Adobe’s Creative Cloud update

Adobe Creative Cloud LogoYou’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.

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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 than I’d like.

This version is my first attempt at addressing as many of these problems as I can. Total cost is about $20US, and roughly 30 minutes of time.

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Wacom Wolverine

Wacom WolverineRecently, 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 – I don’t have any real idea of what I want. Inflicting my mental ramblings on a person in real time is not likely to be pleasant for either of us, so I tend towards inanimate objects that don’t complain when I constantly fiddle with lights, camera position, angles, etc.

However, I have LOTS of project ideas for people rolling around in my head. So I figured I should step in front of the camera and do some experimenting.

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Photography quote

“To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event.”

– Henri Cartier-Bresson

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!!

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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 around for stuff I normally wouldn’t buy on impulse. That turned out to be an excellent strategy, because I ended with a Spider Pro Holster.

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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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More dark field and DIY tinkering

My new D800 just came in a few weeks ago, so I’m just learning some of the capabilities. I’ve paired it with an SB-910 flash, which is insanely powerful for a stock unit. I like to test things under controlled setups, but I don’t usually keep any kind of studio or table set up. That means when the bug bites, I make stuff up.

In this case, my son wanted me to get a picture of these really cool insect eggs attached to the bottom of a leaf. What a great excuse for a DIY macro studio!

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Wacom Webinar

Update! The webinar is now posted to YouTube. What are you doing on August 16th? I’d love to invite you to a special webinar with Wacom. This is a free event, but you have to register. I’ll go over some of the ways I use (and abuse) my Intuos5, and how I’ve integrated Wacom tablets…

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User Group Support from Peachpit!

Are you part of an Adobe User Group? If so, you might be able to get a free copy of my book! Managers should register with Peachpit to get a monthly book for free. When your group is accepted, you’ll get a monthly newsletter with instructions on requesting a new title. Your members will also…

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Tools of the Trade

Well, I have finally turned in the last document for my new book, The Hidden Power of Blend Modes. That’s quite a milestone, and while there’s work yet to be done, I thought I’d document the process while I still remember some of it.

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