2017
09.17

Last week, I was informed that two of my submissions for the 2017 Namur International Nature Photo Contest have been accepted 🙂
One of them is a single photo in the Landscape category while the other one, in the mini-portfolio category includes four images.
I was nicely surprised to be selected twice for the final, among more than 6300 entries.

I will not show my selected images in this post but will let you discover them during your visit to the 23rd edition of the FINN 2017 (International nature film and photography festival) in Namur, from 13 September until 22 September 2017.
You will be able to see my pictures among the other finalists of the competition and many other nature photography exhibitions.
And for those of you who will not be able to visit the festival, I’ll post them here after the festival.

2017
08.04

Recently, I have been contacted by the PR Relations Manager from Sleeklens, asking me if I would test and review their Through The Woods workflow. The agreement was that I would review the workflow honestly, without bias.
As was already the case earlier (see my review of printing at zor.com), this decided me to accept the request.
Here are my first impressions about the Through The Woods presets and brushes.
To illustrate this post, I used a few images from one of my trips to Northern Aragon (Spain) and the French Pyrenees.
Continue reading “A quick look at the Sleeklens Through The Woods workflow for Lightroom” »

2017
05.10

As mentioned in part 1, this post has been in my drafts folder for some time already. So prices that are mentioned below have probably changed in the meantime.

After my previous post about printing my images at Authentic, I thought that it would be useful to describe my experience with a newcomer on the market for printing images in Belgium (and France). Zor.com is a new internet printer, specialized in direct printing on several types of boards in a relatively limited range of sizes. Where they differ from the many other printers available today on internet is their prices. Surprisingly low compared to their competition.
They print on Dibond, acrylic glass, forex, carboard, and canvas.

To make it clear from the beginning, I was actually contacted by a Zor representative asking me to speak about them on my blog in exchange for a free print. As I was not bound to use their own publicity or to be positive about their work, I decided to accept the deal. But, before giving them a positive answer, I immediately tested them by ordering two prints, one on Dibond and the other on acrylic glass. I was wondering if there would be a difference in quality or delivery speed between this ‘anonymous’ order and the one I would do in exchange for a post about them.
Continue reading “How I print my pictures (part 2)” »

2017
05.09

I have written this post (and part 2) already some time ago but had not published them yet. Here it is at last. Be aware that prices that are mentioned might have changed in the meantime, of course.

It has been some time that I have wanted to write a post about my experience with printing my images for exhibitions. As I had promised recently that I would write more about testing some techniques or material, I thought that it would be interesting to start with this part of my workflow as it is the one that is the most visible to the final viewer of my images.
This is Part 1 and you can expect Part 2 very soon, with my test of another company for printing my images.

For my very first exhibition a few years ago (Les Intrigantes), I was still optimistic and thought that I could get away with printing my pictures at one of the many general public printers available on the Internet today. I was convinced that the price would be low and hoped that the quality would be sufficient to satisfy my need for the best possible result.
I should have known better… In the end, I needed to send my images in parallel to two different internet printers to get a result only approaching what I was expecting. Some prints were too red, others were too green, none were close to the colours I saw on my calibrated display at home. In the end, a very expensive exercise and very far away from the high quality I was striving for. So, I had to turn to a better quality printer to get what I wanted.
Continue reading “How I print my pictures (part 1)” »

2017
05.01

This post had been waiting in my drafts folder for a long time! Here it is published at last!

After the recent announcement by Google that they would stop active development of Picasa Desktop, a lot of people are looking for an alternative to replace it without losing all their albums, keywords,…

Good news for those who have been using Picasa Desktop to manage their pictures collection and want to switch to Lightroom: my plugin Lightroom to Picasa Importer is now available.
You might have seen my previous post about my procedure to convert Picasa Desktop albums into Lightroom collections. Although this was working, I found that it was a really cumbersome procedure and I wanted to find an easier way to do it. So, after a lot of information gathering and research on the structure of the Picasa database, I had enough information to try and build a Lightroom plugin to do the work automatically. I decided to take the plunge and quickly learned how to code in Lua to be able to write a plugin for Lightroom.

The result: a Lightroom plugin that allows you to:

  • convert your Picasa (Desktop) albums into Lightroom collections;
  • import your Picasa tags (keywords) and captions into Lightroom
  • import the faces recognized by Picasa, the images corresponding to each of them in their own Lightroom collection;
  • collect all images that have been converted to black & white in Picasa and gather them in a Lightroom collection (the plugin can unfortunately not convert the image to B&W with the current Lightroom API);
  • collect all images that have been cropped in Picasa and gather them in a Lightroom collection (the plugin can unfortunately not apply the crop with the current Lightroom API);
  • convert your Picasa stars into a Lightroom collection;

For more details, a short user guide, and the download link, please visit the plugin page.