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Daily Archives: March 2, 2011

Five years in Afghanistan

Canadian photographer Louie Palu has been photographing the conflict in Afghanistan for the past five years. During that time his work from the frontlilne has been widely published and has won him numerous awards, including Canadian photojournalist of the year. Now, however, his focus is shifting to editing the work into a comprehensive record of the country’s latest conflict, and with that comes a chance to see his pictures of a quieter Afghanistan.

Louie made his first trip to Kandahar in 2006 while on assignment for The Globe and Mail, a national newspaper in Canada, and since then has undertaken five additional trips working independently between 2007 and 2010, in total spending approximately 18 months in the field. Full article….

Louie’s website has more wonderful images so if you like what you see go and have a look there as well as at the BBC article.

Colour Management

Color management is a hot topic and perhaps the most complicated subject in all of digital photography. Everyone perceives and sees colors slightly differently. Even for a professional photographer to get the colors just right on a print made in their own office is no small feat with a custom profile and some fine-tuning of the image. Hence, it is no wonder that the switch to digital has been a little troublesome for many photographers and photo editors. Read more of this useful article with links to other sites that may help you understand how to improve your print output

The Remarkable Colours of Morocco

Morocco is one of those dream travel destinations for photographers where it seems it’s almost impossible to take a bad photograph. There seems to be no shortage of interesting subjects and the colours shown by photos like these are amazing. So use this collection as inspiration to one day practice your photography in this beautiful country. Gallery here

What Gear Do You Really Need for Wedding Photography?

This really interesting article from Light Stalking talks a lot of sense. My view is you need 2 of everything you plan to use plus a variety or other lenses and bits of kit that you might need, but this article explains that and more. So many people enter the wedding photography market these days with amateur equipment, no back up and no idea how they will dig themselves out of a hole when it all goes wrong so making sure you are correctly equipped for the job at hand is vital.