The Hidden Power of Adjustment Layers

My 2nd solo book is out from Adobe Press. I took a good look at the criticism and feedback from The Hidden Power of Blend Modes, and tried to incorporate what I learned from that book. This new title stretches out a bit, adding more text and explanation to the techniques, so there are fewer…

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Adobe’s Creative Cloud update

You’ve probably heard all about Adobe’s Creative Cloud and the requisite scrutiny/praise/complaining from the various customer bases. I’ll spare you a recap and jump straight to the new stuff. Adobe has posted a half-way response to let you know they’re listening.

DIY Strip Box

I’m experimenting more with portrait lighting, trying to dial in something that doesn’t look like a department store. One look I keep coming back to uses a single strip light. Some of the commercial versions are very expensive, and the DIY versions seem to have some inherent flaws that make them less flexible or sturdy…

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Wacom Wolverine

Recently, I got bored and broke out a backdrop and light stand just to see what I could learn about shooting self-portraits. This is mostly because I don’t have many willing subjects. Also, the majority of my photo projects feature some kind of problem-solving aspect (that’s how I learn), and are typically seat-of-the-pants affairs –…

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Down time!

Wow! I have seriously neglected this blog. That’s probably not a good thing, considering I’m trying to promote myself and my new book. So it might seem odd that I’m now posting about taking some down time. But wait – there’s more!!

My new favorite photo gadget!

I did some bargain hunting for my trip to PhotoshopWorld in Las Vegas this September. The car was cheap, I stayed in a time share, and got seriously lucky for low-price air fare. I even stocked the fridge with cereal, milk, and water to save on breakfast and keeping hydrated. So I felt OK looking…

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#PSW12 – PhotoshopWorld winding down

It’s the last day at Photoshop World, and I’ve had a blast! There are some amazing people wandering around, and my book seems to be pretty popular. If you’re still on site, there are great deals to be had at the expo floor, and I’ve discovered some favorite new products from Spider Holster, Wacom, and…

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