers

A still more glorious dawn awaits - or does it?

Tricky query to formulate so bear with me... I'm curious to what extent that astrophotography images represent the form of their subject matter, and whether the chorus to this song could ever actually happen. More inside.... [more inside]
posted by 5imon on Jan 12, 2015 - 5 answers

Why do press photographers leave their film advance click sound on?

Why do press photographers at press conferences leave their film advance click sound on their digital cameras turned on? No one is using film these days but all you hear sometimes is click click click.
posted by clockworkjoe on Jan 8, 2015 - 13 answers

Are there enough stars to "cover" the sky?

Today's new image of the Pillars of Creation formation show many stars in the background that I've not seen before. That made me wonder: are there enough stars in the universe such that the sky could be covered entirely by starlight? [more inside]
posted by jefficator on Jan 6, 2015 - 14 answers

Recommendation for (online) photoshop class

I'd like to improve my photoshop skills and was hoping to find a good online course to take. [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks on Jan 6, 2015 - 9 answers

Nature photography at night?

My 7 year old nephew really wants to be able to take pictures of animals at night. He watches a lot of nature documentaries and sees the night vision video and wants to replicate it. Assume we're not going to spend thousands of dollars but between his saved allowance and Christmas money we might get up to the multi hundred dollar range - is there something that would work for this? Googling and trolling Amazon haven't turned up anything that looks like a great solution. Thanks!
posted by macfly on Dec 23, 2014 - 9 answers

Who does good photo printing in Midtown East NYC?

I'd like to get some digital photos printed tomorrow (Monday), and I work in Midtown East. I don't trust drugstore printers- they rarely seem to keep them calibrated correctly. I don't need retouching or anything special, just some good quality 5x7 prints. Online submission is nice, but not required. What are my best options?
posted by mkultra on Dec 21, 2014 - 3 answers

Name that patch of ground I took a picture of!

I took these pictures last winter during two commercial airline flights -- one from Boston to Detroit, and the other from Phoenix to Detroit. There are a lot of landscapes I'd like to identify geographically. Can you help me fill in the blanks more specifically?
posted by not_on_display on Dec 19, 2014 - 15 answers

Need business-minded advice about specializing in 2 artistic mediums

I do both analogue photography and watercolor paintings; very different mediums! I have a webpage for my photography which currently has a menu tab for my artwork, though it doesn't fit in at all with my photography or the theme of the webpage. Should I make a separate webpage for my artwork? I also sell my photography on Etsy, and would like to start selling art prints. Should I make a separate Etsy shop for my artwork? Pros and cons of keeping 2 different mediums of work together vs. separating them? Opinions or anything else I should consider?
posted by tenaciousmoon on Dec 12, 2014 - 2 answers

Timelapse photos as gift--ideas?

For more than two months I've been taking one photo of the view overlooking the river and trees outside the kitchen window. Is there a visually creative way yet somewhat quick way I can print this into a wall sized poster? [more inside]
posted by wallawallasweet on Dec 10, 2014 - 7 answers

A different kind of photography website

I want to build a site similar to Paul Stamatiou's photo site. Images are big, design and interface is state-of-the-art, video is integrated nicely. What other similar sites do you know of? [more inside]
posted by jgwong on Dec 9, 2014 - 3 answers

What tools for combining multiple frames into single non-panoramic image

I would like to take multiple photographs, or video frames, and combine them in different ways. An example of this would be to take many frames of a monument on a busy day, and then generate a picture of the monument with no people by taking the empty spaces from different frames. Or to simulate a long exposure by averaging multiple frames taken over time. [more inside]
posted by Nothing on Dec 8, 2014 - 6 answers

How to combine digital and physical memory items into a scrapbook?

I'm a low-key scrapbooker who has been stuck at 2005 because that was the year I started using a digital camera. [more inside]
posted by wannabecounselor on Dec 4, 2014 - 10 answers

Famous photographs for 5-6 year olds?

Running a discussion Monday night with a group of 5-6 year olds. We will be discussing how photography has changed the way we view the world, and I was looking for suggestions for some example photos to use. [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs on Nov 29, 2014 - 29 answers

Everyone's a photographer, (how) can I sell my photos?

