Monthly Archives: February 2009

How Much of Your Work Do You Share?

With the abundant presence of an online photography community, many of us choose to share our photos through one avenue or another (or many). It may be Flickr, SmugMug, DeviantArt, personal photoblogs, and many more sites and services that we can utilize. But no matter where we post our photos, we all have to decide how many of them to post.

Having been on Flickr for nearly two years, I’ve observed that there are three types of photographers sharing their photos:

  1. Share only the best of the best
  2. Share everything and anything
  3. Somewhere between the two

You know what I’m talking about. Some photographers post one photo per day (or maybe even per week), and that photo is a masterpiece in their own mind. Then there are those who post what appears to be everything straight off the memory card.

I find myself somewhere between the two, posting between 3 and 5 photos each day. The photos aren’t my absolute best, but I like each of them enough to justify my minimum 5-10 minutes/photo of keywording, captioning, titling, and processing. I probably post 25-50% of my film shots and 10-20% of my digital shots, averaging out to maybe 35% of my photos being posted. In fact, I just checked the photos from my last mixed-medium photowalk and that number is almost spot on at 36% (or 55/151 photos).

So where do you stand with your photo sharing? Take a guess at what percent of your total shots make it to the online community.


We also ran a poll some months ago about photo-sharing frequency that had more to do with how many photos you post. Check it out, it supplements this topic quite well, but it’s a different question entirely.

PhotoDump 01-25-2009

More great stuff from the Epic Edits Flickr Pool! Still catching up on submissions from the previous weeks, so hang in there. This selection of photos is from those entered in the pool between 1/18 and 1/25.

dof-235-Edit by javiyOpel Rekord by ★ Mathias Pastwa ★Flying Fish by Brian AuerDay 67: The Snicket by A Rickmannlinear pattern by sneuweger []The Perfect Afternoon by Mr. CodyBee to honey by bryanvillarinAlone on the Beach by Rex AuerGoing away by Stina StockholmSkaters Resting in the Fog by cabbitBliss by Brian AuerRemnants of the Cold by Rory.Wlight bulb by max.milionA Very Big House in the Country by Chris NixonProfiles in sunlight at Venice Beach by secondcareerMirrors by mathewmtoys of the past by wasabifishGenevieve by anthonyskeltonBig Dog by Brian AuerCameras by Rex Auerchair by xgrayThanks by rh89Holy Man by Ananda Niyogi by Ryan Holloway PhotographyMoonlight by laanbai see you. by lifeography™Reflecting by gh patriot by the_wolf_brigadeSpace Station SFO by Mike WiacekYippikayay by Christian Kahlbom

Your Complete Guide to Photo Backups

Five Days' Backup
Creative Commons License photo credit: daryl_mitchell

Backing up photos is one of the most critical (ongoing) tasks for photographers, both amateur and professional. The “computer age” has been a blessing, allowing us to store and share huge amounts of digital photos. But that blessing has created the need to protect those delicate digital files, and many people have learned the consequences of not doing so.

Below, you will find a link to a PDF eBook that covers the topic of photo backups. The eBook was created from 12 articles written here on Epic Edits as part of our “Photo Backup” series (and the links to all 12 articles are also below). We covered many sides of the topic, including hardware, software, strategy, and more.

I should also mention that my friend, Andrew Morris (also on Flickr), helped me out with proofreading and editing the eBook. Thanks Andrew!!!


[PDF - 42pg - 2.5MB]

Please feel free to download and redistribute the eBook under the terms listed within.



How Many Photo Backups Do You Have?
How Big is Your Photo Collection?
Have You Ever Needed to Use Your Photo Backup?
Photo Backup on DVD: Love or Hate?

Birthday Gift #2 Winners

Our second giveaway has come to an end and we’ve got three winners for the 2-week lens rental via Here they are:

And if you’re still looking for a freebie, be sure to enter the giveaway for three black & white prints, fresh out of my darkroom.

I had a few other sponsors in the works, but they may or may not pan out. So this may be your last chance at some free stuff… for now.

Link Roundup 02-07-2009

Great stuff — check it out!

7 Ways to Avoid a Cliche Sunset Photo

Just admit it — you can’t help yourself from taking sunset photos. We all do it. The problem is that (since we all do it) sunset photos can be extremely cliche. So when the sun starts going down, you’ve got to think outside the box to get unique photos. Here are some tips to get your creative juices flowing.

Be sure to read the note at the end of the post!

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While you might be tempted to whip out that super-telephoto lens and get up close on the sun as it goes below the horizon, you might consider going the opposite direction with your lens choice. The sky is pretty big and sunsets can cover a large portion of it. My lens of choice is the Sigma 10-20mm pulled all the way back to 10mm. This gives me over 100 degrees angle of view and it makes for some stunning landscapes and sunsets.

Sunset Flames


Sure, sunsets can be really colorful and great on their own, but they can often look the same (especially when you live in an area with very infrequent cloud cover). My solution: shoot some slide film and get it cross processed. The blueish-green photo was shot with Velvia 50 while the pinkish-purple one was shot with Velvia 100.

Darkness Creeps In

Purple Skies


If you’re with a group of photographers you’ll hear the shutters rev-up just as the sun begins to cross the horizon — this is when the colors are most obvious to our eyes. But wait around for another 10 or 20 minutes and shoot some long exposure stuff with a tripod. Even though you can’t see the colors, they’re still hanging around. After the sun sets, the upper sky will tend to turn a deep blue, almost purple.

