Creating Cartoons from Your Photographs
Oct20

Creating Cartoons from Your Photographs

“I don’t think of cartoons or comics as being for kids.”—Jeff Kinney Cartoons & Pop Art is a new set of Photoshop actions from Panos Efstathiadis the proprietor of PanosFX, an amazingly talented designer of Photoshop actions. Panos says that the Cartoons & Pop Art actions work “like a Swiss Army knife,” giving you an array of creative options. The actions transform your photos into cartoons by using a clever...

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Some of the Reasons I Like Infrared Photography
Oct19

Some of the Reasons I Like Infrared Photography

I received an e-mail from a reader asking “Why do you do infrared photography, when regular photography is already so hard? Here’s my answer to her and it has to do with how most photographers go through three distinct  phases when they’re learning their image making skills: The First Stage occurs immediately after they get their first “good” camera and discover the photography’s potential as a medium for expression...

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Portrait Wednesday: Little Red Riding Hood
Oct18

Portrait Wednesday: Little Red Riding Hood

In the book, One Face Fifty Ways, YouTubers Imogen Dyer and Mark Wilkinson demonstrate lighting, posing and other portrait techniques to capture the many looks and moods of a single person. This is similar to the approach Gary Bernstein used with Kay Sutton York in their 1988 book, Burning Gold, that I mentioned previously. With Wordy Wednesdays running for many years I thought it was time for a change and inspired by Burning Gold...

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Reasons Why You Should Use a Tripod
Oct17

Reasons Why You Should Use a Tripod

“You Meet the Nicest People on a Honda “from Honda’s 1960’s motorcycle’s ad. I think you also meet the nicest people shooting with a tripod. I was at McCabe Meadows making infrared images with the Pentax K-1 when a women carrying an SLR asks, “what’s up there?” I held up the IR filter I was using and said I’m making an infrared picture of the tree. We had a pleasant chat and within...

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Black & White & Read All Over
Oct16

Black & White & Read All Over

In my article “My Favorite Gear for Creating Monochrome Photographs” in the October ’17 issue of Shutterbug (on newsstands 9/10/17), I didn’t mention Alien Skin Software’s Exposure X3 because it was still in beta but it’s available now for $149. Exposure X3 for OS X and Windows can be used as a plug-in for Photoshop and Lightroom or as a standalone app. It’s Collections feature lets you group...

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Shooting Portraits At Home
Oct13

Shooting Portraits At Home

“So many people dislike themselves so thoroughly that they never see any reproduction of themselves that suits. None of us is born with the right face. It’s a tough job being a portrait photographer.”— Imogen Cunningham Before I had my current in-home studio, I used my entire (former) home as a studio and one of my favorite places to shoot was the kitchen because it had a North-facing bay window. If the upside of shooting...

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Reading List: My Favorite Books on Photography
Oct12

Reading List: My Favorite Books on Photography

“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”—Groucho Marx Several years ago I was teaching a Mentor Series workshop in Montana with two wonderfully talented photographers. On a rainy day when it was too unpleasant to shoot outside, the workshop’s moderator set up a panel discussion with the three of us answering questions from the attendees. One question was “what is your...

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