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Whether you're just starting out in photography or have been shooting for years, finding a beautiful composition can be a struggle. In a presentation entitled "Crush the Composition", world-famous photographer Scott Kelby shares his advice for capturing images that speak to you. There's a little something for everyone here, from a brief, 4 minute introduction to the traditional basics... read more

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The annual convention of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) will be held in Atlanta January 10-12, 2016. The speaker list is packed with some of the biggest names in photography, including some of my favorite instructors.    Some of the speakers have prior presentations available on YouTube, including the highly recommended videos below. (Click on the title of this... read more

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Overview For selecting finely detailed images (trees with sky) the select color range tool is the first stop. Once you have that at its best, move to your toolbox and the selection tools available there. Refine edge works well for soft edged selections, hair, and more uniformly shaped objects like the smoother edged trees. When you are compositing an image onto another, it makes... read more

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Time files when you are knee deep in Photoshop, so it’s a good practice to walk away from your monitor every 2 hours or so. Set a timer on your cell to remind you. Look out the window, stretch, take a deep breath, get a drink of water before you go back to all those layers & masks.

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So you keep hearing about Photoshop being this and that - the power application for decades ! ~yeah it's been the indusrty leader since the 1980's true, but what other options do you have for photo editing, printing ? Well it's kinda funny, ADOBE makes both Photoshop and Lightroom. Both do things very differnetly and yet both can work seamlessly together.   What one lacks... read more

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Working in the creative arts you have to grow with the industry and where ever it might take you.  Technology is always advancing and you don't want to be left behind, so if you can learn the programs while they change you already will stay ahead of the game.  Just try to keep with it.  Take a few hours a week to stay ahead, view tutorials and ask questions.  

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Pixel, Bitmap, Raster. These are common terms used in association with photo based imagery. Unlike vector based art (see my Blog on Adobe Illustrator), Photoshop is a raster (pixel/bitmap) based program that allows us make changes to an original image. Photoshop offers a vast toolset to create some truly incredible imagery. Most Photoshop work is in taking an existing image and altering it to... read more

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Below are some helpful tips to consider before starting a new document in Adobe Illustrator, InDesign & Photoshop. Customizing a document’s preferences can be done anytime in Illustrator, InDesign, or Photoshop while a document is open. Changes made to preferences while a documents is open will be exclusive to that document. However, if you open the preference window (Edit/Preferences or Ctrl... read more

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Earlier this year I started tutoring Graphic Design, Drawing, and Painting on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I have a lovely student who is excelling in her work as an artist both in Drawing and Photoshop. After the end of the 3rd quarter, we will be going into Painting with Acrylics, Gauche, and Oil Paints if there is time. Because I am a full time student at UALR and only have one car to share... read more

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The left brain is logical, organized, and generally believed to be the domain of science. When math is considered to be "science" along with biology and physics, therein lies a flaw. Though elementary math may seem to be part of the science world, advanced math which I studied in college is better handled by the right brain. This is the brain of imagination, art, and emotion. My enjoyment... read more

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Recently I've been finding that many of my students who purchase both Lightroom and Photoshop end up discovering that Lightroom is all they need. With a comfortable learning curve and easy to comprehend basics, Lightroom provides digital beginners (and advanced photographers as well) the perfect opportunity for "developing" digital photos: exposure compensation, color correction, cropping,... read more

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One of the most important things I try and teach students is the difference between white point and white balance. Most believe if you grab your eye dropper and hit the area you believe should be white and click the mouse you will have established your white balance. What you have really done is establish a white point. While the colors might appear to be more "on target and corrected"... read more

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