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Archive for December, 2009

The New (Visual) Literacy

A recent Wired magazine article by Clive Thompson asserts that Twitter, Facebook, blogs and email are creating a new literary renaissance among college students. He points to a study at Stanford University, that finds students today write far more outside of class and write more for their audience than ever before. Are the visual arts […]

The Next Big Thing: Part 3

I really only intended this to be a two-part series, but today I found a link on A Photo Editor’s blog to Folio Magazine’s 115 Media and Magazine predictions for 2010. In it, several people far better connected than I seemed to echo many of the same statements from my past two posts. Here are […]

The Next Big Thing: Part 2

In my previous post, I listed three extraordinary developments I feel demonstrate the future of newspaper and magazine publishing. Looking at these publications, my head was filled with dozens of questions. Who designs this, the Web team or the print team? Does it take less, or more time, to publish an interactive magazine than a […]

The next big thing Part 1:

I tend to be more than a little skeptical when I hear words like “revolutionary”, “game-changing” or the “next big thing” because it is easy to get really excited about a shiny new technology and devolve into hyperbole. However, after having my world rocked three times this fall by emerging technologies, I’m just about ready […]

Image Sharpening in Lightroom 3

Check out this Lightroom 3 tutorial on image sharpening. This tutorial is part of a Lightroom Webinar package that ended this month. I’ll post new Webinar dates on my blog soon. Sign up for my newsletter and receive at least one of these tutorials every month, along with news and multimedia. See past newsletters and […]

Are you a Realist or an Impressionist photographer?

Photographers will always wrestle with the thorny ethical question of when it is appropriate to use Photoshop for image manipulation and how much manipulation is appropriate, particularly in an editorial context. Unfortunately, much of the conversation on Photoshop and ethics has devolved into partisan statements. “Photoshop is cheating,” some say. “An artist should use any […]

DNG Profiles for Olympus Cameras

In building or boosting your workflow, you can get the most “bang for your buck” by minimizing the number of manual corrections you must make to match your photos to your vision of the original scene. DNG profiles can significantly improve your camera raw workflow by providing you with a better starting point than Adobe’s […]

Why does ACR have Orange & Purple along with RGBCMY?

I recently received a question from one of my Lightroom Webinar attendees wondering why Adobe Camera Raw uses colors like aqua, orange and purple in the HSL panel instead of sticking with the standard red, green, blue, cyan, magenta and yellow? Although I can’t say definitively, I suspect the answer to the question lies in […]

Do you know what you’re using Photoshop for?

Earlier, while spending some quality time with the Communication Arts Photography Annual, I was struck by several comments in the editors column describing the level of post-production on the best images. One, from juror Diana Koenigsberg stood out: “Many images seemed to be more like illustrations that utilize photography as a tool, rather than images […]