My Profile Selfies of Late

Thought I should share a bit about my last few profile pictures. The above is my latest selfie. I decided to try something radically different: partial face focusing on one eye without my glasses. It sort of works. I say sort of because when it’s tiny, next to a Facebook comment for example, it looks kind of weird, as in:… Continue reading

Awesome Photoshop Tip

I have always found using the magic wand to create a selection a bit, well… troubled. Some people call it the “tragic wand.” In some circumstances it works well. In others, not so. Here’s the best way to grab a selection, especially when you are trying to grab graphic elements that have transparency around the edges or in the line… Continue reading

Wow: Awesome Sunrise

When I awoke before the sun came up, the sky was filled with interesting layers of clouds. So I plopped the tripod on the front deck and started shooting the sunrise. You never know how the clouds and sunrise will interact. I was hoping that just before the sun peeked over the mountains, it would cause the low-lying cloud layer… Continue reading

New Era in Software: Rental

And I hate it! Adobe’s software is stunning stuff, no doubt about it: Photoshop, After Effects, Dreamweaver, to name a few of the industry standards. Over the past few years, Adobe’s software has become prohibitively expensive for the common man, easily costing well over a thousand dollars for a software bundle. But, at least you owned it and could use… Continue reading

HDR Pano of the Kitchen and Dining Room

I continue on my quest to explore HDR with panoramas. I just wasn’t overwhelmed with the result from PTGui‘s Fusion model. So, yesterday I tried NIK Software’s HDR Efex Pro 2. (Google now owns NIK Software.) These panos are all from several of the presets in HDR Efex Pro 2. I didn’t take the time to do anything to them… Continue reading

How Long Is Too Long?

When you call an 800 number for technical support, how long should you be expected to remain on hold until someone talks to you to solve your problem? I’m rebuilding my hard drive, a necessary nuisance with computers; so, I’m in the process of reinstalling all of my software, and I have a lot of software. I went to reinstall… Continue reading

The Latest Beauty Treatment

I came across this on Twitter. It would be hysterical if it were not true, and I’m just as guilty of this as anyone else. Almost nothing that we see in photography and videography is actually true to life. For better or worse, just about everything is “enhanced.” Fotoshop by Adobé from Jesse Rosten on Vimeo. This commercial isn’t real,… Continue reading

Cropping, Aspect Ratios, Crop Orientation, and Overlays in Lightroom

This tutorial needs a slightly faster pace, but Helen does a great job answering some questions I’ve grappled with in frustration concerning changing the crop orientation while using a fixed aspect ratio in Lightroom. I could never figure it out. It’s so easy when you know the magic trick!… Continue reading

Parachute Pano

With Paraglider over Campo croce near Bassano del Grappa soaring the thermals on the southern slopes of Mte Grappa Canon 50D with Sigma 4,5 mm Fisheye, free-hand, PTGUI, Photoshop CS3, Pano2VR” [Source: ‘Flugpano Papierfassung’ on 360cities.net.] I just have one question: How on earth did Martin shoot this!? On the flight with paraglider in Italy… Continue reading