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  Welcome to the place affectionately known as my "writings on the walls", where you will find images, thoughts, and discussions on Photography, Art, and The Creative Life... or so I'm told.  

 

 

 

Aperture :: Iterations and Variations

Picasso was asked, "When do you know a painting is 'finished'?," to which he is reported to have replied, "When it is signed." Now we photographers, especially those of us now working in the digital realm of the medium rarely if ever sign our work, unless perhaps we print the work. Brooks Jensen, one of my favorite people in all of photography has...
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The Perfect Pairing :: Aperture and Exposure X5

Sometimes, once in a great while perhaps, you come across a pair of image editing softwares that play so well together you can't help but marvel at how well they do it. Most people will have a pair of software they use for image editing like the Adobe pairing of Photoshop and Lightroom to do all they need to create their images. Some really crazy f...
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Aperture :: And The Unsupported Image Format

If you are an Aperture user (I know, we are a very small but dedicated and scrappy bunch), this is the one thing you hope never to see! This dreaded image will appear after you import a RAW file that Aperture doesn't support, which includes most any camera that came out after 2015. The complete list of compatible cameras and their RAW formats for A...
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The Continued Case Against Software Subscriptions

Grabbing a warm, steamy cup of Joe, I thought I would settle in and wax on with a few more thoughtful insights against subscription software, specifically software geared towards photography and image editing and offer some questions you may not have thought to consider. Now I wrote an earlier blog post on "The Case Against Subscription Software" t...
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Aperture :: Make It Big

If you are an Adobe Creative Cloud subscriber you probably know by now Adobe has just released an update to their separate RAW imaging processor Adobe Camera Raw (ACR). If you didn't get the memo, the YouTubes are alight with demos on its main feature Super Resolution. Funny thing is most of those channels are also running ads for the popular compe...
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Tools Too :: Photography Gear Matters ~ Or Does It?

A few years ago I wrote a post called "Tools:: On Why Gear Really Does Matter" and I have wanted to do an update, or at least carry the conversation further ever since. I blame all of this gear talk on David Duchemin, he's the one who started it, or at least focused on it ('scuse the pun!) But David is a kindred spirit and we teach much of the same...
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What I Want ~ Aperture '21

This post is part fantasy, but more importantly a really close look at a beautifully designed program for RAW image, and general photography managing and editing: Apple's Aperture. This post also piggy-backs on my previous post on the current Photo Editing State-of-the-Art in 2021. I made a post with the above image on an Aperture Users Group I be...
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Photo Editing ~ The State of the Art

As we stroll into 2021 I want to take a peek into the current state-of-the-art of photo editing software. What I won't be looking at is any software that is a subscription only based solution. I've already written about my thoughts on that here. What I will address is the current crop of options for those looking to escape the subscription model an...
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Aperture, Noise and Film Grain:The Quest for a Filmic Portrait

This final portrait edit was created entirely in Apple's Aperture software here at the end of 2020. Yes, I'm still running Aperture five/six years after Apple closed the door on supporting and updating it. I'll tell you why in a later post, but for now, let me tell you how this image came to be. I took this portrait of my very dear friend, Artist,...
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Black & White Done Right!

Exposure X5 (NIK Silver Efex Pro 2 vs.True B+W Conversion LUT) As an artist and photographer I'm not one to go by numbers and formulas... usually. I was trained early and well in the structures of the camera and the mysteries of the alchemical Black & White darkroom. I followed the instructions on developing film and processing negatives into prin...
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