#Tog Tuesday – Dark Field Lighting on Westcott University

I love experimenting with photography, but I need to spend more time nailing down the basics. I decided to tackle dark field lighting a few years ago, after having used in my microscopy work. I noticed some distinct differences between what I did with a microscope versus what most folks do with it in the studio, to wit: texture.

Photoshop World 2011 Wrap & Thanks

#PSW was kind of a blur for me. Most of my time was spent on the Expo floor meeting with some fantastic people, including Adobe engineers and managers, fellow authors, editors, and my sponsors. Of course, I can’t forget the friendliest crew at the show, the Facebook Maniacs. This group was very welcoming, and represents an amazingly diverse set of talents. I’ll talk more about them in a future post, and I’ll be naming names – you’ll want to get to know them! But let me get back to the show, my thoughts, and what I heard from others.

#PSW Thursday

Much of Wednesday was a blur for me at PhotoshopWorld Las Vegas. I only got to sit in on one class (Corey Barker’s 3D intro), and took a whirlwind spin around the Expo floor. But I did get to spend some quality time with a few of the cooler folks in attendance, including Grant Friedman from psdtuts, Patrick Smith from onOne, Jim Tierney (Chief Executive Anarchist) from Digital Anarchy, and the most dedicated Facebook crew I’ve ever encountered.

News from Digital Anarchy

DA just announced a one-week discount for their award-winning Beauty Box plugin, in addition to updates for Primatte and ToonIt Photo. Here’s a snippet from the newsletter, including the code to get 50% off of Beauty Box this week:

Taking away… (part 1)

Austin Kleon has this project website called ‘Newspaper Blackout‘. It’s all about taking things away from a presentation to create something new. “Creativity is Subtraction” goes one of the representative, and self-referential, works. The idea is simple: remove what doesn’t belong. How does this work in photography?