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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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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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The Continued Case Against Software Subscriptions

April 03, 2021 - Grabbing a warm, steamy cup of Joe, I thought I would settle in and wax on with a few more thoughtful insights against s...
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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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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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"He Of The Darkroom Eyes" ~ On Mentors, Teachers, and Senseis

December 13, 2019 - "Sensei: Portrait of Jerry Uelsmann" "You can do that?!" That was a revelatory question a young photography student nam...
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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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Learning To Love Layers

April 30, 2014 - Ok, I love layers! I'm not talking about the Photoshop Layers feature, although that is great and how most of us think o...
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On The Streets :: Notes From The Unknown Lens

April 27, 2014 - You could blame it on Vivian Maier, or Jay Maisel, or Cartier-Bresson. French photographer Robert Doisneau would be anot...
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Tools :: On Why Gear Really Does Matter

April 25, 2014 - So you think gear doesn't matter? Or maybe you are on the side of those who are all about the supremacy of gear at the e...
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Paint The Fence :: Lessons I've Learned From Mr. Miyagi

April 18, 2014 - Mr. Miyagi was a great teacher, albeit a fictitious one. If you are not familiar with this inspiring teacher of karate,...
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On Perfectionism And Craft

March 30, 2014 - "Do a good job, Trace, but not too good of a job." I was told that once, from a photographer I had worked with many year...
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On Teaching Photography, Teaching Life

March 14, 2014 - “We could teach photography as a way to make a living, and best of all, somehow to get students to experience for themse...
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Torn Between Two Lovers

January 27, 2014 - I've always smiled at the thought of American Poet Robert Frost's epitaph, which reads, "I Had A Lover's Quarrel With Th...
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We Were Mod Once :: Last Of My iPhoneography Books

January 19, 2014 - Feeling nostalgic for things we grew up with is as natural to humans as breathing. We're simply wired for nostalgia. Som...
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On Resting Places

January 14, 2014 - Sometimes it seems like this techno-photo-centric world we are in is racing along at a break-neck speed. Newer cameras,...
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Reflections :: A 2013 Look Back And A Look Forward

December 18, 2013 - As this is the last post of the year, I can't help and do some reflecting on this past year, and looking forward to 2014...
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Are You "Seriesous"?

November 26, 2013 - Creating a new body of work can start with a whiff of inspiration from anywhere, and that inspiration can come to you at...
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"But It's Not A Portrait"

November 12, 2013 - These two images of my mother's hands are part of a new project I'm working on; a long term project to create portraits...
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Create Custom Textured Brushes For Unique Portraits

November 07, 2013 - Creating a completely unique and customizable look to your images can be as easy and fun as painting with textured brush...
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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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Forget About Finding A 'Style', Cultivate A 'Sensibility' Instead

October 31, 2013 - So what exactly is " style", and why are so many photographers looking for it? Put a group of photographers together: pr...
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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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Nothing To Teach, And No One To Teach It To

August 12, 2013 - I heard this phrase once in an Alan Watts lecture he had recorded years ago. " I have nothing to teach, and no one to te...
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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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Adobe Dissolves In The Cloud

May 16, 2013 - So, Adobe has chosen to "go cloud", and offer a subscription for software solution to its customers. No sooner was this...
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"Excuse Me, Do You Know The Way To Paris?"

May 08, 2013 - Ah, Paris! City of Lights, City of Love, City of Culture, City of Photography. The history of photography, relatively sh...
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A Navajo Rose For Rosa :: And An Artists' Reply

April 26, 2013 - This post is a reply to a very well written response to my earlier blog post, "Who Is An Artist?" My friend Cedric says...
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Navigating A Life Photographic

March 27, 2013 - Navigating a life photographic, finding your way from first love to a life-long relationship of creativity is one of the...
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Every Photograph You Create Is A Self-Portrait

March 18, 2013 - If we really think about it, every photograph we create is a self-portrait. Notice I use the word create. Every image in...
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Feminine Ripples :: A Wealth Of Images By Female Artists

March 06, 2013 - It may be an old nut, the question of how "good", or how talented female artists are compared to their male counterparts...
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What Is In Your Photographic Kitchen?

February 20, 2013 - What is in your photographic kitchen? What herbs, seasonings and flavours do you most use? Like cooking, photography is...
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If I Were An Artist

February 18, 2013 - "If I were an artist... " how many times have I heard that from friends, and students and just folks in everyday convers...
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Why creativeLIVE Matters

January 28, 2013 - What is creativeLIVE? In short, it is a worldwide, on-line classroom for free while live, and during re-broadcasts, for...
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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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A Poet's Place

October 26, 2012 - What inspires you? What encourages you? Do you know the difference? Words are important things, what they mean, and what...
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Autumn's Focus

October 22, 2012 - This time of season, many of us turn reflective and look back over the year, contemplating accomplishments and thinking...
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In Photography, It's No Contest

October 11, 2012 - Do you enter your work in photography competitions? Do you answer " calls for entry " to prestigious venues and gallerie...
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Dead Photographers Society

July 05, 2012 - Taking inspiration, and ripping out a page from the Peter Weir film "Dead Poets Society ", this is a follow up to my pre...
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An Open Letter To A Young Photographer

June 27, 2012 - Photography is an art that captures all of us at some time in our life. Whether we are six or sixty when it happens is n...
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Zen And Creativity :: An Homage To A Mentor

May 31, 2012 - I recently created a small series of composited photographs, collectively called " The Bodhi Lands" that were originally...
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Ten Polaroids :: Creating Images With Malleable Materials

May 25, 2012 - The Navigation Legend:: Polaroid SX-70 Film I've created a new, one-off series called Ten Polaroids to showcase work cr...
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10,000 Hours or 10,000 Photographs?

May 22, 2012 - Ever wonder what 10,000 hours really looks like? In terms of days, weeks, months, etc.? How about in terms of actual art...
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