Photoshop CS4 for Beginners: General Retouching Techniques using Brushes, Red Eye, Layer Masks

The primary focus for this section is general retouching of images. Cloning vs. Healing Brush: the very basic difference is that cloning creates an edge to the cloned area which is visible while the healing brush depends on an alogorithm that tries to blend the corrected area. The rest of this section deals with red eye correction and then, layer masks. Adobe Photoshop CS4: An Introduction by Dr. Michael N. Roach is now for sale as a PDF Price: $4.99 Sample Pages: There … [Read more...]

Review- Photoshop CS5 and Lightroom 3: A Photographer’s Handbook

I recently received a review copy of Rocky Nook's Photoshop CS5 and Lightroom 3: A Photographer's Handbook by Stephen Laskevitch. I always enjoy receiving a book from Rocky Nook to review because they print their books on acid-free paper and the reproduction quality is as outstanding as the content. As a workshop teacher I am always interested in another teacher's approach and quite admire the methodical, logical, and easily-understood approach that Stephen Laskevitch uses in Photoshop CS5 … [Read more...]

Marketing Monday: four important easy things

  Instead of a big long thing today I’m going to share a collection of small things…things I’ve learned, thought about, stumbled over, avoided and always had a kernal of an article in them. And trust me they all fit together…. No! I won’t do it… One of my children was particularly stubborn about what she would or would not eat and frequently would pick something to call “nasty” and promptly refuse to eat it. After trying everything one … [Read more...]

MacHeist Bundle 3…is it for artists?

  Last week I talked breifly about the MacHeist bundle something I generally take part in. Since then, I’ve received a few questions asking about the literacy level of the apps. So first, they are pretty basic but more importantly the question you should be asking yourself is whether the apps will help you do what you do. I generally buy the bundle for two reasons: 1. It’s a good cause and 2. It is a really good way to get some higher priced software at a much discounted rate. … [Read more...]

Photographing Live Concerts

I have a spent a great deal of my life attending hundreds of of concerts and I regret not photographing each and every one of them. The reason being Baby Boomers are revisiting their youth collecting photographs of their favorite Rock Stars while many say they have a whole room or wall collection of Rock n Roll images . Many of the images from my "So you Want to be a Rock n Roll Star" collection were shot live at the legendary Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin. Others … [Read more...]

Seven Key Techniques For Taking Your Images From Flat To Fantastic

I used the sub-title as the title because I think it makes the subject clearer. I think that describes why Scott Kelby's book is not just another Photoshop book even if you don't know who Scott Kelby actually is. If you don't know, then I suggest you crank up GOOGLE and pick a couple of dozen of the 999,000 entries it says it pinged up for your perusal when you punch in his name. I'll give you the summation—he knows Photoshop. He knows it very well! I secretly think he is at least a … [Read more...]

Exposure & Lighting for Digital Photographers Only

I recently encountered a relatively new book by Michael Meadhra and Charlotte K. Lowrie entitled Exposure and Lighting for Digital Photographers Only published by Wiley Press in 2007.  … [Read more...]