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17 July 2014

In this recurring column, we highlight a few items we've run across that don't merit a full story of their own but are interesting enough to bring to your attention (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at sRaw, Aperture Exporter, Albumdraft and grain.

  • Thom Hogan analyzes The sRaw Myth, "Nikon's sRaw files (D4s and D810) are basically equivalent to something like 11-bit JPEGs." In short, not useful.
  • Aperture Exporter "consolidates the [Aperture to Lightroom migration] process into just a few clicks and provides features not possible with any manual process." Derrick Story evaluates it for c't Digital Photography. But don't expect your Aperture settings for any image to migrate as editable entities. You get the unedited original and optionally a baked JPEG or TIFF for edited images. Blame the facts of life for that.
  • Albumdraft provides online album proofing for wedding photographers, streamlining the approval process (to the extent that's possible). Your first is free but each is only $7 or $17 a month.
  • In One Jersey Guy to Another, Joe McNally hears from Mark Krajnak of JerseyStyle Photography after apologizing for the grain in a 1978 shot at Yankee Stadium, "one of your iconic images, one I think about often," Krajank writes. "Because you got the moment: the expressions, the dust, the dirt. All those old cool concert photos shooters did in dark clubs ... the Tri-X is pushed and the grain is there. And the grain is good." And McNally responds, "Grain is good and has character and in a funny way, almost immediately locates the viewer of a photo in terms of the era it was made. It's a totem, a harking back, a reminder of where we came from, long before the age of the highly polished pixel." He closes the piece with "a few ASA 1600, Tri-X snaps I made at a show with the ultimate Jersey Guy, the Boss."

More to come...

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