Photographs Don’t Belong In Galleries (whatever)

An art writer for The Guardian recently published an article that seems to elevate his own bias against a medium to what others should and should not do in the art world.

When articles like this come out, it makes me wonder if the writer is simply looking to stir things up and make a name. I see no compelling discussion, just a repeated statement of opinion. Opinions do matter in the art world, and we give weight to those that come from experience, education, or even just appear to be thoughtful.

Clone Stamp Much?

Recently, I was asked to present a webinar via Adobe Connect to the Photoshop and Lightroom Facebook group (managed by Andrew Kavanaugh). Since I’ve been tinkering with the Clone Stamp tool (see this post), I decided it was time to bust out a new technique with it, one that replicates a style I’ve seen here and there for a few years but had never previously attempted. The overall effect fascinates me, and I plan to keep exploring the look and approach. Hit ‘more’ to get a link to the webinar which demonstrates the technique and see a larger version of my first attempt with this style.

New Blog Things!

Now with 5% more things! Ok, don’t hold me to that; I just needed a number. What I really want to share is that I will be taking time to revamp this blog over the next few weeks. The first phase will be to add new features and resources – something I’ve always appreciated in other blogs and websites. In addition to building up the sample files from my books and DVD, I’ll throw some other Photoshop and photography goodness at you. Demo files, scripts, brushes, and so on – little bits here and there that I’d like to share.

DVD in the works!

I just wrapped preliminary recording for a new DVD with my publisher, Peachpit. This one is aimed at blending modes and adjustment layers for photographers, and you get to see me forget… um… demonstrate my favorite techniques right on your screen! Well, more precisely, you get to watch my Photoshop desktop and listen to me describe what’s going on while I work.

Photoshop Workbench is now Photoshop Proving Ground

Well, I managed to screw up a little. When I was researching the name ‘Photoshop Workbench’, I didn’t do a very good job and only searched for clever social media shortcuts. That made me completely miss Mark S. Johnson’s long-running blog. I’ve contacted Mark and apologized; he was really cool about it and understood that me, being an idiot, might make such a mistake.