Sunday, March 31, 2013

Time to Move On - the Transfer of my Blog

If you have visited this site recently you'll notice that it's no longer updated. I had intended to keep this blog running in parallel with the blog on my web site at for a while, but to be honest it's difficult to find the time to do that. It is with regret then, that I no longer intend to update this site with any new postings.

All the old blogs postings, comments and information have been transferred to my new web site, so you can still find all of the old stuff there. I'll leave this site up or a while but would ask you to bookmark my new site if you want to read the older postings as well as my new stuff. Blogger has served me well, and there are many good things I really like about it, but I feel Worpress is a better platform to take my photography web presence further.

Many thanks for reading.

John R. Birch

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Essential Development - 20 Great Techniques for Lightroom 4

New Book from Craft & Vision

There is a new eBook offering from Craft & Vision entitled Essential Development - 20 Great Techniques for Lightroom 4. It's also by a new author to the Craft & Vision stable, Seán McCormack, who many may recognise from the Adobe Lightroom forums and for his regular Lightroom Blog at Pixeq. Seán has been involved with Lightroom since the early beta versions where his forum activity of attracted the attention of Adobe. He was subsequently invited to become a Lightroom beta tester and has been involved with all Lightroom editions since. Thus he has a well established pedigree as an authority on Lightroom.

I've been an avid Lightroom user since those early beta versions too, having migrated from the original Rawshooter program by Pixmatic (where Adobe acquired the original Raw processing software). In that respect I'm no novice and would probably consider myself an advanced user, so I did wonder whether I'd have much to gain from yet another Lightroom tips booklet. Well, as you'll find out I was quite pleasantly surprised.


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Big Stopper Shocker

The Ultimate 10 Stop Filter

Remains of the old Swanage PierI've owned a Lee Big Stopper 10-stop filter for almost 2½ years now and have become quite a fan of long exposures and the effects that this filter can produce. It's become a staple accessory to many a photographers kit bag and it opens additional artistic opportunities to a landscape photographers day once those golden hours have disappeared. Prior to the Big Stopper I used a B+W 10 stop filter, which is of the screw-in type,

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