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The image above graphs Blurb’s ICC profile inside sRGB.

Graph Blurb’s new ICC profile and you’ll find something interesting. Blurb’s printers exceed SWOP (standard web offset presses) and they exceed sRGB in cool blues and yellows. What this means is you’ll get the most saturated color if you convert your Adobe RGB 1998 or ProPhoto RGB files into the Blurb color space rather than into sRGB. (Note you won’t get this is you convert sRGB files to the Blurb color space because you’ve permanently lost some saturation by going to sRGB first.)

The image below graphs SWOP inside Blurb’s ICC profile.

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Find my Blurb book Antarctica here.

Catch my Blurb seminar at Palm Springs Photo Festival – March 31.

Learn more in my Fine Art Digital Printing Workshops.

At the Palm Spring Photo Festival I took my workshop out for two very long days on location at the Salton Sea and Joshua Tree National Park. Joshua Tree National Park is magical. The park is named after the unusual trees found in abundance there; they’re actually lilies. Imagine them blooming; they do that soon. The rock formations are organically suggestive. It’s a landscape that looks like it was drawn by Dr Seuss.

There are a number of great locations to photograph in the park. Here’s a ranking of many of the locations to photograph there (moving north to south). (Ranks are on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being best.)

4    Quail Springs
9    Hidden Valley
6    Keyes Point
6    Cap Rock
4    Ryan Ranch
7    Jumbo Rocks
8    Skull Rock
5    Live Oak
5    Split Rock
4    Belle
8    White Tank

Find out more about Joshua Tree National Park here.

Get the map here.

Find out more about my field workshops here. Read more

At the Palm Springs Photo Festival, Chris Orwig took a walk with me and we talked about a life in the arts. He’s been asking many other artists the same questions.

What inspires you?

What makes a photograph good?

What character qualities should the photographer nuture and develop?

Advice for the aspiring photographer?

Seriously consider answering the questions yourself.

Answering questions like this can energize and focus your creative life.

You can listen to my responses on his blog here.

Check out Chris’ work here.

Check out my workshop Illuminating Creativity.

At the Palm Spring Photo Festival, Grover Sanschagrin (Founder, Vice President) of Photoshelter shared great statistics from a recent survey they conducted  on website usage. They polled over 550+ photo buyers discussing what they liked/disliked in photographer websites. The focus is heavily oriented to stock photography. While everyone will use the information in different ways, it’s useful for everyone with a website.

71% will leave after 15 seconds
87% want an immediate price
67% like images larger than 700 pixels
40% look at 4-6 galleries , while 21% look at more than 7
77% don’t watch slideshows
98% objected to watermarks (wouldn’t buy those images)(though transparent

Three golden rules for websites?
Make it easy to use.
Make it simple.
Make it memorable.

Check out the survey here.


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