Breaking the Rules

I was asked by a client to write about this topic and thought that it would have even wider resonance because it can be such a great conversation. I have often heard that it’s important to break the rules of photography, but what is consistently left out is that to know when to break the rules, one has to first understand them.  Doing otherwise, is very much putting the cart before the unicorn.

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The Death of Aperture (the product not the lens function)

The Death of Aperture (the product not the lens function)

It’s been a number of years since Apple pushed their professional grade photo editing solution onto an ice floe to die quietly out of sight and out of mind. Many customers still lament the decision because Aperture was a really great product and Apple shill marketing notwithstanding, Photos is such a pale replacement as to be nearly transparent.

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Run in Circles, Wave Your Hands and Scream!

Run in Circles, Wave Your Hands and Scream!

Recently there has been a flood of information pertaining to Adobe removing their $10 USD per month Photography Plan from sale. As was pointed out in a recent email from Dave Cross, a superb independent Photoshop instructor, it’s an exciting story that just isn’t true. Not right now at least.

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How to Be Miserable By Worrying About Sharpness

How to Be Miserable By Worrying About Sharpness

Is my tongue embedded firmly in cheek?  A little bit.  Nonetheless as a moderator on the KelbyOne Community, I see lots of posts by nice people worrying that their images are not sharp.  

Join me as we explore the validity of these concerns and why so many of them exist

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Are Today's Image Makers Fools?

Are Today's Image Makers Fools?

In case you had not heard, Costco has announced the closing of the Photo Centres in many of their US based stores. Costco does not process film. They make prints. They can put those prints in frames or in books or on greeting cards. The common element is the print.

So who cares? You should and if you don’t you may have earned your Fool badge

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Let's Talk LUTs

Let's Talk LUTs

At the risk of sounding like the cynical old man that I actually am, I wanted to take some time to talk about LUTs because of the way the idea is being presented to creatives. Serious videographers have been aware of LUTs for a long time because they have been around for a long time, while many still photographers have the impression that this idea is brand spanking new.

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PERSPECTIVES : Does Social Media Help You Become a Better Artist?

PERSPECTIVES : Does Social Media Help You Become a Better Artist?

Welcome to another iteration of Perspectives. I count myself as incredibly fortunate in that I get to meet lots of different creative folks, who are very committed to their craft and growing as creatives. Some of them disconnect because they are not getting traction on social media and that's what I want to talk about today.

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Time for a Screed - Product Availability

Time for a Screed - Product Availability

Help me understand something. Retailers are complaining that retail revenue is down. This is a fact, phoney sales notwithstanding. On hand inventory in brick and mortar stores is at an all time low. Many B&M retailers are moving to, or have moved to online sales as their primary mode of transaction, and we can look at B&H Photo Video as an example of a company that has been successful in the industry, and Amazon as a general example.

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Is a Black Friday Deal Really a Deal?

Is a Black Friday Deal Really a Deal?

I awoke today to find over 100 emails in my inbox advertising Black Friday. This goes with the over 100 I have received over the course of the week preceding the day. I deleted most all of them without opening them, and had a look at a couple, which ended up being deleted. This raises the question about whether these deals really are deals?

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Lighting for Simple Portraits

Lighting for Simple Portraits

Whether or not you want to do them, at some point you’ll be the person with the “good” camera and be called upon to shoot some portraits for family and friends.  This doesn’t mean it has to be hard or expensive.  To do a decent job you need a hotshoe mount flash, often called a speed light and a white ceiling and for more advanced lighting, you need a flash, a radio control kit, a light stand, an umbrella bracket and an umbrella.  It really could not get much simpler.

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