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Learn Lightroom 5 in 15 minutes

Learn Lightroom 5 in 15 Minutes flat! Yes, it's true. I created a video that shows you Lightroom from scratch, empty install all the way through enhancing a whole collection of images. Grab a cup of coffee and watch (It might take longer to make the coffee than it takes to learn Lightroom) BTW, this is a Picture I shot of model Lina in the studio with a 5D Mk3, @Profoto Lights and @ Chimera Modifiers See it here: … [Read more...]


What am I missing? Lightroom for Photoshop Users Some really great tools are here for working on your photographs. Learn how to have the freedom to experiment with virtual copies and presets. Share your images easily with export presets and built in social media sharing tools. See it here: … [Read more...]

Los Angeles Aerial Panorama

Shot on a DJI Phantom 2 Vision + Quadcopter drone. Panorama See it here: … [Read more...]

How to Commit Brand Suicide

A graphic designer spoke to me last week. His graphic design firm — let’s call it XYZ Design — was numero uno in designing labels for a large wine company. Let’s call that ABC Wines. Now ABC wines had some really super wines. They loved the incomparable graphic design of XYZ design, and continued to use them for several of their major brands. This one client alone generated tons of work and income for XYZ design right through the year. Then It Happened… ABC Wines sold out to another wine company. This new wine company had its own in-house graphic designers. That effectively meant XYZ … [Read more...]

Cable car lines

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Cow Creek at sunrise, from when I was in Death Valley See it here: … [Read more...]

Adobe Creative Cloud Event

The confetti and streamers have long been cleaned up from last years Adobe Creative Cloud party. It's been a year since Adobe went all-in with the Creative Cloud. This is where you get regular updates, rather than waiting 18 months for a new version.  CC can be installed on more than one computer and activated on 2 at a time. It doesn't matter if they are Mac/Windows or 2 of each. Rather than go into the full explanation again, just check out our  Adobe CC page here that explains everything.  The Creative Cloud was met by mixed reactions. People loved the tools and convenience, but the … [Read more...]

Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse Photo sequence

  This is a series of photos that I shot of the "blood Moon" Solar Eclipse very recently. I set a Canon 5D Mk3 with a 70-200 mm lens. I used an intervalometer to take a photo every minute. It was set at ISO 400, f22 and 1/30 second exposures. When the moon was in full eclipse I increased the ISO to 1600. The whole things lasted just a little over 3 hours. I then selected several of the photos that showed different stings of the eclipse and dropped them onto layers in Photoshop. I changed the blend mode to lighten, to show them all and then positioned them. I didn't touch the exposure … [Read more...]


Photoshop retouching Tutorial: Body Sculpting and changing a pose in Adobe Photoshop See it here: … [Read more...]


Blood moon, Lunar Eclipse for last week. See it here: … [Read more...]