Archive for November, 2009

First Frost of the Year!

First Frost of the Year!

The first frost of the winter season always makes me stop and look…Isn’t it interesting how, in order to photograph, you must switch gears? An early-winter reflection…

Buying Your First Digital SLR Camera

Buying Your First Digital SLR Camera

So you’ve gotten to the point that this photography thing is really starting to occupy all of your waking moments-you’ve been bitten by the bug, and you want a better camera! What should you buy? Here are my thoughts for you….

Mimbo 3.0: New look, same content at The Discerning Photographer

Mimbo 3.0: New look, same content at The Discerning Photographer

Regular readers of The Discerning Photographer will notice something different: gone is the warm and fuzzy green headline and background color of the Wordpress theme Vintage Green, replaced by Darren Hoyt’s classic Mimbo 3.0 theme. Here’s why I decided to make the switch….

Creating Your Own Photoshop Actions

Creating Your Own Photoshop Actions

How to create your own Photoshop Actions. This can save you tons of time as you process and tone photos. What follows are step-by-step instructions for setting up customized Actions for your workflow….

Photoshop Lab Lightness: The Key to Great Image Toning

Photoshop Lab Lightness: The Key to Great Image Toning

There’s nothing more basic to your toning workflow than burning, dodging and sharpening….but how do you go about accomplishing these tasks? I’m here to let you in on an important Photoshop secret: HOW and WHERE to do your burning, dodging and sharpening! Read on…

Tripods: When to Use Them, What to Buy

Tripods: When to Use Them, What to Buy

I was out shooting candlelit cemeteries on All Saints Day – a local tradition in some communities in south Louisiana-when I found myself thinking about tripods. When to use one, when not? Read on…