Monday Missive — October 11, 2021


The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.” — Neil Gaiman

I learned a long time ago that there is something worse than missing the goal, and that’s not pulling the trigger.” — Mia Hamm, American soccer player

The monographs I make give me a focus. I think too often as a younger photographer I missed telling a bigger story by focusing on single images and not bodies of work. Bodies of work and thinking in terms of a series forces us to go deeper, to mine the possibilities, to create unexpected themes or connections between images. And pragmatically, they help me sort through my edits.” — David DuChemin

Photoessays/Bodies of Work
-Photos can save the world


-Greater precision in masking using B(brightness) in the color picker rather than opacity or flow
-How to sharpen by blurring
-Simon Booth processes a forest floor shot I agree with the order and approach Simon uses for this image. My processing is similar except I use camera raw and PS. The order is critical, including lens profile correction. One difference: I nearly always add a bit of contrast with the texture, clarity and/or dehaze sliders.

-Using direct sunlight for creative results with portraits
-Sean Tucker: Setting up portrait studio lighting
-Forest macro basics
-Nigel Danson explains how he plans his photo trips to get the best images

Recently did my fall mulching and look what popped up overnight. Tentatively identified as Coprinus sylvaticus. It is apparently pretty common, but I like its delicate appearanc.e.

These guys came up the same morning. Probably also Coprinus. It is amazing how ephemeral they are — they had basically fallen apart by mid-morning. Might be worth considering a time lapse.

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4 Responses to Monday Missive — October 11, 2021

  1. Jerry says:

    Rich — I have enjoyed your posts. I am retired and have the time to view most of the suggestions. I don’t do Photoshop, but I still find them interesting. Thanks for putting this together.

    • Rich says:

      You are welcome and thanks for commenting. If you enjoy the posts, why don’t you subscribe so you receive automatic notice each time I post. No add, never sell emails, and makes it easier for you to catch each post. Never more than once per week.

  2. Michael Krebs says:

    Nice work!

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