Another Day Ends


Play around with double exposures and see what you can come up with. If you’re shooting digital, you could probably come up with all sorts of ways to combine your sunset photos to create alien landscapes. If you’re shooting film, just remember that areas of shadow will show the double image more strongly.

Alien Sunset


We’re programmed to shoot right into the sun at sunset — that’s usually where the fun stuff is happening. But take a second, peel the camera away from your face, and look around. Maybe that sunset is creating a brilliant lighting situation right behind you.

Colors of the Canyon


Take the ramp, bike, and board out of this photo and you now have a beach sunset pic that looks just like 50% of every beach sunset photo ever taken. Look for things to place in the foreground in order to add more interest to the scene.

End of the Watch


Sunset photos are generally known for their great colors, but sometimes pulling the color out can make the photo a better one. Focus on lines and shadows while you’re shooting the sunset, in addition to the other black and white photography tips.

Into The Sea

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Post your own sunset tips and photos in the comments! I’d love to see some tip/photo combos down in the comments. You can use the “img” hmtl tag to display images or click on the link below the comment box if you’re unfamiliar with html (please limit the photos to 500px or smaller). After the comments slow down, I’ll pick out some reader tips and photos for a follow-up post!

[UPDATE]: I’ve posted a follow-up article on this topic highlighting all the great sunset photos and tips from the readers — check it out! Definitely worth the read!

Birthday Gift #1 Winners

Our first giveaway has come to an end, and we’ve got two winners for the Flickr Pro account raffle courtesy Antoine and myself. Here are the lucky photographers:

And for the rest of you (nearly 200 who entered the first raffle), there’s still a chance to enter the other raffles right now:

Plus we’ve got a few more prizes coming your way over the next few days!

Birthday Gift #3 – Three Analog Prints

Analog Fruits

These are NOT the prints I’m offering, the photo above is just for illustration purposes. Winners of the raffle get to pick ANY photo of mine to be printed.

So… I’ve been wasting spending a lot of time in the darkroom over the last few months, and I think it’s appropriate that I offer up some prints for a birthday present. Here’s the deal — I’ll give out three 8×10 black and white prints, the winners get to choose the photo… any photo. These aren’t pre-printed, so I’ll make the prints once I pick the winners and they choose the photo they’d like. And the catch? Well, the prints won’t be signed and they’re printed on resin coated paper rather than fiber paper.

Metal and Glass It's Lonely Out Here A Dreary World Cruisers Subway Shuffle Rescue Board

What’s all that mean? They’re basically just decoration photos — they’re not worth much from a collector standpoint. I’ve already decided that I won’t sign anything but fiber paper. It doesn’t mean that the prints won’t look good or last quite a while. It just means that they’re not signed, limited, and guaranteed to last longer than you. So if you’re up for a free decoration print, feel free to browse my stuff on Flickr:

Take your pick, anything goes… except for photos of my family and stuff. The b/w photos will look pretty close to what you see on Flickr. The green xpro photos tend to turn out pretty cool too — really high contrast. I didn’t include regular color film in the links because it doesn’t turn out well when printed in b/w.


Just leave a comment on this post and let me know you’d like a print of your choice. Worldwide raffle entries are welcome. I’ll choose the three random winners in one week from this post date.

And I’d appreciate hearing from you which print you might like to have. This type of feedback is useful to me so I can better understand what people are interested in. And if you’re looking for a signed limited print… I just might offer up one of those in another post… who knows?

PhotoDump 01-18-2009

More great stuff from the Epic Edits Flickr Pool! I got lazy for a few weeks while I was on vacation, so we’re playing catch-up. This selection of photos is from those entered in the pool between 1/11 and 1/18.

Fly Away! by Brian AuerGo Toward the Light by rexauerRoofs of Berlin by LimonVerdeJazmine by Ian MearsGrowing Pains by ((Kristin))sun in my net. by robinn..three. by Blessed Road PhotographyO by lifeography™"Just another day in paradise ..." by FlashyThingyBeach Stones by Brian AuerMusician. by the_wolf_brigadeDay 10 - Moving Target by AndrewMorrisTin Woodsman by Imaginary PupilsBlue Neighbors by Arlo BatesRunnin' by ????? by {Tasha}Keepin' Clean at the Mud Bowl by j-dotTake a seat, any seat by lilahpopsDunes by Chris NixonBe Unique...Be Creative...Be Yourself in 2009 by robinn.The Night Life by gh patriotAnd my obsession with fire hydrants continues . . . by RussHeathPortland PDX Nightowls Photo Shoot-5 by dedge555 by Ed_ZMy Distorted Reality by Brian AuerHappy Bokeh... er, Booger Wednesday! by {Tasha}swiss alps, december 2008 by .sasharappaportInto the Sun by rh89I want to be like icarus by ?????Lifestyle by Marcus LibäckWarkworth Castle by ZozmanX by javiyFace of Faith by Ananda Niyogi_MG_1150 by Mike WiacekLiz 2 by BrianLarterA moment you'll cherish by bryanvillarinThere's hope by Anoli PhotographyCompany of Thieves @ Subterranean by Tasha {Redwall Photo}blue barrel by xgrayIcebreaker by rh89yellow screws by Victor BezrukovOver the Moon by PatriciaPixPelican in the Moonlight by JLStricklin by the_wolf_brigadeLine by Tarantin0s  t  r  e  t  c  h by Kristine BBroken Spoke by JonathanRobsonPhotography.comlighthouse II by (matt)