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Aperture :: Iterations and Variations

May 16, 2021 - Picasso was asked, "When do you know a painting is 'finished'?," to which he is reported to have replied, "When it is si...
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The Perfect Pairing :: Aperture and Exposure X5

May 05, 2021 - Sometimes, once in a great while perhaps, you come across a pair of image editing softwares that play so well together y...
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Aperture :: And The Unsupported Image Format

April 05, 2021 - If you are an Aperture user (I know, we are a very small but dedicated and scrappy bunch), this is the one thing you hop...
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Aperture :: Make It Big

March 16, 2021 - If you are an Adobe Creative Cloud subscriber you probably know by now Adobe has just released an update to their separa...
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Tools Too :: Photography Gear Matters ~ Or Does It?

January 31, 2021 - 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...
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What I Want ~ Aperture '21

January 12, 2021 - This post is part fantasy, but more importantly a really close look at a beautifully designed program for RAW image, and...
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Photo Editing ~ The State of the Art

January 09, 2021 - 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 b...
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Aperture, Noise and Film Grain:The Quest for a Filmic Portrait

December 20, 2020 - This final portrait edit was created entirely in Apple's Aperture software here at the end of 2020. Yes, I'm still runni...
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Black & White Done Right!

October 22, 2020 - 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 numbe...
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It's 2020 and Adobe Is Finally Catching Up with Color Grading

October 08, 2020 - So, it's 2020 and Adobe has finally started catching up with the color grading world of still photography. Catch this re...
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Is RAW Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder?

September 15, 2020 - Not all RAW converters are the same, that's not a new revelation. When I was photographing in the analog film days, all...
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The Case Against Subscription Software

April 24, 2020 - This is the third and final post in a series on photo software. A lot has been said and written about the whole Adobe mo...
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Back To The Future ~ Taking The Zen Path

January 12, 2020 - A funny thing happened on the way to the future... I decided to go back. No, not back to 1985 but more like 2014. Since...
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To Upgrade, Or Not To Upgrade, That Is The Question

December 25, 2019 - We've all been there. We know the drill. If you are doing your post-processing of images with a program that you bought...
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I Was Dark Mode Before Dark Mode Was Cool... Or A Thing

July 24, 2019 - Way back in November 2007 I started this site to showcase my work, and eventually find a home for my blog. My goal then...
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Going Forward After Aperture :: The Future Looks Bright

July 07, 2014 - Some time ago, I wrote a post about the demise of Aperture being premature when the interwebs responded to the Aperture...
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Aperture Closing :: Apple Stops Development On Aperture Photo Software

June 30, 2014 - It's official: On Friday, June 27th 2014, Apple announced it would cease any further development on its professional pho...
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Got Film? Digital Photographers Now Have Choices

November 04, 2013 - To answer the question above, it can now be argued that "yes, indeed", digital photographers have film. Or rather "film...
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Why Pixelmator Matters

October 27, 2013 - This post could be subtitled: " How's that working out for you without Photoshop?" All said, I have to say I'm only scra...
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The Fine Art Of Texture Overlays For Creative Portraits

October 20, 2013 - This two part tutorial on creating fine, textured overlays and backgrounds for creative portraits, is a companion piece...
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When Good Lenses Go Bad

October 08, 2013 - So, what to do when a good lens goes bad? Let me explain: The other day I was on location shooting portraits when my 17-...
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iPhone Tintype For Creative Portraits Tutorial

October 03, 2013 - This tutorial on creating tintype textured backgrounds and overlays for creative portraits was inspired by a recent crea...
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Photoshop :: A Personal Declaration Of Independance

July 22, 2013 - With July seeming to be the month of great declarations of independence, (America's 4th of July, and France's Bastille D...
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Is It Time To Open The Aperture?

June 17, 2013 - With the advent of Adobe going to its monthly subscription model for Photoshop and all the other Creative Cloud applicat...
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Filters, Plug-ins, Or Software?

October 29, 2012 - "Use filters and plug-ins!" "Don't use filters or plug-ins!" It seems everyone in the photography industry has an opinio...
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Aperture 3.3 :: Reports Of My Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated!

June 21, 2012 - With apologies to Mark Twain for the title, I'm here to say that Apple's pro photography application Aperture is very mu...
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