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Find Your Favorite Feature Of Photoshop CS6

Adobe announced its newest version of Photoshop a couple of weeks ago, and it didn't take long for the photoblogosphere to respond with a veritable treasure-trove of how-to videos explaining awesome new features and techniques made possible by the software. So here I present to you a one-stop shop for almost two dozen videos of cool new features in Photoshop CS6, courtesy of the fine folks at DPS. Head over there for an in-depth look at the new software, and you can formulate what constitutes your favorite features of CS6 for yourself.

http://digital-photography-school.com/23-cool-new-features-in-adobe-photoshop-cs6
Adobe announced its newest version of Photoshop a couple of weeks ago, and it didn't take long for the photoblogosphere to respond with a veritable treasure-trove of how-to videos explaining awesome new features and techniques made possible by the software. So here I present to you a one-stop shop for…

Photos Of The Titanic, From The Titanic

I've had a busy month, so please forgive me for failing to mention the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. I'd made note of it, of course, because I had stumbled across this fabulous collection of photographs of the doomed ship and wanted to be sure to point them out to you. (While I'm at it, Mike Johnston of the Online Photographer blog linked to a tremendous account of the sinking of the Titanic, written by someone who had been on the boat. It was phenomenal, and explained the experience of the sinking of the ship to me in a way no big budget movie or even photographic account ever quite has. It's worth a look; head over to Mike's site to search it out.) Time Magazine's Lightbox blog features photographs by amateur photographer Father Francis Browne, who sailed on the Titanic's maiden voyage from the Southampton to its first stop in Ireland. There he was called back to his station, so Browne disembarked, which ultimately saved his life. He thankfully brought with him a collection of photographs he'd made on board the ship in its first days at sea, and they remain the only images from the Titanic itself that have survived. Today they offer a tremendous glimpse into this mysterious bit of history, and a fitting way to commemorate the centennial of the great American tragedy.

http://lightbox.time.com/2012/04/04/titanic/#1
I've had a busy month, so please forgive me for failing to mention the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. I'd made note of it, of course, because I had stumbled across this fabulous collection of photographs of the doomed ship and wanted to be sure to point…

Flag Your Camera

Sometimes I write about things because I think you, dear reader, will really want to know about them. And other times I write about things because I am dying to put them to use myself. The latter is the case today. I bring you this great post from David Hobby of Strobist fame, though I found it via one of my favorite blogs, DIY Photography. It's about a fix for lens flare. I love using rim lights and edge lights and back lights to create separation between my subject and the background. But this can present some fairly problematic challenges in terms of lens flare. And anyone who knows me knows that if there's anything I hate it's lens flare. So to prevent lens flare—no matter how you're lighting—you can use a lens shade, and flags, and position lights behind scene elements (trees, walls, people, etc) so that they're flagged from the lens and therefore won't cause flare. Well here's the perfect solution for protecting your lens from flare all around the subject, and it falls into the "duh, why didn't I think of that" category. It's a black cardboard frame that's got a window cut in it, through which you can frame your scene—thus ensuring that your lens is flagged all around, and less likely to be bothered by flare. That's what I call using your brain to solve a big problem in a really simple way. I love it, and I can't wait to try it for myself. I suggest you try it too.

http://www.diyphotography.net/sometimes-its-easier-to-flag-your-camera
Sometimes I write about things because I think you, dear reader, will really want to know about them. And other times I write about things because I am dying to put them to use myself. The latter is the case today. I bring you this great post from David Hobby…

Bill Owens On Suburbia

One of my earliest photo book memories is discovering the sublime black & white photography of Bill Owens and his 1972 book "Suburbia." It revolutionized the way I thought about photography—that someone could so painstakingly document mundane suburban life, the life that I came from, was mind-blowing. Photography need not take place in exotic locations across the globe. Everything, when looked at critically and considered with a photographer's eye, is fodder for outstanding photographs—that's what this book taught me. If you haven't seen "Suburbia" for yourself, I highly recommend that you seek out a copy. In the meantime, visit this interview with photographer Bill Owens via the American Suburb X web site. Conducted in 2005, it provides 30 years worth of perspective on the fairly groundbreaking work, including how Mr. Owens is still photographing contemporary of suburbia to this day.

http://www.americansuburbx.com/2012/04/theory-interview-bill-owens.html
One of my earliest photo book memories is discovering the sublime black & white photography of Bill Owens and his 1972 book "Suburbia." It revolutionized the way I thought about photography—that someone could so painstakingly document mundane suburban life, the life that I came from, was mind-blowing. Photography need not…

Happy Birthday, Hubble

It's hard to believe the Hubble Space Telescope is already 22 years old. It seems like just yesterday it was sent out there into the great unknown. I guess that's the first sign that you're getting old: when things that happened two decades ago seem like they were just yesterday. The good news, though, is that Hubble has 22 years of amazing photographs under its belt, and courtesy of this post at Brain Pickings you can see a few of my personal favorites. Have you ever glimpsed anything as stunning as the towering gases of the Carina Nebula? You wouldn't have, if NASA hadn't funded this deep space explorer back when I was young. It's outlived the shuttle program, and it's soon to be replaced by a newer, presumably even better deep space telescope, but it's hard to argue with the images this machine has delivered to humanity—glimpses of the cosmos that we would never have begun to understand otherwise. A pretty remarkable feat for photography, I would say. Celebrate two decades of Hubble imagery with the new National Geographic monograph filled with stunning photographs and scientific explanations that make the jaw-dropping images even more remarkable.

http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/04/24/happy-birthday-hubble/
It's hard to believe the Hubble Space Telescope is already 22 years old. It seems like just yesterday it was sent out there into the great unknown. I guess that's the first sign that you're getting old: when things that happened two decades ago seem like they were just yesterday.…

Learn To Light People By First Lighting An Egg

I believe that light is the most important element in any photograph. Some of you, no doubt, are saying "duh," while others are thinking it's not as important as the camera or the lens, the subject or the moment. These other elements are obviously important, but I believe it's the light that we should all be most concerned about. After all, light is the reason for the "photo" in the word "photograph." So, the point is this: anything you can do to improve your understanding of lighting, and skill with utilizing the appropriate light to render your subject exactly as you want, will be a huge benefit in all of your photographs no matter what you shoot. To that end, I recommend you head over to DIYPhotography.net to check out this great little video by Joe Edelman, who uses a simple old egg to demonstrate the basics of great portrait lighting. It's super simple, but that also makes it super effective. Plus, it's neat to see how different lighting scenarios can have such a huge effect on the same subject—even if it's just a little old egg.

http://www.diyphotography.net/understanding-lighting-with-an-egg.
I believe that light is the most important element in any photograph. Some of you, no doubt, are saying "duh," while others are thinking it's not as important as the camera or the lens, the subject or the moment. These other elements are obviously important, but I believe it's the…
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