Archive for the ‘Raves’ Category

Packing up and moving…

September 1, 2011 Leave a comment

Since I moved myself to Colorado, I’ve come into more free time than I had before, so I am packing up the site and moving it soon. The new home isn’t ready yet, but it will feature all of the old content plus considerable amounts of new stuff. And it will have an awesome new look and feel! Needless to say, I thought I would go ahead and give everyone the heads-up in advance that the site will be moving soon. Don’t worry about the old links and content here, WordPress will forward you to the new location as soon as I’m ready to go.


Some freebies from onOne Software.

Who can pass up freebies these days? I mean really, the only thing that can beat a freebie is someone paying me to use the freebie, but you could almost consider that the case here as you will not have any problems selling products made using these pre-designed layouts and other elements provided courtesy of onOne Software.

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Need your votes! Again!

Here we go again, this week I have another entry titled “Fire In The Sky” which is my beautiful sunset 7-shot HDR over the Grand Canyon.

So, lets get those votes in for my entry please!! I’m begging all my friends, go vote now!

Anyway, click the link below to see and vote for my image by clicking “MY FAVORITE PHOTO” link on the Facebook page.

This link should take you right to my entry which looks like this (without the borders):

Fire In The Sky

I need your vote! Please help me win…

March 26, 2011 1 comment

Since I have decided that I wanted to take a shot at winning a trip to Las Vegas to meet Peter Lik (someone who I take a lot of inspiration from for my own work), I decided that in order to win, I needed as much support from my friends, fans and other people that follow my blog and YouTube channel. In any event, every week or so for the next few months I will be adding a new image to the competition in an attempt to win the grand prize trip to Las Vegas and personal tour of Peter Lik’s gallery. (Which I have actually been to already a few years ago, but without meeting him there of course.)

Anyway, click this link to see and vote for my image by clicking “MY FAVORITE PHOTO” link on the Facebook page. (You may need to be a fan of the contest to vote, I’m not completely sure yet.)

This week’s entry should look like this (If not, please find it and vote for me thanks!):

Two for Tuesday – Video Tutorials

So, it’s been months since I had the time to sit down and write a blog entry. And quite frankly, I still don’t have the time to sit down and do a lengthy, formal tutorial. Instead, I have sat down and finished two video tutorials, one for Lightroom 3 and the other for Photoshop. As always, both in HD quality for viewing pleasure.

The first video for today is a tutorial covering how to correctly balance color using a ColorChecker Passport or any other white balance target, including reasons behind why you should not balance using the dress, suits or other objects with unknown color tones. As well as how to quickly apply these settings to a group of images. I also cover basics of the histogram and highlight/shadow clipping warnings in Lightroom, what they mean and how to correct for it.

Click through for the second video plus a link to more freebies!

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Happy Birthday to Me &

April 24, 2010 2 comments

April is a month of big birthdays including my own (today) and this very blog.

Today I turn 34. (Strangely I still get carded for alcohol.) And my blog is just a baby still after turning 1 year old on April 18th.

It’s interesting I have actually continued it so long. I somewhat expected to run out of ideas and/or have little interest in what I post but the opposite has been true. I’m FULL of ideas for posts (but short on time to make them) and have had increasing numbers of “regulars” as well as rapid growth from all parts of the world thanks to fellow bloggers who have helped spread my tutorials and posts through your own sites.

Just some interesting blog stats as of now:

Blog Active since April 18, 2009 (1yr, 6 days)
Total Views: 41,231
Busiest Day: 944 : Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Posts: 69
Comments: 119

Not half bad for a simple blog started one year ago out of boredom.

And on that note, I am actually planning on finishing the HDR post series and hope to include examples using Photoshop CS5 as well as other processing options. I also hope to test and post more about CS5, Lightroom 3 and more as I get the updated software. I do plan on more hardware tests as well as another lab “throwdown” in upcoming months as time and money permits.

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Lightroom 3 Beta 2 – Noise Reduction Test

March 28, 2010 9 comments

So the big improvement in the Beta 2 version of Lightroom 3 is the addition of the new noise reduction controls which have been slightly changed and improved over Lightroom 2.

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