Monday Missive — October 26, 2020

Free Photoshop Summit with some of the best PS instructors


A photograph is like a book where the photographer writes the preface, viewers the content and history the end.” — Arturo Macias Uceda

Photography for me is a passion, a mixture of science and art that creates magic. If a day goes by without photography, it’s incomplete.” — Scott MacQuarrie

I make bad picture after bad picture week after week until the relief comes: the good new picture offers benediction.” — Sally Mann

Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Exploring pregancy with self-portraiture
– Eight artists imagining
– Self portraits

– PhotoshopCafe: New stuff in PS 2021 Key features.
– Photoshop Training Channel: Favorite new stuff in PS 2021 Most detailed.
– Matt K: PS 2021 features Easiest to follow.
– Matt K: Lightroom update
– Blake Rudis: New color grading in LR and ACR

– Flattering portraits even in bright sun

– The quality of light

Backyard buddies: An agressive blue jay hogging the feeder.

Backyard buddies: A rather stern looking mockingbird.

Monday Missive — October 19, 2020

– FREE Photoshop Summit, November 9-13 with some of the best Photoshop experts and trainers


Picking up a camera to enjoy this craft obliges you to no code, and it makes you responsible to no one more than you were the moment before you decided to start making photographs. This is not a secret brotherhood. It’s not the Sisterhood of the Traveling Photo Vest. So be suspicious when the guy who’s been photographing for all of five years prescribes for you the same path he took; you’re probably going different places.” — David duChemin

Specialization is not a badge of honour; you don’t get bragging rights. You get the possibility of intimacy and experience, and eyes that will see things the less experienced eye will never notice.” — David duChemin

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep.” — Rumi

Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Spiros Loukipoulos

– Pencil sketch effect to reality Cool effect!

– Storytelling with photography
– Short video on flowers in UV More interesting than flowers in IR

– The history of cameras in space
– Turning space images into sound Really cool!
– How to sell your camera gear
– More than just a photograph Take the time to appreciate where you are and what you are experiencing. Read the comments after the video as well.
– Sean Tucker on Tish Murtha

Just before sunrise over the marsh at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, VA.

Then I shot down to the beach at Tom’s Cove to catch the sunrise.

This looks like it might be a long exposure, but I actually used “statistics” to take the median of 7 images.

Same 7 images, but took the mean.

Salt marsh from the bridge at the entrance to the Refuge.

A snowy egret and cormorant sharing a moment.

Monday Missive — October 12, 2020


. . . the value of the photographer’s work is revealed through the images’ invisible, deep world, one that is the viewer’s intrinsic experience.” — Sajin Paik

To the degree that I apprehend acclaim, I think, ‘Ah, it’s a flaw in the work.’” — Louise Gluck, winner of the Noble Prize for literature.

Every slider movement changes the emotional feel of the photograph.” — Alister Benn

Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– California wildfires
– Two interesting projects from Hawaii Both the use of a “case” for diptychs and “jerry-rigging” a lens to cell phone resulted in some creative imagery.

– Repeat transformation This was pretty neat.
– Add texture to a face
– High key processing for landscapes

– Photographing Denmark: When photography becomes art

– Facebook’s Rights Manager helps protect copyrights
– Comedy pet photo awards Just for fun!
– Nail manual focus
– Dissolve the box

Summer holdout.

Monday Missive — October 5, 2020


What I have learned in art school is that art cannot be taught. You can learn techniques, but no teacher or school can make an artist. That comes from the deepest self. That comes from long battles with your ego and the honest reshaping of your consciousness.” — Joel-Peter Witkin, interview with Ken Weingart

There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.” — Ernst Haas

Photography is an immediate reaction, drawing is a meditation.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Striking photographs of Bedouins
– Interesting assemblage of street images from London boroughs by an Italian photographer Usually I prefer a more consistent set of images, but these were interesting in their variety.
– Shoes on the street It is often hard to select a photographic topic that generates sufficient images. This was very simple and creative.
– Icons of Activism

– Turn black objects white in PS
– Getting the best fall colors
– How to combine images in photoshop Basic steps

– Stunning landscape photos in boring locations
– Critiquing creative portraiture
– 7 tips for amazing autumn photos

Harbinger of fall.

Fall coneflower.