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Most read in 2008

By Martin Joergensen | January 2, 2009 12:27 PM |

I started this blog back in August 2008, and as a celebration of its first New Year I thought it would be fun to look at the most visited pages I published on the blog since then.

Starting from the tenth spot a small news story on a fancy strap begins (or rather ends) the list, which then consists of a mix of technical, gear-related articles and opinions. My flash modifier series seems quite popular, which is good, but I like the fact that my opinion on the megapixel race and the value of pictures is placed high. Both types of entries will be high on my list in 2009. The first place is somewhat a surprise, but I guess a few references on other blogs and incoming links have lifted my rumor-piece to a first place. The number of visits to the first three entries are about the same, so it's not like a clear winner. I have omitted the front page from the list. Its number is about ten times the top ranking story, so a lot of people see the front page and don't get much further - as it is on most sites.

10 Black Rapid Strap
9 Flash modifiers
8 I filmed with a D90
7 A mini snoot
6 Too many pixels
5 Flash diffusers
4 Flash filters or gels
3 Flash snoots and grids
2 Why your images are worthless
1 Nikon's bigger brother

Tasteless espresso

By Martin Joergensen | December 20, 2008 2:08 AM |

leibovitz.jpg I usually respect Annie Leibovitz for her work. I read Vanity Fair regularly, and Leibovitz' pictures are always worth some attention. I'm not exactly overwhelmed by her style, her compositions or her lighting skills. My guess is that most skilled professionals would be able to do a lot of what Leibovitz does, if they had the resources that she has. But she sure does a decent job of most assignments given to her.

Continue reading Tasteless espresso.

New design

By Martin Joergensen | December 12, 2008 6:03 PM |

IMG_2103.jpgAs you have probably already noticed, there's a new design on my blog. The new design is of course meant to tie my activities together with the Nikonians by providing a similar look and not least links to other parts of the humongous Nikonians site. The original blog was kind of an experiment, and was just launched with a standard design. It has been the plan to do a redesign all the time.

If you have any comments or suggestions regarding the blog or the new design, feel free to contact me. Use the comment field below.

It's hard to beat the Strobist!

By Martin Joergensen | November 24, 2008 11:07 PM |

However much I'd like to be voted or even nominated the Best Photo Blog 2008, I will have to get out of bed extremely early to beat David Hobby and his blog The Strobist – arguably the most influential and popular photo blog and one of the most influential tech blogs at all on the web.

David has managed to turn his profession as a newspaper photographer into a passion, which he has managed to spread out to literally hundreds of thousands of readers. His small spare time project aiming to inform and educate on the use of small flashes – strobes – has become the place where small light fans – including myself – hang out and get inspiration, learn, discuss, post images. And it has formed the base for David's professional life as The Strobist. Continue reading It's hard to beat the Strobist!.

Why your images are worthless

By Martin Joergensen | July 19, 2008 12:29 PM | | Comments ( 8)

MJ0_5316.JPGTrying to make money from your photography is a very long shot. The market is so saturated with quality pictures with extremely high availability and extremely low prices that getting a foothold is close to impossible.  

It's almost a natural law of economy: when a commodity becomes very widely available the price will fall. As demand rises the availability of things will increase because the manufacturers and sellers are interested in serving the market and raise the production. As a result the number of goods available to that market will increase and in order to get a cut, some sellers will lower their prices. Customers generally prefer buy at low prices and if you want to sell, you have to follow the price reductions.

When such a commodity at the same time is becoming more and more easy to produce and is produced by an exploding number of people, you have a price-reduction spiral that goes almost all the way down to free. Continue reading Why your images are worthless.

Gear like McNally's

By Martin Joergensen | July 9, 2008 11:21 AM |

So you want to shoot like McNally? Well, here's step one: gear up. Renowned Nikon shooter Joe McNally's assistant Brad Moore has compiled a list of the gear the the McNally crew uses.


I did a head count of my gear recently to have a list for the insurance in case something happened and was actually pretty satisfied with what I saw. But my list is about one tenth of this one in length and probably about one third in quality. OK they do list each gel color separately. If I did that I could add a few items to my list. But it's still not quite the same. I know when Brad writes D3 it should say D3's (three at least) and when he writes D700 and SB-900 it also most likely to be more than one of each. Products which aren't even in the shops yet.

What can I say? Galloping NAS once again. More like a NAS stampede...


"On Location" on Twitter

By Martin Joergensen | June 30, 2008 10:31 AM | | Comments ( 1)

copenhagen-bikes.jpgFor those readers into new social services on the web, Twitter won't be unknown, but to the rest of us, it's a new thing. I have heard of it many times, and even signed up a while back, but never used it. Now I will try to see what this messaging service can do for me and my activities.

I have changed my account name to OnLocation, and can now be Twittered on

The idea is that I tell Twitter what I'm doing right now - through the web or my cell phone - and other people can then "follow" me and get messages about my whereabouts. OK, not really photo related, and maybe just a fad, but I decided to give it a chance anyway.

If you are on Twitter you can follow me, and we will see where this leads "On Location" and this blog. And I'm on Technorati too.

To add at least a bit of photography you get a Copenhagen image shot a couple of days ago on a day with beautiful weather and a great sky.

Best Photoshop function... ever!

By Martin Joergensen | June 27, 2008 11:02 AM |

Scott Kelby and his latest guest blogger Matt Kloskowski have been blogging on Photoshop Insider about stuff that people want in Photohop, and there's a host of great ideas to new function, extension of dialogs and great ways to get Photoshop to do its job even better.

But in all the serious suggestions you've gotta love this "Fix all" entry by Dave Cross. That's the kind of functions we want in the coming versions of Photoshop !

You can see many more - serious - suggestions here.

Off Location with Martin Joergensen

By Martin Joergensen | June 24, 2008 10:08 PM |

This is the first entry in my new blog. Well, it actually isn't because I wrote a few samples to test the format and demonstrate the possible content, and these first entries are perfectly valid and can still be found below and in the archive.

But this is the first official entry in connection with the launch of the blog, and its purpose is to introduce the blog - and perhaps myself a bit.

Continue reading Off Location with Martin Joergensen.

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