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30 Days of CS5: Mini Bridge

Honestly, I’m not ordinarily a big fan of Bridge. It’s much slower and less efficient for editing images and adding metadata than Camera Bits Photo Mechanic and lacks the asset management capabilities of an image cataloging system like Adobe Lightroom or Microsoft Expression Media. With that in mind, I’m finding a lot to like with […]

30 Days of CS5: Adobe Camera Raw v6

As you’re probably aware, raw image editing adjust the interpretations of the pixels contained in your raw file, not the pixels themselves. What you may not have considered is that the assumptions about how the pixels in your raw file should be interpreted is improving all the time. Camera Raw V6 marks the first major […]

30 Days of CS5: A Faster, More Efficient Photoshop

CS5 is now 64-bit compatible on both the Mac and Windows platforms. What does this mean to you? – Less waiting for common tasks (file conversions, filters, etc) – More responsiveness with larger files – Access to more than 4 GB of RAM In order for you to take advantage of these benefits, you’ll need […]

Correcting Video With Photoshop

Apple Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro offer powerful color-correcting tools for digital video. The trouble is, they are more difficult to use than the tools you’re accustomed to using in Photoshop. The good news is if you have Photoshop CS3 or CS4 extended, you can open and correct video using adjustment layers, Photoshop […]

5 Tips for Mastering Layer Masks

Lately, I’ve been noticing designers, photographers and illustrators layering their work as well. From photographer’s portfolios to television ads, compositing photos or videos with text, backgrounds and textures is hot. Even Ford is getting into the action with a surprisingly creative F-150 advertising campaign. If you’re not already a master of layer masks and compositing, […]

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 […]

How Do You Know Your Monitor Is Accurate?

If you’ve read this blog, read my articles or attended any of my classes, you know that monitor calibration is one of the fundamental pillars of an efficient digital photography or graphic design workflow. Assuming you’re calibrating and profiling your monitor regularly, how do you know, for sure, your monitor is accurate? Or, to put […]

Burning and Dodging from Spirited Away

This weekend, Spirited Away, the classic anime film, was playing in my local movie theater. I’ve long enjoyed the movie for the magical storyline and beautiful hand-drawn animation, but I was surprised at how clearly the movie illustrates the concepts I covered in my recent Power Lunch webinar on image refinements and burning and dodging. […]

Workflow: Establishing a Consistency of Vision

Most people think of workflow as a structure and set of processes to ensure technical needs are met. While this is true, an effective digital photography workflow helps to encourage aesthetic consistency from frame to frame and shoot to shoot. This consistency of vision is naturally present in your original photos. Over time, you develop […]

Multimedia: Audio Slideshows

One of the simplest, and most effective, ways of enlivening a presentation of still photos is to pair photos with audio. The audio track can be ambient sounds that relate to the content of the photos, an interview with the photography subject, backing music or a voice-over narration by the photographer. Ideally, the audio will […]