Now on board Philippine Airlines flights is the June 2009 issue of Mabuhay magazine, PAL’s Inflight Magazine. It was a pleasant surprise when I got a copy of the issue as the cover story entitled “Secrets of Mindoro” was my photography and writing assignment work for them on one of their destinations, San Jose, Mindoro. Too bad I didn’t get the cover for this one (cover by Jerome Bonto) but I’m still glad it got the main feature on this issue as I was expecting only to be one of the inside features. Also in this issue I got two more photos for Kota Kinabalu with writer John Oates. Checkout the editorial note and contributor’s feature to know more about the issue.
Since last week, Olympus Imaging Website has started showing videos in relation to the 50th Anniversary of Olympus PEN. The video shows a hand sketching a model of the Olympus PEN camera coupled with a catchy music. Those short videos are interesting and intriguing as well since the up coming videos coincidentally culminates near the release of the much awaited Mircro Four Thirds Camera from Olympus. So does Olympus Pen have anything to do with the much anticipated camera Olympus would introduce on the 15th of June?
Digital Cameras, especially DSLRs is one piece of expensive equipment we tend to carry around more often. It would be a nightmare if I loose my camera when some street thieves would slash through my strap and run off with my camera on a motorbike or loose my camera from fall from weak strap connectors. I know the chances are slim but I actually know people who experienced this horror stories so I’m a bit paranoid with my gears. I also don’t like using my default camera strap since I don’t like the brand name screaming (not that I didn’t love the brand) on it and I just didn’t find them comfortable in the long run especially if you have a heavy camera. It’s a good thing there are third party camera straps available from manufacturers like Crumpler, Kata and Tamrac, OP/Tech but my favorite among them is PacSafe’s CarrySafe 100 strap.
Update: Firefox 3.5 has Color Management enabled by default. However it has bugs and will only support color profiles as specified by ICC v2, later versions will add support for ICC v4. Users viewing images using ICC v2 color profiles on monitors with wide gamut levels may find them to look more saturated (darker) than expected.
Getting the right colors in a photograph is very essential to any photographers. We spend time calibrating our monitors just to get the closest color rendering possible right. But things don’t just end there. We’re glad our monitors and computers are calibrated but what about the people on the other end of the spectrum who are viewing our photographs from their computers and monitors. Although you may be working on an extremely clear display with great colour balance, someone else might be viewing it on a cheap web-enabled phone. Once that image goes down an O2 Broadband line and up someone else’s pipes, it’s uncertain how it’ll turn out elsewhere. For this reason it’s important to calibrate with others in mind. Just like print, we are keen on how the colors and photos would come out but computers is another matter. Here’s where browser color management goes to the rescue.