Welcome to issue 1
Welcome to the first issue of the Thomas Fitzgerald Photography Newsletter. I’ve been promising that the first issue would go out for quite some time now, and I’ve been waiting for just the right time, which of course means I kept putting it off! But finally the first issue is finally here. So what is this all going to be about then? Well, photography of course.
A letter from the Editor
I’ve been thinking a lot about Photography lately: why I love it and how I came to it. I recently wrote a piece about how National Geographic has been a huge influence on me over the years. When I reflect on the things that have had an effect on me, the years of reading the great yellow framed magazine are certainly at the top.
After writing that piece, I have been thinking about it even more. Photography is so many different things to so many people. It can be pure art, in its most abstract form, or it can be a valuable way to record important events. It can convey emotion through the use of light and shade and it can both inspire and motivate even the most hardened of hearts. Everyone’s attitude to the art of photography is different and so that makes it quite a unique and enduring art form. What I love about National Geographic is its ability to add a cultural narrative to the wonderful photography that's contained within its pages.
With the the rise of the iPhone and other smart phones, along with Instagram and Facebook, photography is everywhere now. Some have bemoaned this as the diluting of the art, but I always think that such an attitude is the wrong way to think about it. Because it’s a personal thing, photography is what you make of it, and what you want it to be. Take the parent taking iPhone shots of their child, or the high school student taking selfies with his or her friends. These images may not seem like art to the outside world, but to the person that took them they can have a sentimental and powerful emotional meaning, and in the end isn’t that what is important. Photography doesn’t have to have mass appeal to be important to someone, and that’s the beauty of photography. From the deeply personal to the grand statement, the humble private moment to the terrifying world shaking event, photography is a powerful and wonderful art form for everyone.
Here’s a quick run down of some of the things that I’m working on right now that you may find interesting!
- The Aperture Blog is undergoing a transition. My long running website dedicated to Apple’s Aperture is being reimagined and re-born in the wake of Apple’s decision to end development of its professional photography software. The new site will be a site dedicated to photography, and it will showcase interesting and quirky related photography subjects from around the web, as well as offering a way for readers to share their photography related stories with the world. I’ve set up a separate list for people to be notified of the progress, and you can sign up to it on mailchimp.
- The Lightroom Diary: I’ve also started working on a new site dedicated to Lightroom. I had been working on it for a while, as a Lightroom version of my Aperture blog, but I decided to speed up development of the site and get it out earlier. It’s online now at Lightroomdiary.com. The early content has been re-published from my photography blog, but future content will be dedicated to the site.
- The Streets of Dublin - My little photography project has been going from strength to strength. Originally conceived as a way to collect and share some of my local street photography, it has evolved into a sort of photographic love letter for Dublin city. The reception has been getting better and better lately and I’m really excited about it now. It has a Facebook Page and a website (which is on Tumblr so you can follow it if you are a tumblr user)
- Subscribe to the blog - Based on requests from readers, you can now subscribe to the blog by email. This is unlike the newsletter, as it will notify you any time the website is updated. It’s effectively an rss feed via email. It’s powered by Wordpress.com, and you can sign up now on the home page of my photography blog if you want. Alternatively, you can always get updates by RSS, and I also always post links to new posts on both Facebook and Twitter
Here are some projects and articles that I’m working on to look out for in the near future.
- A Retrospective Review of the Sony Nex–7 - Now that Sony’s NEX product line is effectively finished, being absorbed into the Alpha brand, I wanted to write about my experiences using the former flagship camera over the last year and a half. This should be posted sometime in the next week.
- Lightroom for Aperture Users - This is an ongoing project to help Aperture users who want to switch to Lightroom. The idea is to do a series of blog posts and then expand and elaborate on these and make an e-book too for people who want all the information in one easy place. The first post in the series is available now on the Lightroom Diary.
To celebrate the launch of the newsletter, I wanted to give you a special discount for the Digital Download Store. I’ve been offering Aperture switchers a 20% discount on my Lightroom Presets, and you can get the same offer by using the code…
…in the shopping cart on the store. This offer will expire at the end of June.