Shrink those images with Shrink O’matic

Shrink those images – and rename, watermark them at the same time ;-)

Shrink O’Matic is an AIR application to easily (batch) resize (shrink) images. It handles JPGs, GIFs and PNGs.

Simply drag and drop images and they’ll be resized as you wish! Options allow you to choose the output sizes, rotation (supports EXIF data), names and location, formats and watermarks.

iTunes library file disappeared?

‘The iTunes Library file cannot be found or created’

To fix this, click to open the iTunes app and immediately hold down the “Option”(alt) key.  This will allow you to either create a new iTunes library file, or point the app to where the library is.  In my case, I repointed it to the Music>iTunes folder where my library file was and this worked.

How to open a MS Publisher file on a Mac

How to open a pub file on a Mac

PUB files are files with an extension of .pub. They are proprietary files that can be opened only in Microsoft Publisher. Because Microsoft Publisher is an application that can be installed only on Windows machines, you will have to use a workaround to open a PUB file on a Mac. If you own an Intel Mac with a Windows partition, you can install Microsoft Publisher on your Windows partition and view PUB files through Microsoft publisher. If you do not have an Intel Mac or do not want to purchase Microsoft Publisher, there is a website that will convert your PUB file to a PDF, which you can open on your Mac.

1 Point your Web browser to This is an online resource that will convert many different file formats to PDFs.

2 Click “Choose File” and select the PUB file you would like to convert and view. Your operating system’s file manager open so you can find your file.

3 Type your output file name in the appropriate text box.

4 Type your e-mail address in the appropriate text box. Make sure you are using an e-mail client that allows for attached files.

5 Click “Convert to PDF” button located on the bottom of the screen. It should take only a few minutes for your file to arrive in your e-mail inbox.

6 Open your e-mail client and locate the e-mail from Doc2PDF Online.

7 Download the file from your e-mail client and open it with a PDF viewer. Your PUB file should be viewable as a PDF with all of the original file formatting.

Hillman Curtis

This guy was one of my inspirations back in the mid 2000’s, I like what he did and what he said. A true creative who wasn’t afraid to explain his work and inspire others.

Sadly he passed away about 12 months ago at a ‘young’ 51 years, which incidentally is my current age. Makes one think…….

Take a look at Hillman’s work on his website and his films on Vimeo.


Hillman Curtis

Hillman Curtis was wonderful……….


Sunny 16

The Sunny 16 Rule for Film Photography Without a Light Meter

I really like this and in the old days of Kodak film they used to put a handy exposure table on the film box with this information on it. But ‘Sunny 16′ is easier to remember.

Here’s the table anyway:


Konica Hexar fixed and back in action

Konica Hexar AF

I’m chuffed to bits that I have been able to fix my old Konica Hexar AF after it has been languishing in the cupboard for probably 10 years.

It was purchased second hand from a photo shop in Hereford for £300, which was a lot of money back in the mid 1990s. It came with a Konica flash and my wife gave me a nice leather case as a birthday present.

It was the first auto-focus camera that I had ever used, and was the first rangefinder camera that I had ever purchased. It was quite a change from the Nikon SLRs and Mamiya TLR. The 35mm lens took some getting used to as a normal lens was a 20mm for me at the time, everything was wide, I owned one telephoto lens that never got much use. As a result I guess I didn’t use the Konica Hexar as much as I could, although I did use it to photograph a friend’s wedding as I wanted something small and light that focused itself.

Anyway as time went on, and digital cameras became available, the Hexar, along with my other film cameras, was sideline and over shadowed by the new technology. Also it started to become unreliable, sometimes the shutter wouldn’t fire, and then I got an error message suggesting that the battery was flat. Having gone through a number of new batteries I realised that something was wrong. I contacted Konica, who were still operating then, to arrange a repair but I didn’t get around to sending it.

Recently I was given an old Canon Sureshot film camera that required that same battery as the Hexar. For a bit of fun I thought that I would try it out, using the newly purchased battery. But same problem, same error code. Having looked on the web for other people who had found the same problems I drew a blank, except that someone suggested that you clean the battery contacts with some electrical contact fluid with a q-tip. Having already cleaned these contacts with a file I couldn’t see how this would help.

So as I was in a store I picked up a can of contact cleaner spray, and did what I was not supposed to do, I sprayed the battery compartment!  Big mistake! I didn’t expect to see the fluid appear in the LCD window on top of the camera, nor did I expect it to spew out of the top plate!

To be honest I thought that that would be the end of the camera, although there was no fluid in the lens or film compartment. So after cleaning up as much of the fluid as I could some half an hour later I tried the battery, and low and behold the camera showed some life. So I re-wound the half used film that had been in the camera for about 10 years. The auto-focus and shutter button were not functioning correctly, one in every 5 seemed to work. So I thought a partial success, however after another hour the Konica Hexar was fully back in action. So I just need to try out a test film……….

Is it a Spacecraft, a new form of iPod, the most recent digital camera to come from Sony? No its a SX70!

I’ve never had that much to do with Instant film cameras, other than using them a on a  couple of occasions when my employer asked me to ‘get some photos quick’ and owning a Fuji Instax back for my Diana+.

But you probably already know that Polaroid was a special company way in front their time in terms of technology and design.

My recent purchase of this Polaroid SX70 Model 2 is probably a little late in the day as this camera dates back to the mid 1970’s and the old Polaroid Corporation, together with it’s co-founder Dr Edwin Land, and the manufacturing of film stock have all gone.

I love the design of all things Apple, but the SX70 is something else. It is hard to believe that a company would be so brave as to design, manufacture and market a camera that looks like a book or long cigar box. But not only that this is a SLR (Single Lens Reflex) with a focusing dial, glass wide angle lens and ‘porvair’ covered panels.

As for film, thankfully The Impossible Project are manufacturing film that fits a range of Polaroid cameras. Even if it does not have the same properties as the original films manufactured by Polariod (the old films used some hazardous chemicals and processes).

So now all I have to do is see if this camera still works, and check out the Impossible Project film. Apparently you need to keep the print in the dark for the first 4 minutes after it is ejected from the camera. Then to ensure that it does not fade you need to dry the print out using silica gel in a bag. Dr Land would probably turn in his grave if he knew how difficult his simple process has now become. A case of technology going backwards me thinks!