Tuesday, September 2, 2014

OnOne Announces Perfect Photo Suite 9

OnOne Announces Perfect Photo Suite 9

OnOne Software has announced Perfect Photo Suite 9, an updated version of its photo editing and effects app for Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. Included in the new release are many significant performance and feature improvements, all designed to help you streamline your photo-editing tasks, so you can spend more time shooting and less time processing your photos.

For more info, click to go over to their site and check it out.

Suite 9

101 Portrait Photography Tips

101 Portrait Photography Tips

A Great article with LOTS of tips


Monday, September 1, 2014

Light Painting

Light Painting Part One – the Photography

    • The “Must Haves”
    • The “Really Nice to Haves” – not essential, but sure handy
    • Setting up your base exposure
    • Adding the flashlight – tips for light painting
    • The things you want to look for in your first image are
Action plan steps
  1. get the right gear
  2. find a good subject, get permission if need be
  3. set up your camera using the starting settings
  4. take your base exposure test shot
  5. add your flashlight and light painting
  6. review and continue


  • how to create one big layered file of all your images
  • what layer settings to use to “turn the lights on” with each added image
  • how to get rid of any unwanted areas of each image
  • how to easily “dim the lights” on any shots that were too bright
  • saving your final combined image as a masterpiece
"1956 Le France Pumper"

Okay so it seems like a lot of steps but once you get the hang of it, then it really doesn’t take that long to make something you can wow your friends with. They’ll be asking you “how’d you do that?!” in no time! Let’s take a look at the steps in short form again:

  • open your files as layers into one document
  • align the layers in perfect registration
  • change the layer blend modes to “lighten” (all except the bottom layer)
  • add a layer mask to each layer and paint in areas you want, or hide areas you don’t want to appear in the final image
  • save as a layered PSD file
  • http://digital-photography-school.com/light-painting-part-two-photoshop/

Friday, August 29, 2014

These 30 Stunning Pictures Capture Children Playing Around The World

These 30 Stunning Pictures Capture Children Playing Around The World

"It does not matter from which social class or ethnic group where they come from, children will always figure out a way to enjoy their innocent life. Their ways of playing are amazing, but they are given more beauty especially when they are captured by photographers. These are 33 images of children having fun around the world."
Mynmarchildren-around-the-world-65Image credits: Chan Kwok Hung
Ghanachildren-around-the-world-61Image credits: Terry White

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Acadia Astrophotography Workshops

Hi Lisa,

I just wanted to send you this information about my new Acadia Astrophotography Workshops in case you wanted to forward it along to any possibly interested parties.  Thanks!

I'm now accepting bookings for a group astrophotography workshop in Acadia on September 20th!  See the link below to read about and book the workshop.  We will have about 2.5 hours of good viewing of the Galactic Center of the Milky Way but will be able to see the rest of the Milky Way all night.  We will likely be shooting around the cliffs of Otter Point.  Due to the time of year, the Milky Way will not really be in good position for shooting from places like Boulder Beach.  Please read everything on the page to make sure you have all the required gear, understand the risks, and agree with the timing and weather/refund policy.  If we go ahead with the workshop but clouds move in unexpectedly then we will do our best to find the stars and practice night photography and work on editing tips.

I'm rolling out the workshops slowly at this point.  I'm limiting the workshop to 4 participants, and as of this writing 2 spots are still available.  If it fills up I will consider doing another group workshop on September 21st or 18th.   I may also consider doing workshops on August 22 and/or 23.  If someone is interested in a private workshop they can contact me directly, my only private workshop date is booked at this moment, but I may be able to offer more around the above dates.

Again, please read everything on the page first before booking!  Thanks!!

Coming soon, editing workshops in Portland, Maine!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Online Photography Event of the Year begins Sep. 15th

Don't Miss Photo Week 2014
Free Online Event - September 15-20
The most important online photography event of the year is coming soon!
CreativeLive Photo Week 2014 will convene the world’s best working photographers to bring you an unforgettable six days of master classes, essential gear and software demos and engaging how-tos. Streaming live across three channels, you’ll get all new material on wedding, portrait, commercial, real estate, GoPro, Instagram, film, and outdoor photography.
This free live event will inspire you to explore brand new territories through your camera lens. View the event page for the updated schedule and to RSVP today!

Important info on using PhotoShop via Cloud monthly subscription

Lisa -
These two questions in Tim Grey's daily column highlight something about using the PhotoShop via the Creative Cloud (monthly subscription) that I know was new information to me and is probably new info to many others, although many techies may be aware of it.  Good info to disseminate via the blog.
Today's Question

In your Ask Tim Grey eNewsletter [on Tuesday, July 29th] you discussed Focus Area selection. I have Photoshop CC 14.2.1 and my PS shows "up to date".  But under Select there is no Focus Area showing, even in gray. Any idea why I don't have the Select > Focus Area?
Tim's Answer:
You do indeed have the latest version of Photoshop CC, but that is not the latest version of Photoshop. It seems there is a bit of confusion related to Adobe's latest updates for applications included in the Creative Cloud subscription.

The initial release of Adobe's Creative Cloud applications were referenced as the "CC" version of the application, without any other version number indication. This is similar to the "CS" version of applications when Adobe launched the Creative Suite.

Just as the Creative Suite version of applications reflected a new version with a number appended to the "CS", such as "CS2", the Creative Cloud applications have now received an updated version number of sorts. The only difference is that this new version numbering approach involves a year rather than a version number.

So, while you have the latest version of Photoshop CC, you don't have the latest version of Photoshop CC 2014. Or, more to the point, you have not yet installed the 2014 release of Photoshop CC.

