Samsung “The Frame” Displays Photos with Style

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Back in the day when I used to shoot 35mm slides I loved the bright, rich colors I could get when projecting photos. The downside to projecting slides though is that it kind of makes an evening into a bit of a production. You have to set up the projector, the screen and a tray of slides and then you …

Excerpts from a Dance Show

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These are excerpts from a dance show I shot in December 2015. The entire show was about an hour and fifteen minutes long with a total of 30 dances/songs.The footage was shot on a Panasonic GH4 with a Panasonic 35-100 mm f2.8 lens from the back of the auditorium about 200 feet from the stage. Shot in 4K with the …

My First Video for Camino Real Playhouse

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A couple of weeks ago I posted my first video for Camino Real Playhouse, a community theater in San Juan Capistrano. The video features interviews with some of the cast & crew from the currently running play Professor Mack’s Last Train. The video also includes a few snippets from scenes shot during the dress rehearsal. The play is a melodrama …

Carbonite Pros and Cons

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I recently suffered the loss of my Windows system SSD but was able to restore it successfully using Carbonite’s Mirror Image Backup. I wrote about that experience previously in my post Recovering from a Crashed SSD. However, since getting back up and running I’ve had some more experiences with Carbonite, some good and some bad. I was delighted that I …

Recovering from a Crashed SSD

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I was working in Photoshop recently when my system locked up—hard. I couldn’t even get into Task Manager. I’d had a few such experiences recently so I did what I usually do: shut down with the power button and restart. Except the restart part wasn’t happening this time. After opening the case and unplugging all my other hard drives and …

Street Art, side of a building

Protecting Your Photos Online

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Let me start by saying there’s no way to really protect your photos online. If you post them to a website where they can be viewed then a knowledgeable person can download them. Period. Having said that, there are some things you can do to provide a measure of protection and I’ll discuss those here.

Spring Awakening

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Spring is in the air and with it comes the reawakening of this blog. I’ve just returned from a four-day workshop with Santa Fe Photography Workshops in New Mexico. My next post will be a trip/workshop write-up but right now I’d just like to mention that I’m working on a redesign of this blog and will be relaunching soon. I’ll have some posts about that process as well as posts on a variety of photo topics.

One of the things I’ll be doing is taking a second look at Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.

Masking and Selection with onOne Software’s Perfect Mask

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Making selections and masking are essential skills for photographers and it’s common to encounter images where it’s difficult to cleanly select just the desired subject from a busy background. In recent years software has become much smarter and innovations like Photoshop’s Quick Select and Refine Edge tools have greatly simplified the process. But even with recent advances the process can …