Do You Wonder What to Do to Make Your Images Really Stand Out?

Most of us occasionally or often can use some advice about what we can do to make our images really pop.   More contrast? Less contrast? Brighten up that corner? Change the color cast of just the mountain?  It’s  about conveying a mood, and understanding how to lead the viewer’s eye where you want them to go.   If you have some favorite images and you want help from a master at this, consider doing what I just did — purchasing a Print Treatment critique from Tim Cooper.  Tim is a very talented fine art photographer and photography and Photoshop instructor.  For $25, you will receive a movie in which he works two of your images in Photoshop, talking about why he […more]

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Point and Shoot Camera Reviews

A colleague of mine, Kathy Eyster, brought to my attention a great series of compact camera reviews that Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com) published for the holidays: Enthusiast Digital Compacts Premium Digital Compacts Ultra Compacts Budget Compacts Digital Photography Review also has excellent  in-depth reviews of DSLR’s and lenses. Kathy is a an excellent photography  instructor, by the way.  Check out her blog at www.essentialdigitalcamera.com.

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Point and Shoot Cameras Under $300

I have been thinking lately that it would be nice to have a point and shoot camera that I could always have in my pocket. Here’s an article from yesterday’s New York Times, with recommendations for point and shoots under $300. article I didn’t check them all, but I doubt they shoot in raw. I know the Canon G10 does, but it is closer to $500.

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Photoshop CS4: To Upgrade or Not

Here’s a nice summary of Photoshop CS4 new and upgraded features that pertain to photographers, from John Nack of Adobe: http://blogs.adobe.com/jnack/2008/11/cs4_for_photographers.html There are a couple new very powerful features, and then there are alot of changes that make it easier to get around in Bridge and Photoshop, and easier to do things that you could already do before. The first new feature is the ability to do local adjustments in Camera Raw using the graduated filter and the adjustment brush. Scott Kelby has a video demo of these at www.photoshopuser.com/cs4 These were also introduced into Lightroom 2, so if you use Lightroom (and followed my advice from an earlier post to upgrade to Lightroom 2), you already have these features […more]

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He Really Is Not Kidding!

This is a digital photography post, rather than Photoshop or Lightroom, but it has me fascinated enough that I must send you over to Luminous-Landscape to see for yourself. Michael Reichman was shooting with the new $500 Canon G10 point and shoot along with his $40,000 Hasselblad/Phase 1 digital medium format system and found that image quality is pretty much comparable, on screen and for small and moderate size prints (up to 13″x19:). Please, read for yourself: http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/kidding.shtml This is a great site to monitor — excellent articles, reviews and training material.

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Should you upgrade to Lightroom 2?

If you are committed to Lightroom being the foundation of your digital workflow, then my answer is an unequivocal absolutely! And if you are on the fence about Lightroom being the foundation of your workflow, I also say absolutely. I expect that this release will get you off the fence and clearly on the Lightroom road. Lightroom 2 introduces the ability to make local corrections to your images. With the new graduated filter and adjustment brushes you can burn and dodge, and make local saturation, contrast, brightness, exposure, color, clarity and sharpness changes. You are not able to make sophisticated selections and masks like you can in Photoshop, but for most local changes where a brush tool or a gradient […more]

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