Given that anyone can claim to be a photographer (myself included), how can I best (casually) sell my amateur photos? After reading about someone else's troubles selling fantastic photos on Etsy, is it more likely to make a sale on a site that does all the printing on their end? Is it better to upload photos daily to multiple sites, or is that considered poor form? Please tell me more of photo sites and their related etiquette. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Nov 29, 2014 - 16 answers

Issues with uploading photos from Ipad to PC

My PC is not recognizing my iPad as a camera and for this reason, I cannot upload photos from this device to my PC, which is more than a bit frustrating. Details in the [more inside] [more inside]
posted by the hot hot side of randy on Nov 9, 2014 - 7 answers

Is there a service that will tell me if it's going to be a nice sunset?

Or failing a service, is there a way to tell, ahead of time, whether or not a given sunset will likely be a colourful one? I have the perfect spot already, about 650' about sea level, and all of the camera equipment I'm going to get. What I need to know is what to look for in the weather conditions that will make a difference. Which type of clouds will be the most fortuitous, are there particular weather patterns that will help, etc?
posted by Solomon on Nov 8, 2014 - 6 answers

Best way to print ~10000 photos?

What's the most cost-effective way to print about 10000 [unique] photos? I'm enjoying going through my grandparent's photo albums, and while I'm not concerned about backups (I am extremely good about backups), I am very concerned about discoverability; I think my grandchildren someday are much more likely to find and go through a stack of physical photo albums than they are a CD in a drawer. [more inside]
posted by dmd on Oct 29, 2014 - 11 answers

Making contact prints from sleeved 35mm negatives

I have several hundred pages (sleeves) of 35mm color negatives. A few years ago I started a project to scan-in all the negatives. But because of my own disorganization, the project has turned into a big mess. [more inside]
posted by akk2014 on Oct 28, 2014 - 10 answers

Reuters photographic copyright woes

My spouse is trying to submit their D.Phil thesis to an online research archive. Archive wants all content to not be in breach of copyright. Thesis has a photograph in it which requires copyright permission but we're stumped on how to get it. What now? [more inside]
posted by monster truck weekend on Oct 27, 2014 - 12 answers

Origins of "Humans of New York" style of photography

It occurred to me recently that HONY may have been influenced by Bill Owens' Suburbia project in the '70s, which had a similar approach of photographing strangers and getting a quote from them to accompany the picture. Are there other examples of this technique in art photography? [more inside]
posted by neat graffitist on Oct 26, 2014 - 2 answers

Out of focus

I have been shooting with a DSLR for five years and apparently I still don't get focus, nor can I find anyone IRL to explain it to me. Halp? [more inside]
posted by Sheydem-tants on Oct 26, 2014 - 15 answers

The most LA problem I've ever had

Are my expectations with regard to my photographer unreasonable? [more inside]
posted by Aubergine on Oct 23, 2014 - 18 answers

Should my friend ask for compensation for an amateur photo shoot?

A friend of mine was recently contacted by one of her friends, a bit of a cheapskate, to take some family photos. She is kind of upset that this is all happening without any offer of recompense. I have been encouraging her to ask for some, but she's not really sure she should ask, and she doesn't know how to ask (or what to ask--if not money, something else?). [more inside]
posted by circular on Oct 22, 2014 - 19 answers

Replacement for iPhoto (on iOS) Oil Painting and Watercolor filters?

The iPhoto app on iOS had two excellent photo filters that I liked a lot in certain situations: Watercolor and Oil Painting. I've seen nothing else as good as either of them in any other app (I am aware of the Waterlogue app, which also provides some interesting effects). Unfortunately, as of iOS 8.0, Apple no longer supports iPhoto for iOS. [more inside]
posted by Prawn on Oct 21, 2014 - 4 answers

I need to photograph flooring samples. DIY light tent?

The company I work for wants to take pictures of flooring samples (artificial surfaces that look almost identical to wood). They want 4-5 boards roughly 4 ft x 8 in laid flat and then photographed. [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Oct 14, 2014 - 3 answers

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