Admittedly this change is a little confusing in the context of a Creative Cloud subscription. Up to this point, to update your Photoshop CC installation you would simply update via the Creative Cloud application. When you did so, your existing Photoshop CC installation would be updated to the latest version.

Now, with the 2014 release, instead of a simple update you will have a completely new version of Photoshop installed alongside your prior version. So, for example, you will end up with a 2014 release of Photoshop CC along with the previous version of Photoshop CC. Once you have successfully installed and configured the 2014 release of Photoshop CC, you can uninstall the prior version of Photoshop CC.

And once you do install Photoshop CC (2014) you will have full access to all of the latest features, including the Focus Area selection command that is new with this latest release of Photoshop.

And then the follow up question to the first one.........

Today's Question

Somehow I thought that updates from the Adobe Creative Cloud would be automatic. I have Photoshop version 14.2.1 x64. Is that the latest? If not, what do I do to update?
Tim's Answer:
I realize this is to some extent a repeat of yesterday's question, but it has become clear to me that enough photographers are confused about the latest Adobe Creative Cloud updates that I should expand upon my previous answers on the subject.

Up to this point, it is true that the updates to applications included in an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription have been automatic, on account of the Creative Cloud application informing you of updates. That has changed a little with the new 2014 release of applications in the Creative Cloud.

In effect, updates up to this point can be thought of as "minor" updates, in which the existing installation on your computer would be updated to the latest version if you chose to install the update.

The new 2014 release of the Adobe Creative Cloud applications represent a "major" update. This causes a couple of issues. First, you won't receive an "upgrade" notification, because technically the update isn't an upgrade to an existing version but rather is a completely new version. Second, if you install the new "update" you will actually be installing an additional copy of the application.

So, for example, if you install the latest 2014 release of Photoshop CC you will then have both the original Photoshop CC application installed, as well as the new 2014 release of Photoshop CC. In other words, at that point you will have two versions of Photoshop CC installed, even though you might have assumed that an update to Photoshop CC would simply update your existing installation.

To install the latest version of Photoshop CC (the 2014 release) you need to use the Creative Cloud application. Within the Creative Cloud application you can access the Apps tab, and locate the specific application (such as Photoshop CC) that you want to install. Once you have installed the 2014 release of Photoshop CC and have confirmed that everything is working properly, you can uninstall the original Photoshop CC installation if you'd like.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

August 13-31, Topaz is running a 50% promotion on Topaz Adjust.

I use Topaz Adjust on the majority of my images, I just love this plugin!

August 13-31, Topaz is running a 50% promotion on Topaz Adjust. Adjust is an image enhancement plug-in designed to make your photos pop. The 50% coupon code is: augadjust

Get Topaz adjust here

You can create stunning images with dramatic contrast, incredible detail and vibrant color with award-winning Adjust. Preset options range from subtle, realistic enhancements to artistic HDR-like presets. In just a few clicks, it's easy to produce a truly eye-catching look in a single image.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Old Cars photo workshop!

Old Cars photo workshop!
Come enjoy acres and acres of CARS in this awesome salvage yard. 16 acres of cars, with many old cars. Upstate NY. This photo tour is all about location and access. Tons of HDR and macro opportunities.
We will be shooting here 8am until 4pm (they normally close at noon, but are staying open for us). There is a Subway nearby for a lunch break.

Sign up here: http://www.meetup.com/Image-Enhancement/events/194817182/
or pay directly here:
Old cars Workshop (number of people)

Speedlight Workshop - September 19 - 21, 2014

Speedlight Workshop - September 19 - 21, 2014

Popular Photography Mentor Series Ultimate Photo Adventure
Charleston Speedlight  Workshop - September 19-21, 2014

  Use light modifiers such as off camera flash, softboxes, grids and snoots
  Diffuse or direct the light so you have control over the light
  Set up a Speedlight or two and control your output right from your DSLR
  Create dramatic lighting scenarios that enhance your images using wireless lighting
  Control your exposure to make it look like nighttime

Speedlight Workshop - September 19 - 21, 2014

Saturday, August 23, 2014

27 Photos you won’t believe aren’t photoshopped

27 Photos you won’t believe aren’t photoshopped  



Read more at http://thechive.com/2013/07/17/27-photos-you-wont-believe-arent-photoshopped-27-photos/#d5Vl0tQiHhzS2UAu.99 

I can’t prove these aren’t photoshopped, but I have my doubts

I can’t prove these aren’t photoshopped, but I have my doubts (33 Photos)


These were definitely not photoshopped

These were definitely not photoshopped


These were definitely not photoshopped

more I can’t prove these are photoshopped, but I have my suspicions

more I can’t prove these are photoshopped, but I have my suspicions



I can’t prove this is photoshopped, but I have my suspicions

I can’t prove this is photoshopped, but I have my suspicions (35 Photos) 

funny photoshop horrible 26 I cant prove this is photoshopped, but I have my suspicions (35 Photos)

funny photoshop horrible 4 I cant prove this is photoshopped, but I have my suspicions (35 Photos)

Can’t tell if photoshopped or not

Can’t tell if photoshopped or not.. (34 Photos) 


I can’t prove this is Photoshopped, but

I can’t prove this is Photoshopped, but I have my suspicions (30 Photos)

terrible photoshop jobs 8 I cant prove this is Photoshopped, but I have my suspicions (30 Photos)

terrible photoshop jobs 0 I cant prove this is Photoshopped, but I have my suspicions (30 Photos)