Category: Photography

Can a photo be sacred?

“Take a photo of us,” said Jem. She was sitting beside Henry (not their real names). Jem was his new friend, hoping to pick up some extra cash by throwing in with an experienced panhandler. As usual, I was walking with a camera slung around my neck. I always give Henry some change so stopped to chat. Photos as intrusion… Read more →

Painting software for the digital artist

Not so long ago, turning a photograph into something that looked painterly required a lot of technical know-how with feature-rich, complicated software. New generations of photo editing software make the process both quick and fun. The versions below are just a quick show and tell, with encouragement for you to check out the amazing variety of software on the market. If you have… Read more →

Endless travel, without luggage or passport

If you were a kid who read by flashlight, covered in blankets you hoped would hide the light, this one’s for you. You danced with the Wild Things when your mother scolded you. You cheered when the spider, Charlotte, spun messages that saved her pal, Wilbur the pig. You ached for days when Travis had to shoot his beloved Old… Read more →

Writing the last chapter

  I took my camera for a walk this morning. With summery weather rolling over us like a heat tsunami, I’ve moved my walks to earlier in the day, before the sun burns my skin on contact. Marmots were hanging out atop their condos. Cranes were swinging over construction sites. Leaves were enjoying the evaporating dew. As I wandered the… Read more →

Playing with Lightroom

The 2016 CreativeLive Photoshop Week is way too much fun. The live webinars are free all week and can be purchased individually or as a package. I’m learning things about Photoshop that will make my work with it far more productive and interesting. Lightroom is on the webinar schedule as well. I use it almost daily but what I learned… Read more →

Happy dances and free e-cards

Sharing photos on Facebook makes me do a happy dance. I love taking my camera for a walk, then popping the photos onto my computer and seeing if I snapped any magic or captured any stories. Some of them make me grateful it’s so easy to delete digital photos. Others sit me down and say, “Let me tell you a… Read more →

Listen up – the world’s talking to you!

When I started posting photographs to Facebook, I would sometimes hear a story as I looked at a particular photo. So I began writing micro-tales to go along with the ones that spoke to me. I was having such fun with them, I started using Canva to make them into posts I could upload to Instagram, as well as Facebook,… Read more →

A Toolkit for Lightroom presets

After I posted A little Lightroom love last week, Viktor Elizarov asked, “are you using TOOLKIT adjustments after applying STYLE presets?” I had poked around in them a little but not enough to realize how useful they are. His question was enough to make me curious about what I could achieve with that combination of his presets and toolkit. Below… Read more →

Incredible resource thanks to New York Public Library

The Web is a richly generous place to hang out and has become even moreso thanks to the New York Public Library. As of January 2016 their Digital Collection contains 672,182 prints, photographs, maps, manuscripts, streaming video and anything else that can be digitized and made available. I’m blown away by all the public-domain items I can access, download, and… Read more →

A little Lightroom love

Our digital cameras, in whatever shape or form, do their best for us, but they cannot deliver exactly what our brains and eyes connected with when we took the photos. That was true with film cameras too, of course. The darkroom artist experimented until she brought out just the right amount of contrast or colour. I’m glad we don’t have… Read more →

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