Photoshop Automator Actions Now Compatible with Photoshop CC

February 5, 2014 by · 3 Comments
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The latest version of the Photoshop Automator Actions collection, version 5.0.7 is now compatible with Photoshop CC, in addition to CS4, CS5, CS5.5, and CS6. All users will want to upgrade, though, since the new version includes important bug fixes to file naming and the Edit IPTC Info action. Requires Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion or Mavericks. The update is available for free to current owners of the CS6, CS5, CS5.5, and CS4 packages. For new users, there’s still a free version, and a $20 pro option. Note that upgrades only work within Photoshop versions. So, if you have, say, the CS6 version and want the CC version, you’ll have to buy the CC version separately. (Yes, that’s a very messy sentence, but it’s late and I’m too tired to clean it up.) Check out the actions here, at our sister site.

Now Shipping: Complete Digital Photography, 7th Edition

July 16, 2012 by · 12 Comments
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The seventh, and latest, edition of this site’s namesake book is now available. The newest version of Complete Digital Photography features full updating for Photoshop CS6, the latest version of Camera Raw, and new sections on composition, low light shooting, printing, and workflow. For the most part, the book maintains the organization of the last edition, with a few new sections and a few others eliminated. In addition to the included step-by-step post-production tutorials included in the book, many additional tutorials are included on the companion web pages. Order your copy now!

Now Available: Foundations of Photography, HDR

November 1, 2011 by · 8 Comments
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As amazing as current digital camera technology is, it can’t compare with those two squishy orbs in the front of your head. In addition to great autofocus, exceptional white balance, and amazing low light capabilities, your eyes also have tremendous dynamic range (that is, an ability to perceive an extremely wide range of dark to light). In fact, your eyes probably have almost twice the dynamic range as the digital camera you’re currently using.

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All Photos Are Manipulated

November 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Unlike film photographers, most of whom would never have considered carrying a darkroom with them, (though there are some that do) as digital shooters we expect to have a little post-production capability in the field, if for no other reason than to offload media. While I normally travel with a Macbook Air, or a netbook Hackintosh, for this trip, I decided to try to make due with only an iPad, for a few different reasons.

The whole story of what I did, and how it worked is detailed right here.

Foundations of Photography: Black and White

June 30, 2011 by · 4 Comments
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In an effort to make the world less colorful, I recently produced a course on black and white photography for Lynda.com. That course is now live and, thanks to the incredibly talented Lynda.com crew, it looks great! They did a fantastic job of crafting evocative noirish sets using only light and shadow, all of which serve to reinforce the fundamental vocabulary of black and white shooting. Covering shooting, post-production, aesthetics, and how to “see” black and white images, the course is available for immediate viewing here.

Foundations of Photography: Lenses

February 11, 2011 by · 7 Comments
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Many of the creative options available to a photographer hinge on an in-depth understanding of lenses. Foundations of Photography: Lenses, will give you that in-depth understanding, as you learn how to choose lenses and take full advantage of their creative options. This 2.5 hour course covers fundamental concepts that apply to any camera, such as focal length and camera position, and shows how to evaluate and shop for DSLR lenses. The second half of the course focuses on shooting techniques: controlling autofocus, working with different focal lengths, and managing distortion and flare. You’ll also learn about filters, cleaning, maintenance, and more. You can find it all right here on the Lynda.com web site.

Foundations of Photography: Exposure

January 3, 2011 by · 26 Comments
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If you’re new to photography, or have been shooting for a while but still don’t feel comfortable with the fundamental theories of exposure, then you’ll want to check out my new Lynda.com course Foundations of Photography: Exposure. This three-and-a-half hour video training course works you through every fundamental aspect of exposure theory. You’ll learn what the exposure controls on your camera are for, and how to use them. In addition to learning how exposure control can help you solve problems, you’ll learn how to use exposure control to expand your creative palette. Shot on location in Southern California, this all “live-action” course was a lot of fun to make, (especially when the horses and mules got involved) and should get you a deep understanding of some of the fundamental concepts that you have to know to move beyond the auto modes on your camera.

Icelandic Horse Roundup

October 6, 2010 by · 14 Comments
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My friend, photographer Paul Taggart has been on assignment in Iceland, shooting the historic annual round-up of horses. Each year, traditional herdsmen round up thousands of highland horses for the winter. Paul and photographer Lindsay Blatt have spent the last few weeks, living with the herdsmen and following them across the Icelandic landscape. You can see some of the fruits of their labor at the Herd In Iceland site. (You can also follow the project on Facebook and Twitter.)

Shooting People with Paul Mobley

February 1, 2010 by · 5 Comments
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Last October, I had the good fortune of assisting photographer Paul Mobley at a 4-day workshop in Oklahoma. Paul’s got a new website up, that is well worth checking out. He’ll also be teaching a workshop in Santa Fe in March. If you have any interest in portraits, shooting strangers, or any other types of people shooting, this is a great opportunity. You can check out more of Paul’s work here.

CDP/5e companion CD materials

January 29, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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If you have the Kindle version of Complete Digital Photography, 5th edition (or any other e-version of the book) then you will need to download the contents of the companion CD. The complete contents are available for download here. You’ll find all of the companion PDFs, movies, and tutorial files.

