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02 Apr

Playa Blanca, Zihuatanejo, Mexico

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Local Scene

Last February we took our second trip to the Hotel Las Palmas on Playa Blanca, just south of Zihuatenjo. http://www.hotellaspalmasmexico.com/location-map.html

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04 Jan

Facebook for Business

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How I use Facebook to grow my business

I'll be honest, I first joined Facebook because my high school sons were using it, but quickly it became much more than a parenting tool. Facebook became a place to share my creativity with friends and family, and overtime I recognized that my freelance business was growing because of my Facebook presence.

My business has enjoyed steady growth over the past three years. My invoice totals at the end of 2012 were up 60% from 2011. Many factors account for that growth, but I believe Facebook gets most of the credit. 

If you are a small business owner you can do the same. To start you should understand and accept these two facts:

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12 Dec

Christmas Card Retrospective

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Merry Christmas

Each year I create a custom Christmas card for family, friends and clients. They get printed, signed, stamped and mailed the old fashioned way. It's a tradition I plan to hang on to as long as possible, even if it does add some stress each year trying to come up with a new theme.

While designing this year's card, I reflected on past years and thought it would be fun to share them here.

2004
May the Spirit of Christmas light up your holidays and shine forth into the New Year. 

2004 Christmas Card

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10 Sep

Real World Concert Photography

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Photoshop World - Pre-Conference Class

I'm most comfortable with subjects that don't move much, preferably shooting with a tripod and lots of time to compose my image. I will never be a concert photographer, or an event photographer or even a portrait photographer.

So why did I pay an extra $199 to take the pre-conference, Real World Concert Photography class at Photoshop World, taught by professional photographers Alan Hess and Scott Diussa? Because I wanted to have fun, and I wanted to challenge myself with something I am not very good at. 

It was a challenge all right. I made pretty much every mistake possible. Here's what I learned.

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08 Sep

Photoshop World 2012

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Artistic Guru Award

 

image of 2 Artistic Guru Awards from NAPP

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18 Jun

Painted Highlights

with Photoshop Adjustment Layers

Purple Flowers before image
Purple Flowers Original Image

These purple flowers are pretty, but the image is flat. It needs some highlights to bring it to life. I could apply some overall contrast to the image, but I perfer to paint my highlights, giving me more selective, creative control.

This tutorial will take you through the non destructive steps to breathe life into a flat image with light painting. The screen grabs are all done in Photoshop CS6, but this technique will work in older versions of Photoshop.

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02 May

Renewal

Photographic Composited Art

This past January I saw the Digital Darkroom show curated by Russell Brown. The show inspired me to push myself and use my Photoshop skills to create unique imagery.

image of photographic composite, Renewal

Renewal is my first major composited, photographic creation.  I am happy that it is done and proud of the effort. The first 10 hours or so were the most difficult.

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18 Jan

How to remove text from scanned images

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Almost like magic

I have the privilege of working for a publisher of childrens books for the iPad and iPhone. My job as the graphic artist is to convert the book’s images from their original print format to files for interactive display.

Sometimes the original print files are not available. In this situation the pages of the printed book are scanned and sent to me for color correction and reformatting.

Printed text has to be removed from each scanned page.  When the text goes over the illustration like this example, the editing can be challenging and time consuming. 

illustration with embedded text

The Prince and the Pauper (pg. 11). Copyright Golden Films.

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15 Jan

New direction for a new year

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Abstracts and composites

A new year brings reflection, goals and some new direction. I turned 50 on the first day of this new year and I wasn't too excited about it.  I don't think of myself as old and 50 has always sounded old to me. I don't want to belabor the point of turning 50 but I do want to say that I am more confident at 50 than I was at 40.  There is a liberation that comes with self confidence.

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05 Dec

Christmas 2011

How I created our Christmas Card image

final image of Holiday Home with lights

There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays.
Merry Christmas from our Home to yours.

The Chrismtas image of our home was digitally painted from a series of photographs taken over a two-hour period of time. I set up my camera about half an hour before sunset, while there was still plenty of daylight to compose and focus my image. Once my camera was set in place, I only touched it to change the shutter speed for exposure.

CAPTURING THE PHOTOGRAPHIC CONTENT

Daylight to Night Light

I captured a full range of exposures from daylight to night light. At times I bracketed the shot by capturing three exposures at one time, normal exposure, +2 over, and -2 under. Other times I manually adjusted the exposure to capture either the detail of the lights or the detail of the shadows.

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