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  • Monthly Archives January 2009

    Hi gang: I'm back from a couple of days out in California (including a full day out at Adobe HQ), and here's what's up: First, what a incredible post yesterday from photographer and educator Chris Orwig. He had a record-breaking 157 comments, and truly inspired and moved a lot of us. His images were fantastic, his words were powerful, and he really hit one out of the park with his wonderful post. Way to go Chris---you rock!!!!! National Geographic posted this year's winners from their popular "World in Focus" photography competition, and there are some amazing shots there. Here's the link to check out some of the winning images. Just a reminder: The Photoshop World $100-off Early Bird Special ends in 29 days, so if you're thinking of going, make sure you sign up now to take advantage of that $100 off the conference…

    I'm teaching three sessions at the upcoming Photoshop World Conference & Expo (March 25-27, 2009, Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Massachucetts), and I wanted to give you a little background on my sessions. Portrait Retouching, Part 1 I did this class for the first time at Photoshop World Las Vegas and it was a huge hit with the crowd. In fact, the #1 comment about the class was they wanted "more!" So, this time in Boston I've expanded it to two parts, so I can cover much more ground. I'll be showing some of the latest Photoshop techniques for making people look their very best, and I'll be including some more advanced techniques as well. Portrait Retouching, Part 2 The first half of this class picks up where Part 1 left off, with a new batch of retouching techniques. Then, in the second half of…

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    Greetings! My name is Chris Orwig , and I’m a photographer, interactive designer and educator. I whole heartedly agree with the acclaimed French photographer Marc Riboud who says, “Photography is about savoring life at 1/100th of a second.” And it is true, isn’t it? Photography enriches, enlivens and expands how we think, what we see and who we are. Photography helps us live more fully, more completely. Having a camera in hand does make a difference. Yet, throughout one’s photographic journey, there are seasons when our passion and vitality dwindles. That’s why we read blogs like this. We’re looking for a bit of straightforward information and inspiration that will further us along. In light of that, here’s a post devoted to providing you with some creative thoughts and anecdotes that will hopefully lead you to creating more compelling photographs – enjoy!

    Burn out or Burn Bright
    As a photography faculty at the Brooks Institute, I’ve worked with a wide range of students. Some have gone on to accomplish great things – even fame! Others have dried up, burned out and left the field all together. I’ve always been interested in this dichotomy, and it interests our students as well. They are always on the lookout for the secret that will help them excel. A few years back, one student was having his portfolio reviewed by the legendary Jay Maisel.

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    The review was fine, yet after it was over the student pleaded with Jay, “Tell me, how can I take more interesting photos?” With missing a beat, Jay volleyed back, “Become a more interesting person.” Or said in another way, as Chris Rainier told me last week, “…at some point photography becomes autobiographical. In order to create better photos, sometimes we need to put down the photography books and magazines. Then we need to go out and to develop who we are.”

    Who we are, shapes what we see.

    Make the Ordinary Extraordinary
    Regardless of who you are or what your do, it is easy for anyone to fall prey to “if only” thinking. If only I had that lens. If only I had that camera. If only I was given that assignment. If only I lived in that town. If only. Yet, to counter such stifling thoughts, many photographers I know use their imagination to redefine circumstances. And right now, I’m not talking about photographically finding beauty in unlikely circumstances. While that is critical, here I’m talking about defining who you are and what you do. Let me explain.

    OK, today in Part 2 we're looking at the Post Processing I did to yesterday's image, and for that I used the new Lucis Art Pro plug-in (which I'm going to mini-review in this same post). DISCLAIMER: If you hate the Dave Hill look, or you're tired of it, or whatever...do me a favor---just skip this post. The reason I did the post in the first place is that this is the #1 most-requested technique I get from readers, and I thought I'd give it a whirl. Obviously, this was a huge mistake on my part, because apparently it just mostly made people mad at me (I don't know why it always has to come to this---it's just a Photoshop technique for goodness sakes). But since I did part one and promised to show the post-processing, I feel like I should finish it, so…

    ....Author, Brooks Institute faculty member, designer, educator, and Photoshop World instructor Chris Orwig. Chris is an incredibly talented photographer and engaging instuctor, and I'm just delighted to have him here on the blog, and I can't wait to see what's he's bringing us tomorrow. In the meantime, check out some of Chris' photography (here's the link), and make sure you're back here tomorrow to catch his special guest post.

    The image above is from a promo shoot I did last week for rapper "10 Minute" and I wanted to apply a "Dave Hill" like look to the images, but I cheated---I used a plug-in. (click on it for a much larger view). Now, let me say this up front: From the research I've done, I don't believe photographer Dave Hill actually uses a Photoshop plug-in; I believe he creates his look without a plug, using a series of layer blend modes, High Pass Sharpening, Skin Smoothing, and Dodging and Burning (and I am working on that whole Photoshop-only workflow as we speak, and will do a post on it when I'm finished), but since I needed to get this job done fast; I used the Lucis Art Pro 6.0 plug-in, and I feel like it got me pretty close to the look (a…

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