Learning Exposure the Old-Fashioned Way

December 15, 2009 by · 18 Comments
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The automatic features on today’s digital cameras greatly improve your chances of getting a good exposure in just about any situation. However, because these features provide an ever-present crutch, they can preclude an in-depth learning of basic exposure theory. It used to be that, when you didn’t have a light meter and only had manual exposure, you had to know your exposure theory inside and out. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to extoll the virtues of a "simpler timer" but the sink-or-swim reality of a meterless, manual camera forced a photographer to learn a lot of technical concepts. While those concepts aren’t required to get good shots nowadays, understanding them can help out – even with a fully automatic camera – when you find yourself in a situation that confuses your camera, or if you’re finding situations where the auto features of your camera aren’t delivering the type of images you see in your head.

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Panasonic DMC-GF1

December 1, 2009 by · 1 Comment
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Panasonic’s DMC-GF1 marks the company’s first release of a compact Micro Four Thirds camera, and a direct competitor to Olympus’ E-P1. Offering SLR quality and power in a package that’s close to point-and-shoot size, the GF1 (and Olympus’ E-P1) defines an entirely new class of camera. Bridging the market between high-end point-and-shoots, and SLRs, the camera will appeal to beginning shooters who want to expand their capabilities, and high-end shooters who want a second camera that’s easy to carry. Read my Panasonic GF1 Review.

Print Sales Restored

November 15, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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Death Valle Print

I’m not really sure what happened, but somehow my new print sales mechanism got messed up, but it’s now back. Click the Prints link on the navigation bar to view and purchase archival fine art prints of some of the images from my galleries.

Rebel T1i Companion Now Available

August 13, 2009 by · 2 Comments
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The Canon EOS Digital Rebel T1i/5000 Companion is now available. Much more than simply a manual replacement, this book is a complete photo class in a book. Like my other camera-specific companions, the Rebel T1i Companion walks you through everything you need to know to learn how to take good pictures. You’ll start by learning the basics of your camera’s controls, and move on to the rudiments of exposure theory. From there, you’ll build up your exposure knowledge and learn how to craft more advanced exposures using the cameras modes and settings. Composition, seeing, flash photography, shooting video, image transfer, lessons on shooting specific situations, and much more are all provided, and all are discussed specifically in terms of the Rebel T1i’s controls. Canon’s latest Rebel is a great camera, and this book will help ensure that you get the most out of it. Learn more here

Real World Capture NX 2 Now Available

October 13, 2008 by · 8 Comments
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Real World Capture NX2

Nikon’s Capture NX2 offers revolutionary image editing tools wrapped up in a full-featured editing environment, with a built in browser. Real World Capture NX 2 will walk you through every function of the program, while teaching you good post-production workflow, and image editing tips. Aimed at the novice and experienced user, the book is ideal for anyone who wants to use the program.

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The Canon Digital Rebel XSi/450D Companion

October 6, 2008 by · 6 Comments
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Rebel XSi Companion

The Rebel XSi is a great camera (and you can learn more about it here). If you’re lucky enough to have one, you can learn more about how to use it with my Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi/450 Companion. While that’s a bit of a mouthful, I promise the text inside the book is concise and to the point, and should do a good job at teaching you how to use your new camera.

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Notes from PMA ‚2008

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PMA is not a typical photography trade show. Because it’s geared for photo dealers and studio photographers, there are lots of vendors hawking goods that the typical photographer doesn’t need. Laser etching machines, photo printing kiosks, industrial-grade large format printers, and other exotica, abound at PMA. However, many of the usual suspects attend PMA—Nikon, Canon, Sony, Olympus, Pentax, Fuji and all the other major camera vendors—as well as many accessory and software vendors. This year’s PMA included a couple of important announcements, and a stroll through the maze of camera booths revealed some great new technologies.

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New law for flying with camera batteries

January 3, 2008 by · 2 Comments
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SLR Battery

For those of you who travel by air with your cameras, be aware that as of January 1, 2008, it’s no longer legal to put lithium ion batteries in checked baggage. From now on, all spare lithium ion batteries must be kept in carry-on bags, with the terminals covered. REVISED: The US Department of Transportation has clarified its rules. Small lithium-ion batteries – like the types that are used in laptop computers and cameras are exempt from the new rules becuase they contain less than 8 grams of lithium. So, you should be able to travel normally, even after the new restrictions.

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Real World Capture NX Now Shipping

April 3, 2007 by · 2 Comments
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Real World Capture NX
No matter what type of camera you use, Nikon Capture NX is an excellent image editing system for all of your post-production needs. While it provides raw conversion only for Nikon NEF files, it’s unique editing tools will appeal to any type of photographer. Real World Capture NX covers all of Capture NX’s features and capabilities from import to output. In addition to detailed tutorials on the program’s unique correction and editing tools, you’ll find discussions on raw shooting and how to integrate Capture NX into your current workflow. If you want to know more about Capture NX, then give the free 30-day downloadable demo a try. Real World Capture NX is shipping now.

Adobe CS3 First Look – a new book

January 18, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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CS3 First Look
In December, Adobe posted a public beta of Photoshop CS3, available as a free download for all registered users of CS2. If you’ve been curious to learn how to use the program’s new features, you’ll want to check out my new book Photoshop CS3 Beta First Look. The book covers all of the additions to Photoshop CS3, as well as Bridge CS3 and Camera Raw 4.0. You’ll learn what’s changed since CS2, how to use the new tone and color correction tools, as well as explore the new retouching and compositing features. New printing, selecting, sorting and raw conversion features are all detailed. You can buy the book now from Amazon.com.

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