Archive for November, 2013

Photoshop Adjustment Layers for great black and white photos

Photoshop Adjustment Layers for great black and white photos

If you know that your final toned image will be in black and white, you need a Photoshop black and white toning workflow that gives you the most power and flexibility to make this happen. Photoshop Adjustment Layers is the best way to accomplish this…

How to shoot macro photos in the freeze and frost

How to shoot macro photos in the freeze and frost

This morning I went out and made macro frost photographs, using my Canon EOS-1D X and 50mm macro lens. This is my favorite lens for all things that mostly tell their stories in the details…

Charles Dharapak’s Instagram photos from the White House

Charles Dharapak’s Instagram photos from the White House

Boston.com’s The Big Picture blog has a great set of Instagram photographs by Associated Press White House photographer Charles Dharapak, a seasoned pro who has seen it all…

Kathleen Flynn wins regional Emmy award!

Kathleen Flynn wins regional Emmy award!

Remember that post I wrote last week about all of the great video being done these days by newspaper photographers? One of the pieces I used as an example was the heartwarming story by my staff photographer at Nola.com and The Times-Picayune, Kathleen Flynn…

Adobe Creative Cloud, Lightroom and more for $9.99 a month: a deal?

Adobe Creative Cloud, Lightroom and more for $9.99 a month: a deal?

Adobe has just announced a new deal that only runs through December 2: a monthly subscription to the latest version of Photoshop, plus their Lightroom editing product, 20 GB of online storage and a Behance website for $9.99 a month, at least for the first year…

Today’s photograph: Live Oak tree swings, Long Beach, Mississippi

Today’s photograph: Live Oak tree swings, Long Beach, Mississippi

Here we see the full-width post option for the first time, with another photograph from my photography road trip this past weekend…

Amazing video work by ‘still’ photographers

Amazing video work by ‘still’ photographers

One of the big transformations that has taken place within newspaper photojournalism over the past 5 years has been the emergence of video…

Photography road trips

Photography road trips

Going on a photography road trip: just the sound of it is exciting and a bit mysterious, isn’t it? Here’s my journal from two photo road trips from last weekend…

Today’s Photograph: Sand dune fencing

Today’s Photograph: Sand dune fencing

Here’s a photograph from my early morning shooting trip to the Mississippi Gulf coast over this past weekend. The light was very, very soft and the fog so thick I couldn’t make out the water…

The Discerning Photographer gets a reboot, new WordPress theme

The Discerning Photographer gets a reboot, new WordPress theme

You may have noticed a new look and feel to The Discerning Photographer recently. An awful process that started when the site was hacked a couple of months ago comes finally to resolution with this new rollout…

Aperture: How It Affects Your Photography & Why You Should Care

Aperture: How It Affects Your Photography & Why You Should Care

Simply stated, “aperture” is the hole in your lens that allows light to pass through to your CCD (charge coupled device) during an actual digital camera exposure. The size of the hole has a big impact upon your photos. Here’s why you should care…

How to Light Absolutely Anything

How to Light Absolutely Anything

Studio lighting: where to start? It doesn’t have to be mysterious or complicated. It doesn’t have to be all about lighting diagrams and formulas. What follows is everything you really will ever need to know to shoot successfully with strobe lights…

Pet Photography: how to shoot great photos of your pets

Pet Photography: how to shoot great photos of your pets

How many really great photographs have you taken of your dog, your cat, your goldfish? Here are my tips for your pet photography project…

Archiving your photos, backing up: a cautionary tale

Archiving your photos, backing up: a cautionary tale

Backing up your photos–properly archiving everything–is something we all say we’re going to do. But how many of us consistently do it? My complacency on this issue recently turned into the nightmare of all nightmares, and I’m here to tell you about it: kids, don’t try this at home!