Three Tips for Setting Up Photoshop – Tweaking Your Preferences

Hi Friends, The beauty of Photoshop is that it’s infinitely configurable to the way you like to work – customizable floating panels, custom keyboard shortcuts, and more.  You can even save your own customized workspaces – different arrangements for specific editing tasks. I’m often asked how I have my version of Photoshop configured.  Frankly, I Read more about Three Tips for Setting Up Photoshop – Tweaking Your Preferences[…]

Five Tips for Better Compositing

Hi Friends, No question about it – compositing is THE hot technique in Photoshop these days.  It’s a great way to create an image that couldn’t exist otherwise – since subject and background are typically in completely different locations. It’s also a terrific technique for wrangling lighting for large groups that would otherwise be difficult Read more about Five Tips for Better Compositing[…]

Product Photography: Avoiding the Funhouse Mirror Effect

Hi Friends, Recently I was asked by one of my wife’s Stampin’ Up! friends and fellow blogger about distortion (“bowing”) she’d been noticing in her images of sample cards.  She showed me an example, and it looked something like this: In geek code, this is known as “barrel distortion” (presumably because it looks like a Read more about Product Photography: Avoiding the Funhouse Mirror Effect[…]

Blessings to You in 2010!

[clearspring_widget title=”” wid=”4805fc0db4a3562c” pid=”4b36fd8edf7af440″ width=”432″ height=”240″ domain=””] We had a wonderful Christmas here in Southern California.  A quiet day with family. My mother-in-law gets me the Hallmark Star Trek ornament each year… My wife relegates them to the back side of the Christmas tree, but I have an entire fleet back there now! This is Read more about Blessings to You in 2010![…]

On Reflection… Adding Reflection in Camera with Clear Acrylic

We’ve all seen it… Apple wasn’t the first to do it, but they sure made it popular.  I’m talking about that subtle reflection below the object in a product photo. I’ve been doing reflections by shooting on black acrylic. I love the look of black acrylic: very reflective. A few examples: Even white acrylic gives Read more about On Reflection… Adding Reflection in Camera with Clear Acrylic[…]

Image Restoration Project (Photoshop)

Many of you know that in addition to photography, I teach Adobe Photoshop in our local community college. I had a friend inquire about restoring / preserving a deteriorating document that probably dates from the later part of the 19th century (post Civil War, but pre-1900). As you can see from the image below, the Read more about Image Restoration Project (Photoshop)[…]