Make Photos Into Art, Warhol-style - 3/17/08
Turn your photos into pop art masterpieces in just four steps Argue all you want about Andy Warhol's art, you can't deny it's unique. It's unique, but not so difficult that you can't do it yourself. With a few basic computer techniques you can put a fun twist on your favorite photographs-and get them gallery ready in no time.
Whether you're an advanced Photoshop user or you'd rather work with a basic graphics program, converting photos to Warhol's silkscreen style is relatively straightforward. I'm using Photoshop for this shot, but the same principles apply to almost any image-editing program. Look around in yours and your bound to find the same sorts of features and filters.
Head In The Clouds - 3/10/08
Download some fancy Photoshop brushes to add some interest to boring skies Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy. I have to confess, though, that I get a little kick out of clouds, too. While it may be more fun to shoot outside on a nice, bright, sunny day under a cloudless sky, your photographs aren't likely to be as interesting as they might be with some cloud cover.
To The Rescue! - 3/3/08
What to do when your hard drive crashes and you think you’ve lost all your photos Just last week, I had an experience that I knew was bound to happen eventually (even though I always secretly hoped it never would). My hard drive failed. I was searching for an archived photo on an external disk, and in midsearch, the computer locked up and I had to reboot. I don't know which came first-the crash or the drive failure-but it didn't really matter: my disk was no longer readable.
White Balance Creativity - 2/25/08
Use custom white balance settings to add a colorful twist to otherwise bland shots Some days I feel blue. Downtrodden and depressed, I can make myself feel a little better by making my photos blue, too. Or red if I'm angry. Or any other color to match any other mood I'm in. So many times we think about camera white-balance features just for making our photographs neutral or "correct"-appropriately matched to the color temperature of the light source we're shooting under.
Geared Tripod Heads - 2/18/08
When you’re choosing your next tripod, don’t overlook this insanely great feature If I ever had a three-legged dog, I would obviously name him "Tripod." But I don't. Instead I've named my tripod "Three-Legged Dog." TLD and I have been through a lot together, and I've always been able to count on him for a rock-solid foundation. But TLD's best attribute is in his head. Not your everyday tripod head; this one's got gears.
What's In A Name? - 2/11/08
Find and sort photos faster and easier when you're smart about your file names Ah yes, my favorite photo I've ever taken? Certainly IMG_5264.jpg. Or was it IMG_6542? Well I'll just search for it here on my computerâ¦ Only several thousand matches of photo files with similar names. Hmm. Maybe I should name my files something that will make them easier to organize and find later.
How To Shoot Silhouettes - 2/4/08
Add mystery and drama to your portfolio when you learn the art of the silhouette The explanation for making a silhouette is simple: put your subject in front of a light source and expose for the light source, making the subject underexposed and black, leaving only its graphic outline. But to do this effectively takes a little more practice.
Gimme Some Skin - 1/28/08 The biggest problem with new cameras is that they don't stay new for long. Thankfully many accessory-makers recognize the importance of pretty new things so photographers can choose from all varieties of bags, pouches and other camera coverings to keep their purchases protected.
Get On Balance - 1/21/08 I can think of a handful of Eureka moments in my life, but one of the most significant was the day in college when I finally understood how to control ambient and strobe exposures independently within the same shot.
A Welcome Alien Invasion - 1/14/08 The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, right? Like when we were all shooting film and couldn't wait to have all the high-tech, high-speed improvements that were bound to come with all the digital technologies on the horizon.
Strobe Lighting Unleashed - 1/7/08 I shoot with studio strobes a lot, even when I'm on location. The problem is that I'm always searching for an outlet to power them. I've long dreamed of investing in a rechargeable battery pack, but the steep price of great units from many strobe manufacturers has always kept me from taking the plunge.