Photographer of the week: Tomas Webb

Tomas Webb ! Does the name rings a bell ? No ! I am not surprised, I’ve known Tomas for around 5 months and it is the first time I get to know his real name.
Tomas is known in the photography websphere by Tam or ultimately by the_wolf_brigade now I’m sure that name is much more familiar for most of you.

If I have to define Tomas in just two words I’d choose “Film Revolution” ! In a time when most photographer are leaving their film cameras and going heavily into the digital age, Tam is enjoying his “old” cameras and I have to admit his passion for film is contagious.

B&W lover and supporter, Tam has a strong understanding for lines and light. So if you are a film or B&W lover and looking for some inspiration make sure to bookmark Toma’s flickr stream, his next picture is always a good surprise.
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Internet Acronyms for Photographers

Internet acronyms are sometimes hard to figure out specially for non-geeks who do not spend 12 hours+ a day on internet.
Joseph Kurkjian took the time to build a list of the most frequently used internet acronyms in photography and started a thread about it at dpreview. Since I know this thread will be soon lost in the flow I thought it would be interesting to pass it. So here it is and feel free to add yours to the list

AA – anti aliasing
ACR – Adobe Converter RAW, the RAW converter included in PS
ADC – analog to digital converter
A/D – analog to digital converter
AF – auto focus
AFAIC – as far as I’m concerned
AFAIK – as far as I know
AKA – also known as
ARS – anal aperture
AS – aspheric, usually describing an AS ground lens
ASAP – as soon as possible
B&G – bride and groom
BG – background
Blocked – shadow information is clipped
Blown – data highlights are clipped
BS – bullsh!t
BTW – by the way
C – Canon
CB – color balance (AKA white balance)
CCD – charge coupled device
CF – custom function, Canon camaras
CF – compact flash
ch – channel, as in red, green, and blue channels
CMOS – complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor
CP – circular polarizer
cPOL – circular polarizer
CRT – cathode ray tube
CW – Chuck Westfall, Canon’s technical sounding board
Digicam – digital camera
DO – diffractive Optics
DOF – depth of field at the object plane
DOF – depth of focus at the image plane
DPP – Digital Photo Professional (Canon’s RAW converter program)
DR – dynamic range
DSLR – digital SLR
EC – exposure correction
EXIF – exchangeable image file format
EV – exposure value
FAIK – for all I know
FL – focal length
F-stop – a Stop
FOV – field of view
fps – frames per second
FWIW – for what it’s worth
GB – gigabyte
GND – graduated neutral density (e.g. GND filters)
HDR – high dynamic range
HSL – Hue, Saturation, and Lightness adjustments
IDIOT – somebody that makes lists (like this one)
IMHO – in my humble opinion
IMO – in my opinion
IOW – in other words
IS – image stabilization
ISO – the “International Organization for Standardization”
IQ – image quality
KISS – the “keep it simple, stupid” principle
LCD – liquid crystal display
LD – low dispersion, a type of glass used for a lens element
LMAO – laughing my “you know what” off
LOL – laughing out loud
LR – Lightroom, Adobe’s RAW converter program
LV – Live view
MA – micro adjustment (e.g. on the 1DmkIII camera)
MB – megabyte
MF – medium format
MFD – minimum focusing distance
MFDB – medium format digital back
mk – mark
MLU – mirror lock-up
MP – mega pixel
MUA – make-up artist
N – Nikon
NDA – non-disclosure agreement
NSFW – not safe for work
NI – Neat Image (noise reduction program)
NIB – New in Box
ND – Neutral Density (e.g. ND filter)
NN – Noise Ninja (noise reduction program)
Noob – a Newbie (new to the forum and/or photography)
NP – national park
NR – noise removal
NW – noiseware
OBTW – oh by the way
Oly – Olympus
OMG – oh my God
OOF – out of focus
OP – the original poster of a thread
OT – off topic
OTT – over the top
P&S – point and shoot (e.g. P&S camera)
Pano – a panorama created by stitching individual picture frames
Pics – short for pictures
PITA – pain in the “you know what”
PLS – please
POL – polarizer (linear POL “may” be assumed)
POS – a piece of “you know what, try sh!t for starters”
POS – point of sale
POV – point of view
PP – post processing (performed after the initial rendering).
PR – public relations
PS – Photoshop (image editor program)
PS – power supply
PSP – Paint Shop Pro (image editor program)
PTGui – program for stitching individual picture frames into a panorama
RAW – a 16-bit format file, minimum of in-camera processing.
ROF – ring of fire (AF point selection choice)
ROOTB – right out of the box
ROOTC – right out of the camera
ROFLAMO – rolling on the floor and LMAO
RSP – Raw Shooter Premium (RAW converter program)
RTFM – read the “you know what” manual
SLD – super low dispersion, a type of glass used for a lens element
SLD – super-luminescent diode
SLR – single lens reflex (usually applies to a film SLR camera)
Stop – a factor of two in illumination or light intensity
TB – terabyte
TC – teleconverter (usually 1.4X and 2X)
tele – telephoto lens (typical meaning)
ULD – ultra low dispersion, a type of glass used for a lens element
USM – unsharp masking
USM – ultra sonic motor
UWA – ultra wide angle (e.g. lens or perspective)
VR – Nikon’s equivalent of Canon’s “IS”
WA – wide angle (e.g. lens or perspective)
WAG – wild a$$ guess
WB – white balance
W/O – without
WTB – want to buy
WYSIWYG – what you see is what you get
YMMV – your mileage may vary
ZB – Zoombrowser, a canon program used for browsing

100% crop – a crop of the original JPEG file or RAW converted file, no resizing allowed.

EDIT: Comments addition
AV – Aperture Value settings
B&W – Black & White
CA – chromatic aberration
CPL – Circular Polarizer
DNG – Digital Negative – Adobe’s proposed raw format
EVF – electronic viewfinder
GAS – Gear Acquisition Syndrome
IMNSHO – In my not so humble opinion
IR – infra-red
L – Canon’s Luxury line of lenses
NDG – Neutral Density Graduated filter
SOOC- straight out of camera.
SWAG -scientific WAG
M – Manual settings
TTL – Through The Lens
TV – Time Value (shutter speed) settings

Photographer of the week: Jim M. Goldstein

I am happy to feature this week Jim on adidap!

Jim is a fellow blogger and a great photographer and I have been following his work for quite some time and, I was happy to know, he has been a regular reader of adidap too.

Jim’s nature and wildlife photos are great and inspirational, definitely the kind of guy who’s not afraid to do the extra mile to get the picture he wants.

Oh I know I should stop talking and leave you with the weekly selection but I want to add that I also appreciate the subtle retouching of Jim, never overdone.

Finally I’ll invite you to visit Jim’s website and blog and now some pictures
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50% of photographers are LEFT eyed !!! [Poll Results]

Oh MY GOD, now that’s a real surprise !!!

When I think that most photographers I know here in Lebanon look at me as if I was an alien because I’m left eyed. Out of the 200 votes we got on the left eyed or right eyed poll 100 are left eyed.

Here is the full break down of the results
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Rebates start today

Just a quick reminder that the Canon Spring rebates start today.
Full info about these rebates can be checked here