Salad Days: The Australian Skater Scene in Black and White

All images and words by James Grundy. Used with permission.

My name is James Grundy, I’m a 28 year old photographer from Australia.

I guess I became a photographer at around the age of 11, when I used to steal my mum and dad’s digital camera and sneak off to document what was happening around me, little social events and misadventures. I was finally gifted my own camera at around 16 which was one of the first Olympus digital waterproof cameras. I think I took around 20,000 photos on that thing before it seized up. From there I moved onto DSLRs starting with a Nikon D200, then a Nikon D3000, Nikon D3100, then a Nikon D7100.

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Adobe Lightroom 6 Allegedly Leaks Online


Today begins Photoshop Week, celebrating 25 years of the product being alive. But what may specifically be more appealing to photographers is that the very highly anticipated Adobe Lightroom 6 leaked online according to Photo Rumors. The company refreshes the product every year and in 2014 we got lots of cool changes like the healing brush, upright, etc.

According to Photo Rumors, who found the listing on a French website then an Australian website, the new program will feature advanced black and white conversion features, the ability to apply presets on import, face recognition, advanced healing features with the brush, vertical upright, merge to HDR, panoramic fusions and photo book creation. Of course, they’re also stating that there will be other features but all of this is just pure speculation at this point.

However, it all just sounds like a natural progression of Adobe Lightroom. Merging to HDR would make so much sense and would panoramic fusions for Lightroom users that don’t really need Photoshop at all.

What seems really fun but may be undervalued by many photographers is the photo book creation. Lots of photographers are taking the DIY method when it comes to marketing and putting out zines; so this can just make everything so much simpler without having to step into InDesign.

Again, we have no idea if any of this is real but it all seems very plausible.