2014-08-11 One Last Morning

Rod Stewart sang the question: “Every picture tells a story, don’t it?” Telling stories… Ideally Rod would be right. Sadly, some stories can’t be told with a single photo. There are those that take a series. Consider this challenge: Photograph, or more accurately, document the tearing down of one home and the construction of a […]

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2014-08-10 RFBD Feat

Photography is rich with light modifiers. Umbrellas, soft boxes, reflectors, v-flats, diffusion panels and so on. Two of them though, the ring flash and the beauty dish are somewhat mysterious-certainly true for the ring flash more than the beauty dish. I am doing a live demo session at Photoshop World in Las Vegas that shows […]

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RAW Retouching FI

Retouching a RAW capture as much as possible before finishing the photograph in Photoshop is a best practice. RAW files contain all of the data that the camera was able to record of a scene, without a gamma curve imposed. In other words the RAW photo is pure, unaltered image info along with a color […]

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Little tiny hair

Has this ever happened to you? It’s a great session. The model is beautiful. The light is perfect. You have totally nailed it. Everything is just right… except on review there’s a tiny little hair running from her eyebrow down through across her lashes then through her eye. It has to be retouched away. There […]

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The Gateway Arch in St. Louis photographed from the Mississippi side.

The Gateway Arch in St. Louis photographed from the Mississippi side. “Fisheye lenses are gimmicks.” Lots of photographers think so. Most have never used one. I don’t travel without one. The 15mm f/2.8 fisheye lens from Sigma is less than three inches in diameter and length. It weighs in at less than twelve ounces. This […]

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Adelina

This definition of a real photographer: “full time PRO with a real brick and mortar studio who makes 100% of his income taking pictures not selling crap to other photogs“was a response to a tweet about my fellow Photofocus contributor Nicole Young. First, here’s some context. Nicole wrote a very thorough and useful “how to” […]

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aperture

Apple announced today that it will no longer add features to its professional imaging application Aperture. Apple will continue to update camera formats for the foreseeable future. Apple is folding iPhoto and Aperture into its new release of the Photos app included in the recently announced Mac OSX Yosemite operating system coming this fall. The […]

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