Retiring this blog!

Google has retired its very pop­u­lar reader despite pub­lic cry. Of course, a whole lot of 3rd party soft­ware devel­op­ers have stepped up to fill in their shoes…

Thats is not the ques­tion though. I think Google is send­ing a mes­sage that blogs as a means of infor­ma­tion cre­ation & con­sump­tion is no longer accept­able to the grow­ing pop­u­la­tion of the Inter­webs. Of course, blogs will remain a means for long reads — but who has the time to do that these days?

RSS as a pro­to­col, will prob­a­bly con­tinue to exist and be used in sev­eral other forms.…this post is not about the devel­op­ment aspects of the blogs, but more so about the con­cept of what blogs are about.

When I started this blog sev­eral years ago, it is purely per­sonal and a means to keep my notes acces­si­ble via the Inter­net. Soon, I real­ized that my notes can pos­si­bly help other fel­low Pho­tog­ra­phers, and decided to open them up to pub­lic con­sump­tion. I have not really been keep­ing a track of how many read it, nor be inter­ested in doing it.

These days, there are tools to do this exact thing — Google recently released a new tool called Keep, to do just this. Of course, I have already been using Ever­note for sev­eral years now, and I am in no hurry to switch. Granted, that Google makes no guar­an­tee to keep the “Keep” around for a while.…given their recent deci­sion on Reader.

I am mov­ing my activ­i­ties to other forums such as Google+, Face­book, Red­dit and Twit­ter! Feel free to fol­low me on any of the above social cir­cles. I am reach­able at umesh@8thcross.com


Dropbox for Photographers

Every once in a while, some­thing comes along that rev­o­lu­tion­izes things. I think Drop­box fits this cat­e­gory. My men­tor, Nancy Ori had an assign­ment to shoot hun­dreds of wine bot­tles for a prod­uct cat­a­log. As we started dis­cussing on how to go about doing this, we came up the fol­low­ing sce­nario: It was deter­mined to setup


Product review: RAW Developer

In this post — I wanted to intro­duce to you “RAW Devel­oper”, which is quickly becom­ing my “Con­verter” of choice for all Land­scape and fine art images.


Lens Align Mark II

Since a few years ago, I had been using an excel­lent process to fine tune my lenses. It is a painstak­ing exer­cise, but nev­er­the­less a very very use­ful and crit­i­cal thing to do on a peri­odic basis. Recently — I felt the need for a faster way to do this. This past christ­mas, when Michael Tapes


2011: Lessons from 2010

Based on my per­sonal expe­ri­ences, here is a list of things I rec­om­mend to you as a Pho­tog­ra­pher. Think seri­ously about these in 2011 if you still haven’t already done it… So, here goes: Backup: Excuse my lan­guage but S**T hap­pens. When it does hap­pens, all hell breaks loose. It is always bet­ter to be equipped


Travel notes…

When peo­ple turn to pho­tog­ra­phy, there is that ever slight change in their behav­ior that I noticed.…These may or may not be typ­i­cal of every­one, but just based on my obser­va­tions from my most recent trip… I have noticed that Japan­ese pho­tog­ra­phers crouch (bend both their legs mak­ing their stature shorter) when tak­ing pho­tog­ra­phers — despite them


Backing up…

Lots have been writ­ten on the sub­ject, and frankly — just like every­thing else, every­one has their “way” of back­ing up stuff. Every other type of backup prob­a­bly works well, and there is no “right” way. It is impor­tant how­ever to ensure that you are back­ing up your work and that it is a pain­less