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November, 2012

Welcome to my share page. Each month I'll try to bring you an enlightening thought, quote or tip. Questions or feedback is always welcome at: roger@imageinations.com

PHOTOSHOP TIP OF THE MONTH

GETTING BACK TO THE LAST SETTING YOU USED

Here is a great trick to use if you want to get back to the same setting you used on your last adjustment. Whether you are working in CS (IMAGE>ADJUSTMENTS) or Elements (ENHANCE) you can get back to almost anything that appears in the adjustments/enhance window. Just hold down the ALT (Options) key and navigate back to the same adjustment. The dialog window opens with the last adjustment setting that you used. (Never would have found that one , would you?)

QUOTE OF THE MONTH

My work is about making candy for the eyes. It’s about grabbing your attention. Even though my work is appearing in magazines I am trying to make a large picture. I want my photographs to read like a poster. - David LachapelleLaChapelle - "American Photo", July/August 1995, page 53

You just do what you love, and then a style happens later on. People put it together and decide it’s yours. But some days you wake up and you’re happy and some days you wake up and you’re sad, some days you wake up and you’re feeling angry about thingsā€¦ if you can translate that through your work, and express those feelings, that’s okay as an artist. I didn't see any difference between being a photographer or being an artist. I didn’t make those boundaries. If someone wants to think it’s art, that’s great, but I’ll let history decide. - David LaChapelle

If you want reality take the bus. - David LaChapelle

To see more David Lachapelle click here

PHOTO THOUGHT OF THE MONTH

Recently Keanu Reeves led a meeting of movie industry folks who were concerned about the digital revolution. The New York Times reported that: "He and others are skeptical of digital utopianism, and also worried that accumulated wisdom and long-standing rituals of the craft are in danger of being swept away." This could, of course, be equally applied to photography. In the days when there were 12, 24, or at the most 36 images on a roll of film, users were much more apt to stop and think before snapping the shutter. People with cameras would look at pictures they took and question what went wrong or analyze good results. In these days of digital convenience where indefinite image capture costs nothing, the delete button is handy (but not used often enough), and it is easier to take 100 images and keep the good one than to take a moment to consider there is one thing that is going by the wayside: thinking.

Just for starters stop a moment and consider what else is in you picture aside from your subject; is there an alternate or better angle? and where is the light coming from and where are the shadows. Raise your awareness up a single notch and watch your images improve.

For information on studio or home lighting consider my book on lighting, signing up for the seminar, or checking on-line tutorials.

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