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Wired magazine has a listing of things in the photo world they believe need to be dumped down a black hole. I agree with most of them, though, as I wrote to Tommy McGahee who sent me the link, watermarks – if done reasonably – don’t bother me much.

And I’m getting tired of HDR, too … and the megapixel war is just stupid at this point. I’d been shooting with the Canon 5D for about a year and a half and really loved the files coming out of it. After a few months with the 5D Mark II, the files – though nearly twice the size – just aren’t the same.

At least Canon (and some others) are getting the picture – the newly-announced G11 is a lower resolution than the G10 it’s replacing. Smart.

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Every now and then, Mindy McAdams, Flash Goddess, writes something that makes me want to go enroll at the University of Florida so I can take her classes.

Of course, then I realize that my University of Georgia colleagues would execute me on Grady College’s front lawn and my alma mater, the really cool (okay, mostly frozen) Syracuse University wouldn’t look kindly on me changing my shade of orange …

Regardless, I’ve been thinking about online or digital portfolios the last few months, how to incorporate their construction into my classes. (And I’ve done it this semester with one class, though they haven’t realized it yet). But reading Mindy’s post about building a personal brand has me really rolling over those scattered ideas of the last few months, trying to link them into something useful. Something I can hand to my students, in some form, and help them make their digital mark on the world.

And it has me wondering what my digital portfolio looks like now, as I write in about eight different places, Twitter over here, photo blog over there … is it time for all of it to come under one roof? Do I blend the academic, automotive and visual sides of my life into one giant smoothie? Can I preach something I haven’t practiced?

Our good friend Dave LaBelle was featured on Good Morning Arizona talking about shooting with disposable cameras.

Yeah, he’s good enough to beat most of us with high end digitals …

The new York Times‘ Lens blog is kind of rocking my world … today they have up a set of David Burnett’s images from the 1969 Apollo 11 launch. Burnett, being the genius that he is, didn’t shoot the launch – he was a young Time magazine shooter and wasn’t going to get that gig. So he pitched the idea of shooting the people who were watching, and off he went to Florida.

(And for you space junkies, you have to look at this site – WeChooseTheMoon.org. They’re going to cover the launch of Apollo 11 and the landing on the moon as if it were live, 40 years later, via the web and Twitter.) (And, yes, I have the desktop widget ticking away to the launch.)

This is excellent – an out of print LP of photographers talking, and Ted Barron has made a pair of them available as mp3 files. And they are good ones – WeeGee, the infamous crime photographer, and Henri Cartier-Bresson. (Thanks to The Online Photographer for the link.)

It’s official – Kodak has announced it will no longer produce Kodachrome. After 74 years of production, the last batch is the last batch. (Sales had declined to where they were only making it once a year.)

Having grown up on Kodachrome 25 and 64, I’m pretty saddened by this. Though I’m part of its demise – I haven’t shot a roll in over a decade …

Ed Kashi has produced a new book, “Three,” of triptychs that span his career. The three-image panels don’t always relate, story-wise, but do flow very nicely. The New York Times‘ Lens blog has a selection of them, along with Kashi narrating the ideas behind the packaging.

Many of you know that Polaroid has shut down production of its instant films – the days of those white bordered prints are seriously numbered. But there is another, lesser known, Polaroid film that has been a mainstay of photographers for years – Type 55, a 4 inch by 5 inch instant negative film.

On the New York Times’s Lens blog, Fred Conrad talks about it and has an excellent collection of images made with the film.

FYI …

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary is excited to host the 17th annual Southwestern Photojournalism Conference, Feb. 27 – March 1, 2009. The conference, supported by Christians in Photojournalism, benefits those who believe photojournalism is a calling and the act of bearing witness is essential. This year’s speakers include Scott Strazzante, staff photographer for the Chicago Tribune; Bill Fortney of Nikon Professional Services; and Bob Carey, NPPA President and professor at Gardner-Webb University; as well as other experts in the field of photojournalism.

Register by January 31, 2009, for a $40 discount. Limited guest rooms are available at Southwestern’s Riley Center (www.swbts.edu/RileyCenter), so make your reservations now. Portions of this year’s event are sponsored by Canon, Nikon, and Chick-fil-A. Nikon Professional Services will be on site providing camera clean and checks. Additional conference information regarding registration, speakers and conference news, can be found at http://www.swpjc.org. We look forward to seeing you there.

It may seem simple, but it means a lot to be able to get something different from a Presidential Inauguration. Chuck Kennedy managed to do it, with a low and wide remote shot from Tuesday’s event.