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On Photography, Art, And The Creative Life 

  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.  

 

 

 

It's 2020 and Adobe Is Finally Catching Up with Color Grading

So, it's 2020 and Adobe has finally started catching up with the color grading world of still photography. Catch this recent short video on the Lightroom Sneak Peek announcement. Kudos to Adobe for making a sneak peek since not every company has the transparency to let customers know what's coming (looking at you Capture One Pro.) As nice as this i...
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Is RAW Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder?

Not all RAW converters are the same, that's not a new revelation. When I was photographing in the analog film days, all my fellow photographers would discuss the various merits of the pro film labs in town. Mostly we talked about the quality of the processing and which labs "ran warm" and which "ran cooler." If you were a portrait or fashion photog...
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Creating & Using Custom LUTs in Affinity Photo and Exposure X5

Creating and using custom LUTS for still photography is easy and fun using Affinity Photo and Exposure X5. (the above video is best viewed in full screen mode.) LUTs have become really popular recently for photographers wanting to create a unique look for their images after looking over the shoulders of video creators and seeing some of the cool a...
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The Case Against Subscription Software

This is the third and final post in a series on photo software. A lot has been said and written about the whole Adobe move to the subscription model of photo software. While researching and writing my last two posts on photo software upgrading, and my move back to Aperture, I came across this episode of Scott Kelby's "The Grid" where the gist of th...
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Back To The Future ~ Taking The Zen Path

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 writing my previous post " To Upgrade Or Not To Upgrade, That Is The Question" I've had time to test a number of things, and I've come to a decision. But before I get to that decision, a bit about what lead up to it. If you read...
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To Upgrade, Or Not To Upgrade, That Is The Question

We've all been there. We know the drill. If you are doing your post-processing of images with a program that you bought and paid for outright, that is you own it instead of opted for a subscription model (don't get me started), then you are inevitably faced with the decision to upgrade when a new version comes out, or not. The price of upgrading is...
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"He Of The Darkroom Eyes" ~ On Mentors, Teachers, and Senseis

"Sensei: Portrait of Jerry Uelsmann" "You can do that?!" That was a revelatory question a young photography student named Jerry Uelsmann asked his Photography teacher Ralph Hattersley. As Jerry tells it, he was showing his teacher a contact sheet from a roll of film and trying to decide which image to print. There where two very different images s...
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Got Film? ~ A Part Two Update

Almost five years back I wrote a blog post called "Got Film? Digital Photographers Now Have Choices" on the state of the art of digital film emulation at that time. A lot has changed for me since then. For one thing, Apple chose to deep-six their pro photography editing app Aperture which prompted many photographers to look at alternatives. I chose...
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I Was Dark Mode Before Dark Mode Was Cool... Or A Thing

Way back in November 2007 I started this site to showcase my work, and eventually find a home for my blog. My goal then was rather simple: I wanted to create a warm, comfortable place to view my photography as if you had walked in from the bright light of the day into a beautiful gallery space. As I looked at lots of other portfolio sites then (and...
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"Are You A Right-Eye Or A Left-Eye Photographer?"

Some time ago I posed that very question to about twenty of my students. Do you shoot with the camera to your left or right eye? The resulting poll fell evenly split. Funny thing is there seemed to be no correlation to anyone being right or left handed (or right or left footed for that matter.) It was just a preference. But I had another reason...
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