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February 09, 2010


Bob Krist

Jim: Great piece on the Apple site. Lovely work, as usual. You gonna run any Aperture workshops in the future???? Bob

Jim Richardson

Bob, no Aperture workshop planned, but if you'd sign up, I'd put one together! Thanks for the kind words. The Apple guys really did a job of making me look good.



Jim, I must confess I was unaware of your work until yesterday morning when I opened up a National Geo from a few months back and saw your beautiful pictures from the Hebrides islands. Then later in the day I saw the Aperture announcement and the video featuring you. I lived in Nova Scotia for several years. It's a place that will always be special to me. When, where will be be able to see more of that shoot?


Michel Corbin
Brooklyn, NY

Jim Richardson

Thanks! And I loved Nova Scotia as well. Most of our time in Lunenburg and an evening in Peggy's Cove. Got up on the mast of the Bluenose II, which was a feat for me. Now that Aperture is live I think I can get some of those images out. Let me get past duties of the next few days and I'll see what I can do.



Hello, Jim!
The last Aperture is a great software, I enjoy it very much.
I have one general comment about your website, though (I could not find contact info, so I post it here).
I find it hard to find a blog sometimes, because there are quite a few of them. I get lost in your site easily, because many pages show the same address (jimrichardsonphotography.com), it is sometimes hard to find the real home page because it looks like there are several websites together. Then if I enter the site, there is one blog; this one I am writing in is another blog. But there also a link to a blog which is the same as the blog I see when I enter the site!(well, links to "enter" and "new blog" lead to the same page) you are probably confused trying to understand what I am saying, but I am also confused trying to explain it, since I am lost...



It looks like a large part of your work is done in front of the computer. You mention brushes, and that makes me think about local adjustments, as opposed to merely boosting the contrast etc. globally.

So here's the question: I've been recently warned by an emerging photographer that in Photography (the scary 'P' meaning real, professional photography) there is no place for Photoshop-alikes -- advanced image hackery left aside, even such simple modifications as color enhancement or desaturation and toning do not belong. I guess NG has pretty strong rules wrt. manipulation (actually changing the content), how about digital sepia? What's you own view?

Carrie Dodd

Hi Jim,
It was very nice having lunch with you at the recent NG Travel workshop at NW Univ in Evanston. I'm planning my pyraymid and safari pix now.

I would also sign up for an Aperature workshop. I ordered 3.0 last night. I am totally stoked about shooting in RAW, but I'm concerned about running about of memory cards...ordered 5 additional 8GB cards for the trip.

Thanks again,

Jim Richardson


You're right that National Geographic has pretty strong rules on manipulation. Basically we're in the reality business, or put an another way, we do non-fiction photography. In parallel with the divide in literature between fiction and non-fiction that doesn't denigrate "fiction" photography but it does mean that anything that would alter the reality of our pictures would be destructive to your mission. So while we can do basic photographic stuff like correcting color balance and adjusting contrast, we can't take out telephone poles or put in clouds. I don't know exactly what kind of "toning" you are talking about but I would guess that you are talking about is more than we can legitimately do.

Jim Richardson


Glad to see you in Evanston. That was a great audience. Even laughed at my jokes.

Hope you enjoy Aperture. It is powerful software so be prepared to find more than you can take in all at once. But just like Photoshop you don't have to know everything to make it work for you. The Aperture workshop should sort a lot of that out pretty quickly.

I find that I am several times more productive now that I have centralized everything in Aperture.


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