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Uh, oh - I'm feeling that new camera urge...

Posted 09-15-2010 at 01:22 AM by CJ Swartz (First there was Photography...)
Updated 09-15-2010 at 02:08 AM by CJ Swartz

I am quite happy with my Nikon D40, and have not outgrown it yet, I fear, although I am trying. There are things that the D40 cannot do (auto-focus with lenses that are not AF-S), and I have relied on AF to help my tired eyes for years. I have tried to manual focus my 50mm AF lens, and I can get close... sometimes. The D40 cannot bracket shots - but I could change settings myself (puff, puff, perspire) and help it along to create files for HDR processing. The ISO range is more limited than I would...
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Adobe Camera Raw does even more than I knew

Posted 06-11-2010 at 01:28 AM by CJ Swartz (First there was Photography...)

I've been using Photoshop since version 3 back in the early '90's, and I'm used to the fact that I still am learning it. I enjoy finding a new technique or a new way of applying a change within Photoshop. I started using Camera Raw a few years ago, but used it initially just as a way of converting my raw files for use in Photoshop. I soon started using more of the basic features - adding fill light, using recovery to reduce over exposure in the highlights, adding contrast and reducing noise, adding...
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Color perception - interesting illusion

Posted 05-13-2010 at 05:21 AM by CJ Swartz (First there was Photography...)
Updated 09-15-2010 at 12:53 AM by CJ Swartz

Color perception illusion from John Nack's blog.
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Deke McClelland demonstrates some CS5 features

Posted 05-12-2010 at 09:36 PM by CJ Swartz (First there was Photography...)
Updated 05-20-2010 at 10:22 PM by CJ Swartz

Deke McClelland at Lynda.com - free videos demonstrating new features of Photoshop CS5 - videos

I've just watched the first one "Common sense enhancements, in which Deke demonstrates a number of new features - straighten tool, cropping with rule of thirds grid and content aware, using mini-bridge to browse and open files, closing all open files with one (or two) clicks, etc.

His videos include HDR Pro, refining masks, puppet warp, and painting a photo.
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Want to brush up on Photoshop features?

Posted 03-28-2010 at 11:41 PM by CJ Swartz (First there was Photography...)
Updated 03-28-2010 at 11:55 PM by CJ Swartz

Imaging expert and award-winning author Deke McClelland presents his list of the top 40 features in Photoshop - one each week, and he's not quite done yet (there is a contest for folks who would like to guess the next one). He does more than simply name the feature - he gives a quick tutorial on how to use it.

Deke McClelland's Top 40

These are features included in CS3 and CS4 - not the new Photoshop 5 being announced April 12th. Thought I could use a brush up on the "old...
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