Category Archives: Art

My Artistic Heroes

My Artistic Heroes

Above my desk, I have a photo wall with these 9 photos.  I use it to remind me what artists can really accomplish when they have the focus and determination to be great.  I can’t say I can do anything in this life to match their accomplishments, but I can use the ideals from their success to make me a stronger and more focused artist. Continue reading

Art

My Artist Friends

 

Pablo Picasso Gallery

20th Century Painting

Richard Estes

Jackson Pollock

Antoni Gaudi

Edward Hopper

Andrew Wyeth

19th Century Painting

Edvard Munch

Monet

Renoir

 

Artist Friends

Artist Friends

Artist Friends of mine.  I put up this page to promote my friends and family who make art a major part of their lives. Continue reading

Missing Out On Opportunities

Best Meteor Shower In Years

Tonight is one of the best opportunities to photograph the best Perseid Meteor Shower in years, and yet I find myself at home with a myriad of reasons I am not out making art.

Because the meteor shower this year coincides with a new moon, the opportunity to see and photograph is great.  Yet not planning ahead and managing the things that keep me from being artistically productive has grounded me. Continue reading

New Features I Would Like To See In Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6

It is about that time, and Adobe Systems will soon be announcing Photoshop Lightroom 6. For those who have been with the program since Lightroom 1, they have seen the program evolve from rudimentary to indispensable. While there are a number of amazing tools such as Nikon CaptureNX, OnOne Photo Suite, Topaz Labs, and MacPhun, Lightroom has the largest recognition and scale in the field of photography. When a new version is announced, everyone must pay attention.

I have witnessed the impressive maturation of Lightroom from it’s initial edition to Version 5. What were once massive updates have become more subtle as Adobe adds more fit and polish to an incredibly full-featured product. That being said, here are my list of updates, dream, and wish-list items I would love to see if Lightroom 6.

  • Automatic dust spot detection. Adobe added a great contrast filter that allows you to detect even hard-to-find dust spots. Now, I must admit, I use my cameras so much that I am often stuck with a dirty sensor in between cleanings.
  • An update to the 2012 Process. The upgrade from the 2010 Process to the 2012 Process was significant (who remembers the Recovery slider?).
  • Better plug-in integration. One of the greatest features of Lightroom is the non-destructive editing. Your edits in Lightroom do not tough the raw file until you export an image. However, if you are using a plugin (such as Nik Software, MacPhun, OnOne, Noiseware, list goes on), you are required to make a separate tif file. I feel this ruins some of the Lightroom aesthetic when you are making a separate file. I would love to see plugins handled more like Adobe Photoshop Layers and Layer Masks in the Lightroom database.
  • Seamless editing with Adobe Photoshop. This issues follows a similar issue to the way Lightroom plugins. When you want to use Photoshop for those final edits out of Lightroom, you must export to a PSD file. It would be great to be able to edit in Photoshop right out of Lightroom, and return with those edits intact, all without creating a separate file.
  • Larger image cache. Adobe currently has a 50gb image cache maximum, and the default is much smaller. For those working with heavy image loads, particularly wedding and event photographers, initial images load slow. Storage is cheap, and being able to increase the image cache would be a huge help.
  • Improved batch editing. This would save wedding and event photographers a lot of time. While you can do some minor batch editing, a full featured batch editing feature based on user preferences and the histogram would be useful. This is much different than the autotone, which uses an Adobe-specified profile. This would be able to set by user.

With the Lightroom 6 announcement coming soon, many of these features may be slated for the next version, or something we may see in the future in Lightroom 7, 8, or beyond. In the meantime, I can’t wait to see the next edition of Lightroom and what it does for all of us in the photography field.

What Music Teaches Us About Photography

As the internet became ubiquitous, it was not long before Adobe’s Photoshop entered the pop culture lexicon. The powerful image-editing product became famous through the photo manipulation of various celebrities. In the eyes of photo professionals, Photoshop had long held a special place for its seemingly unending ability to carefully edit images of all types. Yet, the product was so powerful, that in the eyes of the public, use of Photoshop became a source of disdain. Continue reading

My new blog

Good evening friends and fellow artists.

I have started this new blog to offer a regular opportunity to communicate with those who share my interests in art, photography, writing, and travel.

I plan to use the blog for quick posts that will be much shorter than the Articles I plan to write on the website and longer than I want to post on my Twitter account, something right in between.  I imagine that some of the short blog posts will eventually evolve into Articles and I hope this will stir creativity for me and my friends who read my work.

I look forward to sharing with you my thoughts, opinions, ideas, insights, and adventures out in the world, and in doing so I hope you can share too.