Are Creative Pros Going to Have to Force-Quit Apple?

“So if Apple just becomes a place where computers are a commodity item and where the romance is gone, and where people forget that computers are the most incredible invention that man has ever invented, then I’ll feel I have lost Apple. But if I’m a million miles away and all those people still feel those things and they’re still working to make the next great personal computer, then I will feel that my genes are still in there.” ~Steve Jobs

Source: Newsweek, Sep. 29 1985

This particular blog post really should be a letter to Apple CEO, Tim Cook. And maybe when I’m done writing it, I’ll decide to send it to him.

Photo Daily: Castel dell’Ovo, Naples, Italy

  It was at the exact moment that I made this photograph of Castel dell’Ovo in Naples, Italy, that I made an important decision about how I would make my travel photography going forward. It was my first trip to Europe back in 1993. I was fortunate enough to be invited by a friend of mine …

Photo Daily: Facade, Venice, Italy

  There’s a lot of talk in the industry about shooting in 4k. In fact, 4k almost isn’t enough any more. Now, it’s 5k or 6k with 2014 camera technology. But how about 9k… with 1968 technology? Facade, Venice, Italy. In 9k. That’s what you’re looking at right now. To be fair, it’s not a moving …

The Inspiration Folder – Magical Sharing that Keeps Giving

Working in the Creative Industry is a lovely, wonderful, amazing, horrible, maddening thing. Just like art. When we’re lucky enough to be making something for ourselves or a client that truly resonates with who we are and what we stand for as artists, it’s nothing short of bliss. As much as is possible, I try …

Adobe Creative Suite is Dead! Long Live Adobe Creative Cloud! The Misconceptions

Today, Adobe announced new versions of the programs we photographers, editors and designers have come to know and mostly love. I’ve been noticing some panic out there on some of the Adobe related forums and I thought I would try to clear up a few things.

The Bicyclipod Test Video

Bicyclipod Test from Billy Sheahan on Vimeo. A few weeks ago I mentioned I had created a contraption that allowed me to get around Chicago on my bike and arrive with a camera support system that I could use a bit like a glider. I called it the Bicyclipod. A few of you have asked …

The Birth of the Bicyclipod!

I’m always looking for a way to get me and my photo gear around the city in the most efficient way possible. I love biking, even during a snow storm like we had yesterday in Chicago. The city is good at keeping the streets cleared, faster than the sidewalks getting shoveled a lot of the …

A chance to see one of my photography mentors, Lois Greenfield, speak about her beautiful dance photography

UPDATE: If you missed the live webcast last Wednesday, you can catch it again here, at your lesuire… More years ago than I can remember, I attended a photography lecture by a New York dance photographer whom I very much admired. Afterwards, I went up to speak with her. She was gracious and pleasant and …

One for the Nerds: Keeping Your Presets Current on All of Your Workstations – Automatically

If you’re not a digital artist, and don’t consider yourself a bit of a computer nerd, this post will probably be of little interest to you. I’ll try to entertain you with pretty pictures just to keep you from dozing off. For the rest of you who identify with the above, what follows is very …

How it Used to Be vs. Where it’s Going: On Being an Artist… Today

I watched an excellent film today called Pause Press Play. Great documentary on the current state of creating and consuming art and the implications for the future. If you’re an artist, you should watch it. Yesterday, I watched a thought provoking presentation on TED by Larry Lessig called Laws that Choke Creativity. They both, in …